Argos to launch ‘Red, White and Blue’ Fridays leading up to Black Friday as part of its Christmas campaign

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading UK retailer Argos will launch ‘Red, White and Blue’ Fridays leading up to Black Friday as part of its Christmas campaign.

Deals designed to put pounds back in British shoppers’ pockets will be available every weekend so that customers don’t have to wait for weeks to get the Christmas shopping started and will find it easier to plan and budget over several weeks rather than one weekend.

Kicking off today (Friday 6 November), highly competitive ‘feel-good’ deals on offer at Argos include:

  • ‘3 for 2’ on all toys for five days
  • The first of five one-day market-beating deals – today’s being the new Call of Duty Black Ops 3 at £39.99
  • Five day deals launching today include the LG 4K Ultra HD 40” Freeview TV reduced by £300 to £399, a saving of £70 on Beats Solo 2 On Ear Headphones at £99.99 and the Canon SX410 20MP Camera at less than half price at just £99.99.

Argos believes the deals are so strong it guarantees to offer the difference if customers find the deals cheaper elsewhere¹.

All deals are available in stores and online and customers wanting their bargains in a hurry can take advantage of Argos’ new UK-wide Fast Track same-day home delivery service which is currently free for orders of £50 and over².  Customers purchasing online for Fast Track store pick-up in as little as 60 seconds can also currently get £1 money back on orders over £25².

David Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Argos, said: “Customers just can’t wait to start their Christmas shopping and we want to reclaim Fridays for Brits and celebrate them every week between now and Christmas. Fridays have always been a special day in the minds of the British public, whether it represents fish ‘n’ chips, drinks down the pub or simply the start of the weekend.

“We are, of course, gearing up for Black Friday like everyone else, but we don’t think getting a great deal should wait until then and this weekend we know our customers will love our famous ‘3 for 2’ toys event and amazing ‘feel-good’ deals.

Black Friday has several alleged definitions, including being a term coined in the United States by the Philadelphia Police department in the 1950s and 1960s to describe the chaos in the cities caused by the traffic jams and sheer volume of shoppers who came out to grab the best deals.

David Robinson continued: “Christmas shopping is stressful enough without doing it all in one weekend – that’s why we want to make every Friday a ‘feel-good’ one with many fantastic deals every single week until Christmas. We will ensure every Brit has a chance to put more pounds in their pockets.”

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¹See Argos.co.uk for full terms and conditions

²The Fast Track offers are for a limited time only. After Tuesday 24 November, all Fast Track same-day delivery orders will revert to the standard delivery fee of just £3.95 and the Fast Track collection discount will no longer apply, although customers will continue to benefit from free in-store pick-up on all orders purchased online.

Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 840 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

John Lewis launches its 2015 Christmas advertising campaign – Man on The Moon

  • John Lewis Christmas 2015 advertising campaign, titled Man On The Moon, encourages us to show someone they’re loved this Christmas
  • The retailer has teamed up with Age UK in an effort to help raise awareness of the million older people who go a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or member of family
  • Advert set to cover of Oasis’ Half The World Away by critically acclaimed Norwegian singer, Aurora

LONDON, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today launched its 2015 Christmas advertising campaign – Man on The Moon. Set to the Oasis track ‘Half The World Away’, recorded by 19-year-old rising music star, Aurora, the retailer’s Christmas advert tells the story of a magical and unexpected connection between a little girl, Lily, and a Man who lives on the Moon. At its heart the narrative demonstrates the power of connection and thoughtfulness at Christmas – a time of great joy, but also a time when some might find themselves alone. The advert ends with the strapline ‘Show someone they’re loved this Christmas’.

The advert launches on the retailer’s social media channels on Friday 6 November and it will then feature on TV for the first time that evening during the first advert break of Gogglebox on Channel 4. This follows a teaser campaign using #OnTheMoon, on television and social media which began last Sunday (1 November).

John Lewis has partnered with Age UK to drive awareness and support for some of the million older people who can go for a month without speaking to anyone. Throughout November and December, the retailer will be supporting Age UK in a number of ways, including in store and online activity, a text to donate mechanism and through the sales of selected Christmas merchandise.

Craig Inglis, Customer Director at John Lewis said, ‘Our Christmas advert is once again all about going the extra mile to give someone the perfect gift. This year though, the story is told in a uniquely creative and engaging way as we see Lily, our heroine, go to great lengths to connect with the Man on the Moon.

‘We hope it inspires people to find really special gifts for their loved ones and through our partnership with Age UK, raises awareness of the issue of loneliness amongst older people and encourages others to support in any way they can.’

This message will be amplified beyond the TV campaign through a range of channels: moon pop-ups will land in 11 John Lewis shops – providing the opportunity to take photos with the moon back drop, learn about the moon and find out more about this Christmas’s Age UK partnership.

The retailer has also created a Man On The Moon App that uses augmented reality to bring the moon to life. By pointing a phone at the Man on the Moon image – found on posters, John Lewis shopping bags, click and collect boxes and many more places; or simply by holding the device up towards the moon itself, users can unlock a 3D interactive moon that releases daily facts and animations in the countdown to Christmas Day’s full moon. The app also features a Man on the Moon themed game in which the player has to avoid obstacles, and collect power ups in a bid to get a chosen object all the way up to the Man on the Moon.

Man On The Moon has been created by advertising agency adam&eve DDB. It is directed by Kim Gehrig through Somesuch, with post production at The Mill.

The campaign with media planning and buying by Manning Gottlieb OMD begins with two 120 second TV spots on the 6 and 7 November and is supported by a combination of three shorter versions for six weeks.

The ad can be viewed on www.johnlewis.com/christmas-advert and on the John Lewis YouTube channel www.youtube.com/johnlewisretail from 8am Friday.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Enquiries

For further information or images please contact:
Laura Askew, Communications Manager, Online & Flagships
Telephone: 020 7798 3396
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.uk

Netflix to premiere original ten-part documentary crime series Making a Murderer on December 18, 2015

The Most Compelling American Crime Story You’ve Never Heard Of… 

Beverly Hills, Calif., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere a captivating original ten-part documentary crime series Making a Murderer on December 18, 2015 exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.

Inspired by a newspaper article from 2005, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have spent the last decade documenting an unprecedented real-life thriller that spans more than thirty years. Set in America’s Heartland, Making a Murderer follows the harrowing story of Steven Avery, an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault. His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement and award him millions of dollars. But in the midst of his very public civil case, he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

The series takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. The filmmakers have documented every angle of the story, following the second investigation and ensuing trial of the accused, petitioning the court to avoid having to turn over their footage, gathering archival materials, and interviewing those closest to the case.

“There are an unbelievable number of twists and turns in the story arc of Making a Murderer, it feels like it has to be fictional,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming. “Ricciardi and Demos have navigated very complex terrain and skillfully woven together an incredible series that leaves you feeling like you’re right in the middle of the action.”

“If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred. Our goal has always been to share that experience with viewers. Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to tell this story in a way that wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else,” said directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

Making a Murderer examines allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion. The filmmakers look at what went wrong in the first case and question whether scientific advances and legislative reforms over the past three decades have gotten us any closer to delivering truth and justice in the system.

Netflix will present a special preview of the first two episodes of Making a Murderer at the DOC NYC film festival on Friday, November 13.

Making a Murderer is the latest project in Netflix’s slate of original documentary and docu-series programming, including the Oscar-nominated films The Square and Virunga as well as What Happened, Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom and Chef’s Table.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 69 million members in over 60 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Netflix media contact:
Elektra Gray
egray@netflix.com

Marks & Spencer unveils its 2015 Christmas campaign

LONDON, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today unveiled its plans for Christmas 2015 – putting a fresh, festive twist on its popular The Art of and Adventures In formats1 to deliver food & fashion campaigns that celebrate the many moments that make up Christmas.

In a move away from the Christmas ad epic, the M&S 2015 campaign is a series of seven stylish, shorter ads that synchronize with the different milestones on the festive calendar. From the party season to the joy and exhaustion of Christmas morning, M&S products take centre stage to show how the retailer has each of these moments covered, from tinsel to tuxedos to turkey.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director of Marketing & International at M&S said; “Customers tell us they experience Christmas as a series of mini-moments and emotions, and each moment matters in building that bigger sense of occasion. As a result, our approach is more box-set than blockbuster epic; as we wanted to capture that feeling of anticipation and create an upbeat campaign that moves with the pace of the season and shows how M&S can help make each moment special”

The 2015 Christmas campaign will be the most digitally focussed to date. In a break with tradition, M&S will not debut its ad on social or TV channels but will instead preview its campaign to the two million members of its new membership club Sparks. Each member will receive an email with The Art of Christmas compilation film this afternoon ahead of the 5pm go live on M&S.com and social channels.

The Art of Christmas
The Art of Christmas campaign kicks off with an upbeat compilation film that takes the audience through the full series of Christmas moments. The sophisticated, theatrical style sees each moment played out in a larger than life manner, with oversized props, choreographed sequences and a sprinkling of festive nostalgia.

Seen from the perspective of wide eyed eight year old Neve, the screen erupts into The Art of Making an Entrance and models strut their stuff in an array of glittering partywear. The scene switches to The Art of the Night Before, as parents put the finishing touches in place, but 5am soon heralds the arrival of The Art of Noise, as children wake on Christmas morning and bounce on their oversized beds. In The Art of Surprise three beautifully wrapped giant presents spill open to reveal the recipients inside and Neve jumps for joy at her cuddly polar bear. The Art of The Feast pans through a sumptuous banquet packed with exquisite festive food and chattering relatives. Finally, the perennial Christmas image of Morecombe & Wise dances onto the screen, as the family settle into their supersized sofa for The Art of 40 Winks.

Catering for customers’ appetite for bite sized consumption of content, M&S will air 20” edits of The Art of Making an Entrance, The Art of Noise and The Art of Surprise in tune with consumers’ shifting priorities. For example, The Art of Making an Entrance will air in mid to late November as party invitations firm up and outfit planning is in full swing.

Adventures In Christmas
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne commented, “Customers’ festive culinary experience is no longer focused on just the Christmas Day feast. Adventures In Christmas reflects our desire to inject more gourmet inspiration into the season’s calendar.”

Adventures In Christmas kicks off with a compilation film of delicious food moments; Adventures In Surprises, Adventures In Stars, Adventures In Glitz and Adventures In The Big Day. Each culinary moment has been edited into 20” and 30” formats to showcase what is special and different about M&S food. The cutting edge style brings M&S’ innovative creations to life with close up shots of the mouth-watering ingredients and exquisite festive details.

The four ads will run in stages from the 15th November right up to 23rd December to provide inspiration for the different food moments – beginning with Adventures in Surprises to assist with party planning and culminating with Adventures In the Big Day.

From 5pm tonight, customers can shop The Art of Christmas on M&S.com and view the ad on M&S social channels #TheArtofChristmas. The ad will air on Sunday 8th November during the series finale of Downton Abbey on ITV1.  Adventures In Surprises will preview to Sparks customers on the 13th November before the campaign begins on TV from Sunday 15th November.

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For further information, multimedia content or product information please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office: 0208 718 1919
Email: corporate.press@marks-and-spencer.com

Notes to Editors

1. Over the last 18 months, M&S has established two strong creative concepts covering its Fashion and Food businesses – each with a distinctive contemporary style.

  • Adventures In launched in September 2014 to support M&S’ Food business
  • The Art of launched in September 2015 covering M&S’ Clothing & Home business

M&S has given a festive makeover to the hero tracks used for each format. The Art of Christmas features a brand new edit of Mark Ronson’s chart topping Uptown Funk and Clean Bandit has recorded a 30 piece orchestral version of its hit Rather Be at the legendary Abbey Road studios to accompany Adventures In Christmas.

Production Information:

  • The Art of Christmas campaign was produced by Ridley Scott Associates. The production designer was Joseph Bennett, who also designed Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows and his retrospective Savage Beauty in New York and at the London V&A
  • Adventures In is directed and produced by Paris based food film makers Michael Roulier & Phillipe Lhomme of Food Film.

2. Sparks
Launched on 22nd October SPARKS – is M&S new Members Club – designed to convert customers into members who will be rewarded with more from M&S.  Through SPARKS, M&S is able to offer an extensive range of lifestyle benefits across food, fashion, home and beauty. On joining, SPARKS members are encouraged to share their interests to ensure their personal benefits reflect what they enjoy most. SPARKS has been designed as a fun and interactive experience, as members collect sparks in three key ways allowing them to regularly unlock new and exciting benefits.

Customers can collect Sparks

  • Each time they shop: 10 sparks for every purchase
  • Every time they spend: 10 sparks for every £1 spent
  • Each time they engage: 25 sparks for a product review or 50 sparks when you Shwop

SPARKS benefits

  • Tailor-made offers: As soon as members join, they receive a welcome offer – this could include a 10% discount on a department or a free beauty product when you buy lingerie. A tailor-made selection of offers is then sent every fortnight to choose from and, as members build more sparks they can unlock up to four tailor-made offer slots at one time.
  • Priority access: At 3,000 sparks members can begin to unlock priority access, giving members a first preview of new season ranges or the chance to shop the M&S.com sale 24 hours in advance at 5,000 sparks.
  • Exclusive events: 14,000 unlocks special invitation only events and masterclasses – from food tasting to exclusive shopping evenings with catwalk shows and at 17,000 members enter into money can’t buy experience draws – such as a trip to an M&S South African vineyard to winning your Christmas Day on M&S.
  • And every time a customer shops M&S will donate a penny to the member’s chosen charity, selected at registration.

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

H&M releases the first images of Katy Perry’s Holiday print campaign for H&M

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M is pleased to release the first images of Katy Perry’s Holiday print campaign for H&M. In the images, Katy wears pieces from the H&M Holiday collection, which coincides with the spectacular H&M Holiday commercial she has filmed for cinemas, TV and online. The full-length commercial will debut worldwide on November 23 at hm.com/life.

H&M’s Holiday 2015 commercial is the ultimate celebration of the season. Katy first appears as a fairy before conjuring to life an unbelievable cast of characters, from life-sized gingerbread men, to oversized presents on roller skates and giant teddy bears. The action is fast-paced and ever-changing, with Katy giving every scene her own twist. The soundtrack to the commercial is “Every Day Is A Holiday,” a new song written by Katy for the Holiday commercial, and produced by Duke Dumont.

“I had such a festive time shooting this larger-than-life holiday commercial with Jonas Åkerlund, and all of the fun clothes, especially my favourite, the Elfie Selfie sweater. H&M has been a part of the evolution of my personal style since I was 13, when I would start to incorporate fun, affordable H&M pieces into my vintage wardrobe. I can’t wait for you to give your wardrobe some sparkle with this magical holiday collection,” says Katy Perry.

In both the commercial and accompanying print campaign, Katy appears in looks from the H&M Holiday collection that mix festive glamour, style and fun. It includes pieces such as lipstick-red dresses, tuxedos with open sleeves and a T-shirt embroidered with sequined red bows. There are special details everywhere, from the fringing on a black mini skirt to the perfect Christmas jumper. H&M’s Holiday collection will be available in H&M stores worldwide from mid-November.

“I love the mix of style and updated traditions in this year’s Holiday collection. These are pieces for pure pleasure, whether it’s the perfect party dress for the best night out, or the cosiest fun jumper for relaxing with friends and family,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design.

This holiday season, H&M is committed to supporting the children in Myanmar with specially-designed gift cards. For each card bought, the H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the price to UNICEF. UNICEF will then use the money to provide quality education for vulnerable children in Myanmar, where there is urgent need to improve access to basic education. Through the gift card campaign, UNICEF and the H&M Conscious Foundation aim to directly reach more than 350,000 children with quality primary and lower secondary school education in the Rakhine State. The gift cards will be available in H&M stores globally until December 31.

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H&M releases the first images of Katy Perry’s Holiday print campaign for H&M

H&M releases the first images of Katy Perry’s Holiday print campaign for H&M

Unibail-Rodamco SE to simplify the group’s organization with merger by absorption of Rodamco Europe B.V.

Paris, Amsterdam, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — In order to simplify the group’s organization, Unibail-Rodamco SE plans to proceed with a merger by absorption of Rodamco Europe B.V. (a Dutch company wholly-owned by Unibail-Rodamco SE) no later than December 31, 2015, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.

As Unibail-Rodamco SE holds, via its Permanent Establishment in The Netherlands, 100% of the share capital of Rodamco Europe B.V., this operation will not lead to an exchange of shares nor an increase of the share capital of Unibail-Rodamco SE or a merger premium.

According to Article R. 236-3 of the French Commercial Code: (i) the draft cross border merger agreement, (ii) the interim financial statements of Rodamco Europe B.V. at September 30, 2015 and the bi-annual financial statements of Unibail-Rodamco SE and (iii) the annual accounts approved by the general meetings and the management reports for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, will be made available to shareholders of Unibail-Rodamco SE at its head office as of November 6, 2015.

Pursuant to Article L. 236-11 of the French Commercial Code, the merger, if implemented, will not be subject to final approval of an extraordinary general meeting of Unibail-Rodamco SE.

For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations
Julie Coulot
+33 1 76 77 57 22
julie.coulot@unibail-rodamco.com

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94
pauline.duclos-lenoir@unibail-rodamco.com

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €34.6 billion as of December 31, 2014. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 2,100 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region.

The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes.

The Group is a member of the CAC 40 in Paris, AEX 25 in Amsterdam and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com

US Foods recognized zpizza as the first Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner for its innovative Nice zSlice anti-bullying program

A Public Vote Decides Top Winner of First Food Fanatics Awards Program; Recipient Announced at The Culinary Institute of America’s reThink Food Conference

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Proving a kid’s favorite food can make the school playground a kinder, gentler place, US Foods recognized zpizza as the first Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner for the restaurant’s innovative Nice zSlice anti-bullying program. The top award was announced at reThink Food®, a conference co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America and the MIT Media Lab at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley over the weekend.

“Being a Food Fanatic is so much more than having a love of food, it’s about having passion and drive to do something greater for the industry and our communities,” said Marshall Warkentin, SVP, Marketing, US Foods. “The way zpizza is tackling a big issue like bullying shows they not only have a Big Heart, but deserve the Ultimate Food Fanatic Award and the public clearly agrees.”

The Food Fanatics Awards program, designed to shine the spotlight on the heart and soul of the food and restaurant industry, received nearly 1,000 entries.  These inspiring stories were then narrowed by regions among six creative categories: Best Bite, Culinary Genius, Hero, Epic Turnaround, Top Crew, and Big Heart.  From there, an esteemed panel of judges chose the Category Winners and the public then voted online to select the one Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner. zpizza prevailed as the Food Fanatics Awards Big Heart winner.

The artisan pizza chain recently launched Nice zSlice in recognition of October’s National Bullying Prevention month. Teachers from more than 200 schools nationwide partnered with local zpizza restaurants, rewarding student kindness with a complimentary slice of pizza. zpizza also hosted pizza parties and provided materials for the educators.

As the Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner, zpizza will receive a $10,000 credit for US Foods Culinary Equipment and Supplies for a pantry or kitchen makeover. Other Food Fanatics Awards Category Winners recognized at The Culinary Institute of America reThink Food conference, include:

  • Food Fanatics Best Bite Award Winner Chef Ken Tominaga of PABU in San Francisco.  His “Happy Spoon” is a delicate balance of raw oyster, uni, ikura, and tobiko mingle with a light ponzu creme fraiche. Chef Tominaga served his “Happy Spoon” at the reThink Conference where he was joined by his son, also a student at The Culinary Institute of America.
  • Food Fanatics Hero Award Winner Robert Vick of Vick’s Vittles in Albuquerque, N. M. Even though Vick has been legally blind for 30 years, it hasn’t stopped him from using food as a way to work with charities, military and service organizations. After starting a blind feeder program for the Los Alamos Labs, he opened Vick’s Vittles. Despite three robberies and an assault that left him with 27 stitches and 12 staples in his head, Vick has never given up on his dedication to the business or the community.
  • Food Fanatics Culinary Genius Award Winner Chef Manuel Verney-Carron of Manuel’s Bread Café in North Augusta, S.C. Chef Verney-Carron has recreated the essence of his birthplace, Lyon, France, in his local restaurant. But Verney is so much more than a chef and owner—he’s also a farmer, baker, and entrepreneur. His passion for the business also launched a bottled sauce that originated from the restaurant called “The Furious Frenchman.”
  • Food Fanatics Epic Turnaround Award Winner Alex Pozantidis of Zoe Restaurant, East Amherst, N.Y.Pozantidis opened his first successful restaurant in 2006 with his two brothers before deciding to branch out on his own. Starting out was hard—Pozantidis lost his first restaurant to a devastating fire and a second to the recession. Never one to throw in the towel, he has since re-opened his third restaurant, Zoe.
  • Food Fanatics Top Crew Award Winner Willy Carroll and team of Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, Calif. Chef Willy Carroll and his team at Tahoe Mountain Club split time between two golf course restaurants each summer and two restaurants at NorthStar Ski Resort each winter. The crew has no room for error thanks to the resort rules, such as transporting ingredients by snowmobile before dawn since they don’t have access to the ski lifts. And the team is not allowed to stay late to prep since all personnel must be off of the mountain by 5 p.m. These kinds of parameters can be challenging, but a top crew like Carroll’s gets the job done.

“The Food Fanatics Awards program generated impressive entries that reinforce the dedication it takes to succeed in the industry, said Toni Sakaguchi, CEC, CHE, executive chef of the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America, who served as a judge. “It’s a privilege to be involved in such a great program that features outstanding food people across the country.”

The judging panel also included Sue Zelickson, Minnesota foodie, columnist, radio host, entrepreneur, and community volunteer; and Thomas J. Macrina CEC, CCA, DFS, AAC, president, American Culinary Federation and a US Foods Food Fanatics Chef.

The Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner and all of the Food Fanatics Category Winners will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of Food Fanatics magazine.

“We know any successful food business starts with passionate people,” said Warkentin. “All of us at US Foods congratulate the Winners and Finalists who are truly Food Fanatics – some of the most dedicated, creative and skilled professionals in the industry.”

For more information about the Food Fanatics Awards and the winners, visit: foodfanatics.com/awards

To learn more about US Foods and its Food Fanatics, visit www.usfoods.com or www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Federated Co-operatives Limited to narrow down the Co-op locations affected by propane without the safety odour additive

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited has been working with its supplier, Crescent Point Energy, to narrow down the Co-op locations that may have been affected by propane without the safety odour additive. Affected communities may include (which may be narrowed down further):

Saskatchewan

  • Archerwill
  • Arcola
  • Assiniboia
  • Beaubier
  • Beechy
  • Big River
  • Birch Hills
  • Cabri
  • Canora
  • Canwood
  • Carlyle
  • Consul
  • Coronach
  • Debden
  • Estevan
  • Foam Lake
  • Fronteir
  • Goodsoil
  • Gull Lake
  • Hazenmore
  • Hazlet
  • Herbert
  • Hudson Bay
  • Humboldt
  • Ituna
  • Kamsack
  • Kinistino
  • Kipling
  • Kyle
  • Lafleche
  • LeRoy
  • Limerick
  • Macoun
  • Maple Creek
  • Meadow Lake
  • Melfort
  • Melville
  • Moosomin
  • Mossbank
  • Naicam
  • Nipawin
  • Norquay
  • Porcupine Plain
  • Prince Albert
  • Radville
  • Redvers
  • Riverhurst
  • Rocanville
  • Rockglen
  • Shaunavon
  • Steward Valley
  • Stoughton
  • Swift Current
  • Tisdale
  • Veregin
  • Wadena
  • Weyburn
  • Whitewood
  • Yorkton

 

Manitoba

  • Altona
  • Anola
  • Arborg
  • Beasejour
  • Birtle
  • Boissevain
  • Brandon
  • Carman
  • Dauphin
  • Deloraine
  • Elk Horn
  • Elm Creek
  • Erickson
  • Fisher Branch
  • Gilbert Plains
  • Gimli
  • Gladstone
  • Grunthal
  • Iles des Chênes
  • Killarney
  • La Salle
  • Lac du Bonnet
  • Landmark
  • Lorette
  • Lowe Farm
  • Mariapolis
  • Minnedosa
  • Mitchell
  • Morris
  • Neepawa
  • Niverville
  • Notre Dame de Lourdes
  • Oakbank
  • Pierson
  • Pinawa
  • Plum Coulee
  • Portage la Prairie
  • Roblin
  • Rosenort
  • Rossburn
  • Russell
  • Selkirk
  • St. Claude
  • Ste. Anne
  • Steinbach
  • Swan Valley
  • Teulon
  • Virden
  • Vita
  • Wawanesa
  • Winkler
  • Winnipeg

More specific details on what to do with unscented propane will be provided soon. Customers who are concerned about the status of their propane can speak to their local co-op or visit Co-op’s Propane Safety page, which shares more information on safe propane handling.


November 5, 2015

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has greatly narrowed down the number of Co-op locations that may have received propane from a supplier that did not contain the property safety odour additive.

FCL has been investigating the matter since it, along with other propane retailers in Western Canada and the United States, received notice last week that propane supplier Crescent Point Energy may not have added the safety odour that alerts people to a potential leak. The potential issue is described in this Health Canada alert.

Next steps

Another update will be provided soon on how Co-op will address the potential propane safety odour issue at select locations.

Customers who are concerned about the status of their propane can visit Co-op’s Propane Safety page, which shares more information on safe propane handling.

The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) opens its first SaveOn-Foods International store in the Surrey neighbourhood of Fleetwood

The store offers a unique selection of products from around the world as well as a large selection of B.C. VQA wine

Surrey, B.C., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) has established its first SaveOn-Foods International store in the Surrey neighbourhood of Fleetwood, offering customers a diverse selection of world foods and the western foods they know and love.

Formerly a PriceSmart Foods International, the store converted to reopen as the OFG’s first Save-OnFoods International on November 6, maintaining the products and prices Fleetwood customers are used to while adding value with Save-On-Foods promotions such as Darrell’s Deals, Talk About Fresh Solutions, and Talk About What’s New.

In addition to food items from Europe, Asia, and around the world, the Fleetwood Save-On-Foods International also carries made-in-B.C. wine, and is the second grocery store in the province to do so.

“It’s amazing to be able to offer our customers the products they want at the prices they have come to expect from B.C.’s Most Loved Brand,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Not only are we bringing the best from around the world right to our diverse customer base here in Surrey, but we’re bringing the best of B.C. wines from our own backyard for our customers to enjoy.”

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Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

For more information, contact: Media Relations
604-888-2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

 

Dunkin’ Donuts signs franchise agreement with Grupo CF Del Noroeste to develop 25 additional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Mexico

New Franchise Agreement with Grupo CF Del Noroeste, calls for the development of 25 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Mexico over the coming years

CANTON, Mass., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods chains, today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Grupo CF Del Noroeste to develop 25 additional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Mexico. The franchise agreement covers areas including Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Durango and Zacatecas. With the signing of this agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts has plans to develop more than 125 restaurants in Mexico over the coming years.

“We’re excited to expand our development plans in Mexico with the signing of our franchise agreement with Grupo CF del Noroeste,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “The leaders of the new franchise group have extensive restaurant development and operations experience in Mexico. We look forward to working with their team as we develop the Dunkin’ Donuts brand across Mexico in the years ahead.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 11,500 locations in 40 countries around the world. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Mexico will feature the brand’s wide range of hot and iced coffees, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, croissants, donuts and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand will also offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is a world class brand, offering a range of high-quality coffees, sandwiches and baked goods to its guests, so we’re proud to help bring it to Mexico,” said Rogelio Calderon, President and CEO of Grupo CF del Noroeste. “We’re looking forward to developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in our regions in the years ahead, and to becoming an integral part of the communities we serve.”

In addition to this franchise agreement with Grupo CF Del Noroeste, Dunkin’ Donuts earlier this year signed a franchise agreement with the Mexican subsidiary of Sizzling Platter, LLC to develop more than 100 locations in Mexico in the coming years in the Distrito Federal, as well as the states of Hidalgo, México, Morelos, Jalisco, and Querétaro. The first restaurant under this earlier agreement opened in Mexico City in October.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to recruit franchisees in other parts of Mexico, including in Monterey, Veracruz and Yucatán. The brand is looking for franchisees with a proven track record of success in the restaurant industry, strong financial backgrounds, a deep knowledge of their local communities and a passion for Dunkin’ Donuts.

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts to develop 46 new restaurants throughout Georgia over the next several years

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN ON TRACK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 410 – 440 NET NEW DUNKIN’ DONUTS RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S. IN 2015

CANTON, MA, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today that 46 new restaurants will be developed throughout Georgia over the next several years, with six franchise groups. The company remains on track for the development of 410 – 440 net new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. in 2015.

The franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • Existing franchise group, Ioan Donuts Holdings, LLC plans to develop 20 restaurants in the greater Atlanta area. This group currently owns and operates 30 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Greater Atlanta area. Their next two locations are planned to open this month at 11250 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek and 725 North Cobb Parkway in Marietta, with two more expected to open before year-end.
  • U Donuts, LLC plans to develop 11 restaurants in Savannah, with the first location planned to open next year, and the remainder by 2020.  U Donuts is owned by existing franchisees Charles Cutler and Michael Ferreira, in conjunction with NFL players Sam Shields and Ricky Jean-Francois, as well as Al Scotti, Jay Goldman and Sherard Rogers.
  • Awale Investments, Inc. plans to develop six restaurants in the greater Atlanta area. Led by Ahmed “Andy” Awale, this group’s first restaurant in Atlanta is planned to open in 2016, and the remainder by 2019.
  • Existing franchise group, Dublin Donuts, LLC plans to develop three restaurants in Dublin, Vidalia and Statesboro. The group currently owns and operates six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Atlanta and Statesboro. Their next location is planned to open in winter 2015, and the remainder by 2018.
  • Existing franchisees, Peter Patel and AJ Patel plan to develop four restaurants in Augusta. This duo currently owns and operates four Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Augusta area, two of which are multi-brand units with sister brand Baskin-Robbins. Their next restaurant is planned to open in Fall 2015, and the remainder by 2017.
  • Existing franchisees, Bill Jones and Natalie Jones of Jones – Stark Properties, LLC plan to develop two additional restaurants in Atlanta and Macon. The duo currently owns and operates six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Atlanta area. The group plans to open two more locations in 2015 and have two planned for 2016 under a previous franchise agreement.

“We’re excited to continue our growth throughout Georgia with six passionate franchise groups, and look forward to the opening of several new restaurants before year-end,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled these existing franchisees have chosen to expand their presence in the Georgia market, and know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand for Dunkin’ Donuts in the communities they serve.”

Currently, there are more than 150 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Georgia, and the company continues to recruit franchisees in Atlanta, Augusta and Macon. Candidates interested in developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Georgia can contact Tarji Carter, Franchising Manager for Dunkin’ Brands at dunkinfranchising@dunkinbrands.com to learn more.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

For information on franchise opportunities or to attend an upcoming webinar, please visitwww.dunkinfranchising.com.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,400 restaurants in 39 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Darden Restaurants completed its previously announced spin-off of select real estate and restaurant assets into Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.

Company will reduce approximately $1 billion in debt and affirms combined DRI and FCPT annualized dividend is expected to be at least $2.20 per share

ORLANDO, Fla., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) (“Darden”) announced today that it successfully completed its previously announced spin-off of select real estate and restaurant assets into Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCPT) (“FCPT”).  FCPT has become an independent, public company that intends to elect and qualify to be treated as a real estate investment trust (REIT) effective January 1, 2016.

Under the terms of the spin-off, Darden shareholders received one common share of FCPT for every three shares of Darden common stock held as of the record date, which was the close of business on November 2, 2015.  Darden shareholders will receive cash in lieu of fractional FCPT shares.  The spin-off is expected to be tax-free to Darden shareholders.  Darden has received opinions from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and KPMG LLP that the spin-off will qualify as tax-free and has received a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service on certain issues relevant to the qualification of the spin-off as tax-free.

In connection with the spin-off, Darden received cash proceeds from FCPT of $315 million, which it anticipates using, together with cash on hand, to retire approximately $1 billion in debt in the near future while maintaining its investment grade credit profile.

“Our successful spin-off of FCPT significantly advances Darden’s commitment to deliver value to shareholders,” said CEO Gene Lee. “Additionally, this transaction makes Darden stronger financially, with an improved capital structure and less debt.”

FCPT shares will commence trading on November 10, 2015, on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCPT.”  Darden will continue to trade on theNew York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DRI.”

With the transaction complete, Darden expects the total combined dividend received by holders of Darden and FCPT will be at least equivalent to Darden’s current dividend of $2.20 per annum.  This will include FCPT’s expected annualized dividend of $1.35 per share which, as a result of the ratio of one share of FCPT common stock for every three shares of Darden common stock, would be equivalent to $0.45 per Darden share, plus at least $1.75 per share paid by Darden.

Minimum Aggregate Annualized Dividend Per Share (DPS)
DRI Annualized DPS – Pre Spin ($0.55 per quarter) $2.20
Minimum DRI Annualized DPS – Post Spin ($0.4375 per quarter) $1.75
FCPT Annualized DPS ($1.35, adjusted for 1:3 spin ratio) $0.45
Minimum Aggregate DRI and FCPT annualized DPS – Post Spin $2.20

The declaration and payment of any future dividends will continue to be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be dependent upon Darden’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Darden’s previously announced shareholder rights plan has expired as a result of the spin-off.  Stockholders are not required to take any action as a result of this expiration.  In addition, as previously announced, FCPT CEO Bill Lenehan has resigned his seat on Darden’s Board of Directors now that the spin-off is complete.

Darden was represented in the spin-off by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Hogan Lovells US LLP.  J.P. Morgan and Moelis & Company served as financial advisers.

About Darden
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI) owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate $6.8 billion in annual sales.  Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and employing 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people.  Our restaurant brands – Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us.  Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want.  For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Forward-looking statements in this communication are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are first made, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date.  We wish to caution investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those anticipated in the statements.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected benefits of FCPT’s spin-off from Darden and expectations regarding the payment of dividends.  Such statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions that Darden believes are reasonable but are not guarantees of future events and results.  Actual future events and results of Darden may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in Darden’s forward-looking statements include, among others: (i) risks related to the expected tax treatment of the transaction and the ability of Darden to conduct and expand its businesses following the transaction, and (ii) those additional factors under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Part I of Darden’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015, and in subsequent filings with the SEC at www.sec.gov.

Darden expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any of the forward looking statements set forth in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

SOURCE Darden Restaurants, Inc.: Financial

(Analysts) Kevin Kalicak (407) 245-5870, (Media) Rich Jeffers (407) 245-4189

L Brands, Inc. to pay quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share payable on Dec. 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) announced today the declaration of its regular quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share payable on Dec. 4, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 20, 2015. This is the company’s 164th consecutive quarterly dividend.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company operates 3,003 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide. The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.comwww.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

For further information, please contact:
L Brands:
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

SOURCE: L Brands Inc

Thanksgiving Day: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26

Stores Nationwide Open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26, Offering Specialized Services, Including Easy Navigation and Digital Store Maps, Helping to Make Every Shopping Experience at Toys“R”Us an #AwesomeMoment

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that its stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26*, the same time as last year. Stores will remain open through 11pm on Friday, November 27, offering awesome doorbusters and savings on the season’s most sought-after toys. Information on Black Friday deals will be forthcoming.

“Each year, we carefully evaluate customer feedback and consumer insights to determine how we can best help those customers eager to get a jumpstart on crossing off items on their gift lists,” said Joe Venezia, Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We are excited to welcome shoppers into our stores, providing big savings and expert services as the holiday shopping season officially begins.”

Toys“R”Us will once again offer a range of convenient in-store and digital offerings designed to ensure holiday gift-giving is easy and stress-free, making every shopping experience at Toys“R”Us an #AwesomeMoment for customers.

Toy Experts Report for Duty: In-Store Specialists Available All Season Long
Easily identified by their red shirts, the Toys“R”Us “Navigators,” also known as the “G.P.S.” (Gurus for Play Stuff) are back and ready for action at the front of Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning on Thanksgiving evening, and continuing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the holiday season during peak traffic periods. These toy aficionados will assist busy shoppers with expert advice on everything from hot toys and top deals to time-saving services and incentive programs.

Localized Maps Pinpoint Hottest Toys & Biggest Savings – FAST!
Throughout the holiday season and beyond, the company will offer digital and physical store-specific maps to help customers quickly locate those items at the top of kids’ wish lists. By visiting Toysrus.com/guide, texting ‘GUIDE’ to 78697, or scanning a QR code found on store signage, gift-givers can search for products by name and identify the in-aisle location. And, from Monday, November 23 through Saturday, November 28, shoppers can utilize the digital store navigation to find current deals, discounts and doorbusters, helping gift-givers cross off all the items on their lists.

Purchasing the Perfect Plaything: Rapid Check-Out
Just in time for the Black Friday crowds and continuing through Christmas Eve, Toys“R”Us stores will have all registers open, as well as an Express Lane for gift-givers purchasing four items or less, providing shoppers with a streamlined, expedited experience from entrance to exit.

Online Shopping Made Simple
Those who shop from home or on-the-go will receive the same reliable assistance they expect from Toys“R”Us with live chat availability, including real-time gift guidance and answers to product questions on Toysrus.com all season long. Online shoppers can also take advantage of the company’s Gift Finder to narrow their search by a child’s age and interests, among other criteria points, to help ensure they have that perfect plaything under the tree Christmas morning.

Convenient Services from THE Toy Authority
For customers looking to stretch their budgets or keep big purchases hidden from curious little ones, Toys“R”Us is once again providing Free Layaway, waiving the usual $5 service fee. Available for in-store purchases only**, the company’s Free Layaway program offers shoppers the opportunity to make small payments over an extended period of time on eligible items, including toys, electronics, baby gear and more. In addition, the company also provides budget-minded gift-givers more ways to shop and save, knowing they’re getting the best value at Toys“R”Us this holiday season with Price Match Guarantee, Free Store Pickup and a new $19 free shipping minimum for online purchases.***

Gift-givers on the hunt for that perfect yuletide treasure need look no further than Toys“R”Us. With the hottest toys in stock, daily product shipments to stores and the broadest assortment of playthings, including hundreds of items that can’t be found anywhere else, shoppers can find what they’re looking for in one easy stop at Toys“R”Us.

For media use: Photos and b-roll related to Thanksgiving Weekend and Black Friday at Toys“R”Us, available at https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s1aa606fbfca4219a.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26 and remain open until 11pm on Friday, November 27, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11pm and will reopen on Friday, November 27 at 7am, and stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9pm and will reopen Friday, November 27 from 12am – 11pm. Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico will also have varying store open times. All store hours can be found online at www.Toysrus.com/BlackFridayStoreHours.
**Available at all stores except Toys“R”Us Times Square. Excludes Special Orders, food, formula and clothing. Visit www.Toysrus.com/Layaway for more details.
***For more information on these services, please visit www.Toysrus.com/PriceMatch, www.Toysrus.com/Pickup or www.Toysrus.com/FreeShipping.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 863 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 745 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Media Contact:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380
Cheryl.Obrien@toysrus.com

Wegmans Food Market: Ready to win more “wows” for your holiday table with less time in the kitchen?

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ready to win more “wows” for your holiday table, with less time in the kitchen? Then visit any Wegmans Food Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, November 14-15, to taste the flavors of the season – fresh-roasted turkey, succulent stuffing, beautiful side dishes, fresh-baked apple pie, and more. You’ll discover easy ways to make these great tastes your own.

You’ll also learn how to choose, roast, and carve a turkey like a pro; see a solution to the “not enough white meat” problem; and see how to cut prep time so you have more time together with family and friends. It’s all part of Wegmans’ Celebrate Holiday Menu Event, and the Holiday 2015 issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine, which offers these and more ready-to-cook and ready-to-go ideas and recipes.

Entering the store, you’ll sample sparkling juice, pick up an event passport, get some star tattoos for the kids, and enter to win a Holiday Helpers gift bag. It has Wegmans flavor-boosters like finishing butters, Italian Classics balsamic glaze, cranberry orange chutney, and basting oil.  Now you’re ready to sample these items all over the store:

Appetizers:

  • Crab or Lobster Stuffed Mushroom or Peppadews: These ready-to-cook appetizers that guests will love are found in the Seafood department.
  • Green Beans with Savory Finishing Sauce: Two ingredients – cleaned and cut green beans and a butter-based aromatic finishing sauce – make this an easy, yummy party starter. Grocery area.

Entrees:

  • Honey-Brined Turkey Breast with Home-Style Gravy: Perfect for “white meat only” families, or for those who simply want extra white meat, this turkey has been brined and is ready to pop in the oven. Taste this juicy, flavorful and tender turkey at the Meat department.
  • Roast and Carve like a pro. Free demos throughout the day on how to pick the right turkey, roast it, and carve it. Questions welcome. Check the schedule at your store.

Sides:

  • Stuffing and Butternut Squash: Have a taste of the Family Pack Herb Stuffing and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Craisins in Prepared Foods.
  • Perfect Pan ‘Roasted’ Mushrooms: See two easy ways to coax rich, deep flavor from a mix of shiitake, baby bella and king oyster mushrooms at the veggie station in Produce.

Cheese:

  • Cave-Ripened Crèmeux de Bourgogne: Its silky richness melts in your mouth—both cheese novices and connoisseurs will love this cheese from Burgundy, ripened in the Wegmans Cheese Caves. Try it at the Cheese Shop.

Dessert:

  • Apple Pie: Two pounds of 100% New York State Ida Red Apples go into each Wegmans pie for a sweet-tart taste, crunchy texture, and homemade flavor. Enjoy a sample of this dessert in the Bakery.

Coffee break:

  • Pumpkin Pie Latte: With the sweet, spicy flavor of holiday pumpkin pie, this specialty drink offers a happy pause during the busy holiday season. Have a taste at The Buzz coffee shop!

For even more help to make great holiday meals easy, Wegmans offers fully-cooked turkey dinners and a la carte sides that can be ordered online at catering.wegmans.com; by phone at 1-800-914-GIFT; or in person at the Wegmans catering desk.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

More reasons to be thankful: Turkeys priced as low as 52 cents per pound

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is once again announcing aggressive pricing on turkeys that are expected to lead the Midwest in low-price Thanksgiving turkeys.

“A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the turkey, and with these great prices, Meijer wants to ensure that our customers can provide their families with the best holiday experience,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of meat and seafood. “Not only is Meijer able to deliver a delicious meal to our customers, but we’re able to do so at a tremendous value.”

For the second consecutive year, when a Meijer customer spends $20, their purchase of any fresh or frozen turkey – regardless of brand or size – will be 50 percent off. The discount on frozen turkeys is going on now through Thanksgiving Day, while the discount on fresh turkeys will begin Nov. 15 and run through Thanksgiving Day.

That means Meijer brand frozen turkeys will be priced at 52 cents per pound. Meijer will also carry organic turkeys in each of its 223 stores across the Midwest.

Meijer expects to sell 1 million turkeys this year; 75 percent are typically purchased in the five days leading up to Thanksgiving. Last year, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer sold 900,000 turkeys.

“But the savings don’t stop there,” Suter said. “We have all the staples to help our customers make a memorable – and affordable – Thanksgiving meal to share with family and friends.”

Meijer is once again preparing for high sales of premade Thanksgiving dinners for those who want the traditional holiday meal without the time spent in the kitchen. Customer demand for premade meals at Thanksgiving is a trend that has been growing for the last several years for individuals looking for convenience or as a great gifting solution by companies, clubs and organizations.

A deluxe turkey dinner costs $54.99-$59.99, depending on the market, and includes a 10-12 pound prebaked turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. A deluxe ham dinner costs $54.99-$59.99, depending on the market, and includes a 7-9 pound spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members encourage customers to place orders for those premade dinners 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

Meijer to donate portion from toy sales to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Any toy purchased at Meijer through Nov. 30 will help the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer grant a child’s wish this holiday season.

Meijer is once again donating a portion of customer purchases made in the toy department, up to $400,000, to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest.

“Meijer wants to help make the holidays happier for hundreds of children, because every child deserves to experience the joy of unwrapping a toy,” said Dan Myers, divisional merchandise manager of toys for Meijer. “We know how much value our customers place on sharing their good fortune, and we believe the More Wishes Granted program will create lasting memories for children in need.”

Purchases made on hundreds of toys – including favorite national brands like Fisher-Price, Barbie, Lego and Nerf – will count toward increasing the donation, up to $400,000, to children’s gift-giving programs within the retailer’s six-state footprint of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Meijer will select the programs to ensure that the donations remain in the retailer’s Midwest footprint.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live, which is why we donate more than 6 percent of our net profit to charities each year,” Myers said. “Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers save money while still enjoying the tradition of gift giving whether those gifts are for loved ones or for children in their community who might otherwise go without.”

For more information about the More Wishes Granted program, please visit: http://www.meijer.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=more-wishes.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

 

 

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Meijer to donate portion from toy sales to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest

Meijer to donate portion from toy sales to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest

Target’s strategy for Black Friday: deep daily discounts on electronics, kitchenware, toys and more from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1

New “10 Days of Deals” includes daily discounts and presale on Nov. 25

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today revealed its promotional strategy for Black Friday. The retailer will introduce a new “10 Days of Deals” promotion, offering deep daily discounts on electronics, kitchenware, toys and more from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1. As part of the “10 Days of Deals,” guests will have access to a Black Friday presale on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

“Black Friday continues to kick off the holiday shopping season for many guests. This year Target will open our doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for the millions of families who make Black Friday in-store shopping part of their tradition. For those shopping from home, Target is once again making all of our Black Friday deals available on Target.com,” said Tina Tyler, Chief Stores Officer, Target. “In addition, we’re introducing ‘10 Days of Deals’ to offer a wide variety of compelling deals before, during and after Black Friday.”

Black Friday Doorbusters

For guests looking to create their shopping lists now, Black Friday deals are available to view starting today at Target.com/WeeklyAd. Again this year, Target will offer a handful of deals early to guests on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The deals that will be offered early will be available to view atTarget.com/WeeklyAd on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Beginning early Thanksgiving morning, guests can shop all of Target’s Black Friday deals at Target.comor when doors open at 6 p.m. New this year, guests who spend $75 or more on Friday, Nov. 27, will receive a 20 percent discount to use toward a future purchase on any day between Dec. 4 and Dec. 13. Guests will find the lowest prices Target has ever offered on TVs and select gaming consoles.

Additional Black Friday deals include:

One-Day Early Black Friday Access, Nov. 9

For eager shoppers who want to beat the rush, Target will offer a selection of Black Friday deals, today only, at Target.com/BlackFriday. The following deals, and more, will be available for purchase on Nov. 9:

Extended Holiday Hours 

Target stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Stores will remain open until 11 p.m. or midnight on Friday evening. The retailer will offer extended store hours to meet guests’ holiday shopping needs:

  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov 26: 6 p.m. – Friday, Nov. 27: 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Dec. 19-23: All stores open 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Dec. 24: All stores open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: All stores open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., 11 p.m., or midnight

Target works closely with its team members to understand scheduling preferences for the holidays and compensates all hourly team members who work on a national holiday, including Thanksgiving, with pay equal to time-and-a-half their hourly rate. Also, all hourly team members who work certain shifts on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will receive additional compensation on top of holiday premium pay.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,805 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

media contact

Amy Joiner
Target Public Relations
p: (612) 761-7385

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Target's strategy for Black Friday: deep daily discounts on electronics, kitchenware, toys and more from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1

Target’s strategy for Black Friday: deep daily discounts on electronics, kitchenware, toys and more from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1

Wincor Nixdorf AG fiscal 2014/2015 operating results: Software/Services Up, Hardware Down; No Dividend Payment

Preliminary results for fiscal 2014/2015 (Sept. 30)

PADERBORN, GERMANY, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf AG ended fiscal 2014/2015 slightly better than anticipated in the revised outlook issued at the end of the first half. Net sales totaled €2,427 million, down 2% on the prior-year figure (2013/2014: €2,469 million). Operating profit before restructuring measures amounted to €102 million (€135 million without exceptional items). After taking restructuring measures into account, EBITA was €22 million, reflecting the €80 million incurred as expenses under the restructuring program initiated during the fiscal year just ended. Thus, the Group’s profit for fiscal 2014/2015 stood at €8 million (€104 million). Against the backdrop of ongoing activities to restructure and reposition the Group, Wincor Nixdorf considers itself well placed to achieve a turnaround in its business performance in the current fiscal year 2015/2016. Wincor Nixdorf expects to generate slight growth in net sales, while operating profit is predicted to rise substantially by an estimated 50% to €150 million. As the amount still outstanding with regard to restructuring expenses is expected to be €40 million for the fiscal year, Wincor Nixdorf anticipates that EBITA after restructuring expenses will stand at €110 million. “Particularly when it comes to earnings, we feel that the positive start to our first quarter lends support to our outlook for the current fiscal year,” said Eckard Heidloff, CEO & President of Wincor Nixdorf, in commenting on the company’s forecast for the fiscal year.

Wincor Nixdorf Aktiengesellschaft and Diebold, Incorporated, with registered office in North Canton, Ohio, United States of America, are currently in discussions regarding a potential business combination.

On 24 September 2015 the companies entered into a term sheet regarding the key parameters of a potential strategic business combination, to be implemented through a public tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Wincor Aktiengesellschaft. These discussions are ongoing.

Over the course of the current fiscal year 2015/2016 Wincor Nixdorf will be looking to make visible progress in the fields targeted for strategic growth, in addition to pursuing substantial cost savings on top of those already achieved. In total, the company expects a positive impact on earnings equivalent to €50 million in 2015/2016 as a result of these efforts. Among the key factors generating forward momentum are measures implemented swiftly by Wincor Nixdorf – and already completed – with a view to reducing costs and raising efficiency levels. Software and software-related services are also set to generate further substantial increases in Group earnings.
In this context, the company expects the main outlines of the seven-point “Delta” program to be reflected even more clearly in its business performance. The program is designed to speed up the expansion of Software and Professional Services operations and to further boost profitability in the Services business, which will also include expansion in the high-end field such as Managed Services and Outsourcing. It also involves significant capacity adjustments on the Hardware side so that the Group can respond more effectively to market volatility yet still maintain its significant abilities as an innovator. Furthermore, now that the company’s cashless and mobile payment operations have been established as a separate unit, they should be able to develop more rapidly and make an additional contribution to growth at Group level. “The transformation program we have initiated will bring significant changes to our Group. The effects that have already become visible within our business serve as confirmation that the approach we have taken is correct and that we must continue to pursue these measures with the necessary vigor,” said CEO & President Eckard Heidloff.

The overall objective of the realignment process that the company is currently undergoing is to insure that Wincor Nixdorf can in future benefit more fully from the rapidly advancing trend of digitalization, particularly in industrialized countries. At the same time, Wincor Nixdorf will see a gradual improvement in its operational capacity to respond to or smooth out potential fluctuations, e.g., in the emerging markets, without compromising its abilities as an innovator.

Global Net Sales Dampened by BRIC Countries in Fiscal 2014/2015.
The downturn in Wincor Nixdorf’s business in the three key BRIC markets of Brazil, Russia, and China left a noticeable mark on business in the various reporting regions when compared to prior-year figures. All three countries, classified as Emerging Markets, are located in different reporting regions and exerted downward pressure on net sales in the respective categories.

In Germany, net sales fell by 6% to €555 million (2013/2014: €588 million). This was attributable primarily to weaker retail business compared to the previous fiscal year, which had benefited from several large-scale projects. On this basis, Germany’s share of the Group’s total net sales fell to 23% (2013/2014: 24%). In Europe (excluding Germany), net sales declined by 4% to €1,097 million (2013/2014: €1,142 million). This was due largely to a year-on-year reduction in net sales from business activities in Eastern Europe, with Russia proving particularly unfavorable. As a result, Europe’s (excluding Germany) share of the Group’s total net sales fell to 45% (2013/2014: 46%). The Asia/Pacific/Africa region saw net sales rise by 8% to €480 million (2013/2014: €445 million). Despite a marked downturn in business in China, the Group managed to generate forward momentum in the majority of the Asian/Pacific countries. The overall contribution of Asia/Pacific/Africa to the Group’s total net sales rose to 20% (2013/2014: 18%). As a region, the Americas recorded net sales of €295 million, which was comparable to last year’s figure (2013/2014: €294 million). The expansion of European retailers into the United States had prompted particularly extensive purchase orders in fiscal 2013/2014. Thus, the proportion of Group net sales generated in the Americas was unchanged year on year at 12% (2013/2014: 12%).

Divergent Performances by the Segments.
Against the backdrop of prevailing economic conditions and sluggish investment spending, the Banking segment saw net sales rise slightly in the period under review. By contrast, net sales in the Retail segment declined. Business in this area was adversely affected by tentative investment spending on the part of large retail companies, particularly in Europe. The Banking segment accounted for 65% of total net sales (2013/2014: 63%), while the Retail segment contributed 35% (2013/2014: 37%) to total net sales. Net sales within the Banking segment totaled €1,582 million (2013/2014: €1,566 million). This corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 1%. In the Retail segment net sales fell by 6% to €845 million (2013/2014: €903 million).

Software/Services Up, Hardware Down.
The downturn in hardware sales that affected the previous year’s results continued during the year under review. This led to a decline in the Group’s total net sales, as the moderate level of growth achieved by Software and Services was not enough to compensate for the decline in Hardware. Additionally, the share of Hardware in total net sales for the Group continued to fall; correspondingly, the business streams Software and Services expanded their share to 58% (2013/2014: 54%). At €1,015 million, consolidated net sales of Hardware were down 10% on the previous year (2013/2014: €1,127 million). This substantial year-on-year decline was caused by a number of factors, the three most important being lower sales of banking hardware in key emerging markets, base effects due to the fact that the previous year’s figure for the retail business included several particularly large orders, and finally the ongoing decline in market prices. As a result of this downturn, the contribution made by the Hardware business to total consolidated net sales fell to 42% (2013/2014: 46%). By contrast, net sales relating to Software/Services grew by 5% to €1,412 million during the year under review (2013/2014: €1,342 million). In part, this growth was driven by further increases in Software and Professional Services. Additionally, the area of IT Services saw net sales expand in the period under review. This was attributable to more buoyant business with Product-relates Services as well as Managed Services. Outsourcing business developed at a level comparable to last year’s performance.

Personnel Restructuring Proceeds.
In total, 9,100 people were employed within the Group worldwide as of September 30, 2015 (2013/2014: 9,198). Existing personnel restructuring measures were given substantial impetus with the launch of the Delta program. Over the fiscal year under review, 450 jobs were cut across the Group, covering all the points of the program, while around 120 new jobs were created as part of the company’s nearshoring efforts. Additionally, some 200 employees were recruited with regard to project-related activities.

In regional terms, the main focus of HR downsizing measures was on North and Latin America as well as Asia/Pacific. Wincor Nixdorf also further reduced its staffing levels in Germany. In the region covering Europe, the number of redundancies and new appointments was roughly equal. In Germany, the number of employees at the end of the year under review stood at 3,689 (2013/2014: 3,738). The number of staff employed outside Germany fell to 5,411 (2013/2014: 5,460).

R&D Spending Remains High.
Wincor Nixdorf invested a total of €90 million in R&D activities over the reporting year as a whole (2013/2014: €98 million). The R&D ratio stood at 3.7% (2013/2014: 4.0%).

Proposal for Fiscal 2014/2015: No Dividend Payment.
In view of the low level of annual profit of €8 million, the Board of Directors will propose that the company does not distribute a dividend in respect of fiscal year 2014/2015. For fiscal 2013/2014, the dividend paid by the company was €1.75 per share.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of the 134th “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — PJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MOEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 134th “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that today the Company opened its 134th “Magnit Family” store located at 3B Sovetskaya street, Voskresensk, Moscow oblast, Central federal region. Assortment of the store consists of about 8,800 SKUs, out of which about 91% are food items. There are 15 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The store is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post Head of Investor Relations
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Investor Relations Office MagnitIR@magnit.ru
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562
Website: http://ir.magnit.com/

Media Inquiries Media Relations Department
press@magnit.ru

Company description: Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of September 30, 2015, Magnit operated 29 distribution centers and about 11,400 stores (9,246 convenience, 335 hypermarkets, and 1,807 drogerie stores) in 2,297 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2015. Magnit had revenues of RUB 455 billion and an EBITDA of RUB 49 billion. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB+. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is one of the largest retailers in Europe.

7‑Eleven observes Veterans Day with free car wash for U.S. military personnel and veterans at participating 7‑Eleven car-wash locations stores

DALLAS, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Come rain or shine, U.S. military personnel and veterans can spiff up their vehicles with a free scrub on Nov. 11 at participating 7‑Eleven car-wash locations stores.

The freebie is available from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when the country observes Veterans Day. Current and former military personnel will be treated to the company’s top-of-the-line “The Works” services that include undercarriage blast, pre-soak, wheel wash, foam conditioner, Rain-X surface protectant, rinse and power dry.

“Our military veterans and current personnel are ‘shining stars’ to us, and we want their vehicles to shine, too,” said 7‑Eleven’s car wash manager Charnann Cox.

This is the fourth year 7‑Eleven has offered free car washes on Veteran’s Day for retired and active military personnel of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services. The retailer operates more than 300 car washes in 16 states – California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The company gave away 1,500 car washes on Veterans Day in 2014.

To locate a 7‑Eleven store with a car wash, veterans can visit the 7‑Eleven smartphone app and click on the map, check the car wash filter and search for the nearest store. Stores with car washes also can be located on the store locator tab at www.7‑Eleven.com. Click on “Looking for Something Special” and check car wash, along with location and radius to locate closest ones.

7‑Eleven has consistently been named among the top veteran- and military- friendly companies. Named one of the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers on a list published annually by G.I Jobs magazine, 7‑Eleven was the only food retailer included and, among all retailers on the list, ranked third. Business publications like Forbes and Entrepreneur rank 7‑Eleven among the top franchise opportunities.

Earlier this year, the company awarded three military veterans with a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store of their choosing, each valued at up to $190,000. The one Navy and two Army veterans competed among 1,700 from all military branches in the company’s Operation: Take Command contest.

In addition, 7‑Eleven has been recognized as a military-friendly company for its veteran hiring practices, military veterans’ franchise program and a charitable mission to support military families. Military veterans serve in every level of the company from top management to field staff to store associates. The retailer also has supported military-assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are nearly 57,400 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #5 on Franchise Direct 2015 Top 100 Global Franchises list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and named Best of the Best in the Convenience Store Channel by Entrepreneur magazine in May 2015 and ranked No. 4 by Entrepreneur on its list of Best Franchises for Veterans. The company is #2 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises for the Buck in 2015. 7‑Eleven is ranked first on the Convenience Store News Top 100 list in 2014. 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2015 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
Margaret.Chabris@7-11.com

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More than 300 7‑Eleven stores with car washes in 16 states offer active and veteran military personnel a free vehicle cleaning on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

More than 300 7‑Eleven stores with car washes in 16 states offer active and veteran military personnel a free vehicle cleaning on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Best Buy employees filled out more than 5,000 individual care packages for military men and women deployed overseas

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nearly 500 Best Buy employees came out in full force last Friday to fill more than 5,000 individual care packages for military men and women deployed overseas. Forty-three active members of the 133rd Airlift Wing, a unit of the Minnesota Air National Guard, also participated.

The packages contain everything from snacks to Bluetooth speakers to letters and drawings from kids, all donated by Best Buy employees during October. The company donated some items, too, such as Insignia headphones and portable battery chargers. The goal is to lift the spirits of U.S. service members who aren’t able to be with family during the holiday season.

The packing event is just one piece of Operation Patriotic Endeavor, Best Buy’s annual drive honoring those who put their lives on the line for our country every day. The program was started in 2011 by the Best Buy Military Employee Business Network.

Best Buy will send the packages to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization, which will then mail them to service members across the globe. Operation Gratitude sends more than 100,000 packages to deployed military members each year.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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Best Buy employees filled out more than 5,000 individual care packages for military men and women deployed overseas

Best Buy employees filled out more than 5,000 individual care packages for military men and women deployed overseas

Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market

Tasmania, Australia, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer will enter the Tasmanian travel retail market with a brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink.

The 230m2 retail site will be the only specialty offer in the redeveloped terminal, providing visitors to Launceston a high quality, creative, quintessentially Tasmanian retail offer, in a personalised store environment.

Tailored specifically for Launceston Airport, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink is the first time the concept will be seen in the Pacific region.

Featuring beautiful graphic imagery, in-store theatre and iconic colour palettes giving a sense of place, The Launceston Store by NewsLink will depict Tasmania’s rich history, vibrant present and exciting future. Offering a dedicated destination store covering both Travel Essentials and Gifts & Souvenirs, it will clearly demonstrate that Launceston is at the heart of Tasmania.

With a strong focus on local produce and the best Tasmanian gifting market, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink will also feature shop-in-shop tech2go, Travelwell, luggage and wool offers, as well as our gourmet food and wine offer, Icons. This will be inspired by our flagship store in Adelaide Airport, keeping up its reputation as the market leader for gifting of gourmet food & wine in domestic travel retail in Australia.

Paul Ryan, Development Director of Lagardère Travel Retail for Pacific region says of this exciting new development in the Pacific region, “this is a really exciting bespoke development for us in the Pacific region. To enter the Tasmanian market is very much in line with our strategy and vision, and Launceston is a great place for us to showcase our latest concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink. The store is designed to stand proudly as the Heart of Tasmania, and its offer will be new and innovative.

To be selected by Launceston Airport as their Travel Essentials partner of choice is extremely pleasing, and we are delighted to provide a retail solution to meet the Airport’s clear vision for the retail offer within the terminal redevelopment. We look forward to working with the Launceston Airport team over the coming months to deliver the project.

Launceston Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, welcomed the new partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail and praised their innovative Launceston Store concept, saying ‘the store aligns with Launceston Airport’s goal of introducing a greater sense of place, adding a Tasmanian look and feel to the terminal and promoting locally sourced products available for passengers’

The store is scheduled to open prior to Christmas.

Notes to the editor:

About Lagardère Travel Retail
With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveler all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

CONTACTS
Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com
Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

SOURCE: Lagardère Services ASPAC

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Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market

Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market

Albert Heijn en Goedzak® organiseren speelgoedinzamelingsactie voor lokale goede doelen

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nog vijf nachtjes slapen en dan is Sinterklaas weer in het land. Dat betekent traditiegetrouw een periode vol spanning, gezelligheid en heel veel leuk nieuw speelgoed. Daar staat tegenover dat uit onderzoek* van Albert Heijn is gebleken dat kinderen met de helft van hun speelgoed niet meer spelen. Met alle nieuwe cadeaus in het vooruitzicht willen ouders graag ruimte maken in de kasten en op zolder. Bijna 85% van de ondervraagde ouders zou het overbodig geworden speelgoed het liefst een goede en nuttige nieuwe bestemming geven. Albert Heijn helpt hier graag aan mee en organiseert van maandag 9 november tot en met uiterlijk zondag 6 december in samenwerking met Goedzak een landelijke speelgoedinzamelingsactie. Klanten kunnen hun oude speelgoed inleveren bij de deelnemende Albert Heijn winkels. Deze doneren het speelgoed aan een zelf gekozen lokaal goed doel.

Maarten Heijltjes een van de initiatiefnemers van Goedzak: “Goedzak is een platform om sociaal en duurzaam gedrag te stimuleren. Het is een sympathieke en gemakkelijke manier om producten een tweede leven te geven. We zijn heel trots om samen met Albert Heijn deze actie te organiseren in deze tijd van het jaar. Zo komt een veel grotere doelgroep in aanraking met Goedzak en maken we de feestdagen voor veel kinderen extra speciaal”. “Wij vinden het fijn dat we onze winkels in kunnen zetten voor zo’n goed initiatief”, zegt Saskia Egas Reparaz, Directeur marketing & format. “Albert Heijn wil naast de plek voor de dagelijkse boodschappen vooral ook een betrokken buurtbewoner zijn. Op deze manier maken we heel veel kinderen blij en krijgt speelgoed een mooie nieuwe bestemming.”

Lokale inzamelingsactie

Deelnemende winkels hebben in hun eigen buurt een goed doel benaderd waar het ingezamelde speelgoed naar toe gaat. Zoals de Voedselbank, een kinderdagverblijf of een buurtcentrum. Iedereen kan meedoen door hun eigen Goedzak op te halen bij een Albert Heijn winkel. De gevulde zak lever je in bij Albert Heijn. De winkel zorgt ervoor dat al het ingeleverde speelgoed wordt overgedragen aan het lokale goede doel. Op www.ah.nl/goedzak vind je een overzicht van de deelnemende winkels.

Sinterklaas bij Albert Heijn

De inzamelingsactie is voor Albert Heijn de start van het leukste kinderfeest van Nederland. Kinderen kunnen hun schoentje zetten in de winkel, en er is heel veel lekker assortiment en leuke cadeautjes voor alle hulpsinterklazen.

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Albert Heijn en Goedzak® organiseren speelgoedinzamelingsactie voor lokale goede doelen

Albert Heijn en Goedzak® organiseren speelgoedinzamelingsactie voor lokale goede doelen

Foodstuffs to roll out its new recyclable butchery trays at New World and PAK’nSAVE stores

Foodstuffs innovative new recyclable butchery trays that have given the big thumbs up by customers and stores alike, with consumer research revealing a staggering 90% of customers prefer the recyclable trays to the old polystyrene foam ones.

Wellington, New Zealand, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The resoundingly positive results bring to a close a trial across 19 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country and mean that national rollout is now planned for early 2016. An outcome that marks the end of a two year project to find a viable solution to the issue of the 100 million non-recyclable polystyrene trays currently finding their way into customers’ homes, and eventually to landfill.

Recently the tray was awarded top prize in the best commercial initiative category in either the private or public sector at the waste and recycling industry awards (WasteMinz). The award acknowledges the innovation and wide ranging consultation involved in bringing the trays to market.

Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd says, “Being the first to introduce a packaging solution that is so completely different is a bold move but we know it’s what our customers want and also what they expect from us.”

“We are proud to partner with Alto Packaging to bring a unique butchery tray design to the market place, this helps solve a very long running global environmental issue.”

“By moving to this tray, New World and PAK’nSAVE customers can avoid sending the equivalent of 700 rugby pitches worth of polystyrene trays to landfill each year,” continues Sammons. “The initiative also provides the recycling market with much needed revenue.”

“The meat tray ticks all the right boxes in terms of sustainability and performance and furthermore it’s made right here by one of New Zealand’s leading rigid plastic packaging companies.”

Customer feedback has been extremely positive with the below comments capturing general customer sentiment;
• “Can put in the recycle bin which is much more convenient”
• “Seems to curb the liquid spilling out”
• “Looks better”
• “Clean, fresh and environmentally friendly”
The new tray is made up of 50% recycled material and is accepted by every kerbside recycling scheme across New Zealand and as its made of clear plastic not black, it can be easily separated in the recycling centres.

“Customers pay nothing for the introduction of the trays and for those who have a cost associated with waste disposal they will in fact make a saving,” confirms Sammons.

The recyclable meat tray together with the new soft plastic packaging recycling project launched in Auckland this month, means Foodstuffs is moving closer to its target of moving their packaging to be 100% recyclable for their customers either at kerbside or back at store. Sammons confirms the business is committed to leading the charge on providing sustainable supermarket shopping solutions.

Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd
Address:
Level 8, 45 Johnston Street
Lambton Quay, PO Box 5401
Wellington
Phone: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

BILLA demonstriert Weinkompetenz mit Parkerprämiertem Weinsortiment

Mit dem neuen BILLA Weinkompetenzfolder bietet BILLA seinen Kunden einen hochwertigen Wegweiser für jeden Anlass. Besonderer Fokus liegt dabei auf heimischen Weiß- und Rotweinen, darunter auch Falstaff-prämierte Tropfen. Außerdem bietet BILLA seinen Kunden zum ersten Mal ausgewählte 100 Punkte Parker-Weine in limitierter Stückzahl zum Kauf im BILLA Onlineshop.

Wiener Neudorf, Österreich, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der BILLA Weinkompetenzfolder Zeit für Genuss erscheint erstmals im November dieses Jahres und bietet Kunden einen Überblick über hochwertige Highlights wie Weine, die mit Falstaff Punkten und 100 Parker Punkten ausgezeichnet wurden. Zusätzlich informiert der Folder über Qualitätsprodukte wie Champagner, Sekt, Wodka, Gin und Whiskey. Auch für einen gelungenen Aperitif oder Digestif finden Kunden in diesem neuen Folder ausreichend Inspiration. Geschmackvolle Menüvorschläge und kurzgefasste Informationen zu den Produkten ergänzen den Folder Zeit für Genuss. „Mit dem Folder wollen wir unseren Kunden unser Weinsortiment etwas näher vorstellen und ihnen eine ansprechende Auswahl an nationalen und internationalen Weinen anbieten,“ erklärt BILLA Sommelier Viktor Kattinger. Der Folder wird in ausgewählten BILLA Filialen aufliegen sowie als Beilage zum frisch gekocht und A la Carte Magazin erscheinen.

100 Punkte Parker-Weine
Zum ersten Mal sind für BILLA Kunden 100 Punkte Parker-Weine exklusiv im BILLA Online Shop erhältlich. Weinliebhaber können auf shop.billa.at eine limitierte Stückzahl der begehrten Flaschen erwerben. Die edlen Tropfen, die mit der Höchstpunktezahl des amerikanischen Weinkritikers Robert M. Parker Jr. ausgezeichnet wurden, werden in ihrer Qualität als außerordentlich beschrieben und stammen aus der Bordeaux- und Rhône-Region. „Parker zählt zu den bedeutendsten Weinkritikern weltweit und wir sind sehr stolz darauf unseren Kunden eine Auswahl dieser höchstprämierten Weinflaschen anbieten zu können,“ so BILLA Vorstand Josef Siess.

Weinauswahl für den exklusiven Geschmack
In dem neuen Folder finden BILLA Kunden zu jedem Anlass die passende alkoholische Untermalung. Neben einer Auswahl an internationalen Weinen liegt das Hauptaugenmerk vor allem auf österreichischen Produkten, die teilweise auch mit Falstaff Punkten prämiert wurden. Um die Weine auch für einen gelungenen Abend perfekt in Szene zu setzen, bietet der Folder außerdem Menüvorschläge zum Nachkochen. Und auch für einen genussvollen Aperitif bzw. Digestif hält der Folder einige Vorschläge bereit. Ergänzt wird das Weinangebot außerdem mit einer feinen Auswahl an Champagnern, sowie Wodka, Gin, Rum und Whisky. Und wer für die große Feier gleich mehrere Flaschen benötigt, bestellt am besten im BILLA Online Shop und bekommt seinen Einkauf direkt vor die Haustür geliefert.

Über BILLA
BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

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7-Eleven, Inc. acquires fuel wholesale business from Biscayne Petroleum, LLC and Everglades Petroleum, LLC

TOKYO, Japan, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7-Eleven, Inc. (headquarters: Texas, U.S.; President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph M. DePinto), a subsidiary of Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., acquired fuel wholesale business from Biscayne Petroleum, LLC and Everglades Petroleum, LLC The details are provided below:

1. Purpose of an agreement This agreement will contribute to expand higher revenues from convenience store operations in North America through acquisition of a gasoline wholesale business.

2. Overview of the business (1) Area: Florida, U.S. (2) Number of locations: 101 locations of fuel retail and wholesale business

3. Overview of Biscayne Petroleum, LLC and Everglades Petroleum, LLC (1) Name: Biscayne Petroleum, LLC Everglades Petroleum, LLC (2) Representative: CEO and President, Arturo Zizold (3) Location of headquarters: Florida, U.S. (4) Major business activities: Fuel wholesale and retail business

4. Schedule of acquisition Closed date of acquisition: November 9, 2015 (U.S. Central Time )

5. Outlook The agreement will have only a minimal effect on the Company’s consolidated results for the fiscal year ending February 29, 2016, but this asset purchase is expected to contribute to profits over the medium to long-term.

Company name: Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. Representative: Noritoshi Murata, President and Representative Director (Code No. 3382/First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange)

Hy-Vee, Inc. now official team partner and exclusive grocer of the The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Wild has announced that top supermarket chain Hy-Vee, Inc. is now an official team partner and exclusive grocer of the Wild. The multi-year agreement includes prominent signage throughout Xcel Energy Center, on the Wild app, and support of the Little Wild Learn-to-Play Program.

“It’s been said that ‘your reputation precedes you,’ and with Hy-Vee that certainly rings true,” said Wild Vice President of Corporate Partnership Carin Anderson. “Their arrival to the Twin Cities has been hugely successful and we are proud to welcome them to our team. Wild fans can look forward to connecting with Hy-Vee at Xcel Energy Center and throughout the State of Hockey.”

Hy-Vee will receive exclusivity in the grocery store, floral and pharmacy categories. The company will also partner with the Wild on community outreach.

The scope of the partnership supports the supermarket’s expansion into the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, which began with the opening of two stores this fall in New Hope and Oakdale. In the coming years, Hy-Vee plans to add four to five grocery stores annually in the Twin Cities.

“We’re looking forward to becoming an even greater part of the Twin Cities community through our new sponsorship with the Minnesota Wild,” said Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker. “The Wild is an exciting franchise. And with this partnership, we’ll have the opportunity and privilege to align our brand with its loyal fan base and support the team’s community efforts.”

Minnesota Wild single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season and a limited number of ticket packages to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ are on sale now. For ticket information or to learn more about becoming a Wild Season Ticket Holder, visit tickets.wild.com or contact a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD.

Visit www.wild.com/pressbox for the latest news and information from the team including press releases, game notes, postgame notes, multimedia content and daily statistics.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $9 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.