Dunkin’ Donuts will test mobile On-the-Go Ordering in Portland, Maine and Dunkin’ Delivery in Dallas, Texas

New programs offer guests new, convenient ways to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature all-day menu of coffees, donuts, sandwiches and more

CANTON, MA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, recognized for keeping America running by serving its entire menu all day long, today announced two programs that will make it even easier and more convenient for people to run on Dunkin’ from morning to night. Starting this week, Dunkin’ Donuts will begin testing mobile On-the-Go Ordering in Portland, Maine and Dunkin’ Delivery in Dallas, Texas. In the coming weeks, Dunkin’ Delivery will also be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

In Portland, Maine, members of the DD Perks® Rewards Program can get their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts menu items even faster when they download the new Dunkin’ Donuts On-the-Go Ordering app DD On-the-Go Ordering Portland, which enables guests to order in advance using their mobile phone, skip the line and go straight to pick up when they get inside the store. Guests can also pick up their mobile order at the drive-thru. Guests can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, then simply confirm via the app when they are at the selected restaurant and ready to pick up their order. To learn more about the app and On-the-Go Ordering, visit www.DDPerks.com/OnTheGo or download the app here.

With Dunkin’ Delivery, Dallas-area residents can use on-demand delivery service DoorDash to order their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts products with the click of a button, without leaving home or work. From 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., people can select and purchase their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts menu items, including a wide array of signature coffee, donuts, sandwiches and more, and have the products delivered in less than forty five minutes. In the coming weeks, Dunkin’ Donuts will also partner with DoorDash to offer delivery service in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

According to Scott Hudler, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Vice President of Global Consumer Engagement, “Our guests appreciate that we make our full menu available all day, and we are committed to seeking new ways to make our products even more accessible to our guests throughout the day. Both Dunkin’ Delivery and On-the-Go Ordering offer people more convenient ways to enjoy our wide array of food and beverages. The ability to skip the line to order your favorite coffee, donut or sandwich any time of day, or to have Dunkin’ items delivered directly to you are two things that our guests have been requesting for some time. We are excited to launch these two new tests, and we will continue to evaluate a possible national rollout for both programs in the future.”

“Whether it be coffee and a breakfast sandwich to start your day, or a latte and donut for an afternoon pick-me-up, Dunkin’ Donuts is the perfect delivery partner for DoorDash,” said Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash. “Families around the country already know that DoorDash is the best way to get your favorite food delivered directly to your door. As DoorDash continues to expand to more markets, we’re excited to be adding Dunkin’ Donuts to our growing roster of top tier national partners.”

Mobile On-the-Go Ordering provides an exciting new benefit for DD Perks members. With DD Perks, guests already earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit www.DDPerks.com.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).


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.


Name: Heather McIntyre
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: heather.mcintyre@dunkinbrands.com

eBay announces 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the eighth year in a row

The Corporate Equality Index reports on corporate policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

San Jose, California, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the eighth year in a row, eBay is proud to announce another 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national report on corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

This year, the CEI rated 407 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

As in past years, our submission drew strength from our progressive equal opportunity employment policy and forward-thinking benefits practices for same-sex couples and transgendered employees.

“We are proud to once again achieve a 100 percent ranking in the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Devin Wenig, eBay CEO. “ We have continued to invest in important programs focused on fairness and equality for all of our colleagues.  At a recent event we hosted the screening of our Jenni Chang’s documentary film ‘Out & Around’ at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.  It was a great event and a memorable way to support one of our own amazing LGBT colleagues.”

eBay has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights. This year, our submission to the CEI was contributed to by many of our external advocacy, philanthropic, and recruiting efforts.  We have also made diversity and inclusion initiatives top priorities at our company, and are in the process of hiring a Chief Diversity Officer.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to see a full copy of the report, click here.



SOURCE: eBay Inc.

Ross Stores Board of Directors declares regular quarterly cash dividend of $.1175 per common share

DUBLIN, Calif., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $.1175 per common share, payable on December 31, 2015 to stockholders of record as of December 9, 2015.

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2014 revenues of $11.0 billion.  The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,276 locations in 34 states, theDistrict of Columbia and Guam as of October 31, 2015. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 172 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 15 states as of October 31, 2015 that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.


Michael Hartshorn
Group Senior Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer
(925) 965-4503

Connie Kao
Senior Director, Investor Relations
(925) 965-4668

SOURCE Ross Stores, Inc.

Lindex names Annika Hedin new Head of Design

Annika Hedin is the new Head of Design at Lindex. Annika has extensive experience and has worked at Lindex since 1997 in many different roles, most recently as a concept designer for Lindex women’s range.

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are very pleased to welcome Annika to such a strategically important role as Head of Design. Annika has extensive experience in all aspects of the design process. She has a strong will to develop our fashion offer and will continue the successful work with design at Lindex, says Malin Lindgren, Design and Purchasing Director at Lindex.

Annika Hedin starts her new position as Head of Design on December the 1st. We have spoken to Annika to find out more about her new role.

Congratulations Annika, how does it feel?
– Thanks, it feels really great and exciting, I cannot wait to get started right away. Fashion and design is my passion and I now look forward to leading the great design team that we have at Lindex.

What is the first thing you plan to do?
– We have a well-functioning design process at Lindex and very creative and involved designers. The most important thing in my new role is to continue to fulfill our vision of “World Class Fashion Experience” with carefully selected products and to have a holistic approach to our assortment and core concepts. Sustainability is also an important area that in many ways is important in the design process and therefore will be central in my role.

The role as Head of Design belongs to the Lindex Purchasing Department,consisting of about 200 employees such as designers, buyers, controllers and product developers to name just a few of the different teams that work to create fashion for 490 Lindex stores in 18 countries.

For more information, contact:

Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60
E-mail: miriam.tjernstrom@lindex.com

SOURCE: Lindex



Lindex names Annika Hedin new Head of Design

Lindex names Annika Hedin new Head of Design

The Jean Coutu Group announces $15 million investment in neutral colocation center service provider in eastern Canada COLO-D inc.

Longueuil, Québec, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Corporation” or the “Jean Coutu Group”) announced today an investment of $15 million in COLO-D inc. (“COLO-D”), a leading neutral colocation center service provider in eastern Canada.

This investment will facilitate the establishment of a second major data center for COLO-D in Quebec. The company will be able to better serve businesses worldwide with a greater presence in the Montreal region, as well as the increased connectivity that is made possible by COLO-D data centers that link up with the largest backbone network infrastructure in Canada, the United States and abroad.

“The Jean Coutu Group is pleased to partner with COLO-D, and participate in the growth of a Quebec company that specializes in data center colocation, which is an industry at the heart of the digital revolution,” said Francois J. Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jean Coutu Group.

“We are very proud to partner with the Jean Coutu Group. This strategic partnership will enable COLO-D to continue its growth and rapidly establish itself as a leader in the Canadian data center marketplace,” said Patrick David, President and Chief Executive Officer of COLO-D.

A portion of the $15 million investment will be used to acquire one of Jean Coutu Group’s warehouse facilities in Longueuil, which will house COLO-D’s new data center. Once renovations are complete, this data center will be the most important of its type in Quebec, clearly positioning COLO-D as the dominant operator of carrier-neutral colocation centers in eastern Canada.

About the Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 417 franchised stores located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, which employs more than 20,000 people. Furthermore, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

About COLO-D
COLO-D is the largest neutral colocation service provider in eastern Canada. As the operator of two major data centers in Quebec, COLO-D hosts critical infrastructure for prestigious clients looking for innovative data center solutions. The company has an experienced management team with expertise in the design, operation and administration of data centers. COLO-D offers connectivity services to the world’s largest telecommunications networks, as well as access services to global internet exchange networks via the numerous telecommunication providers that are housed within COLO-D data centers

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Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. and COLO-D inc.


Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group
(450) 646-9611, Ext. 1165

Patrick David
President and CEO
COLO-D inc.
(514) 867-4573

Reasor’s kicks off Food 2 Families drive; donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Tahlequah, OK, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting Nov. 18th, Reasor’s customers can choose to donate non-perishable food items, purchase a pre-made sack of the most needed items for $15 or pick up a scan card and donate any amount you would like at one of our registers. The pre-made sacks are filled with much needed items and bundled at a 10% discount from original retail price. For every dollar you donate at the register, you will help provide 4 meals for those struggling with hunger in our community. Donations for the campaign are being accepted until Dec. 15, 2015.

Due to the overwhelming support from our community, the Food 2 Families drive has broken collection records since it began 15 years ago and continues to be one of the top three food drives benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.  In 2014, Reasor’s collected (approximately) 45,000 pounds of food and over $27,594 in monetary donations. This year, any money raised above last year’s donations will be matched by the George Kaiser Foundation, up to $150,000.

All non-perishable food items will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma that works with a network of 450 partner programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs and senior citizen centers. Through this network, the food bank provides more than 346,000 meals each week. During Fiscal Year 2015, they distributed more than 21.6 million pounds of food.

One in four of Oklahoma’s children are at risk of going to bed hungry. Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top 10 states experiencing food insecurity. These statistics are courtesy of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

200 West Choctaw
Tahlequah, OK 74464

SOURCE: Reasor’s.

BJ’s Restaurants announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Longview, Texas

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —  BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Longview, Texas onMonday, November 16, 2015. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® is located at Longview Mallat the corner of McCann Road and Loop 281. The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our last new restaurant for fiscal 2015 in Longview, Texas,” commentedGreg Trojan, President and CEO. “The new Longview restaurant is our 16th new restaurant this year and our 34th restaurant in the state of Texas. On behalf of our leadership team, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our team members and supplier partners for successfully achieving our goal to open 16 new restaurants. As we look forward to 2016, our new restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape and we currently plan on opening 18 to 19 new restaurants.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 171 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s restaurant and brewery locations and independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, NewYork, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. VisitBJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc. appoints Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer and Community Banking at JPMorgan Chase to its Board of Directors

SEATTLE, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced the appointment of Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer and Community Banking at JPMorgan Chase to the company’s Board of Directors. The addition of Mr. Smith brings the total number of directors to 15 and the number of independent directors to 12. Nordstrom directors serve one-year terms and the company requires annual elections of all Board members. Mr. Smith will join the Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.

In 2012 Mr. Smith was named CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, a leading provider of financial services serving 66 million consumers and four million small businesses. Mr. Smith joined Chase in 2007 as CEO of Card Services and later added Merchant Services and Auto Finance. Previously Mr. Smith spent more than 25 years at American Express where he led several businesses including the U.S. Domestic Consumer Card Business and from 2005 until 2007 the Global Commercial Card business. Mr. Smith is a member of the JPMorgan Chase Operating Committee and also serves on the Board of Directors of Choice Hotels International, Inc.

“Gordon’s extensive experience leading customer-focused businesses in a highly competitive industry further strengthens the already strong and diverse expertise on our Board,” saidEnrique Hernandez, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors for Nordstrom. “We look forward to his contributions and are confident his input will benefit our Board and management team as we work to extend our reputation with customers and shareholders alike.”

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Dan Evans
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3036

Trina Schurman
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-6503

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom announce its quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share

SEATTLE, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) announced today that its board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share payable onDecember 15, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2015.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc.
Michelle Berg, 206-303-6072
Dan Evans, 206-303-3036


Wine.com launches new mobile wine store with 7 days/week friendly, expert wine advice from live chat sommelier service

Top online wine retailer doubles selection, launches new mobile site and offers live chat sommelier service 7 days/week

San Francisco, CA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced it has doubled its selection of wine and launched a new mobile website, making it the world’s largest mobile wine store.  In addition, customers can now get friendly, expert wine advice 7 days/week from Wine.com’s live chat sommelier service.

World’s largest selection
Responding to customer requests, the company doubled its wine selection in the last 12 months, to over 10,000 wines in California and other states served by Wine.com’s West Coast distribution hub.  The selection is approximately ten times as large as the average wine store (according to Nielsen), and larger than any other specialty wine retailer.  In New York, and other states served by Wine.com’s East Coast hub, customers can choose from over 7,000 wines.

“Without physical space limitations, Wine.com can offer a selection with breadth and depth unlike any brick & mortar store,” says Mike Osborn, Founder and VP Merchandising. “Our job is not to be a gatekeeper for consumers, but an enabler for wine choice.”

New mobile site
The company just released a brand new mobile website to allow customers to easily buy wine anytime, anywhere.  Consumers can now shop the world’s largest selection of wine right from their phones with tools for browsing, searching, and filtering by varietal, region, professional ratings, and price.  The mobile site offers a personalized shopping experience based on customers past purchases and wines they’ve rated.

Mobile devices make up over 40% of Wine.com traffic, and mobile revenue is up 55% for the first half of the fiscal year.  Mobile traffic peaks in the evenings, when customers are researching and selecting wine for dinner.  Customers can access the mobile site from their phones at www.wine.com.

Live chat sommelier service
Wine.com live chat sommelier service, available on both mobile and desktop, is staffed with experienced wine professionals based out of the company’s San Francisco offices.  Novices and collectors alike have enjoyed the easy access to Wine.com’s deep wine expertise.  The company has fielded over 180,000 chats and recently expanded the service to 7 days/week.

“Wine.com is seeking to become the world’s largest wine store with the world’s best service,” said Rich Bergsund, Wine.com CEO.  “Our live chat sommeliers have been a huge hit with our customers, who appreciate friendly, knowledgeable advice when choosing their next bottle.”

About Wine.com
Our mission is to inspire the wine lifestyle, through innovation.  Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering consumers selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick & mortar stores.  With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated wine distribution network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most locations.  The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year.  For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.wine.com.  See our brand manifesto video, viewable here.


Media Contact:
Gwendolyn Osborn

SOURCE: Wine.com

Starbucks Malaysia gives back to Malaysian communities with its Connecting Communities Project

MALAYSIA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weaving with Mengkuang leaves used to be a leisurely pastime of coastal women in Malaysia. Today, a small Malaysian business is revisiting this craft and selling Mengkuang products in Starbucks® stores.

“Giving back to Malaysian communities is important to our company as well as our partners (employees),” said Sydney Quays, managing director, Starbucks Malaysia. “Featuring products from small villages provides increased exposure and ultimately contributes to the livelihood of local residents.”

Earlier this year, Starbucks Malaysia developed a relationship with Craft CT 01 Enterprise – a small company is located on the east coast of Malaysia. The business develops products made from Mengkuang, a tropical plant with tall, thorny leaves. Their products including hot cup sleeves, coasters and placemats are currently sold in 50 Starbucks locations throughout the country.

“We have seen a great deal of interest in the Mengkuang products since we began selling them in our stores,” Quays said.

Sourcing of Mengkuang products is one outcome of Starbucks Malaysia’s Connecting Communities Project, which has helped farmers and their families since 2013. As part of this project, Starbucks also purchased a sizable amount of fresh bananas from small farmers in the Kampung Lubak Jaya village on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The bananas were used to develop the Signature Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin and Banana Chocolate Decadence, offered in West Malaysia Starbucks® stores.

“The banana-based food items are quite popular with our customers,” added Quays.

The first Starbucks® store in Malaysia opened in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The company reached a milestone of 200 stores in the country this past September.The 200th store, known as Starbucks Ansa, is located in what was formerly the Piccolo Hotel. The store design aims to introduce customers to the Connecting Communities Project through a community table with banana and Mengkuang leaf carvings, a merchandise wall dedicated to Mengkuang products and specially-woven Mengkuang mats that serve as wall hangings.

“We will continue to find ways to grow our Connecting Communities Project. There is more we can do positively impact the lives of Malaysia’s small farmers and businesses,” said Quays.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

Media Contacts

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

U.S. and Canada
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand
Phone: +852 2829 6820
Email: APCommunications@starbucks.com

Europe, Middle East and Africa
Email: EMEAcommunications@starbucks.com

Greater China Media Inquiries
Phone: +86 21 2412 5802
Email: gc.communications@starbucks.cn

Phone: +81 3 5412 7032

Latin America
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: pressla@starbucks.com

U.K. and Ireland
Phone: + 44 20 8834 5164
Email: ukpressoffice@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation



Starbucks Malaysia gives back to Malaysian communities with its Connecting Communities Project

Starbucks Malaysia gives back to Malaysian communities with its Connecting Communities Project

Carrefour Spain awards supplier Lugo fishery Puerto Celeiro for its selective hake fishing extraction method

Galician fishery awarded a prize for its selective and sustainable hake fishing extraction method.

SPAIN, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Lugo fishery Puerto Celeiro, which has been a Carrefour Spain suppler for 14 years, has been awarded by the distribution company with the “Grand Climate Challenge Award for Suppliers”, for its selective hake fishing extraction method. The award was created by the Carrefour Group to reward the efforts made by its suppliers in the fight against climate change.

Puerto Celeiro, reference supplier to Carrefour in energy efficiency
The jury, made up of representatives of the “Institute for Sustainable Production”, and Carrefour, decided to award the prize to Puerto Celeiro because its business project respects the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social.
With regard to its commitment to the environment, the Lugo company has made yearly savings of more than 540,000 litres of fuel per boat and 1,500 tonnes of CO2 per vessel. Furthermore, its policy of protection of biodiversity and sustainability of the marine ecosystem has helped to reduce fish discards by more than 99%, thus avoiding unnecessary catches of both immature fish and other fish species.

At the economic and social level, the working method of Puerto Celeiro, which has 20 longline fishing boats, has helped to create more jobs since fishing with fishhooks requires the hiring of four more sailors per boat. Its activity has also helped to revitalise a rural area thanks to the marketing of fish with greater added value.


Amazon announces the opening of the Martha Stewart American Made store on Handmade at Amazon

  • Participating artisans personally selected by Martha Stewart
  • Handmade at Amazon has quickly grown to more than 200,000 items from 10,000 approved artisans

SEATTLE, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today the opening of the Martha Stewart American Made store (www.amazon.com/marthastewartamericanmade) on Handmade at Amazon, which spotlights local artisans that are personally selected by Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living. On Handmade at Amazon, artisans selling in the Martha Stewart American Made store will be identified in their artisan profile page with the official Martha Stewart American Made badge. To start, hundreds of unique handcrafted items are offered from artisans that have earned the Martha Stewart American Made distinction.

“We are thrilled to announce our relationship with Handmade at Amazon, where the Martha Stewart American Made store will highlight artisans and unique one-of-a kind handcrafted products—all made in America,” said Martha Stewart, Chief Creative Officer and Founder ofMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

“On Handmade at Amazon, customers can discover genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans with the familiarAmazon experience they know and trust. The Martha Stewart American Made store is made up of artisans that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life, and that’s a perfect match for the Handmade at Amazon experience we continue to build for customers,” said Steve Johnson, Director for Amazon Marketplace. “The artisans featured in the Martha Stewart American Made store are producing products of the highest quality, and have therefore earned Martha’s personal seal of approval.”

Since launching the Handmade at Amazon store last month, selection has grown to approximately 200,000 quality handcrafted items from around the world, and artisans continue to add thousands of items a day. Handmade at Amazon has expanded to more than 10,000 artisans, with hundreds of new artisans being added each week.

Handmade at Amazon has added additional features to the store since launch, including:

  • Talk to the Artisan: Customers can interact directly with thousands of artisans to commission a handcrafted item that will be uniquely their own, through the new Custom Orders link on the artisan’s profile page.
  • Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Easily discoverable on Handmade at Amazon (www.amazon.com/handmade), the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide features eight curated gift lists including: Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Kids, Luxury Gifts, Stocking Stuffers, Gifts for the Hostess, Gifts Under $100 and Gifts under $50.
  • Made in Italy store: Featuring unique handcrafted items by Italian artisans, the Made in Italy storefront (www.amazon.com/MadeInItaly) highlights items from more than 50 artisans. The store features over 1,700 genuinely handmade items including Jewelry, Home Decor and Art.

Here’s what customers are saying about Handmade at Amazon:

  • “I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. I just logged on Amazon and saw the ‘handmade’ and got so excited that I immediately forgot why I originally came onto the site for. Thank you! Brilliant!” —Karen M.
  • “I like knowing that I can purchase handmade items from a trusted site.” – Carmen B.
  • “I love this! I love that a huge business like Amazon could help the little guy in this way.” – Tom C.
  • “I am buying from artists I would have never known about if they weren’t on Amazon!” – Ryan B.
  • “I am very happy to see Amazon give artists and craftsman a chance and opportunity to sell their wares. In my opinion if you’re looking to buy a gift, there is none better than a handmade item.” —Donna G.
  • “LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! What a fantastic way to shine light on the artists and the hand crafted movement. Yay Amazon!!” – Martha B.

To explore products and view highlighted artisan videos on Handmade at Amazon, click here.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Amazon.com to open fulfillment centers in Obetz and in Etna, Ohio; will create more than 2,000 jobs to the region

The fulfillment centers in Obetz and Etna will total more than 1.8 million-square-feet

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open fulfillment centers in Obetz, Ohio and in Etna, Ohio. Together these Amazon facilities will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region.

“We are very pleased to continue investing in Ohio by building our first fulfilment centers in the state. This investment will create thousands of jobs that will have comprehensive benefits on day one,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “Our expansion in the Buckeye State will also help us increase our already fast shipping times to our customers.”

Amazon’s new fulfillment centers will continue the company’s commitment to Ohio.

“These new Amazon projects will add more than 2,000 new jobs in Obetz and Etna and cutting-edge fulfillment centers in one of the nation’s premier logistics hubs,” said JobsOhio President and Chief investment Officer John Minor.

In addition to competitive wages, associates at Amazon are eligible for comprehensive benefits on day one that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses, company stock awards, and a network of support to help ensure employees succeed.

“We are excited to welcome this investment to Etna, Obetz, the Rickenbacker area, and Ohio,” said Kenny McDonald, CEO of Columbus2020. “We look forward to working with Amazon and integrating them fully within the Columbus Region’s diverse logistics cluster, so that they can continue to successfully service their customers all over the U.S.”

Hourly employees at Amazon fulfillment centers also enjoy generous maternity and paternity leave benefits. These benefits offer up to 20 weeks of paid leave, a flexible Ramp Back Program, and our newly invented Leave Share Program that allows employees the ability to share their paid leave with their spouse or partner.

“Etna welcomes Amazon with open arms,” said Etna Township Board of Trustees President John Carlisle. “This project further legitimizesEtna’s standing on the national stage in economic and community development.”

The more than 800,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Etna Township will be developed by Prologis.

“The Village of Obetz is proud to add Amazon to its stable of outstanding, national, e-commerce businesses,” Mayor D. Greg Scott. “Obetz, and the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park region, continue to be the go to spot for global companies looking for the perfect logistics location. We are excited about our partnership with Amazon and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”

The more than 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Obetz will be developed by Duke Realty.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Argos: sales of Sega Megadrive consoles have risen by 400% compared with the same period last year

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — After two decades gaming icon Sonic The Hedgehog is making a return to living rooms as budget-conscious parents snap up the 90s favourite Sega Megadrive console.

Sales of the consoles peaked in the early 90s before PlayStations rose to popularity but the games are now back in fashion due to their affordability.

The number of Sega Megadrive consoles sold over the last month, which are priced at £49.99, have risen by 400 per cent at Argos compared with the same period last year.

Sega Megadrive games are quite different from modern day video games because of the arcade like graphics, offering a refreshing change to today’s realistic visuals. The retro console comes with 80 pre-loaded games such as Sonic 1,2 and 3 and other games including Streets of Rage

Laura Hamblyn, gift buyer at Argos, said: “There’s a real appetite for nostalgia at the moment, whether it is firing up old consoles, or dusting down old vinyl records.

“The Sega Megadrive is fondly remembered by the 90s generation who would spend hours helping Sonic The Hedgehog to defeat his arch nemesis Doctor Robotnik. It’s fantastic to see parents buying this console to relive their childhood and introduce their own kids to some old school gaming.

“It is amazing value and comes with a huge number of games which is perfect for those who are looking for a more modestly-priced present or perhaps an unusual stocking filler.

“The Sega Megadrive was the first console of its kind that turned gaming into the mainstream in Britain.”

The Sega Megadrive, launched in 1990, also sold an octagonal floor device called the Sega Activator that translated the player’s movements into the game. Many retailers stopped stocking the console in the noughties, due to the popularity of the PlayStation and Xbox, but they have been on sale again for more than a year following demand for all things retro.


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 788 stores 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



Argos: sales of Sega Megadrive consoles have risen by 400% compared with the same period last year

Argos: sales of Sega Megadrive consoles have risen by 400% compared with the same period last year

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announces net earnings of $736 million for the quarter ended October 30, 2015; 25.8% increase YoY

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today reported net earnings of $736 million for the quarter ended October 30, 2015, a 25.8 percent increase over the same period a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased 35.6 percent to $0.80 from $0.59 in the third quarter of 2014. For the nine months endedOctober 30, 2015, net earnings increased 12.8 percent from the same period a year ago to$2.5 billion, and diluted earnings per share increased 20.5 percent to $2.70.

Sales for the third quarter increased 5.0 percent to $14.4 billion from $13.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014, and comparable sales increased 4.6 percent. For the nine month period, sales were $45.8 billion, a 4.9 percent increase over the same period a year ago, and comparable sales increased 4.6 percent. Comparable sales for the U.S. home improvement business increased 5.0 percent for the third quarter and 4.9 percent for the nine month period.

“This is an exciting time for Lowe’s as we continue to execute our strategic priorities alongside a favorable macroeconomic backdrop,” commented Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO.  “I am pleased that we delivered another solid quarter.  Comparable sales growth was driven by gains in both transactions and average ticket, while our focus on productivity and profitability also allowed us to deliver strong earnings per share growth.”

“I would like to thank our employees for their purposeful commitment to serving customers, particularly those who worked diligently to assist our neighbors that were impacted by the historic flooding in South Carolina,” Niblock added.

Delivering on its commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, the company repurchased $750 million of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $260 million in dividends in the third quarter. For the nine month period, the company repurchased $3.3 billion of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $700 million in dividends.

As of October 30, 2015, Lowe’s operated 1,849 home improvement and hardware stores inthe United States, Canada and Mexico representing 201.6 million square feet of retail selling space.

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2015 operating results is scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 18) at 9:00 am ET.  The conference call will be available by webcast and can be accessed by visiting Lowe’s website at www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Lowe’s Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call Webcast.  Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call. A replay of the call will be archived on Lowes.com/investor until February 23, 2016.

Lowe’s Business Outlook

Fiscal Year 2015 (comparisons to fiscal year 2014; based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted)

  • Total sales are expected to increase 4.5 to 5 percent.
  • Comparable sales are expected to increase 4 to 4.5 percent.
  • The company expects to add 15 to 20 home improvement and hardware stores.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales (operating margin) are expected to increase 80 to 100 basis points.
  • The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 38.1%.
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $3.29 are expected for the fiscal year endingJanuary 29, 2016.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), which the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “could,” and similar expressions are intended to imply. Statements of the company’s expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, the Company’s strategic initiatives and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing, constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Act.   Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the  rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors which can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multi-family housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and  slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives and  enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; and (ix) respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales. In addition, we could experience additional impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities that are accounted for under the equity method. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes therein or updated version thereof, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and the “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K to the SEC and the description of material changes, if any, therein included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events, or otherwise.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.


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AB Acquisition LLC appoints Anuj Dhanda as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Dhanda to lead IT Operations of the Company’s 2,200+ stores including Albertsons and Safeway Banners

Boise, ID, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — AB Acquisition LLC (“Albertsons Companies”) has named Anuj Dhanda to the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer. Mr. Dhanda has most recently served as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce for the Giant Eagle supermarket chain based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dhanda graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Commerce and received his MBA and Ph.D. in Finance from Rutgers University. He began his career as a consultant with KPMG in Bahrain in 1984, and then worked at JP Morgan Chase before joining PNC Financial Services Group where he rose to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer.  He joined Giant Eagle as CIO in 2013.

Justin Dye, Chief Administrative Officer of Albertsons Companies, commented, “Anuj is an innovative, results-oriented leader who fits our culture and brings extensive background in merger integration, digital marketing and commerce, systems modernization, and data security.   Our team looks forward to working with Anuj to further our strategic vision for the Company and our information technology capabilities.”

Dhanda will start December 7, 2015.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

SOURCE: Albertsons, LLC.

IKEA US recognized a great place to work in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

IKEA US recognized as a progressive company and great place to work in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

This year, the 2016 CEI report rated 1,027 businesses, evaluating their LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. IKEA US satisfied all of CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. This includes:

  • Since 1995, IKEA extended benefits coverage to spouses and domestic partners including health/medical, dental, vision, dependent coverage, COBRA, FMLA, bereavement, relocation/travel assistance, adoption benefits, employee discount, employee-assistance program.
  • In 2016, the IKEA medical plan will include gender reassignment surgery and other services.

“We are very pleased we have been recognized by the 2016 Corporate Equality Index with a 100 percent perfect score. Our goal is to create a better everyday life for the many people and this starts with our co-workers. With that said, our aim is to integrate diversity and inclusion into our business processes so that it is not a stand-alone initiative; rather, it is an added dimension to our existing daily work practices, while enhancing our business,” commented Lars Petersson, IKEA US President.

In addition to benefits focused on LGBT co-workers and their families, the company strives to contribute to a better life for all co-workers and their families. Here are a few examples:

New Minimum Wage (Effective Jan. 1, 2016)

  • In June 2014, IKEA US implemented a new minimum wage structure, basing minimum hourly wages on co-workers’ local living costs (i.e., housing, food, transportation).
    • As a result of the new minimum wage structure, IKEA saw a 4% reduction in turnover.
  • In June 2015, the company announced it would once again raise its minimum hourly wage in existing stores.
    • Effective January 1, 2016, the average minimum hourly wage will increase from $10.76 to $11.87, a 10.3% increase. This is $4.62 above the current federal minimum wage. No co-worker will have a minimum hourly wage below $10.00.

Retirement Savings

  • IKEA offers a 401K plan and matches a portion of contributions. IKEA offers a 100% match on the first 4% of salary contributed, and a 50% match on the next 2% of salary contributed.
  • IKEA invests in their co-workers’ future with annual retirement fund contributions through a program called “Tack!” (Swedish for ‘Thank You’).
    • The purpose of Tack! is to show appreciation and gratitude for co-workers’ loyalty and contribution to the success of the business.
    • Regardless of rank or position, each full-time US co-worker received $2,530 in 2014.

Health Benefits

  • IKEA offers Platinum and Gold level PPO medical plans, vision (at no cost to full time co-workers), dental and prescription coverage to help co-workers and their families stay well. Co-workers who work an average of 20 hours or more weekly are eligible for medical benefits. (74% of IKEA US co-workers)

Work Life Balance

  • IKEA US offers generous Paid Time Off benefits.
    • Paid time off accrues based on co-workers’ length of service and how many hours they work. Co-workers at IKEA can accrue anywhere from up to 76 hours per year to 272 hours per year.
    • All co-workers accrue sick time based on their average amount of hours worked, up to 40 hours per year for full-time co-workers.
    • IKEA also offers bereavement leave, jury duty paid time off, and maternity/paternity leave for natural birth and adoption.
  • Currently, IKEA offers retail industry leading scheduling, providing schedules three weeks in advance, more than required by federal legislation.
    • IKEA US is conducting pilots in select markets to find ways to make scheduling even more predictable.
  • Once again, all IKEA US stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so that co-workers can enjoy the day celebrating with family and friends.

Growth & Development

  • IKEA offers education assistance for associates, undergraduate, and graduate programs to support co-workers’ development.
  • Tuition discounts for IKEA co-workers are available at online universities.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com,
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.


Lidl becomes lead grassroots partner of The Football Association, The Football Association Wales and the Scottish Football Association until 2018

Neckarsulm, Germany, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lidl and The Football Association (The FA), The Football Association Wales (FAW) and the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA) have today announced that the family  supermarket will become a lead grassroots partner of all three associations until 2018.

This commitment will provide professional coaching and around 1.5million opportunities for children to play annually, increasing participation amongst home grown talent at this exciting time for British football.

In addition to becoming Lead Skills Partner of The FA, Lidl will become Official Supermarket of the England Team. It will also become Official Supplier for both the FAW and Scottish FA on selected products.

For Lidl, the opportunity to work with the three associations, will enable it to invest in the grassroots of the game – in fact, as a result of this new partnership Wales will be launching their first skills programme of this kind.

Backed by the Education Select Committee and quoted in the Government’s Schools PE strategy, football is the most accessible sport for children. The mix of exercise, team work and health benefits is core to Lidl’s values and this partnership allows us to celebrate this.

The partnership kicks off on 17th November 2015, to tie in with England’s friendly against France at Wembley Stadium.

Ryan McDonnell, Lidl UK Purchasing Director said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Lidl and one that we are both excited and extremely proud to be a part of. We look forward to building successful partnerships with the English, Scottish & Welsh FA’s in developing, the sport at both national and community levels.”

Martin Glenn, CEO of The FA said: “Lidl have joined us at an exciting time as we focus our efforts on supporting the grassroots movement through better facilities and coaching. The Skills programme is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in the game, hone their talents and have fun.”

Jonathan Ford, CEO of The FAW said: “We are extremely excited to welcome a brand such as Lidl within our partner family. Lidl are committed to help develop the game on a local level – increasing participation of children and developing the next generation of young coaches and leaders. The Play More Football programme is the first of its kind in structure and will be a great platform for Lidl to engage with families.”

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development said: “Grassroots football in Scotland will benefit from this exciting partnership with Lidl and we are grateful for their support. The Scottish FA’s community scheme will deliver a wide range of participation initiatives, including equality, diversity and inclusion, through our network of partners. These areas will be enhanced greatly and we look forward to working in partnership with Lidl to achieve the collective objective of increasing football participation across Scotland.”





Lidl becomes lead grassroots partner of The Football Association, The Football Association Wales and the Scottish Football Association until 2018

Lidl becomes lead grassroots partner of The Football Association, The Football Association Wales and the Scottish Football Association until 2018

CVS Health launches new digital tools aimed at helping customers manage their health with more ease and efficiency

  • Research Shows Digitally Engaged Patients have Improved Medication Adherence and Reduced Health Care Costs
  • Company continues to explore breakthroughs in mobile, personalization, multi-channel commerce connected health and digital therapeutics

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a suite of new digital tools aimed at helping customers manage their health with more ease and efficiency. According to research conducted by the CVS Health Research Institute, pharmacy customers enrolled in digital and online programs demonstrate better medication adherence and reduced health care costs overall – illustrating the potential impact of new the CVS Health digital tools.

“Our research shows that digital and online tools help make adherence easier and more accessible for our customers across the enterprise, and evidence suggests that better adherence improves patient health outcomes while reducing health care costs,” said William H. Shrank, M.D., M.S.H.S, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for CVS Health.

Across the enterprise, CVS Health digital tools allow for easier access to programs that help people start and stay on their prescriptions while reducing health care costs for clients of CVS/caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager of CVS Health. Preliminary research from the CVS Health Research Institute shows that those patients who enrolled online at CVS.com, Caremark.com or CVSspecialty.com were more likely to fill their prescriptions and adhere to their medications. Among CVS/caremark members with common chronic conditions such as hypertension, 10 percent more members improved their medication adherence to optimal levels after enrolling online at Caremark.com compared to members who did not enroll. In addition, CVS/caremark clients could save up to $2.3 million in medical cost avoidance annually per 100,000 registered users.

Newly introduced tools from CVS Health demonstrate its ongoing commitment to integrating digital efforts across the company to provide future-looking health care solutions for its customers. These tools are the latest examples of CVS Health leveraging digital initiatives across the enterprise to support the broader company purpose of helping people on their path to better health.  The company’s Digital Innovation Lab continues to explore breakthroughs in mobile, personalization, multi-channel commerce connected health and digital therapeutics. Since the opening of the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab in June, the team has been focused on developing cutting-edge digital services and personalized capabilities that empower people to manage their health wherever they are.

A new suite of digital tools, developed specifically to address issues facing CVS Health customers, include:

  • Apple Watch App Integration: The CVS/pharmacy mobile app is now Apple Watch compatible, to help notify customers when prescriptions are ready, and make it easy to refill prescriptions and check information at a glance. The app is also supported on mobile phones and tablets – making it accessible wherever CVS customers are.
  • Scan Paper Script: According to CVS Health research, it is estimated that a third of prescriptions are never filled. This tool enables customers to quickly and conveniently start the prescription fill process by capturing a photo of their written prescription through the CVS/caremark mobile app.
  • Insurance Card Scan: Customers can easily share new insurance information with their pharmacist by taking a photo of their insurance card, instantly updating data across our store systems. This tool not only removes the hassle for customers, but also frees up thousands of hours for our pharmacists, who can focus on speaking with patients instead of entering insurance information.
  • MedRemind: This function, which is now deployed in the CVS/pharmacy iPhone mobile app, helps customers stay on track with their medication schedules by enabling them to customize reminders to take their prescriptions at the right time and notifications to caregivers when a dose is missed.  It also includes text reminders and the ability to receive reminders on the Apple watch. This solution directly aims to combat forgetfulness, a common reason for non-adherence.
  • In-Store Pharmacy Messages: As the retailer with the largest deployment of beacon technology, customers who have the CVS/pharmacy app installed on their mobile phone and who opt in to receive push notifications will be notified if their prescription is ready for refill or pickup when they enter the store. By providing customers with actionable reminders when and where they are most effective, we are finding new ways to drive adherence.

“Our digital innovation model is the synthesis of strategic partnership and rapid experimentation, and this new suite of tools – some of the first to emerge from our digital innovation lab – shows how effective our approach can be,” said Brian Tilzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for CVS Health. “By addressing real problems, including medication adherence, through digital tools that are designed to make tasks easier and more convenient, we’re supporting our overall company strategy—to help people live healthier lives.”

About the CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Press Contact

Erin Pensa
T: 401.770.4786
E: Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com


CVS receives perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row

Company scores 100 Percent on 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health, the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today announced that for the second year in a row it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. CVS Health joins the ranks of 391 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We pride ourselves on embracing and celebrating the rich diversity of our colleagues, customers and suppliers,” said Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health and executive sponsor of the company’s LGBT resource group. “It is part of our culture to make every individual feel equally valued, respected and appreciated. These core values are the fabric of who we are as a leading health care company and make us one of the best places to work.”

Some of the programs and initiatives that account for CVS Health’s top score include:

  • an inclusive benefits package which provides health insurance coverage for the medically necessary health care services that transgender people need, including transition-related treatment;
  • support for 11 national  Colleague Resource Groups, including PRIDE, which offer employees the opportunity to share or support a particular ethnicity, culture or perspective;
  • the CVS Health Supplier Ethics Policy that supports the inclusion of LGBT vendors and suppliers; and
  • financial sponsorship and participation in annual LGBT-related and multi-cultural events and causes across the country where the company operates.

The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. CVS Health’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.


Joe Goode
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9820

Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931


Federated Co-operatives Limited updates on unscented propane

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op is working with customers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to eliminate safety concerns about unscented propane.

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has determined that 124 Co-op cylinder filling locations in these provinces may have distributed propane from one of its suppliers, Crescent Point Energy, that didn’t contain the mandatory amount of safety odour.

This list details all of the potentially affected locations that may have received unscented propane, as well as the time frames in which they may have been affected.

Testing or refilling propane cylinders

Customers who last filled their cylinders at one of the locations in the list above during the time frames identified for 2014-15 can bring their cylinders to the nearest Co-op filling station to be tested and/or refilled.The deadline to bring in cylinders is Dec. 31, 2015.

If a customer last filled their cylinder outside of the time frames or locations detailed in the list, the propane supplied should be properly odourized and no action should be needed.

Most Co-op supplied cylinder filling locations have odourized propane

FCL has been investigating this matter since it — along with other propane retailers in Western Canada and the United States — received notice last month that Crescent Point Energy may not have added the safety odour that alerts people to a potential leak.

Co-op is testing tanks at affected sites and increasing the safety odour levels where necessary.

Federated Co-operatives Limited

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Home Office
Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
401 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0H2

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

RILA: retailers urged lawmakers to authorize twin 33s to operate on America’s highway system

Arlington, VA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​​In a letter to the U.S. Senate, retailers urged lawmakers to keep language authorizing twin 33s to operate on America’s highway system. The change would allow for a five foot increase in twin trailers—from 28 to 33 feet—with no change to federal weight guidelines. Retailers support the measure which would make freight shipping safer and more efficient.

“Retailers support a nationwide framework that creates a uniform standard for freight shipping,” said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs with the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “In addition to added fuel efficiency, extending trailers by five feet will reduce the number of trucks on the road, meaning a reduction in carbon emissions and less congestion on our nation’s interstate highways.”

While some have suggested that the twin 33s provision would create a safety risk, academic studies have actually found the opposite to be true. Because of their longer wheelbase, 33-foot double trailer configurations are inherently more stable than twin 28-foot double trailers. On the nation’s third-busiest toll road, the Florida Turnpike, twin 33s have traveled more than one million miles in the past five years without a single accident.

“Twin 33s offer retailers and freight haulers greater efficiency, lower fuel costs, and a less congested highway system,” added Kolb. “This is a common-sense change that benefits all those reliant on a safer and more efficient supply chain.”

Full letter linked here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.


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

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

NACS applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing bipartisan menu-labeling legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) today applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing bipartisan menu-labeling legislation that would enable compliance for convenience store operators while increasing the availability of both nutrition information and choice for consumers.

The committee approved H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) by a vote of 32 to 12.

“We thank committee members and their leadership for advancing legislation that truly meets the objectives of the menu-labeling law without burdening convenience store owners and adding to costs to their operations,” said Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations. “We look forward to expedited approval of this vital and common-sense legislation by the full House and the Senate.”

Convenience store foodservice sales have risen to $42 billion in sales, or 19% of total in-store revenues, as these retail outlets continue to meet their customers’ demands for rapidly available and healthier food options on the go.

More information from NACS can be found at nacsonline.com.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


L Brands, Inc. reports its 2015 third quarter results

Provides Fourth Quarter and Raises Full-Year 2015 Earnings Guidance

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today reported 2015 third quarter results

Third Quarter Results
Earnings per share for the third quarter ended Oct. 31, 2015, increased 25 percent to a record $0.55 compared to $0.44 for the quarter ended Nov. 1, 2014.  Third quarter operating income increased 19 percent to $338.8 millioncompared to $284.1 million last year, and net income was $164.0 million compared to $131.8 million last year.

The company reported net sales of $2.482 billion for the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2015, an increase of 7 percent compared to net sales of $2.319 billion for the quarter ended Nov. 1, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 7 percent for the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2015.

Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman and CEO, commented, “We delivered record results in the third quarter.  Our brands are differentiated and have high emotional content and we continue to deliver new, compelling merchandise in an exciting in-store experience.  We remain focused on executing fundamentals and staying close to our customers.  We are pleased with our month-to-date performance and we are well-positioned for the most significant part of our year which is in front of us.”

2015 Outlook
The company stated that it expects 2015 fourth quarter earnings per share to be $1.85 to $1.95.  The company raised its adjusted full-year earnings forecast to $3.69 to $3.79 per share from $3.58 to $3.73 previously, which incorporates the third quarter earnings beat to its previous forecast and increased fourth quarter interest expense of approximately $0.04 per share related to its recent $1 billion note issuance.  The full-year guidance also includes the previously announced negative foreign exchange impact of approximately $0.12 per share.

Earnings Call Information
L Brands will conduct its third quarter earnings call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on November 19.  To listen, call 1-866-363-4673 (international dial-in number: 1-973-200-3978).  For an audio replay, call 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 33156271) (international replay number: 1-404-537-3406 (conference ID 33156271)) or log onto www.LB.com.  Additional third quarter financial information is also available at www.LB.com.

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.com,www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

L Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the third quarter earnings call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the third quarter earnings call:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the third quarter earnings call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or the third quarter earnings call or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072

SOURCE: L Brands Inc

Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving presented by Meijer kicked-off with annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Thanksgiving Event Kicks-Off Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving Presented By Meijer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment will kick-off the Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving presented by Meijer with their fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner, serving over 750 people on Wednesday, November 18 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The guests are pre-selected individuals and families from Forgotten Harvest’s partner agencies in Wayne and Oakland County.

Detroit Pistons players, coaches and Palace Sports & Entertainment employees will serve meals and visit with individuals and families in attendance from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  As part of the NBA’s Hoops for Troops commitment to service and its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, 30 uniformed service men and women will join Palace staff for the evening.  Entertainment will include music and appearances from Pistons’ mascot Hooper and the Pistons Entertainment Teams.

“Partnering with an important organization like Forgotten Harvest allows us to share the joy of the holiday season in a way that helps families and others who need assistance in our local community,” said Dennis Mannion, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment.  “Consistent with our owner Tom Gores’ mission to be impactful, we look forward to working with Meijer to provide a special Thanksgiving evening for those who join us at The Palace.”

As presenting sponsor of the event, Meijer, along with the Detroit Pistons, will provide the food for the Thanksgiving dinner. Other Detroit Pistons sponsors assisting with the event through in-kind donations include: Coca-Cola, Parsonage, Microsoft, Tim Horton’s and Goofy Faces Caricatures.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” Auburn Hills Meijer Store Director Tom Abney said. “We are pleased to partner with The Detroit Pistons and Forgotten Harvest, and look forward to helping provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in our community.”

In addition to a Thanksgiving meal, all pre-selected individuals will receive a voucher for one ticket to a future Detroit Pistons game.

“We are appreciative of the Detroit Pistons, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Meijer for their continued support of our community and this great event,” said Kirk Mayes, CEO Forgotten Harvest. “This special Thanksgiving feast brings joy and happiness to many families in the Pontiac and Detroit area that need it most.”


Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 48 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

Contact: Kevin Grigg, 248-377-0135, kgrigg@palacenet.com, Cletus Lewis Jr., clewis@palacenet.com, Michelle Fikany, mfikany@palacenet.com or Michael Horan, mhoran@palacenet.com

SOURCE: Meijer

Immochan presents its ambitious development programme at Mapic 2015

Croix Cedex, France, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Immochan maintains the high level of investment previously announced and a significant development plan, representing more than €1.5 bn between 2015 and 2017 to develop its assets and increase their value.

Major projects are becoming a reality

The strategy of developing Immochan’s assets and increasing their value has proved its worth, with major success stories in 2015.

In Romania, the “Coresi” centre was opened on 26 March in Brasov. Coresi is the largest urban regeneration project in the country and a regional magnet built to respect its environment, with a “Very Good” BREEAM certificate.

Shopping and leisure are combined there using unprecedented architecture to create a place for experiences and a benchmark for living well for residents and tourists. The shopping centre has 130 shops over 32,000 sq. m, a food-court and a 13,300 sq. m Auchan hypermarket. After buying 12 shopping malls (ex Real) at the beginning of 2015, Immochan is now opening its 23rd shopping mall in Romania.

In France, “Les Saisons de Meaux” opened its doors to customers on 20 October last year. The centre offers more than 100 shops spread over 30,000 sq. m of retail space, along with a 2,250 sq. m food court, and a 3,100 sq. m leisure centre.

Designed as an urban walkway, “Les Saisons de Meaux” is a place for living on a human scale, bright and compact. The “Very Good” BREEAM certificate obtained on 8 May last year is part of Immochan’s CSR policy and its commitment to efficiently managing its shopping centres. “Les Saisons de Meaux” represents an investment of €120m.

Major projects for 2020, presented at MAPIC

Immochan is expecting nearly 50 extensions or new projects to open in the next 3 years.

In Italy, the Rescaldina shopping centre extension project will be delivered in 2017. This centre is a space for the whole family, where shopping, relaxation and entertainment come together to offer a unique customer experience. A leader in its catchment area, it welcomes 9.5 million visitors per year. The 19,500 sq. m extension will mean that 70 new shops can be created, an offer involving both personal and household goods.

La Cloche d’Or, or “The House of Brands” in Luxembourg, a mixed development of 100,000 sq. m will be delivered in 2018. A “Premium” shopping centre of international stature developing 75,000 sq. m, a luxury housing complex of 25,000 sq. m reaching a height of 60m. Three levels of trading will hold more than 120 shops, 15 restaurants, and a 12,500 sq. m Auchan hypermarket.

The Pushkino development in Russia will provide a shopping and leisure centre at the end 2017. 104 shops including a food-court, medium sized sport, electronics and leisure stores spread over 37,500 sq. m of shopping malls to create one of the most modern centres in the Moscow region.

In Poland, “Galeria Piaseczno” in Warsaw will be expanded to cover 83,000 sq. m and become a regional centre in 2020. This modern shopping and leisure centre will meet the requirements of the residents in the region. 220 prestigious international retailers will be housed there along with a vast food-court and a recreational area of nearly 800 sq. m specially for children.

Finally, in Aubagne (France), the Alpha 2017 project will be an a new kind of urban centre, combining housing, offices and hotels, well served by and connected to the heart of an urban hub. The centre is a real leisure destination, which will offer dining spaces with open terraces and numerous sporting, art and music events.


Groupe Auchan
40, avenue de Flandre – BP 139
59964 Croix Cedex – France

SOURCE: Groupe Auchan

The Co-op opens 3 stores in 3 weeks; investing £1.5M in North Wales

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has launched its second new food store in North Wales in the space of a week with the opening of its Marine Drive, Pensarn, shop this week (Tuesday, 17 November), with its third new shop in as many weeks opening in early December in Ffordd Penrhwylfa, Prestatyn.

The opening of the store in Pensarn this week follows the community retailer’s return to Llanrug with a new store which opened on 12 November.

The three new stores represent a combined £1.5M investment in North Wales, creating over 50 retail roles in-store as The Co-op continues to transform and grow its convenience business in Wales in response to changing shopper habits which are seeing people increasingly buying smaller amounts, locally, as and when they need it.
Guests of honour at the launch of the Pensarn store included pupils from Ysgol Sant Elfod who cut the ribbon and declared the new store open for the community.

Its latest new store, located in Marine Drive, Pensarn – at the site of a former car salesroom – features an in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials. The 2,500 sq.ft. store – which opens between 6am – 10pm daily – also offers hot food, an ATM, dedicated car parking and a Costa coffee dispenser.
The three new stores also have a Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Sarah Seed and Pete Machin (Pensarn) and Sheila Roberts (Llanrug) will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-operative’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Steve Gale, Regional Manager for The Co-operative Food in Wales, said:

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in North Wales, and delighted to have these fantastic new food stores with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is investing to transform and grow its convenience business as shopping habits change and consumers increasingly buy what they need, when they need it, locally. We are also investing to enhance the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the stores will be a real asset to the community, enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, they will play their part in local life too.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch.

In addition, students – who hold a NUS extra card – receive a 10% discount off their groceries in store. And, The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.


Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

The Co-op opens new convenience store in Central London; its 110th store in a year

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op this week opened its 110th new convenience store in 12 months when it launched a new store in central London.

The new shop in Shepherds Bush is part of an ambitious store development program that will see a further 120 stores opened in 2016.

David Roberts, Director of Estates Services, said: “The Co-operative Food has a clear and exciting vision which is to establish itself as the number one convenience store operator, providing a strong customer offer in communities across the UK.  As part of this strategy our acquisitions and refit programme is fundamental to its success.

“In the last 12 months we have carried out over 110 new store launches and over 250 store refits, investing millions in the estate. It’s comfortably the biggest store opening programme the business has undertaken.  We have a particular focus on London and the South East, which is an area that presents numerous exciting opportunities for expansion – and our plans address this.

“Whilst other retailers are scaling back their expansion plans or exiting the convenience sector, the Co-op continues to open new stores.”

Rob Bignold, Head of Acquisitions and New Store Development at the Co-op, said, “These are exciting times for our Acquisitions Team as we continue with our ambitious plans to expand our store estate. As a community retailer we are uniquely placed to engage with local people throughout the planning process.

“With an even bigger target for store openings in 2016, we are actively seeking freehold or leasehold sites, including existing businesses, right across the UK. We are flexible in our requirements and offer quick decisions to agents, developers and owners.“

The Co-op is responding to the consumer changes which is seeing more people shopping little and often, conveniently – shoppers buying for tonight, or for the next two or three, days, rather than shopping for the week or month.

Many people, living busy lives, decide what to eat just a few hours in advance, spontaneous shopping and a shift in social and lifestyle agendas has led to a growing number of people planning meals less and turning to shopping little and often.

The convenience market is currently worth £37.7bn and is projected to grow by 17 per cent to be worth £44.1bn in 2020, increasing its share of the total market from 21.2 per cent in 2015 to 22 per cent in 2020.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

QVC announces the appointment of Gregg Bertoni to CEO of CNR Mall, QVC’s joint venture with China National Radio

West Chester, Pa., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced the appointment of Gregg Bertoni to CEO of CNR Mall, QVC’s joint venture with China National Radio (CNR). In this role, Bertoni will be responsible for overseeing QVC’s growth and operations in China and will continue to build on QVC’s strong partnership with CNR. He will report to Steve Hofmann, EVP of International for QVC. Bertoni is succeeding James Clarke, who has served as CEO of CNR Mall since the joint venture’s formation in 2012.

Under Clarke’s leadership, QVC made significant strides building the QVC joint venture with CNR and growing the CNR Mall brand and business, now reaching over 100 million homes in China. Clarke has made the decision to depart QVC later this year to pursue other opportunities.

“Since the formation of the joint venture in 2012, CNR Mall has become a leading multimedia retailer in China, focused on providing a differentiated shopping experience and great value and customer service,” said Hofmann. “Gregg’s role in launching our Italian business, including ensuring a compelling product portfolio and driving customer loyalty, coupled with his knowledge of international video and ecommerce retail, make him an outstanding choice to succeed James in leading CNR Mall.”

Bertoni has held several roles across markets at QVC during the past 20 years, most recently leading QVC’s business operations in Italy. He began his career with QVC US in 1995, later moving to QVC UK, subsequently adding roles of increasing responsibility in merchandising. He transferred to Italy in 2010 to build and lead QVC Italy’s merchandising group, and was later named the chief merchandising officer, adding additional responsibilities of TV sales, TV operations, merchandising, programming and planning and marketing.

“As QVC continues to expand across markets, we are implementing a global approach that fosters agility and positions the business for ongoing future growth,” said QVC president and CEO Mike George. “Gregg has been instrumental in expanding our global footprint and strengthening our position as a leader in multichannel retail. His appointment will position CNR Mall for continued success and drive further integration of best practices and strategies into the existing operation.”

About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 350 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.