Baskin-Robbins’ first “Celebrate 31” promotion for 2016: all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31

Guests can enjoy any scoop of ice cream for $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is holding its first “Celebrate 31” promotion of 2016 on Sunday, January 31. Throughout the year, on the 31st of each month, guests can enjoy all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31 and two-scoop sundaes for $3.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.*

Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including classics like Mint Chocolate Chip, Pralines ‘n Cream, Gold Medal Ribbon® and Very Berry Strawberry, along with seasonal favorites like Love Potion #31®, which is returning to participating Baskin-Robbins shops just in time for Valentine’s Day. Guests can also enjoy other delicious seasonal flavors at select participating Baskin-Robbins shops including Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait Frozen Yogurt, Orange Sherbet, Rock ‘n Pop Swirl andIcing on the Cake®.

Baskin-Robbins’ Classic Two-Scoop Sundae includes two scoops of a guest’s favorite ice cream flavor topped with caramel, hot fudge or strawberry topping and finished with a dollop of whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. Guests can also further customize their ice cream sundae by mixing and matching two different flavors of ice cream.

“We’re excited to kick-off 2016 with our first ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion of the year and give back to our loyal Baskin-Robbins guests,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “This promotion offers our guests a great way to try a new Baskin-Robbins flavor, like our seasonal Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait Frozen Yogurt, or enjoy a classic favorite like Pralines ‘n Cream or Jamoca® Almond Fudge.”

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

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500(r) ranking in 2014, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,200 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit

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Baskin-Robbins' first “Celebrate 31” promotion for 2016: all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31

Baskin-Robbins’ first “Celebrate 31” promotion for 2016: all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31

Grand Parade Investments Limited will develop 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years

Master franchise agreement with Grand Parade Investments calls for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of two of the world’s most recognizable brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement with Grand Parade Investments Limited (GPI) to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa. The agreement remains subject to GPI’s receipt of approval from the Financial Surveillance Department of the South Africa Reserve Bank. Under the agreement, GPI will develop more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years, with an initial focus on Cape Town and Johannesburg. The agreement also calls for the introduction of Baskin-Robbins ice cream products to supermarket chains and convenience stores in South Africa over the next several years.

“As we continue our global expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, we are delighted to work with GPI to bring both brands to South Africa,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “GPI has a wealth of experience in the local restaurant and retail industry, and a strong focus on operational excellence. We look forward to supporting GPI in their efforts to make Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins available to a growing number of customers in South Africa in the years ahead.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the world’s leading coffee and bakery chains, with more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in South Africa will feature the brand’s wide range of high-quality hot and iced coffees, lattes, espresso, cappuccino, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, sandwiches, bagels, and donuts, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand will also offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes.

Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, with more than 7,600 locations in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa will feature the brand’s extensive selection of hard scoop ice cream flavors, as well as ice cream cakes, frozen beverages, ice cream sundaes and take home treats. Baskin-Robbins ice cream will also be available in select retail shops in the coming years.

“At GPI we work with world-class partners to develop brands that will resonate with South African consumers, which is why we’re thrilled to bring Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to the market,” said Hassen Adams, Executive Chairman at GPI. “We aim to grow both brands and contribute significantly towards the South African economy while ramping up efforts to create more jobs.”

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


About Grand Parade Investments
Grand Parade Investments Ltd. (GPI) was formed in 1997, as a truly Broad-based, Black Economic Empowerment investment holding company. It has since grown as an enterprise with investing interests in the food, gaming and leisure industry. With a substantial shareholder base representing a broad spectrum of the population of the Western Cape, GPI has been trading effectively on the JSE since 2008 and has consistently grown its portfolio to the benefit of all of its shareholders on an annual basis. In addition its ownership of Grandplay, it also has a 25.1% shareholding in Sunwest (Pty) Ltd, which comprises both GrandWest Casino and The Table Bay Hotel, 25.1% of the Golden Valley Casino, and presently operates over 3500 LPMs at over 700 different locations across the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. GPI owns MacBrothers Catering Equipment, 10% of Spur Corporation and 51% of Grand Tellumat Manufacturing and is also the proud owner of the Burger KING® master franchise for South Africa.


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Kroger’s #FuelPointsSweeps giveaway returns

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to paying less for fuel, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores wants to know: “How Low Can You Go?”

With Kroger’s fuel points and the current low prices of retail fuel in many parts of the country, some customers could spend as little as 1¢ per gallon to fill up their tanks.

And now, thanks to the return of Kroger’s #FuelPointsSweeps giveaway, customers have a chance to win free fuel for a month!

“With so many ways to save on fuel at Kroger, we’re inviting our customers to share just how low they can go,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising. “Our fuel program offers so much convenience and value that it is easier than ever for our loyal customers to save.”

The company currently operates more than 2,000 fuel center locations in 37 states, making it easy to take advantage of the additional savings.

Win Free Fuel for a Month with #FuelPointsSweeps

From February 3 through February 16, Kroger family of stores customers can participate in an event to win free fuel for a month by sharing photos that answer “How Low Can You Go?” with fuel points at company fuel centers. Customers are invited to post on Kroger’s Facebook page with the hashtag #FuelPointsSweeps, or post on Instagram or Twitter, tag Kroger and use the hashtag #FuelPointsSweeps, to be automatically entered to win. Twenty-six final winners will be selected at random during the month of February and awarded “free fuel for a month” – a $200 gift card. Click here for more details.

There are many ways to save on fuel at Kroger’s family of stores*:

  • Customers can earn 1 fuel point for every $1 in groceries purchased, redeemable in nearly all supermarket fuel centers and convenience store locations, as well as participating Shell fuel stations.
  • Buy Gift Cards, Use Like Cash, Save on Fuel. Most gift cards earn double points every day – for every purchase of $50 in gift cards from Kroger’s Gift Card Mall, customers receive 100 fuel points. Customers can also earn double fuel points on No-Contract Wireless Phones and Airtime Cards.
  • Every qualifying prescription earns customers 50 fuel points, as does participation in Kroger’s Customer 1st Survey.
  • When they use the Kroger REWARDS Visa®, cardholders can earn an additional 5 cents off the cost of a gallon when they redeem points. New cardholders can save 25 cents a gallonduring their first three months as cardholders when they redeem at least 100 fuel points. Certain limitations and conditions apply. See a store associate or visit for full details.

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Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 422,000 associates who serve customers in 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 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, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, 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.

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National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to improve the consumer experience with advanced technology from Diebold

KARACHI, Pakistan, 2016-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), one of the largest commercial banks in Pakistan, has selected Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) to improve the consumer experience with advanced technology from Diebold’s latest ATM platform and maintenance services. The addition of 500 Diebold 5500 automated teller machines (ATMs) — with full maintenance services from Diebold’s local partner Touchpoint — will enable NBP to increase uptime and availability, reduce power consumption and drive greater consumer satisfaction. The decision comes in light of new regulations put forth by the State Bank of Pakistan, which requires all banks to reach a 1:1 ratio between ATMs and branches.

“It was our priority to select a partner able to provide our bank with the state-of-the art solutions needed to enhance NBP’s technology, improve the customer experience and, ultimately, offer better services to our customers across Pakistan,” said Tariq Jamali, senior executive vice president/group chief logistics and support group, NBP.

The 5500s, part of the recently announced Diebold Series ATM platform, deliver on consumers’ expectation for around-the-clock availability and on financial institutions’ need for lower cost of ownership, by providing higher uptime and up to 60 percent reduction in power consumption. In addition, the 5500s are equipped with strong security features against physical and logical attacks and provide a differentiated consumer experience through a modern visual appeal and advanced capabilities such as biometric authentication.

“We are pleased to have been selected to help support NBP’s business objectives and offer our comprehensive solution portfolio to drive efficiencies across its organization,” said Bassem Bouzid, Diebold senior vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our expanded partnership with NBP is another demonstration of Diebold’s commitment to succeeding in emerging markets and this important region. Diebold is dedicated to providing innovative solutions best suited to every customer’s unique needs.”

About National Bank of Pakistan
National Bank of Pakistan is one of the largest commercial bank operating in Pakistan. It has redefined its role and has moved from a public sector organization into a modern commercial bank. The Bank’s services are available to individuals, corporate entities and government. While it continues to act as trustee of public funds and as the agent to the State Bank of Pakistan (in places where SBP does not have presence). It has diversified its business portfolio and is today a major lead player in the debt equity market, corporate investment banking, retail and consumer banking, agricultural financing, treasury services and is showing growing interest in promoting and developing the country’s small and medium enterprises and at the same time fulfilling its social responsibilities, as a corporate citizen.

National Bank of Pakistan has built an extensive branch network of 1400+ branches in Pakistan and operates in major business centre abroad. The Bank has representative offices in Beijing, Tashkent, Chicago and Toronto. It has agency arrangements with more than 3000 correspondent banks worldwide.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at or on Twitter:



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Children’s book The Lie Tree named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year

LONDON, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Children’s book The Lie Tree, a Victorian murder mystery by Young Adult fiction and children’sauthor Frances Hardinge, has been named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.

The announcement was made this evening (Tuesday 26th January) at an awards ceremony held at Quaglino’s in central London.

The Lie Tree (Macmillan Children’s Books) is only the second children’s book to take the overall prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in 2001.

Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley, for his first novel The Loney, novelist Kate Atkinson for A God in Ruins, Scottish poet Don Paterson for 40 Sonnets, and historian and writer Andrea Wulf for The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Lie Tree, the author’s seventh novel,tells the story of Faith Sunderly whose family have shipped out from England to a remote island to escape scandal. When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree that feeds off whispered lies. It will take all Faith’s courage to discover the truth behind the curious events on the island of Vane, and what, or who, killed her beloved father.

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story with great central characters and narrative tension. It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.”

Heneage chaired a final judging panel that included comedian, writer and actor Katy Brand, actress and author Jane Asher, broadcaster, writer and actress Janet Ellis, writers Louise Doughty, Matt Haig, Penny Junor, Martyn Bedford and poet and children’s author, Julia Copus.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious book prize in 2006. 2015 marks the 44th year of the Book Awards.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won eleven times by a novel, six times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

The 2014 Costa Book of the Year was H is for Hawk by writer Helen Macdonald which has sold over 200,000 copies since its publication.

Daniel Murphy wins 2015 Costa Short Story Award

Also announced at the ceremony was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Retired headteacher Daniel Murphy from Stirling won the public vote and £3,500 for his story, Rogey. Two runners-up, writer Erin Soros and writer and part-time gym instructor Annalisa Crawford, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Established in 2012, the new Award – run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is unique in that it was judged anonymously (ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process). It is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, and is open to both published and unpublished writers.

A shortlist of six stories was selected by a panel of judges – Raffaella Barker, Richard Beard, Fanny Blake, Sarah Franklin and Simon Trewin – and then made available on the Costa Book Awards website for the public to download and vote for their favourite. Costa Managing Director, Christopher Rogers, announced the winner and runners-up and presented them with their cheques.

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With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,880 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

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Children’s book The Lie Tree named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year

Children’s book The Lie Tree named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year

Barnes & Noble finalists for its 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards announced

  • Winners of the 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards to Be Announced at a Special Ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, March 2
  • Prize Pool for Winning Writers and Finalists Increases to More Than $100,000 with Winners Receiving a Year of Promotion from Barnes & Noble

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the six finalists for its prestigious 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The Discover Great New Writers program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction books from authors at the start of their careers. Since 1990, the program has introduced readers to more than 1,800 extraordinary literary talents, many of whom have gone on to become household names, including Gillian Flynn, Khaled Hosseini, Cheryl Strayed and many more.

The six winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards will share a cash prize totaling $105,000 and be announced on Wednesday, March 2, at a private awards ceremony in New York City. The top winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $30,000 prize and a full year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists will receive $15,000, and third-place finalists $7,500.

The finalists for the 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards are:


In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar (Alfred A. Knopf): Exiled overseas and tethered to family mythologies, the characters in this sublime collection of short stories all share one thing: a profound dislocation from the things and people they love most in this debut.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): Thirteen siblings come together to decide the fate of the family home in East Detroit. This powerful debut was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux): Secrets and lies, money and power; a family’s past collides with its present in this ambitious debut novel.


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt (Random House): This is not only the powerful story of what the Maines’ family experiences when they acknowledge that one of their twin sons is a girl, but also a heartwarming and inspiring call to understand and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Bettyville by George Hodgman (Viking): Many face caring for elderly parents, but only a rare few could tell this story with the aplomb and honesty of this sharp, insightful—and often very funny—memoir from a middle aged ex-New Yorker caring for his elderly mother in their small Missouri hometown.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy (Random House):This steely examination of American society chronicles the commission, investigation and aftermath of a single murder. It quickly became a critically-acclaimed bestseller in 2015.

Books by the finalists can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & ( or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Judges

Two panels of distinguished literary judges selected the finalists and will also select the winners.

Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:

Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, a New York Times and international bestseller and a Discover Great New Writers selection. Her second novel, The Light of Paris, will be published by Putnam Books in 2016.

Ben Fountain, winner of the Discover Award (fiction) for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, soon to be a film by Ang Lee.

Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of six novels and a memoir, including The Space Between Us and The Story Hour. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

This year’s nonfiction judges are:

Scott Anderson, a veteran war correspondent and the author of five books, most recently the national bestseller Lawrence in Arabia. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, his work has also appeared inVanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s and Outside.

Candice Millard, author of two New York Times’ bestsellers, The River of Doubt, which was also a Discover Great New Writers selection, and Destiny of the Republic.

Cheryl Strayed, author of four books, including Wild, a #1 New York Timesbestseller and winner of the Discover Award (non-fiction), and the New York Times’ bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough. Her books have been translated into 40 languages around the world.

Books by the judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & ( or instantly downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.

The Discover Awards

Throughout its rich 25-year history, The Discover Great New Writers program has connected readers with books that are special, surprising, and a little off the beaten path, which they may have otherwise missed. In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the program has helped many emerging authors find their audience.

The Discover program’s selection committee is comprised of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing, and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers.

Forty-six books were handpicked for the program in 2015 from the 1,000+ submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from these, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover Awards.

Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include Evie Wyldfor All the Birds, Singing and Bryce Andrews for Badluck Way (both 2014),Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St. Germainfor Son of a Gun (both 2013), Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (2012),Joshua Ferris for Then We Came to the End (2007), Ben Fountain for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (2006), Alison Smith for Name All the Animals(2004), Anthony Doerr for The Shell Collector (2002), Hampton Sides forGhost Soldiers (2001), Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996), andChang-rae Lee for Native Speaker (1995).

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, please visit or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at Barnes & Noble’s 640 stores nationwide.

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Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. to issue financial results for the 14-week fourth quarter and 53-week year ended January 3, 2016 on February 25, 2016

PHOENIX, AZ, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the 14-week fourth quarter and 53-week year ended January 3, 2016 before the market opens on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Following the release, Sprouts management will conduct a conference call at 8 a.m. MST (10 a.m. EST) to discuss the results for the quarter and full year.

A webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at Participants should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The conference call will be available via the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: 877-398-9481
  • International Participants: Dial +1-408-337-0130
  • Conference ID: 39289279

The audio replay will remain available for 72 hours and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 39289279.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 20,000 team members and operates more than 200 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

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The United Family® will donate $100,000 to local schools throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and Eastern New Mexico

LUBBOCK, Texas, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of United Supermarkets’ 100th anniversary celebration, The United Family® announced today that they will donate $100,000 to local schools throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and Eastern New Mexico, as part of its Shop to Support Schools program.

Beginning Jan. 13 and running through Oct. 15, guests may link a school of choice to their rewards account at any United Supermarkets, United Express, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Amigos grocery locations and earn points as they shop. At the end of the earning period, The United Family will award $1,000 to 100 schools based on the percentage of each school’s shopping activity.

“United Supermarkets has long held fast to the belief that supporting education is important and we have looked for ways to do that,” said Robert Taylor, president of The United Family. “This program is designed to let our guests make their hard-earned dollars do more than just buy groceries. It really lets them have a voice in making donations directly to schools.”

To sign up for the free rewards program, guests can visit or use the “United Market” mobile application, which is available for iOS and Android operating systems. For a list of participating schools and more information on The United Family’s Shop to Support Schools program, please visit

About The United Family®
In its 100th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family® – is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 36 communities in West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, The United Family currently operates 66 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertson’s LLC. For more information, please visit

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South Africa: Pick n Pay donates half a million rand to provide support for communities in drought-stricken areas

Pick n Pay steps in on drought relief: will partner with AgriSA relief; store network made available as drop off points

Cape Town, South Africa, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pick n Pay is donating half a million rand through different initiatives to provide respite for communities in drought-stricken areas. This is just one of the measures the company is putting in place to help those who are affected, and to assist the public wanting to make contributions.

“Pick n Pay has already been collecting donations of water at stores in affected areas. We will now partner with AgriSA and their drought relief fund via a corporate donation to the fund” said David North, head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs.

Smart Shopper members will also be able to donate Smart Shopper points to the drought relief fund, and Pick n Pay will match customer donations up to an amount of R100 000.

“As a sustainable solution to the problem of water scarcity, and the impact it has on food security, we have begun discussions with AgriSA on identifying the extent of the need for water tanks in drought-stricken areas. Pick n Pay will pay for a number of these tanks to be installed at a cost of R5 000 per tank. We have experience in the installation of water tanks through the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation Food Garden projects where we have installed boreholes and water tanks to help people to grow their own food, in many cases to the point where they can sell produce and take responsibility for their own food security. Through the Foundation, 243 community gardens of this kind have been set up to date,” said North.

There are a number of organisations which have been encouraging people to donate water at collection points for distribution. Pick n Pay will work with Water Shortage South Africa, who have representatives distributing water from collection points in all regions, and act as a drop-off point for bottled water. Where practical, Pick n Pay will assist with distribution.

“Part of Pick n Pay’s corporate culture is that our staff get involved in community work, and so we will also be challenging our staff across our five regional offices to collect 100 000 litres of bottled water that will be donated to areas in need,” said North.

Violeta by MANGO launches Spring/Summer 2016 collection with Candice Huffine as new face of the campaign

  • Following several collaborations, the model Candice Huffine becomes the new face of the campaign
  • What’s more, Violeta by MANGO is extending the size range to 54 and becoming curvier than ever

Barcelona, Spain, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Violeta by MANGO presents its new Spring/Summer 2016 collection with the support of Candice Huffine. The American model, who has worked with the brand on other occasions, has become the new face of the campaign.

The photo shoot, which took place in Mallorca in mid-December, was led by the photographer Sergi Pons, with whom the brand has collaborated on numerous occasions. Candice shared the photo shoot with the American model Tara Lynn, who is featured in the brand’s catalogue alongside Candice. The styling was by the Violeta by MANGO team, while José Carlos González was responsible for hair and make-up. The campaign will hit the streets and the brand’s various advertising platforms from 1 February.

On her collaboration with the brand, Candice Huffine said: It is always a pleasure to collaborate with Violeta! I really identify with the brand and I am delighted to be a part of this project, which is committed to the world of curvy fashion. The garments are incredible and I like the idea that all women have access to the latest trends, something I have always defended.

As a new feature and to mark the second anniversary of the brand’s creation, it has extended its size range to cater for consumers up to size 54, as a result of the numerous requests it has received from them. The aim of Violeta by MANGO is to dress a young target market with garments designed to be comfortable, feminine and modern. The secret to this project, launched in January 2014, lies in the care taken in the technical pattern details from size to size and in being able to offer a high quality collection for any moment of the day, aimed at a modern and demanding woman who wants to feel attractive, sexy and fashionable.

The brand’s new collection has a clear 70s inspiration running through it. In this decade, denim emerges as a key material, whether in flared trousers, long skirts and overshirts. The golden hues of cognac and mustard merge in garments such as jumpsuits and overalls, offerings that perfectly represent the youthful freedom and optimism of this era.

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Violeta by MANGO

Violeta by MANGO

Zalando launches revamped fashion store app

  • Zalando has updated their fashion store app to provide customers with an easy, elegant and mobile appropriate shopping experience, putting the customer experience first.
  • The app features new ways to browse through the Zalando assortment, larger model images, provides rich editorial content and makes full use of mobile native technology.
  • The revamped app has launched on both iOS and Android.

BERLIN, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — As mobile commerce continues to grow at a rapid pace, there is a great demand for companies to produce high-quality apps. Zalando focuses on being a mobile first company, as it sees 60 percent of current traffic coming through mobile devices. A frictionless, convenient and mobile appropriate customer experience were key drivers for the new app design.

Nuzhat Naweed, Head of Mobile Product and Engineering at Zalando, has been leading the revamp of the fashion store app: “At Zalando, we care about every customer touchpoint. We know mobile requires a unique approach when it comes to customer experience. Customers interact with apps in micro-moments and our new app lends itself beautifully to this.”

She added: “The update focuses around two things; a great shopping experience and quality editorial content showcasing brands and our in-house fashion competence. We want our customers to be inspired and discover all that Zalando has to offer and immerse themselves in the content that has been created solely for the app.”

The Zalando app revamp includes larger fashion imagery to ensure that the customer has the opportunity to fully explore the items they are searching for and new ways to browse quickly through the assortment, including a swipe feature through its catalogue items. The new app experience compliments the mobile site and desktop whilst availing engagement opportunities specific to apps. The app now also includes dedicated mobile-only content such as videos, trending editorial features and scrollable brand lookbooks for a richer experience that extends beyond products.

The fashion store app has been updated on both iOS and Android phones and changes are quickly being rolled out to tablets. The newly designed app is available for customers in all 15 Zalando markets, allowing them to not only shop, but absorb themselves in the new content, whilst on the go. The app has been developed by the in-house Zalando Mobile Team over the last quarter and can be updated / downloaded here.

The Zalando app first launched in 2012 in Germany and was rolled out to the other European markets in 2014. To date there have been over 14 million downloads. With over 1,000 people working in Zalando’s Technology Department, the majority of business processes including logistics, design and payment are carried out by Zalando themselves.

Zalando ( is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract over 131 million visits per month. In the third quarter of 2015, around 59 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in close to 17.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Katharina Heller / Corporate Communications
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Staples, Inc. announces leadership changes

FRAMINGHAM, MA, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced leadership changes as it creates a more efficient, focused organization.

“We are streamlining the organization and building a simplified structure that will speed decision-making and enable us to focus on driving profitable growth,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These changes will help us compete in a rapidly evolving marketplace, either as a standalone company or in combination with Office Depot.”

Shira Goodman, currently President, North American Commercial, has been named President, North American Operations. She will have responsibility for Staples’ business-to-business, online and retail operations across the United States and Canada. Goodman joined Staples in 1992 and played a key role in developing Staples’ delivery business model. She has served in a number of senior roles across the company, including strategy, marketing, human resources and operations.

John Wilson, currently President, Staples Europe, has been named President, International Operations and Transformation. He will have responsibility for operations inEurope, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Asia. He will also be responsible for the company’s strategy and overall transformation efforts. Wilson served as Chief Financial Officer at Staples from 1992-1996. He rejoined Staples in 2012 and will continue to be based in Amsterdam.

Demos Parneros, President, North American Stores and Online, announced his resignation from Staples, effective March 31. Otis Pannell, Senior Vice President, U.S Retail Operations, will have responsibility for retail operations in the United States and will report to Goodman. Pannell joined Staples in 1989, serving in a number of retail leadership positions across the United States.

“John, Shira and Otis have deep knowledge of Staples, and I’m very excited to work with them in their new roles as we position Staples for the future,” Sargent said. “I want to thank Demos for all he has done to help build Staples. Over nearly 30 years, he has played a significant role in making Staples the leader in our industry, touching countless people and developing many of our strongest leaders and associates. I will miss working with him as a valued colleague. “

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

Source: Staples, Inc.

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Taco Bell Corp. warns of fake promotion

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell Corp. has recently been made aware of a promotion being shared via social media that falsely claims customers have a chance to sign up for a “Taco Bell Lifetime Pass.” This is not a promotion sponsored by Taco Bell Corp. or any other YUM! Brands affiliate. We strongly suggest not clicking on the link, as it’s been reported that it may contain malware or other harmful technology. Any and all official promotions are featured on our website, app and verified social media channels, and we encourage the public to be very careful about sharing personal information with unverified sources.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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K-Group revamps its customer magazine Pirkka

The K-Group’s customer magazine has been revamped in terms of content as well as appearance. Pirkka and its digital channels are a practical media package making the K-Group customers’ daily lives easier with its content, ideas and tips derived from customer needs and recommendations.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We have redesigned the Pirkka magazine with respect for its traditions. The function of this over 80-year-old magazine, founded in 1933, has been to tell about smart choices and offer inspiration for a good life. And so it is today,” says Merja Haverinen, Vice President for Group Communications and Editor-in-Chief.

In addition to the magazine, Pirkka Media comprises the digital channels and the most frequently used social media channels. There is active dialogue with customers on the digital channels and interesting topics, tips and ideas are produced for them. The classic Niksi-Pirkka is present in the magazine and on the digital channels. A newsletter announcing the publication of the next issue of the magazine summarizes the key news and reminds the customers about the upcoming issue. The newsletter can be subscribed to at

Nearly eight million copies of the Pirkka magazine are printed per year and it is a significant employer for the Finnish paper and printing industry. Pirkka is a printed product that carries the Swan label and its paper and printing house meet the Nordic environmental criteria. The paper is manufactured in Finland at the Sappi Kirkniemi Mill. The Pirkka magazine is printed by UPC Print in Vaasa. The publisher of Pirkka Media is A-lehdet Dialogi Oy.

“It’s great to be part of building a new kind of media package. In the new Pirkka desk, we continuously produce contents for all Pirkka Media channels, respond to the readers’ needs and help them make smart choices. In addition to tips and useful information, we also want to inspire readers and offer them interesting reading,” says President and CEO Jyrki Rehumäki of A-lehdet Dialogi.

Free access to a full issue of the Pirkka magazine is available to all on the service. Printed copies of the Pirkka magazine are delivered to K-Plussa customer households whose average purchase amount from the K-Group stores over the last 12 months exceeds 250 euros per month.

A Pirkka magazine volume can be redeemed with one thousand K-Plussa points by contacting K-Plussa’s customer services at or by phoning +358 10 198 604 (Mon-Fri at 8-18, local network charge or mobile network charge). A subscription to the magazine at costs 25 euros. A subscription abroad costs 77 euros.

Further information is available from Merja Haverinen, Vice President, Group Communications, tel. +358 105 322 764.

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 most sustainable trading sector company in the world (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World).

A-lehdet Dialogi is a subsidiary of A-lehdet Oy and one of Finland’s biggest content marketing and customer communication houses. We engage in B2B and B2C marketing communications in a number of industries. We produce over twenty customer, personnel and stakeholder magazines in digital and print through all channels. Our customer publications reach over three million Finns.

SOURCE: Kesko Corporation

Argos reports of 74% sales increase of Reviber Plus vibration plates

  • Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj behind new Vibration Plates fitness boom

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos reports that sales of vibration plates are on the rise as celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, JLo and Beyonce, known for their rounded derrieres, have helped to spark a new fitness trend for vibration plates.

Sales of the most popular model, Reviber Plus, have risen by 74% in the last week, compared with this time last year, as a growing number of people find the new fitness craze a fun way of getting fit and toned.

The Reviber Plus can be used in a variety of positions including standing, sitting or squatting and can tone different parts of the body – the stomach and thighs as well as the rear.

An increasing number of people are following in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian and are going for a toned, rounded look. The idea behind vibration plates is that muscles can be defined faster by using vibration and the plates also help the user to lose weight.

Even Kris Jenner, mother of Kim, who has one of the most recognisable derrieres on the planet, is getting on board the trend, she regularly tweets about using her favourite vibration machine.

Kris quotes: “@krisjenner this literally gets me going every morning”

Argos sports equipment Buyer Vinny Iaciofano said: “Vibration Plates are definitely the latest fitness trend. They’ve are proving really popular to get the toned pear shape look. Although many people have bought them to help tone, our most popular model, the Reviber Plus, is excellent for toning stomach muscles and thighs and helps the user lose weight all over their body.”

NASA scientists created vibration exercise to prevent astronauts losing muscle and bone mass in space. A number of studies have shown that this type of body-conditioning may improve muscle strength, increase metabolism, and reduce body fat. It may even increase bone density. Many people who have used vibration plates have said that they use to reduce workout time by two thirds.

The body is exercised by the thousands of small vibrations stretching the key muscles, the area is then countered with corresponding contractions. This stretch reflex works the muscles so thoroughly that the body becomes stronger very quickly.

The Reviber Plus, priced at £229.99, comes complete with resistance bands and remote controls or without a stand and with a hand-held controller.



Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: Home Retail Group


Argos reports of 74% sales increase of Reviber Plus vibration plates

Argos reports of 74% sales increase of Reviber Plus vibration plates

Ateliers Sans Frontières awards Carrefour Romania at the “Give IT” competition

ROMANIA, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 20 January, Carrefour Romania was presented with an award in the “Give IT” competition that is staged every year by Ateliers Sans Frontières. The purpose of this competition is to reward companies which decide to donate their old IT equipment so that it can be reused for educational projects and initiatives designed to help vulnerable people reintegrate into society throughout the country. This year, Carrefour has been ranked third on the list of companies which have decided to show evidence of their responsibilities and of the active roles that they play as social partners through concrete initiatives.

This year, Carrefour ranks third on the list of companies which have donated the most amount of electrical and electronic equipment waste to “Ateliers Sans Frontières”, thus helping to reduce waste and promote its re-use before it is recycled and destroyed. Most of the IT equipment donated by Carrefour Romania will be restored to its original condition and then given to schools and charities in underprivileged communities.

This equipment also creates jobs in the social reintegration workshop for underprivileged people.

SOURCE: Carrefour

American Heart Month: Macy’s launches limited-edition merchandise, promotions and in-store events to benefit Go Red For Women

As founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, Macy’s has raised more than $55 million to support the fight against heart disease in women, resulting in 285 lives saved each day from the movement

NEW YORK, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s will inspire women and ignite action once again this February as the national founding sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women®. In honor of American Heart Month, Macy’s will offer limited-edition merchandise, promotions and in-store events to benefit Go Red For Women throughout February. Together with its associates and customers, Macy’s has helped to raise more than $55 million to support Go Red For Women since 2004. This contribution has funded vital research and education efforts credited with saving 285 lives every day.

Heart disease is not just a man’s disease; in fact, 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular diseases which cause one in three deaths among women each year. Macy’s encourages customers to support this fight against heart disease and stroke by participating in the Go Red with Macy’s event from Wednesday, Feb. 3 toMonday, Feb. 8. Customers who wear red or purchase the official Red Dress pin for $3 will receive an extra 25 percent on most purchases storewide, or 15 percent off fine and fashion jewelry, sale and clearance watches, and select home items. Exclusions and restrictions apply. One hundred percent of the Red Dress pin sales benefit Go Red For Women.

In celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5, Macy’s is offering customers three limited-edition red dresses throughout February by Kensie($99.00), Thalia ($89.50) and Calvin Klein($134.00) with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women. The dresses will be available in store and on To stay heart-healthy in style this February, Macy’s is also offering exclusive Ideology active wear in support of Go Red For Women. The collection includes select sports bras, socks, tank tops, graphic t-shirts and crop pants with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women.

“As the founding national partner, Macy’s has been a proud supporter of Go Red For Women for more than a decade,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Through the movement, the color ‘red’ and ‘the red dress’ have become linked with the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. We thank our associates and customers who take such an active role in our efforts to help the millions of women inthe United States affected by cardiovascular diseases, and look forward to their support again this year as we offer many ways to give back to the cause through our promotions, events and merchandise.”

“The American Heart Association is thankful for Macy’s continued support of Go Red For Women and the great work they have done to raise awareness of heart disease in women,” said Al Royse, American Heart Association chairman of the national board of directors. “An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and a surprising 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented by taking the right steps, like scheduling a Well-Woman Visit to fully understand the risks for heart disease. Macy’s helps fund life-saving research and education that no doubt impacts many lives.”

In addition to the Go Red with Macy’s event and merchandise benefiting the cause, Macy’s will host additional events offering even more chances to support Go Red For Women:

Macy’s is the presenting sponsor of the American Heart Association’s® Go Red For Women® Red Dress Collection™, kicking off New York Fashion Week since 2003, in support of women’s heart health. The Red Dress Collection will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at Moynihan Station in New York City. This year’s runway show will feature inspiring and powerful women who will walk the runway to showcase emerging and established designers, including “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, model and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, “The Nanny” actress Fran Drescher, transgender model and social media personality Gigi Gorgeous, “TODAY Show” anchor Tamron Hall, “The Brady Bunch” actress Florence Henderson, producer Marilu Henner, “Access Hollywood” co-host Kit Hoover, “Empire” actress Ta’Rhonda Jones, “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons and “Wheel of Fortune’s”Vanna White. Three of the red dresses featured on the runway and worn by Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kit Hoover and Vanna White will be designed by three emerging designers in Fashion Incubator programs, which are housed at Macy’s locations and develop the next generation of fashion trendsetters. The fashion incubator designers featured areConrad Booker from Philadelphia, Kajan “Cake” Carlos from San Francisco and Grace Lee-Lim from Chicago. Viewers can also watch a livestream of the event at

Macy’s is hosting Go Red Total Makeover events with the American Heart Association at select Macy’s stores around the country on Saturday, Feb. 6. Guests will receive an event passport and visit stations throughout the store, meet experts and learn about making smart choices for heart health including physical activity and nutrition. Once guests visit all stations and complete their event passport, they will be entered to win a $250 Macy’s gift card. The event locations include: Chicago; Houston; Las Vegas; Pittsburgh; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Sacramento and Winston-Salem.

Go Red For Women Luncheons will take place in 182 cities across the country, raising much needed funds for the cause. Luncheon guests will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, and guests of select luncheons will be eligible to win a$250 Macy’s gift card. At select luncheons, Estee Lauder will host touch up stations featuring a bounce-back for a free lipstick to keep guests looking their best.

For more information about Macy’s programs to support Go Red For Women, visit

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Women who Go Red live healthier lives. For more than a decade, Go Red For Women has fought for equal health opportunity for women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

Source: Macy’s

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Bloomingdale’s celebrates the Year of the Monkey with pop-up shops, special events and cultural presentations

Retailer rings in the Year of the Monkey with Lunar New Year pop-up shops, special events and in-store animation

NEW YORK, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bloomingdale’s will ring in the Year of the Monkey this Lunar New Year with unique merchandise, special events and cultural presentations from Jan. 15 – March 1, 2016.

“Bloomingdale’s looks forward to honoring Chinese culture and tradition as we celebrate the Year of the Monkey,” says Tony Spring, Bloomingdale’s chairman and CEO. “It is one of many highly anticipated holidays that loyal shoppers and tourists enjoy in our stores.”

Shoppers at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Ala Moana Center, Beverly Center, North Michigan Avenue, San Francisco Centre, South Coast Plaza, and Tysons Corner can join the celebration and test their luck with the Chinese red envelope tradition from Feb. 11 – 14, 2016. Select envelopes will be filled with prizes such as a bMoney card in a denomination of $8, $88, or $888 (traditionally a lucky number in Chinese culture); a limited-edition Year of the Monkey reusable tote bag; special offer at the Estee Lauder, SK-II, Clarins, Clinique, and Bobbi Brown counters; savings at select Bloomingdale’s dining destinations; special savings at Maximilian Fur Salon (59th Street, North Michigan Avenue, South Coast Plaza, Tysons Corner only).

Bloomingdale’s fashion office will curate pop-up shops filled with plenty of gift-worthy goods at the following locations: Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Ala Moana Center, Beverly Center, Medinah Home Store, North Michigan Avenue, San Francisco Centre, SoHo, South Coast Plaza and Tysons Corner. The pop-up shops will include pieces such as a limited-edition reusable “Little Monkey Bag” inspired by Bloomingdale’s iconic Brown Bag, limited-edition Godiva chocolates in Year of the Monkey boxes, Voluspa candles, select Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff accessories, and a red edition of Beats by Dre headphones.

Customers can also shop for additional merchandise celebrating Chinese culture from Baccarat, Chloe, Lalique, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Furla, YSL Beauty, and David Yurman. Select products can be found on Other visual statements celebrating the Year of the Monkey will also be present throughout the stores including: Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Ala Moana Center, Beverly Center, Fashion Island, Fashion Valley, North Michigan Avenue, San Francisco Centre, SoHo, South Coast Plaza, and Tysons Corner.

During the Lunar New Year Celebration, and all year long, exclusive Tourism Programs for international and domestic visitors to Bloomingdale’s locations in New York City, Chicago, Ala Moana, Miami, and San Francisco are available. In these cities, out-of-town visitors can receive a special Bloomingdale’s visitor savings pass and gift with purchase. Additional visitor services include a multi-lingual Visitors Center staff and directories (including but not limited to – German, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, Spanish), along with concierge services, hotel package delivery, personal shopper appointments and more. A Bloomingdale’s welcome guidebook in simplified Chinese is also available at locations in New York City, Chicago, Costa Mesa, and San Francisco.

Bloomingdale’s locations throughout the country will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey with events and cultural animation. Visit for a full line-up of events at your local Bloomingdale’s. Follow @bloomingdales as we celebrate Lunar New Year on our social media channels to see some of our special products and gain access to information and coverage of our events happening across the country.


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Toys“R”Us announces the return of its “Great Trade-In” event beginning February 1 through February 29

Toys“R”Us, Inc. Urges Consumers to Rid Their Homes of Recalled and Outdated Baby Products During Highly Anticipated Trade-In Event Starting February 1, with Early Access for Loyalty Members Beginning January 29

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the return of its customer-favorite “Great Trade-In” event, providing consumers with its latest call to action to rid their homes of potentially unsafe, old and secondhand baby gear and furniture in exchange for savings on a new item that meets the latest safety standards. This event will take place at Babies“R”Us® and Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide beginning Monday, February 1 through Monday, February 29. And, new this year, the company’s Rewards“R”Us® loyalty members can take advantage of early access to the in-store event beginning Friday, January 29, by showing their Rewards“R”Us card during checkout.

Click to Tweet: Safety & savings! The #BRUGreatTradeIn is back @Babiesrus & @Toysrus starting 2/1 (& 1/29 for Rewards members)!

During this time, stores will accept any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, infant swings, bouncers, travel systems, walkers, entertainers, play yards and toddler/twin beds, in exchange for a 25% discount on the purchase of a new item, in any of these product categories*. In addition, “R”Us Credit Card holders can receive 30% savings when using their “R”Us Credit Card**. Customers who do not have an item to trade in can take advantage of a 15% discount in-store and online with a coupon available at, beginning February 1***.

“One of our cornerstones as the world’s leading dedicated baby products retailer is our commitment to help keep kids safe. We are extremely proud that through our Great Trade-In program, we have enabled parents and caregivers to remove more than 1.1 million potentially unsafe items from the marketplace,” said Reg McLay, Senior Vice President, Babies“R”Us. “As we strive to help parents make the best possible choices as they care for their babies, we look forward to once again hosting this program at our stores nationwide. We strongly encourage parents to use this time to check their baby gear and trade in old items for new ones that meet or exceed current safety standards.”

Since its inception in August 2009, this national safety event has served to draw attention to used baby items still in circulation that are non-compliant with today’s more stringent safety requirements while continuing to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about ways to be proactive where children’s safety is concerned. Many items traded in over the past six years were missing parts or damaged, while others were decades old and showed obvious signs of wear and tear. To date, more than 1.1 million items have been removed from circulation through these efforts.

Brands participating in the Great Trade-In event include Baby Trend®, Britax®, Chicco®, Evenflo®, Graco®, Safety 1st®, Sorelle and more. Daycare centers or other organizations that wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local “R”Us® store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise. There is no limit to the number of items a customer can trade in.

Social media users are encouraged to join in the conversation using #BRUGreatTradeIn on the company’s Babies“R”Us channels,, and @Babiesrus on Twitter and Instagram.

Keeping the Focus on Children’s Safety
Toys“R”Us, Inc. offers the following resources to help parents and caregivers keep their children safe:

  • Dedicated Safety Site: features information on the company’s industry-leading safety standards for products sold through its stores and websites, product recall information and a “Safety Experts Say” blog with advice from experts on important child safety initiatives.
  • Recall Notifications: Consumers can sign up for product safety and recall alerts through Current recall information is also posted on easily visible Safety boards at each store location.
  • Tools and Resources: A Product Record List and Eight Steps to Keep Kids Safe checklist are available online at and in stores upon request. These tools are designed to help parents keep track of the products in use in their homes so they can act quickly to remove unsafe products from use in the event of a recall.

*Trade-in offer available in-store only. Must be used on regular-priced item. Does not apply to: Gear – Halo bassinets and Maxi-Cosi car seats; doorway jumpers and infant carriers; Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Mamas & Papas, Peg Pérego, Quinny, Stokke; clearance and Red Hot Deal items. Furniture – Mattresses, gliders/ottomans, special orders and clearance items. Valid 1/29 – 1/31/16 for Rewards“R”Us members and valid 2/1 – 2/29/16 for all other customers.
**Credit Card offer: Subject to credit approval. An “R”Us Credit Card must be used as pay type. Coupon provided in store on day of trade-in. One coupon per trade-in item. Cannot be combined with any other “R”Us offer for same item or on prior purchases.
***15% Coupon Discount: Must use coupon code available at Exclusions and limitations apply. Visit website for more details.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 863 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. 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 Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

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BC Business Magazine again names Save-On-Foods ‘BC’s Most Loved Brand’

Langley, BC, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — For a second consecutive year, BC Business Magazine, together with market research firm Ipsos has named Save-On-Foods ‘BC’s Most Loved Brand’!

According to BC Business Magazine, brand “love” includes consumers’ perception about the brand including a brand consumers identify with; a brand they trust; a brand that they see as unique, innovative and socially responsible; a brand they see everywhere; a brand that makes a positive contribution to BC, and a brand they are most likely to interact with.

“I am so proud of our more than 15,000 world class team members who continue to work very hard to always put the customer first, and to lead the way in the industry with a focus on always innovating and delivering our unique service, and providing our customers with the products and services they want, how they want them, and when they want them”, says President Darrell Jones. “Thank you to the entire Save-On-Foods team, and to the thousands of customers we have the pleasure of serving each and every day.”

In addition to being named BC’s Most Loved Brand, Save-On-Foods has also been named #3 Most Influential Brand which, as defined by BC Business Magazine, means that the Save-On-Foods brand had a fundamental impact on consumers’ lives. Consumers view Save-On-Foods as trustworthy, leading edge, engaging and that the company is a good corporate citizen.


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

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

Tractor Supply Company announces financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 26, 2015

Fourth Quarter Earnings per Share of $0.82; Fourth Quarter Sales Increased 3.9% to $1.65 Billion and Comparable Store Sales Decreased 1.4%; Full Year Earnings per Share Increased 12.8% to $3.00

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 26, 2015. Additionally, the Company provided its initial outlook for fiscal 2016.

Fourth Quarter Results
As previously reported in the Company’s Business Update press release on January 12, 2016, net sales for the fourth quarter increased 3.9% to $1.65 billion from $1.58 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Comparable store sales decreased 1.4% for the quarter compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter increase of 5.3%. Comparable store transaction counts increased by 0.6%, which represents the 31stconsecutive quarter of transaction count growth.

The same store sales decrease in the fourth quarter was primarily driven by weakness in the key cold-weather seasonal categories of heating (stoves and fuel) and insulated outerwear, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Sales were also impacted by softness in seasonal big ticket items such as snow blowers, log splitters and generators. The weakness in seasonal categories was partially offset by continued sales strength in year-round basic products such as livestock feed, pet food and hardware.

Gross profit increased 4.0% to $561.0 million from $539.6 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter, and gross margin remained relatively flat to the prior year at 34.1%. Strong price and markdown management was offset by a higher sales mix of consumable, usable, and edible (C.U.E.) products, which carry below chain average gross margins.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased 7.1% to $387.7 million from $361.9 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. As a percent of net sales, SG&A expenses increased 80 basis points to 23.6%. The increase as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to the decline in comparable store sales and the incremental costs associated with the Company’s new distribution facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. These increases were partially offset by lower year-over-year incentive compensation expense as a percentage of sales.

Net income decreased 0.3% to $111.7 million from $112.1 million and diluted earnings per share increased 1.2% to $0.82 from $0.81 in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

The Company opened 26 new stores and closed three stores, two of which were Del’s stores, in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 22 new store openings and one store closure in the prior year’s fourth quarter. In addition, the Company began shipping merchandise to stores from its new distribution facility in Casa Grande, Arizona in the fourth quarter.

Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “While our fourth quarter sales were below our expectations due principally to the record warm temperatures across most of the country, we effectively managed our markdown cadence and inventory flow throughout the period. As temperatures have normalized, sell-through of cold-weather seasonal items has improved. Further, we believe we have a solid plan in place to meet our customers’ seasonal needs as we transition to the important spring selling season.”

Mr. Sandfort continued, “We have a very loyal customer who continues to shop our stores for their everyday basic needs. We continue to take a long-term, balanced approach to managing and growing the business and believe we have the strategies and tools in place to meet our annual target of mid-teens earnings per share growth in 2016.”

Fiscal 2015 Results
Net sales increased 9.0% to $6.23 billion from $5.71 billion in fiscal 2014. Comparable store sales increased 3.1% versus a 3.8% increase in fiscal 2014. Gross profit increased 9.9% to $2.14 billion from $1.95 billion, and gross margin increased 30 basis points to 34.4% of sales from 34.1% of sales in fiscal 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased 9.7% to $1.49 billion and increased as a percent of sales to 24.0% compared to 23.8% for fiscal 2014.

Net income increased 10.7% to $410.4 million from $370.9 million and net income per diluted share increased 12.8% to $3.00 from $2.66 for fiscal 2014.

The Company opened 114 new stores and closed eight stores, five of which were Del’s stores, in fiscal 2015 compared to 107 new store openings and one store closure during fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2016 Outlook
The Company is providing the following guidance for the results of operations expected for fiscal 2016:

Net Sales $6.9 billion – $7.0 billion
Comparable Store Sales 3.5% – 5.0%
Net Income $455 million – $467 million
Earnings per Diluted Share $3.40 – $3.48
Capital Expenditures $230 million – $250 million

Included in this forecast are additional expenses related to the first year of operations for the new Casa Grande, Arizona distribution center and the continued transition of the Company’s Del’s stores to Tractor Supply stores. The forecast also considers the impact of the additional 53rd week in fiscal 2016. Anticipated capital expenditures include spending to support approximately 120 new store openings.

Conference Call Information
Tractor Supply Company will be hosting a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the quarterly and full year results. The call will be broadcast simultaneously over the Internet on the Company’s website at

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

A replay of the webcast will also be available at shortly after the conference call concludes.

About Tractor Supply Company
At December 26, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,488 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Forward Looking Statements
As with any business, all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to influences outside its control. This information contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales and earnings growth, estimated results of operations, capital expenditures, marketing, merchandising and strategic initiatives and new store and distribution center openings in future periods. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarterly financial and accounting procedures, and may be affected by certain risks and uncertainties, any one, or a combination, of which could materially affect the results of the Company’s operations. These factors include, without limitation, general economic conditions affecting consumer spending, the timing and acceptance of new products in the stores, the timing and mix of goods sold, purchase price volatility (including inflationary and deflationary pressures), the ability to increase sales at existing stores, the ability to manage growth and identify suitable locations, failure of an acquisition to produce anticipated results, the ability to successfully manage expenses and execute our key gross margin enhancing initiatives, the availability of favorable credit sources, capital market conditions in general, the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated, the impact of new stores on our business, competition, weather conditions, the seasonal nature of our business, effective merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis, the ability to retain vendors, reliance on foreign suppliers, the ability to attract, train and retain qualified employees, product liability and other claims, changes in federal, state or local regulations, potential judgments, fines, legal fees and other costs, breach of information systems or theft of employee or customer data, ongoing and potential future legal or regulatory proceedings, management of our information systems, failure to develop and implement new technologies, the failure of customer-facing technology systems, business disruption including from the implementation of supply chain technologies, effective tax rate changes and results of examination by taxing authorities, the ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, changes in accounting standards, assumptions and estimates. Forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company are based on knowledge of its business and the environment in which it operates, but because of the factors listed above, actual results could differ materially from those reflected by any forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and those contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on the Company or its business and operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Alecia Pulman
Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Belk seeks applicants for its 4th annual Southern Designer Showcase

Winning Designs to be Sold at Belk and on in Spring 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion designers who have a deep connection to the South and want to showcase Modern. Southern. Style. can have their clothes and accessories sold at Belk and on in spring 2017 if they’re selected as winners in Belk’s fourth annual Southern Designer Showcase. Charlotte-based Belk is seeking Southern designers of women’s apparel, men’s apparel, kid’s apparel, shoes and women’s accessories to add to its existing collection of brands.

Applicants can visit to submit their applications starting today through March 31, 2016. Designers must be 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region. A panel of senior Belk executives in Merchandising, Marketing and Fashion Direction will select a group of finalists by April 20, 2016, and invite them to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 19, 2016.

“We are looking for designers who truly understand Modern. Southern. Style. and can make it come to life in their designs,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction. “We are proud that every year our Southern Designer Showcase gives a new group of emerging fashion designers the opportunity to design collections that our Belk customers can embrace.”

The 2016 Southern Designer Showcase winners will be notified following their presentations at Belk headquarters in May. Along with a cash prize, they will have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on in spring 2017. Winning collections also may be featured in upcoming advertising campaigns.

“We are excited to see what this year’s Southern Designer Showcase applicants have to offer and are looking forward to building relationships with our 2016 winners,” said David Zant, Belk’s president and chief merchandising officer.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 296 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

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

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, Belk, 704-426-8333,; Stacey McCray, LGA, 704-552-6565,

IKEA expanded solar energy array atop its Detroit-area store

CANTON, MI, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —  IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in an expanded solar energy array atop its Detroit-area store that opened nine years ago in Canton, MI. The 40,000-square-foot solar panel addition consists of a 242.1-kW system built with 781 panels, and will produce 293,502 kWh more electricity annually for the store.

This solar expansion sits atop a 44,000-s.f. store extension completed this past spring. Now, IKEA Canton’s total 1,219.7-kW solar installation of 4,941 panels will generate 1,408,445 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 971 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 204 cars or powering 134 homes (calculating clean energy equivalents at

“We are pleased our newly expanded store created the opportunity to extend the rooftop solar array,” said Matt Hunsicker, store manager. “We are proud to make this investment, to grow our local sustainable footprint, and to contribute to the IKEA goal of energy independence.”

For the development, design and installation of this store’s enhanced solar power system, IKEA selected Inovateus Solar LLC, an industry-leading solar power distributor and integrator specializing in large-scale solar installations.

Expanding this array contributes to the IKEA solar presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation goal of 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.9 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S. Other IKEA rooftop arrays have been expanded too, when the store beneath was extended.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, aims to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms. Operationally, IKEA does not use plastic bags in the check-out process, sells only L.E.D. lighting products (fixtures, lamps and bulbs), and has installed EV charging stations at 13 stores, with plans for more locations.

Located on approximately 30 acres along Ford Road off I-275 at Haggerty Road, the 355,000-square-foot IKEA Canton opened in June 2006. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, the store presents 52 different room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a Children’s IKEA area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. IKEA also installed Michigan’s largest solar array atop the roof of the store originally in 2012.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 370 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Local Contact: Amanda Preston
(734) 981-3026, x 1336

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

SONIC® Drive-In brings back snack-sized Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies with new flavors

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the ultimate snack destination any time of day, announced the return of last year’s popular snack-sized Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies with new flavors. These snack options are offered all day at just $1.49 each, and add to an already robust menu of choices that satisfy any appetite.

The snackable Lil’ Doggies come in three flavors: Chili Cheese, Ketchup & Mustard, and the new Loaded Chili and Cheese Lil’ Doggie topped with warm chili, melted cheese, bacon ranch, and jalapenos.

Along with the Lil’ Doggies, SONIC guests can also mix and match their meal with the Lil’ Chickies, mini chicken sandwiches, made with 100% all-white meat crispy chicken that pack a flavorful punch. Guests can enjoy the Classic Lil’ Chickie™ with pickles and mayo; the Buffalo Lil’ Chickie topped with SONIC’s tangy Buffalo sauce; and the new, bold Bacon Ranch Lil’ Chickie.

“The launch of Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies last year was a huge success, and we are delighted to introduce new, fun, bold flavors to share with our guests,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “SONIC is a top destination for snack lovers and our new Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies are the perfect solution to fill that craving at any time of day.”

Available for a limited time only, guests can make it a combo and get any 3 Lil’ Doggies or Chickies with Tots and a drink for $6.99*.

*Tax not included; Add-Ons cost extra.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide since 2009 to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth through its Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit


for SONIC Drive-In
Matthew Young, 512-542-2802
Jason Acock, 405-225-4828
Manager of Communications

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Loaded Chili Cheese Lil Doggie (Photo: Business Wire)

Loaded Chili Cheese Lil Doggie (Photo: Business Wire)

Indian warehouse and logistics industry set for makeover

Chennai, India, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Warehouse management, which forms the backbone of distribution network across India, is all set for a complete makeover, thanks to the advancement in barcode technology which has taken an unassailable control over the effective, safe and error-free dissemination of millions of consignments across the country.

During the first half of 2015 (January-June), around 6 million sq ft was taken up by warehousing space occupiers across the country, a growth of nearly 60 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

The booming E-commerce sector, improving domestic economy, effective legislative reforms and of course, technological innovations in warehousing management have played pivotal roles for the staggering growth of Logistics and Industrial Market in India, feel experts.

Though barcodes have evolved to be 1D, 2D and now 3D patterns, scanner guns aka barcode scanners have undergone a sea change over the decade helping businesses to boost their productivity multi-fold.

From table-top and hand-held scanners to the most advanced smart phones, companies worldwide have always been on the lookout for the best alternative to the conventional gun type scanners that have been in vogue for decades.


“The idea was to save a few precious seconds and efforts of workers while selecting, packing and shipping goods. The smart phone scanners offer fast and efficient warehousing solution for businesses. These devices, not only help warehouse workers to effortlessly scan barcodes and clear thousands of consignments a day, they also reduce fatigue, lessen possible human errors and improve productivity. Businesses too can track goods stored and moving out of warehouses in real time,” says Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of, a B2B ecommerce marketplace in India offering barcode scanners, barcode printers and other Point of Sale (POS) hardware devices to retail and non-retail businesses.

The gun type barcode scanners, where the workers have to hold the device and press the button each time they aim on barcodes, have been replaced by much sleeker, light-in-weight, integrated, press-free mobile scanners which help workers to read the barcodes on consignments by just aiming from distance. These devices are mini computers themselves that can store large amount of data for analytical and other business planning purposes in future.

Zebra Technologies, one of the leading makers of scanners, is betting on their new gun which they claim, will eliminate the need for warehouse workers to extend their arms continuously or turn their wrists. Zebra says its new baton-like device which has a camera and touch screen, manifolds scanning speed and reduces stress on workers’ arms. Other leading brands in market such as Honeywell, Motorola, TVSE, Argox, Datalogic and Unitech have entered the market with their new offerings – all sought to improve efficiency and productivity of warehouse workers.

Dinesh Gupta, general manager of Kolkata-based High End Logistics, says every employee in his warehouse makes around 3,000 scans during his 8-hour shift. The ergonomically designed and improvised barcode scanners helped his employees to achieve 10-20 per cent improvement in picking rates because they no longer had to push buttons.

Online retailers as well as logistics firms are looking for new ways to improve efficiency to offset the increased transportation and labor costs while fulfilling online orders. Fierce competition from e-commerce companies on both speed and price factor has forced them to find ways to cut costs and reduce delivery times, experts say.

So, every second saved by employees at warehouses while picking or packing process does matter for companies which transport millions of cartons daily though their distribution networks across India, says Bhaskar, whose portal offers most advanced barcode scanners and printers from over 40 leading manufacturers.

According to a VDC Research, the global sales of mobile scanning devices used in warehouses have reached $850 million in 2015, showing a 33 per cent rise since 2013.

“The exploding e-commerce is driving the market need for advanced data capture solutions,” says Richa Gupta, a research analyst, who further states that by frequently pressing the button while scanning barcodes, employees may develop health hazards like injury to hand or orthopedic disorders.

Endorsing this Dr Bashir Ahmed, a senior ortho-surgeon from Vijaya Health Centre in Chennai, says, “Warehouse employees can suffer from carpal-tunnel syndrome and other injuries due to repetitive hand/finger movement.”

While gun type scanners still rule the transportation and warehousing industry in India, the advanced smart phone type integrated scanners or Point of Sale hand-held devices should be adopted by companies to bring in more efficiency in warehouse management and also avoid occupational health issues among employees.

For media contact:

K Ramanathan

Content Head,


PH: +91 9384612789

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.  

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at, and at


Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
514 210 7514



Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

  • Three supercentres to open today, 12 more on January 28
  • Grand opening of 300th supercentre on January 21; 400th Walmart store to open on January 28
  • The 15 supercentre projects represent an investment of more than $100 million and have generated approximately 700 new store jobs and 1450 construction and trade jobs

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada will grand open 15 supercentres this month, completing its expansion plan for the company’s current fiscal year, ending January 31, 2016. In addition to the 29 supercentre projects announced on February 22, 2015, an additional 13 supercentres were announced on May 8, 2015, of which five will grand open next week. These grand openings bring Walmart Canada’s total store count to 400 stores, including 312 supercentres and 88 discount stores.

“We’re thrilled to open our 400th location in Canada this month, as well as our 300th supercentre,” said Preyash Thakrar, senior vice president, strategy and real estate. “These supercentres will provide even more Canadian communities with affordable access to quality fresh groceries and one-stop shopping, while also saving them money.”

January 21 Supercentre Grand Openings

Quebec: Beauport (300th supercentre), Rimouski

Manitoba: Winkler

January 28 Supercentre Grand Openings

Ontario: Ottawa

Quebec: Candiac; Saint Romuald; Quebec City (400th store)

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw

Alberta: Brooks, Drayton Valley; Edson, Stettler

British Columbia: Maple Ridge, Trail

One-stop shopping

Walmart Supercentres offer up to 120,000 products, including a full complement of groceries –fresh produce, bakery goods, deli, meat and dairy products and organic selection as well as apparel, home decor and electronics. They also offer specialty services including pharmacies, garden centres and medical clinics.

“Walmart’s supercentres provide unparalleled access to a one-stop shopping experience,” added Thakrar. “Our supercentres deliver low prices everyday on the thousands of items Canadians want, especially quality, affordable fresh food for their families.”

Community giving

Walmart supports families in need and has one of the strongest community giving programs in Canada. To celebrate the grand openings, the stores will make donation to local organizations and will build on these donations throughout the year.

Grand opening party

Grand opening festivities are planned for each official opening. Each store will host a party the following weekend. Customers can enjoy face-painting, live music, and samples.

About Walmart Canada

With a growing chain of 397 stores, Walmart serves more than 1.2 million customers each day. Its online store,, is visited by over 450,000 Canadians daily. Walmart Canada’s community giving program is focused on helping Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more than $230 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional company information can be found at, and at


For further information please contact:
Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
514 210 7514



Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

Walmart Canada to open 15 supercentres in January 2016

SpartanNash provides safe drinking water to its neighbors in Flint, Michigan

  • Water Drive Taking Place at all Michigan Corporate-owned Stores and Headquarters
  • Corporation and Teamsters Join Forces to donate 2 semi-truck loads

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and ending Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, customers at all 91 Michigan D&W, Family Fare, VG’s, ValuLand and Forest Hills Foods stores and Fuel Centers will have the opportunity to make a cash register donation of $2.99 toward a 24-pack case of Spartan® brand bottled water.SpartanNash associates also pitching in and donating at the company’s Michigan headquarters.

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash will apply 100 percent of the proceeds toward the water donations and deliver the water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (located at 2300 Lapeer Rd., Flint, MI). The Food Bank will distribute the water to Flint residents with the help of their community partners.

“We have been working since last fall to help our neighbors in Flint,” said Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, SpartanNash. “Michiganders take pride in their state and watch out for each other. We have had customers and associates asking us how they can help and send water with our donations. With the scan, we make it easy and even do the heavy lifting – we also deliver as needed to facilitate distribution for our community partners.”

SpartanNash and Teamsters join forces to deliver two semi-truck loads

Teamsters Local 406 based out of SpartanNash’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, distribution center donated one truckload (20 pallets) of Spartan® brand water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan earlier this week, and SpartanNash matched their donation – for a total of 3,360 cases or 80,640 bottles of water. The Teamsters delivered the two truckloads of water to the Food Bank on January 20.

In the fall of 2015, SpartanNash’s VG’s store in Caro, Michigan, donated 168 cases (2 pallets, or 4,000 bottles) of water to Flint Community Schools. All VG’s stores partnered with Flint Community Schools by holding a water drive in stores. All the water donations were given to Flint Community Schools. A total of 207 cases of water were donated by the community and were delivered on November 12, 2015.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart. SpartanNash’s Michigan-based corporate stores include D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, Forest Hills Foods, VG’s, and ValuLand banners.

SOURCE: SpartanNash Company

Meredith Gremel, 616-878-2830
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications

Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 1. Platz für Coop beim Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare

Unter 90 international führenden Unternehmen im Lebensmittelbereich hat es Coop als einzige Anbieterin aus der Schweiz auf den ersten Platz geschafft. Und dies bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge. Der sogenannte Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) hat Coop insbesondere für ihre klare Strategie in Sachen Tierwohl und die Umsetzung entsprechender Massnahmen gelobt. Dazu gehören unter anderem die Naturafarm-Tierhaltungsprogramme und die Bestrebungen, sich auch im Ausland für gleich hohe Tierwohlstandards wie in der Schweiz einzusetzen.

Für ihr Engagement für das Tierwohl wurden Marks & Spencer, Noble Foods, Waitrose und Coop vom BBFAW unter 90 internationalen Anbietern im Lebensmittelbereich (Detailhändler, Restaurants und Verarbeiter) als Spitzenreiter ausgezeichnet. «Die Auszeichnung bestärkt uns in unserem Vorhaben, unser Engagement für noch höhere Tierwohlstandards gleich überzeugt fortzuführen», so Philipp Wyss, Leiter Marketing/Beschaffung von Coop.

30 Tierwohlprojekte
Coop setzt sich nicht nur im Inland für vorbildliche Tierwohlanforderungen ein, etwa im Rahmen von Naturafarm und Naturaplan. Coop hat sich auch zum Ziel gesetzt, dass Nutztiere aus ausländischen Lieferbetrieben unter vergleichbaren Bedingungen gehalten werden wie in der Schweiz. Derzeit engagiert sich die Detailhändlerin in der Schweiz und im Ausland in über 30 Tierwohlprojekten. «Dazu gehören Projekte wie Baltic Beef, ein Programm für die Mutterkuhhaltung im Baltikum oder das Zweinutzungshuhn zur Vermeidung der Tötung von männlichen Küken in der Eierproduktion», äussert sich Philipp Wyss zum Tierwohlengagement von Coop.

Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)
Der BBFAW wurde von den internationalen Tierschutzorganisationen «Compassion in World Farming» und «The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)» in Auftrag gegeben und finanziert. Er bewertet das Tierwohlengagement von Unternehmen nach den vier Kategorien «Innovationskraft», «betriebliche Umsetzung», «Leistungsberichterstattung» und «unternehmerisches Bekenntnis zum Tierwohl». Bereits in den letzten drei Jahren landete Coop in der Spitzengruppe.

Weitere Informationen unter

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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



Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

Tierwohl ist für Coop keine Nebensache

Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day

Evolution Fresh Teams up with Postmates to Help Customers “Turn it Around” with Free Cold-Pressed ‘Green Juice Breaks’ on January 26

SEATTLE, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans face a turning point in their New Year’s goals toward the end of January when 53 percent of resolution-setters admit they have broken their resolutions and that staying fit and healthy is a top resolution.[1] In an effort to encourage customers to “turn it around” and add more joy and wellness to their life, Evolution Fresh has declared January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day, as recognized on the National Day Calendar.

To celebrate, Evolution Fresh is teaming up with leading on-demand delivery service Postmates to deliver free “Green Juice Breaks” – a three-pack of 15.2 fluid ounce cold-pressed, high pressure processed Sweet Greens and Lemon juices – to customers in 15 select cities across the country. Sweet Greens and Lemon is a cold-pressed, high-pressure processed green juice that is made from more than a pound of vegetables per 15.2 fl. oz bottle.

“By celebrating the first-ever National Green Juice Day on January 26, we hope to inspire people to keep their wellness resolutions in the New Year,” said Jeff Hansberry, president, Evolution Fresh.  “Evolution Fresh’s greenest green juices are made from more than a pound of vegetables per 15.2 fl. oz bottle and drinking a green juice is an easy way to add something good to your daily life.”

Free “Green Juice Breaks” are available on January 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time in each selected city while supplies last.  To order, customers can visit or use the Postmates App for iOS and Android, tap on the “Evolution Fresh Free Juice” store and get one juice for themselves and two to share with friends. After all, Americans say having friends to keep them accountable is one of the top five factors for a successful resolution. The offer is limited to one three-pack of juices per customer and is not available at Starbucks retail stores.  Participating cities include Atlanta, Chicago, East Bay/Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. as well as Orange County.  Another way to participate in National Green Juice Day is to visit and download a coupon for $1 off the purchase of any Evolution Fresh juice, available in grocery retailers nationwide or by making green juice at home.

Turn It Around 

Sometimes doing a little can mean a lot. From drinking a green juice to taking a daily walk, Evolution Fresh is encouraging and rewarding people who turn it around with small, positive changes in 2016 through the Turn It Around sweepstakes. Now through March 14, people can visit and learn how to share their health and wellness activities on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a year’s supply[2] of Evolution Fresh green juice and other health and wellness inspired prize packs.

Evolution Fresh also recommends turning around the juice bottle to examine the ingredient list and look for a vegetable juice as the first ingredient.  Sweet Greens and Lemon is one of six green juices in Evolution Fresh’s portfolio which includes Emerald Greens, Essential Greens® with Lime, Green Devotion, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, Sweet Greens and Lemon, Smooth Greens and Kale and these Evolution Fresh™ juices contain 10 grams of sugar or less per 8-fluid ounce serving.

Evolution Fresh™ juices are cold-pressed using high-pressure processing (HPP) to help protect nutrients and flavor. Evolution Fresh offers a wide variety of high-quality, delicious and nutritious, cold-pressed juices available in Starbucks® stores and grocery retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market – making on-the-go nutrition more accessible for customers.

Sassy Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe

Want to turn your green juice into a complete breakfast? Add fresh fruit for energizing carbs, coconut oil for healthy fat, and frosty frozen lima beans for plant-based protein. This filling and fiber-rich combo takes just minutes to whip together, but will leave you feeling full, satisfied, and energized all morning.


1/2 bottle Sweet Greens and Lemon
1/2 cup frozen lima beans
1 whole peeled kiwi
1/2 cup banana slices
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil

Add all ingredients to blender and whip until smooth

[1] Evolution Fresh survey conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,001 American adults age 18+ using email invitation and online survey.  December 2015

[2] A year’s supply of Evolution Fresh Green Juice, fulfilled as an assortment of twenty (20) bottles delivered monthly for twelve (12) months.  Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $1,700.

About the Survey

The Evolution Fresh Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,001 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+ between December 17 and December 23, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons represented by the sample.

Abbreviated Sweepstakes Rules

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.  Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older. Void where prohibited.  Sweepstakes ends 3/14/16. For Official Rules, alternate method of entry, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, click here. Sponsor: Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA, 98134.

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Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day

Evolution Fresh declares January 26 as the first-ever National Green Juice Day