Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry will upgrade more than 200 of its established stores to include new PANDORA boutiques

AKRON, Ohio, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers (“Signet”) (NYSE and LSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced that it will elevate its already well-established relationship with PANDORA Jewelry, one of the world’s largest affordable luxury jewelry brands, in its number one destination jewelry store in the United States, Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry.

As part of this effort, Jared will upgrade more than 200 of its established stores to include new PANDORA boutiques.

“We’re thrilled with our long-term and successful relationship with PANDORA. For more than seven years, Jared Guests have come to rely on an extensive collection of PANDORA jewelry matched with a great customer service experience, helping build new relationships,” said Mark Light, Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers. “The PANDORA brand has been attracting an incremental customer base to Jared for years and we’re confident that the more branded presence of a shop-in-shop, a successful model of watch and jewelry boutiques in Jared and other Signet store brands, will serve an even greater number of PANDORA collectors, especially with the planned assortment expansion.”

Starting in 2016, Signet will begin the process of installing enhanced PANDORA boutiques in more than 200 Jared stores, which will increase thePANDORA footprint to approximately 150 square feet, and support the growth of other PANDORA jewelry categories including rings, earrings, etc. Currently, PANDORA is available in 239 Jared stores.

About Signet and Safe Harbor Statement:
Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda. Further information on Signet is available at www.signetjewelers.com. See also www.kay.com, www.zales.com, www.jared.com, www.hsamuel.co.uk, www.ernestjones.co.ukwww.peoplesjewellers.com and www.pagoda.com.

This release contains statements which are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, based upon management’s beliefs and expectations as well as on assumptions made by and data currently available to management, include statements regarding, among other things, Signet’s results of operation, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which Signet operates. The use of the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “believes,” “should,” “potential,” “may,” “forecast,” “objective,” “plan,” or “target,” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to general economic conditions, risks relating to Signet being a Bermuda corporation, the merchandising, pricing and inventory policies followed by Signet, the reputation of Signet and its brands, the level of competition in the jewelry sector, the cost and availability of diamonds, gold and other precious metals, regulations relating to customer credit, seasonality of Signet’s business, financial market risks, deterioration in customers’ financial condition, exchange rate fluctuations, changes in Signet’s credit rating, changes in consumer attitudes regarding jewelry, management of social, ethical and environmental risks, security breaches and other disruptions to Signet’s information technology infrastructure and databases, inadequacy in and disruptions to internal controls and systems, changes in assumptions used in making accounting estimates relating to items such as extended service plans and pensions, the impact of the acquisition of Zale Corporation on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors, and our ability to successfully integrate Zale’s operations and to realize synergies from the transaction.

For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, see the “Risk Factors” section of Signet’s Fiscal 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 26, 2015. Signet undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Source: Signet Jewelers

Signet

David Bouffard, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
1-330-668 5369
DBouffard@jewels.com

ICA Gruppen presents strategic priorities for 2016

Solna, Sweden, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen presents its strategic priorities for 2016. The aim is to continue to develop, improve and grow our business.

Compared with 2015, three new priorities have been added and three have been removed. Some of the priorities have been adjusted to suit the opportunities and challenges of the year ahead.

ICA Gruppen’s strategic priorities for 2016 can be summarised in ten points:

  • Develop leading CRM and build a common Swedish loyalty program
  • Ensure competitive pricing and fair price perception
  • Build ICA’s overall health offering and position
  • Strengthen the Non Food offering, leveraging Hemtex (new for 2016)
  • Build a leading omnichannel offering across OpCos and platforms
  • Further strengthen our position in the Baltics
  • Drive efficiency throughout the value chain, with focus on store operations and digitalisation (new for 2016)
  • Improve IT development through closer business integration and new ways of working (new for 2016)
  • Integrate ICA’s common values and improve talent management
  • Drive sustainable customer choices and climate-smart operations

The three priorities from 2015 below have been removed as strong and stable progress has been made and/or they are concluded projects:

  • Develop and implement large logistics infrastructure projects
  • Implement IT outsourcing project
  • Further strengthen and grow the Private Label offering

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 CET on Friday 4 December 2015.

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen AB

ICA Gruppen to expand and renovate its central warehouse and head office for Rimi Baltic

Solna, Sweden, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen has decided to expand and renovate its central warehouse and head office for Rimi Baltic. The investment will amount to an estimated EUR 75 million, equivalent to around SEK 700 million, and will be implemented between 2016 and 2018. The new warehouse will allow for an entirely new infrastructure for the whole Baltic market.

EUR 64 million of the total investment is for the warehouse renovation and EUR 11 for the offices. The property is in Riga and after the expansion it will be 94,500 m2in size, a net increase of 35,000 m2compared to the situation today, which comprises both owned and rented warehouse space. Under the investment plan around two thirds will be invested in 2016 and 2017, and the remainder in 2018.

When the central warehouse is expanded, warehousing operations in Latvia will be consolidated to the facility in Riga, and the central warehousing department for the Baltic countries will be expanded.

With the strong growth taking place in the Baltics, the current warehouse and offices in Latvia are no longer adequate. In addition to adding more space, the investment will enable the buildings to be modernised and adapted to today’s needs.

Rimi Baltic is a grocery retailer operating in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania through the store concepts Rimi Hypermarket, Rimi Supermarket, Supernetto and Säästumarket. Sales in 2014 amounted to SEK 11,632 million and operating income excluding non-recurring items was SEK 383 million.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8.30 a.m. CET on Friday 4 December 2015.

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen AB

MANGO undergoes a major revolution

Speed and offering the latest trends, key elements of the new business strategy

  • The brand reinforces its commitment to its fast fashion concept, with a new product every two weeks.
  •  It will no longer print 22 million catalogues each year.
  •  The online channel, which now accounts for 10% of group total turnover, will be the company’s major commitment.​

Barcelona, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO, Spain’s most international fashion brand, is undergoing a major revolution. The brand, whose aim has always been to dress women for every moment of the day according to the latest fashion trends while offering excellent value for money, is putting all its efforts into offering the very latest products in all its stores.

From February, to coincide with the arrival in stores of the new Spring-Summer 2016 collection, every two weeks the brand will stock its stores with the very latest trends, in order to respond to the needs of the market. Speed and immediacy will be the key factors in this new strategy, which is why all the MANGO teams are focusing their efforts on getting the right product in the store at the right time.

This major change will also require a transformation in its communication strategy, in which the latest trends will play a key role. Every month, the brand will launch a different advertising campaign, featuring the latest trend and represented by the face that best defines it. Also, every two weeks the brand will publish new content in its digital environment to communicate, in the most immediate manner possible, the latest trends of the collection available in its stores.

Given the speed and immediacy of the fast fashion world, and in order to adapt its communication formats to the digital era, MANGO will no longer print any version of its catalogue, 22 million copies of which were previously distributed each year. Instead, the brand will opt for a communication strategy focusing on the online channel (webpage, RRSS and Apps), with more up-to-date, dynamic and innovative content. This will allow the brand to offer information on the latest product news more quickly, via one of the channels it knows best, given that it was a pioneer in the online sector, creating its first website in 1995 and launching its first online store 5 years later. Online turnover now accounts for 10% of total company turnover.

Present in over 2,700 stores in 109 countries, the firm closed the 2014 financial year with a turnover for the MANGO-MNG Holding Consolidated Group of 2.017 billion euros, which represents an increase of 9.3% over 2013, generating an EBITDA of 223 million euros.

CONTACTS
PR INTERNATIONAL
PR
Spain
press@mango.com
T. +34 938 602 222

SOURCE: MANGO

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MANGO undergoes a major revolution

MANGO undergoes a major revolution

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Ivanhoé Cambridge to bring four new Saks OFF 5TH locations to Canada

Each Store Will Be the First to Open in Its Market

NEW YORK & TORONTO, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Ivanhoé Cambridge announced today an agreement to bring four new Saks OFF 5TH locations to Canada. The stores, which will be the first to introduce the Saks OFF 5TH brand to their respective markets, will open in four Ivanhoé Cambridge shopping centres: Tsawwassen Mills, Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Place Ste-Foy and Montreal Eaton Centre.

Place Ste-Foy, Quebec City, QC

An upscale shopping centre situated on Laurier Boulevard in Quebec City, Place Ste-Foy is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. The 32,943 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will anchor Place Ste-Foy and will open in spring 2017.

Montreal Eaton Centre, Montreal, QC

During 2016, Montreal Eaton Centre will merge with the space currently known as Complexe Les Ailes to form a single property, and will be the future home to Montreal’s first Saks OFF 5TH store. The 44,840 sq. ft. store will open in the fall of 2018. The Montreal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes welcome a combined 34 million visitors a year.

Tsawwassen Mills, Tsawwassen, BC

Ivanhoé Cambridge’s third “Mills” project is currently under construction in Tsawwassen, BC. The 32,687 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will be one of the anchors of the 1.2 million sq. ft. Tsawwassen Mills. The store will welcome its first shoppers at the grand opening of the shopping centre in fall 2016.

Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

Slated to make its debut in spring 2017, Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be the city’s first true outlet shopping destination. The 32,191 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will anchor the property, and its opening will coincide with the launch of Outlet Collection Winnipeg.

“We are excited that we are able to bring Saks OFF 5TH to these dynamic Ivanhoé Cambridge properties. We have now announced openings in five provinces across the country, and we look forward to bringing our OFF 5TH experience to the Canadian consumer,” commented Jonathan Greller, President of Outlets, HBC. “As we continue to grow our off-price business, we will announce more new Saks OFF 5TH locations in major markets across Canada.”

Bill Tresham, President, Ivanhoé Cambridge said: “We are very pleased with our growing partnership with HBC, which, among other things, includes the opening of these prestigious stores at four outstanding locations. We are excited to offer our guests a new shopping experience unique to each city. The arrival of these anchor stores will further strengthen the market leadership of these properties.”

The highly anticipated openings are part of Saks OFF 5TH’s North American expansion plan to open up to 25 locations across Canada. Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH features a compelling lineup of more than 800 brands, from emerging designers to some of the most recognized names in fashion. The stores feature a carefully edited assortment of luxury designer fashion, footwear, and accessories for men and women all at up to 65% off. With fresh arrivals delivered almost daily, customers will discover new and exciting merchandise, including one-of-a-kind designer finds with each and every visit. The Canadian stores will adapt the redesigned Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH aesthetic, fashioned in an open and bright layout, with adaptable displays, playful graphic elements, offering a comfortable and exciting shopping environment for guests.

Ivanhoé Cambridge and HBC announced earlier this year that three Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores will open at Ivanhoé Cambridge shopping centres in 2016. They will be located at Outlet Collection at Niagara, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Vaughan Mills, in Vaughan, Ontario and CrossIron Mills, in the Greater Calgary region, Alberta.

ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE OFF 5TH
As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH is a world-class destination for true fashion at extraordinary value. The retailer’s 91 stores and e-commerce division, saksoff5th.com, combine the two great joys of shopping: the delight of discovering the best in luxury and the thrill of finding a deal. A sophisticated shopping experience of carefully curated off-the-runway trends, exceptional service, and savings on the biggest names in fashion,Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH leads the market as the premier luxury-value destination.

ABOUT IVANHOÉ CAMBRIDGE
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently with a long-term view to optimize risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebecin 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners that are leaders in their respective markets.

Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge has direct or indirect interests in over 160 million ft2 (up to 15 million m2) of office, retail and logistics properties as well as in more than 23,000 multiresidential units. IvanhoéCambridge held more than Cdn$48 billion in total assets as at June 30, 2015. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. For further information: ivanhoecambridge.com.

HBC
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184
416-571-1301 (cell)
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com
or
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Sébastien Théberge, +1-866-456-3342
Sebastien.Theberge@ivanhoecambridge.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

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For the 4th consecutive year Big C honored for its support to people with disabilities

BANGKOK, Thailand, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, Minister of Social Development and Human Security, grants an award to honor Big C Supercenter for its unceasingly support as a private organization for life quality development and provision of opportunities to people with disabilities. The company has received such honorary award for the 4th consecutive year. Mr. Vasu Thirasak, Director of Human Resources at Big C Supercenter, represented the company during the award presentation on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at Royal Jubilee Ballroom, Muang Thong Thani.

Today, Big C Supercenter has employed over 500 staff with disabilities, making the company Thailand’s number one retailer in recruiting disabled talents.

Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited
6th Floor, 97/11 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel. 0-2655-0666

SOURCE: Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited

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For the 4th consecutive year Big C honored for its support to people with disabilities

Schweiz: Coop setzt auf einheimische Weihnachtsbäume

Taten statt Worte Nr. 300: Coop setzt auf einheimische Weihnachtsbäume

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im 18. Jahrhundert wurde es Mode, einen geschmückten Tannenbaum zu Weihachten in die festliche Stube zu stellen. Heute ist Weihnachten in der Schweiz ohne Christbäume fast undenkbar. Jahr für Jahr leuchten rund 80’000 Coop-Weihnachtsbäume in Schweizer Stuben. 70 Prozent dieser Tannen stammen aus der Schweiz, obwohl die Anbauflächen hierzulande begrenzt sind. Zudem tragen 15 Prozent der Schweizer Christbäume die Knospe von Bio Suisse oder das FSC-Gütesiegel für Holz aus nachhaltiger Forstwirtschaft.

Seit jeher gelten immergrüne Pflanzen als Symbole der Lebenskraft und bereits die Römer verzierten zum Jahreswechsel ihre Häuser mit Lorbeerzweigen. Im Mittelalter wurden ganze Bäume zu verschiedenen Festanlässen geschmückt, doch erst aus dem 16. Jahrhundert gibt es schriftliche Erwähnungen zu Weihnachtsbäumen. Seit dem 18. Jahrhundert gehören geschmückte Tannenbäume zu Weihnachten wie Guetzli, Geschenke und das gemeinsame Essen am Familientisch.

Nordmanntannen am beliebtesten
Jeweils ab Mitte November bietet Coop ihren Kundinnen und Kunden vor grösseren Supermärkten sowie bei Coop Bau+Hobby Baumärkten eine grosse Auswahl an Weihnachtsbäumen an. Die Nordmanntanne ist mit 97 Prozent die beliebteste Sorte in der Schweiz – gefolgt von der Rot- und der Blaufichte. Die Nordmanntanne besticht durch ihre überdurchschnittlich lange Haltbarkeit und lässt fast keine Nadeln fallen. Zusätzlich zu den herkömmlichen Tannenbäumen werden noch 20’000 eingetopfte Tannen verkauft. Auch immer mehr künstliche Weihnachtsbäume finden den Weg in Schweizer Stuben: jährlich hat Coop rund 8’000 von diesen im Verkauf.

12 Prozent der Schweizer Tannen sind bio
Jedes Jahr kaufen 56’000 Kundinnen und Kunden eine Tanne aus Schweizer Kulturen bei Coop, was die regionale Produktion stärkt und lange Transportwege vermeidet. Eine Zusammenarbeit mit 28 Schweizer Lieferanten und der IG Suisse Christbaum ermöglicht dieses Angebot.
12 Prozent dieser einheimischen Tannen sind bio. Unter Oecoplan verkauft Coop Bio-Suisse-zertifizierte-Tannen aus biologisch geführten Baumschulen. Für eine nachhaltige Forstwirtschaft steht das Weihnachtsbaumsortiment mit dem Gütesiegel von Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

9’000 Weihnachtsbäume von neun Miini-Region-Lieferanten
Seit 2014 finden sich im Coop-Sortiment auch Schweizer Tannenbäume mit dem Miini-Region-Gütesiegel. Rund 9’000 Bäume werden in diesem Jahr dieses Coop-Gütesiegel tragen. Aus Baar (ZG), Berg (TG), Bremgarten (AG), Goldach (SG), Zweisimmen (BE), Niederbuchsiten (SO), Römerswil (AG) sowie Sommentier (FR) stammen die neun Miini-Region-Lieferanten, wovon der kleinste Lieferant gerade einmal 40, der grösste 5’300 Tannenbäume liefert. Verkauft werden die Tannen ausschliesslich in der Region, wo sie in der Weihnachtszeit nicht nur Kinderaugen zum Leuchten bringen.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie unter: http://www.coop.ch/content/act/de/taten-statt-worte/tat-nr–300.html

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Kontaktpersonen

Denise Stadler, Leiterin Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Urs Meier, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

Nadja Ruch, Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

SOURCE: Coop

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Lully 20. 11. 2014 – Simon Fuenfschilling produziert baut Weihnachtsbaeume in BIO Qualitaet an.Photo by Annette Boutellier

Fairen Handel: Die Migros bezieht ihren Orangensaft neu von zwei Bauern-Kooperativen im Süden Brasiliens

Zürich, Switzerland, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros bezieht ihren Orangensaft neu von zwei Bauern-Kooperativen im Süden Brasiliens. Und gibt damit kleinen Fairtrade-Produzenten und ihren Familien eine neue Lebensperspektive.

Orangensaft – rund sieben Liter des beliebten Getränks konsumiert der Durchschnitts-Schweizer pro Jahr. Ein Grossteil davon stammt aus Konzentrat, das in Brasilien hergestellt wird. Bislang dominieren dort drei Konzerne den Markt. Sie verdrängen kleinere Produzenten und sorgen mit ihrem Preisdruck für teilweise miserable Arbeitsbedingungen der Pflücker und Bauern, die oft aufgeben und in die Stadt ziehen.

Fairtrade gibt Orangenbauern eine Lebensperspektive

So wäre es fast auch der Orangenbauernfamilie Federizzi in Liberato Salzano ergangen. Ihr Hof ist Teil einer Kooperative kleiner Plantagenbetreiber, die hofften, mit einer Fairtrade-Zertifizierung endlich vernünftig zu verdienen. Doch zunächst blieben die ersehnten Abnehmer aus. Von den 139 Mitgliedern der Assoziation zogen viele weg, andere setzten auf Soja oder Korn. Man war kurz davor, die Vision einer Kooperative für Fairtrade Orangensaft zu begraben. Doch dann kam Anfang 2015 die Migros, gab den 90 Bauernfamilien, die bis dahin ausgeharrt hatten, eine Abnahmegarantie. Die Federizzis waren eine davon. Ihren winzigen Hof führt Izaquiel, 24. Seine 21-jährige Frau Marcieli studiert Agrikultur und Administration: «Dank einer Internetverbindung muss ich nicht täglich an die Uni», erzählt sie. Mit dem Wissen seiner Frau und der Sicherheit, die er dank der Kooperation mit der Migros nun habe, könne er endlich Zukunftspläne schmieden, freut sich Izaquiel. «Wir müssen nicht in die Stadt ziehen und können etwas Geld zur Seite legen.»

Musterkooperative Coacipar

Der Migros-Industriebetrieb Bischofszell Nahrungsmittel AG, kurz Bina, hat entschieden, 2015 ihren Orangensaft der Linien Gold und M-Classic auf Fairtrade Max Havelaar umzustellen – und das Konzentrat dafür von der kleinen, noch nicht ganz so entwickelten Bauern-Assoziation in Liberato Salzano und der von der Kooperative Coacipar zu beziehen. «Damit leistet die Migros Pionierarbeit», sagt die brasilianische Nachhaltigkeit-Expertin Angélica Rotondaro. Coacipar, eine Kooperative von rund 50 Bauern, ist ein Musterbeispiel für die faire und nachhaltige Produktion von Orangensaft. Auf den Plantagen der Bauernkooperative verdienen die Arbeiter mehr als anderswo. Zudem gibt es einen garantierten Mindestlohn.

SOURCE: Migros Cooperatives Federation

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Fairen Handel: Die Migros bezieht ihren Orangensaft neu von zwei Bauern-Kooperativen im Süden Brasiliens

Bild: Veronique Hoegger

Kroger’s new website 25 Merry Days presents daily deals for all your December needs

www.kroger.com/25MerryDays offers exclusive daily deals, “Cheer Challenges” and holiday-themed extras for all your December needs

CINCINNATI, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Why celebrate the traditional 12 days of Christmas when you can celebrate all 25?  That’s why The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores has launched a new website, 25 Merry Days, a present to its customers that offers:

  • Different, exclusive Daily Deals digital coupons for products and gift cards – check back each day to find out if you’ll score a deal on a gift card from a popular national retailer or a key ingredient for your holiday meals. Act fast — when the day is over, so is the deal!
  • A Cheer Challenge which encourages customers to spread the cheer each day by posting pictures or videos of different “Challenges of the Day” on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CheerChallenge. One day you might be showing us your chaotic but happy holiday kitchen; another you’ll capture the moment when you “pay it backward,” by buying a small treat for the unsuspecting guest behind you in line.
  • Recipes from the elegant “brie en croute” to the whimsical “wonut” (that’s right! A waffle donut!).
  • Gift ideas from edibles to homemade coconut oil hand soap.
  • Tips and tricks to master holiday dilemmas, whether you’d like to organize your presents better or want easy and festive ideas for spreading holiday cheer throughout your home.
  • How-to videos to help you create impressive decorations and recipes as lovely to look at as to eat.

“Our customers rely on us for the best prices on the widest assortment of items, and we thought December was the perfect time to really save them money when they need it the most,” said Anne Maness, who leads Kroger’s digital marketing team. “In addition, we wanted to anticipate any other holiday need they may have, from what to bring to the neighborhood potluck to how to spread joy in a fun, spontaneous way.”

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,620 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 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 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’s Million Dollar Club.

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts

The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

 

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Co. reports net earnings of $428 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015

  • ID Sales Up 5.4% Without Fuel; Raises Annual ID Sales Guidance
  • Q3 EPS of $0.43; Raises 2015 EPS Guidance to $2.02 to $2.04

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights:

  • Achieved 48 th consecutive quarter of positive identical supermarket sales growth, excluding fuel
  • Exceeded goal to slightly expand FIFO operating margin, without fuel, on a rolling four quarters basis
  • Leveraged operating expenses as a rate of sales due to strong cost controls and identical supermarket sales growth

CINCINNATI, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported net earnings of $428 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, and identical supermarket sales growth, without fuel, of 5.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Net earnings in the same period last year were $362 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, including the benefit of certain tax items. Excluding this, Kroger’s adjusted net earnings were $345 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen “Our associates delivered another quarter of excellent identical supermarket sales and earnings results that provide great momentum as we head into the holiday season. Kroger’s consistent results demonstrate once again that our relentless focus on customers is the key to sustainable shareholder returns. We continue to implement our growth plan and expect to exceed our longterm net earnings per diluted share growth rate for fiscal 2015.”

Details of Third Quarter 2015 Results
As a result of lower retail fuel prices, total sales increased 0.4% to $25.1 billion in the third quarter compared to $25.0 billion for the same period last year. Total sales, excluding fuel, increased 5.5% in the third quarter over the same period last year.

Kroger recorded a $9 million LIFO charge during the third quarter compared to an $85 million LIFO charge in the same quarter last year.

FIFO gross margin was 22.4% of sales for the third quarter. Excluding retail fuel operations, FIFO gross margin decreased 4 basis points from the same period last year.

Total operating expenses – excluding retail fuel operations, a $25 million contribution to The Kroger Co. Foundation in the third quarter of 2014, and an $80 million contribution to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Plan in the third quarter of 2015 – decreased 23 basis points as a percent of sales compared to the prior year.

On a rolling four quarters basis – excluding fuel, the 2014 and 2013 adjustment items, the contribution to The Kroger Co. Foundation in the third and fourth quarters of 2014, and the contribution to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Plan in the fourth quarter of 2014 and third quarter of 2015 – the company’s FIFO operating margin increased 18 basis points.

Return on invested capital (ROIC), on a rolling four quarters basis, was 14.16%. The prior year third quarter calculation does not include a full year of Harris Teeter assets and results, so the company is not presenting a comparative number. Kroger continues to expect fiscal 2015 ROIC to increase from the fiscal 2014 result.

Financial Strategy Kroger’s long-term financial strategy is to use its financial flexibility to drive growth while also returning capital to shareholders. Maintaining its current investment grade debt rating allows the company to use its cash flow to take advantage of strategically and financially compelling opportunities and to continue its fill-in strategy, repurchase shares and fund the dividend, which is expected to increase over time.

Kroger’s strong financial position allowed the company to return more than $1.1 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends over the last four quarters. During the third quarter, Kroger repurchased 853 thousand common shares for a total investment of $31 million.

Capital investments, excluding mergers, acquisitions and purchases of leased facilities, totaled $832 million for the third quarter, compared to $681 million for the same period last year.

The company’s net total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio decreased to 1.99, compared to 2.27 during the same period last year (see Table 5).

Fiscal 2015 Guidance
Based on its strong year-to-date results, Kroger raised its net earnings per diluted share guidance to a range of $2.02 to $2.04 for fiscal 2015. The previous guidance was $1.92 to $1.98 per diluted share. This range exceeds the company’s long-term net earnings per diluted share growth rate guidance of 8 – 11%, plus a growing dividend.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Kroger expects identical supermarket sales growth, excluding fuel, of 4.0% to 4.5%. This implies an annual growth rate of approximately 5.0% to 5.25% for fiscal 2015.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,620 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 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 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’s Million Dollar Club.

Note: Fuel sales have historically had a low FIFO gross margin rate and operating expense rate as compared to corresponding rates on non-fuel sales. As a result Kroger discusses the changes in these rates excluding the effect of retail fuel operations.

Please refer to the supplemental information presented in the tables for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and related disclosure.

This press release contains certain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. These statements are indicated by words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “guidance,” “plans,” “committed,” “goal,” “will” and “continue.” Various uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These include the specific risk factors identified in “Risk Factors” and “Outlook” in Kroger’s annual report on Form 10-K for the last fiscal year and any subsequent filings, as well as the following:

• Kroger’s ability to achieve sales, earnings and cash flow goals may be affected by: labor negotiations or disputes; changes in the types and numbers of businesses that compete with Kroger; pricing and promotional activities of existing and new competitors, including non-traditional competitors, and the aggressiveness of that competition; Kroger’s response to these actions; the state of the economy, including interest rates, the inflationary and deflationary trends in certain commodities, and the unemployment rate; the effect that fuel costs have on consumer spending; volatility of fuel margins; changes in government-funded benefit programs; manufacturing commodity costs; diesel fuel costs related to Kroger’s logistics operations; trends in consumer spending; the extent to which Kroger’s customers exercise caution in their purchasing in response to economic conditions; the inconsistent pace of the economic recovery; changes in inflation or deflation in product and operating costs; stock repurchases; Kroger’s ability to retain pharmacy sales from third party payors; consolidation in the healthcare industry, including pharmacy benefit managers; Kroger’s ability to negotiate modifications to multi-employer pension plans; natural disasters or adverse weather conditions; the potential costs and risks associated with potential cyber-attacks or data security breaches; the success of Kroger’s future growth plans; and the successful integration of Harris Teeter. Kroger’s ability to achieve sales and earnings goals may also be affected by Kroger’s ability to manage the factors identified above. Kroger’s ability to execute its financial strategy may be affected by its ability to generate cash flow.

• During the first three quarters of each fiscal year, Kroger’s LIFO charge and the recognition of LIFO expense is affected primarily by estimated year-end changes in product costs. Kroger’s fiscal year LIFO charge is affected primarily by changes in product costs at year-end.

Kroger assumes no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

Note: Kroger’s quarterly conference call with investors will be broadcast live online at 10 a.m. (ET) on December 3, 2015 at ir.kroger.com. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available from approximately 1 p.m. (ET) Thursday, December 3 through Thursday, December 17, 2015.

3 rd Quarter 2015 Tables Include:

1. Consolidated Statements of Operations
2. Consolidated Balance Sheets
3. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
4. Supplemental Sales Information
5. Reconciliation of Total Debt to Net Total Debt and Net Earnings Attributable to The Kroger Co. to Adjusted EBITDA
6. Net Earnings Per Diluted Share Excluding the Adjustment Items
7. Return on Invested Capital

Contacts: Media: Keith Dailey (513) 762-1304; Investors: Cindy Holmes (513) 762-4969

Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas tops Walgreens Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity for the week of 11/29/15

Index adds new interactive features providing actionable, hyper-local data for media, health officials and others

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The one constant that accompanies every flu season is unpredictability, which is why tools and resources that can track and measure influenza activity can be so critical in helping to keep communities healthy. The Walgreens Flu Index™ was a go-to resource for health department officials, media and others last season, and today Walgreens launched its first weekly Index for the 2015-’16 season – a greatly enhanced, interactive online portal featuring hyper-local data, search capabilities and more.

The Flu Index ranks the top markets and states across the U.S. where flu activity is most prevalent each week, and now also features the ability to search by location. The new functionality was developed to provide state- and market-specific information for anyone, anywhere, anytime, to drive consumer awareness and prevention, and to help every community better understand when flu cases may be escalating.
To view this week’s Walgreens Flu Index, maps and other online features, click here.

“With the ability to provide actionable information in a quick and timely manner, and leveraging prescription data that can be a telling indicator of activity, we’re empowering everyone to be informed about flu in their community,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “The Flu Index has become a powerful and credible tool that has garnered national attention, while also helping health officials at the most local level to keep their communities healthy throughout the season.”

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using the drugstore chain’s weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The Index lists the top markets and states for flu activity, as well as those experiencing the greatest gains on a week-over-week basis.

<td “> Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity<td “> Week of 11/29/15<td “>1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas<td “>2. Jackson, Miss.<td “>3. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.<td “>4. Knoxville, Tenn.<td “>5. Oklahoma City, Okla.<td “>6. Greensboro – High Point – Winston Salem, N.C.<td “>7. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas<td “>8. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)<td “>9. Houston, Texas<td “>10. Lexington, Ky.

<td “> Top Ten States with Flu Activity<td “> Week of 11/29/15<td “>1. Mississippi<td “>2. Oklahoma<td “>3. Texas<td “>4. Kentucky<td “>5. Tennessee<td “>6. Alabama<td “>7. Louisiana<td “>8. Hawaii<td “>9. Florida<td “>10. Arkansas

<td “> Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains<td “> Week of 11/29/15<td “>1. Jackson, Miss.<td “>2. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.<td “>3. Huntsville – Decatur (Florence), Ala.<td “>4. Bakersfield, Calif.<td “>5. Dayton, Ohio<td “>6. Tri-Cities, Tenn. – Va.<td “>7. Portland – Auburn, Maine<td “>8. Lexington, Ky.<td “>9. Lansing, Mich.<td “>10. Roanoke – Lynchburg, Va.

<td “> Top Ten State Flu Activity Gains<td “> Week of 11/29/15<td “>1. Maine<td “>2. Wyoming<td “>3. Oregon<td “>4. West Virginia<td “>5. Virginia<td “>6. Connecticut<td “>7. Washington<td “>8. Massachusetts<td “>9. Mississippi<td “>10. Minnesota

Data for the Walgreens Flu Index is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

The Index is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, based on this methodology, to show which populations are experiencing the highest incidences of influenza within the U.S. each week.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

SOURCE: Walgreens

Contact(s)

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Amazon: Prime Now customers in Baltimore can now enjoy one-hour delivery from local restaurants

  • Prime Now customers in Baltimore can now enjoy delivery from local restaurants, including City Cafe, HomeSlyce, Indigma, Locust PointSteamers, Matsuri, Shiso Tavern, The Helmand, and many more
  • Free one-hour delivery for a limited time on all restaurant orders

SEATTLE, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Prime Now customers in Baltimore can now enjoy one-hour delivery from local restaurants, including City Cafe, HomeSlyce, Indigma, Locust Point Steamers, Matsuri, Shiso Tavern, The Helmand, and many more local favorites. Using the Prime Now mobile app, Baltimore customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as the driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time. Once an order is placed, Amazon drivers deliver the food in an hour or less.

“Baltimore’s vibrant mix of neighborhoods has created an equally vibrant food scene,” said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants. “We’re excited to offer Amazon Prime customers a fast and convenient way to enjoy some of the city’s best restaurants without having to drive or take a water taxi.”

Starting today, restaurant delivery on Prime Now is available across ten zip codes in and around downtown Baltimore and will continue expanding restaurant selection in the coming weeks. Prime members can download the Prime Now app or visit amazon.com/primenow to enter their zip code and see if Prime Now is available in their area. In zip codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

Participating Baltimore restaurants include:

● Acropolis Restaurant ● Mario’s Original Pizza
● Agora Organic Market ● Matsuri
● Alewife Baltimore ● Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
● Amiccis ● Neopol Savory Smokery
● B. Doughnut ● Our House
● Brewer’s Cask ● Pasticcio Italian Kitchen
● Brown Rice ● Peace & A Cup of Joe
● Cardinal Tavern ● Penn Restaurant
● Cazbar ● Phaze 10
● Ceriello Fine Italian Foods ● Pizza Mart
● Cheese Galore & More ● Poblano Mexican Grill
● City Cafe ● Roberto’s Pizzeria Italiana
● Clark Burger ● Rosina Gourmet
● Cockey’s Restaurant & Bar ● Saigon Today
● David and Dad’s ● Saturday Morning Cafe
● Donna’s ● Shareef’s Grill House of Wraps
● Duda’s Tavern ● Shiso Tavern
● Falafelicious ● Sip & Bite Restaurant
● Felici Cafe ● Soprano’s Pizza
● Harbor Que ● Souvlaki Authentic Greek Cuisine
● HomeSlyce ● Thai Landing
● Ikaros Restaurant ● The Helmand
● Indigma ● The Laughing Pint
● Jukai Juice ● The Local Fry
● La Cuchara ● The Olive Room
● La Tavola ● Van Gough Cafe
● Langermann’s ● Verde
● Liam Flynn’s Ale House ● West Indian Flavour
● Locust Point Steamers ● Zaatar Mediterranean Cuisine
● Maiwand Grill ● And more coming soon…

“Customers love the convenience of delivery and now with Prime Now they can enjoy high quality food from great chefs delivered within an hour,” said Gino Cardinale, owner, City Cafe. “City Cafe has been serving customers in Baltimore for over 21 years and we’re excited to work with Prime Now to offer customers a new, convenient way to enjoy great food from the comfort of their home.”

Restaurant delivery on Prime Now offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups or hidden service fees and delivery on all orders is free for a limited time. Customers pay using the information already stored in their Amazon account and orders are backed by Amazon’s award-winning customer service.

To learn more about Prime Now, and to download the mobile app, visit amazon.com/primenow. For restaurants interested in working with Prime Now, please contact restaurant-inquiries@amazon.com/.

More to 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.

Source: Amazon.com

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Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Amazon’s fastest-selling tablet ever Fire now available to customers in China

Millions of customers in China already using Kindle e-readers

BEIJING, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Fire, its fastest-selling tablet ever, is now available to customers in China for just RMB 499 Yuan. With access to hundreds of thousands of Kindle books and with English language learning features like Word Wise, Fire is an easy and affordable option for customers who want to read or learn English. Amazon China also today announced an agreement with Baidu, a leading internet services company, to provide a search, apps, and online video experience onAmazon tablets in China.

“We’ve already sold millions of Fire tablets since launch, and we’re excited to now make it available to customers in China,” said Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With millions of readers already using Kindle e-readers in China, we’re excited to now offer another incredibly affordable option, particularly for customers learning to read English. With tools and features like Word Wise and Blue Shade, plus a large selection of Chinese and English content, we think readers will love the new Fire tablet.”

Fire is Amazon’s fastest-selling tablet ever, with millions sold since launch. Here’s what people are saying about Fire in the US:

  • “For definitive proof that Apple’s iPads are woefully overpriced, look no further than Amazon’s Fire tablet.” – Fortune
  • “$50 of incredible value.” – Engadget
  • “Amazon’s $50 Fire Is the Paperback of Digital Entertainment,” – WSJ
  • “For $50, the Amazon Fire is practically a stocking stuffer, and an excellent choice for first-time tablet users.” – PC Magazine
  • “Considering its price, sturdy build, and long battery life, the Amazon Fire is a no-brainer, especially for anyone who doesn’t have a tablet yet.” – Computer Shopper

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.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

 

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Amazon's fastest-selling tablet ever Fire now available to customers in China

Fire tablet (China) (Photo: Business Wire)

Kesko to gradually wind up Musta Pörssi Ltd’s operations

Musta Pörssi to wind up operations

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko will gradually wind up Musta Pörssi Ltd’s operations and close the mustaporssi.fi online store by the end of 2015.

Business operations of Musta Pörssi have focused on home technology and electronics. Kesko closed the chain operations of Musta Pörssi in 2013 and divested Anttila Ltd, in which these product groups were strongly represented, in early 2015.

In spring, Kesko published its strategy, the core of which is to seek growth and efficiency by focusing on the grocery trade, the building and home improvement trade and the car trade. Kesko is strongly developing digital services and online sales particularly in the strategic growth areas.

Efforts will be taken to find new jobs for Musta Pörssi Ltd’s employees in Kesko’s other business operations. Musta Pörssi Ltd and mustaporssi.fi currently employ 11 people.

Further information:
President Matti Pohjola, Musta Pörssi Ltd, tel. +358 50 3624 781
Vice President, HR and Communications, Jennie Stenbom, Kesko’s home improvement and speciality goods trade, tel. +358 10 532 2356

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2014, Kesko’s net sales totalled €9.1 billion and it employed nearly 20,000 people. Kesko has over 1,500 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Kesko’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the fifth most sustainable company in the world (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World). www.kesko.fi

SOURCE: KESKO

kesko.fi ranked Finland’s best corporate website

Kesko’s homepage at www.kesko.fi has been ranked Finland’s best corporate website. The Swedish Comprend’s annual Webranking survey ranks corporate websites on 50 criteria derived from company stakeholders’ needs and wishes.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 49 largest Finnish listed companies were included in the survey. On a Europe-wide scale, the survey covered over 800 companies, and Kesko’s score placed it among the best European companies.

– This is a great proof of Kesko’s systematic development of digital services. Kesko’s strategic objective is to build the trading sector’s best digital services for the customers of the K-Group and its chains for shopping to be fun, says Communications ManagerHarri Utoslahti.

Kesko ranked above the Finnish average on all website sections: start page, about us, press, financial reporting, the share, investor relations, corporate governance, social responsibility, career and functions.

“Kesko has taken an impressive step forward to improve its digital corporate communication, which is rewarded with an increased score of 14.2 points from last year. It is especially Kesko’s flawless introductory information about the company, its financial reporting, the close to full score in all investor-related sections, and transparent communication on corporate direction and control that bring the company to the top”, says Helena Wennergren, Director of Comprend.

In the retail sector, the survey covered 42 European companies among which Kesko was ranked the best. The next two places went to the Swedish ICA Gruppen and Clas Ohlson.

You can read more about the survey at: http://comprend.com/webranking. Kesko’s website address is: www.kesko.fi.

Further information is available from Communications Manager Harri Utoslahti, tel. +358 105 322 616.

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2014, Kesko’s net sales totalled €9.1 billion and it employed nearly 20,000 people. Kesko has over 1,500 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Kesko’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the fifth most sustainable company in the world (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World). www.kesko.fi

SOURCE: KESKO

LVMH Group raises awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities

PARIS, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the LVMH Group is raising awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities, which earned it the Trophée de la Diversité award in 2015.

Human Resources Directors and CSR officers from LVMH companies have been invited to a meeting at LVMH headquarters on December 3rd to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Eight videos were screened during the event, each spotlighting a best practice at a different House. The diversity of sectors (Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Veuve Clicquot, Loewe, Parfums Christian Dior, Donna Karan and LVMH Watches & Jewelry), geographies (UK, China, Japan, Russia, etc.) and initiatives underlines scope and depth of the disabilities policy across the Group.

The day culminated with the presentation of the Trophée de la Diversité award to Christian Sanchez, LVMH Director of Industrial Relations & Social Development, by Anne Saüt, Managing Director and founder of Diversity Conseil. Created ten years ago by the HR consulting firm, the Diversity Award recognizes significant or exemplary initiatives by businesses to promote diversity. The jury comprises prominent experts in the field.

After previously winning the award in 2011 and 2013, LVMH was again recognized in 2015 in the training category for the Group’s EXCELLhanCE program, which offers training for sales roles in the luxury industry for people with disabilities. Developed in partnership with AGEFIPH, an association that manages funding to bring people with disabilities into the workforce, the initiative has already benefited 25 people who work at ten different LVMH Houses.

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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LVMH Group raises awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities

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Louis Vuitton history celebrated with exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris, Dec 4 to Feb 21, 2016

PARIS, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Louis Vuitton invites visitors on a journey into its history with the exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” at the Grand Palais in Paris, from December 4 to February 21, 2016. An exceptional opportunity to discover the universe of the iconic leather goods House.

The exhibition, which retraces the remarkable journey of Louis Vuitton, is being held in an appropriately exceptional venue, the Grand Palais, evoking historic links with the trunk-maker.  The Grand Palais was built in 1900 for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 and included a “Travel & Leather Goods” section, overseen by none other than Georges Vuitton. The Maisonshowcased the contemporary elegance of luggage and bags at an attention-grabbing booth in the form of a merry-go-round.

From a trunk made in 1906 to men’s bags for elegant dandies, the exhibition presents the myriad aspects of travel that have always inspired the House. Visitors are plunged into the history of the trunk-maker as they embark on a thematic journey in nine chapters designed by Robert Carsen. Olivier Saillard, Director of the Paris Fashion Museum and curator of the exhibition, delved deep into Louis Vuitton’s heritage collection and archives to select the unique objects and documents displayed.

Through this discovery of Louis Vuitton’s roots, the exhibition offers insights into its inspirations.  “Louis Vuitton has always been at the avant-garde of creativity. Over a century after the first Universal Exhibition, our Maisonremains at the forefront of fashion precisely because we continue to draw inspiration from our heritage while anticipating future trends,” notes Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton.

From December 4, 2015 to February 21, 2016
Grand Palais, Salon d’Honneur
Entry: Square Jean Perrin, Champs-Elysées,
Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8ème

Monday, Thursday and Sunday, from 10am – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am – 10pm
Closed on Tuesdays except during school holidays
Free admission, reservation recommended

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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© Louis Vuitton

Retail Litigation Center (RLC), National Restaurant Association and National Retail Federation urge the court to vacate FCC’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) ruling

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation urge the court to vacate two provisions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) July 2015 Order that reinterprets the obligations of businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The retailers argue that the FCC’s Order encourages lawyer-driven litigation that threatens the ability of retailers to engage in legitimate business communications with consumers.

Signed into law in 1991, the TCPA aimed to protect consumers from unwanted, harassing “robo-calls.”  However, last summer, the FCC issued a ruling that dramatically disrupted the important balance that the TCPA strikes between protecting consumer privacy and the opportunity for businesses to conduct legitimate commercial communications.

Specifically, the Order holds callers liable for calls or texts unknowingly placed to “recycled” numbers that have been reassigned by a wireless carrier from a consumer who provided consent to a new consumer who has not provided consent. The Order also prevents businesses from maintaining a standard procedure for consumers to opt-out of messages.

According to the brief:

“Retailers endeavor to provide their customers with the information they want, when and how they want it.  Properly construed, the TCPA should be no barrier to such consented-to communications.  The Commission, however, has interpreted the statute in ways that will chill such beneficial communications, while arbitrarily subjecting retailers and other legitimate businesses to liability for good-faith conduct.”

“On issue after issue, the FCC adopted interpretations of the statute divorced from technological and commercial realities. The result will be even more litigation, much of it seeking to recover significant damages from businesses for their failure to do the impossible.”

“The fact that the FCC made the straight-faced suggestion that businesses should sue their own customers for failure to update their contact information shows just how far afield from commercial realities the agency has traveled when construing the TCPA.”

“Agency action that imposes impossible standards of conduct is the epitome of arbitrary and capricious decisionmaking”

The brief, drafted by, Joseph R. Palmore and Seth W. Lloyd of Morrison & Foerster LLP, can be read here.

The Retail Litigation Center is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings which affect the retail industry. The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. The Association represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. Despite being an industry of predominately small businesses, the restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer, employing about 10 percent of the U.S. workforce. 

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Robin Roberts
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Ramsey D. Meiser appointed to the newly created position of Senior VP Mixed-Use Development at Federal Realty Investment Trust

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) is pleased to announce the addition of Ramsey D. Meiser to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Mixed-Use Development reporting to Executive Vice President, Development Donald Briggs. He will be based in the Trust’s Headquarters in Rockville, MD and join the firm January 5, 2016. Mr. Meiser comes to Federal from Forest City Enterprises, where he has spent much of the past decade stewarding The Yards, Forest City’s much heralded and expansive 6 million square foot mixed use development near Nationals Park in Washington D.C. as its Senior Vice President of Development. Prior to his time at Forest City, Mr. Meiser spent nearly 16 years at the Mills Corporation, where he worked in various development capacities on over 5 million square feet of development. Mr. Meiser holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

In his new role, Mr. Meiser will be responsible for management of Federal’s multi-billion dollar mixed-use development pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region from concept thru execution. His initial focus will be on the overall stewardship and execution of Pike & Rose, Federal’s newest neighborhood under creation in North Bethesda, Md as well as strategy and planning for the next set of opportunities in the region. “The development division of Federal Realty is an important part of our overall growth strategy, and staffing this part of our company with experienced and proven executives like Ramsey is critical to our success,” said Don Briggs, Executive Vice President, Development. “I couldn’t be more excited to have attracted such an experienced, well respected mixed-use development executive to our team,” Mr. Briggs concluded.

About Federal Realty
Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Bostonas well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods likeSantana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Rowin Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 90 properties include over 2,700 tenants, in approximately 21 million square feet, and over 1500 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 48 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.

Investor Inquiries Media Inquiries
Brittany Schmelz Andrea Simpson
Investor Relations Director, Marketing
301/998-8265 617/684-1511
bschmelz@federalrealty.com asimpson@federalrealty.com

SOURCE Federal Realty Investment Trust

Gap Inc. November 2015 net sales decreased 9 percent vs. the 6 percent increase last year

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that November 2015 net sales decreased 9 percent compared with a 6 percent increase last year. On a constant currency basis, November 2015 net sales decreased 8 percent compared with last year.1 Net sales for the four-week period ended November 28, 2015 were $1.57 billion compared with net sales of $1.72 billion for the four-week period ended November 29, 2014.

“With much of the holiday season still ahead, our teams remain focused on strong execution and delivering compelling experiences for customers across our brands,” said Sabrina Simmons, chief financial officer, Gap Inc.

November Comparable Sales Results

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for November 2015 were down 8 percent versus a 6 percent increase last year. Comparable sales by global brand for November 2015 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 4 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: negative 19 percent versus positive 2 percent last year
  • Old Navy Global: negative 9 percent versus positive 18 percent last year

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on December 3, 2015 and available for replay until 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on December 11, 2015.

[1] In calculating the net sales change on a constant currency basis, current year foreign exchange rates are applied to both current year and prior year net sales. This is done to enhance the visibility of underlying sales trends, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

December Sales

The company will report December sales on January 7, 2016.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

L Brands, Inc. reports 8 percent net sales increase in the four weeks ended Nov. 28, 2015 YoY

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) reported net sales of $1.169 billion for the four weeks ended Nov. 28, 2015, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $1.078 billion for the four weeks ended Nov. 29, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 7 percent for the four weeks ended Nov. 28, 2015.

The company reported net sales of $8.928 billion for the 43 weeks ended Nov. 28, 2015, an increase of 5 percent compared to net sales of $8.464 billion for the 43 weeks ended Nov. 29, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 5 percent for the 43 weeks ended Nov. 28, 2015.

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands’ prerecorded November sales message, call 1-866-639-7583 or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 3,008 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.comwww.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact:  

L Brands:

Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com 

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

SOURCE: L Brands Inc

Toys“R”Us, Inc. Q3 2015 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call has been scheduled for 1:00 pm ET on Friday, December 18, 2015

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. is pleased to announce that its third quarter 2015 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call has been scheduled for 1:00 pm ET on Friday, December 18, 2015. On the call, the company’s leadership team will discuss the financial results of Toys“R”Us, Inc., Toys“R”Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys“R”Us Property Company II, LLC. Participation in this call is limited to lenders under Toys“R”Us – Delaware, Inc.’s term loan credit agreement dated August 24, 2010 (as amended or supplemented, including by the joinder agreements dated May 25, 2011, April 10, 2012, and October 24, 2014), and to investors and prospective investors in Toys“R”Us Property Company II, LLC’s 8.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 and Toys“R”Us, Inc.’s 10.375% Senior Notes due 2017, 7.375% Senior Notes due 2018 and 8.75% Debentures due 2021.

Lenders, investors and prospective investors in the loans and notes set forth above who would like to request participation in this conference call should visit the following link to register and request dial-in information.

http://www.eventsvc.com/ToysrusLendersCall/

All requests to participate in the call must be submitted via the link above by 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Dial-in information will be subsequently provided.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 865 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 750 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has an annual workforce of approximately 66,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus andFacebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

For more information please contact:

Lenders and Note Investors:
Chetan Bhandari, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasurer at 973-617-5841 or Chetan.Bhandari@toysrus.com

Media:
Corporate Communications at 973-617-5900 or press@toysrus.com

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Österreich: 8. Dezember: BILLA hält Filialen geschlossen und bestätigt damit erneut Petition zum Schutz des 8. Dezember

8. Dezember: BILLA hält Filialen geschlossen und bestätigt damit erneut Petition zum Schutz des 8. Dezember

Wiener Neudorf, Österreich, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auch heuer setzt BILLA ein klares Zeichen für mehr Ruhe in der Adventzeit und lässt am 8. Dezember bereits zum achten Mal in Folge über 1.000 Filialen in ganz Österreich geschlossen. Somit erhalten die mehr als 18.100 Mitarbeiter einen Tag der Ruhe und Zeit – für sich und ihre Familien. Mit der Unterstützung von Toni Faber, Dompfarrer des Wiener Stephansdoms und Unterstützer der ersten Stunde ruft BILLA erneut zum Schutz des 8. Dezember auf.

„Zeit ist das kostbarste Gut, das wir haben. Indem wir österreichweit unsere Filialen schließen, möchten wir unseren Mitarbeitern dieses Gut schenken und uns für ihre herausragenden Leistungen im vergangenen Jahr bedanken“, erläutert der designierte BILLA Vorstand Robert Nagele. In den vergangenen Jahren haben sich bereits zahlreiche Entscheidungsträger aus Kirche, Wirtschaft und Politik der von BILLA – im Jahr 2009 – ins Leben gerufenen „Initiative zum Schutz des 8. Dezember“ angeschlossen. „Es ist ein deutliches und wichtiges Zeichen für die gemeinsamen Ruhezonen in unserer Gesellschaft, dem Marienfeiertag seinen ursprünglichen Charakter wiederzugeben“, schildert Toni Faber, Dompfarrer des Wiener Stephansdoms und Unterstützer der ersten Stunde. Nagele ergänzt: „Mit der Petition möchten wir Aufmerksamkeit für die wesentliche Bedeutung von gemeinsamer freier Zeit und Ruhezonen schaffen, das soll auch in Zukunft so bleiben.“

BILLA setzt das gesamte Jahr auf Balance zwischen Beruf und Familien Familienbewusste Personalpolitik ist für BILLA essenziell. Neben der Filialschließungen an Mariä Empfängnis setzt BILLA daher zahlreiche Maßnahmen zur Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie. „Als einer der größten Arbeitgeber des Landes und Österreichs größter Nahversorger sehen wir uns gegenüber unseren Mitarbeitern in der Verantwortung, die notwendigen Rahmenbedingungen zu schaffen, um die Balance zwischen Beruf und Familie und damit genügend Zeit zu ermöglichen. Das geht von flexibler Arbeitszeitgestaltung über Förderungen und Service für Familien bis hin zu Elternschaft und Karenz oder flexiblen Wiedereinstieg in den Berufsalltag“, erläutert Nagele. Eben deshalb erhielt BILLA für die nachhaltig im Unternehmen verankerten Maßnahmen bereits 2012 – als erster heimischer Lebensmittelhändler – das staatliche Gütezeichen für eine familienbewusste Personalpolitik. Durch gezielte Maßnahmen konnte die Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich erhöht sowie die Fluktuation gesenkt werden.

Bildtext zum übermittelten Bildmaterial:
Bild (1) v.l.n.r.: Robert Nagele (BILLA Vorstand) und Toni Faber (Dompfarrer des Wiener Stephansdoms) mit der Petition zum Schutz des 8. Dezember

Credits: BILLA AG/ Dusek, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

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

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

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

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder shop.billa.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis:
Team Media Relations REWE International AG REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf Tel.: +43 2236 600 5261, E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

SOURCE: BILLA

New Zealand: FSL FOODS LTD recalls Fruzio frozen berry products sold across Foodstuffs stores

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — In addition to the Fruzio Mixed Berry 1kg and 500g products with Expiry or Use By dates up to and including 7 October 2018 that were recalled earlier today, FSL FOODS LTD has now decided to extend the recall to the following Fruzio frozen berry products as they come from the same overseas source;

• Fruzio IQF Strawberry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry or use by date up to and including 8 September 2018

• Fruzio IQF Blackberry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry date or use by up to including 8 September 2018

• Fruzio IQF 3 Mixed Berry 1 kg bag all batches dates with expiry date or use by up to including 17 November 2018

The product recalls are currently occurring throughout all Foodstuffs stores nationwide, and the business is following up to ensure all recalled product is removed from shelf in a timely manner.

To receive a refund, our advice is to take the product back to the store it was purchased from and they will arrange a full refund.

Food safety is of paramount concern to us and we are continuing to collaborate with MPI to ensure all appropriate actions are being taken and customer safety around this issue is maintained.

While the MPI testing process continues guidance for consumers is to apply good food safety hygiene when consuming frozen berries remains in place including;

•  Wash your hands before eating and preparing food

•  Berries can briefly be boiled before eating (temperatures must exceed 85 degrees Celsius for one minute)

•  Immunocompromised persons and those with liver damage should avoid frozen berries or products containing frozen berries.

If consumers have any concern about their health or that of their family then they should seek advice from their local medical practitioner, or call the Ministry of Health’s Healthline (0800 611 116).

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND