Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Statement attributable to Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S.

“Thanksgiving was an exciting day. It all started at midnight when we kicked off our Black Friday deals online. All day Thursday, Walmart stores bustled with shoppers coming to pick up last minute Thanksgiving meal fixings – pies, canned vegetables and sweet potatoes were among the top items.

“Then, at 6:00 p.m., we turned on the Black Friday magic in stores. Customers were excited about the return of ‘one big Black Friday event.’ It was simple and easy to shop, and customers took advantage of offers across channels.

“We’ve said this Black Friday would be the most integrated between Walmart stores and – and we delivered. Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles to pick up video games and systems, televisions, movies and toys, many of the top items sold both on and in stores. And, they prepped beforehand – more than 25 million customers accessed store maps and the circular through our online and mobile tools for Black Friday.

“We’ve planned this event for more than a year. Our stores were organized, well-prepared and safe, and I couldn’t be prouder of how our associates served our customers. Our registers were lit up and queue lines went smoothly. To say thank you, we are giving hourly associates who worked in stores on Thanksgiving an additional 15 percent discount on a shopping trip this holiday season.

“And it’s not over. We’re ready to help our customers get their trees and lights ready for Christmas. Our Cyber Monday events kick off on Sunday night, with the deals available beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The excitement will keep going after that, as well. Our customers can trust us for low prices and rollbacks on gifts and their everyday essentials not just on one day, but for the entire season.”

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

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SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

Walmart’s CMO Steve Bratspies on 2015 Black Friday: Tens of millions of customers visited our digital and physical aisles

Argos announced amazing deals across more than 350 products on Black Friday

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos is launching amazing deals across more than 350 products on Black Friday tomorrow including TVs, computers, tablets, white goods, floor care and more.

Deals will be available to customers online at from 01:00am on Black Friday (Friday 27 November 2015).

The deals join a host of other great offers already available through Argos’ 12 day Black Friday event, such as up to half price on thousands of toys and an extra 25% off any indoor furniture over £150.¹

Customers can also access deals in stores and to help manage customer demand tomorrow on Black Friday, Argos is opening 688 of its stores at 6am, with some trading until 10pm. Customers can access individual store opening times at


Product number Product Was price Now price Saving
4245933 Tassimo T20 Coffee Machine £99.99 £29.99 £70
3072499 Fire 7” Tablet £49.99 £34.99 £15
4551328 LG 49” Full HD LED TV £549 £329 £220
4532842 PS4 with ‘Uncharted’ 500Gb bundle £299.99 £249.99 £50
4604842 XBOX ONE 500GB Console with Ori and Rare Replay £229.99
4824141 PS4 Graded £199.99
iPad Air 1 Wi-Fi 16GB Space Grey / Silver £319 £249 £70
HP WOW Laptop Pentium 4GB 1TB (x4 colours) plus £50 worth accessories £399.99 £269.99 £130
2457747 Toshiba Celeron 4GB 1TB Laptop £279.99 £199.99 £80
3684117 TomTom Start 25 5” Full EU Sat Nav £99.99 £79.99 £20
4440381 Babyliss Curl Secret £119.99 £79.99 £40
3929315 Amazon Fire TV Stick £35 £24.99 £10
iPad Mini 2 16GB – Space Grey / Silver £239 £199 £40
Indesit WXD1252W 7kg 1200 Spin Washing Machine – White £199.99 £159.99 £40




Interim prices may have applied to some lines.  Check full for details.

All deals are available in stores and online. Customers wanting their bargains in a hurry can take advantage of Argos’ new UK-wide Fast Track same-day home delivery service, offering a choice of time slots for just £3.95. Slots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis on Black Friday and once availability is full, customers will be offered slots on subsequent days. For more information, please visit

¹ Voucher code applies


See for full terms and conditions.

Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

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

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


SOURCE: Home Retail Group



Homebase unveils 4 day Black Friday deals (Friday 27 – Monday 30 November)

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Homebase has some amazing deals this Black Friday across a wide range of home and garden products.

All deals will be available in store and online at until Monday 30 November, while stocks last.

4 day deals (Friday 27 – Monday 30 November)

  • 25% off all Christmas decorations
  • 25% off all poinsettias and Christmas house plants
  • 25% off all real Christmas trees
  • 25% off Christmas tree stands
  • 25% off all furniture (excluding Habitat and garden furniture)
  • 25% off all lighting (excluding Habitat)
  • 25% off all Silent Night beds, duvets, pillows, mattresses and protectors



Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email:

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 271 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

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

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

SONIC® opens its first Rhode Island drive-in location

America’s Drive-In Enters 45th State with Smithfield Area Location

SMITHFIELD, R.I., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC, America’s Drive-In®, is celebrating the opening of its first Rhode Island drive-in location on Monday, October 26, 2015. Whether it’s to delight in experiencing SONIC for the first time, or to merely enjoy the delicious Real Ice Cream Shakes and Premium Beef Hot Dogs, the Rhode Island community is invited to celebrate and dive into a new flavor experience with SONIC.

The new Smithfield SONIC is conveniently located at 393 Putnam Pike by Route 44. The drive-in will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to be the first franchisees to bring the SONIC experience to Rhode Island,” said Bob Bowen, franchisee of the new drive-in. “The drive-in will feature an indoor dining room to accommodate up to 70 guests, a double drive-thru and a drive-in area with 12 parking stalls for cars to pull in, offering our fans many ways to enjoy SONIC.”

The location already has eager customers arriving hoping to get their first taste of SONIC’s signature menu offerings. Once open, SONIC guests have the privilege of enjoying their breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites all day. SONIC’s customizable options and various made-to-order combinations make it the perfect place to satisfy all cravings.

Rhode Island is the 45th state for the expanding brand, with the Smithfield location being the first to open in the state. Plans to bring two additional drive-ins to Rhode Island are in motion as well, with both drive-ins expected to open in the next few years. The swiftly growing brand plans to open an additional 50 to 60 new franchise locations across the nation within the next year.

“Our expansion into our 45th state proves that SONIC has grown far beyond the regional player it once was; this opening is not only a milestone but also a stepping stone toward our goal of having a SONIC Drive-In convenient to all guests in the U.S.,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development at SONIC. “SONIC is expanding rapidly through franchise partnerships like this one in Rhode Island, and we are constantly looking for new entrepreneurs interested in becoming a part of a different kind of restaurant concept.”

There are still many opportunities for SONIC to expand through strategic franchise partnerships like this one in New England including Rhode Island,Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. SONIC offers franchisees flexibility with multiple drive-in formats, including the indoor dining offering especially suited to colder climates. Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC franchise are encouraged to visit for more information on qualifications and brand support.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local businessmen and women. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


SONIC Drive-In
Madison LaRoche, 512-542-2842

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Asda announced exclusive three-day (Friday 27th November) fuel price drop of four pence per litre

  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 273 filling stations across the country will only pay 99.7ppl on unleaded and 103.7 ppl on diesel across the weekend
  • 4ppl price cut takes unleaded below £1 – the first time since summer 2009
  • Announcement follows Asda’s commitment to invest £26m in savings throughout the festive period

LEEDS, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the news that the Chancellor held off a price increase on fuel duty, Asda has today (Friday 27th November) announced that it will give its customers a seasonal boost on top of the freeze by investing in an exclusive three-day price drop, knocking 4 pence per litre off fuel, meaning unleaded prices drop below the £1 mark to 99.7 pence per litre.

Asda President & CEO Andy Clarke had urged the Chancellor to continue with the freeze in the March Budget following feedback from Asda Mums that an increase would put pressure on household finances. So the confirmation this week that a freeze would remain in place was welcome news.

In the latest Mumdex report, Asda mums have made it clear what the Government needs to focus on by issuing a call to action to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement to prioritise several key areas including, imposing a limit on energy and utility prices and increasing the personal tax allowance, along with a continued freeze on fuel duty.

Asda’s announcement today will be an additional boost for customers in the run-up to the festive season, meaning there’s more left over to spend on the things that matter at this time of year. Effective from Friday 27th November until Sunday 29th November, motorists will benefit from cheaper fuel prices throughout the weekend as unleaded falls to a new record eight year low. Asda will revert back on Monday to a market leading price of 103.7p on unleaded and 106.7 ppl on diesel.

Asda President and CEO, Andy Clarke said: “The Chancellor’s freeze on fuel duty is what our customers were hoping for. We’re adding a further boost by investing in a three day fuel price drop meaning drivers can now benefit from fuel as low as 99.7ppl in the crucial run-up to the festive period. We’d urge the chancellor to continue with a freeze on fuel duty in the March Budget to help maintain discretionary income levels for families.”

The latest Asda Income Tracker shows that vehicle fuel inflation has dropped -14.1% compared with this time last year in fact at Asda the price has dropped 20p across the same period.


Macerich opens new, 12-screen ArcLight Cinemas on the third level of the iconic Santa Monica Place

First New Movie Theater to Open in Santa Monica in More than 20 Years

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced the successful opening of a new, 12-screen ArcLight Cinemas on the third level of the iconic Santa Monica Place. This theater is the first new cinema complex to open anywhere in Santa Monica in more than 20 years.

ArcLight is the latest high-profile new name to join Macerich’s award-winning retail property in 2015: Other new retailers open this year at Santa Monica Place include Uniqlo, Sole Society, Karen Millen, Aesop, The Cheesecake Factory and Starbucks.

“This is a very exciting time for Santa Monica Place and for the City of Santa Monica as a whole,” said Randy Brant, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Macerich. “The new state-of-the-art ArcLight Cinemas is going to be a tremendous draw for this film-loving community, which has waited a long time for a new, state-of-the-art complex. Next year is poised to deliver another game-changer for Santa Monica when the expanded Expo Rail Line opens just a couple blocks from our property, enabling people to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in 46 minutes.” Ultimately projected ridership is expected to exceed 64,000 riders per day.

ArcLight Cinemas opened its premier movie-going experience at the upscale Santa Monica Place Nov. 21, offering high-end amenities including reserved seating, black-box auditorium, commercial-free movies, gourmet cuisine and more. Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean inDowntown Santa Monica, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co.,Burberry, Emporio Armani, Tory Burch, DVF, Hugo Boss, Nike and dozens of other exciting specialty stores and an inspired collection of food and restaurant experiences.

“With bike share expo and ArcLight Cinemas, the downtown Santa Monica movie experience has been transformed,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown. “We are now the regional destination for movie goers.”

Santa Monica Place’s exceptional total trade area includes more than 1.4 million people, with average annual household incomes in the primary trade area of more than $104,000, and more than 15,000 highly affluent households with annual incomes greater than $500,000. More than 7.3 million annual visitors to Santa Monica and a robust daytime population of more than 132,000 round out the enviable demographics for this irreplaceable trophy property.

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

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerichspecializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in thePacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website:

SOURCE Macerich

Karen Maurer, Macerich, 602-708-6311, Website:

Inditex Group’s Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood

MADRID, SPAIN, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With over 1,000 square metres of retail space, the point of sale is the biggest among more than 920 owned by the brand worldwide.

Inditex Group’s young fashion brand Pull&Bear presents a revamped image with the opening of its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood, the city’s most prestigious and popular shopping district. The new space is the largest retail space of the brand’s more than 920 worldwide stores.

The new store is located at 14 Calle Hermosilla, just steps from Calle Serrano, and boasts over 1,000 square metres of retail space, thus becoming the brand’s largest store to date. The ground floor features a large space devoted entirely to the women’s collections. A set of stairs leads to the lower floor, where shoppers can find the men’s collections displayed around a cosy central lounge.

This store opening reinforces Pull&Bear’s commercial presence in Madrid, the city where the brand first started in 1991. The brand now runs 29 points of sale in the Madrid region, 15 of which are located in the city.

New image

The new image Pull&Bear presents in this flagship store is an evolution of the brand’s California concept and conserves some of its characteristic features, like the iconic surfer van and large LED display panels. The store’s new image features more powerful lighting, a lighter colour palette and simpler décor that turn the collections into the main focus.

Traditional Mediterranean textures like exposed brick, thermal clay and concrete blocks set in a pyramid design were brought in to add warmth to the space. The displays for the collections feature finishes pine, both natural and stained, and cork.

The space also features pillars with backlit fabric that enhances the feeling of openness, white marble floor tiles with black and yellow details, and parquet floors that combine different types of wood.

Following the perimeter of the roof, a metal framework with mirrors and fluorescent lighting complete the game, so that indirect light brings clarity and warmth, while direct spotlights focus attention on the store’s most important item: the garments.

For any press request please contact with:
Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA
Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

SOURCE: Inditex Group


Inditex Group's Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid's Salamanca neighbourhood

Inditex Group’s Pull&Bear opens its new flagship store in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware in Wilmington confirmed the sale of 47 Haggen stores

Bellingham, Wash, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware in Wilmington confirmed the sale of 47 stores.  Completion of these transactions remains subject to certain conditions.
The Court approved separate purchase agreements for the following stores:

Albertson’s LLC AZ Lake Havasu – McCulloch Blvd Lake Havasu
Albertson’s LLC AZ Tucson – East Broadway Blvd Tucson
Albertson’s LLC AZ Tucson – N. Silverbell Road Tucson
Smart & Final Stores LLC CA Laguna Niguel – Crown Valley Pkw Laguna Niguel
Tustin Safe LLC CA Tustin – 17th St Tustin
Albertson’s LLC CA Tujunga – Foothill Blvd Tujunga
Smart & Final LLC CA Diamond Bar – S. Diamond Bar Blvd Diamond Bar
Albertson’s LLC CA Saugus – Bouquet Canyon Rd Saugus
Smart & Final LLC CA Burbank – W. Verdugo Ave Burbank
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Los Angeles – Venice Blvd Los Angeles
Regency Centers L.P. CA Woodland Hills – Mulholland Dr Woodland Hills
Albertson’s LLC CA Bakersfield – Panama Lane Bakersfield
Albertson’s LLC CA Bakersfield – E. Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield
Albertson’s LLC CA Rancho Cucamonga – Foothill Blvd Rancho Cucamonga
Donahue Schriber Realty Grp CA Camarillo – Las Posas Camarillo
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Simi Valley – Cochran Simi Valley
Stater Bros. Markets CA Simi Valley – E. Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley
Albertson’s LLC CA Lompoc – N. ‘H’ St Lompoc
Albertson’s LLC CA Goleta – S. Turnpike Rd Goleta
Sprouts Farmers Market CA Goleta – N. Fairview Ave Goleta
Tawa, Inc. CA Chula Vista – Telegraph Canyon Rd Chula Vista
Smart & Final Stores LLC CA San Diego – University Ave San Diego
Albertson’s LLC CA El Cajon– Broadway St El Cajon
Albertson’s LLC CA La Mesa – Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa
Albertson’s LLC    CA Rancho Bernardo-Rancho Bernardo Rd Rancho Bernardo
Albertson’s LLC CA San Diego – Highland Village Pl San Diego
Tawa, Inc. CA San Diego – Balboa Ave San Diego
Good Food Holdings CA San Diego – W. Washington St                  San Diego
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – Bicentennial Pkwy Henderson
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – College Dr Henderson
Albertson’s LLC NV Henderson – N. Boulder Hwy Henderson
Sprouts Farmer’s Market NV Las Vegas – W. Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas
Tawa, Inc. OR Beaverton – S.W. Hall Beaverton
Albertson’s LLC OR Baker City – Campbell St Baker City
Albertson’s LLC OR Springfield – Main St Springfield
Albertson’s LLC OR Ashland – Siskiyou Blvd Ashland
Albertson’s LLC WA Burien – First Ave. S Burien
Alberton’s LLC WA Renton – SE Petrovitsky Rd Renton
Albertson’s LLC WA Everett – Evergreen Wy Everett
Albertson’s LLC WA Renton – NE 4th Ave. Renton
Albertson’s LLC WA Shoreline – Aurora Ave. N Shoreline
Albertson’s LLC WA Port Orchard – Bethel Rd. S.E. Port Orchard
Yoke’s Foods, Inc. WA Liberty Lake – N. Liberty Lake Rd Liberty Lake
Albertson’s LLC WA Spanaway/Tacoma –Pacific Ave. S Spanaway/Tacoma
Albertson’s LLC WA Gig Harbor – Point Fosdick Dr. NW Gig Harbor
Albertson’s LLC WA Puyallup – Canyon Rd. East Puyallup
Albertson’s LLC WA Milton – Milton Way Milton

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP and Young, Conway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP serve as legal counsel, Sagent Advisors as real estate advisors, and Alvarez & Marsal as restructuring advisors to Haggen, Inc.
SOURCE: Haggen, Inc.

Canada: Downtown Langley B.C. Save-On-Foods opens local wine section

The downtown Langley location is the fourth Save-On-Foods to carry a selection of B.C. VQA wines

Langley, B.C., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save-On-Foods location in downtown Langley opened its B.C. VQA wine selection today.

The store is the Langley-based chain’s fourth location to carry wine-in-aisles since the province amended its liquor laws in early 2014, allowing grocery stores to apply for a licence to carry wine that’s made in B.C.

The store carries more than 900 varieties of wine that is 100 per cent British Columbian from more than 150 wineries in the province.

A certified sommelier will work in-store as the wine expert, helping customers decide which made-in-B.C. product is right for them.

“We’re so excited to offer our customers the convenience of picking up a bottle of high-quality wine made right here in our province to pair with the dinner they’ll make using fresh ingredients from our store,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Talk about one-stop shopping!”


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

For more information, contact: Media Relations
604-888-2079, extension 2200

SUORCE: Save-On-Foods


Intershop released new version of its omni-channel solution Intershop Commerce Suite

  • Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, part of the Commerce Suite, addresses the growing similarities between the buying behavior of B2C and B2B customers
  • New features provide more agility and flexibility for an exceptionally dynamic retail world
  • Optimized back-end functions for increased efficiency and reliability

Jena, Germany, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today Intershop presents Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the latest version of the centerpiece of the Intershop Commerce Suite, the leading omni-channel solution. The successor of Intershop 7 is now available in two editions: the Intershop Commerce Management Edition B2C 7.6 for shop solutions aimed at retail customers; and the B2X 7.6 Edition with additional features for business customers. B2X 7.6 addresses the increasing similarities between the expectations and buying behavior of B2C and B2B customers, combining the best of both worlds. Furthermore, the extension of the Intershop Synaptic Commerce API allows for more freedom in the efficient implementation of innovative business processes. In addition to the Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the new Intershop Order Management and Intershop Commerce Insight complement the Intershop Commerce Suite.

Faster and more flexible

In dynamic markets, companies that transform new ideas into functioning business models and secure their market share early on have a clear competitive advantage. Intershop’s Synaptic Commerce API gives retailers maximum flexibility by integrating third-party solutions so that these can be used as additional components of a retail ecosystem focused on enhancing individual competitive advantage. With Intershop Commerce Management 7.6, the payment API was revised as part of the Synaptic Commerce Concept. With this new standardized interface for the flexible and cost-effective integration of new payment service providers, payment methods can be easily rolled out and individually configured on all touchpoints. Synaptic Commerce thereby makes it easy to change service providers according to the needs of the individual retailer.

Another new feature is the Blue Print Store. Based on responsive design principles, this greatly simplifies the setting up of modern web shops that are optimized for all types of devices. As a result, web shops are faster and more economical to implement – a competitive advantage when entering new markets. The close interplay between responsive design and the use of rich snippets for search engine optimization enables better visibility in search results and ensures increasing numbers of shop visitors.

New B2B functions

The Intershop Commerce Management B2X 7.6 Edition also stands out thanks to a range of optimized features for business customers. The feature for contract management allows key account managers to provide their customers with sales-based individual framework agreements and price lists. The new quick navigation in the back office speeds up access to current status information, making it easier to actively manage customer relationships and generate follow-up orders.

During the ordering process, the customer is shown individual prices in real time and orders are automatically assigned to contracts. Using the cost center and budget management tool in the account management area, sales departments of all sizes can display their sales structures independently and efficiently. If several buyers are purchasing on the account of one major customer, all of their orders can be viewed and managed in the “My Account” area. With the integrated order approval feature, managers can always keep a close eye on budgets.

More stable and efficient back end

In addition, the overall performance of the platform has been optimized in order to better manage exceptional peak loads. Thanks to the support of Java 8, yet another significant improvement in performance has been achieved. This has led to considerably shorter loading times for users, while retailers require fewer hardware resources. Furthermore, Intershop Commerce Management 7.6 can operate in an OpenStack-based cloud environment so that retailers are not dependent on conventional hosting or even their own infrastructure. Thanks to the introduction of an automated continuous delivery process for software updates, migration has been simplified and project efforts for customers and partners have been reduced.

Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop, sums up: “The newest version of our leading omni-channel commerce solution brings together the best of the B2C and B2B worlds. The new functions focus on critical success factors in today’s dynamic retail world: Speed and flexibility have become the key factors for a continuously developing and complex ecosystem. Our enormously adaptable Synaptic Commerce approach helps retailers to break down this complexity and allows them to incorporate new technologies as required without becoming dependent on third-party providers. This strengthens their long-term competitive edge.”

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations
Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Toys“R”Us® kicks off Cyber Week with eight days of incredible savings at

With Thousands of Deals throughout the Week, a $19 Free Shipping Minimum and More, Gift-Givers Can Check Off Their Holiday Shopping Lists with Ease at

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced it will kick off Cyber Week with eight days of incredible savings at, including weeklong offers and hot daily deals on the season’s most sought-after brands starting Saturday, November 28 through Saturday, December 5. In addition, the company will launch its earliest ever start to Cyber Monday with the first round of deals available online at 8am ET on Sunday, November 29.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Cyber Week offers as they happen, be sure to bookmark or favorite the Toys“R”Us Today’s Deals store found at

“When Black Friday ends, Cyber Week begins with eight days of significant savings on,” said Paul Winslow, Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, e-Commerce Merchandising, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Online shoppers seeking the best values will find a broad assortment of the hottest toys in-stock, as well as the flexibility to pick up their purchases in a local store or take advantage of one of the lowest free shipping offers on the market.”

Cyber Monday Kicks Off Sunday Morning
With an event so big it needs two full days, bargain hunters will find Cyber Monday specials starting at 8am ET on Sunday, November 29 – more than 12 hours earlier than last year. The deals will continue throughout the day with new offers commencing on Monday morning.

Below are featured deals available online only at from Sunday, November 29 through Monday, November 30, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • 50% OFF EXCLUSIVE Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Gold Mine Mountain Set – Was $159.99; Now $79.99
  • BOGO FREE WWE Battle Pack Series 2-packs
  • 40% OFF each on FurReal Friends® Pom Panda™ or Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup™

Following are select offers available online only at on Cyber Monday, November 30, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • SAVE $150 ON EXCLUSIVE Tonka® 12-volt Dump Truck Ride-On – Was $349.99; Now $199.99
  • SAVE UP TO $150 on select Meccanoid robotics items
  • HOT PRICE on Star Wars™ Legendary Jedi Master Yoda, plus SAVE $30 on select Star Wars Interactive figures
  • SAVE $50 on ALL Xbox One™ game systems – Was $349.99; Now $299.99
  • ONLY $95 EXCLUSIVE Barbie® Malibu Dream House ­– Was $134.99
  • 50% OFF ALL Playmation Starter Packs – Was $119.99; Now $59.99
  • 50% OFF EXCLUSIVE You & Me So Many Babies – Was $19.99; Now $9.99

Super Cyber Week Sale Online – and in Stores, Too! will launch its Cyber Week sale on Saturday, November 28, providing online access to weekly savings one day earlier than in-store.

The cyber sales continue with new online-only deals offered daily, including a “big gifts” sale on Wednesday, December 2, featuring deep discounts on 16 product categories, including play kitchens, powered ride-ons, bikes, swing sets, dollhouses and more (while supplies last, no rain checks). Keep checking the Toys“R”Us Today’s Deal store at for more Cyber Week savings!

Following are highlights of deals available online starting Saturday, November 28 and in-store on Sunday, November 29, and continuing through Saturday, December 5, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • SAVE $50 on Wii U™ Mario Kart 8™ Deluxe Set – Was $299.99; Now $249.99
  • SAVE $30 each on Fisher-Price® Grow-With-Me Cook & Care Kitchen or Hello Kitty Kitchen Cafe – Was $79.99; Now $49.99
  • SAVE $20 on The Good Dinosaur Interactive Ultimate Arlo & Spot – Was $59.99; Now $39.99, plus 20% OFF ALLother The Good Dinosaur items
  • SAVE $10 on ANY Skylanders, LEGO Dimensions, amiibo & Disney Infinity figures and video game accessories purchase of $35 or more (excludes starter packs; can combine brands to reach requirement)
  • 40% OFF select LEGO Duplo construction sets
  • 40% OFF Barbie Rainbow Hair Dolls – Was $19.99; Now $11.99
  • 25% OFF ALL Schwinn bikes
  • 20% OFF ALL NERF® Zombie Strike blasters and accessories and ALL NERF Rebelle
  • ONLY $10 each for Shopkins™ Shoppin’ Cart or Vending Machine Storage Tin

Convenient Services and Expertise from THE Toy Authority Online
With enhanced omnichannel and mobile offerings, one of the lowest free shipping offers available and expert advice easily accessible with the touch of a screen or a click of a mouse, gift-givers can shop confidently on while checking off everything on their loved ones’ wish lists.

  • Free Shipping: It’s easy to get shipping free with an online purchase of just $19 or more every day. Visit to learn more.
  • Gift Finder: Online shoppers can use the company’s Gift Finder to help pick out the perfect plaything for their little one by narrowing their search by a child’s age and interests, among other options. Check out to get started.
  • Free Store Pickup: Customers can avoid shipping costs by choosing “Free Store Pickup” on eligible items and collecting their purchases at a local store in an hour or less. Find out more at
  • Mobile Shopping: While on-the-go, gift-givers can use their smartphones to shop the recently upgraded Toys“R”Us mobile-optimized website – now faster and easier to use, just in time to score holiday savings.

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

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

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Qatar Duty Free opens its latest store and café, In-Q by Qatar Museum in Hamad International Airport

  • In-Q Gift Shop and Café by Qatar Museums Offers Insights into Qatari Culture, Art and Lifestyle to Passengers at Hamad International Airport
  • Qatar Duty Free Expands its Award Winning Retail Range with Creative Shop and Café Concept

DOHA, Qatar, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Qatar Duty Free has opened its latest store and café, In-Q by Qatar Museums (QM), giving passengers in Hamad International Airport a travel retail experience that is exclusive to the Middle East and offers an insight into the diverse arts and culture of Qatar.

By visiting the In-Q Gift Shop in Qatar Duty Free, customers who have enjoyed a visit to Qatar’s world-class museums whilst in Doha, can now choose from a wide selection of souvenirs, replicas, books, jewellery and apparel to take home as gifts and mementos, while those passengers transiting through Hamad International Airport will have the opportunity to learn about Qatar, its culture and museums.

Passengers looking to sample Qatari hospitality can experience a range of bold culinary delights at the In-Q Café, including breakfast options, light meals and snacks, all inspired by international and regional cuisine. Popular menu items include the mouth-watering salmon bagel, shanklish, or healthy salad or begin their journey with delicious baked goods, including a pineapple saffron roll, together with a special iced tea or soda and fresh coffee.

Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, said: “The opening of the In-Q Gift Shop has been eagerly anticipated by Qatar Duty Free as an additional opportunity to share Qatari culture and heritage with our customers through a range of creative and inspiring products. Qatar Museums’ presence within Qatar Duty Free also enables passengers in Hamad International Airport to experience Qatar’s cultural landscape. The In-Q Café provides further variety to our extensive food and beverage offering, presenting the opportunity for customers to relax in intimate and inspired surroundings after perusing the QM collection.”

Phil Lawrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Qatar Museums, said: “Qatar Museums is delighted to extend the In-Q brand, which debuted in Harrods in London, to the world-class and prestigious environs of Hamad International Airport. The In-Q Café will provide travellers with a high-class café offering from a menu that draws from international and Arabic favourites, enjoyed in a contemporary, stylish setting inspired by Qatari design and heritage patterns. The In-Q Gift Shop meanwhile allows the traveller to discover a wide range of quality gifts and souvenirs inspired by Qatar Museums’ extensive, world-class collections, exhibitions, public art and heritage sites.”

The combined 444 square metre store and café, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is situated in the main atrium of the airport’s departures concourse. The unified areas are characterised by hexagonal texture flooring, a three dimensional ceiling and mix of copper varnished metal, old grey oak, back-painted glass and Rosa Portogallo marble. Geometric furniture completes the modern vibe set by precious coffee-tables produced in corian material, paired with comfortable enveloping armchairs, padded benches and chairs leading towards the airport’s public areas, which aim to provide passengers with a fresh, abstract space in the heart of Hamad International Airport.

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About Qatar Duty Free:
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) operates out of Hamad International Airport (HIA) in addition to an outlet at Doha Port. The innovative, award-winning duty free operator has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth year-on-year and is now the second largest duty free operator in the Middle East. In April 2015, QDF won the Global Travel Retailer of the Year category at the DFNI Global Awards, for the third year in a row.

At Hamad International Airport, Qatar Duty Free offers 40,000 m2 of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at Hamad International Airport caters to all passengers’ tastes. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.
For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit

About Qatar Museums:
Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long-term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.

Since its foundation in 2005, QM has overseen the development of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The QM also manages the QM Gallery at Katara Cultural Village, the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and the Fire Station: Artists in Residence. Future projects include the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
QM is committed to instigating Qatar’s future generation of arts, heritage and museum professionals. At its core is a commitment to nurturing artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the skills to service Qatar’s emerging art economy. By means of a multi-faceted program and public art initiatives, QM seeks to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model, and create cultural experiences that spill out onto the streets and seek to involve a wide audience. Through a strong emphasis on originating art and culture from within and fostering a spirit of national participation, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350

SOURCE: Qatar Airways


The In-Q Café menu is inspired by international and regional cuisine

The In-Q Café menu is inspired by international and regional cuisine

“My Retail Theatre” by Dassault Systèmes launched: new industry solution experience for consumer goods and retail

Interactive, Photo-Realistic 3D Visualization Capabilities to Engage Consumers in a Personalized Product and Purchase Experience

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the launch of “My Retail Theatre,” its new industry solution experience for consumer goods and retail.  Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, “My Retail Theatre” provides consumer goods companies with interactive, high-end 3D visualization capabilities that let shoppers configure personalized products offline or online.  Retailers can display their full product assortment regardless of physical store size, increasing consumer choice while reducing the need for large inventories.

In the fast-paced fashion industry, consumers expect new products and shopping experiences.  Retailers must create and nurture personal relationships with consumers to inspire brand loyalty. While worldwide e-commerce sales are steadily increasing, physical retail stores still play an important role in connecting with shoppers, forcing retailers to juggle the challenges of maintaining a competitive edge with managing inventory and providing on-trend products and quality store displays.

Dassault Systèmes’ “My Retail Theatre” industry solution experience leverages product development data for consumer-facing usage, transforming it into a visual experience that benefits both retailers and their consumers.  Its digital continuity lets retailers create sales and marketing assets from the same 3D master model that was created during the product design phase, for consistent and seamless messaging across all selling points.

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s 3D photo-realistic capabilities, consumers can select, configure and personalize products in a store or on the web using a range of interactive display devices such as tablets, smartphones and touch screen-based systems.  Athletic footwear, jewelry, watches, leather goods and other consumer goods can be interactively explored by consumers and customized with unique colors, materials and textures.  Product components are displayed based on available inventory and deliveries can be quoted based on realistic lead times. Once fully configured, consumers can proceed to checkout and share their product on social media.

By replacing physical stock with 3D digital photo-realistic images, retailers can also offer consumers an extended product assortment without increasing inventory or compromising on the quality of store displays.  In addition, retailers can gain insight into consumers’ tastes and trends and maximize their online engagement.

“And frankly, this is what it’s all about,” said Chris Hilliyer, Senior Innovation Manager, Deckers Brands.  “It’s about communicating and providing your customers with choice, endless choice without the hassle of inventory management.  3D tools are completely changing the way brands interact with their consumers. That’s a revolution for the industry.”

“Dassault Systèmes’ ‘My Retail Theatre’ industry solution experience offers the ultimate personalized purchase experience across all channels—from digital ‘look books’ and catalogues to e-commerce shops or interactive in-store concepts—that incites consumers to go past the browsing stage,” said Susan Olivier, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail Industry, Dassault Systèmes.  “Technology, specifically 3D design data from concept to consumer, is inspiring new ways of shopping that transcend the traditional brick-and-mortar store.  Our portfolio of industry solution experiences delivers the necessary digital continuity for product innovation and the consumer environment.”

For more information on Dassault Systèmes’ industry solution experiences for Consumer Goods & Retail, visit:

About Dassault Systèmes
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 190,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

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Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company celebrates its 10-year anniversary

  • Dr. Mohammed Naser Al Qahtani: Since its establishment, Al Meera’s achievements have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction, aligning with its strategic goals to put sustainable services at the top of its priorities
  • Supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030, Al Meera is steadily progressing toward achieving its overarching goal of becoming a leader in the retail sector

QATAR, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) celebrated its 10-year anniversary, capping a decade of achievements that have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction.

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) was established in 2005 under the law (24) for the year 2004, in a transfer of the COOP to a Qatari shareholding company. Within the first few months of its establishment, Al Meera has garnered the support and backing of Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar and His Highness, the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

In a recent press conference, the company celebrated the achievements that have marked its journey since its establishment and, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, offered customers a Cash Back of 10 percent of their purchase value – with each customer receiving a QAR 50 purchase voucher on every purchase transaction of QAR 500 – during the period running from November 25, 2015 through to December 4, 2015.

In its decade-long history, Al Meera has played an integral role in Qatar’s sustainable development projects, with unwavering commitment to social and cultural values in its position as a leading national company. Keeping pace with the future, Al Meera has made strides in the field through a strategic plan that has entailed branch expansion in line with Qatar’s urban boom and population growth, aligning with the Qatar National Vision 2030 for sustainable development across all Qatari territories.

Bringing life to family shopping, the company has adhered to world-class shopping standards at the service of consumer needs and satisfaction, as well as at the various communities, nationals and residents in the State of Qatar.

Strong start

On this occasion, Dr. Mohammed Naser Al Qahtani, DCEO at Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C), expressed his appreciated and gratitude for His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, for his wise leadership, support and directives to enforce the local economy and institutions at the service of sustainable development. He also thanked His Highness, father of the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, for laying down the foundations upon which the nation was built and continues to evolve.

In his press conference, Dr. Al Qahtani stressed on that since the company’s establishment, Al Meera’s achievements have poured into customer and shareholder satisfaction, aligning with its strategic goals to put sustainable services at the top of its priorities.

Dr. Al Qahtani also took the attendees over the Al Meera journey, which started with offering nationals and residents with consumer goods and products across categories, and which has evolved with the upgrading and development of 26 branches spread across the Qatari territory between the years 2005 and 2006, as well is with several identity and strategy revamps in the aftermath of the challenging 2008 financial crisis.

Notable achievements over the past 5 years

With regards to the acquisitions and agreements that have been accomplished by the company, Dr. Al Qahtani commented:

“Throughout its history, Al Meera has played an integral role in Qatar’s sustainable development, enjoying a slew of achievements that have been spearheaded by its executive management under the guidance of the Board of Directors. Many strides have been made toward achieving the company’s expansionary vision and strategy to keep pace with the various developments that Qatar is witnessing across its cities, municipalities and territories, always at the service of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

He added: “Al Meera’s strategic vision and mission began with the acquisition of the Qatar Markets Company (Giant Stores) and the Al Oumara Bakeries company. Moreover, Al Meera has signed a franchise agreement with WHSmith Travel Limited, a leading provider of magazines, books, stationary and office supplies, to operate WHSmith stores in Qatar.

Expansion and renovation

Speaking of the company’s strategic expansion and branch renovation vision, Dr. Al Qahtani said:

“Since Al Meera’s identity was revamped under the slogan “Your Favourite neighbourhood retailer”, the company has poured its energy and efforts into living up to its motto, beginning with the overhaul and modern redesigned of several flagship branches.”

He added:

“The company has also proceeded with the build and launch of a series of branches, the first of which was the Abu Nakhla branch, followed by two modern shopping centers to serve the residents and visitors of Nuaija and Legtaifia – in line with the company’s expansionary policy across the state’s various areas. Additionally, the company has leaded a branch from the Dasman Group, with a later launch slated for the Al Meera Hypermarket on the airport road.”

He continued saying:

“Al Meera’s expansion plans have continued at the service of all of the state’s territories, including the setup and launch of 9 new branches, as well as the lease of the Gulf Mall branch, bringing our network to a total of 47 branches – 42 of which are in the State of Qatar and, five of which are in the Sultanate of Oman.”

Dr. Al Qahtani stressed on that all of the Al Meera branches have been equipped with world-class technologies and solutions that reflect innovation and modernity, starting with advanced lighting systems and all the way to the latest storage processes and technologies and topnotch shelves. Moreover, the company has consistently developed its shopping experience and product display strategy at the service of a seamless consumer journey – including space planning around commercial and hospitality outlets, as well as parking lots.

New branches in the years to come

Dr. Al Qahtani also noted that the company’s expansion plans are stretching to the setup of 14 new stores spread across the country; a result of strategic research and strategy to keep pace with Qatar’s urban planning, which has extended to new areas and others that have recently witnessed a population boom. On this, Al Qahtani stressed on that Al Meera is working in close and continual coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of municipalities and urban planning to exchange recommendations and suggestions.

Year-on-year double-digit growth in profits

On a profitability level, Al Qahtani noted that Al Meera’s strategic decisions across all its operations have contributed to a net sales jump from QAR 507.9 million in 2006 to QAR 2.176 billion in 2014. Moreover, net shareholder return has raised nearly 10 times more from QAR 26.1 million in 2006 to QAR 226.6 million in 2014, with earnings per share jumping from QAR 2.61 in 2006 to QAR 11.33 in 2014.

Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani concluded: “Within 10 years of its establishment, Al Meera’s steadfast evolution and steps have reflected in a slew of achievements and accomplishments at the service of its customers and shareholders. We will continue to strive and pour all our efforts to mark even more accomplishments across our journey”

Dr. Al Qahtani extended his gratitude to all employees and workers who contributed to the company’s accomplishments, as well as to the Board of Directors for its strategic vision on renovation and development operations.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company

USDA FSIS: Boyle’s Famous Corned Beef Co recalls undetermined amount of beef products due to misbranding

WASHINGTON, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boyle’s Famous Corned Beef Co., a Kansas City, Mo. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains hydrolyzed wheat protein, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The Beef Top Round was produced between Nov. 24, 2013 and Nov. 24, 2015. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label]

  • Approximately 20-lb. cases containing “Boyle’s FAMOUS USDA CHOICE SEASONED-COOKED BEEF TOP ROUND.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M-469” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to distributors in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel while conducting allergen verification tasks. The inspector discovered that a seasoning pack containing hydrolyzed wheat protein was added into the product without listing wheat on the final product label.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers and Media with questions about the recall can contact Gregg Ouverson, General Manager, at (816) 221-6284.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113


USDA’s FSIS released final rule establishing inspection program for fish under the order Siluriformes

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Program Fulfills Requirement of the 2014 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish under the order Siluriformes, including catfish. The final rule, which applies to both domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes fish, was developed in order to implement provisions required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The rule will become effective in March 2016, 90 days after it publishes in the Federal Register.

“FSIS is committed to a smooth and gradual introduction to the new inspection program, which was mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill,” said Al Almanza, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “The agency will conduct extensive outreach to domestic industry and international partners so that they fully understand FSIS’ requirements prior to full implementation.”

The March 2016 effective date of the rule begins an 18-month transitional implementation period for both domestic and international producers. On the March 2016 effective date, all Siluriformes fish, including catfish, will be under the regulatory jurisdiction of FSIS and no longer regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before the effective date of the final rule, countries currently exporting product to the United States that wish to continue doing so must provide a list of establishments that currently export, as well as written documentation of their regulatory authority and compliance with existing FDA import requirements.

During the transitional period, FSIS will conduct inspection during all hours of operation at domestic establishments that slaughter and process Siluriformes fish, similar to inspection provided at meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities, while also providing the establishments with close guidance to ensure that they understand FSIS’ requirements. During this time, inspection program personnel will also be assigned to visit domestic Siluriformes fish processing establishments, at least once per quarter.

During the 18-month transitional period, FSIS will re-inspect and conduct species and residue sampling on imported Siluriformes fish shipments at least quarterly at U.S. import establishments on a random basis. Also, during the transitional period, countries wishing to continue exporting product to the United States after the transitional period must apply for an equivalency determination. Applications for equivalency must be complete by the end of the 18-month transitional period. FSIS will assist countries with their equivalency applications. Countries that submit completed documentation demonstrating equivalency by the 18-month deadline will be able to continue exporting to the United States while the agency conducts a full equivalency evaluation, which includes an on-site audit. If additional information is required, FSIS will request that the foreign country respond or resubmit complete equivalence documentation within 90 day of receiving FSIS’s request.

Following the18-month transitional period, inspection program personnel will continue to be assigned to conduct inspection during all hours of operation at domestic slaughter and processing establishments, and at least once per shift at processing-only establishments, which is similar to requirements for other food products that FSIS regulates. Also beginning at the end of the 18-month transitional period, FSIS will re-inspect and conduct species and residue tests on all incoming shipments.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation’s supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. Regulations applying to the Siluriformes fish industry are adapted under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, as required by law under the 2014 Farm Bill.

The final rule can be found online at:

Over the past six years, USDA has collaborated extensively with other federal partners to safeguard America’s food supply, prevent foodborne illnesses and improve consumers’ knowledge about the food they eat. USDA’s FSIS is working to strengthen federal food safety efforts and develop strategies that emphasize a three-dimensional approach to prevent foodborne illness: prioritizing prevention; strengthening surveillance and enforcement; and improving response and recovery.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can also be accessed 24 hours a day at


Target: Unprecedented results on and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Record setting online sales and strong in-store traffic mark start of Target’s holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported a successful start to its Black Friday weekend, with unprecedented results on and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day.

“Target got a head start going into Black Friday with the record-breaking launch of Adele’s new album and our ‘10 Days of Deals’ promotion. The momentum continued with our Black Friday presale, and on Thanksgiving, we saw millions of shoppers take advantage of great offers online and in our stores. Overall, the response from our guests has been very positive, with some of the best days we’ve seen on,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO Target, who greeted holiday shoppers at the Jersey City Target Store in New Jersey on Thanksgiving. “We expect to see the demand continue throughout the weekend and into December as we offer more savings on the year’s most popular gifts, including Star Wars and Apple products.”

“10 Days of Deals” and Black Friday Pre-Sale

Target’s “10 Days of Deals” began Sunday, Nov. 22, giving guests daily offers, including 10 percent off electronics and 20 percent off kitchenware. As part of the promotion, Target brought back the Black Friday pre-sale on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Sales were strong with the most popular items being Apple Watch and Apple iPads, Beats Solo 2 headphones, FitBit Charge HR and the Philips Sonicare 2 electric toothbrush.

Thanksgiving Day Access to Black Friday Sale

Guests were granted early access to nearly all of Target’s doorbusters on beginning Thanksgiving morning. Demand outpaced 2014’s record Thanksgiving performance, making it Target’s biggest day for online sales yet, driven largely by electronics.

Guests also continued to use the Order Pickup option at Before 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the number of orders placed for in-store pick up increased by 35 percent as compared to 2014.

Top selling Black Friday items:

  • Apple iPads were top sellers in stores and online. On average, Target sold an iPad every second throughout the day on Thanksgiving. Apple Watch was especially popular in stores.
  • Gaming consoles were popular in stores and online, including Nintendo Wii U, which was the top selling item on
  • TVs were one of most sought after items in stores— the 55” Westinghouse at $249.99 was Target’s top selling TV.
  • Movies were a big hit in stores with guests buying more than 3 million on Thanksgiving.
  • A three-foot stuffed teddy bear, priced at $10, was a surprise hit, with some stores selling out in minutes.
  • Top toys included LEGO, Barbie, Disney Princess and Star Wars. Target exclusives generated nearly one-third of Star Wars toy sales for the day.
  • Beats Solo 2 headphones were one of the top sellers on and in stores at $96.99 (reg. $199.99).

The Savings Continue—Spend $75, Get 20 Percent Off

Target’s “10 Days of Deals” continues through Tuesday, Dec. 1. Today, guests who spend $75 or more receive a 20 percent discount to use toward a future purchase on any day between Dec. 4 and Dec. 13. Additional offers include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28: $50 off holiday shop purchase of $100 more
  • Sunday, Nov. 29: Buy two, get one free action figures and fashion dolls
  • Monday, Nov. 30: 15 percent off
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1: 25 percent off all beauty

As always, guests can use their REDcard for an additional five percent off on top of other discounts. Online shoppers can continue to take advantage of free shipping on through Dec. 25. And the 21 million savvy deal seekers who use Cartwheel will continue to find thousands of offers throughout the holiday season.


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


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Target: Unprecedented results on and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Target: Unprecedented results on and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day

Morrisons supports global day of charity giving #GivingTuesday

Bradford, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colleagues at Morrisons stores across the country are preparing to ‘Dress Festive for Sue Ryder’ in support of #GivingTuesday, a global day of charity giving which is being supported by the supermarket chain.

A range of brand new products will also be going on sale in Morrisons stores this Christmas to support the health and social care charity, which is the retailer’s national charity partner, including virtual gifts, cuddly toys and festive scratchcards.

It all kicks off on 1st December, when colleagues will be dusting off their Santa hats and digging out their Christmas jumpers to mark #GivingTuesday, a global initiative organised by the Charities Aid Foundation following the busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Stores are also holding bag packs in support of Sue Ryder on the weekend of 12th and 13th December, when schools, groups and community organisations will be visiting their local stores to pack bags for customers and spread a little festive cheer.

David Scott, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs at Morrisons, said: “We’re looking forward to our Christmas fundraising activities and we hope customers and colleagues will enjoy the events we have in store.

“We’re very proud to support Sue Ryder through our ‘Raise a Smile’ partnership, which is giving more people the best possible end of life care and providing support for their families. In total the partnership has raised almost £4m since it launched in February 2014, which is a phenomenal achievement.”

Morrisons is also stocking several new products to raise money for Sue Ryder this Christmas, including a range of virtual gifts. Customers looking for a stocking filler with a difference can donate £5 towards Sue Ryder’s community nurses or family bereavement support – two key elements of the care funded by the partnership – and receive a fridge magnet to pass onto their loved one, or keep for themselves. The gifts, costing £5, will be on sale at every checkout and could raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Sue Ryder.

Stores are also selling ‘Raise a Smile’ toys costing £1 and a range of festive scratchcards, which are on sale at the kiosk and cost either £1 or £2. Morrisons is donating £50,000 to Sue Ryder from the sale of its charity Christmas cards; while the charity is also benefitting from an ongoing mince promotion, where 10p per pack of beef mince prepared and sold by butchers’ counters is being given to the Sue Ryder partnership.

Sue Ryder’s Director of Fundraising Holly Spiers said: “We’re delighted that there are so many new ways for Morrisons customers and colleagues to get involved in supporting Sue Ryder this year. We’re particularly excited about our range of virtual gifts, which could make an enormous difference to the care we are able to provide across the country.

“On behalf of Sue Ryder, I’d like to thank everyone at Morrisons for their support in 2015 – we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together next.”

Money raised through the Morrisons Raise a Smile partnership with Sue Ryder is funding new community healthcare services including community nursing teams and Hospice at Home services; family support teams and Sue Ryder’s Online Community and Support ( Our vision is to give people more choice and control over their care at the end of their lives and ensure their families receive the support they need.

For more information or to get involved, call our partnership hotline on 0800 949 6000 or email to find out more. Alternatively, show your support today by texting ‘SMILE’ to 70123 to donate £3. You’ll be helping people at the end of their lives, and supporting their families. For more information about Sue Ryder, visit

Contacts for journalists Please call 0845 611 5111 to reach the Morrisons press office, in and out of office hours.

SOURCE: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Monster sprouts to hit Morrisons stores

Sprouts bigger than golf balls to hit Morrisons stores as mild weather continues.

Bradford, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monster sprouts, bigger than the size of golf balls, will hit Morrisons stores this week.

The gigantic brassicas are the biggest for a decade. They have grown 20 per cent larger than a normal year.

The super-size sprouts will measure approximately 40mm wide and 45mm long. Each sprout is expected to weigh about 35g, compared to a ‘normal’ 15g.

For sprout lovers, it’s good news. For children, it’s bad news. The super-sprout will not be able to be consumed in just one mouthful. Research shows that the average child’s mouth size is only 45mm[i].

The sprouts have grown to an enormous size due to milder weather and good growing conditions throughout the British summer and autumn. Average UK temperatures have been as high as 15°C during November. This has caused the sprouts to reach maturity quicker, then grow even bigger.

The monster sprouts will have the same sweet and mild taste. They will be the same vivid green colour. Though large, the sprouts will also have tightly packed leaves and a lovely crunchy texture. However, they will take an extra 1-2 minutes to cook, due to their giant size.

John Clappison, one of Morrisons sprout growers, whose farm is in East Yorkshire said: “Our sprout plants have loved the warmer weather. The higher temperatures have made them shoot up and produce the biggest most succulent sprouts that we’ve seen 10 years!”

Graham Cottee, Sprout Buyer at Morrisons said: “Normally, the sprouts we sell are only 30mm in diameter and weigh 15g. We expect these bigger sprouts will be highly sought after by some sprout lovers!”

Over 1,000 tonnes of the super-size sprouts will be supplied to the retailer over the winter. The sprout season normally runs until the end of March. Morrisons sprouts take only 48 hours to get from field to store, meaning the supermarket offers some of the freshest on the market.

Did you know?

  • 1. Originally thought to come from Afghanistan and Iran, records show the Romans cultivated Brussels sprouts. Belgium then grew the vegetable widely from the 13th century, giving them their current name.
  • 2. Sprouts are members of the brassica family, which alsoincludes cabbage, broccoli and kale.
  • 3. There are more than 100 varieties of sprouts.
  • 4. 82,000 tons of Brussels sprouts are grown in the UK every year. The area covered by Brussels sprout fields in the UK is the equivalent of 3,240 football pitches.
  • 5. Sprouts are in season August to April. New varieties and modern growing techniques have extended the traditionally shorter sprout season.
  • 6. Overcooking sprouts makes them release bitter tasting compounds and sulphur-like smells which people find off-putting. Remember not to cook the sprouts for too long – approximately 7-8 minutes is perfect.
  • 7. Buying sprouts on their stalk keeps them fresher for longer. Stand the stalk in water to keep them really fresh, and just pick what you need.
  • 8. Bacon, chestnuts, lemon, almonds, nutmeg, cream, garlic all go well with sprouts.
  • 9. Sprouts are a rich source of Vitamin C and folic acid. One 80g serving of cooked sprouts provides you with 80% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C – four times the amount of vitamin C than an orange, and 44% of your RDA of folic acid.
  • 10. The heaviest ever sprout was grown in 1992 and weighed 8.3kg (18lb/3oz).

Morrisons sprouts:

  • * Morrisons will sell 1,100 tonnes of Brussels sprouts at its stores in the week leading up to Christmas.
  • * We source only British sprouts.
  • Our sprouts come mainly from growers in Scotland and Yorkshire.
  • * Morrisons sprouts are graded and measured until they have just the right amount of moisture and their leaves are perfectly tight for cooking.
  • * Morrisons picks them and brings them in store within 48 hours so they’re as crisp as can be.
  • * Morrisons sprout buyer says ‘you can tell is a sprout is fresh by conducing a ‘squeak test: simply cup a few sprouts together in your hand and rub them together – and if they squeak they are fresh!’

Contacts for journalists Please call 0845 611 5111 to reach the Morrisons press office, in and out of office hours.

Groupe Auchan makes a firm commitment to combat climate change; joins French Business Climate Pledge

Groupe Auchan, as well as 38 other major French companies, makes a firm commitment to combat climate change and emphasize its driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Croix Cedex, France, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change.

By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, these companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:

  • The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
  • The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
  • The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of their products,
  • The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
  • The reduction of food waste and packaging,
  • The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 45 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies.

Over the same period, they also intend to provide bank and bond financing of at least 80 billion euros for projects contributing to the fight against climate change.

In addition, they foresee low carbon investments of 15 billion euros in new nuclear capacities and investments of 30 billion euros in natural gas as energy transition solution, planned over the next five years.

The pledge of Groupe Auchan

Aware of its impact on the environment, since 2008 Groupe Auchan has worked systematically and actively to reduce its energy consumption in the 12 main countries where it has operations. At the end of 2013, it decided to make energy efficiency a corporate project. In 2014, the Group’s core businesses, hypermarkets, supermarkets and retail property management units as a whole set a global target: reduce by a further 20% the overall energy consumption of its sites – warehouses, hypermarkets, supermarkets, head offices and shopping centres – by 2017.

This decision strengthens its active commitment to make energy efficiency a new skill, central to its business lines ranging from shopping centre construction and operation to management of food retail outlets – major users of temperature control and refrigeration equipment.

In October 2015, the inauguration of the new “Saisons de Meaux” shopping centre in France illustrated how stringent the Group’s requirements have become: a BREEAM Very Good certified shopping centre, an Auchan hypermarket designed to use 35% less energy than a traditional outlet, ISO 50001 certification and a refrigeration system run on CO2 in order to radically cut associated greenhouse gas emissions.


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

SOURCE: Groupe Auchan

Best Buy launches enhanced Best Buy mobile app for iPad

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy is making it easier than ever for you to use your iPad to shop for the hottest tech products this Holiday season.

We’ve launched an enhanced Best Buy mobile app — the same great iOS app you already use on your iPhone — that is specifically designed for the larger screens of the tablet experience.

We’ve designed the app to help you:

  • View all of the latest Holiday deals, gift ideas and the Weekly Ad.
  • Browse and filter product categories to quickly narrow your search to the right products for you.
  • Chat with customer service via BlueAssist, an in-app, live-chat feature.
  • Create and manage your Wish Lists or Wedding Registries.
  • Check out using all of the great payment options offered on, including Apple Pay, Visa Checkout and American Express Pay With Points.

“We have a lot of customers who use their browsers and go out to on their iPads, and we think this experience will be easier and faster,” said Steve Swain, a director of mobile applications at Best Buy’s technology development center in Seattle. “This will help them be more effective with their Holiday shopping.”

You can download the enhanced iPad app in the Apple App Store.

SOURCE: Best Buy



Best Buy launches enhanced Best Buy mobile app for iPad

Best Buy launches enhanced Best Buy mobile app for iPad

The Co-op donates to the newly-opened Saughall Scout Hut community facility following a devastating fire in January

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The newly-opened Saughall Scout Hut received a “grand” donation from The Co-op as volunteers continue their work to refurbish the popular community facility following a devastating fire in January.

The £1,000 donation was presented to the Scout Hut Committee by Francis Asgill, Manager of the Co-op food store in Saughall, during an event at the Hut (Wednesday, 25 November) to say “thank you” to a number of the volunteers, trades people and local organisations who helped to make the restoration of the Hut possible.

The Scout Hut – which was devastated by fire on 30 January – is home to a number of community groups and re-opened during October half-term however, the fundraising continues while work to restore, replace or improve the Hut’s facilities is ongoing.

Tony Summers, Chair of The Scout Hut, said:

“The generosity and kindness of the community and local organisations has been over-whelming, from fundraising events, to donations of time and trades, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone who has helped.”

Francis Asgill, Manager of the Co-op food store in Saughall – which itself recently re-launched following a major makeover, said:

“As a community retailer we were keen to play our part and help to restore this popular facility which means so much locally and, makes a big difference, to local life. We would like to thank all of our customers who contributed.”

For more information about supporting or using the Hut, call Tony Summers on 07707 622062.
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

BESTSELLER reports EUR 2.93 billion turnover and result before tax of EUR 134 million


Brande, Denmark, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER’s* annual report shows a turnover of EUR 2.93 billion and a result before tax of EUR 134 million.

“An 8% increase in turnover and a EUR 134 million result signify that we are in no way living up to our expectations. It is unsatisfactory and not at the level, where our company needs to be,” says Anders Holch Povlsen.

According to Anders Holch Povlsen there could be many explanations for the disappointing results, however, the answer is quite clear:

“We haven’t been good enough at managing our buying activities, and our retail operations have not been profitable in several markets. Our cost levels are too high when it comes to personnel costs and other operating costs. The fact that we have only performed a partial hedging of the US dollar has also had a negative effect on this year’s result,” states Anders Holch Povlsen.

Market performance
There are no overall tendencies for the development on BESTSELLER’s various markets:

“We suffer a loss on our retail operations in the Middle East, the UK and Canada, and the development on the Scandinavian markets has also been unsatisfactory. However, we do see positive tendencies in Southern and Central Europe,” Anders Holch Povlsen elaborates.

Future initiatives
“This year’s unsatisfactory results come as no surprise to us, and we have already initiated a more strict management of our operations and costs. We have done this through an internal initiative called ‘Fit for Fight’ launched in February 2015. ‘Fit for Fight’ must streamline our operations as well as our organisation and not least simplify our processes. This is necessary in order to turn the tide and present satisfactory results once again.”

“For the financial year 2015/16, we expect a result before tax of EUR 268 million through a continued progress and a concentrated effort from every single one of us in BESTSELLER,” Anders Holch Povlsen finishes.

Net turnover EUR 2.93 billion
Result before tax EUR 134 million
Total equity EUR 1.4 billion

Markets: Most of Europe, the Middle East, North America, India and globally via e-commerce.

*All figures are consolidated figures for BESTSELLER A/S and VILA A/S.

BESTSELLER’s sustainability report 2014/15 is available at

For more information, please contact CSR and Communication Director Mogens Werge at +45 27 95 87 13 or


A.S. Watson Group celebrates remarkable milestone as it reaches 100 millionth loyalty member

ESSEX, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 23 November, A.S. Watson Group (ASW) reached a significant milestone in its global retail business, with the worldwide 100 million loyalty members recruited in its health and beauty brand Superdrug in the UK.

Superdrug’s Lakeside store hosted celebrations to mark such remarkable milestone in ASW’s history. Group Managing Director Dominic Lai travelled to the U.K. to join the celebrations and congratulate the 100 millionth customer in person

SOURCE: A.S. Watson Group


Dominic Lai, Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group(4th from left), Malina Ngai, Chief Operations Officer of A.S. Watson Group(5th from left), Peter Macnab, Superdrug Managing Director (4th from right) and management team jointly host ASW 100 Millionth loyalty club member celebration at Superdrug’s Lakeside store

Dominic Lai, Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group(4th from left), Malina Ngai, Chief Operations Officer of A.S. Watson Group(5th from left), Peter Macnab, Superdrug Managing Director (4th from right) and management team jointly host ASW 100 Millionth loyalty club member celebration at Superdrug’s Lakeside store

Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) reaches early settlement on the facility agreement with Arab National Bank (ANB)

Retailing and Operation Division

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With reference to the bank facility agreement (Shariah-Compliant) signed on Oct. 26, 2010, by and between the Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) and Arab National Bank (ANB), at a value of SR 130,000,000 with the purpose of financing the company expansion plan as well as acquiring new fuel stations, which has been previously announced on Tadawul website on Oct. 27, 2010.

SASCO is pleased to announce that they have finalized all procedures related to early settlement on Nov. 24, 2015 by paying SR 20,025,000 which was scheduled to be settled by Feb. 28, 2017 according to Instalments timetable. The settlement has been financed from the company resources.

The reason lies behind this early settlement is the company desire to restrain the existing facilities to cope up with the company expansion plan in addition to relief the financial burdens as well as reducing the banking charges.

The financial impact will take place in the 4th quarter of 2015


Indonesia: PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) announces Interim Dividend for FY2015 of Rp 37.6 billion

Tangerang, Indonesia, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) announces that it will distribute an interim dividend for 2015 fiscal year in the amount of Rp 37.6 billion, or Rp 7/per share to be paid in December 2015.

Benjamin Mailool, the President Director of MPPA said, “We are pleased to announce the interim dividend to our valued shareholders. This demonstrates the Company’s on-going commitment to maximize shareholder value, despite within current challenging market situation, and at the same time ensure the continuing growth of the Company’s retail business in line with its long-term strategic direction.”

The interim dividend is payable in Rupiah according to the following timetable:

  • Cum-dividend for trading in Regular Market and Negotiation: December 1, 2015
  • Ex-dividend for trading on the Regular Market and Negotiation: December 2, 2015
  • Cum-dividend for trading in Cash Market: December 4, 2015
  • Ex-dividend for trading in Cash Market: December 7, 2015
  • Recording date are entitled to a cash dividend: December 4, 2015
  • Cash dividend payment: December 23, 2015

Procedure for Interim Dividend Distribution:

1. Interim Dividend for Fiscal Year 2015 will be distributed to the shareholders whose names are registered in the Register of Shareholders (Recording Date) on December 4, 2015 until 16:00 pm and / or shareholders of the Company in the Sub Account in PT Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) at the close of trading on December 4, 2015.

2. For shareholders whose shares are registered in the collective custodian at the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (“KSEI”), the payment of cash dividends will be implemented through KSEI and will be distributed into securities company account and /or custodian bank on December 23, 2015. Proof of payment cash interim dividend will be delivered by KSEI to shareholders through Securities Company or Custodian Bank where the shareholders open their accounts.

3. For shareholders whose shares are not in collective custody, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) shall be submitted to the Registrar (“Registrar”) PT Sharestar Indonesia which addresses at BeritaSatu building (d / h. Citra Graha Building) 7th Floor, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 35-36, Jakarta 12950, no later than the date of December 4, 2015 at 16.00 pm.

4. Cash dividends will be taxed in accordance with the applicable tax regulations. The amount of tax charged will be an amenability by the shareholders and deducted from the amount of cash 2015 interim dividend which become the shareholders’ rights.

5. For shareholders who are Domestic Taxpayers in the form of legal entities that have not submitted a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) shall submit the TIN to KSEI or the Securities Administration Bureau (BA) PT Sharestar Indonesia domiciled at: BeritaSatu Building Plaza ( d / h . Citra Graha Building) Fl. 7, Jl .Jend .Gatot Subroto Kav. 35-36, Jakarta 12950, at the latest on December 4, 2015 at 16.00 pm. In the absence of TIN, the Interim Dividends paid to domestic taxpayers will be subject to Income Tax with a rate of 30%.

6. For foreign shareholders who are Foreign Taxpayers who use the tax deduction tariff based on Double Taxation Treaty (P3B) with Indonesia, shall submit the original Certificate of Domicile from their country of origin or a copy of the letter legalized by The Tax Office Sign Exchange Company to KSEI or the Registrar PT Sharestar Indonesia (“BAE”) domiciled at BeritaSatu building (d / h. Citra Graha Building) 7th Floor, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 35-36, Jakarta 12950 at the latest on December 9, 2015, 2015, in the absence of the letter mentioned above, cash dividends paid to foreign shareholders will be subject to Income Tax Article 26 with a rate of 20%.

7. For shareholders whose shares are registered in the collective KSEI, the evidence dividend withholding tax can be retrieved in the securities company and / or custodian bank where the shareholders open securities account and shareholders of script can retrieved it at BAE starting on December 23, 2015.

For further information, please contact:
Phoa Marchea Trenggono,
Investor Relations & Communications Officer

Danny Kojongian,
Director of Public Relations & Communications

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)
PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2014 Sales amounted to Rp 13,59 Trillion (audited), a growth of 14.1% from 2013. Net Income 2014 amounted to Rp 554,0 Billion, which grew 24.5% from Rp 444,9 Billion in 2013. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2014 Customer Satisfaction by Roy Morgan, 2014 Excellence Experience by Bisnis Indonesia & Carre CCSL, 2014 Top 500 Bronze Award by Retail Asia, 2014 Charta Peduli Indonesia by Dompet Dhuafa, 2014 Superbrand Indonesia by Superbrand, 2014 Best Senior Management IR Support & Most Improved Investor Relations by Alpha Southeast Asia, 2014 Most Admired Companies by Fortune Indonesia, and 2014 Most Admired Company by Warta Ekonomi.

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings opens its new regional landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, opens its new regional landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu, on November 27, 2015. It is SM Prime’s 56th mall in the country, and the third mall within Cebu – along with SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion. The new destination mall provides an additional 430,000 square meters (sqm) in gross floor area (GFA), expanding SM Prime’s total retail space to 7.3 million sqm in the Philippines.

SM Seaside City Cebu, located within the SM Seaside Complex at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City, is the first of its kind in urban development in the SRP. It also promises to revolutionize the malling experience not only in Cebu, but in the whole Southern portion of the Philippines.

“We are inspired by the success of our Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, the first lifestyle city project or mixed-use development that offers retail, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers. We are replicating this concept of “lifestyle cities” in Cebu as we open the SM Seaside City mall. We see Metro Cebu as one of our important growth corridors in Visayas and Mindanao following our growth track in Metro Manila,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

The local communities are in for a treat as a new experience in urban living is in store with fresh lifestyle options in food, fashion, entertainment, and more. The new destination mall will open with 80% of space lease-awarded which serves as the new home to flagship stores of well-known local and international brands. It will also be the venue of unique and world-class events and entertainment. The shopping mall will have anchor tenants such as The SM STORE, SM Supermarket, Forever21, UNIQLO, Our Home, Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Watson’s, The Body Shop, Kultura, BDO Unibank, and Chinabank.

SM Seaside City Cebu is the newest architectural jewel of SM Prime with its nautilus inspired design of concentric arcs from a central multi-purpose space featuring a “Seaside Tower“, a 147-meter iconic viewing tower which offers a sensational panoramic view of the entire city. A Sky Park provides a unique setting for diverse dining outlets situated in an elevated garden with soothing water features. The mall will have a skating rink, eight cinemas houses and 5,000 parking slots.

SM Seaside City Cebu is the first of many developments in the 30-hectare SM Seaside Complex. As the anchor development, it is slated to transform the city’s landscape as SM Prime builds residences, offices, an arena, a five-star hotel, and convention centers. The Complex features “The Cube”, a steel sculpture that symbolizes strength and stability of Cebuanos and its consistency reflects SM’s continued commitment to excellence.

SM Seaside City Cebu is the sixth SM Supermall to be opened this year, after SM Center Sangandaan, Cherry SM Shaw, and SM City Cabanatuan that recently opened last October 23, October 13 and October 9 respectively. To date, SM Prime has 56 malls in the Philippines and six in China with an estimated combined GFA of 8.3 million sqm.

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


For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation


Philippines: SM Prime Holdings opens its new regional landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings opens its new regional landmark, SM Seaside City Cebu

The Co-op re-launched its food Ordsall store with St Giles School pupils as guests of honour

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pupils from St Giles School are guests of honour at the re-launch of The Co-op food store Ordsall (near Retford) this week (Friday, 20 November) following a £630,000 investment to extend and makeover the store. Children from the school – which welcomes a diverse range of pupils with special educational needs from the ages of 3-19 – will cut the ribbon and declare the new-look store open for the community. The major makeover has seen the store increase in size by around a third, with its opening hours changing to 6am-11pm and, the creation of twelve new retail roles in store. Vacancies still remain, and the part-time, flexible nature of a number of the positions are considered ideal for those studying full-time, working around family needs or, who are semi-retired – anyone interested in finding out more should pop in to the Co-op store and speak to Manager, Sharleen Turner.

The store will feature an enhanced in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials. Its new refrigeration will enhance its chilled and frozen ranges including, dairy, meat, ready meals and desserts and, it will also include a Costa coffee express dispenser.

The store will also launch its Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Melanie Thompson, 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-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Sharleen Turner, Manager of the Co-op’s new-look food store in Ordsall, said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Ordsall, and delighted to have a fantastic new-look food store 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, enhancing the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the store 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, it will play its part in local life too.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch. 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”.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited


Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.

Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.

The Co-op opens new food store in Manchester

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has opened its latest food store in Manchester today (Thursday, 19 November) following a £560,000 investment in Birley Fields, Hulme. The food store launch forms part of a more than £7.5M investment programme this year by The Co-op to transform and grow its convenience business in Greater Manchester, and follows the re-launch of its store in West Didsbury last week which was opened by Corrie’s Tina O’Brien following a near £300,000 makeover.

The investment in the new store – located by the student halls of residence on the MMU’s Birley Fields campus – has created 22 new jobs with vacancies remaining for in store retail roles.  The new store will open between 8am – 10pm, seven days a week, it has an in-store bakery, a focus on fresh, healthy foods and essentials and includes a Costa coffee express dispenser. Guests of honour at the store’s launch were children from nearby St Philip’s primary school who cut the ribbon and declared the new Co-op open for the community.

The store also launched its Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team also works 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-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Rebecca Howard, Manager of the new Hulme, Birley Fields, Co-op food store, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Hulme to open our latest food store – the store looks fantastic and, it really is an exciting time for the whole team. The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business, enhancing the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the new store 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, it will play its part in local life too.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. 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”.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited


Re-opening of the Co-Op store on Birley Fields Campus. Hulme, Manchester. 19th November 2015.

Re-opening of the Co-Op store on
Birley Fields Campus.
Hulme, Manchester.
19th November 2015.

Harris Teeter opens its Caldwell Crossing store

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Matthees, N.C., 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Caldwell Crossing location on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

The store opening also includes a Harris Teeter Fuel Center. This is the first Harris Teeter Fuel Center in North Carolina; the company currently operates two other Fuel Centers in South Carolina.

Fast Facts

Store Address Caldwell Crossing
12190 University City Blvd.
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 24 hours, 7 days a week
Store Square Footage 53,000
Check-Out Lanes Eight checkouts and four express checkouts
Fuel Center Hours staffed daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; fuel available for purchase by debit/credit card 24 hours
Fuel Dispensers Seven

Store Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Expanded Fresh Cut Flower Section • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Fruit Bar  •  Gift Basket Program • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • Salad Bar • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods To Go  • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Hot Asian Bar • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Italian Meat Selection • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Home Meal Replacements • Organic and Natural Foods  • Wine and Beer • International and Specialty Foods •  Bulk Candy  •  Gift Basket Program • Pharmacy  •  Free Blood Pressure Testing  • Private, Professional Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Starbucks •Sit-down eating area • ATM

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.