Metro Inc. to release its financial results for the 4Q 2015 on November 18, 2015

MONTREAL, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro Inc.
will be releasing its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015 on November 18, 2015. This release will be followed by a conference call at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, President & CEO and Mr. François Thibault, Senior Vice President & CFO will hold the conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the financial results. This conference call, expected to last approximately 60 minutes, will be followed by a question and answer period.

The analysts and institutional investors are invited to access the conference call, by dialing 647.427.7450 or 1.888.231.8191 or via the website by clicking here. The journalists as well as the public may access this conference via a listen mode only. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call at 1.855.859.2056 (access code 66854986) or via the website by clicking here, until 23:59 EST on December 18, 2015.

Metro Inc.
With annual sales of over $11 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Source: Metro Inc.

Information:

Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risk and Investor Relations
METRO INC.
514 643-1000

Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) announces the results of 34th Ordinary General Assembly Meeting

Retailing and Operation Division

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) announces the results of the 34th Ordinary General Assembly Meeting (2nd Time), which held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, 25th of October, 2015 at SASCO Head office (Al-Ehsa Street Malaz – Riyadh) after completion of the quorum, where all meeting agenda were agreed as mentioned below: 

  • Elected of two additional members to engage the new two seats in the Board of Directors to complete the current session, which began on June 30, 2015 and ends on June 29, 2018, this after the Article (16) of the Article of Association was amended to become the number of the Board Members (9) members instead of (7) members (normal method of voting) as Follows:Mr. Suleiman Ali Alkhudair. 
    Mr. Fawaz Suliman Alrajhi. 

     

    It is worth mentioning that Mr. Suleiman Ali al-Khudair holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic science from the University of Arizona, USA, and has held several senior management positions in the private sector, and Mr. Fawaz Sulaiman Alrajhi holds a bachelor’s degree administrative and accounting information systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford Business School (USA) and has worked in several leadership positions and participated in many of the boards of directors of companies in the private sector. 

     

  • Approved the amendment of Article II, paragraph (3/3) the rules of selection members of The Nominations & Compensations Committee, the duration of their membership, type of committee work and in particular formatting the Committee and the conditions of committee member, which states that “not be allowed members from the executive directors of the company or who are managing technical or administrative position in the company” to become after the adjustment “may be a member of the committee from executive directors in the company or who are managing technical or administrative position in the company” in order to activate the role of sub- committees of the Council and grant the possibility of participation for members from seniors executives in the company.

SOURCE: SASCO

Jean Coutu: Flu vaccines will be available in approximately 300 Jean Coutu stores throughout Quebec

Fast and easy online appointment-setting

Longueuil, Quebec, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Jean Coutu Group” or the “Corporation”) and its affiliated pharmacist-owners announced today the introduction of their flu vaccination campaign. Flu vaccines will be available in approximately 300 Jean Coutu stores throughout Quebec regions as well as Ontario and New Brunswick.

As of October 26, patients can make online appointments at healthappointment.jeancoutu.com. Within a few minutes, they will be able to review the times and dates available in nearby pharmacies and send their appointment requests for one or several individuals at a time. They will also be able to make appointments over the phone or in person with their Jean Coutu affiliated pharmacists.

“The flu season is getting close. We are very proud to be able to provide flu vaccination in most of our network stores. In addition, setting appointments is even easier and faster with our new online platform”, explained Mr. Richard Mayrand, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy and Governmental Affairs, at the Jean Coutu Group.

A service accessible to all
Flu vaccination is paramount for some groups in the population, such as individuals with a chronic disease or aged over 60. A list of these groups is available on an information page hosted on the Jean Coutu website at: http://www.jeancoutu.com/en/health/pharmaceutical-services/flu-vaccination/.

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 416 franchised stores located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, which employs close to 20,000 people. Furthermore, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

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Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Information:

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
(450) 646-9611, ext. 1165
hbisson@jeancoutu.com

McDonald’s to provide shareholders with new rights of proxy access for director nominations

OAK BROOK, IL, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ —  McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) today announced that its Board of Directors has amended the Company’s bylaws to provide shareholders with new rights of proxy access for director nominations. The changes, being made with the input and support of the Company’s shareholders, enable eligible McDonald’s shareholders to have their own director nominees included in the Company’s proxy materials, along with candidates nominated by McDonald’s Board of Directors. McDonald’s had indicated earlier this year that it would further analyze proxy access, seek market and investor perspectives, and continue to engage with shareholders to listen to their views on the topic.

The amended bylaws provide the following:

  • The shareholder or a group of up to 20 shareholders may have their director nominees included in the Company’s proxy statement.
  • The shareholder or group must have held at least 3 percent of the company’s stock for three years and meet other requirements specified in the bylaws.
  • Proxy access nominees may total the greater of two directors or 20 percent of the Board.

The Company will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a copy of its amended bylaws on Form 8-K.

“McDonald’s regularly engages with shareholders, values their input, and is committed to being responsive to their feedback,” said Andrew McKenna, McDonald’s Chairman of the Board. “At this year’s 2015 Annual Meeting, more than a majority of the shares voted were in favor of a shareholder proposal requesting proxy access. After engaging with shareholders and further evaluating the proposal, the Board has decided to move forward to implement proxy access. We thank our shareholders for engaging with us directly on this important governance issue and look forward to continued dialogue with them in the future.”

McDonald’s Board of Directors is composed of 14 directors, 13 of whom are independent, and four of whom (including three new independent directors) joined the Board in 2015. The proxy access amendments are effective immediately.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations serving nearly 69 million customers in over 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

MEDIA:
Heidi Barker
630-623-3791
heidi.barker@us.mcd.com

Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

INVESTORS:
Chris Stent
630-623-3801
chris.stent@us.mcd.com

Walmart estimates more than 210 million visits to its mobile app over holiday season

Retailer will wow customers with simplified shopping experience and enhanced eCommerce offering; Predicts more than 210 million visits to its mobile app over holiday season

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — America moves from candy corn to candy canes November 1 and Walmart is ready. The retailer has been combing through data, predicting trends and preparing for the holiday season for more than a year. Today, it is summing up its plan for customers: easier shopping every day. Walmart is promising customers low prices and one-of-a-kind convenience on a product assortment hand-picked based on current customer trends.

The excitement begins this Sunday as Walmart kicks off eight weeks of deep savings and holiday retailtainment. With more than 140 million customers each week and an expected more than 210 million visits to its app in November and December – up from 18 million in 2013 – Walmart is forecasting the most integrated holiday shopping season ever. Powered by more than 4,500 stores, millions of additional items online and a best-in-class fulfillment network, the retailer will serve customers like only Walmart can.

I want customers to be in awe when they see what we have to offer as they walk into our stores or click around our site. Our managers have made a lot of progress to improve the shopping experience before the holidays and our merchants made sure we have the right products in stock. We’re delivering the prices customers expect, but we’ve taken it up a notch,” said Judith McKenna, chief operating officer, Walmart U.S. “Our Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart.com will be a powerful combination for customers this holiday season – trust me.”

In a post on Walmart’s blog, McKenna said high-low retailers and pricing games have led to frustrated holiday shoppers who second-guess their purchase decisions throughout the season. Walmart’s playbook to win starts with doubling down on its everyday low price promise through the season, coupled with an on-trend assortment and new tools for seamless shopping like never before.

  • Honest, Low Prices All Season Long: The retailer promises more Rollbacks that last at least 90 days on everything from electronics to baking essentials, and fewer “this weekend only” holiday offers. These savings will last all season long and are backed by Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee and Online Price Match. If customers find a lower price, Walmart will match it.
  • Free, Easy Pickup with New Mobile Check-in: Nearly 75 percent of traffic to Walmart.com is expected to come from a mobile device this holiday season. To better serve the growing number of shoppers who order online and pick up in stores, Walmart is rolling out Mobile Check In. Customers can check in using their phone when they arrive to pick up their online order. And new Pickup branding in stores will help guide customers more quickly to the Pickup service area. Pickup is always free at any Walmart store or Neighborhood Market.
  • Scan and Shop with Wish Lists: For the first time, customers can scan items in store to build a Wish List or search for someone else’s list by using the Walmart app. The new feature makes giving and getting the perfect gift faster and easier.
  • Top Trends and Products: Based on data and insights from adults and kids through Walmart’s “Chosen By You” program, the retailer bought deep in popular categories and items, including:
    • Pop Culture Favorites:  Expected top sellers include Star Wars, Minions, Jurassic Park and Paw Patrol licensed merchandise along with a new kitchen collection byThe Pioneer Woman only available at Walmart.
    • Toys: With help from hundreds of kids, Walmart merchants identified the top toysof the season. In addition to adventure and action toys, other trends tie to personas: foodies and chefs, animal-lovers and designers.
    • Seasonal Décor:  Walmart Christmas Shops in stores and online will offer a wide range of holiday decorations and gift giving supplies. Cashmere artificial trees are back and aisles are full of creative ways to personalize décor and customize any gift. Gold and natural colors are on trend for ornaments, while metallic is the new look for wrapping paper.
    • Tech: From wearables to tablets, Walmart is stocked with top brands at unbelievable prices, like an Apple iPad Mini 2 for $199.
    • Food: Walmart is ready for holiday gatherings and each of the 63 everyday meals remaining before the new year. On-trend food flavors include black forest, mocha and peppermint. Walmart will offer its lowest prices on holiday ham in years, and its bakeries will sell two pumpkin pies every second in November.

“Our customers are looking for great deals no matter how they shop with us – whether in store, online or on their mobile device,” says Fernando Madeira, president and CEO,Walmart.com. “We’re building digital capabilities so it’s faster and easier for them to find the right items at the right prices, and get them delivered quickly to their door or to a store.”

Walmart’s holiday approach follows a number of initiatives rolled out earlier this year to accelerate digital innovation, bridge in-store and online shopping, improve inventory management and make Walmart stores cleaner, faster and friendlier. Efforts like a billion dollar investment in associate wages and training, the opening of five new fulfillment centers and an emphasis on fresh food are paying off.

For more information, visit Walmart.com.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, Hire Heroes USA, Blue Star Families joined Walmart to launch Greenlight A Vet

Greenlight A Vet shines a light on the impact transitioning veterans make in and out of uniform in communities across the country

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 250,000 members of our military transitioning back to civilian life each year, veterans are returning to schools, workplaces and neighborhoods across the country to take on important roles as neighbors, co-workers, coaches, teachers, leaders and engaged and active citizens. But their transition doesn’t end with the return home. That’s when it begins.

Today, empowering organizations including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, Hire Heroes USA and Blue Star Families joined Walmart to launch Greenlight A Vet. This is a campaign to help create visible and actionable national support for America’s veterans and their families. You interact with them every day at work, at school and in the neighborhood. However, it’s hard to show them support or recognize their contributions when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever.

A green light means go and that’s what veterans are known for – their ability to take action quickly no matter the challenge. They demonstrate great leadership skills in any situation and represent the best of America. Their involvement in communities is central to our nation’s success.

“The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is proud to be a part of Walmart’s campaign to Greenlight A Vet in support of those who have served in the military and their families.” said Dr. Mike Haynie, Executive Director of the IVMF and Vice Chancellor at Syracuse University. “Participating in a national movement, designed to recognize those who have worn our nation’s uniform as valued, contributing members of our communities, is our way of encouraging all Americans to meaningfully engage with veterans and their families and by so doing, appreciate them as respected civic assets.”

“By uniting behind a visible symbol, we can ignite a national conversation in our communities about opportunity, success and service for veterans as they take off the uniform,” said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs.

All Americans are invited to show support for veterans through a visible symbol. Even if we can’t always see our veterans, they should always be able to see our support.

Anyone can Greenlight A Vet:

  • Hire one today. Or help a veteran find a job.
  • Volunteer and serve with veterans groups in your local community.
  • Start a mentor/mentee relationship with a returning veteran.
  • Raise awareness on social media.
  • Or simply signal support by changing your porch light to green.

Walmart is committed to greenlighting veterans, including hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020 through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. As part of this effort, Walmart proudly greenlighted the company’s 100,000th veteran hire this past month.

While a job is a vital piece of transitioning from military to civilian life for a veteran, it also takes a coordinated, multi-sector effort to create healthy transitions to civilian life. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million in grants to organizations that provide veteran job training, education and community-based collaboration. As part of this pledge, the Walmart Foundation provided donations to organizations focused specifically on transitioning veterans:

  • A $500,000 grant to Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) to help increase their capacity. Hire Heroes has built a national reputation of excellence for their success at helping unemployed veterans find jobs.
  • A $190,000 grant to Blue Star Families for a tech-train-to-hire project that will train military spouses for high demand and high growth careers in technology. This program speaks to the heart of one of the greatest challenges to military life, which is 58 percent unemployment and underemployment among military families.

“Through continued, collaborative work with our nonprofit partners, we greenlight innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address the navigation challenges many of our veterans face when returning to the civilian workforce and their communities.” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “There is no better tribute to our men and women who serve than recognizing the value of their contributions and fully engaging them in our communities and workforce when they return home.”

For more information about Walmart’s Greenlight A Vet campaign please visit: www.greenlightavet.com.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,504 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Shoppers with Macy’s mobile app will have a chance to win $1m in prizes through “Macy’s Black Friday Walk In and Win” game

Customers will have access to specials starting at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening in most stores

NEW YORK, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Thanksgiving evening, customers can shop the greatest deals of Black Friday weekend beginning at 6 p.m. at most Macy’s (NYSE:M) stores, or online all day at macys.com. Plus, shoppers with Macy’s mobile app will have a chance to walk in to their local Macy’s store and win $1 million in prizes through “Macy’s Black Friday Walk In and Win” game.

“This year, customers will find the hottest holiday gift items and great savings with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everyone on their holiday list,” said Jeff Kantor, chief stores officer at Macy’s. “In addition to incredible savings and doorbuster deals on Black Friday at Macy’s, customers will have a chance to win up to $1 million in gift codes and prizes throughout the weekend.”

The following are a few highlights of Macy’s Black Friday doorbuster specials, available while supplies last. Shop for these limited-time deals in-store beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or online at macys.com:

  • $39.99 – Charter Club Cashmere Crewneck or V-Neck Sweaters
  • 60 percent off Women’s Wool and Down Coats
  • 30-50 percent off Impulse Contemporary Apparel, including Lucky Brand, Kensie, Bar III, RACHEL Rachel Roy and more
  • Extra 25 percent off Clearance Designer Handbags
  • Free Glitter Tote with any $95 fragrance purchase
  • $19.99 – Rampage, Style&Co. and Seven Dial Boots
  • $149 – 3/8 ct. t.w. True Miracle® Diamond Earrings in 14k White Gold
  • 50 percent off all Junior Collections, including American Rag, XOXO, Material Girl, BCX, Jessica Simpson and more
  • $9.99 —Your Choice: Bella Toaster Oven, Electric Skillet, Espresso Maker or Deep Fryer; Black & Decker Rice Cooker; Presto Griddle, Cuisinart Hand Mixer or Stick Blender (After Rebate)
  • 70 percent off Memory Foam Pillows and Toppers

Starting on Nov. 16, customers can preview specials online through macys.com/blackfriday and add favorites to their list, which is available via desktop, mobile device and tablet. They can also create custom tags to organize recipients and shop straight from their list all Thanksgiving Day on macys.com.

In addition, Black Friday shoppers can get a first look at select specials by checking out Macy’s Pinterest page at pinterest.com/macysofficial.

Beginning at store opening on Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 a.m. EST, customers shopping at more than 700 Macy’s stores with Macy’s mobile app will have a chance to instantly win $1 million in Macy’s gift codes and branded prizes – including a Macy’s shopping spree, home makeover and even trips to New York City. With the help of push notifications and BlueTooth® smart beacons powered by Zebra Technologies, in-store shoppers on Black Friday weekend will discover a digital experience offering an opportunity to play up to five times per day for a chance to instantly win. Customers are encouraged to prepare for the game in advance by registering on macys.com/win and downloading the most updated Macy’s app starting Nov. 20. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, age 16 years or older. Ends Nov. 29, 2015 at 3 a.m. ET. To play and for Official Rules, including odds, alternate method of entry, and prize descriptions, visit macys.com/win, starting Nov. 16.

Visit macys.com/stores for local information, as Black Friday hours may vary by store. Most Macy’s stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.

For more information on Macy’s Black Friday event and merchandise images, please visit http://pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2015/black-friday.php.

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 Media Relations
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
holly.thomas@macys.com
or
Julie Strider Fukami, 646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

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Shop Macy’s and macys.com on Black Friday for spectacular doorbusters including women’s wool and down coats, 60% off. (Photo: Business Wire)

Shop Macy’s and macys.com on Black Friday for spectacular doorbusters including women’s wool and down coats, 60% off. (Photo: Business Wire)

Unparalleled assortment of gifts from top brands and for every budget at Macy’s this holiday season

Spread joy this holiday season with the hottest gifts from Macy’s and macys.com/gifts

NEW YORK, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s is the ultimate gift destination this holiday season, boasting an unparalleled assortment of products from top brands and for every budget. From apparel to home décor to technology, Macy’s carries the best selection of items for the foodies, techies, fashion-obsessed and everyone on your holiday gift list. In addition to a remarkable selection, Macy’s also has gifting experts available to make your shopping experience effortless.

“Macy’s is the gift-giving destination with perfect items for him, her and everyone on your list this holiday season,” said Susan Bertelsen, group vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “Plus, our fast, fun and free personal shopping service, My Stylist@Macy’s, is a great de-stressor during the holidays. Our stylists can help you discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list – and keep you within budget.”

GIFTS FOR HER

Macy’s carries an exquisite collection of diamonds and gems sure to dazzle; a sapphire and diamond ring from Effy is striking and eye-catching, and ¾ ct. diamond studs are elegant and timeless. The Jemma leather satchel from Vince Camuto is a practical and stylish gift certain to get a lot of wear. With temperatures dropping, keep the woman in your life warm-but-fashionable with a single-breasted coat with faux fur collar from I.N.C. International Concepts. For the glamazon on your list, up her beauty game with the four-piece party makeup set from Benefit Cosmetics, and elevate her perfume collection with Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. For the athlete, give her workout wardrobe a boost with vests by Calvin Klein Performance, along with a Fitbit so she can track her progress. Charm bracelets from Thalia Sodi, shearling wristlets from Coach, and pom pom keychains from MICHAEL Michael Kors make for trendy stocking stuffers.

GIFTS FOR HIM

Give the gift of style by offering the guy on your list a fitted dress shirt, tie and shawl-collar sweater from Tommy Hilfiger, and keep him on time with a sleek, elegant watch with blue dial from Nautica. Keep him smelling fresh and clean with a two-piece set from Calvin Klein, Eternity for Men after-shave splash and eau de toilette. For the guy who loves a good laugh, a whimsical snowman holiday sweater from American Rag will light up his day, and Star Wars™ slippers and knit boxers are perfect for those fans thrilled for the release of the new movie. For the workout fiend on your list, keep him sporty, yet stylish with a pair of sneakers from Nike and half-zip sweatshirt from Lacoste.

GIFTS FOR KIDS

Kindle the young ones’ fashion flames with warm, yet fun jackets from The North Face. For young Star Wars fans, aDarth Vader Union suit or Chewbacca hoodie will surely garner squeals of delight. Of course, don’t forget toys! The Platinum Collections remote-controlled Thunder Tumbler truck and remote-controlled Battling Robots are ideal gifts for tech-savvy kids.

Starting Nov. 2, PEANUTS® iconic beagle Snoopy will serve as the 2015 Macy’s Holiday Ambassador with an exclusive collectible plush featuring his sister Belle, available at more than 600 full-line Macy’s stores and on macys.com. The huggable plush features Snoopy dressed in a warm holiday hat and vest along with a bonus backpack clip of his sister Belle available for $15.95.

GIFTS FOR THE HOME

Macy’s has a wide assortment of fun and festive gifts to deck the home this holiday. Have your loved one cozy up to a warm reversible Sherpa throw by Martha Stewart Collection, perfect for nights by the fire. To start the morning off on a humorous note, give mugs from kate spade new york, with cheeky sayings such as “One Smart Cookie” and “Life of the Party.” Embracing the season’s fur trend, I.N.C. International Concepts boasts a new line of fur throws and accessories, including stockings to dress the mantle and a luxe bed that will make any pup proud. For the entertaining maven in your life, cheese knife sets from Schmidt Brothers and the Ninja coffee bar make great gifts. Be sure to stock up on this year’s Godiva and Frango collections, which can serve as thoughtful hostess gifts all season long.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

To spread the spirit of generosity this holiday season, shop for gifts that give back through two exclusive programs at Macy’s. The Heart of Haiti collection includes unique papier-mâché crafts, recycled metal art, hand-carved soapstone and more, while Rwanda Path to Peace features beautifully crafted baskets in vibrant shades. New for holiday 2015, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program, the Rwanda Path to Peace collection will include red and white commemorative baskets, which will be available at select stores and online. Artisans that are involved in these programs receive half the wholesale price for each item sold, helping to provide for their families and fuel their local communities.

In addition, customers can purchase the “Yes, Virginia” illustrated storybook or animated special DVD exclusively at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com. Ten percent of the purchase price of each book and DVD sold will be donated to Make-A-Wish® to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Take home a 2015 Aflac Holiday Duck and make a difference in a child’s life. When you purchase one of these feathered friends available in two sizes, a 6-inch version for $10 and 10-inch version for $15, 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit pediatric cancer hospitals across the country. The plush toys will be available at 350 Macy’s stores nationwide.

For those needing a little extra help choosing the perfect gift, visit My Stylist@Macy’s, a complimentary personal shopping service with experts who will make shopping for friends and family easy. No time to shop? Get your loved one a Macy’s Gift Card and an appointment at My Stylist@Macy’s for a fabulous two-in-one gift. For more information and to make an appointment, visit macys.com/mystylist.

Visit Macy’s online gift shop at macys.com/gifts to make holiday shopping as simple as the click of a button—with everything delivered right to your doorstep or local store. The enhanced macys.com Holiday Gift Guide will make it easier than ever to shop for the people on your list by offering curated selections tailored to individual tastes. Additionally, customers can let their friends and family know exactly what they want by creating a list online and sharing it with friends and family. Plus, the new e-gift feature on macys.com, powered by Loop Commerce, makes gift-giving more convenient than ever. Customers can simply select “e-gift it” at check-out and the recipient will receive an e-mail, and they can adjust the color and/or size of the item, and even exchange it for something else, all before their perfect gift even ships.

To view the full gift assortment, holiday shopping tools and gift guides, visit macys.com. For media materials, including hi-res product images, visit: http://pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2015.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), 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 asMacy’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 Plazain 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

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Shop Macy’s stores and macys.com for everyone on your list this holiday season; Kate Spade New York Mugs (Assorted), $15 each (Photo: Business Wire)

Shop Macy’s stores and macys.com for everyone on your list this holiday season; Kate Spade New York Mugs (Assorted), $15 each (Photo: Business Wire)

The Sephora Lab becomes a veritable pillar of the innovation culture that defines Sephora

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sephora has from its founding proposed a revolutionary retail concept centered on self-service, a pathsetting first in the world of selective cosmetics and perfume stores. The brand continues to innovate to enhance the customer experience through the Sephora Lab, an internal program to develop new creative concepts, fueled by ideas from Sephora employees. Spotlight on a textbook example of successful collaborative innovation.

The Sephora Lab has become a veritable pillar of the innovation culture that defines Sephora. Launched in Europe in 2012, the program is first and foremost about generating innovative ideas by stimulating the creativity of employees, who take on the role of “labmakers”. These “labmakers” come from every part of the company – European headquarters, subsidiaries, stores – and span the entire hierarchy. They come together to form teams with a rich diversity of profiles and professional backgrounds.

During a first stage of ideation, participants come up with novel ideas centered on the customer experience, forging them into a concept and then presenting their project. The focus is always to make the shopping experience even more amazing.

In 2015, the Sephora Lab embarked on an exciting new path, building on the ideation phase with a co-creation and then project production phases. The fruits of brainstorming sessions take on tangible form thanks to different digital tools provided to participants, including a 3D printer, enabling full-fledged prototypes of the concepts imagined to be created in record time. The projects are presented during an Innovation Fair, attended by Sephora Chairman and CEO Chris de Lapuente – who has championed the approach since its inception – and members of the Europe Executive Committee. The projects are then tested as quickly as possible.

It’s precisely to accelerate this “innovation project production” that Sephora Lab continues to evolve and develop its tools. The next step will be the roll-out of an internal start-up designed to drive rapid launch of projects. The program also aims to cascade the brainstorming experience to all employees thanks to a digital application.

The success of the Sephora Lab has already spawned several successful concepts since 2012. The Gift Factory, a personalized high-end gift wrapping service, is now installed in 90 stores in 13 countries across Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. And the Mini Beautic Smart Sampling distributor has been deployed at two Sephora stores in France. The Sephora Lab has seen a few projects fail to gain traction, but they only underline the importance of risk-taking as part of Sephora’s innovation-driven vision. Indeed, the beauty retailer’s U.S. unit has also adopted this groundbreaking approach, inaugurating a Sephora Innovation Lab several months ago. Collaborative innovation clearly has an amazing future at Sephora!

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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The Sephora Lab becomes a veritable pillar of the innovation culture that defines Sephora

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited the second class of students in the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program on October 27th to a ceremony marking the start of the 2015 school year. The 100 new students joining the IME this year were welcomed by LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault. Highlights from the inauguration.

The IME vocational training program was launched in July 2014, offering degree courses that allow students to combine training at prestigious schools – including the Ecole de la Bijouterie Joaillerie de Paris jewelry school, the Ecole Boulle and the Maison des Compagnons du Devoir – with professional experience in the workshops of LVMH Houses. Training covers a variety of areas such as “couture flou” (draping, or “soft” couture), retail sales and winemaking. The objective is to train the talented artisans of tomorrow.

Speaking at the ceremony, LVMH Group Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Synergies Chantal Gaemperle underlined why LVMH has always attached great importance to transmitting savoir-faire to new generations: “The expert gestures of people who work with leather, jewelry, couture gowns or grapevines can only be passed on from artisan to artisan. Each gesture must be absolutely perfect.”

Bernard Arnault had words of encouragement for the new IME students: “You need to be optimistic, persevering, and even a bit stubborn.” After talking about the Group’s values, he reminded them of the fundamental raison-d’être of LVMH and its people: “We are there to sell dreams and spark desire.”  This vision will certainly provide inspiration to the students as they embark on this uniquely rich educational experience.

IME courses in artisanal, creative and retail métiers:

  • Vocational high school degree in jewelry arts and techniques
  • Vocational high school degree in “Couture Tailleur” (draping, or “soft” couture)
  • Vocational high school degree in leather goods
  • Vocational baccalaureate in winegrowing
  • Client Advisor
  • Degree in Design, Communication, Space, Volume

SOURCE: LVMH

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

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TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver on the creation of the TAG Heuer smartwatch

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH brands continually integrate innovations to develop new products and target new customer segments. Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, talks about creation of the TAG Heuer smartwatch. Developed in partnership with Intel and Google, this revolutionary new chronograph will be unveiled on November 9 in New York.

The Swiss watchmaking industry is characterized by tradition and artisanal know-how. Does TAG Heuer really have any legitimacy in creating a smartwatch?
TAG Heuer has been a Swiss avant-garde watch brand since 1860 and innovation is part of our DNA. The brand’s past is marked by numerous inventions and patents in watchmaking and chronometers. At the same time, TAG Heuer is a brand that appeals to a young and dynamic clientele strongly connected to the future. With a price range that starts at €1,200, TAG Heuer is one of the leading accessible luxury watch brands. All these reasons made it quite natural for us to launch the design of a connected watch.

Was it a challenge for TAG Heuer teams to integrate the innovation and technology components of this project? How did you proceed? What were the reactions of your teams?
Right from the outset, we intelligently called on the best specialists to help us take up this challenge. That’s why we teamed with Google, for the Google Wear software, and with Intel, for the microprocessor. It was clear for everyone at TAG Heuer that with this smartwatch we were entering a new segment that required skills that our current teams could not have. So we had no problems internally welcoming this new technology with open arms, especially with partners such as these.

Is adding a smart watch to your portfolio designed to attract new customer segments or strengthen ties with current TAG Heuer fans?
We’re continually seeking to bring new customers to the brand thanks to a broader offering. The smartwatch is clearly part of this conquest strategy. But it’s also obvious that a portion of the current TAG Heuer clientele is attracted by this new product and this new technology as well. So tune in on November 9 to discover this exciting innovation, the first TAG Heuer smartwatch!

SOURCE: LVMH

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TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver on the creation of the TAG Heuer smartwatch

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Invitation to discover how LVMH Houses engage with innovation

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Innovation is deeply embedded in the DNA of the LVMH Group, providing a source of continued success and authenticity over the years.  As a core value of LVMH, innovation inspires the Group’s houses in their quest for excellence, creating an ongoing dialogue between tradition and modernity. Several emblematic initiatives illustrate the pioneering spirit that guides us.

“Our business model is anchored in a long term vision that builds on the heritage of our Houses and stimulates creativity and excellence. This model drives the success of our Group and ensures its promising future,” says Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, who notes that the Group’s success springs from a subtle balance. Innovation is a pillar of our business model. By drawing on an infinitely rich past and savoir-faire, LVMH Houses continue to blend tradition and modernity to create products that spark desire among our customers.

The history of LVMH Houses is replete with boundless innovation.  Louis Vuitton created the Monogram canvas in the late 19th century to fight counterfeiting. Also in the 19th century, Aristide Boucicaut, invented modern retail commerce at Le Bon Marché department store, introducing fixed prices, labels, regular sales at specific times of the year, product returns, and other innovations. This quest for excellence is more dynamic than ever today.

“Our culture is focused on curiosity, change, opportunity, innovation and creativity, says Toni Belloni, Group Managing Director. “We want our brands to stay true to their origins, but reinvent them so they remain relevant to our current and future customers.”

Encouraged by Bernard Arnault, this focus on innovation requires the mindset of a start-up across an international group that is the world leader in the luxury industry and counts over 120,000 employees.

This week we invite you to discover how LVMH Houses engage with innovation. Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman and CEO of Tag Heuer, discusses how the watchmaker developed its connected watch, which will be unveiled on November 9 in New York. A much-awaited annual event, the MH Innovation Awards let Moët Hennessy celebrate the exemplary innovation drive of its Houses.

Innovation has always been deeply rooted in the DNA of Sephora, whose Innovation Lab is scaling up to mobilize staff and generate new ideas. Lastly, to better valorize the significant volume of data it has collected and mobilize technical talents, Louis Vuitton organized the first ever Hackathon in the luxury industry.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Invitation to discover how LVMH Houses engage with innovation

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The Milwaukee Bucks announced new partnership with Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., and Pick ‘n Save stores

Bucks players celebrate the new partnership by making surprise appearances at local Pick ‘n Save stores

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Milwaukee Bucks today announced a new partnership with Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., and Pick ‘n Save stores in which the Wisconsin-based grocer will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2015-16 Bucks season. The partnership is highlighted by new in-arena amenities and in-store promotions that will enhance the fan experience for Bucks supporters throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

“We are excited to partner with one of the NBA’s most exciting teams, the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Joe Wood, Vice President of Marketing for Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. “Our customers will be treated to an in-store experience of Bucks merchandising, player appearances and promotions during the 2015-16 NBA season. This partnership joins together two of the most recognizable and established names in the State of Wisconsin, Pick ‘n Save and the Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin’s grocer and Wisconsin’s NBA team.”

To celebrate today’s announcement, Bucks players made surprise appearances at three area Pick ‘n Save stores: two in Oak Creek (8770 S. Howell Ave. and 6462 S. 27th St.) and one in Wauwatosa (6950 W. State St.). The players were on hand from 3-5 pm assisting shoppers throughout the store, and had a limited number of pairs of tickets to Wednesday night’s Home Opener to hand out to fans who spent $50 using their Roundy’s Fresh Perks card.

As part of Pick ‘n Save’s new relationship with the Bucks, the grocer will feature two new concessions options at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this season – the Pick ‘n Save Kids Cart and Grab ‘n Go Station. The Kids Cart will feature a variety of items for kids provided by Pick ‘n Save vendors and priced at just $1 per item, while the Grab ‘n Go Station will be an open-air cooler featuring quick and easy meals, snacks and beverages for fans wanting to grab a quick bite during games.

Additionally, Pick ‘n Save will engage fans with three separate in-store sweepstakes during the season featuring ticket giveaways and the chance to win one-of-a-kind Bucks prizes. The partnership also includes in-arena signage, digital branding on www.bucks.com, player appearances at local stores and much more.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4 billion in sales and over 22,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, it operates 150 retail grocery stores and 100 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s banners in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more information about Roundy’s and its banners, visit any of the following websites:www.picknsave.com, www.copps.com, www.metromarket.net or www.marianos.com.

SOURCE: Roundy’s

 

Delhaize Group CEO Frans Muller on Group’s 3Q 2015 results: We continue to report robust sales in this third quarter

Financial Summary Third Quarter 2015
» Revenue growth of 2.3% at identical exchange rates
» Comparable store sales growth of 1.7% (or 4.1% excluding the positive impact from strikes at a competitor last year) in the U.S., 1.7% in Belgium and 5.1% in Southeastern Europe
» Group underlying operating profit of €218 million, underlying operating margin of 3.5% (4.2% in the U.S., 1.4% in Belgium, 4.5% in Southeastern Europe)
Highlights
» 162 Food Lion stores relaunched under the “Easy, Fresh & Affordable” strategy on October 14, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina

 »  CEO Comments

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group, commented: “We continue to report robust sales in this third quarter. At Delhaize America, while our revenue growth was driven by Food Lion, Hannaford also posted positive volume growth once adjusted for the competitive turmoil of last summer. We made significant progress with our key strategic initiative ‘Easy, Fresh & Affordable´ at Food Lion by further fine-tuning Wilmington and Greenville, relaunching 162 stores in the Raleigh market two weeks ago and preparing for our next market in 2016.”

“Our return to positive comparable store sales growth in Belgium is just a first step as we are putting our operations back onto a path of sustainable growth. During the third quarter, our stores were impacted by significant changes as a result of the agreed departure of many employees. We have started the roll-out of our new store organisation which will be implemented in 53 stores by mid-November. In Southeastern Europe, we continued to benefit from a strong summer in our Greek operations, excellent momentum in Romania, and Serbia also posted good comparable store sales growth.”

“We are looking forward to the important fourth quarter of the year and we are confident that we will deliver results and free cash flow in line with expectations. At the same time, we continue to make progress with the proposed merger with Ahold and we are on track to complete the transaction by mid-2016.”

FULL RESULTS

SOURCE:  Delhaize Group SA

Northern Ireland Retail Consortium: Northern Ireland’s rates review warmly welcomed by the retail industry

LONDON, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The devolved government has today published a consultation paper aimed at reviewing Northern Ireland’s £588 million a year non-domestic rates system. The move has been warmly welcomed by the retail industry. Over the past two years the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium has led calls for a review, most recently in its 2016 Policy Agenda and in last week’s Business Rates: Fundamental Reform paper.

Aodhán Connolly, Director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, said:

“The retail industry whole-heartedly welcomes the DFP consultation on rates reform. Retail contributes about a quarter of the total rates tax take and this review is the best opportunity to affect real change in our lifetime on what is an outdated and damaging tax on jobs, growth and investment. We would encourage retailers and others to be a part of this change and make their voice heard. But most of all we are asking the political parties to have the courage and the will to change a tax that is simply not fit for purpose. Doing nothing on rates reform is no longer an option.”

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Note to editors:
1. The NIRC’s recent Business Rates: Fundamental Reform paper is available here
2. The NIRC’s 2016 Policy Agenda can be found here

For media enquiries please contact Aodhán Connolly, Director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium: 07880039744 aodhan.connolly@brc.org.uk

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

 

Scottish Retail Consortium Director David Lonsdale on reviewing business rates in Northern Ireland

LONDON, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to the publication by the Northern Ireland Executive of a consultation paper reviewing business rates in Northern Ireland, the Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, David Lonsdale, said:

“Just as in Northern Ireland, the £2.8 billion Scottish system of business rates is not fit for purpose, disincentivises investment and has become a disproportionate burden on businesses the length and breadth of the country. Now that a government review is taking place in Northern Ireland, as is currently the case in England, it is even more imperative that Scottish Ministers look again at this issue and options for a fundamentally reformed approach to rates that better reflects economic conditions, promotes growth and reduces the tax burden.”

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Notes to editors
1. The SRC published its Holyrood 2016: Business Rates in August 2015. You can find the publication here

For media enquiries please contact David Martin, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the SRC: 07880039743 david.martin@brc.org.uk

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

Babies“R”Us® to help parents celebrate little ones’ first holiday season with a series of festive events at Babies“R”Us stores

In-Store Events Feature Craft Activity, Storytime, Giveaways, Gift Ideas and More, Adding to the Magic of Little Ones’ First Holiday; Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide Makes Gifting Easy with Solutions for Stocking Stuffers, Christmas Keepsakes and Toys for Infants at Any Stage

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us®, the nation’s leading dedicated baby products retailer, is preparing to help parents celebrate little ones’ first holiday season with a series of festive events at Babies“R”Us stores around the country. On select Saturdays in November, beginning at 11am, families are invited to take part in activities to commemorate their baby’s first Christmas, with activities such as storytime, photo opportunities, giveaways, raffles, make and take oh-so-cute “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” and more, all while mingling with other moms and dads from the local area. Additionally, event participants will receive an exclusive Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide, featuring great gifting solutions for baby on-the-grow.

CLICK TO TWEET: .@Babiesrus helps parents celebrate baby’s firsts this holiday season #BRUChristmas www.Babiesrus.com/FirstChristmas

“Babies“R”Us is helping parents celebrate the season by offering opportunities for families to come together and capture once-in-a-lifetime holiday moments,” said Jennifer Knowles, Vice President Brand Marketing, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “From hosting festive events at our stores for parents and their little ones, to providing one-stop shopping with age-appropriate gift solutions, as well as special in-store boutiques filled with mementos for baby’s first holiday, Babies“R”Us is thrilled to play an integral role in helping our customers build magical memories this holiday season.”

Save the Date! Baby’s First Christmas Events at Babies“R”Us
On select Saturdays in November, Babies“R”Us will host interactive events, sponsored by Pampers®, at its stores nationwide during which infants and their parents can come together to take part in “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Gerber Onesies® bodysuit decorating, “Baby’s First” photo opportunities and storytime, as well as giveaways and raffles. While event dates are separated by child’s age (as outlined below), parents are welcome to participate on any date that works best for their family’s schedule. For more information, customers can contact their local Babies“R”Us store, or visit Babiesrus.com/FirstChristmas.

  • Saturday, November 7: Babies born December 2014; January, February, March 2015
  • Saturday, November 14: Babies born April, May, June, July 2015
  • Saturday, November 21: Babies born August, September, October, November 2015

Social savvy families are encouraged to share photos from the event on social media using #BRUChristmas, including their baby’s first “Ugly Christmas Sweater,” as well as all of baby’s firsts throughout the holiday season.

Additionally, Babies“R”Us is inviting parents to join an upcoming Baby’s First Christmas Twitter Party led by @MomStart on Thursday, November 5 at 2pm EST. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the best gifts for their little ones, receive advice from baby product experts and share insights and tips for the holidays, using #BRUChristmas.

Gift Guide Offers Tips for Baby’s First Yuletide Treasures
Designed with gift-givers in mind, the Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide by Babies“R”Us is a collection of toys, activities and on-the-go items that are thoughtfully matched to every stage of baby’s first year. An expanded version of the gift guide is available online at Babiesrus.com/FirstChristmas, which is categorized by baby’s age, so shoppers will easily be able to find hundreds of items, from stocking stuffers to everyday necessities (perfect for parents celebrating their ‘firsts’ along with baby), which are sure to excite the little ones in their life.

Below is a selection of items featured within the 2015 Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide:

  • Ages 0 to 3 months: At this age, the tiniest tots are exploring sights and sounds of their new world. Gift-givers should look for toys with interesting shapes, eye catching patterns and feel-good textures that encourage reaching and touching, such as the Bruin® Kickin’ Keys Play Gym from Toys“R”Us®, Sea Dreams Soother from Baby Einstein®, or the 3-in-1 Take Along Mobile from Tiny Love Gymini®.
  • Ages 3 to 6 months: Whether it’s the Light and Move Learning Ball from VTech, the Hug and Tug Musical Giraffe from Infantino® or the OBall Rattle from KidsII®, caregivers should surround little ones with music, motion and sounds that encourage their curiosity.
  • Ages 6 to 9 months: Entertainers such as the Go Wild Jumperoo from Fisher-Price® and early activities like theDrop & Go Dump Truck from VTech are great options for keeping babies on the move safe in one spot as they play.
  • Ages 9 to 12 months: From the 1-2-3 Baby Walker from Chicco® to the Laugh & Learn Smart Home from Fisher-Price®, shoppers should look for items that encourage standing and walking, taking babies to the next step – literally!
  • Ages 12 months and up: The pitter patter of little feet keep mom and dad on their toes, as baby is on the move from morning to night. Consider ride-on toys such as the 2-in-1 Learn & Zoom Motorbike from Vtech which hone motor skills and encourage imagination. And equally as important, create a spot, like the Canvas Tee-Peefrom Discovery Kids, where little ones can relax and unwind after an active day.

Babies“R”Us Sweepstakes Equips Parents for Baby’s First Year
The “Baby’s First Christmas Sweepstakes” offers participants a chance to win incredible prizes that will stock new moms and dads with everything they need for their baby’s first year. One grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 Babies“R”Us Gift Card, while other prizes include a year’s worth of diapers from Pampers and a year’s supply of baby food (excluding formula) from Gerber®. Entries will be accepted Sunday, November 1, 2015 through Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Visit Babiesrus.com/FirstChristmasSweeps for information on how to enter.

To stay up to date with deals, promotions, and other news throughout the holidays, visit Babiesrus.com, or follow Babies“R”Us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

To download a digital copy of the Babies“R”Us Babies First Christmas Gift Guide, click here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s988c1ae9478412db

*Pampers is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble. For more information about Pampers, please visit pampers.com.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Babies“R”Us Media Contacts:
Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380
Cheryl.Obrien@Toysrus.com

Toys“R”Us: The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome to arrive in homes this week featuring an all-new, special interactive edition

For the First Time Ever, Augmented Reality Brings the Year’s Hottest Toys to Life Within Kids’ Beloved Holiday Catalog

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome,the company’s annual resource for the year’s hottest toys, will begin arriving in homes this week featuring an all-new, special interactive edition. This 96-page toy compendium is compatible with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle, a game that allows kids to bring to life the season’s most coveted toys through an augmented reality experience. An abbreviated catalog, which features 48 pages of kid-favorite toys, is now available online at Toysrus.com and will be in local newspapers on Saturday, October 31. This year’s highly-anticipated gift guide from The World’s Greatest Toy Storealso includes thousands of dollars worth of compelling deals and coupon offers, valid Sunday, November 1 through Saturday, November 21.

CLICK TO TWEET: Rejoice! The Great Big @Toysrus Book of Awesome is coming! #AwesomeMoment #Toys www.Toysrus.com/Christmas2015

To download The Geoffrey Shuffle video tutorial, The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome preview videos and images from The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome, CLICK HERE: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-saad2d4996fb4ffca

“The arrival of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome marks the kickoff of the time-honored tradition of children eagerly studying pages upon pages of the year’s hottest toys, curating their must-have lists for Christmas morning,” said Richard Lennox, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Within the book, we created eight interactive lifestyle spreads that show the breadth of our assortment and make bold statements for some of the brands most beloved by kids. This catalog is the centerpiece of our holiday marketing efforts, and extends the theme of “AWWWESOME,” speaking not only to the excitement kids have when they turn the first page, but also the ways the company is helping gift-givers save with great deals and services, such as Price Match Guarantee and Free Shipping.”

Awesome Toys Brought to Life in 3D

Through this year’s augmented reality experience, kids are able to bring toys from the interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome to life within The Geoffrey Shuffle app game. In the palm of their hands, kids can examine favorite toys by zooming in to see intricate details, spinning or walking around pages of the book for different angles or capturing photos within the game. The app encourages players to find Geoffrey as he and other kid-favorite characters hide in shuffled gift boxes. When the player finds Geoffrey in eight scenes, parents qualify to enter Geoffrey’s Awesome Christmas Sweepstakes for a chance to win exciting prizes. Available now, the game can be downloaded from the App Store® or Google Play® onto any smartphone device or tablet.

Additionally, if kids want to play The Geoffrey Shuffle without an interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome¸ they can download the eight interactive scenes by visiting Toysrus.com/TheGeoffreyShuffle, or by playing the app in Virtual Reality mode. This alternate game play displays a pre-loaded seasonal backdrop for each of the eight rounds of the game and allows for pinch-to-zoom functionality to view toys in more detail.

Awesome Savings on the Season’s Most Popular Toys

Whether gift-givers are shopping for tiny tots or trendy tweens, The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome offers customers the reassurance that they can find precisely what they are looking for at a great value at Toys“R”Us. This year’s toy catalog features thousands of dollars in savings, including a FREE $10 Toys“R”Us Gift Card with a purchase of $75 or more*; FREE LEGO® Star Wars: The Force Awakens gift with ANY LEGO Star Wars purchase of $40 or more**; and SAVE $10 on any regular priced Barbie® doll or playset purchase of $49.99 or more**.

Social Media Preview: Holiday Gift Guide Receives ‘800 Bajillion Million Stars!’

Content from The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome is now featured on the company’s official social media channels. Customers who follow Toys“R”Us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Toysrus) and Twitter (@Toysrus) will have the opportunity to preview numerous pages from the highly anticipated catalog in a 30- second “trailer,” which includes “reviews” from kids commenting on their positive reactions to this year’s toy book. A full, four-minute story of how the book inspires wish lists through the voices of popular toys including Barbie®, Skylanders®, LEGO® Shopkins,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thomas & Friends® and more, can be seen at Youtube.com/Toysrus. Both videos were created in partnership with BBDO Worldwide, an international, award-winning creative agency.

Additionally, the company’s official Instagram channel (@Toysrus) has been providing hints to The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome cover image, culminating with the final reveal.

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

To further help gift-givers shop and save, The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome highlights a variety of compelling services from Toys“R”Us this holiday season, such as:

Price Match Guarantee – Toys“R”Us will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items when customers present a local competitor’s print ad or website, showing the item available for less. Visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch for details.

Free Store Pickup – Toys“R”Us offers a ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store’ option, which allows customers to shop online from wherever they are and pick up the ordered item at their local Toys“R”Us store in an hour or less. Visit Toysrus.com/Pickup for details.

Free Shipping – On Toysrus.com, the company offers free shipping on purchases of $19 or more every day, with details found at Toysrus.com/FreeShipping.

* Limit one Gift Card per customer with coupon. Exclusions apply. Offer available in-store only. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Gift Card valid 12/1 through 12/24/2015.
** Quantities limited; no rain checks.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 863 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 740 international stores and 245 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Kathleen Waugh
973-617-5888
Kathleen.Waugh@toysrus.com

43 local Associated Food Stores to donate the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign to Make-A-Wish® Utah

43 local grocery stores rallied together to help wishes come true

CENTERVILLE2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets,will be presenting Make-A-Wish® Utah with the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign this week. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, over $67,000 was raised to help grant the heartfelt wishes of approximately 13 Utah children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Funds raised by purchasing a blue paper star for a $1.00 or more donation. Jared Perry, CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah and representatives from Associated Retail Operations will be present at the event.

In conjunction with the check presentation, ARO will be hosting a surprise Wish Reveal party for 9-year-old Wish Kid Cole. Cole believes he is coming to help Make-A-Wish Utah accept the check, little does he know that he will be told in a very special way that his wish to go to the Florida theme parks will be granted.

WHO: Make-A-Wish® Utah, Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets.

WHAT: A check presentation in honor of Make-A-Wish® Utah & a child’s wish reveal party.

WHERE: Dick’s Market, 84 W Parrish Ln., Centerville, UT 84014

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:30 AM

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah (MAWU) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org.

Media Contacts:

Kelly Wolfe | Communication Manager, Make-A-Wish

kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (201) 233-4645

Sarah Pettit | Retail PR & Social Media Manager, Associated Retail Operations

SCPettit@afstores.com | (801) 916-1070

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

New mobile app, Shopper Radar, rewards shoppers with store credit and digital coupons

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — While more retailers are turning to online and digital shopping, Associated Food Stores is giving shoppers another reason to visit the grocery store; Free money. The grocery wholesaler announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app, which gives users access to store credits, special offers and digital coupons when they use the app at any of its participating retailers. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store and an Android version will be available soon.

Shopper Radar uses Bluetooth beacons to send alerts to shopper’s smart phones while they walk around the store. To receive the store credit or coupon, shoppers simply tap their screen to signal they have seen the offer. Once they tap the screen, they are rewarded with a store credit and digital coupon for that product. In order to keep the credits, shoppers must make a purchase before they leave the store. They can use the credits toward the sales total or save them for even greater savings later. Each digital coupon earned through the beacons can only be used the day they are earned. Shoppers can also clip additional digital coupons with the app. Credits and coupons vary in amount and must be used before the listed expiration date. Associated Food Stores’ retailers are the first in the country to partner with Shopper Radar to bring additional savings and store credit to shoppers.

The app is designed to engage shoppers during key purchase decision making times by providing offers directly to their smart phones. Users can earn up to four different wallet credits each day by visiting their local participating AFS retailer.

“We wanted a way to provide shoppers with great savings, coupons and other deals while they are in the store and making those decision,” said Heather Hall, AFS’ Rewards Marketing Manager. “Shopper Radar is great because it also integrates with each participating store’s customer rewards program, making it easy for shoppers and the store to manage.”

Once shoppers download the app, they will need to select their preferred store and connect their Rewards account phone number to earn wallet credits and save digital coupons. Shopper Radar can be used at multiple Associated Food Stores retailers including Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Blair’s Supermarkets, Broulim’s Fresh Foods, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Soelberg’s, Stewart’s, Bowman’s, Davis Food and Drug, Stokes Fresh Market and Prather’s Market.

Reporters interested in trying Shopper Radar should contact Heather Hall hnhall@afstores.com 801-978-8556 or Curtis Packer cgpacker@afstores.com 801-978-8466.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on the little guy, AFS has changed the way independent retailers operate and allowed them to prosper and currently serves more than 500 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit afstores.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstore.com
801-978-8913

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores

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Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

Morrisons to pilot a convenience food offer in five petrol filling station shops owned by Motor Fuel Group

Bradford, England, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is to pilot a convenience food offer in five petrol filling station shops owned by Motor Fuel Group (MFG).

The pilot will start by the end of the year and will allow Morrisons to supply branded and own-brand food to the forecourt stores.

The shops, all above 1,200 sq.ft, will be branded Morrisons and will receive deliveries of fresh and ambient food through Morrisons’ logistics network.

David Potts, Chief Executive of Morrisons, said: “As we said at our recent interim results, we want to consider new opportunities to Serve Customers Better in the convenience market where the capital commitment is low and the Morrisons resourcing is light-touch. This pilot in Motor Fuel Group filling stations will allow us to trial one opportunity in this growing channel.”

MFG has 373 stations operating under the BP, Shell, Texaco and JET fuel brands. This makes them the second larest independent forecourt operator in the UK.

Media contact

For all media enquiries call 0845 611 5111Available 24 hours

SOURCE: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Autogrill adopted the latest generation of NCR hardware and software at its Italian flagship store in Milan

Modern design, intuitive user interface and superior performance of NCR software and hardware solutions help Autogrill to launch new “Il mercato del Duomo” store

MILAN, ITALY, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that global travel food and beverage operator, Autogrill has adopted the latest generation of NCR hardware and software at its Italian flagship store in Milan. NCR solutions deployed at the Il Mercato del Duomo store within the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele historical venue will help Autogrill to improve the shopping experience for its customer as well as the efficiency of its employees.

NCR RealPOS XR7™ point-of-sale (POS), NCR POS software and NCR130A fiscal printers have been deployed by NCR at Autogrill’s new four floor “Il Mercato del Duomo” store. The store has been developed in partnership with UNISG (Food and Gastronomy Science University in Pollenzo) and is based on a design by renowned Italian architect, Michele De Lucchi. NCR RealPOS systems have been deployed in locations within the store that include Bar Motta, Kartell shop, Mercato food store, Bistrot Milano Duomo, Spazio Milano restaurant and Le bollicine del Duomo wine-bar.

NCR RealPOS XR7 systems have been installed using table mount or customized mounting solutions that match the store design criteria set by Autogrill. The solution deployed features a 15” projected capacitive touch-screen and all-in-one design, including a 10” LED customer-facing display. Superior performance, retail robustness and reliability, together with a sleek bezel-free design, are fundamental for improving customer experience and cashier efficiency.

“Great customer experience, increased employee productivity and stylish designs are all criteria that retail customers expect when they choose new technology for their stores,” said Simone Ragnioloini, area sales leader, southern Europe at NCR Retail Solutions. ”NCR has over a 100 years of experience in the retail industry, so we are able to provide this technology, as well as the consultancy, deployment and maintenance to ensure successful deployments for leading Italian retailers, such as Autogrill.”

The NCR POS software deployed is the result of multi-year cooperation with Autogrill, responding to its high productivity, high-volume rush hours and consumer flow requirements that are common in city center locations, such as “Il Mercato del Duomo”. Powered by 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor technology, NCR RealPOS XR7 helps improve performance, reliability and lower power consumption to support the NCR software deployed.

Each NCR POS solution deployed includes an NCR130A fiscal printer that is designed to match the stylish design of the new NCR RealPOS XR7 and integrate easily with the overall solution deployed. High print speeds using silent thermal print head technology ensure great performance regardless of the interface being used, such as serial, USB, Ethernet or wireless.

Editor’s note: Images are available on request

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

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

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

About Autogrill’s Il Mercato del Duomo
“Il Mercato del Duomo” is the new flagship store by Autogrill, designed in cooperation with UNISG (Food and Gastronomy Science University in Pollenzo ) and it represents the latest Autogrill food hospitality philosophy and mission. The store is distributed in four levels, with 3000 sqm available to represent multiple food preparations starting from selected raw material, resulting in different customer experiences of tastes. Starting from Bar Motta, offering quality coffee and croissanterie, then Il Mercato offers quality and selected produces and other food specialities. Bistrot Duomo continues the success of the bistrot restaurant launched in 2013 at Milan Central Railway Station, focusing food preparation using traditional artisan handmade methodologies. Terrazza Aperol is the symbol of the traditional and now trendy “milanese” location for appetizers. The offer is completed by a restaurant-lab Spazio, where young chefs from Castel di Sangro (L’Aquila) Chef school can share cooking and ideation experiences with their guests together with Le Bollicine del Duomo, proposing a great selection of Italian wines and othen major food excellences from Italy.

News Media Contacts

Andy Phillips
NCR Public Relations, Europe
+442077258248
andy.phillips@ncr.com

Elena Giffoni
Giffoni PR
+39 34726266681
elena.giffoni@giffonipr.com

Dhofar University selected custom-built NCR nKiosk software and Bill Payment kiosk to enable its students with the flexibility to pay their tuition fees

The 24 hour availability of custom-built kiosk will give students the advantage of paying their fees at their convenience

MUSCAT, Oman, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that Dhofar University (DU), a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, has selected custom-built NCR nKiosk software and Bill Payment kiosk to enable its students with the flexibility to pay their tuition fees. The custom-built kiosk is available 24×7 and allows students to conveniently pay their fees at their convenience, without the help from the staff and irrespective of the opening timing.

The NCR nKiosk at Dhofar University will accept cash payments for now; but allows Dhofar University the flexibility to easily customize the kiosk in the future to accept cheques, coins, and EMV-compliant cards, as well as issue receipts and give change in cash and coins or credit the account.

“In order to improve our students support services, we are very pleased to offer them a first-class fees payment system, giving them closer and better financial services,” said Prof. Mohamed Limam, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research. “The NCR kiosk is extremely easy to operate, very intuitive and really fast. That is exactly what students expect from modern universities, to enable them with easy to access, fast, convenient technology, whenever they want.”

The built-in ability of NCR software offers real-time reporting that allows DU to see all pertinent information such as the busiest use periods, type of fees being paid, and exact usage of kiosk – all at a click. NCR nKiosk allows DU to easily customize the software to meet special requirements, such as changing the flow of a transaction or adding new functionalities like updating student database, enrolment to new courses and marketing forthcoming events.

“By automating fee payments to a NCR kiosk, DU university has not only been able to transform student experience with self-service convenience; it has also allowed them to improve operations and re-purpose office staff to focus on other responsibilities,” said Habib Hanna, managing director NCR for South Gulf and Pakistan.

“The cash acceptance unit on the kiosk makes the tuition fee payment process much more convenient for students, while it’s easy to customize platform allows real time reporting of usage and the flexibility to add new functionalities easily,” said Osama Awad, NCR, country manager. “While DU students can avoid queues by paying their tuition fees using cash or a credit card at any time, DU benefits from easier and more timely collection of fees.”

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

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

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
9122.619.545.83
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

ProCredit Bank Georgia selects NCR and its local partner RS Line to implement the first intelligent deposit ATMs in the country

NCR ATM and software solutions enable direct, convenient loan repayments, as well as direct currency exchange

Tbilisi, Georgia, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that ProCredit Bank Georgia has chosen NCR and its local partner RS Line to implement the first intelligent deposit ATMs in the country. Referred to locally as ‘universal’ ATMs, the NCR intelligent deposit ATMs enable clients to deposit cash into their accounts, unlike standard ATMs, which only allow cash withdrawals. At the same time, clients have the opportunity to view their account balance and recent transactions.

The NCR software and hardware solutions deployed by ProCredit offer services through a convenient ATM channel that is available around the clock at ProCredit Bank 24/7 Zones. Another benefit of the new ATMs is that as more customers use the equipment to make transactions at the 24/7 Zones, bank staff will have more time to devote to clients who need assistance with other high-quality banking services.

“With the aim of offering our loyal clients innovative banking solutions, ProCredit Bank has installed new ’universal’ cash-in ATMs in our 24/7 Zones”, said Ketevan Kakheli, Head of Distance Banking at ProCredit Bank. “One of the main advantages of the new equipment is its speed. It is not necessary for clients to feed notes into the ATM one by one, as up to 50 notes can be processed at one time. In addition, the amount deposited is credited to the account immediately. The cash-in ATM service is currently only available to ProCredit Bank private clients. However, the service will also be made available to ProCredit Bank business clients in the near future. ProCredit Bank will continue to offer its clients innovative solutions for flexible banking.”

The NCR solution, that includes NCR SelfServTM 32 ATMs, offers mixed-currency cash deposits as well as direct currency exchange from Georgian Lari to US Dollars or Euros and vice versa. NCR SelfServ ATMs are protected against known and unknown malware and fraud attacks with NCR’s Solidcore Suite for APTRA. In addition, NCR Skimming Protection Solution (SPS) protects cardholder data from card skimming attacks by detecting and jamming the signal of fraudulent skimming devices, as well as notifying the bank in real-time.

“By expanding its traditional self-service services to include cash deposit and currency exchange functionality, ProCredit Bank Georgia is now able to improve services with the introduction of one solution,” explained Igor Panteliushin, Channel Leader for Finance Services Division in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States at NCR. “Investing in self-service solutions helps ProCredit Bank to free up resources for more complex consulting services, while at the same time offering innovative client service that is unique in Georgia.”

RS Line Ltd., NCR’s distribution partner for the region, was responsible for implementing the new technology at ProCredit Bank Georgia. RS Line offers the entire NCR financial services portfolio, as well as providing maintenance and repair services for all NCR solutions they deploy.

“ProCredit Georgia identified the value that intelligent cash deposit technology – referred to locally as universal ATMs – can offer for both its own operations as well as for its clients,” said George Shavdia, General Manager at RS Line. “We are proud to support ProCredit as it brings pioneering financial services to market for the first time in Georgia, representing a turning point in self-service banking in Georgia and serving as a vivid example of an innovative alternative way of handling cash. Thanks to NCR’s innovative solutions and experience, we were able to tailor and implement the new services within just 12 weeks.”

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

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

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Fnac partners with VOD Factory for the launch of FnacPLAY, its video-on-demand service

Fnac announces the launch of FnacPLAY, its video-on-demand service, in partnership with VOD Factory. This service will offer films and TV series from all of the major studios for rental or purchase with the help of Fnac’s expert recommendations.

Ivry-sur-Seine, FRANCE, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Groupe Fnac, the top seller of physical format video on the French market, is expanding its offerings with the launch of FnacPLAY, its video-on-demand service developed in partnership with VOD Factory, the leading independent VoD company in France.

Building on its presence in the eBook and music streaming markets, Fnac continues to pursue its multichannel strategy and add to its digital cultural offerings. The brand is strengthening its presence throughout the video distribution chain while continuing its commitment to disseminating cultural works to the widest possible audience. Fnac customers will now have easy and permanent access to quality video content on all existing channels for rental or purchase.

FnacPLAY concentrates the best features of VOD and the highest level of quality service:

  • Films available four months after their theatrical release
  • …on all screens: PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), and TVs with Chromecast
  • 2 options: o Rental: €2.99 including VAT to €4.99 including VAT for new releases; HD version: +€1 o Purchase in digital format: from €10.99 including VAT to €16.99 including VAT for movies, from €29.99 including VAT to €34.99 including VAT for entire seasons of series (up to 24 episodes)
  • Rented or purchased videos can be downloaded on the device of the user’s choice and be viewed offline
  • A diverse catalog of thousands of movies from all of the major studios, from blockbusters to major French and foreign classics, independent films, films for children, and much more
  • The best current series 24 hours after the US broadcast (available in late October)
  • Immediate access with a Fnac.com account
  • A simple interface tied to the fnac.com account with browsing by genre and selection by actor / director
  • Thematic selections, viewer opinions, and Fnac expert favorites
  • Coming soon: personalized recommendations based on FnacPLAY and fnac.com browsing and purchase histories.

With FnacPLAY, Fnac wants to offer its customers a unique and diverse video selection that combines the best of its digital and physical distribution, such as digital copies included in DVD boxes, pre-embedded videos in certain technical products (tablets, Chromecast keys), FnacPLAY gift cards and prepaid series cards (episodes 24 hours after the broadcast in the US), and special offers for members.

About the Groupe Fnac – www.groupe-fnac.com: The Groupe Fnac is a retailer of entertainment and leisure products and consumer electronics. A leader in France and major player in the countries where it operates (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco), the Groupe Fnac had a multi-format network of 189 stores (including 115 in France) at the end of 2014, plus e-commerce sites, including Fnac.com, ranked France’s third most visited e-commerce site (more than 10 million unique visitors/month). A standard-setting omni-channel retailer, the Groupe Fnac posted consolidated revenue of €3.895 billion in 2014 and employs more than 14,500 people.

ABOUT VOD FACTORY
VOD Factory is the leading independent VoD company in France. VOD Factory develops ready-to-use customized multi-screen VoD and SVoD solutions to its clients, from catalog clearing to content marketing and dedicated platform development. With a catalog of 17,000 titles acquired from more than 70 content providers, including all major US studios, VOD Factory provides a facilitated access to 100% of the top 100 box office movies. Founded in 2013, VOD Factory is ranked 3rd among the “Top 100 French start-ups list” published in September 2015 by L’Express/L’Entreprise. www.vodfactory.com

Laurent Glépin: +33 (0)1 55 21 54 13 – laurent.glepin@fnac.com Alexandre André: +33 (0)1 55 21 54 46 – alexandre.andre@fnac.com

NCR’s Digital Insight helped Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (MC EFCU) launch Apple Watch app

Technology powered by Digital Insight helps members bank at the flick of the wrist

Duluth, Ga., 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (MC EFCU), working with Digital Insight, an NCR company, has launched Apple Watch app functionality to further enhance and provide more mobile banking application options. The new service is just one of many digital capabilities offered by the credit union for the convenience of members and to ensure more selections in their banking needs on-the-go.

“We are excited to begin offering services for the Smartwatch, which is the latest addition in our availability of state-of-the-art technologies to benefit our members,” said Jim Norris, President and CEO of MC EFCU. “MC EFCU’s iPhone App, for example, is one of the highest rated mobile banking apps among credit unions in Maryland. It is a priority for us to provide new technologies to our members, as we strive to provide simple and secure ways for them to handle their finances.”

The Smartwatch app is accessed through the MC EFCU mobile banking app available for download through the App Store. It is available to members using an iPhone 5 or higher.

“MC EFCU is committed to helping their members meet their financial goals and achieve success,” said Jeff Hughes, general manager of Digital Insight and CTO of NCR Financial Services. “With Smartwatch banking, members can see account balances at a glance, locate nearby branches and ATMs and customize their banking experience to maintain control of finances on-the-go.”

Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union primarily serves Montgomery County government employees, but in recent years, expanded its charter to be able to serve additional public sector employees, retirees and family members from other Montgomery County agencies, including Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College. MC EFCU also provides an opportunity for membership to individuals who are supporting members of the non-profit ARC of Montgomery County, as well as other those who are affiliated with other select employer groups that are eligible for membership.

For more information about the Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union, visit www.mcefcu.org.

About Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union
Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union offers its members a comprehensive portfolio of banking products and services. MC EFCU provides all of the conventional products and services an individual expects from a financial institution, but also provides its members with access to the latest state-of-the-art products and services. Mobile banking, text banking, on-line banking and bill pay, are just some of the cutting edge financial services MC EFCU offers to its members. MC EFCU serves the employees of government agencies in Montgomery County, Md., as well as those from a number of other area organizations and companies. Visit: www.mcefcu.org for more information.

About Digital Insight
Digital Insight, an NCR company, helps banks and credit unions achieve their goals and grow by offering innovative online and mobile banking solutions that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money. Our proven banking innovations give financial institutions the flexibility and control to engage more, increase retention and cross-sell effectively.

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

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

Web site: www.digitalinsight.com, www.mcefcuhb.org
Get more banking insights at Banking.com
Twitter: @Digital_Insight, @mcefcu
LinkedIn: Digital Insight
Facebook: MCEFCU

News Media Contacts

Heather Almand
Digital Insight, an NCR company
770.349.1217
Heather.almand@digitalinsight.com

Steve Simon
Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union
301.836.1516, ext.3
ssimon@veandco.com

Swatch Group’s Hour Passion won 3 key multibrand concessions for Watch and Jewellery after the tender of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport until 2023

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hour Passion, the multibrand retail network of Swatch Group, the world’s largest watchmaker, has been successfully awarded a series of 3 key multibrand concessions for Watch and Jewellery after the tender of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport until 2023. This includes one 95 sq. store in Schengen area of Terminal 1, a 120 sq. space in Schengen area of Terminal 2, and one 35 sq. luxury boutique at the Private Jet Terminal.

Swatch Group, via its subsidiary Hour Passion, has started operations in 2007 at Nice Airport. Its multibrand concepts had distinguished themselves legitimately in the 2009 tender for five multibrand stores located landside and airside over the three terminals. Then the Group has expanded its offer by opening in 2012 a sixth boutique, a Swatch store in Terminal 1. In 2015, Nice Airport initiated a major revamping of the platform and reconsidered its commercial offer with now three concessions for the watch and jewellery business, only one per terminal.

The opening of the new-generation boutiques will follow Nice Airport works : it will begin from the second quarter of 2016 in Terminal 1 and run into Terminal 2 in 2017. Winning concepts combine diversity and reliability of the Brand offer, quality of design, technical innovations and answer subtly the “Sense of Place” which was the heart of Nice Airport tender program.

Hour Passion is delighted to keep its cooperation with Airport authorities, what confirms that they are sharing many of the same values and operating principles in terms of ensuring a high level of service and overall shopping experience.

This tender won by Hour Passion as the W&J retailer for the French Riviera Platform shows the capacity of the brand to match the airport group’s strategy to become one of the major gateways in Europe. It sets Hour Passion as a strong professional airport retailer and partner, able to offer international travelers and trend-setters the Watch and Jewellery essentials.
In 2016, Hour Passion network will expand to 54 worldwide boutiques, and 32 stores in 23 airports.

SOURCE: Hour Passion SAS