Speke Unit Trust exchanged contracts with Cineworld for 11-screen cinema, including Superscreen technology at New Mersey Shopping Park, Speke

LIVERPOOL, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Speke Unit Trust, the specialist retail park fund advised by British Land and managed by Schroders, has exchanged contracts with Cineworld for an 11-screen cinema, including state-of-the-art Superscreen technology at New Mersey Shopping Park, Speke.  The letting to Cineworld follows the receipt of planning permission from Liverpool City Council in July 2015 for a new leisure extension and wider upgrade works at the park.  The works are scheduled to commence in early 2016 and are expected to generate between 250 and 300 local jobs.

The 66,000 sq ft extension will house not only a cinema but also six exciting new restaurants. As part of the park-wide upgrade works, new shop frontages will be installed and public areas enhanced to improve the look and feel of the asset. The planned works will also provide a better car park layout and additional parking spaces to improve the occupier and shopper experience.

The approval of the planning application follows extensive pre-application consultation with the Council, the Mayor, shoppers and local residents.

British Land has also recently leased space to Next, Harveys, Currys/PC World and Tessuti at Speke.  Next has signed for a 48,000 sq ft unit on a 15 year lease, with Harveys moving to a 17,500 sq ft unit on a 10 year lease.  Harveys’ existing unit, located amongst the park’s fashion brands, will be let to a retailer that will better complement the existing fashion mix. Currys/PC World recently opened a new 28,000 sq ft unit and Tessuti has recently signed for an 8,000 sq ft store at Speke.

Ben Grose, Head of Retail Assets (North and Scotland), British Land, said: “At British Land placemaking is at the heart of our strategy and we are in the process of enhancing around 95% of our retail portfolio, from minor upgrades to large scale transformations. Evidence of this can be seen across the HUT portfolio where we have recently completed £80 million investment programme, extending the retail and leisure space across four of our assets by almost 300,000 sq ft.

James Varley, Asset Manager, British Land, said: “Planning approval for the leisure extension and upgrade works at New Mersey means we can significantly improve the asset for both our shoppers and retailers, further confirming the park’s position as the retail and leisure destination of choice in South Liverpool. Customer exit surveys conducted at Speke showed demand for a cinema and a better F&B mix and we have responded to this feedback by introducing Cineworld and a range of exciting restaurant brands to the asset.”

Kevin Frost, Cineworld, said: “We have partnered with British Land across a number of their assets and we are delighted to be opening a brand new cinema at Speke with our state-of-the-art Superscreen projection and sound technology.  New Mersey is a fantastic shopping and leisure destination and we are excited to be part of the new leisure extension which will undoubtedly enhance the appeal of the park.”

All square footage data provided includes mezzanine space if applicable.

British Land
Investor Relations
Sally Jones, British Land
020 7467 2942
Pip Wood, British Land
020 7467 2838
Charlotte Whitley, British Land 020 7467 2933
Naomi Galt, FTI Consulting
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury Group
020 3727 1182
020 7251 3801


About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Asda reduces fuel price; calls on Gov to maintain its freeze on fuel duty

  • Falling fuel costs, along with falling food costs, continue to be one of the main drivers behind the rise in discretionary income
  • Asda Income Tracker shows that inflation on vehicle fuel is down -14% compared with the same period last year
  • Regions such as Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England, would be hit the hardest if there was a rise in fuel duty
  • Asda cuts fuel by up to 2ppl on unleaded and 1ppl on diesel. New national price cap means drivers will pay no more than 103.7ppl on unleaded and 106.7ppl across its 273 filling stations

LEEDS, England, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda today (Monday 26th October) once again led on reducing the price of fuel by up to 2 pence per litre on Unleaded and 1 pence per litre on diesel with the retailer also calling on the Government to maintain its freeze on fuel duty in next month’s autumn statement.

Asda’s October Income Tracker showed that falling fuel costs, along with falling food costs, continue to be one of the main drivers behind the rise in discretionary income (the money left over once essentials like bills, food and housing have been paid for).

The report shows that inflation on vehicle fuel is down by -14% compared with the same period last year and when the national picture is broken down, the falling cost of fuel and food is even more central to boosting household spending power in regions such as Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England, and a rise in fuel duty would hit families in these regions hardest.

For example Northern Ireland has one of the strongest car economies in the UK and as a result households spend an average of £35 a week on fuel (way above the UK average of £24 a week) – so benefits the most of any other region in the UK when the prices of vehicle fuel fall.

With this in mind Asda is urging the Chancellor George Osborne to maintain the freeze in order to keep lowering the cost of driving for motorists. A rise in fuel duty would come at the worst possible time for customers as we approach the festive season.

Andy Clarke, Asda’s President & CEO said “There are undoubtedly green shoots at a macroeconomic level and our customers are cautiously optimistic which is why they continue to save, particularly at this time of year. With this in mind, we urge the chancellor to continue with a freeze on fuel duty in the Autumn Statement to avoid putting more pressure on family budgets.”

Effective from today (Monday 26th October) Asda brings good news to drivers by dropping the price of unleaded by 2ppl and Diesel by 1ppl. Asda’s new national price cap means that unlike other retailers who work on ‘average prices’ – drivers will pay no more than 103.7ppl on unleaded whilst diesel remains at a national price cap of 106.7ppl.


Brits continue to enjoy boost in spending power – Asda’s latest Income Tracker

LEEDS, England, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families continue to enjoy boost in spending power as Asda’s latest Income Tracker reveals that Brits were all fired up with an extra £18 a week to spend in September, compared to 2014.

  • The average household across the UK enjoyed a September surprise with weekly discretionary income reaching £192 a week, up £18 on September 2014
  • Prices of essential items, like food and drink dropped by 2.3%, firing up appetites for a big night in
  • A drop in the cost of gas helped heat up homes and beat the autumn chill
  • All regions avoided feeling the heat on their bank balances, as the UK has seen 2 years of continued growth in spending power

As the cold, dark winter nights start to creep in, UK families will be warming up to the fact they can enjoy more of the things they want. Asda’s latest Income Tracker has revealed that the average household now has £192 a week of discretionary income, up by £18 a week (10.6%) on the same time last year.

What’s more, it’s not just the temperatures that are falling. A 2.3% drop in the price of food and drink over the past year means that those to hibernating at home, can stock their cupboards for those big nights in from of the TV watching X Factor or The Rugby World Cup, particularly as the UK’s inflation rate continues to hit negative numbers (-0.1%), with September marking the eight consecutive month of near zero inflation.

As icy lows loom for the coming months, there is an extra comfort blanket in the form of falling gas prices for those keeping an eye on the pennies, with a welcome pre-winter drop of 2.1% in September meaning consumers can feel more confident when heating up their homes.

The good news doesn’t stop there, however. For those Brits looking to visit families over Halloween and Bonfire night, falling fuel prices will help to make the journey more enjoyable, with petrol prices dropping 3.7p per litre in September.

Meanwhile, families choosing to add to their summer styles for a last-ditch summer break, made the most of extended sales which led to bigger bargains, and with Bonfire Night nearing, sparks are also expected to fly amongst shoppers looking to stock up on clothing essentials to help them brave the colder months.

Taking a national view, it’s a positive picture across the board, with all regions across the UK seeing double-digit increase in household discretionary income over the last year, ranging from a £12 increase in Scotland, to a £24 increase seen in the Capital.

Households in Northern Ireland continued to make up for lost ground against the other regions, whilst the three most prosperous regions; London, the East and the South East, all moved further ahead of the country, with spending power rising by over £20 year-on-year:

  • London experienced one of the strongest increases in income growth in the last quarter, supported by wage increases in the financial and business services
  • The West Midlands have seen a sharp fall in unemployment rates, driven by a rise in automotive manufacturing and inward investment into the Birmingham and its surrounding areas
  • Although Scotland has felt a slowdown in gross income growth, essential item inflation remains negative in the region, a driving force behind the easing pressure on household finances
  • Northern Ireland has once again experienced the strongest year on year growth in discretionary income across all parts of the UK, as household spending rose by 15.1% in the year to Q3 2015

Chief Customer Officer Barry Williams said: “Two years of solid growth on discretionary income shows real stability in the economic recovery. Across the UK the benefit will be being felt, granted in some areas more than others, but double digit growth can only be good news for those holding the purse strings. It’s interesting that people continue to spend differently however, carrying their savvy shopping habits from the financial crisis with them and reprioritising their spending on treats and activities with their families, making the most out of their new found spare income.”

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said: “The further falls in gas and fuel prices in September provided more good news to households in September. With inflationary pressure remaining muted, an interest rate rise looks likely to be the next challenge facing households. This is now expected to come in mid-2016, as a more turbulent global economy means rates could stay lower for longer.”

You can read the full report here.


Ahold in three-year partnership with startup accelerator Startupbootcamp

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ahold today announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with startup accelerator Startupbootcamp, to support young companies elected to participate in the Startupbootcamp E-commerce program.

Being involved with Startupbootcamp will enable Ahold to witness e-commerce trends and innovations at their origin and get to know promising startups. In exchange, program participants will benefit from Ahold’s experience as a retailer with a history of innovations spanning almost 130 years.

Ahold’s business includes several e-commerce frontrunners – some of which began as startups. In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn started experimenting with home delivery in 1987 with a service called James Telesuper. Today, Albert Heijn Online is the largest online supermarket in the country. U.S. Internet grocer Peapod, part of Ahold since 2001, started out in 1989 as the first pure e-commerce company in the world. Bol.com has grown into the largest online general merchandise retailer in the Netherlands since its inception as an online bookstore in 1999.

Hanneke Faber, Ahold Chief Commercial Officer and responsible for online activities and innovation said, “We are excited to be partnering with Startupbootcamp E-commerce. With their creativity and flexibility, Startupbootcamp’s young companies are quick to spot what consumers and companies need, while they are also able to commercialize innovations very rapidly. With those qualities, they can inspire Ahold to develop further as an omni-channel retailer. At the same time, our mentors will help promising start-ups with a wealth of experience in the areas of both e-commerce and traditional retail.”

Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp said, “Ahold is a great company that has offered young companies like Peapod and bol.com the opportunity to blossom. This makes it an inspiring example for our participants. The startups can sharpen and grow their businesses, and Ahold can stay close to the startup-ecosystem.”

The first ten companies selected for Startupbootcamp E-commerce originate from Portugal, the Netherlands, Israel, the Czech Republic, Greece and the U.K. Ahold is providing mentors, with different areas of expertise, from Albert Heijn and bol.com.

About Startupbootcamp
Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is the Number 1 accelerator outside the U.S. with a mentor and alumni network in more than 60 countries. The program offers startups access to a large network of experts in a range of sectors during an intensive three-month program. After three months, the participating startups present their company to more than 300 investors on Demo Day. Startupbootcamp currently has programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Sittart, London, Barcelona and Singapore. For more information visit: www.startupbootcamp.org.

For more information on the Startupbootcamp E-commerce program, click here

Cautionary notice

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to Ahold’s further development as an omni-channel retailer. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Koninklijke Ahold N.V. does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. Outside the Netherlands, Koninklijke Ahold N.V., being its registered name, presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold” or simply “Ahold.”

SOURCE: Ahold N.V.

Northern Ireland Retail Consortium: Fundamental reform of the £588 million business rates system should be a top priority for next devolved government

LONDON, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fundamental reform of the £588 million business rates system in Northern Ireland should be a top priority for the next devolved government in order to encourage investment and sustain jobs, according to the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium. The NIRC has launched a detailed 8-page policy paper entitled Business Rates: Fundamental Reform in Northern Ireland, which sets out the need for reform and the principles upon which reform should be based.

Speaking at the launch, NIRC Director Aodhán Connolly, said:

“With the advent of the DFP consultation on a review of business rates in Northern Ireland there is the best opportunity in a lifetime to reform a tax that has a stranglehold on investment here. The current system of business rates has become a tax on jobs and growth and undermines investment in property, especially in town centres and high streets.”

“Whilst fundamental reform will not be easy, doing nothing on business rates could lead to Northern Ireland missing out on investment, career opportunities and innovation. After the 2017 revaluations in England, Wales and Scotland, it is possible that Northern Ireland could have the highest property taxes in Western Europe.”

The document sets out what the NIRC sees as the principal concepts of fundamental reform, namely that:

– Reform should mean that the system flexes in response to changes in the economic conditions
– Reform should mean that the overall tax burden is reduced so companies can invest in growth and creating jobs
– Reform should lower the administrative costs of the system and improve efficiency
– Reform should improve the transparency of the system and strengthen the link between the ratepayer and the services received
– Reform should support small businesses and ensure that they are not any worse off than under the current regime
– Reform should spread the tax burden more equitably across different industries and sectors

“Support for reform isn’t simply an issue for retailers but stretches right across the private sector.” Mr. Connolly continued, “Companies’ ability to invest is being held back by the prospect of paying more in business rates. As a result the additional jobs and careers that retail could provide are less likely to be gained.

“We currently pay double in business rates than we do in Corporation Tax and while the devolution of that tax will provide some certainty for future planning, the reform of business rates has to be a priority for the NI Executive and all of the political parties here. For there to be fundamental reform there not only needs to be ideas gathered in the form of the forthcoming DFP consultation but the political will to grasp this opportunity and make the hard decisions needed to ensure Northern Ireland is a competitive place not only to invest but to continue to do business.”


Notes for editors:
1. Please find Business Rates: Fundamental Reform in Northern Ireland attached to the right

For media enquiries please contact Aodhán Connolly, Director, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, on 07880 039 744 or email aodhan.connolly@brc.org.uk

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

Macerich: 45 retailers to join the redeveloped Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif

First Retailers Set to Open Late 2015, along with Expanded Macy’s, at Market-dominant East Bay Property

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC) announced today 45 retailers set to join the expanded and completely redeveloped Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif. The center, anchored by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s, is undergoing a major renovation that will add 315,000 square feet of new space, plus new parking, new finishes and refreshed outdoor amenities. The iconic open-air center has been a dominant retail destination for the East Bay market of San Francisco since 1951.

“The major update and redesign of our trophy property at Broadway Plaza is another example of Macerich’s ability to successfully densify our fortress retail centers to meet retailers’ expansion needs, as well as offer our shoppers an enhanced and upgraded store selection,” said Art Coppola, Chairman and CEO, Macerich.

New stores opening in the expanded center include Allen Edmonds, Apex, Arhaus, Aritzia, Athleta, Aveda, Bath & Body Works, Boudin Bakery, Clarks, Cocola Bakery, ECCO, Eileen Fisher, Everything But Water, Gap, Hanna Andersson, H&M, ivivva, J. Crew, J.Jill, Kiehl’s, Kit & Ace, L’Occitane, Lou & Grey, Lucky Brand Jeans, lululemon athletica, LUSH, Madewell, Michael Kors, Nespresso, NYX, Pandora, Papyrus, See’s Candies, Soma, SoulCycle, Starbucks, Teavana, Tesla, The Walking Company, True Food Kitchen, True Religion Brand Jeans, Vince Camuto, Victoria’s Secret,White House/Black Market and Zara.

“We are very pleased with the response from the retailer community and are especially excited about the commitments from Arhaus, Gap, H&M and Zara to build two-level, flagship stores at Broadway Plaza,” said Robert Perlmutter, Executive Vice President, Leasing, Macerich. “The addition of the new specialty retailers and expansion of existing stores complement our current tenant base, which includes great brands such as Banana Republic, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Kate Spade, Michael Stars, Sephora and Sur La Table. We are building an extraordinary retail roster for this exceptional property.”

Broadway Plaza anchor Macy’s is also undergoing its own 57,000 square-foot expansion, and the redesigned 247,000 square-foot store will be complete this November. The expanded and redesigned store will incorporate a new men’s department, which moves from a separate location at Broadway Plaza.  The larger store will also debut with its renovation a new handbag floor; a new cosmetics department; new fine jewelry and fashion jewelry departments; new fine watch and fashion watch departments; new restrooms and more.

About the Expansion
Macerich is transforming Broadway Plaza in line with the appealing scale of downtown Walnut Creek by demolishing and replacing about 80,000 square feet of existing retail space as well as two older, inefficient parking structures. The new parking structure will offer four levels of parking on the Macy’s side.

Broadway Plaza will start to unveil the first set of retailers and significant enhancements at the property just in time for the 2015 holiday season, with the opening of two new retail buildings as well as a portion of the South Broadway Parking Garage on the Macy’s side.

Opening 2015


Opening 2016
Allen Edmonds Arhaus
Apex Aritzia
Athleta Bath & Body Works
Aveda Boudin Bakery
ECCO Clarks
Eileen Fisher Cocola Bakery
ivviva Everything But Water
J. Crew GAP
Kiehl’s Hanna Andersson
Kit & Ace H&M
L’Occitane J. Jill
Lou & Grey Lucky Brand Jeans
lululemon Papyrus
LUSH See’s Candies
Madewell Soma
Michael Kors SoulCycle
Nespresso Starbucks
NYX Teavana
Pandora True Food Kitchen
Tesla True Religion Brand Jeans
The Walking Company Victoria’s Secret
Vince Camuto White House/Black Market

The convenience and experience of guests remains a high priority at Broadway Plaza throughout the property’s transformation. Complimentary Valet Parking is available seven days a week, and Roving Ambassadors and Text Concierge programs enable guests to enjoy a top-quality shopping experience throughout the construction process. For more information about the Broadway Plaza Redevelopment project, visit www.BroadwayPlaza.com/Redevelopment.

About Macerich
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 51 regional shopping centers. Macerichspecializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in theCalifornia, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website: www.macerich.com

SOURCE Macerich

Karen Maurer, Macerich, 602-708-6311

The Macerich Company declared 4.4% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $.68 per share of common stock

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) declared a 4.4% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $.68 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on December 4, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 12, 2015.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 51 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

SOURCE Macerich Company

Thomas O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, (310) 394-6000

Alegro Setubal vying for the MAPIC Awards 2015

CROIX, France, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — After an award at the ICSC Awards 2015, Alegro Setubal has again caught the attention of experts in the real estate world.
The recently renovated center is vying for the MAPIC Awards 2015 this time, in the category “Best Redeveloped Shopping Centres”!
The results will be announced Thursday, Nov. 19 at the annual MAPIC Awards evening at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez Cannes.

>> Check out the finalists in all categories 

>Learn more about Alegro Setubal

SOURCE: Groupe Auchan


Alegro Setubal vying for the MAPIC Awards 2015

Alegro Setubal vying for the MAPIC Awards 2015

EuroShop Düsseldorf to enter Indian markets in 2016

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —  EuroShop Düsseldorf, the world’s leading trade fair for capital goods in the retail trade, will be entering the Indian markets in 2016. After all, the subcontinent of India is about to become a major economic power and is also one of the fastest growing retail markets in the world. Presenting itself under the umbrella Mall of Europe – powered by EuroShop, this leading trade fair in Düsseldorf will give its exhibitors an opportunity to take part in in-store Asia, New Delhi, from 4 to 6 August 2016.

in-store Asia is the most important retail trade fair in India. Since it first started over a decade ago, in-store Asia has gradually established itself as a leading professional platform for retail solutions. It is visited by over 5,000 decision-makers from industry, the retail trade, architecture and the banking sector. They include famous companies such as Adidas, Nike, Canon, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Ericsson, Vodafone, Henkel, Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal, Pepsi, Coca- Cola, Nestlé, McDonald’s and many other brand manufacturers.

By enabling its exhibitors to showcase themselves in the Mall of Europe at in-store Asia, EuroShop provides an opportunity for a tentative exploration of the Indian market and for valuable initial contacts. This eliminates the obstacles of separate participation, as the experienced EuroShop team from Düsseldorf is working with its Indian subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf India, providing exhibitors with help and advice in preparing for the trade show while also assisting with the actual implementation on site, in New Delhi.

The Mall of Europe includes not only the stands of the exhibitors but also a EuroShop Lounge as a great centre of attraction with an ideal ambience for meeting with customers. EuroShop wants to map the entire bandwidth of capital goods requirements for the retail trade at in-store Asia. All interested EuroShop exhibitors are therefore welcome to register – from the areas of shopfitting, design, lighting, POS marketing, retail technology, refrigeration equipment and food tech, to name but a few.

Further details and the registration form for the Mall of Europe – powered by EuroShop at in-store Asia can be obtained from: Patricia Mechbal, MechablP@messe-duesseldorf.de, +49-809211-4560-587.

The next EuroShop will be held in Düsseldorf from 5 to 9 March 2017. The last EuroShop in 2014 attracted 109,496 trade visitors from around 100 countries who wanted to learn all about the facets, innovations and trends in the global retail world, presented by 2,229 exhibitors from 56 nations.


Press contacts:

Dr. Cornelia Jokisch, Tanja Karl (Assistant)
Tel. +49 (0)211 – 4560 998 (or 999)
Fax +49 (0) 211 4560 8548

Correct as of October 2015

SOURCE: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

RILA: banks announced they will move to chip and PIN cards while ABA lobbyist says PIN is not going to be adopted in U.S.

Arlington , VA, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earlier this month, lobbyists from the American Bankers Association (ABA) loudly asserted that an FBI consumer alert urging consumers to use PINs with newly issued EMV or “chip” credit cards was misguided, because banks in the United States were not issuing chip and PIN credit cards. A lead lobbyist for the ABA said flatly, “PIN is not going to be adopted in the U.S.” (Matt Hamblen, “FBI Takes Down Alert On Chip Credit Cards After Bankers Complain,” Computerworld 10/9/15)

First, we know this is not true. Smaller banks have in fact already announced that they will move to chip and PIN to better secure transactions and their customers. First Niagara Financial group made such a public announcement recently. (Robin Sidel, “Bank Bets Americans Can Remember Another PIN,” Wall Street Journal 10/1/15)

Target, one of the nation’s largest retailers, has also announced that its RedCard MasterCard will now be a chip and PIN card. (Matthew J. Schwartz, “Target Rolls Out Chip & PIN Cards,” Bank Info Security 10/14/15)

And now, JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest issuers of credit cards in the United States, has told a customer that Chase was indeed planning to add PINs to credit cards.

Chase Support Chip and PIN

So who is telling the truth?

If the lobbying association representing the country’s largest banks did indeed tell the FBI that no banks are issuing PINs in the United States, how does that square with what one of the largest credit card issuers in the nation is telling its customers?


Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications and Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Experian Marketing Services topped the list of email marketing vendors to the largest digital retailers – Internet Retailer

  • Retailers that leverage Experian’s marketing technology saw ecommerce revenue increase more than 10 percent since 2014, according to internet RETAILER®’s leading vendors report
  • Experian Marketing Services is named the top email technology provider to the largest retailers in North America

New York, N.Y., 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Experian Marketing Services, a recognized leader in data-driven marketing and cloud-based marketing technology, topped the list of email marketing vendors to the largest digital retailers according to a recently released report by Internet Retailer.

The 2016 Leading Vendors to the Top 1000 report ranks nearly 200 ecommerce technology and service vendors across 30 categories, based on their number of retail clients and the Web sales they represent. Experian Marketing Services placed ahead of all other email marketing technology providers, as measured by Web sales of the top 1,000 e-retailers in North America. This marks the ninth year in which Experian has led the category. In addition, according to Internet Retailer’s analysis, retailers that leverage Experian’s marketing technology saw their ecommerce revenue increase 10.3 percent from 2014 to 2015.

“Experian Marketing Services’ client-centric approach to data, marketing technology and service has been highly regarded in the industry for decades, and that approach continues to set us apart today,” said Matt Seeley, group president, Experian Marketing Services. “The world’s largest and most progressive retailers and brands continue to choose Experian as their strategic partner because we understand their challenges better than anyone else and have the best people and tools to help them deliver exceptional experiences every time.”

The Experian Marketing Suite is the world’s most flexible cloud-based marketing platform, uniquely combining customer insights, analytics, data quality and cross-channel marketing technology into a single platform. As a client’s campaign requirements and complexity evolve, marketers can easily take advantage of additional insight and functionality across the platform’s three core competencies: Identity Manager, Intelligence Manager and Interactions Manager. Brands use the Experian Marketing Suite to identify and profile customers with greater accuracy while providing added intelligence to gain a complete and current view of the customer. Equipped with flexible campaign management and execution capabilities, the Experian Marketing Suite enables marketers to create personalized interactions in real time, regardless of channel and device.

From email service provider to everychannel service provider

Internet Retailer’s annual guide is widely recognized as the industry’s most comprehensive analysis of vendors to the 1,000 largest retail Websites in North America. It’s also the latest industry report to recognize the Experian Marketing Suite substantial client base.

“The Experian Marketing Suite provides marketing organizations with scale and flexibility to support programs of any size and sophistication,” continued Seeley. “This resonates with analysts and industry experts in that we’re not trying to sell software and walk away; we partner with brands to help them use our data and technology to optimize their marketing programs across channels.”

For the second year in a row, Experian Marketing Services was named one of the top email service providers (ESPs) in the market as profiled in The Relevancy Group’s2015 report The Relevancy Ring — ESP Buyers Guide 2015. In the report, The Relevancy Group cites Experian Marketing Services as one of the first traditional ESPs to evolve to an “everychannel Service Provider”. According to the report, the “everychannel service provider” differs from the traditional ESP in its ability to support real-time optimization and machine learning using a combination of data, services and analysis.

In July 2015, Experian® was recognized as a “Strong Performer” in the 2015 Forrester WaveTM for Real Time Interaction Management report, which evaluated vendors on their ability to enable brands to deliver contextually relevant experiences across the Customer Life Cycle through customer data management, real-time analytics and insights, and automated cross-channel interactions.

To learn more about the Experian Marketing Suite and read client success stories, visit http://ex.pn/sQYm.

Order a copy of Internet Retailer’s recently released 2016 Leading Vendors to the Top 1000 by visiting its Website.

About Experian Marketing Services
Experian Marketing Services is a leader in data-driven marketing and cloud-based marketing technology. Experian is the only company in the world to offer a comprehensive Marketing Suite that unites customer insights, analytics, data quality and cross-channel marketing technology into a single platform. Backed by the industry’s highest-rated client services team and the world’s largest consumer database, we provide more than 10,000 brands in more than 30 countries with unique competitive advantages through marketing services and technology. Our extended legacy in data security, management and consumer privacy has earned the trust of organizations and consumers from around the world for more than three decades. For more information, please visit http://www.experian.com/marketing-services.

About Experian
We are the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to our clients around the world. We help businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making.

We also help people to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft. In 2015, we were named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies.”

We employ approximately 17,000 people in 38 countries and our corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2015, was US$4.8 billion.

To find out more about our company, please visit http://www.experianplc.com or watch our documentary, “Inside Experian.”


Suzanne Blackburn
Experian Marketing Services
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Fitness apparel: Kickstarter campaign for new technology that supercharges workouts by over 50%; suggested retail price $159.99

  • Burns 50% + Calories, With Over 70% Muscle Activation;
  • Weighs Under 3 Lbs.;
  • Has the Functionality of Over 15 Products In One;
  • Can Be Used With Any Exercise Routine;
  • And Is 100% Mobile, It Can Go Wherever You Go!

Baton Rouge, LA, 2015-10-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Adrian Cornish and Nathan Roy have innovated a new technology built into wearable shorts that allow users to more than double the results of any exercise workouts, while providing a full body workout system for fitness enthusiasts as well as serious athletes.

Roy said, “Studies by the LSU School of Kinesiology have shown that users experience an average of 70% more muscular activity for muscle strength; 50% + more calories burned to shed unwanted pounds; increase in lactate threshold for increased endurance; and increased cardiovascular activity for heart health; all achieved with low level (5lbs – 25 lbs.) resistance.”

Michael James MacLellan, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Kinesiology said, “Our preliminary research suggests that using this suit increases muscular activity at the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles during walking and running tasks. The added resistance may lead to more effective weight loss due to the increased muscle activity generated by the wearer.”

For busy people with limited time, they can cut their workouts in half, for example, getting the results of an hour in just 30 minutes. They can even wear them during normal activities.

The Apex BRS provides the functionality and comparable resistance of over 15 exercise products in one, including weighted vests, wrist weights, weighted clothing, parachutes, the Vertimax (platform based product), Mass Suit, etc. While other products target limited areas of the body, the Apex BRS provides a full body workout.

The Apex BRS are compression shorts made of a specially formulated nylon fabric that’s laminated with neoprene and reinforced with nylon webbing, giving it a tough yet pliable nature to support high levels of resistance without degrading, while being very comfortable to wear.

The compression shorts have built in attachment points at the legs and hips that act as strong anchors for several levels of resistance latex bands that attach to different areas of the body to target various muscle groups. Horizontal latex bands of interchangeable resistance strengths wrap around the thighs with resistance levels that can be adjusted from five to over 200 lbs on the legs. Optional bands wrap around the arms with resistance from five to 100 lbs.

The BRS doesn’t use any weights, instead creating resistance through the user’s natural motions. At under three pounds, the BRS has minimal hardware and is extremely comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. The combination of its light weight, the fact it’s wearable, with resistance levels surpassing the most sophisticated equipment on the market, along with the ability to use it anywhere, for any length of time, raises the bar for resistance training. It’s a tool not just for athletes, but for people of all ages and fitness levels. With the improvements users gain in speed, agility, explosion, and endurance. It’s easy to see why users feel like they’re the bionic man or woman after training with the BRS.

Tommy Moffitt, LSU head strength and conditioning coach passionately endorses the BRS, and has given his blessing in a testimonial that is on Apex’s website.

Adrian and Nathan have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 in support for their company. Backers can pledge from $18 to $5,000 for incentives that include special early bird discounts on the BRS for under $100.

To find out more about the Apex BRS, follow their updates and support their campaign, visit the Kickstarter page through November 19.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2139514385/bionic-resistance-shorts-by-apex-resistance-and-co or visit their website, http://www.apexconditioning.com. The Bionic Resistance Shorts (BRS) suggested retail is $159.99.

About Apex Conditioning and Resistance
Baton Rouge-based Apex Resistance and Conditioning LLC is a fitness apparel company that’s leading the way with an innovative approach to strength and conditioning with their flagship product the Bionic Resistance Shorts (BRS). The inventor Adrian Cornish is a former standout track and field athlete and a biology premed graduate. He is considered an expert in the field of resistance conditioning. Co-founders Adrian Cornish and Nathan Roy are available for phone interviews or live interviews in the Baton Rouge area. For additional articles or more information, visit http://www.apexconditioning.com.

Adrian Cornish
Apex Resistance and Conditioning LLC


The Bionic Resistance Shorts

The Bionic Resistance Shorts

Bionic bands and arm belts

Bionic bands and arm belts

Some exercises illustrated with the BRS

Some exercises illustrated with the BRS