Albert Heijn richt Raad van Kinderen op

Amsterdam, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Met de installatie van de Albert Heijn Raad van Kinderen en een gezonder aanbod bij kassa’s zijn vandaag twee stappen gezet op de route om een gezondere supermarkt te worden. Vanaf nu worden klanten in honderd winkels bij de kassa verleid om eens te kiezen voor bijvoorbeeld fruit en verantwoorde tussendoortjes. Daarnaast gaat Albert Heijn aan de slag met een Raad van Kinderen. Dertig Zaanse kinderen gaan structureel meedenken met de directie over strategische dilemma’s op het gebied van gezondheid. Onder leiding van Prinses Laurentien en Algemeen Directeur Wouter Kolk vond deze ochtend in een Albert Heijn aan de Amsterdamse Helmholtzstraat de eerste dialoog plaats.

Als ik de baas zou zijn van Albert Heijn

Wouter Kolk: “Albert Heijn staat en gaat altijd voor de beste kwaliteit, dan doen we al 128 jaar. Eén van die kwaliteitsaspecten is gezondheid. Dat nemen we heel serieus. Hierbij denk je in de eerste plaats aan productaanbod en samenstelling. Maar gezondheid vind je ook terug in de wijze waarop we verpakken, presenteren en aanprijzen. Dit kunnen we niet alleen. Dag in dag uit helpen klanten, leveranciers en specialisten ons hierbij. Met de Raad van Kinderen is daar een groep experts aan toegevoegd. Kinderen zijn goudeerlijk, fris van geest, nieuwsgierig en hebben een onbevangen blik. Zij gaan actief meedenken over hoe wij als supermarkt gezonde stappen kunnen zetten”. Albert Heijn werkt hierbij samen met de Missing Chapter Foundation waarvan Prinses Laurentien oprichtster en directeur is. Deze organisatie brengt de dialoog tot stand tussen kinderen en besluitvormers over actuele en maatschappelijke vraagstukken.

Gezonde verleiding bij de kassa

De andere stap die vandaag is gezet is dat in honderd winkels bij de kassa de snoepmeubels op de kop zijn vervangen door meubels met gezondere producten. De nieuwe meubels bieden plaats aan onder andere fruit, fruitsalades en verantwoorde tussendoortjes. Het idee achter deze ‘gezondere kassa’s’ is om klanten te stimuleren om hun lekkere trek te stillen met een gezonder product en hen minder te verleiden om snoep te kopen.

Stap voor stap gezonder

Deze initiatieven staan niet op zichzelf, stuk voor stuk dragen ze bij aan een gezondere keuze op de winkelvloer. We verbeteren de samenstelling van ons assortiment en hebben op productniveau flinke stappen gezet op zoutreductie, ook heeft het verlagen van suikergehaltes onze aandacht. Vanaf vandaag bevat ons AH brood geen kunstmatige ‘broodverbeteraars’ meer, het zoutgehalte is variërend met 13% tot 22,5% gedaald en wordt het vezelgehalte duidelijk vermeld. Sinds kort tref je maar liefst in tweehonderd winkels gecertificeerde voedingscoaches aan die komende weken op verzoek klanten persoonlijk advies geven bij het maken van een gezonde(re) keuze. Ook op de Albert Heijn Community kunnen klanten hun vragen stellen aan de diëtisten.

SOURCE: Albert Heijn

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AMSTERDAM - Gezonde verleiding bij de kassa vanaf vandaag in honderd Albert Heijn winkels.

AMSTERDAM – Gezonde verleiding bij de kassa vanaf vandaag in honderd Albert Heijn winkels.

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation announced 7% growth in consolidated net income for the first nine months of the year

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) reported a 7% growth in consolidated net income to PHP19.4 billion for the first nine months of the year. Excluding extraordinary items, recurring net income grew 12%. Consolidated revenues grew 7% to PHP206.2 billion for the period.

“Our strong results year-to-date reflect our ongoing focus on delivering footprint expansion across the country and on driving cost competitiveness in all our core businesses,” SM President Harley T. Sy said.

SM’s underlying earnings expansion was driven by 21% growth in retail earnings and 15% growth in property recurring net income. For the first nine months, banks accounted for 40% of SM’s consolidated earnings, property 39% and retail 21%.

Retail
Retail operations under SM Retail Inc. reported sustained growth in total sales of 6.5% to PHP145.3 billion, while net income rose 21% to PHP4.6 billion.

The SM Food Retail Group (SM Markets) continued to expand in both urban and rural communities in various parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The group added 20 new stores, most of which are standalone Savemore stores. From historically operating anchor stores based in malls, SM Markets today follows a multi-format growth strategy to address the lack of organized retail in many parts of the country. SM Markets also recently invested in the minimart business with Alfamart, a highly successful minimart operator in Indonesia, and forged partnerships with WalterMart and Citymalls to further facilitate its provincial growth. Acquisition of existing chains of stores is another part of its growth strategy, the latest of which was the acquisition of three stores of Cherry Foodarama.

THE SM STORE will maintain its strategy of growing as an anchor store in SM Malls which are targeting expansion in the provincial areas. THE SM STORE continues to be the leading player in the country’s department store business, enjoying a wide-reaching and loyal customer base. It competes on the basis of providing the widest assortment of products and services, complemented by well-designed stores.

At end-September 2015, SM Retail had a total of 294 stores, comprising 51 THE SM STORES, 41 SM Supermarkets, 43 SM Hypermarkets, 130 Savemore stores and 29 WalterMart stores.

As of the first nine months, the total gross selling area of all 51 SM STOREs stood at 682,997 sqm.

Banking
BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) recorded net interest income growth of 12% to PHP41.8 billion in the first nine months, with net income up 5% to PHP17.6 billion.

Gross customer loans grew 19% to PHP1.2 trillion and total deposits rose by 12% to PHP1.6 trillion.

The third quarter results reflect the completion of BDO’s acquisition of One Network Bank, the largest rural bank in Mindanao, in July, adding over PHP20 billion to BDO’s total loans and deposits.

Property
Consolidated net income of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) increased 70% to PHP22.9 billion in the first nine months of 2015. Excluding PHP7.4 billion of one-time trading gains in the first quarter of 2015, recurring net income increased by 15% to PHP15.5 billion in the nine month period.

Consolidated revenues increased 9% to PHP52.2 billion in the period ended September 30. Rental revenues from retail and commercial spaces increased by 11% to PHP29.4 billion in the period. The housing group’s reservation sales grew by 19% to 10,297 units, reflecting a 22% increase in value to PHP28.4 billion from PHP23.3 billion in the same period last year.

Balance Sheet
As of end-September 2015, total assets of SM grew 7% to PHP735.5 billion. SM maintains a healthy balance sheet with a conservative gearing ratio of 38% net debt to 62% equity.

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About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation (SM) is one of the leading conglomerates in the Philippines with highly synergistic businesses in retail, banking and property development. SM has evolved into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of THE SM STORE and its food retail chains namely SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore and WalterMart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is among the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in mall, residential, commercial and tourism development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the fifth largest private bank. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,000 branches nationwide.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings reports 70% surge in its consolidated net income in the first nine months of 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, reported a 70% surge in its consolidated net income to PHP22.9 billion in the first nine months of 2015. This is inclusive of the PHP7.4 billion one-time trading gains on marketable securities booked in the first quarter of the year. On a recurring basis, net income increased by 15% to PHP15.5 billion in the same period. Recurring income growth for the third quarter was likewise at PHP4.2 billion, up 15% over the third quarter in 2014.

Consolidated revenues rose 9% to PHP52.2 billion in the first nine months. In the third quarter, revenues likewise increased 13% to PHP16.2 billion, much higher than the 8% growth posted in the first half of 2015.

“SM Prime’s expansion across all its various business portfolios since 2013 has driven its strong financial performance this year. We expect SM Prime’s growth to be sustained as we continue to increase our mall footprint by 13% this year. We are excited to launch SM Seaside Cebu later this year, a landmark project in the Visayas region. We see Metro Cebu as one of our important growth corridors following our growth track in Metro Manila,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

Rental revenues from retail and commercial spaces, which contributed 56% to the consolidated revenues, increased by 11% to PHP29.4 billion from PHP26.4 billion in the first nine months of 2015. The growth in rental revenues was mainly driven by rising contribution from the new malls and the expansion of shopping spaces in existing malls in 2013 and 2014. These include SM Aura Premier, SM City BF Parañaque, Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, SM City Cauayan, SM Center Angono and the expansion of SM City Bacolod with a total gross floor area of 652,000 square meters. Rental growth also came from the opening of the FiveE-comCenter, with a GFA of almost 130,000 sqm at Mall of Asia Complex with 97% of the space leased awarded. Meanwhile, same-store rental growth remained at 7%, maintaining the growth posted since 2012.

On the other hand, SM Prime’s real estate sales, which accounts for 32% of the consolidated revenues, grew by 4% to PHP16.6 billion from PHP 16.0 billion in the same period last year.

The improvement in real estate sales was largely attributed to the increase in the sales take-up and higher construction accomplishment of SMDC projects launched in 2010 to 2013 namely Jazz Residences in Makati City, Wind Residences in Tagaytay, Green Residences in Manila, Breeze Residences in Manila, Grace Residences in Taguig, Shore Residences in Pasay, and Trees Residences in Quezon City. For its part, SMDC alone posted a net income increase of 23% to PHP3.8 billion during the nine-month period from PHP3.1 billion.

Consolidated costs on real estate dropped by 1% to PHP9.0 billion mainly due to the improving cost efficiencies, tighter monitoring and control of construction costs. This reflected higher gross profit margin on real estate sales to 46% in first nine months 2015 from 43% in 2014. Net income margin likewise rose to 22% from 20% in the same period.

The housing group’s reservation sales was up by 19% year-on-year to 10,297 units in the first nine months of 2015 reflecting a 22% increase in value worth PHP28.4 billion from PHP23.3 billion in the same period last year. Reservation sales were largely generated from Shore 2 Residences, Shore Residences, Air Residences, Fame Residences and Grace Residences in Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong and Taguig City, respectively.

Meanwhile, cinema and event ticket sales, which accounted for 6.5% of consolidated revenues, registered a growth of 4% in the first nine months to PHP3.4 billion.

Other revenues, composed of amusement income from rides, bowling and ice skating operations, merchandise sales from snack-bars and sale of food and beverages in hotels stood at PHP2.8 billion, up 30% from PHP2.1 billion.

In the first nine months of the 2015, SM Prime has a total of 52 Malls in the Philippines including SM Megacenter Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija and SM City San Mateo in Rizal which opened last April 24 and May 15, respectively. In China, SM Prime has six shopping malls with a GFA of 0.9 million sqm including the recently opened SM City Zibo. Taking into account both Philippine and China malls, SM Prime’s total retail space is at 7.6 million sqm.

SM Prime recently opened SM City Cabanatuan, with a GFA of 154,020 sqm, and SM Center Sangandaan, with GFA of 38,622 sqm, last October 9 and October 23, respectively. For the rest of the year, SM Prime is set to open its regional landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu, with a GFA of approximately 461,000 sqm, on November 27, 2015. The company is also expanding two existing malls, SM City Lipa in Batangas and SM City Iloilo. Combined, these new and expanded malls will have a total GFA of almost 719,000 sqm.

By the end of 2015, SM Prime will have 55 malls in the Philippines and six malls in China with an estimated combined GFA of 8.3 million sqm.

SM Prime currently has 27 residential projects in the market, 25 of which are in Metro Manila and two in Tagaytay. For 2015, SM Development Corporation will launch about 12,000 to 15,000 units in the cities of Taguig, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Tagaytay, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay at the Mall of Asia Complex.

Meanwhile, the Commercial Properties Group has five office buildings with an estimated gross floor area of 318,000 square meters. FiveE-comCenter will be formally launched this month. Currently, Three E-Com Center is under construction and scheduled for opening in 2018. For hotels and convention centers, Park Inn by Radisson Clark in Pampanga is expected to open in December 2015 while Conrad Manila in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City is expected to open by first half of 2016.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

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For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

 

Harris Teeter to Donate 10 Meals for Every 49ers’ Touchdown on Nov. 14

Company to Donate 10 Meals for Every 49ers’ Touchdown on Nov. 14

MATTHEWS, N.C., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter will donate 10 Thanksgiving meals to community members-in-need for every touchdown scored by the Charlotte 49ers football team during the school’s home game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Nov. 14, 2015.

These meals will provide enough food to feed a family of four and will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina for distribution throughout the week of Thanksgiving.

“We are very pleased to partner with Charlotte IMG Sports Marketing, the Charlotte 49ers and Second Harvest to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families throughout the Charlotte area who might not otherwise be able to enjoy one,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.  “We’ll be pulling for the 49ers’ offense to have a big game on Nov. 14th.”

Harris Teeter is the official grocery store of Charlotte Athletics and is proud to partner with Charlotte IMG Sports Marketing for this special promotion as fighting hunger is the Company’s number one giving priority. This promotion is happening in conjunction with Harris Teeter’s annual Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign – a campaign created by the Company to aid local hunger relief. Harris Teeter encourages its shoppers to join in the fight against hungry by donating $1, $3 or $5 at checkout throughout the month of November. To learn more about Harvest Feast, please click here.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.  They provide a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Harris Teeter to Donate 10 Meals for Every 49ers’ Touchdown on Nov. 14

Harris Teeter to Donate 10 Meals for Every 49ers’ Touchdown on Nov. 14

Carolina Panthers’ cornerback Bené Benwikere to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich at Harris Teeter on Nov. 10

Benwikere to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

 

Date Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Charlotte, N.C., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tuesday, Nov. 10, Carolina Panthers’ cornerback Bené Benwikere will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Benwikere’s sandwich, “The Big Play,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Big Play BBQ” which features BBQ chicken and bacon topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, jalapenos, onions, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing and a dash of pepper on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “The Big Play BBQ” sandwich, a drink and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

“The Big Play BBQ” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Benwikere will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his signature sub sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Big Play BBQ” as Harris Teeter’s third Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2015-2016 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Carolina Panthers’ cornerback Bené Benwikere to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich at Harris Teeter on Nov. 10

Carolina Panthers’ cornerback Bené Benwikere to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich at Harris Teeter on Nov. 10

NCR released the latest version of its Fractals enterprise fraud detection solution

Latest release of Fractals delivers risk-based authentication, online and mobile banking fraud detection and improved functionality to help fraud teams protect their customers

DULUTH, Ga., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, has released the latest version of its Fractals enterprise fraud detection solution, which delivers new eBanking fraud detection, powerful new fraud management features and an enhanced user interface. This new release incorporates many additions built in response to requests from the Fractals customer base, highlighting NCR’s commitment to delivering solutions that truly meet the needs of its user community.

Fractals’ new eBanking channel brings the intelligent fraud detection functionality of Fractals to the internet and mobile banking space. As well as monitoring financial transactions, such as payments and transfers, Fractals also monitors non-financial transactions, including login attempts, changes of personal data and creation of new recipients which might indicate fraud on an account.

The latest version of Fractals enhances integration options with new ways of getting data into and out of the system, including flexible transaction and event mapping. As part of NCR’s drive to make the solution as efficient as possible for fraud teams, it also enables more flexible batch fraud tagging, and simpler and faster access to data across different perspectives in the system. The addition of tools to enable extremely granular fine tuning of how rules interact with each customer in the system means the users can quickly stop a fraudster in their tracks, without damaging legitimate customer relationships. The latest release delivers significant flexibility, including the ability to easily update languages, and the new version is now available in Japanese.

An essential part of any modern fraud strategy, the Fraud Intelligence Hub has been enhanced by the integration of two new external data providers for IP intelligence and device reputation. Crucially, however, NCR never locks its customers into one vendor for their intelligence needs, and any other new data source can be integrated at the request of a client.

“Fraud teams are under constant pressure to react to changing fraud trends as they happen while minimizing customer impact. All too often, fraud tools are cumbersome and unwieldy, but we are determined instead to deliver the greatest possible flexibility and ease of use with Fractals,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president of payments at NCR Financial Services. “The latest version of Fractals has been transformed. In particular, we have focused on an outstanding user interface, as well as a wealth of new features, designed to give the greatest possible support to those on the front line of the fight against fraud.”

Fractals enables clients to have total strategic control of their system without dependency on NCR. This independence means they can adapt the system with new rules whenever they need, without having to turn to NCR for every change. Fractals uses a combination of self-learning models and user defined rules to tackle any type of transactional fraud problem. It is used around the world by issuers, acquirers, processors, networks, PSPs, ISOs and merchants, for all retail payment types. It includes cross product, cross channel, enterprise fraud detection and prevention.

In addition to its rules technology, Fractals uses Bayesian modelling which enables it to identify fraud accurately from any sized data set. The Bayesian modelling approach also helps Fractals to learn and adapt as fraud patterns emerge and change, delivering the most accurate level of fraud detection with lowest ‘false positives’, thereby minimizing the risk of genuine transactions being blocked and improving customer experience.

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 Contacts

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

Jeff Dudash
NCR Public Relations
+1 770.212.5091
jeff.dudash@ncr.com

SOURCE: NCR Corporation

Oklahoma-based Ace Garage Door turned to NCR Silver, the tablet-based POS platform powered by NCR Small Business

DULUTH, Ga., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — When the owners of Oklahoma-based Ace Garage Door needed a solution to help run their business more efficiently, they turned to NCR Silver, the tablet-based POS platform powered by NCR Small Business.

After struggling with dismal customer support and expensive upgrades with their previous POS software, they selected NCR Silver based on its reputation for exceptional customer service, price and functionality.

According to John Wester, co-owner and COO of Ace Garage Door, which caters to residential and commercial customers, NCR Silver is the perfect solution for the company because employees can access data from multiple platforms, whether at the two store locations or in the field. Further, the intuitive system does not require extensive time or effort spent on training.

“NCR Silver has changed the way our business runs,” said Wester. “We now have accurate insight into inventory, which helps us make smarter decisions about what we keep in stock. The improved visibility NCR Silver provides enables us to spend less time connecting the dots and more time focusing on customers.”

Additionally, Ace Garage Door employees now sell more add-on items at checkout as the Silver solution provides real-time recommendations for extra sales. The system also helps employees cut down on checkout time as the software allows them to quickly ring up customers while keeping track of about 500 SKUs.

“Many small business owners and their employees work from multiple sites and need a mobile POS solution that can keep up with them,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager of NCR Small Business. “It’s our job to provide the best functionality and support to our customers so they can work on ensuring their businesses succeed, whether or not they are in the office.”

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

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

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

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

Apple, Apple Pay, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

 

Contacts

Arketi Group
Jackie Parker, 404-929-0091, ext. 220
jparker@arketi.com

NCR Corporation
Tim Henschel, 770-299-5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Tropic Supermarkets in Bosnia Herzegovina selects NCR to optimize inventory, and streamline supply chain management

NCR supply chain and merchandising suite will help improve operations and profitability of largest domestic food retailer in the region

Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Tropic Supermarkets has chosen NCR and its partner M.A.I. Trade to optimize inventory, and streamline supply chain management as well as store operations across its network in Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia. By deploying NCR’sPower HQ, Power DAX, and Advanced Retail Solution, Tropic Supermarkets will be able to better manage its product portfolio and pricing, as well as optimize forecasting and inventory replenishment, thus helping to boost overall operational efficiency and profitability.

As one of the few domestic food retailers in Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia, Tropic is committed to partnering with local food manufacturers to offer their customers a broad assortment of high quality, fresh produce from the region. Tropic was looking for a powerful and modular software platform to help manage the supply chain with their local vendors, and to support its growth while streamlining processes across the whole enterprise and providing the management team with visibility to support informed decisions.

“When we started the selection process, we had a very clear notion of what we wanted from the software platform,” said Bojan Risovic, CEO and owner of Tropic Group. “Among the vendors we considered, NCR stood out with their expertise in managing perishable inventory and fast moving consumer goods. Their experience and the broad portfolio of solutions tailored to food retailing, combined with the local presence and support through M.A.I. Trade, enabled us to move ahead quickly with this project.”

Initially, Tropic will roll out Advance Retail Solution as their point-of-sale (POS) system and implement Power HQ and Power DAX to consolidate business information across the entire supermarket chain into a single, centralized repository. This will improve item assortment, pricing accuracy, margin control and inventory management.

NCR Power HQ will help Tropic simplify item assortment planning across their locations, and define pricing strategies to increase revenues while preventing margin erosion.

With Power DAX, Tropic will use demand-driven forecasting and replenishment to optimize its inventory levels to match consumer demand. In similar implementations, Power DAX was able to increase the availability of products by 60 to 90 percent and reduce the spoilage of food by up to 50 percent.

In a second phase, Tropic will implement Power HQ Category Analyzer, a powerful analytical solution that assesses the financial impact of every item and every category in each store over time. This will provide Tropic with relevant data to make strategic business decisions about its product portfolio that help drive profits.

“We are delighted to be working with Tropic Supermarkets on this project. Tropic is an innovative, growing supermarket chain and its management understands the benefits of using sophisticated solutions, adopted by global food retailers, to support their growth and enhance their customers’ satisfaction and brand perception,” said Mana Yellin, Vice President International Sales for Global Enterprise, Merchandising and Supply Chain (GEMS) solutions at NCR. “Using our well proven merchandising suite, retailers, such as Tropic, were able to reduce inventory costs by 10 to 15 percent while improving shelf availability by 60 to 90 percent. Effectively replenished shelves stocked with the right items at the right prices across all stores can increase sales, margins and customer loyalty.”

M.A.I. Trade, NCR’s partner in the region, has been working closely with NCR to ensure that Tropic delivers an optimal shopping experience to its customers through this implementation.

“Food retailers across Europe are operating under very tight margins, so it’s important to use the right tools to enhance profits, cut costs and streamline processes,” said Mario Malinar, Business Development Manager at M.A.I. Trade. “Combining NCR’s deep understanding of the food retail industry with our expertise in the development, installation and implementation of front and back office solutions for retailers, enabled us to provide Tropic with the best possible service and software solution to support their future growth.”

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 sites: 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 Contacts

Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Al Meera Q3-2015: Profit from the retail segment surged 53.8% YoY

QATAR, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) recently disclosed its third quarter financial statements for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015.

Sales for the period grew 12.1%, to QR 1.80 billion from QR 1.61 billion, compared to the same period in 2014.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera Deputy Chief Executive Officer said: “Profit from the retail segment surged 53.8% to QR 85.6 million, compared to QR 55.6 million for the corresponding period of 2014, and profit from the leasing segment rose 12.8%, from QR 29.2 million to QR 33.0 million”. He added: “Net profit from Investment Segment was down by 76.3% to QR 18.1 million, compared to QR 76.2 million for the same period in 2014, due to adverse Qatar stock market conditions”.

Al Meera’s financial results come as a result of the company’s successful expansion plans to serve the diverse communities in the state of Qatar and meet the needs of all citizens and residents wherever they are, with competitive prices that take into account all segments of society.

The results also showed a net profit attributable to owners of the company amounting to QR 137.0 million for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015, down by QR 24.1 million, compared to QR 161.1 million for the same period in 2014, due to decline in net profit from investment segment. Earnings per share for the period were QR 6.85, compared to QR 8.05 for the same period of last year.

Al Qahtani continued: “These results clearly demonstrate Al Meera’s ascending performance throughout the years. We are glad to maintain this growth with achieving an ambitious expansion plan involving 40 branches in the State of Qatar. Our aim is to not only increase our retail space, but also to broaden our product offerings to all our customers. This strategy prioritizes the benefit of everyone in the country – shareholders and clienteles alike”.

Within its framework to expand its outlets in all areas of Qatar, Al Meera has begun the construction works on several other branches as part of its expansion strategy to construct 14 new shopping malls across the State, located in Sailiya North, Bu Sidra, Al Wakra 3, Umm Slal Ali, Leabaib 1, Leabaib 2, Rawdat Aba El-Heran, Azghawa, Al Khor, Um Qarn, Rawdat Al Hamama, Jeryan Jenaihat, Al Sailiya and Ain Khaled.

SOURCE: Al Meera

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eBay’s “Wish Bigger” campaign offers bigger deals on bigger brands and bigger selection

New campaign delivers engaging experiences and unique promotions to fund holiday shopping; crowdsource the most in-demand deals and access exclusive inventory

San Jose, California, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — From now until Jan. 1, 2016, eBay’s “Wish Bigger” campaign offers new opportunities for buyers to find the perfect gift from eBay’s wide selection of items, all at great prices. Whether voting online for their preferred deal on Thanksgiving Day, shopping the eBay Airstream in local markets or taking advantage of the exclusive jewelry collection from Pamela Love for eBay, shoppers can be confident that eBay will have the best selection this season. eBay is also inviting shoppers to become sellers this holiday with both a promotional coupon available online and in-person selling stations at Westfield malls.

The “Wish Bigger” campaign is about exceeding expectations for the season by offering bigger deals on bigger brands and bigger selection. “We are using the power of eBay’s global marketplace to enable people to shop, sell and give in new ways this holiday,” says Hal Lawton, senior vice president of eBay North America. “We have a unique opportunity to celebrate the traditional retail milestones, but to also create a new calendar based on what we know eBay shoppers and sellers need.”

According to a new survey from TNS and eBay, even fewer people are waiting until December to begin their holiday shopping (down 7 percent from 2014). And while more Americans are shopping early, they are increasingly saving throughout the entire year to finance their holiday shopping1. With its “Wish Bigger” campaign, eBay is offering a solution every step of the way – whether people are exploring at the start of the season, focused on getting the perfect gift at an incredible price (often after in-demand items are no longer on store shelves), or ready to get the goods they really wanted by selling something that wasn’t quite right for them.

Wish Bigger hub

eBay’s “Wish Bigger” campaign is housed on the marketplace’s new holiday hub, eBay.com/holidays, launching today. A resource for both shoppers and sellers, customers can visit the site to earn a $50 eBay coupon for new sellers selling items any time from now until Dec. 31. Armed with extra money, shoppers can get a head start on shopping, and find inspiration from eBay’s holiday heat map (launching later this month) that will track what eBay customers are wishing and shopping for coast-to-coast on a weekly basis. Sellers will also be able to take advantage of the heat map to track item popularity across the country on hard to find gifts such as the Rose Gold iPhone 6S, Star Wars The Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX Deluxe Lightsaber, Barbie Dreamhouse Grocery Store & Playset and LEGO Lord of the Rings: The Tower of Orthanc, and make the most out of the critical retail season.

Thanksgiving Day Deals: “Wish Bigger Wishbone”

This year, eBay is kicking off its must-have Deals that will last throughout the holiday season by putting a modern twist on the classic tradition of breaking the turkey wishbone and letting shoppers crowd source the deals they want most, while skipping the chaos – but not the savings – of Black Friday. On Thursday, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day, shoppers will head to ebay-wish-bigger.com (coming soon) to vote to break open and unlock a series of incredible deals on the season’s most coveted gifts across tech, toys, fashion and home. Beginning at 4 p.m. EST until 10 p.m. EST, competing deals will be featured on each side of the wishbone, and the item that receives the most votes over the course of an hour will be released to shoppers in a limited quantity. In 2014, 52.1% of all online traffic on Thanksgiving came from smartphones and tablets1, and as a leader in mobile shopping, eBay’s “Wish Bigger Wishbone” lets shoppers access hot holiday items at incredible value without sacrificing time with their families on Thanksgiving Day or having to endure the crowds on Black Friday.

eBay will continue to offer deep discounts on hot items every day at eBay.com/deals. New deals will be launching every hour around the clock on Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday including:

  • Up to 30% off on top name-brand electronics such as Apple, Samsung and GoPro
  • Up to 65% off on premium Fashion brands such as Tumi, Hunter Boots, Uggs, Vera Bradley and Ray Bans
  • Up to 50% off name-brand items for the home such as Keurig and KitchenAid
  • Up 50% off on Samsonite luggage

Timed with #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, eBay for Charity has unveiled Charity Shop (http://www.ebay.com/rpp/charityshop), which provides consumers with an easy way to connect directly with the charities they support. Throughout this holiday season, eBay will have its Celebrity Charity Fundraisers in collaboration with Taste of the NFL, Billy Crystal and Michael Strahan, among others, to offer experiences and unique items with proceeds benefiting charity. Additionally, to celebrate #GivingTuesday, eBay shoppers who favorite a charity (www.ebay.com/mfc) will be eligible for a weekly giveaway of eBay gift cards.

Exclusive Collection: Pamela Love for eBay

In collaboration with esteemed designer Pamela Love, eBay is debuting an exclusive jewelry collection for the holidays, offering a capsule of affordable designs under $75. The collection will go on sale at 8 a.m. PST on Dec. 1 (Giving Tuesday) with all proceeds benefiting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/CFDA Foundation. Gift giving with purpose is a priority for shoppers – one-quarter of Americans have a preference for gifts that “do good.”2 This limited edition collection will include rose gold plated rings, bracelets, earrings and a necklace. Browse and buy at eBay.com/pamelalove (coming soon).

Hot Gifts: Holiday Airstream Hits the Road

Following two successful tours in 2015, the eBay Airstream will be decked out for the holidays and hitting the road to invite shoppers to “Wish Bigger” in five cities. Beginning the week of Nov. 30, the eBay “Wish Bigger” Airstream will spread holiday cheer by bringing locals across the country their most coveted gifts this season. With brand-new inventory sourced according to local survey results showing what people wish for the most in each city, shoppers will have access to new, in-demand items at prices that make big wishes come true. Meanwhile, shoppers everywhere will be able to access even more amazing gifts at eBay.com/holidays.

The Season for Selling: eBay offers New Options for Boxing Day and Beyond

Over half of all Americans received an unwanted gift last year.2 This year, for the first time, eBay introduces Boxing Weekend by inviting people to local malls to do something entirely new: sell. Instead of letting unwanted gifts linger at home – which more than a third of Americans have been doing to-date2 – people can return them to the North Pole by visiting pop-up selling stations in select Westfield shopping centers on Dec. 26 (Boxing Day) and Dec. 27. Equipped with everything you need, people can list items themselves or enlist professional sellers from the eBay Valet service, without paying Valet fees through Jan. 3. Whether it wasn’t what you asked for, didn’t quite fit or whether you got new gadgets and are no longer using your previous generation devices, earn money to keep wishing bigger and better in the New Year.

For more information throughout the holidays, visit: eBay.com/holidays.

eBay by the numbers:

  • eBay has 159 million active buyers and 800 million listings at any given time
  • 79% of merchandise sold on eBay is new
  • ~84% of GMV on eBay is fixed price
  • The majority (63%) of items on eBay ship for free
  • Virtually all of the items on eBay are backed by a Money Back Guarantee
  • There are 250+ million searches each day on eBay
  • eBay apps have been downloaded 291 million times across the globe
  • 85 million items with free shipping
  • 29 million gifts arrive in three days or less

1 IBM 8th Annual Infographic
2 TNS and eBay Holiday USA Report 2015

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

Sterling Partners and Permira Funds led consortium acquires eBay Enterprise for $925 million

A consortium of buyers led by Sterling Partners and the Permira Funds acquires eBay Enterprise businesses.

San Jose, California, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay Inc. today completed the previously announced sale of eBay Enterprise to a consortium consisting of Sterling Partners, Longview Asset Management, and the Innotrac Corporation, a Sterling Partners portfolio company, together in partnership with companies owned by the Permira Funds for $925 million.

The consortium of buyers has separated eBay Enterprise into four distinct businesses:

  • Enterprise Operations & Enterprise Technology Services is owned by Sterling Partners.
  • The Magento Commerce Technologies business is owned by the Permira Funds.
  • The Marketing Solutions business is owned by the Permira Funds.
  • The CRM business is owned by the Permira Funds.

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the eBay, StubHub and eBay Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2014, eBay enabled $83 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com

SOURCE:  eBay Inc.

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Sterling Partners and Permira Funds led consortium acquires eBay Enterprise for $925 million

Sterling Partners and Permira Funds led consortium acquires eBay Enterprise for $925 million

eBay Motors announced the results of its Future of Automotive Shopping Survey

Survey finds tech savvy vehicle owners are paving the future

San Jose, California, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, eBay Motors announced the results of its Future of Automotive Shopping Survey. The findings show consumers – especially younger drivers aged 18-29 – expect technology be used to enhance the car buying experience and are more likely to adopt mobile and online tools to purchase cars, trucks and automotive parts and accessories (P&A).

“Mobile is increasingly changing the way consumers shop – whether it’s for a vehicle or parts and accessory,” said Sree Menon, General Manager of eBay Motors. “Today’s consumer – especially millennials – are embracing technology to enhance their own car shopping experiences. At eBay, we’re continuing to arm automotive dealers and P&A sellers with the tools needed to evolve their business. We are focused on how we can leverage technology to help sellers create a personalized experience that meets consumers’ ever-changing needs.”

Car Shoppers Want Virtual Test Drives and Digitally Dynamic Experiences

Today’s vehicle shopper is becoming increasingly dependent on technology – in fact, on eBay a car or truck is bought via mobile every 5 minutes. Research indicated that consumers are interested in using all available mobile and online resources to make the most informed decision when researching or buying a car.

  • Nearly 70 percent of consumers have searched for dealership information via their mobile device
  • 21 percent of 18-29 year olds are interested in trying augmented reality when shopping for a vehicle

Move Over Men: Women are Buying More Automotive Parts Online

With the rise in fitment capabilities, more and more consumers purchase P&A online. In fact, on eBay, three P&A are sold every one second.

When it comes to fixing, modifying or upgrading a vehicle, more women prefer to source their part or accessory online. As a whole, today’s shopper is more likely to perform the installation as opposed to paying a professional.

  • 41 percent of women have purchased auto parts (brakes, wheels/tires, interior/exterior components, etc.) online
  • Nearly half (47 percent) of consumers have purchased automotive parts online
    • 64 percent are DIYers (Do It Yourself) who installed the parts they bought online themselves
    • 22 percent are DIFMers (Do It For Me) who bring their parts to an auto shop or dealership
    • 14 percent are both DIYers/DIFMers
    • 23 percent of the consumers that have not purchased automotive parts and accessories online are likely to do so in the future
    • 53 percent of consumers living in the South (AL, KY, MS, TN, AS, LA, OK, TX) are more likely to purchase automotive parts and accessories online

eBay Motors is committed to being the leading vehicle, parts and accessories destination, where shoppers can discover and purchase virtually any vehicle they want or parts that they need to modify, repair, and personalize their rides.

The survey conducted in May 2015, collected responses from more than 1,000 U.S. vehicle owners – 50 percent male responses and 50 percent female responses – to determine consumer shopping habits in order to inform what the future of the automotive retail experience looks like.

About eBay Motors
eBay Motors (www.ebay.com/motors), a part of eBay, one of the world’s largest marketplaces for buying and selling all things automotive.  The site offers everyday cars for everyday drivers, as well as collector cars, motorcycles, auto parts and accessories.  eBay Motors is consistently ranked the No. 1 automotive site on the Web by Nielsen//NetRatings.

MEDIA CONTACT

SOURCE: eBay Inc.

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eBay Motors announced the results of its Future of Automotive Shopping Survey

eBay Motors announced the results of its Future of Automotive Shopping Survey

Exclusive Cynthia Rowley Collection and Paperchase products debut November 3 at Staples Collections

New Cynthia Rowley Collection and Paperchase products launch November 3

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples makes chic, fun and functional workspaces happen with new products and designs for Style at Staples, which features the exclusive Cynthia Rowley Collection and unique, home and office items from Paperchase. New from Cynthia Rowley are wallpaper, backpacks, tote bags, lunch bags, phone wristlets, laptop sleeves, flash drives, planners, phone cases and reading glasses. The Style at Staples collections will be available just in time for the holiday gift-giving season beginning November 3 at Staples stores and Staples.com.

“The unique Cynthia Rowley and Paperchase collections help our busy customers stay organized while showcasing their style throughout their workspaces,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “The Style at Staples collection seamlessly merges great design and function with sophisticated and fun products that are perfect for the home office or office during this holiday gift giving season.”

Exclusive to Staples, the latest Cynthia Rowley Collection features her new designs in eye-catching bold colors and patterns on everything from wallpaper, reading glasses, notebooks, desktop organizers, phone cases to storage boxes, tech cases, backpacks and more.

Cynthia Rowley explained, “I’ve got a theory: if you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more. A unique collection of office essentials in bold, vibrant hues and lush, elegant patterns. To inspire you. To delight you. And to give your day just a little more joy.”

In addition, Staples will offer a new unique collection with original designs from leading Londonstationary brand, Paperchase. Their in-house design teams have used their distinct talents to create three new lines.

All tastes are covered with the new Paperchase lines. For those looking for something dramatic there is the intense floral prints of the Dark Romance collection, while monochrome prints peppered with colorful exotic birds give the Paradiso collection a sophisticated edge. This contrasts with the Get Organized line and its black and white geometric print offset with fresh green accents.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples(SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley is a leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60-freestanding collection boutiques, as well as in department, specialty, and online stores worldwide. Brimming with energy, Cynthia Rowley imbues a sense of adventure in all of her design projects, be it wetsuits or her ready-to-wear. While attending the Art Institute of Chicago, Rowleyfell into fashion when a local department store buyer discovered her on the train. That initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC where she went on to win the CFDA award for best new talent, became a best-selling author and has appeared on TV shows such as Project Runway, Letterman and The Today Show.

The Cynthia Rowley brand currently includes sportswear and related accessories with additional categories including swimsuits; wetsuits; beauty; Rowley Eyewear, an ecommerce site featuring eyewear collections for both men and women; and ROWLEY, a recently launched fitness collection. For more information on Cynthia Rowley, visit www.CynthiaRowley.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Kaitlyn Reardon, 508-253-4195
Kaitlyn.Reardon@Staples.com
or
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

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Cynthia Rowley Collection in Cosmic Floral (Photo: Business Wire)

Cynthia Rowley Collection in Cosmic Floral (Photo: Business Wire)

Elf Yourself® the app that makes funny videos of you and your friends dancing as elves returns to Office Depot

Popular Holiday App Brings Two New Songs, Including a Cat Dance and a Hanukkah Celebration

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions and parent company of Office Depot and OfficeMax, announced today the return of Elf Yourself®, an app that allows you to make funny videos of you and your friends dancing as elves. One billion elves have been created on the platform since its launch in 2006, and more people than ever are expected to ring in the holiday season this year with the app. Elf Yourself® is now available for download at elfyourself.com.

With more than 480 million users in 215 countries, as many elves have been created as there are children in the world. Elf Yourself® has been downloaded over 65 million times since transitioning from an online platform to smartphone app in 2012, and it is back this year to bring holiday cheer to family and friends. Users can simply upload up to five photos, select a dance theme, and the app will generate a custom Elf Yourself® video that they can share via email and social media platforms, as well as embed into websites and blogs.

“Every year we look forward to sharing the latest additions to Elf Yourself® to help people spread the holiday spirit,” said Tim Rea, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Office Depot, Inc.

New this year is a dance with cats based on their overwhelming popularity on the internet: more than 2 million cat videos were uploaded to YouTube in 2014, generating almost 26 billion views. The cat dance features a purr-fect mash-up of cute felines in festive scenes alongside the dancing elves, singing along to a Cat rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Users are still able to choose from popular dances from prior years such as Hip Hop, House Party, Breakin’, Elfspañol, Jingle Pop and Feliz Navidad.

Office Depot and OfficeMax are also featuring the Hanukkah phenomenon, the Mensch on a Bench, to Elf Yourself® for a new song and dance in which fans can portray Moshe the Mensch, a character who shares the traditions of the Jewish holiday. The Hanukkah song and dance features new musical talent, starring the popular acapella group, the Maccabeats.

“This Hanukkah season, I’m excited about Moshe the Mensch starring in a new song by the Maccabeats for the Elf Yourself® app where Mensch on a Bench fans have the opportunity to dance and sing as if they were Moshe the Mensch,” said Neal Hoffman, creator of the award-winning The Mensch on a Bench.

For more information on the Office Depot and OfficeMax Elf Yourself®, visit elfyourself.com.

About The Mensch on a Bench
Created by Neal Hoffman, The Mensch on a Bench tells the wonderful story of Moshe the Mensch, who watched over the menorah during the great miracle of Hanukkah. The hardcover storybook comes with a 12” plush doll who holds the Shamash (leader) candle. With over 5 million Jewish people in the United States, Moshe serves to introduce children to the traditions of Hanukkah, as well as teaches them to be good and honorable people, also known as mensches. The Mensch on a Bench line of products includes a book and doll set, a plush menorah and dreidel, chocolates and more; all of which are available at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael’s, and other retailers this holiday season. To learn more, please visit TheMenschOnABench.com.

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

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

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

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

Office Depot, Inc.
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Employees place high importance on giving a thoughtful and personalized gift to co-workers – Office Depot survey

‘Regifting’ in the Workplace is Common, While Desire for Thoughtful Gifts is Strong

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions and parent company of Office Depot and OfficeMax, today released survey data revealing preferences, quirks and motivations of part- and full-time employees planning to buy gifts for their co-workers this holiday season. Even though 82 percent will invest effort in picking the right gift for their co-workers, 39 percent believe ‘regifting’ occurs in the workplace.

Employees place high importance on giving a thoughtful and personalized gift to co-workers. According to the survey, 93 percent of respondents indicated that they give holiday gifts because they consider co-workers friends, and 85 percent say they enjoy exchanging gifts with co-workers. Additionally, 94 percent feel it is important to pick the right gift for a co-worker.

“People have close, personal and professional relationships with their co-workers, and they put thought and effort into choosing the right gift for them,” said Tim Rea, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Office Depot, Inc. “At Office Depot, we understand that gifting is an important part of the holiday season and we strive to make it fun and easy to find the right gift for everyone on your list – including your co-workers.”

Unique and playful gifts, personalized for the individual are near the top of everyone’s list. Respondents prefer to receive thoughtful (52 percent) and practical (45 percent) gifts from their co-workers. According to the survey, some of the best gifts ever received from co-workers include:

  • Gift cards (25 percent)
  • Food and drink (11 percent)
  • Technology (8 percent)
  • Office supplies (5 percent)
  • Homemade goods (3 percent)

As for the motivations behind gift-giving in the workplace, 90 percent give as a way to show appreciation and 86 percent give gifts because they want to encourage or sustain a good relationship with their co-worker. This could be a factor in why nearly one quarter of respondents prefer to give and receive playful gifts.

To see how Office Depot and OfficeMax make holiday gifting more fun, visit officedepot.com/holiday.

Research Methodology

From September 29 – October 2, 2015, APCO Insight conducted an online quantitative survey among 300 U.S. workers on behalf of Office Depot.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:

Office Depot, Inc.
Sarah England, 561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com
or
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

SOURCE: Office DEPOT® | OfficeMax®

Metro inc. to purchase up to 5,162,000 of its Common Shares pursuant to private agreements with several arm’s-length third-party sellers

MONTREAL, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro inc. (“Metro”) (TSX: MRU) announced today that it intends to purchase for cancellation, on or before September 9, 2016, up to 5,162,000 of its Common Shares pursuant to private agreements between Metro and several arm’s-length third-party sellers. These purchases will be made pursuant to issuer bid exemption orders issued by the Ontario Securities Commission. The price that Metro will pay for any Common Shares purchased by it under such agreements will be negotiated by Metro and the seller and will be at a discount to the prevailing market price of Metro’s Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) at the time of the purchase. Information regarding each purchase, including the number of Common Shares purchased and aggregate price paid, will be available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com following the completion of any such purchase.

These purchases will form part of Metro’s 18,000,000 million share repurchase program announced on September 8, 2015 and effective on September 10, 2015, which allows for purchases outside the facilities of the TSX pursuant to exemption orders issued by a securities regulatory authority, including by way of private agreements at a discount to the prevailing market price. The maximum number of Common Shares which may be purchased by way of all such private agreements cannot exceed 6,000,000, being one-third of the total number of Common Shares which may be purchased under Metro’s 18,000,000 million share repurchase program announced on September 8, 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 Québec 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.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s expectations related to expected future events and financial results and operating results. This forward-looking information typically contains the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “potential”, “plan”, “project” or other similar terms. These forward-looking statements are not facts, but only reflections of management’s estimates and expectations. Although Metro believes that these statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations as set forth in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions and the risks and uncertainties discussed in the “Risk Factors” section in disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and Metro does not undertake to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events contained in these forward-looking statements may or may not occur. Metro cannot assure that projected results or events will be achieved.

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Information:

François Thibault
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
METRO INC.
514 643-1003

Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risk and Investor Relations
METRO INC.
514 643-1245

SOURCE: Metro

SpartanNash to announce its Q3 2015 financial results after the stock market close on Wednesday, Nove 11, 2015

Byron Center, MI, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq: SPTN) will announce its third quarter 2015 financial results after the stock market close on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at SpartanNash’s website at www.spartannash.com/webcasts under the “Investor Relations” section and will remain available for replay on the Company’s website for approximately ten days.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 165 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart.

Investor Contact:
Dave Staples, (616) 878-8793
Executive Vice President & COO
or
Media Contact:
Meredith Gremel, (616) 878-2830
Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications

SOURCE: SpartanNash

Weis Market raised $103,000 in donations for 100 local emergency food providers

Fight Hunger program generates donation of 5,074 gallons of milk for local families in need

SUNBURY, PA, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets’ stores raised $103,000 in donations for 100 local emergency food providers in its five state market area while also generating a donation of 5,074 gallons of milk through its partnership with the Great American Milk Drive. The donations were raised during Hunger Action month in September.

“Our customers’ generosity will help generate more than a half million meals in the communities we serve. This year, we added a new option which allowed our customers to donate a gallon of milk to a local family in need. This helped generate a donation of more than 5,000 gallons of milk,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets Senior Vice President. “Ultimately, these donations will benefit more than 100 local hunger organizations who serve thousands of people. We are committed to helping these organizations and are truly grateful to our customers for their support.”

This year’s Fight Hunger program had two new features. A $4 donation generated a gallon of milk for a local hunger organization, and customers could also buy a Fight Hunger reusable bag for $2, with all proceeds going to local hunger organizations.

The Fight Hunger food drive benefits local food banks and pantries throughout the five Mid-Atlantic States in which Weis Markets operates. Regional food banks participating in the program and who also helped coordinate local pick-ups include: The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast (PA); The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg, PA); The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Williamsport, PA); The Maryland Food Bank (MD); The Commission on Economic Opportunity/The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA); Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading, PA); Philabundance (Greater Philadelphia Area, PA); Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW)/Broome County Council of Churches (Broome County, NY); Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY); Food Bank Network of Somerset County (Somerset County, PA); Northwest Community Action Program NORWESCAP Food Bank (Phillipsburg, NJ); and Mountaineer Food Bank (WV).

Food insecurity is a growing problem throughout the United States. According to, Feeding America®, a national hunger-relief organization, 49 million Americans live in food insecure households, affecting 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children. To learn more about Weis Markets’ Fight Hunger Program and ways you can help, please visit WeisMarkets.com/fight-hunger.

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About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets

SOURCE: Weis Markets

Weis Markets new in-store Café in Lansdale Store offers 900 varieties of beer

Sunbury, PA and Lansdale, PA, 2015-11-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced it has opened an in-store beer café at its Lansdale store. The café received final approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) on Thursday.

The 30-seat café sells beer for both take-out and on-premise consumption and offers 900 varieties, including a wide selection of imported and locally sourced craft beers.

The company now operates beer cafés in 34 stores, including its Doylestown, Norristown and Conshohocken locations. It also plans open a beer café in its Pennsburg store.

For more information on Weis Markets and its locations, visit WeisMarkets.com.

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

SOURCE: Weis Markets