India: POS to Scale up Retail Sector Growth in 2016

Chennai, India, 2015-12-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fast evolving consumer preferences associated with advancement in technology has made the Indian retail sector one of the most vibrant among the Asian peers with the market indicators forecasting the sector to cross US $ 1 trillion by 2020 from the present $600 billion riding on 13 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).

While government policies and macro economic conditions act as catalysts, technology plays a pivotal role in revamping the sector towards fast-track development. Thanks to advancement in Point of Sales (POS) technology, sales counters across India are witnessing complete makeover with traditional retail giving way to organized business environment clocking exponential growth. Automating operations by brick-and-mortar businesses with cashless transactions for enhanced customer experience is gaining ground across Indian cities.

Point of Sale hardware products such as barcode scanners, thermal receipt printers, electronic cash registers, barcode printers, Touch POS monitors, mobile/tablet POS and Cloud POS are in great demand with manufacturers expecting good sales in 2016 due to improved market conditions, feel experts.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of, an e-commerce portal offering POS technology products to retail and non-retail businesses in India, says: “Indian retail sector has finally taken wings riding on POS technology to make new strides in the coming years. POS is one of the major growth ingredients for retail sector. With government opening up FDI in retail sector and Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill becoming a reality in 2016, the POS market is expected to witness unprecedented growth by 2020 clocking two million POS installations from the current one million mark.”

However, on global perspective as per a 2014 estimate, of the 250 billion cashless transactions, India accounts for only 0.2 per cent through 1.2 million POS installations. With Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxing rules to allow cash withdrawals through POS machines across India, the demand for POS machines are going to go up further in the coming year, opines Bhaskar.

According to RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi, “If India needs to reach the average levels of BRIC nations, we need to have another 20 million POS terminals from the present 1.2 million machines connecting rural and urban areas. With India having more than one billion mobile connections, the retail payments in the next five years would be increasingly driven through mobile payments, the top RBI official lamented.

Recently, several state governments including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh have started introducing POS machines at their fair price shops to reduce pilferage of food items meant for public distribution. These hand-held POS devices with biometric fingerprint scanner will soon find place in thousands of ration shops across the country.

Expressing optimistic about POS market in India, D Bhaskaramoorthy, Vice-President – Sales, Posiflex Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd, one of the leading POS hardware brands in India, says, “With FDI opening up for Retail sector and GST implementation looking brighter in 2016, we can foresee a potential growth for retail segment vis-à-vis POS and peripherals in India as more and more stores are expected to automate their business to enhance sales and back-end operations.”

Implementation of GST will enable easier movement of goods across the nation, thereby benefiting retail operations pan-India, he says.

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Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion

  • Guests can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 and Two-Scoop Sundaes for $3.31
  • on Thursday, December 31 at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide

CANTON, Mass., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is ringing in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion. On Thursday, December 31, ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 and Two-Scoop Sundaes for $3.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.* To help celebrate the brand’s 70th birthday and its “31 flavors” heritage, Baskin-Robbins has offered sweet frozen treat deals on each 31st of the month throughout the year.

Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including classics like Pralines ‘n Cream, Very Berry Strawberry, Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip and World Class® Chocolate. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is featuring a range of seasonal ice cream flavors available at participating shops this holiday season, which include Egg Nog and Peppermint.

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of customizable ice cream cakes, including the new Polar Bear Dome Cake and Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake are the perfect way to celebrate the New Year.  The Polar Bear Cake has a white icing coat and OREO® cookies for ears, chocolate eyes and nose and is accessorized with a winter scarf. Baskin-Robbins’ snow-covered Fudge Yule Log Roll Cake is topped with white frosting and edible glitter. Both ice cream cakes can be customized with a guest’s favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, and can be ordered in-store or online at, and are available for pick-up just 24 hours after ordering.

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* Offer valid on December 31st. Participation may vary. Sundae offer does not include Banana Royale, Banana Split, Brownie Sundae or Layered Sundaes. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500(r) ranking in 2014, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit


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Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion
Ice cream lovers can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 as Baskin-Robbins rings in 2016 with its “Celebrate 31” promotion

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Fudge Croissant Donut and brings back Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich to its menu as a sweet start to 2016

Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich returns as delicious breakfast option for less than 400 calories, available any time of day

CANTON, MA, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is readying for the New Year, today introducing a new item and a returning favorite to its menu as 2015 winds down. For a sweet start to ’16, Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled the new Fudge Croissant Donut. This outrageously delicious donut is sure to be a favorite with chocolate lovers, combining the brand’s famous glazed croissant donut with a decadent fudge filling, topped with chocolate and white icing drizzle. The Fudge Croissant Donut is available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning today.

For a unique breakfast sandwich option available any time of day, Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing back the Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. A delicious on-the-go choice for less than 400 calories, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich features a juicy split chicken sausage seasoned with spices and real apple, egg, reduced fat cheddar cheese served on an oven-toasted English muffin. The Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is available beginning today at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso lineup features a sweet variety to give guests a boost all day, every day in 2016. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Macchiato is a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage made with steamed milk swirled with sweet caramel flavor, then topped with a double shot of Dunkin’ Donuts’ rich, freshly-brewed espresso. All Dunkin’ Donuts espresso beverages are made with espresso beans that are 100% Fair Trade Certified™ and selected from the finest, high-quality Arabica beans.

According to Jeff Miller, Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands, “Our guests love that we are constantly offering new menu items and bringing back fan favorites as well, and we are committed to doing that throughout 2016. We think our guests will be especially excited by all we have in store for the start of the New Year. Our Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich was a popular choice for a unique new variety of our classic breakfast sandwich, and at less than 400 calories. The Caramel Macchiato combines our newest espresso beverage with the creamy, buttery taste of caramel for a new way for people to revive themselves any time during their busy day. And the Fudge Croissant Donut is an absolutely outrageously delicious way for guests to reward themselves with a well-deserved treat.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu includes the perfect beverages to kick-off the New Year and gives guests the fresh start they are looking for. Dunkin’ Donuts offers two varieties of freshly prepared Fruit Smoothies, Strawberry Banana and Tropical Mango. At 260 calories or less for a 16 oz. serving, both smoothies are made with real fruit and creamy low-fat yogurt.

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Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Fudge Croissant Donut and brings back Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich to its menu as a sweet start to 2016

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

GLENDALE, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to set new box office records—yesterday it became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark, doing so in just 12 days of global release. It’s the latest of many industry records set by the film, which has posted $540.1 million domestically in 10 days and $550.3 million internationally in 12 days (excluding the film’s final international market, China, where it will open January 9) for a worldwide total of $1,090.4 million.

This past weekend the film earned $149.2 million domestically to set the record for the biggest second weekend of all time, driving The Walt Disney Studios’ 2015 domestic box office over $2.1 billion dollars, the highest in its history and the first time the studio has reached the $2 billion threshold domestically. Through 10 days of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the No. 2 movie of 2015 to date and the No. 5 movie of all time at the domestic box office. In addition, the film posted the biggest domestic and biggest December debut of all time ($247.9 million); biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million); biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million); biggest Sunday ($60.5 million), Monday ($40.1 million), Tuesday ($37.3 million), and Christmas Day ($49.3 million); highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982); biggest IMAX debut ($30 million); and is the fastest film to reach $100M (1 day), $200M (2 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), and $500M (10 days).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to delight audiences around the globe where it has set several records including biggest worldwide debut ($529 million); biggest IMAX global debut ($48 million) and fastest film to cross $100M globally in IMAX; and biggest opening weekend in U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand.

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The Walt Disney Company: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

The Walt Disney Company: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the fastest film to cross the billion-dollar mark

Amazon Prime celebrates milestone growth to its membership program

  • Prime experiences record-breaking holiday season – more than three million new members worldwide joined Prime during the third week of December alone
  • Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video this holiday by 4.5x and doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014
  • Biggest holiday ever for Amazon devices – up 2x over last year’s record-setting holiday
  • Over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday season
  • Prime Now has busiest day ever on Christmas Eve – last order delivered at 11:59 p.m. to a customer in San Antonio, Texas

SEATTLE, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —(NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon’s 21st holiday was a record-breaker for Amazon Prime, Amazon Original Series and Amazon devices. More than three million members worldwide joined Prime during the third week of December, bringing milestone growth to the membership program which offers unlimited Free Two-Day shipping, Free Same-Day Delivery, superfast free two-hour delivery via Prime Now in more than 20 metro areas, and unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series at no additional cost. Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video this holiday by 4.5x and doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014. This holiday was also the best ever for Amazon devices, doubling last year’s record-setting shopping season with millions of devices sold. Among Amazondevices, the all-new Fire tablet was the #1 best-selling, most gifted and most wished-for product across the millions of items available since its introduction 15 weeks ago.

“This was another great holiday season to be a Prime member, and we welcomed three million new members in the third week of December alone,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of “Over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday, and members doubled their viewing hours of Prime Video compared to last year with the Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castleleading the way as the most watched TV season ever on Prime Video. On behalf of Amazon employees around the world, we wish everyone happy holidays and the very best for the coming year.”

Holiday Fun Facts

Amazon Prime:

  • Record number of units shipped worldwide with Amazon Prime.
  • More than three million customers joined Prime in the third week of December.
  • Amazon Prime membership continues to grow, and there are tens of millions of members worldwide.
  • Record number of movies watched on Prime Video in 2015.
  • Prime members made The Man in the High Castle the most watched TV season on Prime Video by 4.5x.
  • This holiday, Prime members doubled their viewing hours of Prime Video titles, compared to 2014.
  • Prime members shopped more than 30,000 Lightning Deals on with Prime Early Access.
  • Christmas Eve was the biggest day ever for Prime Now deliveries.
  • Amazon devices including the all-new Fire tablet, Amazon Echo and Fire TV Stick made up three of the top five items ordered onChristmas Eve through Prime Now.
  • Some of the most popular Prime Now best sellers during the holidays were Simply Orange Juice, Bounty Paper Towels and Haribo Gold-Bears.
  • A record number of songs were streamed with Prime Music this holiday season—worldwide Prime Music plays set an all-time record increasing more than 350 percent compared to 2014.
  • Prime members shopping via mobile more than doubled this holiday in the US.
  • Members worldwide uploaded more than a billion photos for free with Prime Photos this holiday.
  • Kindle Paperwhite, Cards Against Humanity and Fitbit Charge were the most popular items ordered with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery this holiday.


  • Amazon shipped to 185 countries this holiday.
  • The last Prime Now order delivered in-time for Christmas was delivered at 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve to a customer in San Antonio, Texas. The order included Blue Buffalo Dog Treats, an Gift Card, the all-new Fire tablet, Fruitables Dog Treats, LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel Building Kit, Moleskine Classic Notebook and Stove Top Stuffing Mix.
  • The last Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery order from that was delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at 9:58 a.m. on December 24, 2015. The order included Bluetooth Headphones, and was delivered in Phoenix by 2:59 p.m. – the same day.

Amazon Devices & Digital Media:

  • Biggest holiday ever for Amazon devices – up 2x over last year’s record-setting holiday.
  • Amazon devices were top-selling products across all of the items available on this holiday season – #1 was Fire, #3 was Fire TV Stick.
  • The all-new Fire tablet and Amazon Echo topped this year’s most wished-for and gifted items for customers.
  • The most popular movie watched on Prime Video this holiday season was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
  • The most popular movie watched on Prime Video on Christmas was Interstellar.
  • Amazon Originals have been nominated for nearly 40 awards in 2015 including five Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and eight Critics’ Choice nominations—series nominated include Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, The Man in the High Castle, and more.
  • Amazon Studios released its first Original Movie Chi-Raq on December 4 to rave reviews. The film, from director Spike Lee, has gone on to be included in several end of the year “Best Film Lists” from LA Weekly, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slant, New York magazine and Vulture.
  • Amazon Prime members can instantly watch and enjoy the latest Amazon Original Series including The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God, and the second season of Transparent as well as the second seasons of Amazon Original Kids Series Tumble Leaf and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street on hundreds of devices.
  • The most common request of Alexa over the holiday season was “play music”—the top three holiday songs requested of Alexa on Amazon Echo this holiday season were “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland.”
  • Alexa helped set over four million timers this holiday season—ensuring holiday cookies were never burnt.
  • Customers enjoyed hearing Christmas jokes and holiday trivia from Alexa this season, and on Christmas Eve, the “Santa’s Helper” skill helped customers track Santa as he made his way around the world.
  • The top holiday related utterance requested via Alexa on Fire TV was “How many days until Christmas?” this holiday season.
  • The top holiday song requested via Alexa on Fire TV was “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” followed by “Jingle Bell Rock.”
  • Chinese restaurants were the most requested type of food on Christmas day via local search from Yelp on Amazon Echo.
  • The top streamed holiday movie available on Amazon Video on Fire TV was Christmas Classics Volume 1 (a collection of 8 Christmas classics such as Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman).
  • Popular FreeTime Unlimited holiday titles enjoyed by kids in 2015 were Dora Saves the Snow Princess (Dora the Explorer), Olaf’s Adventures – FreeTime Unlimited Edition and Timmy’s Christmas Surprise.
  • The hours that kids spent reading in Amazon FreeTime this holiday season was enough time to travel beyond our solar system on a space shuttle.
  • The books read by kids in Amazon FreeTime this holiday season would reach Mt. Everest’s peak more than 10 times if put in a straight line in their physical form.
  • Adele—25 was the biggest pre-sale digital album ever on Amazon Music.
  • Michael Bublé—Christmas was the most played holiday album on Prime Music this season.
  • The most popular holiday song streamed on Prime Music during the holidays was Perry Como—“(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays(1959 Version).
  • The most played holiday Prime Playlist was 50 Great Songs for Holiday Entertaining.
  • The most played holiday Prime Station was Holiday Classics.
  • Plays of holiday music on Prime Playlists and Stations increased by more than 300 percent compared to 2014.
  • This holiday season there have been millions of streams of Christmas in Tahoe—the first-ever holiday album from Train, available exclusively for streaming on Prime Music.
  • Amazon released its second annual collection of original holiday music with Indie for the Holidays, a playlist that features artists and bands including, YACHT, Rogue Wave, Langhorne Slim, Tuxedo, Ivan & Alyosha, The LeeVees & Matisyahu, A Silent Film and more, singing newly-written or recorded holiday songs exclusively streaming on Prime Music.
  • The most popular holiday song streamed on Prime Music on Christmas was “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole.
  • Worldwide on December 24, AutoRip added more than one million digital copies of The Beatles albums into customers’ Music Libraries for free, providing digital AutoRip copies of physical albums purchased from Amazon since 1998.
  • Amazon Underground customers spent enough time playing apps and games throughout the holiday season to watch the entirety of Christmas classic movies, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation more than a million times.
  • The top book purchased on Kindle in 2015 was The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins.
  • The most gifted Kindle book during the holiday season was Rath’s Deception by Piers Platt.
  • The top book borrowed on Kindle through Kindle Unlimited in 2015 was No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S. Scott.
  • The most popular Kindle book purchased on Christmas day was The Snow Child: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists)by Eowyn Ivey.

Customer Purchases:

  • Nearly 70 percent of customers shopped using a mobile device this holiday.
  • On Cyber Monday, Amazon customers worldwide ordered more than 33 electronics per second from a mobile device.
  • customers shopping on the mobile app more than doubled this holiday.
  • The total number of hours customers spent reading The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir in 2015 on Kindle is equivalent to more than 1,000 trips to Mars on the Curiosity rover.
  • Handmade at Amazon sold enough rings this holiday season to give 13 to every contestant who has been on ABC’s The Bachelor.
  • The heaviest item purchased on Amazon Business this holiday season, a BendPak Super-Duty automotive lift, weighs as much as the average beluga whale.
  • customers purchased enough Rope King Twine this holiday season to tie a string from Seattle to Los Angeles.
  • customers purchased enough Rubbermaid 42-Piece Storage Containers this holiday season to pack leftovers for the entire Los Angeles County area.
  • customers purchased enough GREENIES pet treats this holiday season to give each of Santa’s reindeer 20 per second on Christmas Day.
  • customers purchased enough Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toys this holiday season to give 92 to each of the participants from all 21 seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
  • customers purchased enough flashlights this holiday season to satisfactorily light eight collegiate football fields in accordance with NCAA standards.
  • customers purchased enough Command Hooks this holiday season to hang a stocking for every person in Orlando, Florida.
  • customers purchased enough LEGOs this holiday season to build life-sized replicas of every person attending a sold-out Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.
  • customers purchased enough Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kits this holiday season to wrap around the Daytona International Speedway more than 10 times.
  • customers purchased enough Jenga sets this holiday season to reach the top of the Empire State Building more than 70 times.
  • sold enough HotHands Hand Warmers this holiday season for more than eight million hours of hand warming.
  • If every Just Dance 2016 video game purchased by customers this holiday season was played to completion by one person, he or she would be dancing until 2081.
  • Customers across 10 countries took advantage of Amazon’s first global Black Friday Deal of the Day, and purchased enough Sennheiser headphones to give a pair to every person at a sold-out Rolling Stones concert in 2015.
  • This holiday season, customers purchased more than enough 50-inch TVs to span the average width of the Grand Canyon.
  • customers purchased enough storage drives this holiday season to download and watch the first two seasons ofTransparent more than eight million times.
  • customers purchased enough Jurassic World DVDs this holiday season to equal the height of more than 2,700 Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • On Cyber Monday alone, customers purchased one Adele CD every three seconds.
  • customers purchased enough women’s boots this holiday season that, if stacked on top of each other, they would be high enough to reach the orbit of the International Space Station.
  • customers purchased enough running shoes this holiday season to give every participant of the New York, Chicago, and Boston marathon three pairs of shoes – one for each race.
  • customers purchased a watch every three seconds this holiday season.
  • Laid out end-to-end, the number of jeans customers purchased this holiday season would cover the driving distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Customers shopping at have generated tens of millions of dollars for their favorite charities since the program was launched.
  • So far, over 100,000 organizations have received donations from AmazonSmile. One of those charities, Pencils of Promise, used AmazonSmile donations to build a school in Ghana for preschool and primary aged students.

Holiday Best Sellers ( only):

  • Amazon Business: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD; Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 with Keyboard and Mouse; Sharpie Permanent Markers – Fine Point, Black, 12 Pack
  • Amazon Video: Inside Out; Trainwreck; Jurassic World
  • Amazon Launchpad: Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit; Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid; Pivotal Living Band
  • Automotive: Hopkins 532 Mallory 26″ Snow Brush with Foam Grip; Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge; Stanley J5C09 1000 Peak Amp Jump Starter with Built-in Compressor
  • Baby: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy; Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys; Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toy
  • Books: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids; Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns; Humans of New York: Stories
  • Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies: Georgia-Pacific Signature 2-Ply Premium Multifold Paper Towel; Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine – 300 Feet; Dixon Valve TTB75 PTFE Industrial Sealant Tape
  • Camera: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film Twin Pack – White; GoPro HERO4 SILVER; AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount forGoPro
  • Furniture: Frenchi Furniture Black Metal Coat Rack – 12 Hooks; AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair; Signature Sleep Contour 8″Twin Mattress
  • Grocery: KIND Nuts & Spices, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, 1.4 Ounce, 12 Count; San Francisco Bay OneCup, French Roast, 80 Single Serve Coffees; smartwater, 6-Count, 1 Liter Bottle
  • Headphone: Panasonic RPHJE120K In-Ear Headphone – Black; Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphone – Black; Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones – Black
  • Home Audio: Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built-in Speakers; Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay; SONOS PLAY:1 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set Bundle – Black
  • Home Improvement: Roommates Star Wars Classic Peel And Stick Wall Decals; WBM 1002 Hand Carved Himalayan Natural Crystal L O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream – 3.4-Ounce
  • Home: BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16-Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vacuum; Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150; Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set
  • Kids’ Fashion & Accessories: Gerber Baby Girls’ Three-Piece Set with Bodysuit, Cap, and Pant; Northside Frosty Snow Boot (Toddler); Timex Kids’ T89022 “Time Teacher” Floral Elastic Strap Watch
  • Kindle Books: The Crossing by Michael Connelly; Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score; Rogue Lawyer byJohn Grisham
  • Kitchen: Rubbermaid 42-Piece Storage Container; Instant Pot 7-1 Multi-Cooker; Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener
  • Luxury Beauty: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Intense Black; L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 5.2-Ounce; Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 Fluid Ounce
  • Men’s Fashion & Accessories: Levi’s Men’s 505 Regular Fit Jean; Clarks Men’s Bushacre 2 Desert Boots; Timex Men’s T499059J Expedition Field Chronograph Watch
  • Movies: Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy); Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD); Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD)
  • Music (CDs & vinyl): Adele 25; Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me; Frozen (Soundtrack)
  • Outdoors: Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle; Razor A Kick Scooter; Intex Airbeds
  • Patio, Lawn & Garden: Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector; Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer; Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
  • PC: Toshiba C55 Laptop; Dell E2414Hr 24-Inch LED-Lit Monitor; SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card With Adapter
  • Pets: KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose – Medium Dog Toy, Brown; KONG Air Dog Squeakair Birthday Balls Dog Toy – Medium (3 Balls); GREENIES PILL POCKETS Treats for Dogs Chicken Flavor – 15.8-Ounce, 60 Count
  • Prime Video (movies): The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1; Ex Machina; Dark Places
  • Prime Video (TV seasons): Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle; Amazon Original Series Transparent (Season 2); Amazon Original Series, Shaun the Sheep—The Farmer’s Llamas
  • Prime Music (songs): Adele—“Hello”; Walk the Moon—“Shut up and Dance”; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars—“Uptown Funk”
  • Prime Now: Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels – White, 8 Giant Rolls; Aquafina Water – 16.9 Ounce, 24 Count; Haribo Gold-Bears, 5 Ounce
  • Sports: Spalding NBA Street Basketball; Wilson F1415 NFL MVP Football (Official Size); Level Terrain FlipBelt Waist Pouch
  • Tablets: Fire; Fire Kids Edition; Fire HD 6
  • Tools: DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit; MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband; Howard Leight Impact Sport OD Electric Earmuff
  • Toys & Games: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit; Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster; Jenga Classic Game
  • TV: Samsung UN32J5205 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; Samsung UN40J5200 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; TCL 32S3700 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
  • Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops III; Fallout 4; Star Wars Battlefront
  • Women’s Fashion & Accessories: Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket; BOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Delight Slipper; Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross-Body Bag

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Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa “Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables”

  • 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa, un 67% más que en el primer trimestre 2014-2015
  • El programa, que incluye visitas a productores agroalimentarios, ha ofrecido cerca de 600 talleres este trimestre, un 20% más con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año
  • El programa amplía este curso los materiales disponibles en formato audiovisual para facilitar el acceso al mismo y hacerlo más atractivo y útil a los menores

ELORRIO (BIZKAIA), España, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cerca de 40.000 escolares de entre 6 y 12 años  han participado en España en el Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables (PEAHS) de la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI durante este primer trimestre del curso escolar. El programa duplica así el número de participantes con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año. Desde el comienzo de este curso, 512 centros educativos de todas las comunidades autónomas se han inscrito en el programa, un 67% más que en el primer trimestre escolar 2014-2015.

Esta nueva edición ofrece tanto a alumnos como a profesores de Educación Primaria nuevos contenidos, más actividades y talleres prácticos. Asimismo, el PEAHS amplía este curso los materiales disponibles en formato audiovisual para facilitar el acceso al mismo y hacerlo más atractivo y útil a los menores. El programa ha sido configurado por un Comité Científico formado por profesionales de diferentes disciplinas: medicina y pediatría, nutrición y dietética, psicopedagogía y pedagogía.

Desde la Fundación EROSKI, conscientes del crecimiento de la tasa de obesidad infantil, pusimos en marcha este programa en 2012 con el objetivo de promover la alimentación y los hábitos de vida saludables entre los escolares.Año tras año el programa crece y mejora sus contenidos a partir de las valoraciones y aportaciones realizadas por los docentes que ya lo han impartido”, señala Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de la Fundación EROSKI. En el curso 2014-2015 se triplicó prácticamente el número de participantes, con más de 70.000 escolares inscritos de 900 colegios de toda España.

Nuevos contenidos junto a la Fundación Española del Corazón

Con un formato basado en sesiones teóricas en el aula escolar y talleres prácticos, el Programa Educativo en centros escolares incluye esta edición nuevos contenidos con el objetivo de contribuir a una mejor formación de los alumnos en alimentación sana y hábitos de vida saludables. De esta manera, se incluye una nueva sesión – ‘Come y cuida tu corazón’-, desarrollada en colaboración con la Fundación Española del Corazón (FEC). “Nos parece importante transmitir a los estudiantes desde edades tempranas la incidencia que tiene sobre nuestra salud mantener una correcta alimentación”, afirma Alejandro Martinez Berriochoa. El contenido de las sesiones estará disponible también en vídeo este año.

En las clases prácticas los alumnos ejercitan lo aprendido en las sesiones teóricas. En este primer trimestre de curso el programa ha ofrecido cerca de 600 talleres, un 20% más con respecto al mismo periodo del pasado año “Los estudiantes visitan alguno de nuestros supermercados e hipermercados, donde hacen la compra para elaborar un menú saludable. En la última edición cerrada (2014-2015) se desarrollaron más de 1.200 talleres en 180 establecimientos”, indica el director de la Fundación EROSKI.

El curso incluye además, el taller ‘Los productos de mi Tierra’, que permite que los menores conozcan de primera mano en las instalaciones de productores agroalimentarios el origen de los alimentos de su región y comprueben la importancia que tiene la producción local. Este nuevo taller de productores agroalimentarios está disponible en formato audiovisual en la nueva edición del programa educativo en la web

Los colegios interesados en participar en el PEAHS durante el curso 2015-2016 pueden inscribirse a través de o en el teléfono de atención 94 6072841.

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Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa "Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables"

Fundación EROSKI: 512 centros escolares se han inscrito al programa “Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables”

British spending power slows ahead of 2016 – Asda’s latest Income Tracker

LEEDS, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families set for a festive hangover despite double digit increase in disposable income for 13th consecutive month.

  • Average UK household had £193 of discretionary income last month, up by £14 a week compared to November 2014
  • Despite 13th month of double digit increases in disposable income, rate of growth slowed – from an average of £17 a week enjoyed throughout the rest of the year
  • 2015 review shows spend on big-ticket items up in the first three quarters of 2015, with spending on vehicles increasing 11.5% compared to 2014
  • Family fun remained a focus with spending on recreational and cultural activities rising 8.3% ahead of the festive period

With the nation ready to pop its cork on New Year’s Eve, Asda’s latest Income Tracker shows families will have something to celebrate – discretionary income reached £193 in November, up by £14 (7.7%) on the same time last year. This marks the 13th consecutive month of double digit increases.

However, as Santa steers Rudolph back to the North Pole it’s not just reindeers being reined in – Asda’s Income Tracker shows November’s £14 extra spending boost fell short of the £17 average we’ve seen during the rest of 2015, thanks to just a slight increase in inflation that is expected to continue into the New Year.

Still, the extra boost to wallets powered spending throughout 2015. Between January and September consumers spent a massive £861bn – up from £835bn for the first three quarters of 2014. But with Brits spending less on stocking their cupboards, many instead treated themselves to big-ticket items – particularly in the first half of 2015. The number of people who bought new wheels increased significantly with spend on car purchases up 11.5% compared to the first three quarters of 2014. Splashing cash on jewellery and watches also proved popular, increasing 9.1% on the same period last year.

It was out with the old around the home; with a 6.6% increase in spend on furniture since 2014. While gardens also benefitted from the seeds of recovery, with an 8.7% year on year rise in spending on gardens, plants and flowers in the first three quarters of the year.

However, shoppers didn’t limit their spending to material goods. As the festive season comes to a close, a review of Asda’s Income Tracker shows that Brits devoted more of their budget to dining out at restaurants and cafes with loved ones in 2015, up 2.1% compared to the same period of 2014.

Buoyed further by the steep fall in vehicle fuel costs, down 12.9% compared with a year ago – other recreational and cultural activities also enjoyed a boost of 8.3% in the first three quarters of 2015, with recent pantomime and party outings likely to contribute to strong growth over the year as a whole.

Asda President and CEO, Andy Clarke, said: “The good news for customers is that pressure on household budgets has clearly eased in the run up to Christmas as a direct consequence of decreases in the cost of food, fuel and energy prices. There are also indications that customer spending has shifted this Christmas with households spending less on food and drink in 2015 compared to last year and instead families are using their increased spending power on leisure and festive fun which is understandable after a period of financial uncertainty.”

Sam Alderson, Economist, CEBR, said: “While growth in spending power has slowed to its lowest level in the past 12 months, the boost is still considerable – particularly given that spending power has risen on an annual basis for over two years. Buoyed by these increases, households have increased spending over the past year – particularly on big ticket items such as jewellery and household appliances.”

You can read the full report here.



Whole Foods Market refused to consider New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)’s initial demands of $1.5 million

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market worked closely with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) over the last several months to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of the people of the City of New York and our stakeholders.

Unfortunately the DCA has misrepresented this agreement. WFM has had in place preexisting pricing and weights/measures programs including a third party auditing and training program and a 100 percent pricing accuracy guarantee that gives customers a full refund on any item inadvertently mispriced. These are pre-existing programs that go above and beyond the DCA’s requirements. Furthermore, the DCA’s allegations of violations on weighted/measured items were limited to New York City, and as our joint agreement states, there was no evidence of systematic or intentional misconduct by anyone in the Northeast region or the rest of the company.

While WFM refused to consider the DCA’s initial demands of $1.5 million, we agreed to $500,000 in order to put this issue behind us so that we can continue to focus our attention on providing our New York City customers with the highest level of quality and service.


SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Ingles Markets to pay quarterly cash dividend on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock. This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively. Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable January 21, 2016, to all shareholders of record on January 7, 2016.

About Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 –

SOURCE: Ingles Markets Inc.

Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

QATAR, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera, in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation’s Blood Donor Unit, organized a successful blood donation campaign at the company headquarters earlier this month.

The drive is in line with Al Meera’s commitment to Qatar’s communities as part of its corporate social responsibility program, helping to ensure a secure blood supply in Qatar’s hospitals. The success came by the company’s tradition of working with like-minded Qatari organizations such as Hamad Medical Corporation, who are committed as fervently to the same cause.

The campaign saw a very positive response from Al Meera staff who were more than happy to participate in a humanitarian cause that aids patients in need in their journey to recovery.

“The blood donation drive is testament to our commitment to Qatar’s communities and individuals. We are delighted at the altruism and overwhelming response from our staff who were more than eager to help and donate,” said Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “At Al Meera, we believe that such initiatives raise public awareness on the importance of donating blood, not only because it may save lives, but on the health benefits to the donors themselves.”

In addition, Al Qahtani invited all members of the community and leading corporations to support Hamad Medical Corporation in its blood drives as this adheres to the spirit of the 2030 Qatar National Vision.

The blood drive is part of Al Meera continuous support of health initiatives in Qatar that saw two recent campaigns run by the company:  ‘Action on Diabetes’ during the holy month of Ramadan that was held in several Al Meera branches in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health, and a cancer awareness campaign in collaboration with the Qatar Cancer Society at the Rumeillah hospital.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company


Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

Al Meera with Hamad Medical Corporation held a successful blood donation campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility program

Stater Bros. Markets names Pete Van Helden President and Chief Executive Officer

San Bernardino, CA, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of the Board  of Stater Bros. Markets, announced today that Pete Van Helden has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets effective January 4, 2016.

Brown has served Stater Bros. for the past 36 years as Chief Executive Officer and will become the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stater Bros. Markets. Van Helden will continue to report to Brown.

Van Helden is a 38-year veteran of the Supermarket Industry and has served Stater Bros. as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

Prior to joining Stater Bros., Van Helden was Executive Vice President Retail Operations for Supervalu.   He began his career in the Supermarket Industry in 1977 working as a Courtesy Clerk for Rosauers in Libby, Montana.  In 1978, he relocated to Bozeman, Montana where he joined Albertsons as a Clerk.  During his 38-years in the Supermarket Industry, Pete has held a variety of leadership positions.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.  He also serves as Vice President of Stater Bros. Charities.

“Pete is well-respected and will do an outstanding job as President and Chief Executive Officer,” stated Brown.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, log onto


SOURCE: Stater Bros. Markets


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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. to present at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) will be presenting at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort inOrlando, Florida. The Company’s presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET on January 13, 2016 and will be broadcast live over the Internet.   Interested parties may listen to the presentation at the Company’s website located at The presentation can be accessed by clicking on the “Investors” link from the Company’s home page followed by the “Presentation” link. An archive of the webcast will be available following the live presentation.

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

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

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Jaworzno, Poland, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first shopping center in the city of Jaworzno, in southern Poland has recently opened offering over 100 shops and a Carrefour hypermarket of 4,000 sqm. The store employs more than 90 people.

The shopping cneter has also has 6 cinema screens, a gym, a bowling alley, a discotheque and numerous restaurants.

SOURCE: Carrefour


Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Carrefour opens new shopping center in Jaworzno, Poland

Asda reveals UK’s buying habits in 2015

  • Weather affected the nation’s buying habits across all seasons
  • Home was where the heart was in Spring
  • Celebrating was top of the agenda influenced by sport, seasonal events and the Royal family

LEEDS, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the year draws to a close, leading supermarket Asda looks back at what drove the nation’s shopping habits in 2015. Online sales continued to grow with receiving over 12,000 transactions per day and over 10% of customers shopped via mobile or tablet. Convenience shopping was key whilst the weather steered choices.

Fiona Lambert, Vice President of Brand Development and Design, Asda, recaps the events that fuelled retail in 2015.

Spring – Home is where the heart is
While spring was on the horizon, Valentine’s Day celebrators chose affordable luxury for their special meal. Deals on steak, wine and desserts for two, saw a huge increase in sales as home romance was favoured over restaurant prices.

As spring skipped into gear, it was all about domestic re-invention. Sales of bedding and accessories grew as people looked for a quick way to spruce their home interiors without breaking the bank; contributing to George Home outperforming the homeware market by +4.8% in its first year. Meanwhile, when it came to the garden, warm weather created an almost 10% rise YoY rise in spending on gardens, plants and flowers.

Summer of celebration
The sun had its hat on – some of the time. Unpredictable weather drove customers to the supermarkets at the weekends with Saturday being the busiest trading day. Sales of BBQs increased by +140% YoY and charcoal by +200% YoY, while garden furniture was up +180% YoY, solar lights +120% YoY and paddling pools +250% YoY.

Brits showed that their love for festivals still runs strong. Channeling the 70s vibe, George’s tassel waistcoat beat sales predictions by 44%, and crochet dresses, blouses and vintage style kimonos were key performers. The changeable weather left festival-goers taking no chances, Pac A Mac sales beat expectations by 32%.

Autumn –Sport and spookiness
October saw England swiftly leave the Rugby World Cup, but the success of the other home nations kept the UK’s spirits buoyant. This celebratory mood saw a surge in sales of party products, including; pizza, wine, beer, and snacks. Prosecco was the unexpected hero of the Rugby World Cup with sales up 20%.

While Halloween was bigger than ever in the UK, with an estimated spend of £250 million and a sales increase of 12% YoY. Asda prepared by stocking 259% more costumes than last year and introducing new spooky foods such as bumpkins, ‘putrid’ purple chilies and green swede. Halloween costumes for pets were also introduced – having spotted an opportunity the previous Christmas when Asda sold in excess of 120,000 dog jumpers.

Winter heat
Despite December being the mildest in 70 years, festive jumpers were still high on the agenda. The Christmas jumper phenomenon continues to grow; sales were up 1,105% since 2012, and sales of Asda’s pet costumes spiked by 45% YoY – driven by ‘pet parents’ ensuring their ‘babies’ looked the part for the festivities.

Christmas celebrations were high on everyone’s agenda with two million bottles of fizz being sold in December alone and three bottles of Prosecco being popped for every bottle of Champagne.

Commenting on the year’s retail trends, Fiona Lambert, Vice President of Own Brand Development and Design, Asda said. “We’ve needed to remain flexible this year to meet the demands of the weather and what our customers needed season to season. It’s been about reacting in the right way to maximise convenience for them across food, home and clothing.

“Our teams are working round the clock to ensure innovation and trends are being discovered and new products are landing on shelf each season. The unpredictability of this year has meant a tough ride for most retailers but we’ve got everything in place to make sure our customers can find what they need in store and online year round, come rain or shine.”


Morrisons to donate £100,000 to support families affected by the floods in the north of England and Scotland

Bradford, England, 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is to give £100,000 to groups helping families affected by the floods in the north of England and Scotland.

The move comes as another storm is expected to hit western parts of the UK tonight.

The funds are being given to flood appeals in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and Cumbria to spend on clean-up costs, emergency repairs and emergency supplies of clothing and food and drink.

David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “We have seen the terrible impact that the floods have had on communities that we serve and we want to do our bit to help.

“This money will help to start the clean-up process which will be a huge challenge over the coming days and weeks.”

Morrisons has already given food and other emergency supplies to crisis centres and store colleagues have also been supporting the clean-up, running collections and operating donating stations. Store cafés have also been used to provide free meals for displaced families.

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Albert Heijn: Meeste kookhulp gevraagd bij bereiding van vlees en desserts

Zaandam, 2015-12-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Na alle voorbereidingen komt het tijdens de feestdagen allemaal aan op het moment suprême: het kerstdiner. Het Allerhande Kersthulpteam staat tot en met tweede kerstdag 22.00 uur stand-by om alle brandende kookvragen over het kerstdiner via WhatsApp* te beantwoorden. De service van Albert Heijn blijkt voor veel mensen een ideaal hulpmiddel, want sinds kerstavond stromen de berichten massaal binnen. De meeste vragen gaan over de bereiding van vlees en desserts. Over de chocobombe op de kerstcover van Allerhande worden veruit de meeste vragen gesteld.

Bij 65% van de mensen mislukt wel eens een kerstgerecht*. Het Allerhande Kersthulpteam merkt dan ook dat er grote behoefte is aan hulp tijdens het koken van het kerstdiner. Het team neemt veel stress weg bij het (voor)bereiden van het kerstdiner. Vooral bij hoofdgerechten met vlees wil het nog wel eens misgaan. Hier worden dan ook veel vragen over gesteld, zoals: hoe kan het vlees het beste gebraden of gegaard worden, op welke temperatuur en hoe lang? Verder worden veel vragen gesteld over desserts. De chocobombe op de cover van de kersteditie van Allerhande staat bij veel mensen op de kersttafel. Over het (voor)bereiden van deze prachtige taart worden veruit de meeste vragen gesteld.

Naast heel specifieke vragen komen ook algemene vragen voorbij. Bijvoorbeeld hoe een man aan het koken te krijgen is en hoe men in de kerststemming kan komen tijdens het koken. Zelfs vanuit het buitenland, waaronder Australië, Zweden en Amerika, komen vragen binnen bij het team culinaire experts van Allerhande.

Uit de reacties blijkt dat klanten echt geholpen zijn door de service. Dit is te merken aan het alle bedankjes en selfies met gelukte gerechten. De Allerhande Kersthulp beantwoordt alle vragen over recepturen, kooktechnieken en ingrediënten via WhatsApp**. Het team is op tweede kerstdag tot en met 22.00 uur beschikbaar voor kookhulpvragen van klanten. Het nummer is te vinden op en via de Facebook-pagina van Allerhande.

SOURCE: Albert Heijn


Albert Heijn: Meeste kookhulp gevraagd bij bereiding van vlees en desserts

Albert Heijn: Meeste kookhulp gevraagd bij bereiding van vlees en desserts

SASCO announces distribution of cash dividends for the fiscal year 2015

Retailing and Operation Division

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015-12-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Director of Saudi Automotive Services Co. (SASCO) has recommended on 28 December 2015 to the general assembly Meeting, distribution of cash dividends for the fiscal year 2015 as following:

  • Total amount of distribution of dividend SAR 27,000,000.
  • Divided per share SAR 0.5 .
  • Divided represent 5% of the share face value.
  • The eligibility of dividends shall be for the shareholders registered in the registers of the Securities Depository Center (Tadawul) on the general assembly Meeting which will be announced later.
  • Details of dividend distribution date will be announced later.

Saudi Automotive Services Co. (SASCO)
Riyadh- Al-Ahsa Street
B.O. Box: 51880 Riyadh 11553
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel +966 11 206 8855 Fax +966 11 206 8833

SOURCE: Saudi Automotive Services Co.

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings hailed the Best Real Estate Developer (Retail) for the 3rd time by Euromoney Magazine’s 11th Annual Real Estate Survey

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES, 2015-12-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, was hailed as the Best Real Estate Developer (Retail) in the Philippines for the third time by Euromoney Magazine, last November 16. This award celebrated Philippine real estate’s robust growth in the commercial, residential, offices and mixed-use sectors powered by innovative and efficient approaches within the industry.

SM Prime was distinguished by pre-eminent international finance magazine Euromoney in its 11th Annual Real Estate Survey. The survey results were based on the peer nominations and voter participation scores of senior real estate bankers, developers, investment managers, corporate end-users and advisory firms of the Philippines in the past 12 months.

“On behalf of our Chairman, Mr. Henry Sy, Jr., our President, Mr. Hans Sy and SM Prime team, we are honored to accept this recognition. This reflects SM Prime’s commitment to continued excellence in providing innovative and sustainable property developments,” SM Prime Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lim said when he received the award.

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.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation


Philippines: SM Prime Holdings hailed the Best Real Estate Developer (Retail) for the 3rd time by Euromoney Magazine’s 11th Annual Real Estate Survey

(From Left to Right) Mr. Marcus Langston, Euromoney Magazine’s Senior Manager for Asia; Mr. Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime’s Executive Vice President

Mike Fitzharris appointed CEO and representative director of QVC Japan

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced that Mike Fitzharris has been appointed as the CEO and representative director of QVC Japan, effective December 15, 2015. Fitzharris will be responsible for overseeing QVC’s operations and growth in Japan. He will report to Steve Hofmann, president of QVC International.

“Since its launch in 2001, QVC Japan has successfully developed and implemented strategies to become a leader in multimedia shopping, with a focus on providing great customer value and service,” said Hofmann. “Mike has consistently demonstrated an ability to lead and inspire teams across cultures, and has the experience needed to drive customer loyalty, contribute to and execute enterprise strategy and build brand awareness.”

Prior to joining QVC Japan, Fitzharris served as Chief Operating Officer of QVC UK after rejoining QVC in April 2012, with responsibility for Customer Fulfillment Services, which include contact center operations, supply chain functions, warehousing and business intelligence. Fitzharris began his QVC career in 1997, working across a number of areas before taking on the role of general manager of Operations Support.

“As QVC continues to expand globally, we are leveraging our worldwide talent and capabilities to drive collaboration and position the company for future growth,” said QVC president and CEO Mike George. “Mike is adept at driving innovation to achieve strong business results. His knowledge of global markets and commitment to excellence will position QVC Japan for continued success.”

John Thomas, who led QVC Japan since 2011 as the CEO and representative director, will remain as the chairman of the Board of Directors of QVC Japan. In addition, he has been appointed to serve as the vice chairman of CNR Mall, QVC’s joint venture operations in China with China National Radio.

“Throughout his tenure, John has maintained a clear focus on developing strategies to maximize our long-term position in Japan and in building an engaged and aligned team throughout the organization,” said Hofmann. “I am grateful to John for his tireless effort and countless contributions to the Japan business and will continue to rely on his expertise to drive our business forward as the chairman of QVC Japan.”

Thomas has played a key role in QVC’s global expansion for many years. He was the project leader for QVC’s entry into the Italian market in 2009 and through the launch of QVC Italy in the 4th quarter of 2010. He later led QVC’s global business development efforts and was appointed chairman of QVC Japan. He assumed the position of CEO and representative director in 2011.

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


Harris Teeter to open its largest store to date in Pinehurst, N.C. on Jan. 12, 2016

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Sampling Event

Pinehurst, N.C., 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its PineCroft location on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at 4 p.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Taste of Teeter sampling event featuring Harris Teeter brand products.

The store opening includes a Harris Teeter Fuel Center and will be the company’s largest store to date measuring 78,200 square feet. The store will have many unique features including: a soup bar and wing bar in the Fresh Foods department; a wine and beer bar which features 16 beers on tap and a growler station; a meat smoker in the Butchers Market; a juice bar in the Farmers Market; an expanded selection of general merchandise, including an Everything Kitchen section; and, a walk-in humidor.

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.

Fast Facts

Store Address Harris Teeter at PineCroft
305 Ivey Lane
Pinehurst, N.C. 28374
Grand Opening Date  Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Grand Opening Time  4 p.m., ribbon cutting; sampling event immediately following
Store Hours 24 hours/7 days a week
Store Square Footage 78,200
Check-Out Lanes 12 checkouts and 6 express checkouts
Pharmacy Hours Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fuel Center Hours staffed daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; fuel available for purchase by debit/credit card 24 hours
Fuel Dispensers Five

Store Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Meat Smoker • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Juice Bar • Produce Party Trays • Salad Bar  •  Gift Basket Program • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Expanded Fresh Cut Flower Section • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Soup Bar • Wing Bar • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods To Go  • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Hot Asian and American 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  • Expanded Specialty Foods • Expanded General Merchandise Department • Wine and Beer Bar • Growler Station • International and Specialty Foods •  Bulk Candy  • 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 • Walk-in Humidor

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

Sports Direct International plc responds to unfair portrayal of its employment practices

Shirebrook, United Kingdom, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board (“we” or “us”) of Sports Direct International plc (“Sports Direct” or “the Company”) notes the continued commentary regarding the working conditions of its employees and casual workers. To date, Sports Direct has sought to address questions relating to its employment practices on a case-by-case basis directly with the enquirer, but it has become evident that by doing so various parties have chosen to ignore the facts provided and have continued to present an unfair portrayal of the Company’s employment practices. Sadly, it is also now clear that some others have chosen to rely on this portrayal when making public statements about Sports Direct, rather than obtaining information directly from the Company before commenting.

The Board takes its responsibilities towards all the Company’s stakeholders, be they staff, contactors, suppliers or customers, extremely seriously. Without our commitment to our staff and the implementation of a performance-led culture which encourages success, there is no way Sports Direct would have been able to grow from a single sports shop over 33 years ago to the global retailer it is today. The Board believes Sports Direct is a major contributor to all the communities and countries in which it operates; not least, since Sports Direct became a public business in 2007, it has contributed over a billion pounds in tax to the UK exchequer.

The Board is today issuing this statement setting out the key facts about the terms and conditions of Sports Direct’s workers. We hope that by doing so, the unfounded criticisms will cease. To be clear, we value the continuing hard work of the Company’s entire workforce, both employees and casual workers.

Warehouse agency workers 

Sports Direct directly employs a number of staff in the Shirebrook warehouse. The remaining workers in the warehouse have contracts with one of two main agencies the Company uses to staff the warehouse. These contracts are on an agreed (between the worker and the agency) contracted hours basis. No Sports Direct employees are engaged in the Shirebrook warehouse on a ‘zero hour’ contract, and the main agencies have confirmed to us that none of their workers are engaged on a ‘zero hour’ contract.

The two main agencies that Sports Direct uses to provide workers at Shirebrook supply workers to hundreds of companies nationally including many retail warehouses. The agencies use the same core terms and conditions for all their employees (totalling c. 35,000 across the UK), with some limited localised variations. A review of all the terms and conditions applicable to the agency workers supplied to Sports Direct (including, inter alia, the operation of the strike system) will be undertaken, and we will be considering implementing appropriate additional variations once that review is completed.

Neither agency workers nor employees are subjected to ‘naming and shaming’ via publication of a league table identifying individuals by name. The Company uses an anonymous ranking system to monitor performance. An individual’s unique number (known only to the employment agencies, the Company and the worker) benchmarks staff against the anonymised data of their peers. Individuals can check their performance, should they wish to do so.

The warehouse tannoy is not used to ‘harangue’ or ‘name and shame’ staff; the tannoy is used for logistical reasons, for example, to redeploy staff to other areas of the building or to let staff know that a truck is waiting for stock to be dispatched.

Sports Direct does not penalise its staff for being ill. Sanctions may be applied if workers fail to follow the Company’s reasonable sickness absence notification procedures, which are in line with industry best practice. The Company is not aware of any occasions on which sick children have not been able to be collected from school by their parents. Sports Direct allows staff time off to look after dependants in such circumstances.

Neither Sports Direct nor the agencies it uses discriminate in favour of or against any applicant or worker on the basis of nationality or for any other reason. Both the Company and the agencies with which it works are equal opportunities employers. There are workers of various nationalities, including local British citizens, currently working in the warehouse. Neither the Company nor the agencies distinguish between workers of different nationalities; Sports Direct and the agencies value the contribution of all workers equally.

Sadly, all companies have to be cognisant of theft from warehouse operations. As such, there is a need for some security measures to be in place at Shirebrook. One simple and sensible way of managing this issue is to ensure that workers do not wear the clothing brands stocked in the warehouse. This is not an unusual practice in many retail companies’ warehouse operations. There are of course numerous other brands that staff can easily wear.

All employees, agency workers and visitors, including executive management and Board members, are subject to random searches on leaving the Shirebrook warehouse. Trained security staff conduct random searches and the Company continues to keep the process under review, with the aim of reducing any inconvenience to staff as much as possible.

Retail casual workers 

Sports Direct is not alone in using ‘zero hour’ contracts. A significant number of retailers use ‘zero hour’ contracts in their shops (as well as other companies, government and local government employers), as all parties appreciate the flexibility provided by these contracts.

Sports Direct ‘zero hour’ terms of engagement include holiday pay, and sick pay is payable where the relevant criteria for statutory sick pay are met. Sports Direct ‘zero hour’ terms do not prohibit a casual worker seeking work from another company.

A significant number of casual workers have moved from ‘zero hour’ terms into permanent employment when the circumstances allow (for example, when the worker wishes to apply for a permanent role if one becomes available). Many of these workers have developed very successful careers within Sports Direct, including the Chief Executive, senior head office management, regional managers, area managers, store managers and many more.

Staff rewards 

Virtually all casual retail workers are eligible for bonus payments in addition to their contracted hourly rate of pay. In November 2015, over 80% of retail casual workers achieved a performance-related bonus.

Sports Direct also operates one of the most successful share-based employee incentive schemes in the UK, which is open to around 2,500 participating employees.

The historical and current bonus arrangements are an integral part of the Company’s reward culture and have led directly to a significant improvement in Sports Direct’s financial performance. These arrangements have ensured that the staff are able to share in the Company’s success.

Confidential hotline 

Sports Direct operates an anonymous hotline that enables its staff to report concerns and/or make complaints confidentially, with no risk of reprisal.

Next Steps 

Sports Direct always seeks to improve and do things better, listens to criticism and acts where appropriate. With that in mind, as noted above, the Board has agreed that Mike Ashley shall personally oversee a review of all agency worker terms and conditions to ensure the Company does not just meet its legal obligations, but also provides a good environment for the entire workforce. We expect him to start that work in the New Year.

– Ends –

Powerscourt​​​​​​       T. 0207 250 1446

Rory Godson
Peter Ogden
Lisa Kavanagh

Notes to Editors

Sports Direct is the UK’s leading sports retailer by revenue and operating profit, with approximately 400 stores across the UK. The Group provides an unrivalled range of products, offering exceptional quality and unbeatable value, from a wide variety of third-party and Group-owned brands, both in-store and online. Sports Direct now operates in 20 countries in Europe. For more information please visit:

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Staples kicks off the New Year with the new back-to-business 110% Price Match Guarantee

Staples Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Small Businesses Succeed

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) kicks off the New Year with the new back-to-business 110% Price Match Guarantee, giving customers even more confidence in Staples’ commitment to offer the best prices on products in stores and online. Staples is also helping small business owners get more for less with the Business Less List, which offers the lowest prices on 28 essentials that businesses use the most every day.

“The New Year is a crucial time for business owners, and Staples is helping our small business customers make more happen with a broad assortment of products at the lowest prices, expanded business services and easy ways to shop,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “At Staples, we have 30 years of experience helping small businesses succeed, and we’re thrilled to build on that history with the back-to-business 110% Price Match Guarantee and Business Less List.”

To coincide with the back-to-business season – a time when small business owners are preparing for the year to come – Staples will price match items sold and shipped, or any retailer that sells products in retail stores and online under the same brand. As part of the 110% Price Match Guarantee, customers will receive an additional 10 percent off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price.

In addition, the Staples Business More Account helps customers run their businesses with flexible payment options or deferred financing plans for important purchases. Plus, Staples Rewards® customers can save all year by earning up to 5% back in Staples Rewards on everything and take advantage of free shipping from

#MoreSmallBiz Squad

To help small businesses kick off the New Year, Staples has created the #MoreSmallBiz Squad – small business authorities who will lend their expertise to the Staples small business community. Small businesses can also use the hashtag to seek advice or assistance from the Staples #MoreSmallBiz Squad.

The #MoreSmallBiz Squad will kick off the program with a Twitter Chat on Thursday, January 7 – where they will offer back-to-business advice and best practices – and will continue to support the initiative through blog posts and other content. The group consists of:

  • Chris Brogan (@ChrisBrogan) – CEO of Owner Media Group, a sought-after public speaker and consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of eight books
  • Melissa Stewart (@MelissaOnline) – Founder of She Owns It, a website where female entrepreneurs share success stories and provide motivation for others
  • Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady) – Creator and host of #Smallbizchat, the longest running live chat on Twitter for small business owners, and bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

Staples 110% Price Match Guarantee

To receive the back-to-business Staples 110% Price Match Guarantee, customers who find a lower price on a new, identical item can show it to the Staples Customer Service Desk associate at the time of purchase in a Staples store. For a price match on, customers can call 800-333-3330.

Some exclusions apply. Excluded products and services are Staples Tech Services, postage, gift and phone cards, and apps sold on the App Center. Also, Staples does not price match to competitors’ or its own local or special events (e.g., grand opening, anniversary, clearance, timed sales and liquidation sales), or to taxes, warranties, typographical errors, merchandise credits or to contracted prices offered to customers of Staples Advantage. Visit for more information.

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

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Kristine Houston, 508-253-8468
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405

MANGO launches its watch face for Android Wear watches

The app for Android Wear smart watches has been available since 15 December on Google PlayTM

Barcelona, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO continues its technological journey and launches its watch face for Android Wear watches.  The exclusive app for these devices transports the design and aesthetics of the brand’s latest trends to an interactive universe.

The MANGO watch face, available since 15 December, makes it possible to customise the face of the smart watch with exclusive MANGO designs.

Following the launch of the app for Apple TV, Apple Watch and the innovative Scan & Shop function for Android and iOS mobile devices (based on image recognition and augmented reality), MANGO is maintaining its commitment towards technological progress. As a pioneering brand in adapting e-commerce in Spain, MANGO turnover via mobile devices now accounts for over 30% of the company’s e-commerce turnover, representing approximately 10% of total turnover.

The watch face for Android Wear can be downloaded here:

Android Wear and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

T. +34 938 602 222


MANGO - Watchface

MANGO – Watchface

MANGO opens 2,500 m2 store in Barcelona; its largest in Spain

The new store will have a surface area of 2,500 m2 and is located on the mythical Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Barcelona, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — This weekend, MANGO will open its largest store in Spain. The store will be located in the heart of Barcelona, at number 132 Las Ramblas.

The new store will have a selling space of over 2,500 m2, distributed over 5 floors. It will sell all the company’s lines: Woman, Man and Kids.

The store, which represents an investment of 25 million euros for the Spanish fashion chain, will create 60 new jobs. This opening is part of the process of transforming the retail chain initiated in 2013 with the opening of megastores: stores with a selling space of 800 m2 or more that stock all or most of the company’s lines. Since then, the firm has opened over 150 megastores worldwide.

Daniel López, Vice-Chairman of MANGO and Expansion Director, commented: For MANGO it is a great honour to open such a special store, after 2 years of refurbishment works, in such an emblematic building located in the tourist centre of Barcelona. This project is part of the strategy to open stores adopting the megastore concept in prime locations in Spain, in addition to the recent projects in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan and in Victoria Street, London.

MANGO opened its first store on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia in 1984, and now has over 2,700 stores in 108 countries. MANGO closed the 2014 financial year with a Consolidated Group turnover for the MANGO-MNG Holding of 2.017 billion euros, representing a 9% increase on 2013, and an EBITDA of 223 million euros.

For more information, visit

T. +34 938 602 222

MANGO - Las Ramblas Barcelona

MANGO – Las Ramblas Barcelona

Weis Markets opened in-store beer café at its Muncy store in Pennsylvania

Sunbury, PA and Muncy, PA, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced it has opened an in-store beer café at its Muncy store located on 1272 East Penn Street. The café received final approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and opened Thursday afternoon.

The 30-seat café sells beer for both take-out and on-premise consumption and offers more than 900 varieties, including a wide selection of imported and regional craft beers such as Old Forge Brewing Company, SBC and Troeg’s .

The company now operates beer cafés in 39 stores in Pennsylvania including its Lycoming Creek Road location in Williamsport.

For more information on Weis Markets and its locations, visit


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

SOURCE: Weis Markets


Weis Markets opened in-store beer café at its Muncy store in Pennsylvania

Weis associate Pamela Gallew stocking new in-store beer cafe in Muncy

Schnuck Markets, Inc. to open second Schnucks store to serve the residents of Peoria and the surrounding area

PEORIA, Ill., 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. is pleased to announce plans for a second Schnucks store to serve the residents of Peoria and the surrounding area. The new 70,000-square foot, full-service grocery and pharmacy will be built at the northwest corner of Knoxville and Alta Roads in north Peoria.

David Fontana, Schnucks vice president of real estate, says the new store will employ approximately 150 teammates, anchoring a shopping center with additional retail space and outparcels available.

“We are pleased to be able to serve even more residents in the Peoria area,” Fontana said. “We have a great customer base at our University Street store and look forward to bringing our unique combination of quality products, service, value and variety to customers at our new north Peoria location.”

In addition to Schnucks “Savings Salute” which guarantees low prices on everyday grocery items as well as exciting weekly ad prices, this location will feature service meat and seafood departments with a sushi bar, a service deli with sliced-to-order specialties including Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, a floral department, a fresh bakery, specialty cheese section and extensive prepared foods in addition to traditional grocery departments. Schnucks full-service pharmacy expedites prescription pick-up with a convenient drive-through window.

Council member Casey Johnson from Peoria’s 5th District said, “I’m thrilled that Schnucks has decided to expand to further service the overwhelming swell of new residents on the north side of Peoria. The combination of services and employment will be a welcome addition to this growing area.”

Construction on the site begins in spring 2016 with the store and pharmacy scheduled to open prior to the 2016 holiday season.

The current Peoria Schnucks store, located at 4800 University Street, opened in November 1999. Earlier that same year, Schnucks opened its nearby Pekin location when the company bought Mr. K’s Super Saver.

About Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives in kind and cash donations to more than 500 not-for-profit organizations each year. Schnucks currently operates 99 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs nearly 15,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at


Media Contact: Paul Simon

Signet Jewelers Limited to release its holiday sales results on Thursday, January 7, 2016

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE and LSE: SIG), intends to announce its holiday sales results at approximately 7:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

On that date there will be a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST and a simultaneous audio webcast and slide presentation available at The slides will be available to be downloaded from the website ahead of the conference call.

The call details are:
Dial-in: +1 (647) 788 4901
Confirmation Code: 3157781

Source: Signet Jewelers Limited

Signet Jewelers Limited

James Grant, VP Investor Relations, 1-330-668-5412


David Bouffard, VP Corporate Affairs, 1-330-668-5369

LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, 2015-12-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Group has set its foot in Egypt by opening its first hypermarket in Cairo, capital of Egypt. The 119th hypermarket was inaugurated by Khalid Hanafy, Egyptian Minister for Trade, in the presence of Galal El Saeed, Governor of Cairo, Mohamed Abdul Sayed, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Khalifa Thunaiji, Deputy UAE Ambassador to Egypt, and other high ranking government and civil officials. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group, Saifee T. Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director, Mohamed Althaf, Director of LuLu Egypt, and other top company officials were also present on the occasion.

The new store is located in Twin Plaza, opposite Police Academy, on the Zakir Hussein road extension in the 1st settlement of New Cairo. Spread over an area of 170,000 square feet, the new store is specially designed to offer the residents with a world class shopping experience like never before with fair prices and friendly service. The hypermarket will provide the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof.

Commenting on LuLu Group’s Egypt plans, Yusuff Ali said, “We consider Egypt as a very important market for us and our experience of more than four decades of success and accomplishment in the retail industry is sure to help us become the most popular retailer in the region. Egyptians are already well aware of LuLu and we hope to bring world class shopping closer to them in various important locations of this great country. As per the plan, we intend to invest EGP 3 billion US$ 300 Million in setting up 10 new hypermarkets in the next 2 years across Egypt”.

“The hypermarket will also offer a window of opportunity to local community. We will encourage the Egyptian agricultural sector by procuring & promoting local agricultural produce and also export them to our stores across the GCC and Far East. Currently we are exporting EGP 50 million and this will go up to EGP 150 million next year”, Yusuff Ali added. Main exporting products include fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and pickles. LuLu also plans to set up its own food processing plants to further boost the exports.

“We believe that having a strong national workforce is vital to our long-term success as it helps in creating sustainable community living. Currently, there are more than 800 Egyptians employed at our new hypermarket in Cairo and we intent to employ 10,000 more Egyptians in the next 2 years. We already have more than 3,000 working in our operations in GCC countries and will continuously train them in our various operations”, said Yusuff Ali.

The new hypermarket provides the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof. It has separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a live bakery. The outlet also offers a huge area dedicated to electronics, IT products, home appliances, sports, furnishing and furniture, kitchenware, toys, stationery, and health & beauty products. The new hypermarket also offers a wide choice of world-class fashion brands and products for men, women and children. A special area is also dedicated for promoting local products and handicrafts of Egypt.

The systematically arranged sections promise customers an easy and hassle-free shopping experience. Extra-wide aisles, extensively laid out counters and ample parking space are some of the distinguishing features of the new store.


LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

LuLu Group to open its first hypermarket in Cairo, Egypt

SOURCE: LuLu Hypermarket

Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project

Thailand, 2015-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks Thailand partners (employees) set out to volunteer at a local school, they had no idea the impact they would make throughout the community.

Recently, Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project in partnership with the Books for Children Foundation. The event took place at the Bumrung-Raviwan Wittaya School, which promotes healthy food and living, grows vegetables for school and home meals, and sells leftover crops to student families. Combined, 330 volunteer hours impacted nearly 5,000 students and their families, along with others in the community.

“At Starbucks, our long-term commitment is to make a positive and sustainable change in the areas of environment, society and economy,” said Murray Darling, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “The community event allowed us to reaffirm the company’s long-term commitment to local communities.”

For part of the day, students practiced project planning, leadership and communications skills during a food sustainability project. Students and volunteers built nursery shelves for vegetables, created an organic shade plot for crops and repaired the pier for a small fish farm.

The majority of the community project focused on skills development through an English conversation class. Starbucks Thailand partners helped students hone their English-speaking skills through songs and word games.

Starbucks volunteers also read stories to a kindergarten class with Ruangsakdi Pinprateep, managing director of the Books for Children Foundation and author of “Ping Pong, Will You Come with the Bear.” This children’s book was funded by a portion of sales from Starbucks Thailand Barista Bears.

“It was such an honor for Starbucks to join us in service,” said Naiyana Aua-amnueychai, director of Bumrung-Raviwan Wittaya School. “We place a great deal of emphasis on English skills development and food sustainability at our school and Starbucks volunteers helped our teachers and students in these areas. We are pleased that Starbucks and our school share the same goal to contribute back to our society.”

Starbucks Thailand has collaborated with Books for Children since 2005. Together, they have collected more than 400,000 books through an annual Christmas book drive and completed a library renovation at Silapadech community. In addition, they completed the Bookstart for Intellectual Disability Children’s Project at Rajanukul Institute and renovated the Wat Kla Cha-um School library and playground.

“By working with Books for Children for the past 10 years, we have delivered educational opportunities to both public and private organizations nationwide,” said Sumonpin Jotikabukkana, marketing and communications director of Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “We realize that literacy is an essential element for children’s development and we aim to do our best to continue to promote and support these areas for Thai children in every sector of the society.”

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project

Thailand: Starbucks volunteers joined 500 middle and high school students for the Youth Skill Development and Food Sustainability Project

Starbucks anticipates record purchases of Starbucks Cards on Dec. 24

SEATTLE, 2015-12-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — As customers finalize their holiday shopping, Starbucks anticipates record purchases of Starbucks Cards on Dec. 24, citing the trend for customers to make their gift card purchases at the last minute.

Last year, nearly 2.5 million Starbucks Cards were purchased in the U.S. and Canada on Christmas Eve – representing approximately 1,700 cards purchased per minute. One in seven American adults received a Starbucks Card last holiday season, and Starbucks is on track for another record performance in Starbucks Card sales.

The National Retail Federation* reports that 58.8 percent of shoppers said they would like to receive a gift card, making it the most requested gift item nine years in a row.  Since Starbucks® Card launched 15 years ago, more than $25 billion has been loaded on Starbucks Cards in the U.S. and Canada alone, with $5.1 billion loaded onto Starbucks Cards in the past fiscal year (Oct 2014 – Sept 2015), and of that total, a record $1.6 billion loaded onto Starbucks Cards in three months (October 2014 through December2014). Starbucks sees the benefits of this increased activity in stores as gift cards received over the holiday season are redeemed.

Today, more than one-third of all transactions in the U.S. and Canada are paid for with a Starbucks Card, and Starbucks Cards are available in more than 31 countries worldwide, with planned expansion in 2016. Starbucks Cards are the gift that keeps on giving. When customers register a Starbucks Card with My Starbucks Rewards® they can start earning stars for purchases at participating stores that can be redeemed year-round for Starbucks beverages and food. Some restrictions apply. Details can be found at

Starbucks Card Assortment

This holiday season Starbucks is offering more than 60 different gift card designs, from classic holiday themes to whimsical creations from the Starbucks in-house design team. Customers can mix and match for coworkers, teachers, as stocking stuffers, and for any other Starbucks lover in their life.

For ultimate Starbucks fans looking for an exclusive gift, the Starbucks 2015 Premium Card Collection includes three stainless steel cards embellished with Swarovski Crystals. The collection includes two key-chain sized cards, the Silver Crystal Starbucks Card and Champagne Crystal Starbucks Card and a wallet-sized Deep-Blue Crystal Starbucks Card. These premium gifts and are available in limited quantities in select Starbucks® stores in the US and Canada and on while supplies last. All cards are $200 (plus tax) and come loaded with $50.

Beginning at $5.00, and available in customized amounts up to $500, Starbucks Cards can be purchased at any company-operated location in the U.S. or Canada in a variety of formats and designs, and digital gift cards can be given through the company’s website ( and mobile apps in the U.S.

Starbucks for Life

The chance to win Starbucks for Life is back with a twist. This holiday season the Starbucks for Life sweepstakes is open exclusively to My Starbucks Rewards® members.

When a My Starbucks Rewards® member pays for their purchase in participating U.S. and Canada stores using a registered card or the Starbucks® Mobile App, he or she receives one game play. The member then goes to and logs in using their My Starbucks Rewards credentials. The customer will then play for the chance to win instant prizes, like bonus stars, or a game piece to place on their mobile game board for the chance to win Starbucks for a day, a week, a month or the grand prize, Starbucks for Life. The sweepstakes runs now to January 11, 2016.

Last year, over a 31-day period, more than 2.3 million customers entered the “It’s a Wonderful Card” sweepstakes, and 10 lucky customers won Starbucks for Life in the U.S. Those 10 winners also received the ultimate Starbucks Card, which not only provides them with Starbucks for Life, but is also a piece of Starbucks history. With an estimated retail value of $5,000, the card is made of 10K hammered gold and is engraved with the winner’s name. This year only seven people will win Starbucks for Life (five in the U.S. and two in Canada), and they will also receive the ultimate Starbucks Card. Only 21 ultimate Starbucks Cards have been made, making it the most exclusive Starbucks Card.

*National Retail Federation (NRF), November 17, 2015

Starbucks for Life Rules

Abbreviated rules for US: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C) 18 AND OLDER AND WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE MY STARBUCKS REWARDS® LOYALTY PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Participating stores only.  Promotion ends 1/11/16.  “Starbucks for Life” means the winner will receive a daily credit for 30 years for one free food or beverage item redeemable at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. Starbucks Evenings menu items excluded.  Winner must present a registered Starbucks Card.  Credits are non-transferrable and expire within 24 hours. For official rules, how to enter without purchase, prizes and odds, visit  Sponsor:  Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave., S., Seattle, WA 981034.  Limit of one (1) instant-win-game prize per day.

Abbreviated rules for Canada: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  LEGAL RESIDENTS OF CANADA 18 AND OLDER AND WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE MY STARBUCKS REWARDS® LOYALTY PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Participating stores only.  Promotion ends 1/11/16.  “Starbucks for Life” means the winner will receive a daily credit for 30 years for one free food or beverage item redeemable at participating Starbucks® stores in Canada. Starbucks Evenings menu items excluded.  Winner must present a registered Starbucks Card.  Credits are non-transferrable and expire within 24 hours. For official rules, how to enter without purchase, prizes and odds, visit  Sponsor:  Starbucks Coffee Canada, 5140 Yonge Street, Suite 1205, Toronto, ON M2N 6L7, Canada.  Limit of one (1) instant-win-game prize per day.

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SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation



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