Amazon introduces the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition with Blue Shade technology to reduce blue light exposure

  • New Reader’s Edition comes with the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of Kindle Unlimited, and a limited edition leather cover—all for only $249.99
  • With Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS “Bellini” feature that limits sleep-suppressing blue wavelength light to provide comfortable nighttime reading on a tablet before bed

SEATTLE, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today (Dec. 7, 2015) introduced the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition, which combines the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of Kindle Unlimited with access to over 1 million books, and a limited edition leather cover for only $249.99. Reader’s Edition also includes Blue Shade, an innovative new feature that adjusts and optimizes the display on your Fire HD 8 tablet to reduce blue light exposure before bedtime. Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition is available for pre-order starting today at:

“Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition simply delivers the best reading experience on any tablet,” saidCharlie Tritschler, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With an incredibly thin and light design and 8” HD color display, this is the perfect tablet for reading—a year of Kindle Unlimited with access to over a million books, plus innovative new features like Blue Shade—now even more readers can curl up in bed with their favorite stories.”

Read All You Want With Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited reading of over 1 million books and unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks with Kindle Unlimited. Read freely from top books, including The Man in the High Castle, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Wayward Pines trilogy, the entire Harry Potter series, and many more. The service regularly costs $9.99 per month but is included for one year with Reader’s Edition (a $120 value).

Blue Shade – Read Comfortably at Night
Want to read that last chapter from the comfort of your bed? Simply turn on Blue Shade, an exclusive new Amazon feature that works behind the scenes to adjust and optimize the display on the Fire HD 8 for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience on a tablet. Studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from tablets may suppress our bodies’ production of melatonin, which can prolong the time it takes to fall asleep, delay REM sleep, and reduce the level of alertness the next morning. Blue Shade uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light. It also offers warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an ultra-low level for comfortable nighttime reading—even in a dark room. The feature can be easily turned on or off with a single tap on the Blue Shade quick setting. Customers can also fine-tune the color settings to their personal preference, with the device intelligently adjusting the color filtering so that at any color or brightness, the blue wavelength light is always sufficiently suppressed.

The Best Reading Features
Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition includes the features readers expect from Amazon, all designed to help readers enjoy their books even more, and get more out of their reading:

  • Bookerly Font—An exclusive font designed from the ground up for reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading fonts to help customers read faster with less eyestrain.
  • Adjustable fonts—Choose from eight text sizes to find the one that fits your level of comfort.
  • Multi-colored highlights—Simply tap a word and choose from pink, blue, orange and yellow to categorize your highlighted words and passages, which can also be shared across devices.
  • Word Runner—Read Faster, one word at a time, with Word Runner, a new speed reading feature that brings each word to the center of the screen to where your eyes are already focused. Word Runner has Dynamic Pacing so it gradually builds to your preferred reading speed and algorithmically and automatically slows down for difficult words, punctuation, and paragraph breaks.
  • Audible—Choose from more than 180,000 titles, including best sellers, romances, thrillers, and much more with Audible, an Amazoncompany—every book is read by a professional narrator. New members can enjoy a 30-day Audible free trial with Reader’s Edition.
  • Whispersync for Voice—Whenever you see “Kindle Unlimited with Narration,” you can seamlessly switch back-and-forth between reading and listening without ever losing your place.
  • Immersion Reading—Fire tablets can synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks so that you can read a Kindle eBook while at the same time, listening to its professionally narrated Audible companion Audiobook. With text-to-speech, Fire tablets can read English-language content to you when available from a publisher.
  • Kindle sharing with instant previews—Share quotes, highlights, and recommendations from your favorite Kindle books on Facebookor Twitter, or start a conversation with your friends on popular mobile messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Friends who receive a share can click on the book or quote and instantly start reading a free preview right from their tablet, phone, or PC web browser—no need to sign up, sign in, or install an app.
  • Goodreads integration—Combines the world’s largest e-reading community and the world’s largest community of book lovers. Reader’s Edition is integrated with the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, with over 40 million members, 1.1 billion books added, and 43 million book reviews. You can follow friends and authors, see what they’re reading, and share and rate books right from your device.

Engineered by Amazon – Designed for Reading
One of Amazon’s thinnest tablets ever (7.7mm), Fire HD features an 8” screen and is comparable in size to a book, making it easy to hold in one hand while reading. Featuring a widescreen 1280 x 800 HD display with over 1 million pixels—Fire HD is perfect for viewing vibrant magazines, flipping through colorful comic book pages, or perusing beautiful picture books.

Reader’s Edition includes all of the great features and entertainment benefits you can expect with Fire HD, including a powerful quad-core processor, a 720p front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video, up to 128GB of expandable storage via microSD, and all-day battery life, so when not reading, you can still enjoy all the videos, music, games and photos you want on your tablet. Fire HD also offers deep integration of Amazon-exclusive services, access to over 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games, and much more—plus free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.

Limited Edition Leather Case
Reader’s Edition comes with a limited edition, rustic brown leather case that gives the look and feel of a real book cover and protects the tablet from accidental scratches. The protective case opens like a book and folds flat for comfortable one-handed reading or can stand Fire HD in landscape or portrait orientation so that you can enjoy your content hands-free.

Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition is available for pre-order for $249.99 starting today at; it ships onDecember 9.

About Amazon 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.


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Amazon introduces the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition with Blue Shade technology to reduce blue light exposure

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Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. to release its fiscal 2016 first quarter earnings results on Thursday, 7 January 2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2016 first quarter earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, 7 January 2016, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 7 January 2016 through 14 January 2016, by calling 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or 404-537-3406 outside the USA and Canada, using replay code 93731993.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at

* As at 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 including equity method investments

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related conference call and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.


Walgreens Boots Alliance
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

SOURCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Unibail-Rodamco to sell 2-8 Ancelle office building (Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris region) for €267 Mn

Paris, Amsterdam, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unibail-Rodamco entered into an agreement (promesse de vente) for the sale of the 2-8 Ancelle office building (Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris region) for a net disposal price of approximately €267 Mn. This transaction is subject to standard conditions precedent and is expected to close in Q1-2016.

2-8 Ancelle is a fully refurbished 17,200 m² office building, let to CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre for a 12-year firm period. This asset benefits from an excellent location between La Défense and the Central Business District of Paris. It allows an efficient use of space thanks to its flexible floor plates and has been BBC, BREEAM and HQE certified.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Antoine Onfray
+33 1 53 43 72 87

Marine Huet
+33 1 76 77 57 22

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €35.7 billion as of June 30, 2015. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,980 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres of major European cities, and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region. The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes. The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and FitchRatings. For more information, please visit our website:

SOURCE: Unibail-Rodamco

Kimco Realty Corp. to announce its fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 after market close

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) will announce its fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 after market close. You are invited to listen to our quarterly earnings conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST.

Event: Kimco Realty’s Fourth Quarter Financial Results

When: 10:00 AM EST, February 4, 2016

Live Webcast: 4Q15 Kimco Realty Earnings Call under Kimco Investor Relations

Dial #: 1-888-317-6003 (Please ask to join KIM call)

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, audio replay from the conference call will be available on Kimco Realty’s website at A taped presentation of the call can also be accessed through Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (passcode: 10077220).

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. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

Kimco Realty
David F. Bujnicki, 1-866-831-4297
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

Dunkin’ Donuts to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its U.S. menu by 2025

CANTON, MA AND WASHINGTON, DC, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, with The Humane Society of the United States, today announced a commitment to source 100 percent cage-free eggs for eggs used in its U.S. menu by 2025. Earlier this year, the company announced its intent to source 10 percent of the eggs for U.S. breakfast sandwiches from cage-free sources by December 31, 2016.  According to The HSUS, Dunkin’ Donuts’ switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs will benefit approximately 1.4 million egg laying hens annually.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the humane treatment of animals, an issue we know is also important to both our franchisee community and our loyal guests,” said Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin’ Brands. “We are proud to continue our efforts towards sustainable sourcing, and are committed to our partnership with the Humane Society of the United States to help the egg industry eliminate the use of cages in our supply chain.”

According to Josh Balk, senior food policy director of The HSUS, “We’re pleased to see Dunkin’ Donuts exhibiting dedication to improving the lives of farm animals, and we applaud its decision to switch to exclusively using cage-free eggs. We look forward to continuing to work with the brand to achieve our mutual animal welfare goals.”

Additionally, the company has pledged to map its international supply chain to determine the feasibility of transitioning to 100 percent cage-free eggs on a global basis.

Dunkin’ Brands’ updated animal welfare policy can be found at The company’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Broadening Our Horizons, can be read or downloaded here:

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals, and visit us at


Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

Rite Aid Corporation to release financial results for Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter ended Nov. 28, 2015 on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) said today that it will release financial results for its Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter, which ended Nov. 28, 2015, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Given the company’s pending merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), Rite Aid will not be holding a conference call. The text of the earnings release, along with the corresponding charts and supplemental information slides, will be made available immediately after the release in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at



Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766


SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers to open at PREIT’s Plymouth Meeting Mall in Spring 2017

Pennsylvania’s popular family attraction to open in Spring 2017

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, unique indoor attractions based on the popular LEGO® brick, will begin construction next summer on LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia at PREIT’s Plymouth Meeting Mall. The 33,000 square foot attraction will be a premier destination for adults and children when it opens at the center in Spring 2017.

Specifically designed for families with children aged 3-10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will offer a fun, highly interactive and educational two – three hour indoor experience.  The attraction will offer a range of exciting LEGO play areas, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4D cinema and, of course, the popular MINILAND area found in every LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Unique to every attraction, MINILAND reflects the iconic buildings of each individual attraction’s location, and the local community will have a chance to nominatePhiladelphia-area landmarks in a contest to be announced at a later date.

Owned and operated by global leisure giant Merlin Entertainments plc (Merlin), LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will be Merlin’s ninth Discovery Center to open in the United States.  The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will be the state’s only location, and will represent Merlin’s seventeenth Discovery Center globally.

“The LEGOLAND Discovery Centers have been a huge success across the globe, particularly as an opportunity for adults and children to spend fun, quality time together,” said John Jakobsen, Chief New Openings Officer,Merlin Entertainments plc. “Plymouth Meeting Mall is the ideal location for the attraction as the mall is already a favored destination for Pennsylvania families and tourists from the region.”

“We are so excited to add the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, one of only nine in the country, to the Plymouth Meeting Mall experience,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “The throngs of customers who will visit the attraction annually will catalyze an interior remerchandising effort that will further complement the existing experience which combines great shopping with destination entertainment, high quality dining and a gourmet grocer, attracting nearly every demographic.”

Once completed, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will be located on the south side of the property facing the Pennsylvania Turnpike and AMC Theatre.

With unsurpassed visibility and accessibility, Plymouth Meeting Mall offers a truly unique tenant roster and sits at the confluence of some of the busiest roadways in suburban Philadelphia where over 90 million cars pass by annually.

About Merlin Entertainments plc
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and  c26,000 employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America  – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions inNew York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers inChicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri;Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.  Visit for more information.

About PREIT (Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust)
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company owns and operates approximately 27 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has seen a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures.  Additional information is available at, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Heather Crowell
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 499-6019

Sally Ann Wilkinson
The Firm
Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 8899 6110


DFS Group launched its seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition in Macau

HONG KONG, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group (DFS), the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, launched its seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition in Macau on Saturday, December 5. Recognized as the world’s premier retail exhibition of luxury timepieces, the DFS Masters of Time program brings together an extraordinary collection of over 400 fine watches and jewelry masterpieces from 28 prestigious brands and the masters who create them, allowing shoppers to experience an unprecedented range of fine watches and jewelry all in one place. Unveiled at a spectacular gala event at T Galleria by DFS, Macau located at Shoppes at Four Seasons – event partner of Masters of Time – the curated collection will be exhibited in store and available for sale until February 29, 2016.

“This year’s Masters of Time exhibition is inspired by the traveler and the thrill of discovery,” said Philippe Schaus, DFS Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “A testament to DFS’ commitment to providing our customers with unrivalled experiences, we’re confident this year’s carefully-curated Masters of Time collection will satisfy their desire to discover the most innovative and exciting timepieces available.”

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Global Merchandising for Watches, Jewelry, Accessories and Sunglasses, added, “The culmination of a year-long search to curate an extraordinary range of luxury watches and fine jewelry, the DFS Masters of Time collection represents the latest innovations and designs in watchmaking. We’ve partnered with the foremost watches and fine jewelry houses to build a program that’s simply unmatched.”

This year’s Masters of Time also introduces the inaugural Masterclass, with eight masters in their fields discussing the topics of trends, value and innovation within the world of watches.

The 2015 Masterclass includes:

·         Matthew Green, DFS Group’s Director Merchandising for Luxury Watches and Jewelry

·         Carson Chan, a seasoned watch collector and head of the Greater China Mission for the Foundation of de la Haute Horlogerie

·         David Chang, Deputy Director of the China Horologe Association of Collection

·         Sara Jane Ho, an avid jewelry collector, style icon and Founder of Institute Sarita

·         Caroline Issa, CEO of Tank Group and street style star

·         Loic Biver, Hublot’s General Manager for Greater China

·         James Gurney, Director of QP Magazine

·         Eugene Tong, Former Style Director Details Magazine

DFS’ Masters of Time was created in 2009 to elevate the shopping experience for travelers to the dynamic city of Macau. T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive watch and jewelry shopping spaces in Asia, featuring 67 brands. It includes a one-of-a-kind T Timepieces concept store showcasing specially-selected offerings by independent watchmakers as well as exclusive vintage collections by prestigious brands.

“We are delighted to welcome DFS and the Masters of Time retail exhibition back to Shoppes at Four Seasons,” said David Sylvester, Executive Vice President of Global Retail, Las Vegas Sands Corp. “We strive to give our guests and visitors the best luxury retail experiences possible which is why, together with exhibitions like Masters of Time, we think we have once again delivered on our commitment to providing our customers with the best in luxury shopping.”

The exhibition, which will run through February 29, 2016 at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons includes activations from leading watch and jewelry brands, including Hublot, Roger Dubuis, Girard-Perregaux, Van Cleef & Arpels, Franck Muller and Tiffany & Co.

December 1 – 31, Hublot celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Big Bang collection in a special exhibition featuring the most coveted timepieces. On December 5, Roger Dubuis celebrated the holiday season in style offering customers personalized greeting cards handwritten by a professional calligrapher.

Girard-Perregaux displays the brand’s Haute Horlogerie Exhibition throughout the Masters of Time Exhibition, showcasing the finest Haute Horlogerie pieces and educating customers on the delicate art of watchmaking.

DFS’ Masters of Time also introduces Van Cleef & Arpels’ Diamond Breeze collection to Macau, featuring an exquisite selection of the Maison’s diamond and white gold jewelry creations. These sparklingly feminine pieces evoke a harmonious nature and will be available for viewing and purchase on December 5.

From December 12 – December 26, Tiffany & Co. will host their Holiday Photo Moments activation, allowing customers to preview and try on the latest jewelry pieces with a photo booth on hand to capture the special holiday moment.

Beginning in mid-January and continuing through February 29, 2016, Franck Muller invites customers to experience the Novelties Exhibition at DFS’ Masters of Time with a Chinese calligrapher making in-boutique appearances to celebrate the Chinese New Year season.


This year’s collection of prestigious brands includes: Arnold & Son, Angelus, Blancpain, Breguet, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Chopard,  Corum, De Bethune, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Hautlence, H. Moser & Cie, Hermès, Hublot, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, Manufacture Royale, Officine Panerai, Omega, Roger Dubuis, Tiffany & Co., Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith and more.

Highlights include:

·         Angelus’ U10 Tourbillon Lumière

·         Blancpain’s Villeret 12 Days Flying Tourbillon

·         Breguet’s Reine de Naples “Day/Night”

·         Glashütte Original’s Senator Cosmopolite

·         Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Squelette

·         Hublot’s MP-05 “Laferrari” All Black

·         Cartier’s Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour

·         Vacheron Constantin’s Fabuleux Ornements “Chinese Embroidery”

DFS Masters of Time is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes Masters of Wines and Spirits that took place in Singapore during November. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

SOURCE: DFS Group Limited


DFS Group launched its seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition in Macau

DFS Group launched its seventh annual DFS Masters of Time exhibition in Macau

Migros verkauft faire Maiskölbchen

Winterzeit ist Raclettezeit. Wenn die Temperaturen fallen, steht das urschweizerische Gericht Raclette ganz oben in der Beliebtheitsskala in der Schweiz und zum Raclette gehören eingelegte Maiskölbchen als Beilage. Diese bietet die Migros neu als erste Detailhändlerin überhaupt in Fairtrade-Qualität an.

Zürich, SWITZERLAND, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zusammen mit der Max Havelaar-Stiftung (Schweiz) hat die Migros während zwei Jahren das Pionierprojekt in Südindien begleitet und entwickelt. Vorher lebten die rund 90 Kleinbauern im Dorf Chennapatna, in der Nähe von Bangalore, hauptsächlich von der Milchwirtschaft. Sie bauten Baby-Corn-Pflanzen als Futtermittel für ihre Kühe an. Seit sie die Maiskölbchen als Nebenprodukt ernten und alle Auflagen für eine Fairtrade-Zertifizierung erfüllen, eröffnete sich für sie eine zusätzliche Einnahmequelle und Entwicklungschancen.

Für Thomas Meyer, Business Development Manager bei der Max Havelaar-Stiftung, sind Projekte zu Gunsten von Kleinbauern besonders wichtig: “Von weltweit 900 Millionen mangelernährten Menschen sind die Hälfte Kleinbauern. Für sie ist der Zugang zum Weltmarkt fast unmöglich. Fairtrade setzt sich dafür ein, dass sie sich in Kooperativen organisieren und sich gemeinsam weiterentwickeln.” Die Kooperative in Südindien erhält von der Migros für ihren Mais einen fairen Preis und zusätzliche Prämiengelder, die sie für Projekte einsetzt. Mit der ersten Prämie erhält die Dorfschule sanitäre Anlagen. Zudem wird ein fahrendes Spital finanziert, denn die Gegend liegt sehr abgelegen und der nächste Arzt ist schwer erreichbar.

Die Migros verkauft bereits eine grosse Anzahl an fair gehandelten Produkten und sie setzt sich dafür ein, dass es immer mehr Artikel werden. „Auf Fairtrade umzustellen ist nicht immer einfach. Darum freuen wir uns, wenn wir zusammen mit Max Havelaar Pionierprojekte anstossen und die Bauern bis zur Zertifizierung begleiten können“, sagt Lorence Weiss, Leiter der Direktion Food beim Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund. Die eingelegten Condy Maiskölbchen mit dem Fairtade Max-Havelaar-Gütesiegel sind ab sofort in allen Migros-Filialen erhältlich. Da sich das Projekt noch im Aufbau befindet, sind die Fairtrade-Maiskölbchen noch nicht ganzjährig im Verkauf.

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Plastic bag use at Tesco stores decreased by 78% since the introduction of the Government’s 5p plastic bag charge

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The number of single-use bags used by customers at Tesco stores in England has been slashed by an incredible 78% in a month since the introduction of the Government’s 5p plastic bag charge, according to figures released by Tesco.

Customers shopping on have also dramatically reduced the number of bags they use, with the number of online shoppers selecting ‘bagless’ deliveries increasing by nearly 50%.

The bag charge was introduced by the Government in October this year with the aim of cutting the number of plastic bags taken from shops and improving the environment. The drop in bag use by Tesco customers in store is almost 10% higher than Tesco predicted before the bag levy was introduced.

Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco said:

“We knew the Government’s bag charge would encourage our customers to use fewer plastic bags and it’s clearly had a huge impact.

“We wanted to do as much as we could to help our customers avoid paying the charge – the week before the charge was introduced we gave out free bags for life, and we’ve been sharing helpful hints and tips on how customers can cut down the number of bags they use.

“We’re also working with our customers to make sure the millions of pounds that will be raised from the bag charge go towards making a real difference for our local communities.”

Over the past six weeks, Tesco has been calling out to charities and local community groups to apply for grants from the carrier bag charge to fund projects which will make lasting improvements to green spaces in communities across the UK. The retailer has just extended the deadline for applications to 11th December, to give charities and individuals more time to submit their applications. The eligibility criteria for the scheme has also been expanded to include projects on school grounds, community spaces on housing estates or residential areas, including gated areas, spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres and allotments.

The size of the grants available range from £8,000 to £12,000, and Tesco is working with environmental charity Groundwork to administer the scheme.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said:

“I’m really delighted that the 5p plastic bag charge is starting to have a real impact and is raising thousands for good causes.

“Cutting the number of plastic bags we use is a small but vital step in reducing plastic waste. It will not only tidy up our towns and countryside, it will also help protect our precious beaches and sea life.”

Tesco sees protecting the environment as an essential as part of being a responsible business. The retailer has set an ambition to be a zero carbon business by 2050, and has led the industry in its work to reduce food waste.

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Tesco delivers free mince pies around Britain to help customers get into the festive spirit

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — People across the UK are set to enjoy an extra Happie Christmas this year,  as Tesco delivers free mince pies to towns around Britain. To help customers get into the festive spirit, the retailer is delivering thousands of the little festive treats, free, to people’s front doors over the next few weeks.

Local residents in towns and cities including Portsmouth, Aylesbury, Newmarket, Nottingham and London will be surprised and delighted with a knock on the door as the Mince Pie Man looks to drop off 1,000 packs of mince pies ranging from Tesco Finest to Free From, and wishing them all a Merry Christmas.

And if you’re not home when he calls for you, don’t fear: there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab your own pack of Tesco Mince Pies. Customers will also be able to get their hands on a free pack by tweeting #HappieChristmas if they see the van in their local area.

Talking about his impending Mince Pie Drop, the Mince Pie Man, Paul Harrison, said:

“I’m really excited about the Mince Pie Run; it’s definitely a good way to get people in the festive mood.

“I’ll be gently knocking on people’s doors and handing out free packs of Tesco Mince Pies and saying hello.  But, if I don’t see you, make sure you see me, tweet a picture of my van, and then there’ll be a pack of mince pies winging their way to you faster than Father Christmas’ very own reindeer-drawn sleigh.”


Notes for Editors

If the Tesco Mince Pie Man doesn’t see you but you see him, make sure you take a photo of his van and tweet #HappieChristmas to @tescomedia.

For people who are not at home when we call at their door, we’ll post cards through their letterboxes saying ‘sorry we missed you’, along with a voucher to be redeemed in store.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

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Tesco delivers free mince pies around Britain TO help customers get into the festive spirit

Above: The Mince Pie Van with colleagues Paul Harrisson and Vanessa Collier

Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand “Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées (“Ugly Mugs”) collective have introduced a new brand – “Tous AntiGaspi” – in a bid to raise the awareness of the retailer’s suppliers of the need to tackle food wastage. These products have minor visual imperfections, and so are sold at a discount… although there is nothing wrong with the way they taste.

This is a first in Europe and is just one of many initiatives that the retailer is involved in to help tackle climate change.

With its “Tous AntiGaspi” products, Carrefour is working to help its suppliers make use of those of their products that are of non-standard shape

With this new “Tous AntiGaspi” brand, the retailer has come up with a solution that helps its customers, its suppliers and its employees to reduce food waste at all levels of the supply chain.

In April of this year, Carrefour launched a Camembert under the new “Tous AntiGaspi” brand in 228 of its hypermarkets; starting in January 2016, it will be launching a new breakfast cereal in north-eastern France, and will most likely expand it to include even more products, the aim being to support those of the retailer’s suppliers that are interested in reducing wastage of their rejected products.

To be included in the “Tous AntiGaspi” range, products have to meet the following criteria: they have to constitute a genuine solution to the problem of wastage, they have to be as good and as safe to eat as their graded equivalents, and they have to be discounted and sold as locally as possible.

“Tous AntiGaspi” products also have a charity dimension to them: for every product in the range that is purchased, one cent will be donated to food aid charities via the Microdon charity fund.

A partnership that shores up Carrefour’s waste reduction policy

Tackling waste of any kind is the mainstay of Carrefour’s CSR policy. In line with this commitment, the retailer has extended the use-by dates on more than 300 of its products in order to reduce food wastage at various stages of their life-cycle and to raise people’s awareness of this issue in stores.

This partnership is evidence of Carrefour’s pioneering commitment to bringing about responsible trade. Food waste is a challenge that we all have to take up together – one which involves us working closely alongside our customers and our suppliers.

SOURCE:  Carrefour



Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand "Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage

Carrefour and the Gueules Cassées collective introduced new brand “Tous AntiGaspi” to tackle food wastage

Sainsbury’s Bank appoints David Jones as Chief Customer Officer

David Jones, MD at Moneysupermarket, to join Sainsbury’s Bank to lead its customer division.

LONDON, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s Bank is delighted to announce today, 7th December, the appointment of David Jones as Chief Customer Officer. His appointment will see him lead the Bank’s newly formed Customer Division, bringing together trading and marketing teams, and join the Bank’s Board of Directors.

Sainsbury’s Bank has significant growth potential with access to Sainsbury’s 25 million weekly shoppers. Key to capitalising on this is the Bank’s strategy to offer Sainsbury’s shoppers great deals and rewards, enabling them to benefit from quality financial products as well as rewarding them for their loyalty when they bank and shop with us.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter Griffiths, CEO Sainsbury’s Bank, said: “This is an important appointment for the Bank as we continue to put the customer at the heart of everything we do, from product design to customer experience. David shares this commitment and our values, which is what makes him an excellent fit and I look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

David joins from Moneysupermarket, the UK’s leading price comparison website and a brand recognised for helping people to make the most of their money.

David said: “I’m delighted to be joining a bank with such rich customer heritage, and that’s all about helping people get the most out of life by getting the most out of their money. I’m passionate about customers and using data in order to enhance customer relationships.”

David, who is from Edinburgh, previously worked at Virgin Money from 2007 in a variety of senior roles, including commercial director and bank development director. He was previously commercial director at RBS and spent 7 years at Procter & Gamble working across a variety of European brand management positions.

SOURCE: J Sainsbury plc



Sainsbury’s Bank appoints David Jones as Chief Customer Officer

Sainsbury’s Bank appoints David Jones as Chief Customer Officer

The John Lewis Partnership appoints new legal panel

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed a new legal panel following a review of its existing arrangements.

LONDON, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Slaughter and May is appointed as corporate adviser to provide the legal team with strategic advice in a number of complex and high profile areas and to support in relation to corporate governance matters.  Burges Salmon is a new appointment and joins Dentons and Eversheds, who have been reappointed, to provide a full range of legal services, outside Slaughter and May’s remit.

Keith Hubber, General Counsel and Company Secretary at the John Lewis Partnership said:

‘The review was implemented to establish closer, longer-term relationships with a smaller number of firms who are committed to investing in their relationship with the Partnership. We identified firms with proven sector experience who understand the Partnership’s culture and demonstrated a desire to work collaboratively to support the in-house team. We look forward to working with them.’

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2),, 346 Waitrose shops, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 88,700 staff are Partners in the business.


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The H&M Conscious Foundation donates USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia

The H&M Conscious Foundation is donating USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia during the current drought crisis. The support from H&M Conscious Foundation will be directed towards food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as basic education to children in affected areas.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the Save the Children, the drought in Ethiopia is now forecast to be the strongest in 30 years. The main reason is El Nino-induced weather patterns manifested as drought in the northern highlands of Addis Ababa and flooding in the south.

− The emerging disaster in Ethiopia will have devastating implications for the food security of millions of people. It is the youngest who suffer most in disasters due to food shortages and malnutrition. Therefore an early response is needed as a preventive measure, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Conscious Foundation.

Currently, as many as 8.2 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, 5 million children are at risk of hunger, more than 300,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition and 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding. Save the Children calls for action in order to avoid a full scale humanitarian crisis.

− This is no ordinary year in Ethiopia, and Save the Children is already on the ground saving lives. In all affected areas where we work, we’re rapidly providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes. The global response is at this stage still low, and we welcome the donation from H&M Conscious Foundation, says Secretary General Elisabeth Dahlin, Save the Children Sweden.

The donation from H&M Conscious Foundation will contribute to:

·         Treat and prevent acute malnutrition among children under five years of age, and other vulnerable groups. Food assistance, seed distribution, livestock feed and animal health services.

·         Provide water, sanitation and hygiene related services.

·         Basic education to children in affected areas as well as providing schooling for internally displaced children.

·         Child protection through the use of child friendly spaces and other specialized interventions for displaced children to keep them safe from physical and psychological harm.

The H&M Conscious Foundation can make donations if a disaster occurs in a country where H&M operates, and Ethiopia is an H&M production country.

The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within three focus areas, as chosen by H&M employees and customers: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women. To further improve living conditions the Foundation supports innovative ideas that contribute to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources, for example through its initiative Global Change Award. The Foundation can also provide emergency relief in countries where H&M operates. Today, the Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M.

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Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award 2016

Yesterday in London, Hannah Jinkins was announced as the winner of the H&M Design Award 2016. Jinkins, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, London, was selected from eight finalists by an international jury that included amongst others Kate Bosworth, Olivier Rousteing and Nick Knight. As the H&M Design Award winner, Jinkins receives a one-year mentorship from H&M, a prize sum of €50,000 and the opportunity to develop her winning collection to be sold in selected H&M stores as well as online in autumn 2016.

LONDON, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Hannah is really brilliant. She has the ability to balance so many difficult things, like the raw with the refined, or something very grown up with something more youthful. I found choosing the winner of the H&M Design Award very difficult, because the calibre of the finalists is up there with the best in fashion,” says Kate Bosworth.

“I was so impressed by Hannah’s collection. It is very contemporary, with a real understanding of a woman’s body. It feels like something very new in womenswear, which makes her such an exciting winner of the H&M Design Award 2016”, says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor of H&M.

“Hannah is amazing. She has her own unique vision. She has such strong energy, she’s modern, young and really knows what she wants. She works with a tough fabric, yet somehow manages to make it sexy and glamorous at the same time,” says Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain.

Eight finalists selected from 40 of the world’s most respected design schools yesterday took part in a fashion show at The Orangery in Kensington Palace, London. Each finalist presented four looks from their graduation collections to an audience that included the jury and, for the first time, invited members of the global fashion media.

24-year old Hannah Jinkins, from London, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2015. Her collection created a balance between tough fabrics like raw denim and inner linings of silk. Her silhouettes are oversized yet feminine, showing a real understanding of the female body.

“I feel very honoured and proud to have won the H&M Design Award. When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional. I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream,” says Hannah Jinkins, winner of the H&M Design Award 2016.

The H&M Design Award was founded in 2012, underlining H&M’s strong commitment to the future of fashion. It is open to students and graduates of the world’s most respected design colleges in 16 countries, with the winner each year chosen by a highly-respected jury of international fashion experts.

The H&M Design Award 2016 featured students from the highest number of colleges ever, with schools from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the US, Japan and Korea. The eight selected finalists each won €5,000.

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Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award 2016

Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award 2016

Morrisons will increase retail price of fresh milk and will also increase price it pays to dairy farmers

Bradford, England, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a move to support dairy farmers, Morrisons has today confirmed that it will increase the retail price of its standard four pint fresh liquid milk to £1 and it’s Milk For Farmers to £1.23. Morrisons is also increasing the price it pays to dairy farmers on all of its own-brand fresh milk and Milk For Farmers.

Rick Bourne, Morrisons Dairy Director, said: “We believe that customers are now ready to pay a little extra to support the dairy sector. Combined with the launch of Milk for Farmers range, which is now nearly three times more popular than Evian in our stores, we are doing our bit to support the dairy industry at this difficult time.”

Jonathan Ovens, Arla Foods amba farmer board director, added: “As dairy farmers, we welcome the news from Morrisons at a time of an unprecedented pressure for dairy farmers. We appreciate the continued commitment that Morrisons has given to our cooperative and its principles.”

Meurig Raymond, President, NFU, said:”We welcome this latest move which recognises the need to increase the sustainable price back to farm, at this difficult time. The whole industry needs to ensure that farmers supplying milk for all dairy products, not just liquid milk, are treated fairly during this market downturn.‎”

Morrisons has therefore met the criteria to carry the Arla farmer-owned marque on milk supplied by the dairy cooperative. This marque offers shoppers a way to easily identify and trust that when they buy own label dairy products they are responsibly sourced from a farmer-owned business where all the profits go back to its owners, and has the highest expectations for animal welfare and environmental standards throughout its supply chain. The farmer-owned marque signifies that Morrisons is committing to a long-term sustainable milk price for farmers.

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PAK’nSAVE becomes the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand

Stickman and PAK’nSAVE employees around New Zealand have helped to fundraise more than $100,000 and in doing so have now become the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — From the 1 of November, PAK’nSAVE staff across New Zealand have been growing their Mos, with Foodstuffs North Island going MO face-to-MO face against sister (or brother) company Foodstuffs South Island to see who can fundraise the MOst.

With 52 stores taking part, PAK’nSAVE Hastings was the leader of the pack raising more than $8,961, with the top ranking Mo Bro, store owner-operator, Brendon Smith.

Brendon says that he is chuffed to be the leading Mo Bro in the PAK’nSAVE network.

I’ve grown a Mo every Movember since it started, but I was determined for this year to be the best effort yet.” says Brendon.

I was lucky to have 25 staff who shared my enthusiasm. At the start of the month, we set the goal of raising the most. In addition to donation boxes at checkouts and staff Movember pages, the store donated $2 for every loaf of Quality Bakers bread bought during November.”

The top Mo Team in the South Island was PAK’nSAVE Hornby cracking the $4166 mark and the top rating Mo Bro was owner John Lee.

John, who usually sports a full moustache, started Movember clean shaven and half way through Movember, parted with half his Mo to raise extra funds. He also donated one dollar for every dollar staff and customers gave.

I’m stoked with the result. The whole team put in a tremendous effort and we raised far more than expected.”

The rivalry between the two islands has been a well fought battle, with the victor being the PAK’nSAVE North Island stores who raised: $35,333. However, the South Island stores with fewer than half the stores also put in a fantastic effort raising more than $15984. It was also a close battled for the amount per person raised with the South Island scraping in just ahead with $98.06 per person compared with $96.54 per person by the North Island stores.

The Foodstuff support centres also got involved in growing the best handle bar slugs, with a combined effort in excess of $32,000.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that the efforts of everyone involved is to be commended.

The Foodstuffs family is a competitive bunch and this determination raised a lot of money to go towards the good work of the Movember Foundation. Importantly it also made us all think about men’s health – our own and the men in our lives”, he says.

Robert Dunn from Movember says, “We’re delighted to have PAK’nSAVE and Foodstuffs on board for the first time – it’s brilliant to see staff and customers embrace our cause wholeheartedly.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support from our sponsors; having large company’s such as Foodstuffs involved means we are able to talk to more men about the importance of their health.”

Family members, partners and wives will now be breathing a sigh of relief as the moustaches will now start to disappear from workplaces, supermarkets, Stickmen ads and homes across the country.

While Movember is now officially over, donations are still welcome and accepted


New World becomes the first retailer to sell the iconic, Sir Peter Blake, special edition 20th anniversary Red Socks

New World, this week announced that they will be the first retailer to sell the iconic, Sir Peter Blake, special edition 20th anniversary Red Socks.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sir Peter Blake, one of our greatest New Zealanders, 20 years ago pulled on a humble pair of red socks, engaged a whole county and went on to win the Americas Cup.

Now, Sir Peter Blake’s Red Socks have become a symbol of what we most love about being Kiwis. No matter what the odds or the competition we face, if we set our sights on a goal, we can achieve it.

Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island says as a proud New Zealand owned and operated business, pairing up with the Sir Peter Blake Trust was a no brainer.

Sir Peter’s red socks have a special place in our nation’s history and remind us all to dream big. New World is delighted to be supporting the Sir Peter Blake Trust and their ongoing work in the community,” says Quin.

Shelley Campbell, Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO, says it is delighted that New World is selling the famous red socks.

New World, a Kiwi owned and operated business, is a natural fit for the Trust. Both companies embrace all things New Zealand – and Red Socks are the epitome of what our country stands for, so we are thrilled to be partnering with New World for the 20th anniversary of this iconic Kiwi item.

We would also like to thank the MediaWorks Foundation for their support,” says Campbell

This year, is the 20th anniversary of red socks and a commemorative limited edition box has been designed and is available from all North Island New World supermarkets for $9.95. Commemorative Red Socks will be available until 31 December 2015, or while stocks last.


New World Whangaparaoa now open

New World Whangaparaoa is completing its finishing touches, as the eagerly anticipated new supermarket gets ready to open on Tuesday 8 December at 8.15am.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We are thrilled to bring a brand new supermarket to Whangaparaoa,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development.

“We have had incredible support and interest from the local community from when our plans to build the New World store were first announced.  This is our first New World on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, and we are especially excited to open the store just in time for Christmas.”

“The New World is 2710sqm and will employ 90 staff. The store has lots of natural light and the lovely wide aisles we know our customers enjoy. Add to this the fact that New World Whangaporaoa has plenty of car parking and we are confident customers will find Christmas shopping at New World Whangaporaoa a breeze.”

Penny Ashton, owner-operator of New World Whangaparaoa is looking forward to opening the new supermarket.

“I can’t wait to open the doors to the new store and bring New World to Whangaparaoa. The store looks fantastic, with a great fresh food, deli, bakery and butchery offer. Having New World as the ‘local’ supermarket will provide the community with more choice and great prices, along with the friendly personal service our customers can expect when shopping at New World.” says Ashton.

The supermarket, located at 580 Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa, will be officially opened on Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 8.15am by the Hon Mark Mitchell, MP for Rodney.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the opening and be amongst the first people to shop at New World Whangaparaoa.

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