NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) opens its first NYC store

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Part of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) ‘Made in NY’ initiative, the NOT JUST A LABEL | Made in NY store will showcase a selection of NYC’s most notable emerging designers, including much talked about and highlighted Designer Kamilah Willacy.

Kamilah Willacy’s Design nominated Artworks collection will be shown which is not only made in New York but made in Kamilah Willacy’s very own Design Facilities which is rare for designers.

‘I decided to build out my own production facilities and produce my bags in house not because I wanted to, it was simply because no other factory in the world was used to working with the materials I use”, said Kamilah Willacy.

“I simply didn’t have a choice to produce on my own in New York; it was either design around the capability of the factories out there or produce myself and maintain my desired level of creativity” -Kamilah Willacy

Kamilah Willacy’s accessories are unique and set her apart from most accessories designer’s due to her architectural background and experience in the commercial development and furniture industry. Her industry knowledge as influenced her use of materials. Most of her work is made of architectural steel and high gloss poured glass resin and you will sometimes find real wood and marble used.

The company is Emerging and the go to bag for the royals and elite crowd due to her ability to create bespoke designs on demand.

“ I am able to create bespoke products for my elite customers because I have my own design facilities. It a rewarding feeling and sense of pride you have when you are able to offer something unique for your customers”, says Designer Kamilah Willacy.

Kamilah Willacy’s strategy launching her brand of accessories was to offer entry level pricing to allow the average consumer an opportunity to purchase her product. Starting Price points ranged from $225-$1100.

Her private bespoke bags which can sometimes incorporate real sterling silver frames plated with 24k gold featuring her original artwork can range from $2000-$15,500 on average.

Kamilah Willacy is an example of why the initiative for local fashion and manufacturing in New York is important. It is raising the level of creativity and stimulating the growth of jobs which is very mush needed.

NJAL’s mission is to highlight the city’s fashion industry to the cultural richness of the New York hospitality staple. NJAL is also hosting a series of conversations around all things Made in New York, with industry impresarios including Adam Selman, Gabi Asfour, Becca McCharan, Marcia Patmos, Shelley Fox,
Burak Cakmak, and Kelly Cutrone.

For more information about this imitative see more at www.NOTJUSTALABEL.COM

For more information on Designer Kamilah Willacy see more at www.KamilahWillacy.com

Contact-Details: JOLE@ARCDEGLOBAL.COM

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NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) opens its first NYC store

NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) opens its first NYC store

Kate Ward new IR Director Kroger Co.

CINCINNATI, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced Kate Ward has been promoted to director of investor relations.

Ms. Ward joined Kroger in 2001 as an auditor. In 2005, she moved to capital management, where she has served in several leadership roles, including her current role as manager of finance.

“Kate has been a valuable member of our capital management team for the last 10 years,” said Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We are very pleased she will bring her experience to working with our investors and analysts.”

Ms. Ward succeeds Cindy Holmes, who was promoted to senior director of pension investments. Ms. Holmes began her Kroger career in 1990 as a systems analyst in Kroger Technology.

“We thank Cindy for her accomplished service in investor relations, and look forward to her contributions on our pension investments team,” Mr. Schlotman said.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’sMillion Dollar Club.

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Walmart kicks off Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families campaign; will donate $1 million to Fisher House Foundation

Campaign will provide up to $1.5 million to Fisher House Foundation to bring more military families together while loved ones are treated at nearby hospitals

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, on Giving Tuesday, Walmart is asking the public to literally lend its voice to support military families this holiday season. The company is kicking off Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families, a nationwide campaign that encourages the public to sing a portion of a classic holiday song while capturing it on video, and then post the video on social media channels to show support for members of the military and their families. Through these actions, Walmart will donate up to $1 million to Fisher House Foundation, which for the past 25 years has provided a home-away-from-home for military and veterans’ families whose loved ones are in a nearby military or veterans hospital. The goal of the donation is to help Fisher House Foundation fund a full year of lodging for military families staying at Fisher Houses on U.S. military bases. Additionally, Walmart is launching the campaign with an initial $500,000 donation to Fisher House Foundation.

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In recent years, more than 250,000 military men and women have returned home from overseas annually, many of whom are seeking medical treatment and are being treated at hospitals away from their families. Walmart’s Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families campaign aims to provide opportunities for these families to spend more time together during recovery while helping to provide a platform for the general public to show its support for our military, veterans and their families during the holiday season.

“For more than 25 years, Fisher House Foundation has helped our nation’s military families be with their loved ones while they recover and receive medical treatment at local hospitals. Walmart is honored to help Fisher House Foundation continue their efforts and share the joy of the season with the families staying at the houses this holiday,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer of Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our initiative this December is part of Walmart’s overall commitment to support veterans and their families. Working together with our partners, we are helping to strengthen ecosystems that benefit military members as they return home and transition back to civilian life.”

The initial $500,000 donation from Walmart to Fisher House Foundation will be distributed among more than 60 U.S.-based Fisher Houses. This donation will be used for home improvements and holiday festivities, including gifts for families and visits from Santa. Walmart is asking the public to join in the campaign and take action to help Walmart donate up to an additional $1 million. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 22, the public can participate by taking the following steps:

  1. Create a holiday greeting or video of one or more individuals singing a portion of a classic holiday song.
  2. Post the greeting or video on a public Instagram, Twitter or YouTube account with the hashtag #Sing2Salute. If you’re posting on YouTube, make sure the hashtag is in your video’s title and post description.
  3. In the post, tag a friend and call on them to participate.

As always, your posted content should comply with the guidelines of the social media platform you choose. For each public post on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube using the hashtag #Sing2Salute during the campaign, Walmart will donate $100, up to $1 million, to Fisher House Foundation. To learn more about Walmart’s Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families campaign, review rules for participation and see featured videos, visit www.walmart.com/sing2salute.

“I’m so pleased to be working with Walmart this holiday season to bring a little extra cheer to our military, veterans and their families,” said Ken Fisher, chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “I can’t say that I’m a great singer, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is getting our voices out there to say thank you and spread cheer. That’s what the real purpose of the campaign is all about. And it has double value in that it will help Fisher House Foundation fund lodging for military families staying at Fisher Houses on U.S. military bases. Additionally, Walmart is helping brighten the holidays for families staying at Fisher Houses this holiday. What better way to show that America really cares.”

Walmart’s support of military families and veterans this holiday season is just one way the company is demonstrating its long-standing commitment to support men and women in uniform. This October, Walmart launched the Greenlight A Vet campaign to help create visible and actionable national support for veterans nationwide. Walmart invited all Americans to show support for veterans by changing one light bulb in their home to green, raising awareness on social media, volunteering and serving with veteran groups in their community, or starting a mentor/mentee relationship with a veteran. Walmart is committed to greenlighting veterans, including hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020 through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. As part of this effort, Walmart recently greenlighted its 100,000th veteran hire. While a job is a vital piece of transitioning from military to civilian life for a veteran, it also takes a coordinated, multi-sector effort to create healthy transitions to civilian life. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $20 million in grants to organizations that provide veteran job training, education and community-based collaboration.

During the holiday season, Walmart will also provide support to two more nonprofits servicing military families and honoring veterans, including:

  • Operation Homefront: Walmart is helping Operation Homefront put a holiday meal on the table of 8,500 military families in 26 locations nationwide. Walmart has supported Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military program since 2006.
  • Wreaths Across America: Walmart is providing tractor trailers, private fleet drivers and a donation of $150,000 to Wreaths Across America to help honor U.S. veterans by laying wreaths in 900 locations on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 12.

Additionally, celebrating the Red Kettle Campaign’s 125th anniversary this year, Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations nationwide will host red kettles and bell ringers throughout December to help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to those in need. Walmart also is working to brighten the holidays for local kids in need by sponsoring Fill The Truck events at participating stores. During the weekends of Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6 and Dec.11-13, Walmart is inviting customers to visit their local participating stores and donate a new toy, coat or other gift to a local charity for a child in need.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,554 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart 2015 Cyber Monday: Mobile firmly established itself as the dominant shopping trend

SAN BRUNO, Calif., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Statement attributable to Fernando Madeira, President and CEO, Walmart.com.

“Mobile firmly established itself as the dominant shopping trend, for both traffic and sales. Mobile is making up more than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com, and now, nearly half of our orders since Thanksgiving have been placed on a mobile device – that’s double compared to last year. Our customers went from previously mostly searching and browsing on mobile, to making purchases at a much higher rate.

“But what was really fun to see were the products that grew the most in popularity from last year. Star Wars toys, 4K HDTVs 50-55”, drones, Xbox One and PS4 video game bundles, iPad Minis and 14-ft. trampolines were among the categories that gained the biggest boost in popularity, and we bought deep in these items to serve customers looking to wrap up those gifts. 2,000 of these and other Cyber Week deals are available on Walmart.com each day through Friday, Dec. 4th.

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

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Amazon Original Series Trial to debut exclusively on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan next year

Amazon Original Series stars Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, along with Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker, and is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, Executive Produced by Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman and Directed by David Semel

SEATTLE, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has greenlit dramatic Amazon Original SeriesTrial to debut exclusively on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan next year. The new series stars Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and William Hurt (Broadcast News), along with Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Maria Bello (Prisoners) and Molly Parker (House of Cards). Trial is written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice); executive produced by Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman (Lights Out); and directed by David Semel (Madam Secretary).

“Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and David E. Kelley are world-class talents who have achieved longstanding success in captivating storytelling,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to bring this series to our customers next year.”

Trial stars Thornton, Hurt, Thirlby and Bello in the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful.

Trial will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy through the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be available in SD and HD, as well as in 4KUltra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) on compatible smart TVs. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Video at no additional charge to Prime members, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of titles to buy or rent. Amazon Video is the only service in the world that brings customers both of these options in one place.

Prime Video, available on Amazon Video, lets Prime members enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-winning series Transparent, the critically acclaimed The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God, Bosch,

Catastrophe and Mozart in the Jungle as well as hit series like Sex and the City, Veep, Girls, The Sopranos, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Wire. Prime Video also offers members blockbuster movies such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, among others. Prime members have access to a collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, and Wishenpoof, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues.

Prime members can look forward to new and returning original series premiering this year such as the second season of Transparent onDecember 11, along with Mozart in the Jungle premiering later this year. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Bosch and romantic comedy Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents and Mad Dogs.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 16 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in select cities receive one and two hour delivery through Prime Now on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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

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Amazon sets record Thanksgiving weekend sales for Amazon devices

Amazon Fire TV is the #1 streaming media player in the US across all retailers—sales on Amazon this weekend up more than 6x year over year

  • Millions of 7” Fire tablets sold since launch—Fire tablet sales this holiday shopping weekend up more than 3x year over year
  • Echo was #1 best seller across all $100+ products available on Amazon.com this Black Friday

SEATTLE, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that this holiday shopping weekend was the best ever for Amazon devices:

  • The top-selling products across all of the products available on Amazon.com this Black Friday were Amazon devices—#1 was Fire, #2 was Fire TV Stick.
  • Amazon Fire TV sales are up more than 6x year over year this holiday shopping weekend. From July through October (the last month for which there is data) Fire TV has been the #1 streaming media player in the US, across all retailers.
  • On its first Black Friday, Amazon Echo was the #1 best seller across all $100+ products on Amazon.com.
  • The new $49.99 Fire tablet is the fastest-selling Amazon tablet ever, with millions sold since launch—Amazon tablet sales this weekend are up more than 3x year over year.
  • The Kindle e-reader business continues to grow—customers bought hundreds of thousands of Kindle e-readers this weekend.

“We’re excited that millions of customers will be opening new Amazon devices this holiday season. This has already been the biggest holiday shopping season for Amazon devices, and we’re energized by the year over year growth for all of our product categories,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With a sub-$50 price point for one or $250 for a six-pack, we’ve reached a tipping point with Fire—it is our fastest-selling tablet ever. We’ve already built millions—and we’re ramping up production to build millions more.”

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Amazon devices:

  • “Amazon has updated its Fire TV Stick just in time for the holidays, adding a few welcome features to the already excellent media streamer…It easily earns our Editors’ Choice for budget media streamers.” – PC Magazine
  • “Fire TV is the best all-around streaming box from the three major digital lifestyle platform providers.” – BetaNews
  • “Amazon’s $50 Fire is the Paperback of Entertainment.” – WSJ
  • “For $50, it’s simply the best value tablet you can buy right now.” – Engadget
  • “The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home.” – CNET
  • “With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight.” – Re/code
  • “If Dickens were alive in 2015, I’d have urged him to buy Amazon’s new $120 Kindle Paperwhite. … [Paperwhite] now has a higher resolution screen, a new easy-on-the-eyes font and new formatting options, making it the closest digital reading device to a real book.” – WSJ
  • “No e-reader has challenged my page-bound allegiance like this new Kindle Paperwhite…” – Gizmodo

Here’s what customers are saying:

  • “The best money I’ve ever spent on Amazon – hands down. This device has exceeded my expectations so far, and it’s still growing every week!” – P. Buchanan about Echo
  • “The Amazon Echo has immediately become part of our family. The voice recognition is excellent, the sound quality is better than I would have expected and the traffic/weather/timer/alarm functionality is very useful.” – Kamus about Echo
  • “Amazon managed to improve on an almost perfect product :)” – A. Mills about Kindle Paperwhite
  • “Absolutely a wonderful reader.” – DTodd about Kindle Paperwhite
  • “Must have device, especially for Amazon Prime members.” – Q. Moore about Fire TV Stick
  • “Bottom line, I’m really ecstatic with my Fire TV box so far.” – C. Martin Jr about Amazon Fire TV
  • “I think this an amazing device for $50 and couldn’t recommend it any higher.” – Heart Dad about Fire
  • “Five Stars. My first tablet is giving me a good intro to the world of tablets.” – Amazon customer about Fire

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

Hemsley new paint brand exclusively available at Homebase

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week launches a new prestige paint brand, Hemsley, which brings together a collection of muted, timeless and classic colours that have been expertly crafted to bring effortless colour harmony into the home.

Exclusive to Homebase, Hemsley is made up of 56 flat matt colours which have been grouped into 14 collections of four coordinating tones, making it easier to shop the range and give you confidence to use a mix of colours to create beautiful interiors.

The range includes the Lovington collection, a series of on-trend greys and Cheriton, a series of berry pinks. Also included is eight Eggshells, designed to blend perfectly with each of the colour collections to complete the look.

Hemsley is a water-based, premium quality paint with uniquely blended pigments for exceptional colour depth and a beautiful ultra flat matt finish.

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

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

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

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Michaels survey: Entertaining as main stressors during the holiday season

Michaels Pinpoints Holiday Stress and Provides Relief

IRVING, Texas, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels (Nasdaq:MIK), the world’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, conducted an online survey of 3,000 customers to learn what their main stressors are during the holiday season. Topping the list? Holiday entertaining.

Nearly 40 percent said entertaining creates the most stress for them during the holidays, followed by gift wrapping (26 percent) and home decorating (25 percent). Michaels, which conducted the survey over the summer, used the results to create resources to help its customers feel less overwhelmed and enjoy the holidays more.

“As a top destination for holiday home decor, entertaining, gifts and gift wrap, we wanted to find out what our customers worry about the most during the season and see how we can help,” said Michaels Executive Vice President – Marketing Steve Carlotti. “We have online and in-store resources to help make every aspect of the holidays personalized and fun.”

For those who want to create a festive atmosphere for parties and dinners, Michaels.com features hundreds of products, ideas and how-to videos showing how to create easy designer-style home decor, beautiful centerpieces and delicious holiday treats.

Throughout the holiday season, Michaels also will offer hands-on how-to events so kids and adults can create homemade gifts and one-of-a-kind decorations. For a complete schedule, go to Michaels.com.

And for the more than 50 percent of those surveyed who said they find last-minute gift shopping a problem, Michaels has an online gift guide for just the right gift for any budget or recipient, such as hostesses, teachers, family and friends.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of Aug. 1, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,186 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®.

Media Contact: Megan Duran or Loren Rutledge
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Michaels@spmcommunications.com

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H&M supports COP21 and will be in Paris with expertise from its sustainability department

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time. As a leading fashion retailer H&M wants to be a positive player in climate change, ensuring climate is kept on safe levels around the world for communities and environment. This demands important investments and collaborations. H&M supports the COP21 process and will be present in Paris with expertise from the sustainability department.

H&M has committed to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy in all countries where it is credibly possible to purchase. H&M is a member of RE100, an organization only open to companies committing to 100 percent renewable energy. This commitment means that H&M has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions compared to last year alongside a positive growth of its business.

As signatory of the Earth Statement H&M supports that countries and industries decarbonize their operations ensuring a 2 degree Celsius limit to safeguard ecosystems. This is done through collaboration, commitments and investments in environmental friendly technologies.

H&M is one of the first companies in the world to start setting goals on the value chain according to planetary boundaries, i.e. what scientists say the planet demands in order to stay within a safe temperature.

“We are committed to provide our customers with fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. This includes how we operate in our own operation, our value chain and communities around the globe where we have a presence. Our commitment to 100 percent renewable energy and our work to influence policy makers to a carbon free future are two examples how H&M contributes to a safe climate generations to come”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

H&M’s goal to solely use cotton coming from more sustainable sources (organic cotton, recycled cotton and Better cotton) by 2020 at the latest means tremendous improvements to its climate related impact. So does H&M’s garment collecting program which enables customers to return all their unwanted textiles, making them a part of the solution. By doing this H&M works for closing the textile loop in order not to use any raw material. These are just a few examples of how H&M makes sure the value chain is aligned with planetary boundaries.

Read more about the annual Conference of the Parties (COP), this year hosted by France: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

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Belk launches its second annual holiday fundraising campaign Angel Days

Belk’s holiday charity program supports local education by inviting customers to make a donation for Title I schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk announced today the second annual launch of its holiday fundraising campaign, Angel Days. Angel Days provides customers an opportunity to support local Title I elementary schools through direct contributions at local Belk stores. Each store will donate 100% of the proceeds of the program to a local Title I elementary school. The schools can use the funding to support their individual needs.

“Belk has a longstanding commitment to the communities we serve, and this program gives us a way to raise thousands of dollars for our local schools,” said Jessica Graham, vice president of communications and community relations at Belk. “We wanted to offer customers a way to participate in the giving season, not just through shopping, but through giving back to their local communities.”

For a minimum contribution of $5, customers receive an exclusive angel pin to take home.

Angel Days kicks off in stores on December 2 and will run through December 26.

Title I schools are defined by the US Department of Education as those with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 296 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

SOURCE: Belk

Contact: Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and
community relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com

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Asda’s Income Tracker: British families have more money in their pockets but likely to spend less this Christmas

LEEDS, England, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK families likely to spend less this Christmas as Asda’s Income Tracker reveals they actually have £17 a week more in their pockets than last year

  • The average UK household had £193 of discretionary income in October, up by £17 a week in October compared to 2014
  • Price of vehicle fuels dropped by 14%, giving families more to smile about ahead of the great Christmas getaway
  • The cost of electricity and gas fell by 4.1%, easing the pressure as the mercury drops
  • Yet research shows that even with deeper pockets, over one in five (21%) customers is planning on spending less this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and Asda’s latest income tracker shows that British families have more money in their pockets to celebrate the festive season.

Households across the nation have been enjoying a boost to their coffers with an extra £17 a week of discretionary income in their pockets, a rise of 9.6% compared to this time last year . However, customer confidence still remains cautious ahead of the Christmas period.

Despite discretionary income being up with families having an average of £193 a week to spend, Asda’s recent Christmas spending survey suggests that not everyone is splashing out this year. In fact, two-thirds (68%) of consumers are planning to spend the same amount on Christmas this year as they did last year, while one in five (21%) are actually planning to spend less.

Those tackling the Christmas commute to visit loved ones this year will receive a welcome relief thanks to a significant drop in fuel prices. The latest Income Tracker shows a 14% fall in the price of vehicle fuel compared to this time last year, meaning that those hitting the road to visit relatives will do so much more cheaply this Christmas.

Whether it’s competing with the neighbours for the brightest light display or huddling around the fire to watch a Christmas classic on TV, the latest Income Tracker shows that people can embrace the festive spirit without burning a hole in their pockets, as the price of home electricity, gas and other fuel fell by 4.1% on last year.

With a fifth planning to spend between £300 and £500 on seasonal celebrations, a further drop of 2.7% on food and drink prices, as well as overall deflation of 0.4% on essential items, is a welcome treat for Brits this Christmas. Now they can start to stock the cupboards with the family’s festive favourites for less.

You can read the full report here.

SOURCE: ASDA

Scottish Retail Consortium: diet and nutrition at the heart of retail priorities ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election

LONDON, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Scottish Retail Consortium is launching the third of four policy papers setting out the key priorities of the retail industry for each of the political parties ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

As set out in today’s publication, diet and nutrition is being put at the heart of retail priorities for political manifestos.

Major food retailers have led the food industry in helping consumers to make healthier choices through a wide range of initiatives including the rollout of our front of pack nutrition labelling scheme, working on reformulation to produce nutritionally improved food and using new media to directly engage the consumer.

Through working on their products, retailers have removed thousands of tonnes of sugar, salt and billions of calories from a wide selection of products that we enjoy every day in Scotland. Retailers have also been the first to remove the use of hydrogenated vegetable fats from all their food stuffs and have gone further by removing large quantities of saturated fat from ready meals, desserts, crisps, pastries and other products.

Against a challenging economic backdrop retailers have also ensured that hard-pressed consumers can feed their families from a choice of high quality, nutritious food and on a budget. This has included the extensive and daily price promotion of fruit and vegetables, provision of menu cards, meal suggestions and cooking tips to help combat the myth that healthy food is more expensive.

The challenge of combating Scotland’s track record for poor diet and health is not one for the retail industry alone. That is why the publication is also setting out a range of commitments we would like to see each of the political parties adopt in order to support further progress not just from the retail industry but also to secure greater responsibility from the wider food industry and to support more informed consumer decisions.

Commenting on the launch of the Diet & Nutrition paper David Martin, Head of Policy and External Affairs said:

“Retailers have taken great strides over recent years to make it easier for consumers to improve their diet and lifestyle through empowering customers and improving their products.

“Whilst it is ultimately up to individuals and parents to control their own and their children’s diet and physical activity, retailers have been working hard so that consumers can make the healthier choice through a revolution in how they communicate nutritional content, promoting healthier options like fruit and vegetables and helping customers to prepare healthier meals.

“Our members have also gone one step further by ensuring that own-brand products are healthier by removing thousands of tonnes of sugar, salt and billions of calories and reducing the fat content.

“Retailers have been very progressive in these areas but are being put at a competitive disadvantage because a significant proportion of the food industry has not made this investment in public health. As we approach the Holyrood election we ask each of the political parties to bear this in mind to take steps to help retailers go further but also to ensure that the entire food industry is playing its part.”

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Notes to editors:
The Diet & Nutrition paper launched today can be accessed here

For media enquiries please contact David Martin, Head of Policy and External Affairs, on 07880 039 743 or email david.martin@brc.org.uk

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. to present at the 2nd Annual Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York City

DENVER, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today announced that the Company will present at an upcoming investor conference.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Company will present at the 2nd Annual Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York City. The presentation will begin at 11:40 AM Eastern Time. The presentation will be webcast live from the Company’s Web Site at chipotle.com under the investor relations section. Archived webcasts will be available after the conclusion of the presentations.

About Chipotle
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 1,900 restaurants, including 22 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 11 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Mark Alexee, 303-605-1042
Investor Relations

SOURCE: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Tractor Supply Company’s new distribution center in Casa Grande, Arizona achieved LEED® Silver certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Award Marks Second LEED Silver Certification Achieved by Tractor Supply in the Past Year

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that the Company’s new distribution center in Casa Grande, Arizona has achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This marks the second LEED Silver certification awarded to a Tractor Supply Company facility within the last year.

“We are extremely proud to be opening our second LEED Silver certified facility, as Tractor Supply continues to demonstrate an ongoing commitment, through our Stewardship Program, to environmental sustainability,” said Benjamin Parish, SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, who oversees the Stewardship Program at Tractor Supply. “Our Stewardship Program is a process of continuous improvement as we identify ways to become more efficient, eliminate waste and reduce our impact on the environment.”

Construction of the Company’s new 600,000 plus square-foot distribution center in Casa Grande, Arizona was recently completed, with the help of J.M. Mullis, Inc. who served as the site selection consultant and DC Project Management, LLC, who served as the construction management firm for the project. The facility began receiving inventory in early October and is on schedule to begin shipping to stores in December. Over time, this distribution center will have the capacity to service upwards of 250 stores in the Southwest region.

Tractor Supply’s Casa Grande distribution center is the second largest warehouse in the State of Arizona to be awarded LEED for New Construction Silver certification. Additionally, the facility is the fifth largest certified LEED for New Construction project overall in Arizona. The new distribution center is expected to reduce energy costs by 40 percent compared with baseline code requirements, as well as reduce potable water usage by 40 percent indoors and 72 percent outdoors.

Tractor Supply was able to build the new distribution center to the LEED Silver standard by incorporating a number of environmentally friendly features, including:

  • Energy efficient design and heating/cooling systems;
  • Water saving plumbing and irrigation systems;
  • Recycled and regionally sourced building materials;
  • Low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, carpet systems; and
  • LED lighting.

H&M Construction served as the design/build company for the facility, and the LEED consultant was greenStudio, a sustainability division of Hastings Architecture Associates.

Tractor Supply’s first LEED silver certification was awarded in November 2014 for the building of the Company’s Store Support Center in Brentwood, Tennessee.

“We have seen immediate positive environmental impacts that exceed the originally expected energy savings at the Store Support Center,” said Clay Teter, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Construction. “We look to mirror these positive results with the new LEED Silver certified distribution center in Casa Grande, as we work hard to serve as good stewards of our community, land and future generations to come.”

For more information on Tractor Supply’s environmental sustainability efforts through its Stewardship Program, please visit www.TractorSupply.com.

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

Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

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

Source: Tractor Supply Company

RILA: “mobile” may be the new buzz word for retailers in 2016

Arlington, VA, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​This holiday season, a record number of purchases will be made with the use of a mobile device. Some of these purchases will be made in-store, using a smart phone to make the payment at checkout. And a growing number will be purchases made by consumers directly from their mobile device. Added together, and it’s clear that “mobile” may be the new buzz word for retailers in 2016. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will be discussing this transformative technology at a hearing this morning entitled, “The Disrupter Series: Mobile Payments.”

“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is the perfect time for Congress to discuss the dynamic changes at work in our economy, and we’re grateful to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for highlighting the mobile revolution that will impact retailers and consumers in the years ahead,” said Brian Dodge, executive vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

“Never before in history have consumers had access to so many different merchant platforms and a variety of payment technologies to choose from,” said Dodge. “For retailers, meeting this challenge has meant a massive investment in new payment terminals, workforce training, mobile shopping platforms and customer service to ensure we are meeting the needs of our consumers from product selection to check out—regardless of where it occurs.”

For decades, Black Friday symbolized the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year, with stores competing against one another with blockbuster sales to drive foot traffic. Just over ten years ago, Cyber Monday became synonymous with online shopping as retailers began to see spikes in online sales the day after the Thanksgiving weekend. This led to new sales strategies designed to attract customers shopping from their home or office. The advent of mobile platforms and payment technologies means consumers can now shop whenever they want wherever they want, and it will be up to retailers to address this challenge going forward.

“The expected growth of mobile shopping and mobile payments means holiday shopping will further evolve to meet the demands and preferences of consumers who now carry in their pocket a global shopping catalog and a bank in one device,” said Dodge. “Retailers embrace the challenge of using new technologies that enable them to interact with their customers at any given moment.”

And despite the growth of digital platforms, major retailers are still committed to an in-store experience that uses cutting edge technologies to ensure secure payments and a variety of options for the consumer.

“For consumers shopping locally, retailers have invested billions in both new machines and training to ensure consumers have a wide variety of payment options, and that the experience at checkout is as smooth and secure as possible,” added Dodge.

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

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

Kimco Realty Corp. acquires Christown Spectrum for $115.3 million

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly-traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers, today announced that it purchased an 850,000-square-foot destination power center in the PhoenixMesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for $115.3 million. The property, situated one mile east of Interstate 17, is accessible by more than a dozen points of ingress/ egress and lies adjacent to the second-busiest light rail station in Phoenix.

Christown Spectrum is 94% occupied and is located at the dominant and highly trafficked (97,600 ADT) retail corner of West Bethany Home Road and North 19th Avenue in one of the most densely populated areas in the Phoenix metro, with a population of 437,000 within a 5-mile radius. It is anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter, Costco and SuperTarget; the only center in the U.S. to boast all three retailers. Supplementing the three main anchor tenants are several national and/or investment grade retailers such as Walgreens, Ross Dress for Less, PetSmart, Dollar Tree, Bank of America, Famous Footwear, GNC, Bath & Body Works, Supercuts, Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr. and Wingstop Restaurant.

The property offers various redevelopment and value creation opportunities including several below-market ground leases, the development of numerous pads and the expansion of leasable square footage.

ABOUT KIMCO
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly-traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2015, the company owned interests in 710 shopping centers comprising 105 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT The statements in this release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with the company’s expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and any subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as it may be updated or supplemented by subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K or Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

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CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Kimco Realty Corp.
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

SOURCE: KIMCO

X5 Retail Group and Rospechat partner to open 100 newsstands at Pyaterochka stores

MOSCOW, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, and Rospechat, a leading Russian newspaper and magazine distribution agency, announce the signing of a cooperation agreement to open 100 Rospechat outlets selling print media and stationery at Pyaterochka stores. 20 outlets will open by the end of the year, with the rest following by mid-2016.

Rospechat newsstands of 4 to 15 sq m will be located both outside (near cash desks) and inside (shop-in-shop) Pyaterochka’s shopping area. The stands will carry an optimised product mix designed to match the needs of Pyaterochka’s customers, including an offer for pre-school and school children.

The Rospechat newsstands will be opened in Pyaterochka stores across 11 Russian regions, as well as Moscow and St Petersburg. Next year, X5 and Rospechat will discuss opportunities to roll the initiative out in other regions where Pyaterochka operates.

Such agreements form part of Pyaterochka’s strategy for developing partnerships in highvalue additional services segments, which also include pharmacies, children’s stores, mobile phone stores, repairs and everyday service kiosks and bakeries. The agreements are designed to create a comprehensive product and service offering tailored to customers’ needs at each location. In line with this initiative, Pyaterochka is working to build a strong pool of major partners that provide specialised services or goods of the highest quality.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Whole Foods Market celebrates National Cookie Day with cookies for a quarter from Dec. 2 to 8

Retailer celebrates National Cookie Day all week with cookies for a quarter Dec. 2 to 8

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Dec. 2 to 8, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies will cost 25 cents apiece at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. They are available daily while supplies last, limit three per customer.

“What can I say, our cookies rule! We’re excited to offer them to customers with such a sweet deal,” said David Lannon, Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations. “And don’t forget the 365 Everyday Value milk, soy milk or almond milk for dunking!”

All bakery items at Whole Foods Market are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

EXPERTS

David Lannon
Executive Vice President of Operations

A supermarket industry veteran of more than 20 years, David Lannon began his career in the Boston area in produce with Bread & Circus in 1986, working his way up to director of operations.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

 

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Whole Foods Market celebrates National Cookie Day with cookies for a quarter from Dec. 2 to 8

Whole Foods Market celebrates National Cookie Day with cookies for a quarter from Dec. 2 to 8

Scientific Games and Wincor Nixdorf win tender to deliver and install 725 terminals for Lotto outlets in Saxony-Anhalt

Scientific Games and Wincor Nixdorf win tender

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — On October 27, 2015, a Europe-wide tender concluded with the signing of a contract for the delivery of new terminals for the Lotto outlets in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The signing marked the official commission of Scientific Games and Wincor Nixdorf by Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt to deliver and install 725 terminals, including software. Wincor Nixdorf’s role in this cooperation will be the provision of the hardware: Xion/Mplus latest-generation lottery terminals. In addition, the company will be responsible for ongoing support and maintenance of the terminals.

These new systems promise significant advantages for both customers and the staff of the Lotto outlets: the larger 15” display is clearer and easier to read, and customer service will be enhanced by additional functions such as fingerprint scanning and price inquiries. The new barcode readers can register all the barcode variants currently in use, and thus also enable the use of barcodes on smart phone screens. An integrated webcam means that photos for customer cards can be made directly in the outlets and forwarded to Lotto headquarters for fast further processing.

“This important milestone required extensive preparation and negotiations, and we are very pleased that we have now reached it. The investment is important to enable our outlets to look after their customers in a more modern, service-oriented fashion,” say the Managing Directors of Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt Maren Sieb and Klaus Scharrenberg.

A total of 725 terminals will be delivered to the Lotto outlets in Saxony-Anhalt. The new terminals are scheduled to be up and running in the outlets by the third quarter of 2016. The investment was necessary since the terminals currently used by Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt are meanwhile ten years old.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Trade Press

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

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

7‑Eleven, Inc. announces new partnership with Tapingo to launch on-demand delivery to the college market

Students, area residents now have the convenience store’s Slurpee® drinks, fresh foods and snacks at their fingertips

DALLAS and SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. today announced a new partnership with Tapingo, the leading mobile commerce application for college campuses, to launch on-demand delivery of 7‑Eleven® products in the college market.

Starting today, Tapingo users at or near the participating colleges in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland can enjoy delivery of 7‑Eleven products from select, neighboring 7‑Eleven stores.

Focusing on the college market, Tapingo has built strong relationships with more than 100 colleges that use Tapingo to enhance student life. By working closely with forward-looking campuses that prioritize student engagement, Tapingo helps broaden the reach of campus dining services to satisfy the needs of students.

“We’ve seen a tremendous demand from students for late-night eats. Sometimes, you just need a Slurpee and a pizza at 1 a.m.!” said Jeff Hardy, Tapingo’s chief business officer. “Welcoming 7‑Eleven to our rapidly growing partner ecosystem significantly increases our ability to provide students with what they want, when they want it. The 7‑Eleven brand is synonymous with convenience, and that’s exactly what our community looks to us to provide.”

Tapingo users can browse the 7‑Eleven aisles through the app and have their items delivered quickly and efficiently.

Hardy added, “Tapingo is the most affordable and convenient delivery service for colleges. Using the Club Tapingo feature, which also provides exclusive promotions and VIP treatment, Tapingo users pay a $2.99 delivery charge, but no additional service fees.”

Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven vice president for innovation and ventures, said “Tapingo users are largely college students who are digital natives. They are redefining convenience and accustomed to ordering what they want with a few taps on a computer or smart phone. Tapingo’s technology helps us build a relationship with this demographic.”

Doddala added, “7‑Eleven products that particularly appeal to college-age consumers include whole pizzas, chicken wings and other hot foods, sandwiches that are made fresh and delivered daily. They also like ice cream, energy drinks and 7‑Eleven’s own 7-Select-branded snacks because they are higher quality and lower priced than name-brand competitors.”

Tapingo works with campus dining, food-service companies and national brands to enhance the student experience by providing advanced, mobile food-ordering, pick up and delivery. Currently serving 46 markets from Alaska to Florida, Tapingo is known on campuses for saving college students time. With the average user transacting daily, Tapingo has become the buy-button for the college market.

About the Tapingo Partner Ecosystem
At Tapingo, we fundamentally believe that technology should create a win-win situation. The implementation of Tapingo’s mobile commerce capabilities on college campuses demonstrates this philosophy by giving consumers a better way to buy, while increasing throughput and driving the bottom line for operators. We work closely with a broad range of forward-looking campuses, foodservice industry leaders, and national and regional brands to bring our customers what they want – where, when, and how they want it! The Tapingo Partner Ecosystem includes such companies as Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Taco Bueno, 7‑Eleven Inc., and Aramark (NYSE: ARMK).

About Tapingo
Since its founding in 2012, Tapingo has leveraged mobile technology to improve the buying experience and solve a key problem for students: lack of time. Using Tapingo’s cutting edge mobile technology, users can browse menus, order and pay, then schedule pickup or have their order delivered. By providing a streamlined buying process that benefits both the students and the campuses, Tapingo drives habitual purchase and eliminates operational inefficiencies. Tapingo processes tens of thousands of transactions per day, and is the ideal commerce solution for the on-the-go on-demand generation.

Stop waiting at www.tapingo.com

 

Contact:

Leanne Reis
Phone: 650-307-3575
Email: leanne@tapingo.com

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.    
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 57,500 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

SOURCE: 7-Eleven, Inc.

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7‑Eleven, Inc. launches partnership with Tapingo to provide on-demand delivery of its products to the college market. With a few taps on the Tapingo app, students can now order delivery of 7‑Eleven foods, beverages and other merchandise. College students serve as Tapingo Couriers to deliver Slurpee drinks, fresh foods and other 7‑Eleven proprietary and other popular products to select campuses and nearby neighborhoods.

7‑Eleven, Inc. launches partnership with Tapingo to provide on-demand delivery of its products to the college market. With a few taps on the Tapingo app, students can now order delivery of 7‑Eleven foods, beverages and other merchandise.
College students serve as Tapingo Couriers to deliver Slurpee drinks, fresh foods and other 7‑Eleven proprietary and other popular products to select campuses and nearby neighborhoods.

BESTSELLER recalls NAME IT MITTENS OF THE MODEL NITMILLA MITTEN GIRL 415 and NITMILLA EARWARMER GIRL 415

  • A PRODUCT TEST HAS REVEALED THAT THE NAME IT MITTENS OF THE MODEL NITMILLA MITTEN GIRL 415 CONTAIN FLUORINATED COMPOUNDS.
  • AS THE NITMILLA EARWARMER GIRL 415 ARE MADE FROM THE SAME MATERIAL, WE ASSUME THAT THESE ALSO CONTAIN FLUORINATED COMPOUNDS.

Brande, Denmark, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — In our Chemical Restrictions we have a ban against long-chain fluorinated compounds in BESTSELLER products, so we have chosen voluntarily to recall both of these products.

Wearing the mittens does not pose any immediate risk, but added to the total amount of fluorinated compounds that you are exposed to, it may pose a health risk in the long term.

We must emphasise that despite the fluorinated compounds found in the products, they are legal to sell. However, we encourage consumers who have bought the products to return them to a NAME IT store and get a refund. The products may also be sent directly to NAME IT, Fredskovvej, 7330 Brande, Denmark.

Read more about our policies and guidelines here.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

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BESTSELLER recalls NAME IT MITTENS OF THE MODEL NITMILLA MITTEN GIRL 415 and NITMILLA EARWARMER GIRL 415

Lagardère Travel Retail opens LINK Karratha store and combined Foodservice outlet at Karratha Airport

Karratha, Australia, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer, who was awarded the Foodservice and Travel Essentials master concession at Karratha Airport, has opened its doors to a LINK Karratha store and a combined Foodservice outlet featuring a cafe, bar and Eagle Boys Pizza.

The opening of these stores, totalling over 470sqm of retail space, excluding dining seating area, represents a significant expansion of Lagardère Travel Retail’s footprint within the region. The LINK Karratha store continues the successful rollout of the concept within Australian airports, and the combined Foodservice operation is an important strategic step for the travel retailer’s vision to become an alternative player in Foodservice within the region.

The LINK store at Karratha Airport has been tailored specifically for Karratha Airport, featuring an extensive tech and accessories execution, casual surf wear, apparel, beauty and travel essentials items that will appeal to the largely ever evolving Fly-in, Fly-out (FIFO) and Visiting Friends & Relatives (VFR) passenger mix. LINK reimagines the traditional books, news and convenience offer as a comprehensive travel essentials offer.

Representing a significant milestone for Lagardère Travel Retails strategy for growth within the region, Pacific CEO Matthieu Mercier said, “We are thrilled to be operating these stores at Karratha Airport, Western Australia’s 2nd busiest airport and Australia’s busiest airport for helicopter traffic.”

“The award of the master concession is enormously rewarding, and we are delighted to have now successfully opened these stores within such a progressive regional airport. Considering the remoteness of the location, the process from tender to involvement with space allocation and build was seamless”.

The combined cafe/bar/grill outlet is the first of its kind in the region operated by Lagardère Travel Retail. The store streamlines the Foodservice operations at Karratha Airport, servicing all day parts and effectively meeting passenger expectations of a new terminal. Lagardère Travel Retail’s expansion of their supply agreement with Eagle Boys Group has enabled an even wider range of bar and snacking products to reach Karratha through their national supply chain.

Karratha Airport General Manager Mitchell Cameron says: “The City of Karratha is delighted to have Lagardère Travel Retail as our concession partner at Karratha Airport. We wanted to provide a depth of offering that is not typical in regional ports; we engaged early with Lagardère Travel Retail working together to provide the traveling public with a seamless and wide range of products, food and beverage options. The stores have been a pivotal part of the redevelopment of Karratha Airport and in demonstrating what can be achieved with good planning and an open partnership.”

The contemporary fit-out channels a sense of place that reflects Karratha and the Pilbara region, and provides travellers with a place to relax and recharge before their flight.

The Karratha Airport stores opened in October 2015, as part of the $35m Airport redevelopment.

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

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

PRESS CONTACT
Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lagardere-traspac.com

Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lagardere-traspac.com

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Thanksgiving week: the biggest week in terms of sales in QVC’s history

QVC Sets New Sales Records and Hits All-Time Digital Sales High as Customers Tune in for Hot Gift Items and Exclusive Deals

West Chester, PA, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29, U.S. shoppers flocked to QVC for the hottest gift items and exclusive deals, making this the largest week ever in sales at QVC, as well as the highest-selling Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in QVC’s history. Underscoring a growing consumer preference to shop from the comfort of home – and avoid the chaos of brick-and-mortar retailers – QVC U.S. also achieved record ecommerce sales via web and mobile throughout the week.

Personal electronics, kitchen electrics, and apparel and accessories from brands such as Dell™, Canon, KitchenAid and Susan Graver were among the hottest sellers, each representing a Today’s Special Value®, the best find of the day. The Today’s Special Value for Saturday, November 28, a Dell Windows 10 Laptop, was the highest-selling TSV item ever on QVC.com.

“Throughout the week, shoppers turned to QVC for the season’s most-desired items, from camera-enabled drones to fitness gadgets and functional fashion accessories, making QVC the ultimate gift destination for the whole family,” said Ken O’Brien, SVP of Global Brands Management and U.S. Buying, QVC. “It is clear that our customers prefer to embrace the joy of holiday by shopping remotely, visiting QVC across TV, web, mobile, tablet and social media, rather than the long-standing tradition of heading to the stores.”

QVC U.S. milestones for the week include:

  • Thanksgiving week (November 23-29) was the biggest week in terms of sales in QVC’s history. Ecommerce accounted for 58% of sales.
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 26) was the highest-selling Thanksgiving ever.
  • Black Friday (November 27) was the highest-selling Black Friday ever on QVC.com.
  • Cyber Monday (November 30) was the highest-selling Cyber Monday ever.

“We look for products that bring the joy of discovery to customers, and the best sellers across categories have one unifying theme – customers can find what they love, and love what they find at QVC this holiday season,” O’Brien concluded.

Product highlights of the week:

  • Electronics, including audio players, computers and cameras from popular brands such as Bose®, Dell and Canonwere hot sellers.
  • Classic kitchen favorites from Vitamix, KitchenAid, and Keurig were popular choices in cooking and dining.
  • Shoppers rushed to buy must-have beauty gift sets from premier brands such as bareMinerals®, tarte, Josie Maran and IT Cosmetics.
  • Fun, hi-tech items like the Panther Wide Drone with Camera and the Fitbit Wireless Activity Tracker have been popular.
  • Accessories and apparel from top brands including Dennis Basso, Isaac Mizrahi LIVE!TM, Susan Graver and Dooney & Bourke remain hot.
  • Items that combine fashion and function are striking it big, including the G.I.L.I. got it love it® with HALOGUARD Leather RFID Pouch and the LODIS Italian Leather Credit Card Cases with RFID Protection, both designed to help protect your technology while providing a trendy edge.

Demonstrating QVC’s commitment to providing customers with an engaging experience on today’s most innovative platforms, the QVC for Apple TV app launched on October 29, just in time for the hottest holiday shopping week. Customers can find holiday inspiration all season long directly through the app, where they can make purchases easily with a click of their remote.

For more information about QVC’s daily specials and a curated assortment of gift ideas, please visit QVC.com and QVC apps throughout the holiday season.

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

SOURCE: QVC, Inc.

Scholarships for Military Children Program applications open on Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at www.militaryscholar.org.

A total of 700 scholarship grants, each worth $2,000, will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year. Those students selected for the honor will join nearly 9,000 who’ve been awarded more than $13.9 million in scholarship grants over the last 15 years.

At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant’s family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

Applicants should ensure they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2016 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

The commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and manufacturers – and the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.

For more information, students or sponsors can visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin partners with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich

Benjamin to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Charlotte, N.C., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tuesday, December 15, Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Benjamin’s sandwich, “The Benjamin Buster,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Benjamin Buster” which features roasted turkey, roast beef and pepperoni topped with yellow American cheese, Swiss cheese, banana peppers, onions, ranch dressing, oil and vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper on a white flour tortilla. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “The Benjamin Buster” sandwich, a drink and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

“The Benjamin Buster” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Benjamin will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his signature sub sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Benjamin Buster” as Harris Teeter’s fourth and final Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2015-2016 season.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin partners with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich

Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin partners with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich

Kingfisher to invest £50 million in renewable energy to reduce its energy consumption by 10%

LONDON, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has unveiled plans to invest £50 million in renewable energy as part of a plan to reduce its energy consumption from the national grid by 10% in the next two years.

The investment will be spent on a range of renewable technologies. The roll-out of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will commence immediately in the UK and France on distribution centres and selected stores, and is expected to be rolled-out to the majority of the 10 countries in which Kingfisher operates. Other future renewable energy sources will include air source heat pumps, combined heat and power boilers and new fuel cell generation.

The investment decision was made following the completion of a PV installation at the Screwfix head office and contact centre in Yeovil this summer, which has been performing well. More than a third of the contact centre’s power is now generated by its solar panel installation.

Kingfisher led the Net Positive movement in 2012 when it launched its ambition to do more than minimise its negative impact, redesigning its business to have a positive impact on the world. The organisation has an aspiration for every Kingfisher store and customer’s home to be zero carbon or generate more energy than it consumes by 2050 and has already reduced its property portfolio’s energy intensity by 17% – delivering its 2016 milestone ahead of schedule.

Richard Gillies, Sustainability Director for Kingfisher said: “We hope our renewables investment helps demonstrate to the world’s leaders discussing the climate deal this week that leading businesses want a sustainable future, and to see the right deal in Paris.

“This renewables investment is part of our Net Positive journey to transform our business to be a force for good. There’s plenty more we can do but business needs stability and certainty to make these types of long-term investment decisions. That’s why we need leadership in Paris – it’s the key to enabling the consistent national policies and incentives business needs to invest.”

Notes to Editors

1.    The range of renewable technology deployed will be predominately PV based but will also include a mix of: air source heat pumps; combined solar thermal with gas absorption pumps; combined heat and power boilers; and new fuel cell generation.

2.    The business has reduced its energy intensity by 17% since 2010/11.

3.    Between 4 and 10 December, Kingfisher’s retail brands, Castorama and Brico Dépôt, will have a stand at the ‘Solutions COP21’ exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris during the COP 21 climate talks in December. The free exhibition is open to all, and will showcase the many products, services, processes and innovations either existing or under development throughout the world to fight climate change and its impact. We’ll also be helping people understand what it is they can do to reduce emissions from their homes by providing help and advice, accompanied by eco product offers in our French and UK stores.

4.    Kingfisher is a proud supporter of the We Mean Business coalition, through our membership of the Corporate Leaders Group and BSR, all looking to secure the right deal in Paris.

5.    Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company which operates nearly 1,200 stores in 10 countries in Europe. Its main brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also operates the Koçtaş joint venture in Turkey.  The business exists to help and inspire millions of people to improve their homes and believes that because people’s homes are so central to their lives, improving their homes means improving their lives. The business employs some 79,000 people and serves nearly six million customers in store and online every week. It is dedicated to achieving growth in a sustainable way and is working to integrate sustainability into all it does so that sustainability becomes business as usual.

6.    For more information about Kingfisher and it’s Net Positive ambition visit www.kingfisher.com and www.kingfisher.com/netpositive

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

 

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Kingfisher to invest £50 million in renewable energy to reduce its energy consumption by 10%

Work in progress: solar panels going on the roof of the Screwfix Distribution Centre in Trentham

NTT Communications Corporation to provide private network, data center, cloud and support services for global retailer Cath Kidston in Asia

NTT Communications delivers technology and support against tight deadlines

London, UK, and Tokyo, Japan, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — NTT Communications Corporation  (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), announced today a new agreement with global retailer Cath Kidston to provide private network, data center, cloud and support services in Asia.

British lifestyle brand’s Japan expansion:
Cath Kidston, which sells home furnishings, bags, and accessories, products for kids and fashion with a distinctly modern vintage  aesthetic, started as a small shop in London and now operates 230 stores in 18 countries. Cath Kidston is looking to expand rapidly in Asia, and today, opened its 28th retail store in Japan, having brought back its Japanese franchise business earlier this year. It chose NTT Com as its partner to deliver all round services in Japan to get its stores launched and offer continued support for expansion.

Karl de Bruijn, IT Director for Cath Kidston, UK said,
“NTT Com’s knowledge of the local market and relationship with vendors there has been critical to the success of a project like this with a tight, four month deadline. We now have access to this regional expertise whilst taking advantage of NTT Com’s global quality of solutions and services–  the worldwide network covering 196 countries and first class project management services in UK.”

To hear more from Karl de Bruijn about this project and about retail expansion in Japan, watch this video.

Local knowledge, global services:

In this solution, NTT Com delivers the IT equipment for Cath Kidston’s 28 refurbished stores in Japan, eliminating the need for Cath Kidston to enter into local contracts with local vendors. With connectivity for the stores provided via NTT Com’s Arcstar Universal One (virtual private network) and Enterprise Cloud to store sales data, Cath Kidston has access to a Tier-1 IP backbone network that is connected to major ISPs worldwide and a secure private cloud service that is designed for data sovereignty.

Masaaki Moribayashi, Managing Director, NTT Europe, said:
“We are happy to be a part of Cath Kidston’s growth story in Japan. Our teams in Japan and UK came together in a strong, all-round effort to combine our technology with great service to meet Cath Kidston’s expectations. This ability to deliver complex solutions consistently across geographic  barriers and cultures is a core competence of NTT Com. We look forward to supporting Cath Kidston through their Asia growth as a trusted partner.”

For more information:

Lizzie Godsill / Ellen Spenceley
nttcomms@brands2life.com
+44-0207 592 1200

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions and 140 secure data centers worldwide.

NTT Communications solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

www.eu.ntt.com | @NTT_Europe | www.nttcom.tv

SOURCE: NTT Europe

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NTT Communications Corporation to provide private network, data center, cloud and support services for global retailer Cath Kidston in Asia

NTT Communications Corporation to provide private network, data center, cloud and support services for global retailer Cath Kidston in Asia