Asda to switch on the festive lights with the airing of its #BecauseItsChristmas campaign during X Factor

Supermarket celebrates the lengths people go to and ‘what the heck’ attitude during the season with a campaign centred on the hashtag: #BecauseitsChristmas

LEEDS, England, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sunday, Asda will switch on the festive lights with the airing of its #BecauseItsChristmas campaign during X Factor. Taking the lead from its customers and capturing the anticipation of the season, the campaign will fire the first salvo in the battle of the Christmas ads with a 60-second advert that puts fun festive attitude and well-known Asda personality at the heart of this year’s campaign.

Teased throughout the day before its full airing at 8.15pm, the advert captures the excitement and go for it’ spirit of Christmas that celebrates people pushing the boat out, #becauseitschristmas.

From the family that festoons its car with lights, not just the home; to the dad who buys the biggest of trees then struggles to get it home; to an antler wearing dog; to the child who outperforms in the nativity play; to the nervous man who finally puckers up under the mistletoe at the work party, the launch creative captures the brilliant lengths we go to because it’s Christmas. And it wouldn’t be Asda without the famous pocket tap, this time getting a Christmas twist from colleagues dressed in Christmas antlers.

The stories in the brand adverts come from customers themselves who told Asda about the extreme efforts they go to in order to get ready and get together to fully enjoy this time of year. The launch advert will be followed by shorter ads which take a closer look at those people going all out at Christmas, as well as ads to showcase the scale, quality and value of Asda’s Christmas range: from George Christmas jumpers, festive costumes for dogs, and Star Wars costumes; to prawn and lobster cocktails, red velvet yule logs and duck & cherry pate – highlighting that customers can fulfil their Christmas needs under one roof – whether in store or online.

Barry Williams, Chief Customer Officer, Asda said: “Christmas is a time you can really go for it – trust me, with a big family of my own I’m well aware of how much effort goes into making it special, fun and meaningful, and how much reward comes from doing just that. And I know it’s not just my family who feels this way, our customers have been saying they act exactly the same at this time of year so we’re celebrating that spirit throughout our Christmas campaign.

“It’s a cracker of a campaign – it’s about indulging on quality food, fantastic decorations, fun or glam festive clothes and incredible efforts to get together, and depicts it all with personality.”

The media schedule will also disrupt festive norms. Following insights that show more than one in five people had completed part of their Christmas shopping by this time last year, the advert is launching at the beginning of November – when Asda will be the first retailer to use 5-second blipverts across all major channels throughout the day of launch. These will be supported with cinema and digital outdoor ads, including giant 3D boards featuring antlers and tree-esque lights in Leeds and Manchester, which will go live on the same day.

The launch will also kick-start Asda’s most advanced digital campaign to date. The content driven approach – which includes go-for-it moments like a ‘dogs do Christmas’ video series, a spoof training academy for colleagues, and something extra special to support the upcoming Star Wars film release – will feature across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr. As well as an industry first partnership with Google, this Christmas also marks the launch of Asda’s first significant presence on Instagram to showcase its Christmas food range.

Throughout November and December, momentum-building ads will enhance the festive fun and anticipation, before a 30-second advert captures the final countdown.

The launch advert features X Factor’s Fleur East’s debut single Sax ahead of its release on 6th November. It’s a pop/funk track produced by Norwegian duo Electric with strong bassline, guitar riffs and memorable hook. It’s written by Fleur alongside Electric, JHart and Camille Purcell and is set to make a statement that this is the emergence of a superstar – her X Factor performance of Uptown Funk last year peaked at no1 on iTunes. The advert and song will be linked to Shazam – Asda has a strong track record in this area with its previous soundtrack Oh My Love by The Score becoming the most ‘Shazamed’ advert track of the year.

The Christmas ads have been created by VCCP and continue Asda’s Save Money. Live Better brand campaign launched in July this year. Save Money. Live Better brought back the iconic pocket tap and celebrates what Asda customers love about their Asda supermarket – the combination of a great value range, Asda colleagues and the unique Asda personality’.


Northern Ireland Retail Consortium welcomed Minister for Justice David Ford’s comments on modern slavery

LONDON, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium has welcomed the Minister for Justice David Ford’s comments and contribution to the debate on modern slavery.

Aodhán Connolly, Director of the NIRC, stated “We are not only welcoming of the stance that the Minister for Justice has made on this issue but are glad to see that he has highlighted the efforts of civil society to combat injustice.

“It was UK retailers who campaigned hard, in partnership with other stakeholders, to get the transparency clause inserted into the Modern Slavery Act and our industry has for many years worked to prevent the exploitation of workers through a number of voluntary measures. We are therefore pleased to welcome the commencement of the Transparency in Supply Chains Regulations. As an industry, we have long argued that the greater the number of businesses who are engaged in the conversation around modern slavery the better chance we all stand of tackling it effectively. We see the transparency requirements as a crucial step in enabling business to talk in a sensible way about the problem of modern slavery, the steps that can be taken to guard against it and, crucially, how to deal with it if it is uncovered in a supply chain.”


For media enquiries please contact Aodhán Connolly, Director of the NIRC, on 07880039744


Northern Ireland Retail Consortium welcomes the establishment of Business Improvement District (BID) for Belfast City Centre

LONDON, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium welcomes the news that traders have voted to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) for Belfast City Centre. A BID allows businesses within a defined area to come together on a number of important issues, including achieving reduced business costs through collective procurement of goods and services, investing in improvements and agreeing a set of projects which will deliver on these improvements including marketing the area on its own particular strengths.

However, the Director of the NIRC, Aodhán Connolly, says that the Department for Social Development has more to do:

“While the progress on BIDs in Belfast, Ballymena, Enniskillen, Newry and Strabane is welcomed, we here in Northern Ireland are playing catch up with our counterpart towns and cities in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. The Northern Ireland BIDs Academy is a positive step and influence in this area but what we have been calling for in this past 3 years is a start-up fund to allow the towns across Northern Ireland that need it most to be able to get a solid platform to rejuvenate their high streets.

“BIDs are another way to make our towns and cities ready for business in the 21st century. A fund that could benefit small towns as much as our traditional market towns and cities can only do more to support not only our industry, but leisure, hospitality and all business sectors. And under our proposals, that money would be paid back from successful BIDs, enabling even more of our struggling high streets to benefit. A virtuous circle of investment.

“This may be a time of austerity but for Northern Ireland to be a competitive place to do business we need an investment from government that will actually make a tangible difference. With one in six of our shops lying empty their could not be a better time for funds to support all of our towns.”


For media enquiries please contact Aodhán Connolly, Director of the NIRC, on 07880039744


The Macerich Company closed on the first of three joint ventures; Special dividends declared

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) today announced it has closed on the first of three joint ventures.  Macerich contributed interests in Lakewood Center, Los Cerritos Center, South Plains Mall and Washington Square.  Cash proceeds to Macerich total $1.5 billion, including $964 million in excess loan proceeds to the Company.  GIC will have a 40% interest in the malls.  The assets included in this joint venture are:

Property Location 9/30/2015
Sales PSF
Partner %
Lakewood Center Lakewood, CA $463 96.0% 40.0%
Los Cerritos Center Cerritos, CA $773 96.7% 40.0%
South Plains Mall Lubbock, TX $472 93.0% 40.0%
Washington Square Portland, OR $1,133 97.0% 40.0%

In addition in January, 2016, the Company is planning to close the previously announced joint ventures including a second joint venture with GIC on Arrowhead Towne Center and on a joint venture with Heitman on Deptford Mall in Deptford, New Jersey, FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield, Colorado and Twenty Ninth Street center in Boulder, Colorado.

Special Dividends Declared
On October 30, 2015 the Board of Directors of The Macerich Company declared two special dividends each of $2.00 per share of common stock.  The first dividend is payable on December 8, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 12, 2015.  The second dividend is payable on January 6, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 12, 2015.

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

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

GIC is a leading global investment firm with well over US$100 billion in assets under management. Established in 1981, the firm managesSingapore’s foreign reserves and is uniquely positioned for long-term and flexible investments across a wide range of asset classes, including real estate, private equity, equities and fixed income. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,200 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information on GIC, please visit

Founded in 1966, Heitman LLC is a global real estate investment management firm with over $34.5 billion in assets. Heitman invests in commercial real estate directly or in publicly traded real estate securities. Heitman serves a global client base with clients from North American, European, Middle Eastern, and Asia-Pacific institutions, pension plans, foundations and corporations, and individual investors. Headquartered inChicago, with offices in Los Angeles, London, Luxembourg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Melbourne.  Additional information about Heitman can be obtained from their website at

Note:  This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements which can be identified by the use of words, such as  “expects,” “anticipates,” “assumes,” “projects,” “estimated” and “scheduled” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. Stockholders are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to vary materially from those anticipated, expected or projected.  Such factors include, among others, general industry, as well as national, regional and local economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, affect demand for retail space or retail goods, availability and creditworthiness of current and prospective tenants, anchor or tenant bankruptcies, closures, mergers or consolidations, lease rates, terms and payments, interest rate fluctuations, availability, terms and cost of financing and operating expenses; adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other things, competition from other companies, retail formats and technology, risks of real estate development and redevelopment, acquisitions and dispositions; the liquidity of real estate investments, governmental actions and initiatives (including legislative and regulatory changes); environmental and safety requirements; and terrorist activities or other acts of violence which could adversely affect all of the above factors.  The reader is directed to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which discussion is incorporated herein by reference. The Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events unless required by law to do so.

SOURCE The Macerich Company

Jean Wood, 310-394-6000

Tractor Supply Company declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share of its common stock

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share of the Company’s common stock.

The dividend will be paid on December 1, 2015, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 16, 2015.

About Tractor Supply Company
At September 26, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,465 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter, ICR

Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser, ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Saks OFF 5TH to open new store within the Congressional Plaza shopping center located in Rockville, Md.

NEW YORK and ROCKVILLE, Md., 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) are pleased to announce that Saks OFF 5TH will open a new store within the Congressional Plaza shopping center located in Rockville, Maryland. Expected to open Fall 2016, the new 40,000 sq. ft. store will feature a carefully edited assortment of luxury designer fashion, footwear, and accessories for men and women all at up to 70% off.

“We are thrilled to introduce our brand, our incredible merchandise selection, and our amazing prices to the Rockville area with the opening of our Congressional Plaza store,” commentedJonathan Greller, President of Outlets, HBC. “This new store will be centrally located on Rockville Pike, one of the most desirable shopping corridors in the entire Washington DC metropolitan market, and is an exciting addition to our off-price business across North America.”

With new arrivals shipped to the store nearly every day, customers will discover fresh and exciting merchandise, including coveted up-market labels and one-of-a-kind designer finds, for both men and women. For additional OFF 5TH shopping benefits, customers may sign up for the More! program on Rewards include insider access to exclusive discounts, new arrival alerts, and more.

Acquired by Federal Realty in 1965, Congressional Plaza is a regional mixed-use destination that includes 328,000 square feet of retail, 50,000 square feet of office and 194 rental residences.  The addition of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th comes on the heels of a series of endeavors by Federal Realty to continually improve Congressional Plaza and adapt to the changing needs of the community.  In 2014, Federal Realty completed a comprehensive renovation of The Crest atCongressional Plaza, a 146-unit apartment community to modernize the units and amenities.  More recently, Federal Realty developed The Stories, a 55+ adult community comprised of 48 inspired, luxury apartments.  Scheduled to open Spring 2016, The Stories is a first-of-its-kind residential solution designed to cater to the aging population in the area who are seeking a high-end luxury living experience focused on the overall well-being of it residents.

“Montgomery County, Maryland has changed dramatically over the past 50 years and the evolution ofCongressional Plaza has evolved right along with it to ensure the community is properly served. The addition of Saks OFF 5TH and our other new additions further authenticate Congressional Plaza as a vibrant mixed-use centerpiece for Rockville Pike with living, working, restaurant and retail options second to none,” said Chris Weilminster, Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Leasing,Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Additionally, Federal Realty is making significant capital improvements to expand the connectivity between the retail, offices and residences.  This includes adding walkways and landscaping, updating the facade and signage, and creating a new outdoor cafe seating area for everyone to enjoy. Congressional Plaza is also now home to Beer and Wine Cellar, a friendly neighborhood beer and wine store, and Chop’t (opening soon).

The new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will reside in Congressional Plaza located at 1675 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852. For more information, visit

About Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH is a world-class destination for true fashion at extraordinary value. The retailer’s 91 stores and e-commerce division,, combine the two great joys of shopping: the delight of discovering the best in luxury and the thrill of finding a deal. A sophisticated shopping experience of carefully curated off-the-runway trends, exceptional service, and savings on the biggest names in fashion, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH leads the market as the premier luxury-value destination.

About Federal Realty:
Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Bostonas well as San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply.  Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods likeSantana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Rowin Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 90 properties include over 2,600 tenants, in approximately 21 million square feet, and 1500 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 48 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit

Tiffany Bourre Stephanie Orton Lynch
Office:   905.595.7184 Office: 202.248.5855
Cell:       416.571.1301 Cell: 703.405.0728


SOURCE Federal Realty Investment Trust

U.S. consumers show dramatic increase in their spending expectations this holiday season – Accenture’s holiday shopping survey

More U.S. Shoppers Plan to Increase Holiday Spending, Annual Accenture Survey Reveals

Consumers are willing to share personal information with retailers in order to receive personalized offers

U.S. Holiday Shopper Profile Highlights:

  • Forty percent plan to spend more on their holiday shopping this year, up from 25 percent in 2014.
  • Online is the preferred shopping option as compared to in-store though one in 10 think they will use a particular channel depending on what they are purchasing.
  • Sixty-five percent prefer to purchase products from the website of a brick-and-mortar retailer (versus other online stores), due to convenience, trust and security.
  • Half of consumers are likely to shop on Thanksgiving, while 28 percent believe Thanksgiving should be spent with family.
  • Fifty-one percent are willing to share personal information with retailers in order to receive personalized offers from retailers, up from 33 percent in 2014.
  • Webrooming and showrooming will be prevalent among U.S. shoppers, with 69 percent and 65 percent likely to participate in each respectively.
  • Sixty-one percent of shoppers are influenced by social media when making purchasing decisions.

NEW YORK, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sparked by increasing optimism around consumers’ personal financial situations, U.S. consumers are showing a dramatic increase in their spending expectations this holiday season, with 40 percent planning to spend more on holiday shopping this year, versus just 25 percent saying the same last year according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey.

The Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey found that while consumers are willing to spend more this year, they are still enticed by a good deal. Eighty-seven percent of shoppers are typically persuaded by discounts of 20 percent or more to purchase an item, with 23 percent being persuaded by discounts of just 20 – 29 percent.

While some retailers are closing their doors on Thanksgiving, consumers remain enthusiastic about shopping that day with 50 percent likely to do so, up from 45 percent in 2014. On par with 2014, 63 percent of consumers plan to shop on Black Friday. Consumers are split between planning to shop via their laptop/desktop on Thanksgiving (43 percent) and Black Friday (42 percent), while 40 percent and 42 percent plan to shop in-store on Thanksgiving and Black Friday respectively. Younger shoppers especially males are the most likely to shop on Thanksgiving day/night. Under a third (between 28 percent – 32 percent) of this group will purchase between 50 percent – 100 percent of their items in-store or on laptop/desktop.

“With consumers willing to spend more on holiday purchases again this year, this holiday season represents a strong opportunity for retailers,” said Patricia Walker, Senior Managing Director, Products, and North America Retail Practice Lead at Accenture. “However, in order to capitalize on the opportunity, retailers need to focus on offering a seamless experience for shoppers who will be shopping both online and in-store. As consumers make digital technology a natural part of their lives, their shopping habits have evolved rapidly. If they experience personalization on one channel, they start to expect it across all channels. This represents a great opportunity for retailers who take advantage of new and emerging digital technologies to enhance the shopping experience.”

Consumers Want a Personalized Holiday Shopping Experience
Despite increased instances of cybersecurity breaches across multiple industries in the past year, consumers are increasingly open to sharing personal information with retailers in order to receive personalized offers. The Accenture survey revealed that 51 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to share personal information, up from 33 percent indicating a willingness to do so in 2014. Meanwhile, one quarter (24 percent) are unsure and another quarter (25 percent) are unlikely to share personal information.

When it comes to enticing shoppers to share their personal information and shopping preferences, respondents revealed that discounts and coupons (cited by 72 percent) are the most popular catalysts, while rebate schemes (cited by only 23 percent) are the least likely to entice them. Additionally, when considering channels, e-mail (cited by 53 percent) and in-store promotions (cited by 53 percent) are the channels where consumers feel they are most enticed by offers and coupons.

“What we see is that consumers are prepared to share personal information in order to get personalized benefits. Fifty-six percent of respondents prefer discounts or deals to be proactively sent to them, with those aged 18 – 35 wanting these discounts to be highly personalized and relevant. For retailers, it is important that they strike the right balance in the customer relationship to create trust, engagement, affinity, desire and delight. Retailers must be able to adapt their approach to address the privacy needs of each individual customer,” said Walker.

Webrooming and Showrooming
The Accenture survey revealed that more than 69 percent of U.S. shoppers are likely to participate in ‘webrooming’ (shopping for products online before visiting the retail store to make their purchase) and 65 percent are likely to participate in ‘showrooming’ (visiting a store to review a product before purchasing it online). Among those likely to take part in webrooming, top reasons for doing so included preferring to touch and feel the product before purchasing it (cited by 49 percent), wanting to make sure a product is in stock before going in-store to purchase it (cited by 46 percent) and to avoid paying for shipping (cited by 42 percent).

Interestingly, most 18 – 44 year olds are likely to use “showrooming” while all age groups are happy to use “webrooming.” Nearly half of females (46 percent) will use “webrooming” to avoid the cost of shipping.

For those consumers purchasing items online and picking them up in-store, 67 percent, up from 57 percent in 2014, are likely to buy additional items during their in-store visit.  Females between the ages of 25 – 34 are the group most likely to buy additional items when using the in-store pick up option.

Holiday Shopping Channel Preferences 
Online is the preferred shopping option (for 54 percent of respondents) as compared to in-store where a retailer has a presence in both channels, although one in 10 think they will use a particular channel depending on what they are purchasing.

Sixty-one percent of consumers surveyed say social media will have some influence on their purchasing decisions, with the 18 – 44 age demographic being the most influenced by social media. Key reasons for social media’s influence included being able to see what’s trending in real-time and what other shoppers are buying (cited by 46 percent) and feeling the ads and offers on social media are highly relevant to them (cited by 33 percent).

“Retail is everywhere, and no longer about a location or a channel. Today’s on-the-go nature of consumers has influenced shifts in channel preferences. While we know consumers value content and social media that reflects their lifestyles, our research shows us that social media has very little influence on the purchasing decisions of those aged 45 and over. The younger shoppers who are influenced by social media mostly like to see what’s trending and what others are buying,” said Walker.

For consumers planning to visit brick-and-mortar stores this holiday season, the top three factors that would enhance their in-store shopping experience are in-store promotions (cited by 55 percent), being able to touch, feel and see items in person (cited by 46 percent) and seamless operations such as short lines and quick service (cited by 42 percent). When it comes to technology enhancing the in-store experience, most consumers ranked digital coupons as the most important technology, followed by self-service payment options and kiosks with digital set-ups.

Additional trends highlighted by the survey include:
Discount, Deals and Benefits

  • Fifty-six percent of shoppers prefer to be targeted proactively with discounts and deals, compared with only 20 percent who prefer to seek out deals themselves.
  • Among benefits offered by retailers, 39 percent of shoppers plan to take advantage of competitor price matching on the spot, while only 18 percent plan to take advantage of Lay-Away.
  • Just under half (42 percent) of females aged 18 – 44 years will take advantage of purchasing online and having it delivered in-store whilst 48 percent of younger males are more interested in competitor price matching.

U.S Shoppers Gear Up for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

  • Thirty-five percent of shoppers believe Black Friday will offer the best deals, while 20 percent believe Cyber Monday will offer the best deals.
  • Fewer shoppers than in previous years (28 percent, down from 32 percent in 2014 and 41 percent in 2013) believe that Thanksgiving should be spent with family versus holiday shopping.
  • A quarter (24 percent) of women start shopping early or randomly throughout the year with an even higher percentage (37 percent) starting in the autumn period whilst a fifth (22 percent) of men go gang-busters from Thanksgiving/Black Friday or start around December when they get into the Holiday festivities.
  • For men who shop late, they are hoping to have better discounts, especially males aged 25 – 34. Of note, 100 percent of 35 – 44 year old men say they are too busy to shop earlier followed by three quarters (75 percent) of younger males. The women who shop late do so because they want more time to save.

The Holiday Shopping List

  • For the most popular items shoppers plan to buy, apparel topped the list (cited by 69 percent versus 56 percent in 2014) and gift cards came in second (cited by 64 percent versus 57 percent in 2014).
  • Thirty-nine percent of shoppers will spend an average of $26 to $50 on a gift card this holiday season, mostly from discount retailers (46 percent) and restaurants (45 percent), which were also top choices in the 2014 survey.  Over half (53 percent) of those between 45 – 59 years spend more on restaurants.

Online and In-store Frustrations

  • Top frustrations keeping consumers from purchasing more goods online include: shipping costs (cited by 60 percent); not being able to see, touch and feel the product (cited by 49 percent); shipping delays (cited by 36 percent); and security concerns (cited by 29 percent).
  • Top frustrations keeping consumers from purchasing more goods in-store include: long waiting lines and crowds (cited by 65 percent); distance to store locations (cited by 35 percent); parking challenges (cited by 34 percent); and lack of desired inventory options at a particular store (cited by 30 percent).
  • Only two percent of consumers are planning to do the majority of their holiday shopping on mobile devices, with most (43 percent) citing privacy and security issues as a major reason for not shopping on mobile devices.

Accenture conducted an online survey using a representative sample of 1,537 U.S. consumers in September and October 2015.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 358,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

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Caroline Douglas
+ 35 3 87 680 0074
SOURCE: Acccenture

PBS KIDS, Whole Foods Market to offer new line of sustainable, safe and educational toys

PlanToys® to be sold in all Whole Foods Market stores; proceeds will benefit PBS KIDS

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, PBS KIDS has partnered with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) to offer PlanToys®, a new line of sustainable, safe and educational toys.  Beginning this week, shoppers can find the PBS KIDS holiday toy collection, including PlanToys®, at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. All toys cost less than $30.

PlanToys® uses every piece of wood—down to the shavings on the factory floor—from rubber trees that are felled past their prime. These wooden toys are assembled using certified formaldehyde-free E-zero glue in place of traditional wood glue, and do not use chemical dyes containing lead or other heavy metals. Additionally, PlanToys® sources all materials within a 40-mile radius of its factory, which runs on bioenergy.

One-hundred percent of net proceeds from the purchase of the toys in this holiday partnership will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life. Additionally, Whole Foods Market will donate 1 percent of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation®, an organization dedicated to improving children’s wellness and nutrition.

“Our partnership with Whole Foods Market allows us to provide families a diverse array of resources that foster play, which is essential to a child’s learning and healthy development,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of Children’s Media at PBS. “Along with PlanToys®, PBS KIDS is proud to offer holiday gift-givers a meaningful toy option that is safe, educational and fun.”

Appropriate for children ages 1 to 5, this year’s collection features a variety of classic wooden toys that encourage active play, including a camera with a kaleidoscope lens, colorful bath and water-play boats, fruit-shaped musical instruments, moving animal pull-toys and mini golf and ring toss game sets.

“Working with PBS KIDS allows us to focus on our shared brand values of supporting education and child development,” said Jeanne Tamayo, global lifestyle buyer at Whole Foods Market. “We’re so proud to carry PlanToys® this holiday season—their modern-classic designs are unique and beautiful. Most important, their production standards are incredible. These toys are made in a way that is good for the environment – that’s great for the kids who get to play with them and for the people making them.”

In addition to finding the new line of PBS KIDS toys at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, holiday shoppers can purchase products online at

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


PBS KIDS, Whole Foods Market to offer new line of sustainable, safe and educational toys

PBS KIDS, Whole Foods Market to offer new line of sustainable, safe and educational toys

Whole Foods Market to open a new 45,000-square-foot location in Fort Myers, Fla.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic food retailer, has announced plans to open a new 45,000-square-foot location in Fort Myers. Slated to open late 2017, the store will be located at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Ben C. Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Highway.

“We’ve received such a positive response from the west coast of Florida since the opening of the Whole Foods Market in Naples in 2008, so we are very excited to bring a new location to Fort Myers,” said Juan Nuñez, president of Whole Foods Market’s Florida Region. “The Fort Myers store will be more than 20 miles from Naples, making it more convenient for our loyal shoppers, and to cultivate new relationships in the Fort Myers community.”

Announced during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, Nov. 4, Fort Myers is the latest Whole Foods Market location planned for Florida. Other stores in development include Destin, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park North and North Sarasota.

There are currently 24 stores located throughout Florida in Aventura, Boca Raton, Carrollwood, Clearwater, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Davie, Downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Naples, North Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines, Pinecrest, Pompano Beach, Sarasota, South Beach, Tallahassee, Tampa, Wellington, West Palm Beach, and Winter Park.

Specific information on this store will not be available until closer to opening, as each of the company’s stores are built specifically to serve the needs of their unique neighborhoods.


Juan Nunez

President – Florida Region

Juan Nunez has spent his career in natural and organic foods.

Cleveland: Whole Foods Market will relocate its existing store on Chagrin Boulevard to the state-of-the art Pinecrest development

ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, in partnership with Fairmount Properties and their joint venture partners, announced today it will relocate its existing store on Chagrin Boulevard to the state-of-the art Pinecrest development. The new 45,000-square-foot store will be a part of the $230 million project located at I-271 and Harvard Road in Orange Village, Ohio.

“Whole Foods Market will be an extraordinary addition and a natural fit for Pinecrest,” said Randy Ruttenberg, principal at Fairmount Properties. “This exciting announcement will further Pinecrest’s unmatched experience given the number of best-in-class retail, restaurant, home and entertainment operators already committed.”

“We are proud of our history serving the Cleveland community,” said Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “So, in an effort to continue to evolve and improve our commitment, we’re investing in this neighborhood, our customers and team members. This new site will help us continue to strive for the best experience possible with every trip to a Whole Foods Market.”

Whole Foods Market will join an impressive lineup of retailers, many of which are first-to-market for northeast Ohio. These include REI, a popular outdoor recreation store, Silverspot Cinema, a movie theater where guests enjoy dinner and drinks from luxurious leather seating, Pinstripes, a popular Italian bistro offering bowling and bocce, and Old Town Pourhouse, a vibrant, high-energy neighborhood restaurant and tavern.

Demolition is complete and site work is underway at Pinecrest.  When finished, this 58-acre mixed-use development will offer 400,000 sq. ft. of retail space featuring an eclectic blend of national, regional, and local stores, chef-driven restaurants, and entertainment venues. It will also include a mix of 150,000 square feet of class-A office space, a 150-room boutique hotel, and 90 new apartments, all with easy access along Interstate 271. Phase II, six months behind phase I, will feature several hundred residences tailored to a wide range of lifestyles – young professionals and empty nesters alike.

Fairmount Properties is serving as the lead developer for the project, working in a joint venture with Lennar Commercial, along with members of the DiGeronimo Family, long known in the community for their success at Independence Excavating and Independence Construction, as well as Lewanski Development.


Scott Allshouse

President – Mid Atlantic Region

Scott Allshouse’s career in the grocery industry has spanned three decades, beginning at age 15.

Whole Foods Market store at 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton Ill. will be relocated to a larger location at 91 Danada Square East

New, larger store expected to open in late 2016 or early 2017

CHICAGO, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, confirmed today that the current 39,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market location at 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, Illinois, will be relocating to a new 55,000-square-foot location at the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield Road at 91 Danada Square East.

“We opened our Wheaton store in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, and we’ve been proud to serve the Wheaton community for so many years,” says Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “When the opportunity arose to move to a larger location, we couldn’t resist. After so many years in the smaller location, we felt it was the perfect time to expand and offer our shoppers a brighter, warmer store with more space to gather and meet. Now we’ll have an increased area to create new venues and offer additional products and services that will excite both new and long-term shoppers.”

The new location, expected to open late 2016 or early 2017, is expected to have features similar to those found in other recently opened Chicagoland Whole Foods Market stores. Possibilities include a beer and wine bar; expanded prepared food offerings; juice and coffee bars; and meats, fresh seafood and cheeses all smoked in-house. At the time of opening, the new Wheaton Whole Foods Market will be the eighth Whole Foods Market opened inside of a former Dominick’s location. Previous locations include stores in the Streeterville, Lincoln Park, West Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago along with locations in the cities of Evanston, Elmhurst and Willowbrook, Illinois. Whole Foods Market plans to open two other Chicagoland locations in 2016 in the Hyde Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago.


Michael Bashaw

President – Midwest Region

Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

Whole Foods Market signs leases for Cleveland, Fort Myers, Fl., Sudbury, Mass., and Wheaton, Ill.

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its fourth quarter earnings report, Whole Foods Market announced that it has signed leases for four new stores.

The new leases are for Whole Foods Market stores planned for Cleveland, Fort Myers, Florida, Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Wheaton, Illinois. The stores in Cleveland and Wheaton will be relocations.

The company also announced that it has signed leases for three 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores.

Whole Foods Market currently operates 433 stores and has 111 stores in development.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Whole Foods Market signs leases for Cleveland, Fort Myers, Fl., Sudbury, Mass., and Wheaton, Ill.

Whole Foods Market signs leases for Cleveland, Fort Myers, Fl., Sudbury, Mass., and Wheaton, Ill.

Whole Foods Market to open in Sudbury, Massachusetts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that it will open a location in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The store will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will employ approximately 225 locally hired, full- and part-time team members.

“Sudbury is such a quintessentially New England town, and we are so excited to develop a store that celebrates the rich history of the area,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic Region. “We are eager to get this project underway and to get to know our new neighbors and learn how we can best serve as community partners in Sudbury.”

Whole Foods Market Sudbury is projected to open in 2017.

Laura Derba

President – North Atlantic Region

With nearly 30 years of experience in the grocery industry, Laura Derba has firsthand knowledge of every aspect of grocery store operation.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market signed leases for 3 new 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores in Cedar Park, Texas, Cincinnati, and San Francisco

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its fourth quarter earnings report, Whole Foods Market announced that it has signed leases for three new 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores.

The new leases are for locations in Cedar Park, Texas, Cincinnati, and San Francisco.

“We’re excited to have eight leases signed for our new store concept,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We continue to look for strong markets and locations where we can appeal to new customers seeking a fresh, healthy and convenient food experience.”

In July, Whole Foods Market announced leases for 365 by Whole Foods Market stores in Bellevue, Washington, Houston, Portland, Oregon, and Santa Monica, California, and also revealed that the first 365 store will be located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The first three store locations are slated to open in 2016, and up to 10 stores are expected to open in 2017.

Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy foods to a broader audience with a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience, 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s fun and convenient for shoppers.


Jeff Turnas

President – 365 by Whole Foods Market

Jeff Turnas is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. He was appointed to lead Whole Foods Market’s new retail store brand in June 2015.

Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit partners with Whole Foods Market

Brooklyn’s sought-after baked goods debut at 32 tri-state area Whole Foods Market locations

NEW YORK, New York, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beloved Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Whole Foods Market to make their renowned breads and baked goods more accessible outside of their Smith Street location. Beginning November 4, Bien Cuit’s artisanal breads and an exclusive line of danishes made only with transitional flours — grains harvested by farmers in the process of being certified organic — will be available at 32 Whole Foods Market locations in the Northeast region, encompassing New York, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut.

Bien Cuit Chef-Owner Zachary Golper developed a line of three rotating seasonal danishes exclusively for Whole Foods Market — Maple Yam, Apple Cardamom and Pain au Raisin — made with flour from La Meunerie Milanaise, a revered organic mill in Quebec and partner of the bakery. Each Danish will be $2. Whole Foods Market will also carry Bien Cuit’s bread rolls: Pugliese and Chive ($1 each).

With this new Bien Cuit danish line, the bakery and Whole Foods Market are introducing customers to transitional grains, further extending La Meunerie Milanaise’s mission to create a market for grain farmers during that crucial time of transition. Bien Cuit and Whole Foods Market recognize that in order to expand the amount of organic food grown, there has to be a network of support for farmers making an effort.

“Bien Cuit’s beautiful breads and pastries have been a favorite of ours for quite some time,” says Elly Truesdell, Local Forager for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Upon learning about the bakery’s support of transitional farmers, it immediately became apparent that we needed to find a way to work together and bring their fantastic products to our stores. It’s amazing to launch a line of products that support both farmers and organic expansion — not to mention, they’re some of the most delicious pastries around!”

Robert Beauchemin, owner of La Meunerie Milanaise, has pioneered the grains community and organic farming movement since the 1970s. Today, he is responsible for converting thousands of acres of farmland from conventional to organic through education and guaranteeing sale for harvests from farmers transitioning to organic.

“We all care about the future of our soil, our health and the quality of our food, but few people devote their lives to changing those conditions for the benefit of everyone,” says Golper. “Robert is by far one of the most impactful people in North America regarding his effort to change vast expanses of farmland into responsible and organic agricultural operations. Additionally, his skills as a miller are as good as they come. He is definitely one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met, and I am very happy to be supporting his efforts in a large way.”

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About Bien Cuit: 

Bien Cuit is the cult-favorite Brooklyn bakery renowned for its perfectly baked artisanal loaves, baked goods, pastries, cookies, cakes and sandwiches — all made with local grains and seasonal ingredients. Since husband-wife team Zachary Golper and Kate Wheatcroft opened the bakery in 2011, Bien Cuit (meaning “well baked” in French) quickly became both a local favorite and food destination for New Yorkers and tourists, as well as an esteemed national authority on the merits of long fermentation and combining ancient and contemporary baking methods. Zach has 13 years of experience in bread and pastry, and before landing in Brooklyn, he reinvented the bread program for George Perrier’s landmark restaurant Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia. Bien Cuit also operates a very successful and growing wholesale bakery business, supplying some of the city’s top restaurants, cafes and markets with their breads and pastries including Untitled at The Whitney, Gramercy Tavern, Estela, North End Grill, The Modern, Toro, BKLYN Larder, Intelligentsia, Joe The Art of Coffee and many more. Bien Cuit’s fan base will expand even further when Zach releases his first cookbook, Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread, on November 17th, 2015, published by Regan Arts.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit partners with Whole Foods Market

Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit partners with Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market and Roy Choi partner to open second Chego outpost inside the downtown LA store

Company partners with Los Angeles chef to open location in downtown Los Angeles store

LOS ANGELES, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Whole Foods Market has partnered with Roy Choi to open a second Chego outpost inside the downtown Los Angeles store, opening Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 788 South Grand Ave.

Located in the 41,000-square-foot store’s prepared foods section, Chego will offer a menu of “favorites” with $12 big kid meals: the Sour Cream Hen House, Leafy T, Chubby Pork Belly Bowl, Beefy T Bowl, and $7 snacks: The Spiiiiinach Salad, Housemade pickles, Seasonal Veggies and Ooey Gooey Fries.

All menu items are made on site and meet Whole Foods Market’s quality standards. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 4.

“With its mix of flavors, ingredients and dishes inspired by a blend of cultures much like our city, Chego’s menu offers L.A. in a rice bowl, ” Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “We work hard to bring shoppers unique and delicious local offerings and can’t imagine a better Los Angeles-based chef and concept to represent this.”

The approach is simple.  “We want to serve food that will bring a smile to everyone’s face,” said Choi, who co-founded Chego.

Whole Foods Market’s downtown Los Angeles store opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday, following a bread-breaking ceremony. For more on Chego, check out @RidingShotgunLA and @EatChego on Twitter and Instagram.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Whole Foods Market and Roy Choi partner to open second Chego outpost inside the downtown LA store

Whole Foods Market and Roy Choi partner to open second Chego outpost inside the downtown LA store

Don J. Clark appointed global VP of purchasing for non-perishables Whole Foods Market

Industry veteran brings deep retail and grocery experience in merchandising, supply chain, technology and omni-channel marketing

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that it has named Don J. Clark global vice president of purchasing for non-perishables.

Clark is responsible for all functions of Whole Foods Market’s non-perishable business, including growth through strong supplier relationships, inventory and category management initiatives and the management and expansion of the grocer’s robust exclusive brands program, which generated approximately $1.8 billion in sales in fiscal year 2014 from approximately 4,400 SKUs led by the company’s 365 Everyday Value® line.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Don to our team,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief operating officer. “He is a proven leader in the retail industry with a clear track record of delivering results. His core values align very well with our company’s, and we are confident that Don will execute a range of innovative strategies that help take our non-perishables business to the next level.”

Clark joins Whole Foods Market from Target Corporation, where he helped in the ongoing transformation of Target’s grocery business through significant investments in merchandising, produce sourcing, store design, supply chain, store operations, technology and omni-channel capabilities. Prior to that, Clark led the expansion of the Merchandise Planning and Presentation capabilities in Target’s Bangalore, India office for its U.S. store and .com businesses, where he implemented more efficient, cost-effective operations and innovative U.S. personalization and localization efforts.

“The Whole Foods Market brand is the benchmark in quality for all other retailers in the growing natural and organic grocery space,” Clark said. “I have a real passion for health and wellness and am thrilled by the opportunity to lead an already strong non-perishables team as we continue to further differentiate Whole Foods Market products from the competition.”

Clark – an avid triathlete and father of four – is based at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his family. He graduated from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Don J. Clark appointed global VP of purchasing for non-perishables Whole Foods Market

Don J. Clark appointed global VP of purchasing for non-perishables Whole Foods Market

Morrisons to donate unsold food that is still safe to eat to local community organisations

Morrisons is to roll out an initiative that aims to end the waste of edible food in its 500 supermarkets.

Bradford, England, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Across the UK, unsold food that is still safe to eat will be made available and donated to local community organisations. They will be able come to the store and collect the food that would previously have been wasted during the week. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products such as tins and packets.

It follows a trial in over 100 stores in Yorkshire and the North East that will be extended to all stores during the early part of 2016. It involves building a network of community organisations who can make use of the food.

The level of edible waste is already minimised through measures such as discounting food before it can no longer be sold or using it in our own staff canteens.

The small percentage of edible food in Morrisons stores that is wasted is currently used to produce energy rather than going to landfill. This initiative will ensure it gets eaten.

Andrew Clappen, Group Corporate Services Director, said: “We don’t like the idea of good food going to waste and this programme will ensure that we find a home for the small amount of unsold or used food in our stores.”

Mary McGrath, CEO of FoodCycle, one of the recipient organisations said, “We have 10 hubs close to Morrisons stores and we will be taking food from those stores. This will allow us to feed more people who are at risk of loneliness, isolation and hunger and we would urge other organisations to take part.”

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DFS Group will launch the seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition on December 5, 2015 in Macau


HONG KONG, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group (DFS), the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, will launch the seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition on December 5, 2015 with a gala event at T Galleria by DFS, Macau in partnership with the Shoppes at Four Seasons. Recognized as the world’s premier retail exhibition of luxury timepieces, the DFS Masters of Time program brings together an extraordinary collection of over 400 fine watches and jewelry masterpieces from 28 prestigious brands and the masters who create them, allowing shoppers to experience an unprecedented range of fine watches and jewelry all in one place. The curated collection will be exhibited in store at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons and available for sale until February 29, 2016.

“This year’s Masters of Time exhibition is inspired by the traveler and the thrill of discovery,” said Philippe Schaus, DFS Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “A testament to DFS’ commitment to providing our customers with unrivalled experiences, we’re confident this year’s carefully-curated Masters of Time collection will satisfy their desire to discover the most innovative and exciting timepieces available.”

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Global Merchandising for Watches, Jewelry, Accessories and Sunglasses, added, “The culmination of a year-long search to curate an extraordinary range of luxury watches and fine jewelry, the DFS Masters of Time collection represents the latest innovations and designs in watchmaking. We’ve partnered with the foremost watches and fine jewelry houses to build a program that’s simply unmatched.”


This year’s collection of prestigious brands includes: Arnold & Son, Angelus, Blancpain, Breguet, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Chopard,  Corum, De Bethune, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Hautlence, H. Moser & Cie, Hermès, Hublot, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, Manufacture Royale, Officine Panerai, Omega, Roger Dubuis, Tiffany & Co., Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith and more.

Highlights include:

·         Angelus’ U10 Tourbillon Lumière

·         Blancpain’s Villeret 12 Days Flying Tourbillon

·         Breguet’s Reine de Naples “Day/Night”

·         Glashütte Original’s Senator Cosmopolite

·         Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Squelette

·         Hublot’s MP-05 “Laferrari” All Black

·         Cartier’s Ballon Bleu de Cartier Vibrating Setting Watch

·         Vacheron Constantin’s Fabuleux Ornements “Chinese Embroidery”

DFS Masters of Time is part of the DFS Masters Collection, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes the highly-anticipated Masters of Wines and Spirits set to take place in Singapore this November. The Masters Collection is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.


SOURCE: DFS Group Limited




Best Buy made the CDP Climate A List

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy has been awarded a prized position on the CDP Climate A List for our efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the past year.

The commendation puts Best Buy in the top 5 percent of thousands of companies that submit annual emissions data and climate management strategies to CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

We are in good company. Other corporate “A Listers” now include sustainability powerhouses and partners such as Apple, Google, LG, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Sprint.

The A List designation comes shortly after Best Buy set a new goal to reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020 and signed the American Business Act Pledge on Climate Change.

“We know that cutting carbon emissions is a win-win –  it’s the right thing to do for the environment and for our business,” said Laura Bishop, vice president of Public Affairs & Sustainability for Best Buy. ”Being named to the CDP Climate Change A List is a tremendous honor and further confirms the value of our commitment to a low-carbon economy.”

CDP is a global nonprofit that drives action toward a more sustainable world, and its reporting is done on behalf of 822 investors who represent more than a third of the world’s invested capital.  Released today in CDP’s annual global climate change report, the Climate A List comes just weeks head of COP21, the United Nations conference where international leaders will meet to strike a global carbon reduction deal.

For the complete 2015 Climate A List, as well as the climate scores of all companies who participate in CDP’s climate change program, visit For more Best Buy sustainability news, visit

SOURCE: Best Buy


Best Buy made the CDP Climate A List

Best Buy made the CDP Climate A List

800+ Best Buy stores to open early at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, Nov. 6

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the biggest games of the year comes out Thursday night.

And 800+ Best Buy stores will be opening early – at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time* Friday, Nov. 6  – to let you get your hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Before we talk about why Best Buy’s the best place to grab the game – note that from Nov. 6-8, get a $50 gift card and your choice of any game ($59.99 and under) when you purchase any Xbox One console. That’s a $110 value.

As for the Call of Duty news, here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you prep to battle Black Ops Zombies.

*Remember: Our East Coast stores open at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and our stores in the Central time zone open at 11:01 p.m. Thursday. Fans in the Rocky Mountain time zone can get their hands on Halo 5: Guardians at 10:01 p.m. and those on the West Coast can get it at 9:01 p.m.

SOURCE: Best Buy


800+ Best Buy stores to open early at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, Nov. 6

800+ Best Buy stores to open early at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, Nov. 6