King Kullen’s selection of healthy options to stay active and stick to a diet plan

Stay on top of healthy diet and exercise routines with King Kullen’s help.

Bethpage, NY, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Follow through with the healthy New Year’s resolutions set in place, thanks to King Kullen’s selection of healthy options for all kinds of recipes and tips on how to stay active and stick to a diet plan.

Just because it’s called a diet, doesn’t mean the result will be hunger. For filling and tasty options that are also healthy, turn to seafood. Options such as albacore tuna, Alaskan salmon, Coho salmon and rainbow trout are just a few of the lean fish to choose from when picking a main course for a meal.

Skinless poultry and lean meats are also a good way to go. Rather than frying meat, bake or grill it and remove any skin, which is just fatty. Round or loin beef cuts tend to be leanest, as well as lamb or pork loin cuts. Pair one of these poultry or lean meats, or a seafood cut, with produce — dark, leafy greens have some of the highest nutritional value — and a perfect meal is ready! Tasty and healthy!

Sometimes though, the cravings are just too strong. So when it comes to these tough times, there are great substitutes for those easy-to-love comfort foods. Next time mashed potatoes are a great pairing for a meal, substitute it out for mashed cauliflower. For wraps, sandwiches and even burgers, greens like romaine lettuce or kale can be a carb replacement. Even veggies are a great substitute for pasta, like spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles and other spiral-cut veggies. Bake up some kale, sweet potato sticks or zucchini slices to replace fries or potato chips, and as a topper, switch out sour cream for Greek yogurt, which can also work great in dips! Another great topper replacement is switching out butter with avocado. This goes great on toast, bagels and more! Replace a glass of soda with seltzer and fresh fruit for flavor and as always, honey or Stevia are the perfect substitutes for sugar. Oftentimes, no one even notices the difference!

To keep meal prep simple, make a list of everything needed for recipes and prep, limiting it to just one trip to the grocery store. Pre-chop all veggies or fruits to save time and make them more snack-friendly. Stock up on plastic containers that are convenient for prepping one meal in and have at least one for each day of the week. Cooking everything at once and divvying up the portions saves time and work throughout the course of the week when it comes to preparing lunches and dinners. Find more meal prep tips on King Kullen’s Pinterest page:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670936558390/

Other easy meal ideas come from the freezer. Make meals ahead of time in greater portions and save the leftovers for future meal prep:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670936558372/. Try Buffalo chicken and broccoli with quinoa (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670936558306/), spaghetti squash and turkey cheese bake (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670936558341/) or choose form a plethora of slow cooker meals that will provide plenty of leftovers to freeze up for later.

If starting up a new exercise plan, make sure the perfect diet is paired up with it. Pack each day with fat-burning foods that can aid the weight-loss journey. The following foods are known to help burn fat and speed up metabolism:

  •     Almonds and other nuts
  •     Eggs
  •     Turkey and other lean meats
  •     Grapefruit
  •     Green tea
  •     Chili peppers
  •     Spinach and greens
  •     Whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole grain cereal)
  •     Beans
  •     Legumes
  •     Peanut butter
  •     Berries
  •     Low-fat/fat-free dairy products, yogurt and cheese

For a power punch of nutrients, try these superfoods, which contain high levels of essential nutrients and minerals while also having antioxidants that help shield bodies from cell damage and help to prevent disease.

  •     Dark, leafy greens
  •     Blueberries
  •     Beets
  •     Salmon
  •     Lentils
  •     Beans
  •     Acai
  •     Goji berries
  •     Cacao/cocoa powder
  •     Chia seeds
  •     Kefir
  •     Hemp seeds

To stay on top of that new or habitual fitness routine, use a stability ball in the comfort of home (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670936557335/), try winter activities for constant fun and physical activity, such as ice skating, sledding, skiing or snowboarding, or pop a workout DVD into the TV at home. A great way to get motivated and stay motivated is by playing upbeat music as a pre-workout routine or provide personal incentives and rewards. Setting goals and having a workout buddy are the ultimate motivators!

For all the perfect foods to stock the fridge and to make your New Year’s resolution a success, stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store, and they’d be happy to help you find everything the new diet and exercise plan calls for!

SOURCE: King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.

Dove und Rexona Deos bei Coop dauerhaft bis zu 24 % günstiger

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop senkt weitere Preise von beliebten Markenartikeln

Ab Montag werden bei Coop alle Rexona-Deodorants um bis zu 22 % günstiger, Dove-Deodorants gar um bis zu 24 %. Bereits im November 2015 hat Coop die Preise auf das ganze Neutrogena-Sortiment um bis zu 40 % reduziert. Coop akzeptiert die grossen Preisunterschiede zum benachbarten Ausland nicht und setzt sich für gerechte Konsumentenpreise in der Schweiz ein. Weitere Gespräche mit Markenartiklern von beliebten Pflege- und Kosmetikprodukten laufen, nächste Verhandlungserfolge zeichnen sich bereits ab.

Coop setzt sich in Verhandlungen mit den Non-Food-Lieferanten intensiv für tiefere Preise ein. Vor allem bei Körper- und Pflegeprodukten will Coop die Preisabstände zum benachbarten Ausland weiter reduzieren. Mit Unilever konnte Coop ihre Verhandlungen erfolgreich abschliessen. So werden ab Montag, 11. Januar 2016, bei Coop alle Dove- und Rexona-Deodorants dauerhaft um bis zu 24 % günstiger.

Coop lässt nicht locker
Philipp Wyss, Leiter Marketing/Beschaffung bei Coop, lässt nicht locker im Kampf gegen massive Preisunterschiede: «Wir sind zufrieden, dass wir uns mit Unilever auf starke Preissenkungen bei besonders beliebten Deos einigen konnten. Wir werden die Verhandlungen weiter fortsetzen und für tiefere Preise in der Schweiz kämpfen». Coop werde mit ihren Lieferanten im Gespräch bleiben, um Preisvorteile in Form von tieferen Verkaufspreisen weiterzugeben. Philipp Wyss ist zuversichtlich, dass die laufenden Verhandlungen Früchte tragen und ergänzt: «Falls nötig, werden wir für tiefere Preise auch Auslistungen vornehmen und weitere Produkte parallel importieren».

Unter anderem werden folgende Produkte ab Montag, 11. Januar 2016 günstiger

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Dove und Rexona Deos bei Coop dauerhaft bis zu 24 % günstiger

Dove und Rexona Deos bei Coop dauerhaft bis zu 24 % günstiger

Jeff Burt to succeed Lynn Gust as President of Fred Meyer Stores

CINCINNATI, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the retirement of Fred Meyer President Lynn Gust, and the promotion of Jeff Burt to succeed him. Mr. Burt currently serves as president of Kroger’s Central division.

Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at 132 multi-department stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Lynn Gust to Retire After 45 Years of Service

Lynn Gust will retire from the company after 45 years of service, effective January 31.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Lynn as always led by empowering, encouraging and supporting others,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Lynn is widely respected throughout our company and industry for his passion for people, the food business, and the communities we serve. The entire Kroger family wishes Lynn and his family all the best in retirement.”

Mr. Gust started his career with Kroger in 1970 as a parcel clerk at Fred Meyer’s Fourth Plain store in Vancouver, Wash. In 1972, he entered Fred Meyer’s food management program and advanced to serve in a variety of leadership roles in the division, including food department manager, training coordinator, grocery buyer and director of grocery sales & merchandising. He also attended the Cornell Food Executive Program in 1994. After serving as group vice president for the food group, he was named senior vice president of the store operations group in 2003. Mr. Gust was named executive vice president of corporate merchandising and advertising in 2006, followed by vice president of operations in 2011. He was promoted to president of Fred Meyer in 2012.

Under his leadership, Fred Meyer reached $10 billion in annual sales for the first time. Also under his leadership, Fred Meyer was recognized twice as one of Oregon’s “Best Places to Work” by thePortland Business Journal, and twice as one of Oregon’s “Healthiest Places to Work” by The Oregonian.

Following his retirement, Mr. Gust and his wife, Julie, will continue to be active in many community organizations in Portland and beyond, including serving on the Board of Trustees for Randall Children’s Hospital.

Jeff Burt Promoted to President of Fred Meyer Stores

Kroger promoted Jeff Burt to serve as president of the company’s Fred Meyer division.

Mr. Burt is currently president of Kroger’s Central Division, which operates food stores primarily in Indiana and Illinois. His successor will be named at a later date.

“Jeff is a strong, dynamic leader who brings out the best in our associates,” said Mr. McMullen. “His enthusiasm for serving our customers combined with both broad and deep experience in our business – including in the Pacific Northwest – will serve our Fred Meyer team well. We are grateful he agreed to take on this important role.”

Mr. Burt began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of leadership positions with the company in Cincinnati, Florida, Indianapolis and Seattle, including store manager, produce merchandiser and vice president of merchandising and operations. In 2004, he was named corporate vice president of deli/bakery merchandising and procurement, before being promoted to group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement in 2010. He has served as president of Kroger’s Central division since 2013.

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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Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We have traded well during the festive period in a highly competitive market

LONDON, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good sales performance with like-for-like volume and transaction growth

  • Total Retail sales for third quarter up 0.8 per cent (excl fuel), down 0.7 per cent (inc fuel)
  • Like-for-like Retail sales for third quarter down 0.4 per cent (excl fuel), down 1.8 per cent (inc fuel)
  • Over 30 million customer transactions in the seven days before Christmas (up 2.6 per cent year-on-year)

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “We have traded well during the festive period in a highly competitive market. Our stores delivered excellent levels of service and availability and we launched several new seasonal products and range improvements. As a result we have seen our market share grow in the quarter.

Customers continued to enjoy our Christmas classics. We sold over 17,000 Golden Bow Rich Fruit Cakes and over 550,000 Cognac Laced Christmas Puddings. Both of these centrepieces won Good Housekeeping taste tests. Customers also embraced our innovative products such as our Salted Maple & Pecan Pudding and our new sparkling alternative to Prosecco – Pignoletto. We launched our new Taste the Difference wines in time for Christmas which were well received and contributed to sales growth of over 18 per cent across the range. Our programme to invest in the quality of over 3,000 products remains on track.

We reduced our levels of vouchering and promotional participation year-on-year. We also reduced the number of multi-buys in favour of lower regular prices, continuing our commitment to simplify prices and promotions. Our continued investment in quality, price and service drove like-for-like transaction and volume growth year-on-year.

Our colleagues continue to deliver brilliant customer service. During the quarter we won seven out of 12 weeks of the Grocer 33 Service & Availability award. This reflects a fantastic effort by our colleagues, particularly over the Christmas trading period where stores are at their busiest.

We opened 16 convenience stores in the quarter and had our biggest ever day for convenience sales on 24 December. Groceries online sales grew at nearly ten per cent and orders by 15 per cent.  We had a record week in the quarter, delivering over 289,000 online orders. We now have 101 Click and Collect sites nationwide.

General Merchandise achieved good sales growth of five per cent in the quarter and clothing nearly six per cent, despite the unseasonal weather impact. Sainsbury’s Bank also delivered good performance with 11 per cent volume growth in loans and 29 per cent growth in travel money transactions.

Our Christmas advertising campaign Mog’s Christmas Calamity was a huge success, with nearly 37 million online views and the exclusive Mog’s Christmas Calamity book topping the UK bestselling book charts for four consecutive weeks. The charitable donation from the sales of the Mog’s Christmas Calamity book and soft toy, on behalf of Sainsbury’s, Judith Kerr and HarperCollins Children’s Books totalled more than £1.5m and will be donated to support Save the Children’s work to improve child literacy in the UK.

Given our good performance in this quarter, we now expect our like-for-like sales in the second half of the year to be better than the first. Food deflation and pressures on pricing will ensure that the market remains challenging for the foreseeable future. We will continue to remain competitive on price and our performance this quarter provides further evidence that our strategy is working.”

Notes to editors

1. All sales figures contained in this trading statement are stated including VAT and in accordance with IFRIC 13

2. Like-for-like sales include the impact of extensions as follows

Q1 Q2 H1 Q3
Retail sales growth excluding fuel
Total (0.6)% 0.3% (0.1)% 0.8%
Like-for-like (2.1)% (1.1)% (1.6)% (0.4)%
Retail sales growth including fuel (%)
Total (2.3)% (1.8)% (2.0)% (0.7)%
Like-for-like (3.7)% (3.3)% (3.5)% (1.8)%
Included in like-for-like sales (%)
Net contribution from extensions 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%

3. Store investment programme 2015/16:

Q1 Q2 H1 Q3
Supermarkets
New 1 1 2 1
Replacements 1 1 2
Extensions
Refurbishments 4 4 2
Closures (1) (1) (2)
Convenience
New 10 27 37 16
Closures (3) (3)
Refurbishments 4 4

At the end of the quarter, we had 600 supermarkets and 757 convenience stores.

4. Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, regulation or accounting standard, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

5. Sainsbury’s also released today its Third Quarter Corporate Responsibility update. This is avaliable at: www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/investor-centre/results-and-presentations/

6. A conference call will take place at 8:30am.  To listen to the audio webcast we recommend that you register in advance.  To do so please visit www.j-sainsbury.co.uk prior to the event and follow the on-screen instructions.  To view the transcript of the conference call go to www.j-sainsbury.co.uk and follow the on-screen instructions in the third quarter trading statement section

7. On 5 January 2016 the company released an RNS in relation to a possible offer for Home Retail Group Plc. A presentation outlining an overview of the strategic rationale for the combination can be found at: http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/investor-centre/home-retail-offer/

8. Sainsbury’s will announce its Fourth Quarter Trading Statement on 15 March 2016

SOURCE: J Sainsbury plc

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Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We have traded well during the festive period in a highly competitive market

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We have traded well during the festive period in a highly competitive market

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We approached the half-way point in our 20×20 Sustainability Plan

LONDON, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — We’ve updated our sustainability strategy and we’re helping Swadlincote make food waste history.

  • Lucy Bronze, one of the stars of the England Women’s Football World Cup squad, was named as an ambassador for Sainsbury’s Active Kids. Lucy will join existing ambassadors Daniel Sturridge, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock to help inspire more children to be active and stay healthy.
  • We extended our British lamb season for our 950 sheep farmers until at least the end of January 2016, making it five weeks longer than the 2014/15 season.
  • Swadlincote, South Derbyshire was named as the winner of our Waste less, Save moretown challenge and will receive £1 million to help the community reduce their food waste, with the best ideas shared to make a difference on a national scale.
  • We launched our 2015 Christmas campaign featuring Mog’s Christmas Calamity. The profits from the exclusive Mog’s Christmas Calamity book and toy totalled more than £1.5m. On behalf of Sainsbury’s, Judith Kerr and HarperCollins children’s books the profits from these sales will be donated to support Save the Children’s work to improve child literacy in the UK.
  • Launched a new initiative where each manager at Sainsbury’s will become a mentor in 2016 for at least one up-and-coming female colleague who has the potential and desire to progress her career.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “Our annual Corporate Responsibility update is always an important time for us as we reflect on the progress we’ve made against each of our sustainability commitments. With the launch of our new business strategy in 2014, and as we approached the half-way point in our 20×20 Sustainability Plan, we took the opportunity to review our plans. Our updated Sainsbury’s Sustainability Plan reflects the world we’re living in today and we’ve amended some commitments, removed those that are no longer relevant and added new ones to make sure we continue to challenge ourselves to have the most positive impact.

One of the most exciting developments is our new commitment to invest £10 million over five years to help customers reduce their household waste, through our Waste less, Save more initiative. We know food waste is an important priority for our customers, with the average household throwing away £700 worth of food a year. Our initiative began with 189 towns across the UK applying to receive a £1 million investment in 2016 and we were delighted to announce that Swadlincote in South Derbyshire won the opportunity to be our pilot town.

We’ll spend a year testing a whole range of ideas and innovations in Swadlincote to find out what has the biggest impact on reducing food waste. Then we’ll focus on sharing the best ideas and making a difference on a national scale.”

Other hightlights from the quarter include

1. Living healthier lives

  • Active Kids: Lucy Bronze, one of the stars of the England Women’s Football World Cup squad, was named the new ambassador for Sainsbury’s Active Kids in October 2015. The Manchester City and England defender joins existing ambassadors Daniel Sturridge, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock to help inspire more children to be active and stay healthy. 34,000 schools and clubs across the UK benefited from our 2015 scheme, and our 2016 voucher collection period launches on 27th January 2016.
  • Healthier baskets: We’re using new reformulated pepperoni in our fresh thin and crispy pepperoni pizza. We expect that this will remove 3 tonnes of fat over the year (based on previous sales data). This saving has been made by rebalancing the recipe of the pepperoni we use for our fresh pizzas, while still delivering a classic pepperoni flavour.
  • Allergies and intolerances: We’ve continued to work closely with the Allergy Academyby supporting activities including their Kitchen Workshops, with the second 2015 workshop held in December.
    Rachel De Boer, Specialist Paediatric Allergy Dietitian and Allergy Academy Course Director said: “The continued support that Sainsbury’s provides means we can run workshops such as the Allergy Academy Kitchen Workshop, which highlights the day-to-day challenges faced by people with food allergies and their families, and provides practical advice for dietitians to learn how these challenges can be overcome.”

2. Sourcing with integrity

  • Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard: We have our first Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard being used to address the environmental, social and economic impact of our key raw materials. Our Farmed Prawn Standard works across our prawn farmers in Thailand, and spans environmental factors including water quality through to social impact, worker welfare and the productivity levels of the businesses.
  • British lamb: For the 2015/16 season, we’ve committed to extend the British lamb season for our 950 sheep farmers until at least January 2016 making it five weeks longer than the 2014/15 season. We’ve worked around when availability and quality for the typical British lamb season would significantly decline. This helps to make the most of the increased availability of stock this season while reassuring our farmers affected by low prices. This adds to the lamb on our meat counter and in our Taste the Difference and Organic ranges, which is 100 per cent British all year around.
  • Agriculture apprentices: We’ve extended our apprenticeship scheme building on our Horticultural programme launched last year. In October, six agriculture apprentices started work within our poultry and livestock supply chains. All 13 apprentices are working towards a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma.
  • Greenpeace tuna league table: Our tinned tuna appeared as one of the top brands in the annual league table ahead of 8 other retailers and brands. We were awarded a leading position for our 100 per cent pole-and-line caught tuna position and other strong sustainability policies. This adds to our launch of the first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified tuna sandwich in 2014 and being awarded UK Supermarket of the Year 2015 by the MSC for the second year running.

3. Respect for our environment

  • Waste less, Save more: We announced that Swadlincote, South Derbyshire was selected to become our Waste less, Save more town for 2016. Swadlincote will benefit from £1 million investment throughout the year to help us find out what ideas are most effective in reducing household food waste. We’ll be trying and testing many things including technology, school projects and community events and plan to share what we learn with communities across the UK. 
  • Refrigeration: We’re field testing a new natural refrigerant gas, R-452A, in our transport fridges that has 45 per cent less Global Warming Potential (GWP) than our existing refrigerant (R-404A gas). We already know it has the same cooling capacity, fuel efficiency, reliability and refrigerant charge (the replenishment of gases from leaks) as R-404A gas. During the trial it will be in 10 of our refrigerated vehicles, if it proves successful we’ll roll it out across the fleet.

4. Making a positive difference to our community

  • Poppy Appeal: We once again welcomed collectors into our stores across the country for the 2015 Poppy Appeal. We extended our support with a number of exclusives including offering our range of poppy products online as well as in store and delivering stick-on poppies with online orders in return for a donation to this year’s appeal. So far, we have raised over £2 million for the Royal British Legion through a combination of in-store collections and donations from sales of our poppy products.
  • Floods: We’ve released emergency funds to help our stores in the Northwest of England and Yorkshire support their local communities affected by flooding. We linked up with local charities to donate all usable products from our Carlisle and Tadcaster stores in addition to donating over 18,000 items of essential clothing (including men’s, women’s and children’s wellies, t-shirts, hats, gloves and scarves) and cleaning products (including mops, buckets, cloths, rubber gloves, brushes, disinfectant, batteries, torches, towels, storage boxes and cookware). We also worked with our suppliers, Highland Spring, who donated over 7,000 bottles of water and McBrides, who donated more than 5,000 cases of all-purpose cleaner, antibacterial spray and bleach.
  • Christmas campaign: We launched our 2015 Christmas campaign featuring Mog’s Christmas Calamity, the first Mog book since 2002, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. All profits from the book and companion toy are donated to Save the Children’s literacy campaign Read on, Get on and so far we have raised over £1.5 million. We have also signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016, launched by the National Literacy Forum. The pledge calls on the UK business community to join the national literacy campaign and deliver tangible benefits to help close the literacy gap. Low literacy is frequently intergenerational and in some disadvantaged areas of the UK up to 35% of the adult population lack the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old. This compromises employability, health, confidence and happiness and creates barriers to social mobility.

5. A great place to work

  • Diversity: While over 55 per cent of our colleagues are female, we believe that we can do more to ensure that the make-up of some of our teams reflects the diversity of the customers we serve, particularly at a managerial level. External and internal research shows that mentoring is a great way to support women with their career development. We’ve therefore launched a new initiative that means every manager at Sainsbury’s will become a mentor in 2016 for at least one up-and-coming female colleague who has the potential and desire to progress her career.
  • Talent and performance: We have been awarded two Disability-Smart Awards by the British Disability Forum (BDF). First, for our You Can scheme which helps those who have previously faced significant barriers to finding work, to enter the workplace. The second award, was for our new trolley specially designed for children with disabilities. The BDF awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing and working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Building capability: In October, we launched a new approach to learning called ‘Driving My Development’, which means colleagues can learn at a time, place and in a style that suits them best. Colleagues also have access to Sainsbury’s Business School Online, which provides the latest articles, book reviews, infographics, learning guides, videos and pocket books

SOURCE: J Sainsbury plc

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Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We approached the half-way point in our 20x20 Sustainability Plan

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: We approached the half-way point in our 20×20 Sustainability Plan

LVMH Prize: the fashion world is waiting to discover the next winner

PARIS, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year LVMH is organizing the LVMH Prize, which focuses the spotlight on promising young fashion designers from around the world. After Thomas Tait in 2014 and Marques’Almeida in 2015, the fashion world is waiting to discover the next winner…

LVMH has since 2014 reaffirmed its commitment to fashion creation with the LVMH Prize. Each edition recognizes the talent and creativity of a young designer, selected by a prestigious jury, comprised mainly of creative directors from LVMH Houses. The winner receives a 300,000-euro grant and mentoring from a special LVMH team. “Beyond the recognition, the Prize is a unique opportunity for dialogue and transmission, giving emerging talents a chance to learn from confirmed professionals in order to develop their brands and their careers,” notes Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton and initiator of the LVMH Prize. The Prize also spotlights future talents by inviting three fashion school graduates to work as part of the design team at an LVMH brand for one year.

Young designers seeking to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Tait (2014 winner), Marques’Almeida (2015 winners) or Jacquemus (winner of a 2015 Special Prize) have until February 7 to apply online. The competition is open to designers under 40 who have already shown two ready-to-wear collections. Since the first edition over 2,000 designers have taken part. Future fashion school graduates have until May 15 to submit an application for the Graduates prize.

The finalists are selected by an international committee of experts and then present their work to “the most fabulous jury in the world”. This year the jury members include eight creative directors of LVMH Houses: Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline) and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy). They are joined by Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (Advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of LVMH Corporate Philanthropy) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH Fashion Group).

The LVMH Prize is adding a new web platform in 2016, that features profiles of candidates from previous years. The site also links to Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram accounts for a backstage look at the competition.

Apply on lvmhprize.com.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Jacquemus, Marques'Almeida and Thomas Tait © LVMH

Jacquemus, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait © LVMH

Metro Inc. to release its Q1 2016 financial results on January 26, 2016

MONTREAL, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro Inc. will be releasing its financial results for the first quarter of 2016 on January 26, 2016. This release will be followed by a conference call at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, President & CEO and Mr. François Thibault, Senior Vice President & CFO will hold the conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the financial results. This conference call, expected to last approximately 60 minutes, will be followed by a question and answer period.

The analysts and institutional investors are invited to access the conference call, by dialing 647.427.7450 or 1.888.231.8191 (access code 20343292) or via the website by clicking here. The journalists as well as the public may access this conference via a listen mode only. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call at 1.855.859.2056 (access code 20343292) or via the website by clicking here, until 23:59 EST on February 26, 2016.

Metro Inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Information:
Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risks and Investor Relations
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Celebrity wellness icon and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels shares some exclusive “fitness hacks”

Jillian Michaels Offers Wellness Tips for the New Year and Retailer Rewards You for Sharing Your Own Fitness Hacks

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kmart is encouraging everyone to “Fit in the Fun” in 2016, helping Shop Your Way® members and customers kick off a healthy and fun start to the New Year. Celebrity wellness icon and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels shares some exclusive “fitness hacks” to make it easy for anyone to achieve their health, wellness and fitness goals. The Fit in the Fun website (Kmart.com/FitInTheFun) launches today, offering Michaels’ fun-focused tips and favorite wellness products and a #FitInTheFun social campaign to help users stay motivated, connected and inspired.

“So many people recommit themselves to health, wellness and fitness programs at the start of the New Year, but quickly lose interest,” said Michaels. “The great thing about ‘Fit in the Fun’ is that we focus on sharing easy ways to help you stay committed to your goals no matter your fitness level. How awesome is that?”

As part of her “fitness hacks,” Michaels suggests setting positive personal incentives to work toward, fueling up with snacks and meals that are well balanced with complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and wearing bright-colored apparel – from the IMPACT by Jillian Michaels™ collection – to look good and feel good about yourself. Others hacks include:

  • Skip, run, jump and play like you did as a kid – workouts don’t have to be serious, you just have to keep moving.
  • Download a fitness app or pick up a wearable fitness tracker to monitor steps, log your progress and keep up with your friends – make it a game!
  • Switch it up! Change your workout routine, timing or environment to keep you from getting bored.
  • Find your own inspiration – follow individuals that motivate you, connect with people who have similar goals, plan rewards for yourself when you reach a goal – inspiration is different for everyone.

One of Michaels’ favorite hacks might surprise even her biggest fans. “To add some fun to your workout routine, throw a dance party,” she said. “At my house, we turn up the tunes and dance! My kids love it.”

“Fit in the Fun” for a Reward
Fitting in the fun is all about motivating each other too! So Kmart is encouraging others to share their own favorite fitness hacks and join the conversation by following #FitInTheFun on Instagram and Twitter. And to keep momentum going throughout the entire month, Kmart will reward the first 200 members who post their wellness-inspired photos or videos to official Kmart social channels (tagging #FitInTheFun #ad and @Kmart) with a $25 gift card**. The offer begins today and runs through Jan. 30. For more information, visit Kmart.com/FitInTheFun.

Jillian’s Favorite Things
Along with fitness hacks, Michaels shared her top eight must-have health, wellness and fitness products for 2016 available in-store or online at Kmart.com. Her curated list includes:

To make it easy for members to “Fit in the Fun” in the New Year, Kmart is offering amazing deals on everything from apparel to electronics now through Jan. 30. Additionally all fitness equipment, from ellipticals and rowers to foam rollers and exercise mats, is on sale for the entire month of January. Storewide savings include:

  • BOGO 50% off on Family Activewear* (regular price $9.99-$39.99)
  • BOGO 50% off on all Centrum Vitamins* (regular price $8.29-$20.49)
  • Save up to 47% on Sport Headphones (savings range: 20-47% off)
  • BOGO on Athletic Footwear* (regular price $12.99-$34.99)
  • Two for $11 Atkins Bars (regular price $7.29 each)
  • Save 20% on Vivitar 2-tone Bluetooth Speakers (regular price $19.99)

When shoppers visit Kmart stores nationwide during the month of January, they can “Fit in the Fun” with fitness-focused Bluelight Specials and free health and wellness giveaways as part of the “Freebie Saturday” initiative.

*First Item Regular Price, second item of equal or lesser value.
**”Fit in the Fun” Offer Terms:  Kmart will award a $25 Kmart gift card to the first 200 eligible individuals who post an eligible photo/video on Instagram or Twitter with #FitInTheFun #ad and @Kmart.  Open only to legal US residents 18 and over.  Starts 8:00 am Central Time on 1/4/2015 and ends when 200 eligible posts are made or on 1/30/16 (whichever is later).  Limit one entry per person/account.  Eligible entries must (a) contain only family friendly content (as determined by Kmart); and (b) not violate any third party rights.  Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes.  Kmart reserves the right to interpret, modify, cancel or terminate this offer.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith,Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sara Weitz Annika Tunberg
Sears Holdings Zeno Group for Kmart
847-286-0774 312-527-2SHC (2742)
Sara.Weitz@searshc.com Annika.Tunberg@zenogroup.com

SOURCE Kmart

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Celebrity wellness icon and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels shares some exclusive "fitness hacks"

Celebrity wellness icon and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels shares some exclusive “fitness hacks”

Overstock.com’s mobile app named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced today that its mobile app has been named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which an Overstock.com mobile app has been honored by the group.

The award is one more in a string of recent mobile app successes for Overstock.com. The online retailer recently surpassed the 5 million app download milestone, with 76 percent of its mobile app shoppers as repeat customers. The app was also featured as one of the best-rated retail mobile apps available in a study by ARC from Applause, and the retailer’s Android app has been named as an Editor’s Choice in the Google Play Store.

“We are committed to delivering an exceptional shopping experience to every one of our customers, including the millions who have downloaded our mobile shopping apps,” said Overstock.com President Stormy Simon. “Trends have changed, and as we see more and more customers choosing to shop on mobile devices, it is rewarding to have Overstock.com acknowledged as a leader in mobile commerce.”

Mobile Web Award candidates are judged on: creativity, design, interactivity, use of the medium, impact, content, and ease of use. Apps that receive the highest average score from the judges within a given industry category are named winners.

The free Overstock.com Apple iOS and Android mobile apps focus on providing the user with useful and engaging features, such as personalized push notifications for upcoming sales and deals. The iOS app adds the fun to functionality in the form of the “Lott-O” feature, an in-app “scratch card” that, when uncovered, can award lucky users a unique coupon discount for use on the website.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on November 9, 2015, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
mharden@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com

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Overstock.com’s mobile app named the Web Marketing Association’s Best Shopping Mobile Application for the 2015 Mobile Web Awards

The Overstock.com mobile iOS team poses with their Mobile Web Award.

Signet Jewelers Holiday Season total sales up 5.0% over the prior year

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) (NYSE and LSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, today announced its sales for the eight weeks ended December 26, 2015 (“Holiday Season”) and guidance for the 13 weeks (“Fourth Quarter”) ending January 30, 2016.

Holiday Season Sales Highlights:

  • Total sales of $1,947.8 million, up 5.0% over the prior year.
  • Same store sales increased 4.9% compared to an increase of 3.6% in the prior year.
  • Financial guidance narrowed to top end of previously provided guidance.

Mark Light, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Signet delivered excellent holiday sales as a result of the successful execution of our product, marketing, and omni-channel selling strategies, as well as our superior customer experience. These results were driven by broad-based success across strategic store brands, merchandise categories and selling channels. The implementation of store operations initiatives in the third quarter combined with investment in our recently launched innovative merchandising and marketing programs positioned Signet well for a strong fourth quarter and beyond.

“The continuation of strong sales and profitability combined with operating expenses that were in-line with expectations, including as-anticipated credit-related expense trends, enabled us to narrow our fourth quarter earnings guidance as well as our same store sales guidance to the top end of the previously provided guidance.

“I would like to thank all Signet team members very much for their dedication, hard work, and solid execution of our strategies during the holiday selling period.”

Fourth Quarter Financial Guidance:

Currently Formerly
Same Store Sales 4.6% to 5.0% 3.5% to 5.0%
Earnings per Share $3.44 to $3.50 $3.30 to $3.50
Adjusted Earnings per Share $3.54 to $3.60 $3.40 to $3.60

Holiday Season Fiscal 2016 Sales Highlights:

Total sales were $1,947.8 million, up $93.4 million or 5.0%, compared to $1,854.4 million in the eight weeks ended December 27, 2014 (“prior year”). Total sales at constant exchange rate increased 6.3% compared to prior year. Same store sales increased 4.9% compared to an increase of 3.6% in the prior year driven primarily by mall-based and outlet concepts in the U.S. as well as Ernest Jones stores in the U.K. Signet’s e-commerce sales in the Holiday Season were $139.7 million, up $13.7 million or 10.9% compared to $126.0 million in the prior year.

  • Sterling Jewelers division results were driven primarily by higher sales at Kay Jewelers and the success of key collections and categories such as recently introduced Ever Us two-stone rings as well as diamond earrings and bracelets. Jared delivered higher sales year-over-year driven by the combined impact of new consumer-research-driven initiatives around store operations, marketing, and merchandising.
  • Zale division sales were driven by material increases at the flagship Zales stores as well as Piercing Pagoda kiosks. Ever Us and select other fashion and bridal brands were important drivers at Zales; as well as gold jewelry sales in the kiosk channel.
  • UK Jewelry division total sales were driven by higher same store sales largely offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. Same store sales increases were driven primarily by branded bridal, diamond fashion jewelry, and beads – most notably at Ernest Jones.

Quarterly Dividend:

Signet’s board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016, payable on February 26, 2016 to shareholders of record on January 29, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of January 28, 2016. This reflects the Board’s confidence in the strength of the business, Signet’s ability to invest in growth initiatives, and the Board’s commitment to building long-term shareholder value.

Conference Call:

There will be a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. GMT and 5:30 a.m. PT) and a simultaneous audio webcast and slide presentation available at www.signetjewelers.com. The slides are available to be downloaded from the website ahead of the conference call. The call details are: Dial-in 1-647-788-4901. Access code 3157781.

A replay of the conference call and a transcript of the call will be posted on Signet’s website as soon as is practical after the call has ended and will be available for one year.

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

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

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

Source: Signet Jewelers

Signet Jewelers

Investors:

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

or

Media:

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

Deirdre Zimmermann appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has named Deirdre Zimmermann as Senior Vice President, Marketing. In her new role, Deirdre will lead the advertising, marketing and external communications teams to advance the company’s brand.  As the company continues to promote the vision of health and wellness, Deirdre brings new strategies for brand management and attracting new customers.

“Deirdre’s extensive retail experience and unique perspective will ensure Raley’s is an even more customer centric organization focused on offering healthier choices for our customers at an affordable price,” said Keith Knopf, Chief Operating Officer.

With nearly 20 years of retail experience, Deirdre has served as Vice President of Marketing for several specialty retailers, including Brookstone, and most recently White House Black Market.  She moved up in the industry, working both in-house and for ad agencies representing great brands such as Fitigues, Jil Sander, The Field Museum and Talbots.

Deirdre graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. She also studied Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Chicago and Photography at International Center of Photography. Deirdre enjoys spending time with her husband of nearly 20 years, and their son. An avid sports enthusiast, Deirdre enjoys running, yoga and swimming.

“I believe a comprehensive customer-centric approach is imperative for acquisition and retention,” said Zimmerman. “Raley’s has a strong brand in California and Nevada and I am excited to bring my marketing expertise to the grocery industry.”

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

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Deirdre Zimmermann appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Deirdre Zimmermann appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Dick Smith Electronics gift cards bought at Coles can be exchanged for Coles gift cards

Cards bought at Coles can be exchanged for Coles gift cards

Melbourne, Australia, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coles is offering assistance to those customers who purchased Dick Smith Electronics gift cards at Coles Supermarkets prior to DSE being placed into administration.

While Coles has already passed on the sale proceeds of the gift cards to Dick Smith Electronics, as a gesture of goodwill to our customers we will exchange valid, unredeemed Dick Smith Electronics gift cards purchased at Coles from 1 July, 2015 for Coles gift cards of equal value.

The offer is only open to customers with proof of purchase showing the gift cards were purchased at Coles.

To take up this offer, our customers are invited to call our Customer Care line on 1800 061 562 to obtain a redemption form, which will also be made available on the coles.com.au website.

Customers can then post the completed form, along with the unredeemed Dick Smith Electronics gift cards and proof of purchase, to the Coles Store Support Centre by February 29.

Coles has also written to the administrators of Dick Smith Electronics urging them to honour outstanding gift cards, some of which were purchased as Christmas gifts as part of a 10% bonus promotion Dick Smith Electronics initiated on gift card sales in December.

Coles withdrew Dick Smith Electronics gift cards from sale as soon as we were informed the company had been placed into voluntary administration.

For further information, please contact: Coles Media Relations on 03 9829 5250

SOURCE: Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd

Amazon: new staffed package pickup point to be opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus

Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at Penn will get Free Same-Day Pickup on over two million items when shipped to the Amazon@Penn location

SEATTLE, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced Amazon@Penn, a new staffed package pickup point to be opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The first such facility at an Ivy League university, Amazon@Penn offers thePenn campus community a convenient location for members of the Penn Community to pick up and return their Amazon orders.

Opening in Spring 2016, this 3,558 square foot space will be strategically located in 1920 Commons, the University’s largest dining facility, with easy access for Penn students whether they live on or off campus. In addition to mobile-enabled, self-service package pick up, it will be the first Amazon pickup location to feature communal work spaces with interactive media pods where students can connect their laptops and mobile devices to TV monitors for presentations, brainstorming, studying, and collaborating. Additionally, Amazon Student and Prime members will receive Free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM. To learn more about Amazon Student, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

“The preference by today’s students for on-line shopping has led to a significant increase in deliveries. When we looked closely at the shipping activity, we discovered that almost half of all packages delivered to Penn student mail rooms were from Amazon,” said Marie Witt, Vice President of Business Services at Penn. “With this innovative shipping solution we can now offer enhanced convenience and security for a service that our students were already using, while also providing additional community space within easy access of most student residences.”

“We’re thrilled to bring a new experience to Penn that makes it more convenient for students to get everything they need for university life,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We look forward to bringing this experience to even more college communities soon.”

Since 2015, Amazon has opened staffed pickup locations including: Amazon@Purdue, Amazon@UMass, Amazon@IslaVista, and Amazon@Cincinnati. In addition to Penn, Amazon also has confirmed agreements to open two more locations in 2016 with the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley.

About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six-month free trial. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

About the University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions, consistently ranking among the top institutions in NIH funding annually. Penn is dedicated to providing its students rigorous academic study with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. Its integrated university and health system, combined with a commitment to entrepreneurship, foster innovation. To learn more, visit www.upenn.edu.

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
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Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, starring Adam Driver (Girls) and Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly), will be Amazon’s next original movie

Paterson stars Adam Driver and will be released in theaters in 2016

SEATTLE, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon Studios today announced that Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, starring Adam Driver (Girls) and Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly), will be Amazon’s next original movie. Written and directed by Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive), Paterson is produced by Joshua Astrachan (Louder Than Bombs) and Carter Logan (Only Lovers Left Alive), and executive produced by K5’s Oliver Simon (Get Low) and Daniel Baur (Night Train to Lisbon) and Le Pacte’s Jean LaBadie (Only Lovers Left Alive) and Ron Bozman (Philadelphia). Paterson recently completed principal photography in New Jersey and New York and will debut exclusively in theaters in 2016.

“Paterson is a funny, philosophical and moving story that only Jim can tell. We look forward to working closely with him and supporting his vision in bringing the film to life,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios. “Adam Driver is one of this generation’s most gifted actors. It’ll be exciting to see what he and Jim unearth as they explore the intimate and richly textured world ofPaterson.”

Added Jim Jarmusch, “I’m very happy to be able to make this film, Paterson, with the support of Amazon, K5, and Le Pacte, and to have their expertise and creativity in delivering our film to audiences around the world. I’m also very happy to collaborate with a wonderful cast and crew.”

Paterson (played by Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (played by Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online for Amazon Studios to review, and those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

Amazon Studios is known for bringing Prime members the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-winning series Transparent along with original hits like Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God, Bosch, Catastrophe and multi-Golden Globe-winning series Mozart in the Jungle. Prime members also have access to a collection of Amazon Original series for kids such as Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Wishenpoof, and the Annecy, Annie, and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf. Coming soon will be the second seasons of Bosch and the romantic comedy Catastrophe, along with the debut season of the docu-series The New Yorker Presents and Mad Dogs.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video offers customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, through Amazon Prime; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies and current TV shows for rent or purchase.

The entire range of selection can be instantly accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, streaming media players, mobile devices,Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo.

Prime Video, included in Amazon Prime, enables Prime members to enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the multi-Golden Globe-winning series fromRoman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, Mozart in the Jungle, the breakout hit The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney andSharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to HBO favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to an exclusive collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Annedroids,Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/primevideo.

In addition to tens of thousands of titles to instantly stream on Prime Video, the Amazon Prime membership (www.amazon.com/primevideo) includes more than one million songs, more than a thousand playlists and hundreds of stations through Prime Music, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, early access to select Lightning Deals, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, and access to borrow from more than one million books for Kindle owners–all for $99 a year.

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

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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

Starbucks partners (employees) to work alongside farmers in coffee growing regions

SEATTLE, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Origin Experience takes partners (employees) from behind the counters of stores, corporate offices and roasting plants and brings them to work alongside farmers in coffee growing regions. The program offers a valuable perspective for people who have a passion for coffee, but may not have a connection to the distant places where coffee is grown.

Starbucks photographer Joshua Trujillo traveled with the contingent of Starbucks partners to Costa Rica this week. The photos above showcase some of what Starbucks partners witnessed on their journey. They planted young coffee seedlings, toured a mill, and walked among rows of coffee trees ready for harvest. The dark green leaves of the coffee trees were a stark contrast against the rich red of the ripened coffee cherries in the warm Costa Rica sun.

Related:

An Emotional Return to Rwanda for the Starbucks Origin Experience

Returning to the Source of One of Starbucks Most Popular Single-Origin Coffees

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks partners (employees) to work alongside farmers in coffee growing regions

Izaak Koller and Natalie Williams plant a coffee tree on Starbucks coffee farm near in Costa Rica

Harley Finkelstein named Chief Operating Officer at Shopify

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH) today announced that Harley Finkelstein has been named Chief Operating Officer. As Shopify’s first COO, Finkelstein will manage Corporate and Business Development, Sales, Shopify Plus, the Shopify Partner program, Shopify’s App Store, Merchant Support and all external and merchant-facing initiatives.

Finkelstein joined Shopify in 2010 to support business development and soon took on additional responsibilities. As Chief Platform Officer, Finkelstein built the Shopify Partner program, which has become a core competitive advantage for Shopify. Today, this rich ecosystem of app developers, theme designers, freelancers and agencies includes thousands of active partners that enhance Shopify’s platform and merchant base. Additionally, Finkelstein oversaw the creation and expansion of Shopify Plus to accommodate the needs of high-volume merchants such as Procter & Gamble, Tesla Motors and RedBull, all of which required a robust platform to support their large-scale businesses.

“Harley is a strong leader at the forefront of Shopify’s growth who will be taking on an even larger role in deepening our relationships with merchants, partners and the public,” said Shopify CEO, Tobi Lütke. “His relationship with Shopify dates back almost a decade as one of our first merchants, selling T-shirts while in law school. His entrepreneurial background gives him a natural understanding of our merchants and this perspective is invaluable to our business.”

“I joined Shopify at a very early stage because I was inspired by what Tobi had built, and by the idea that anyone, no matter how much money or experience they have, can build their own business using Shopify,” said Finkelstein. “I see my job as ensuring all our merchants and partners are well taken care of so the rest of the team, especially Tobi, can focus on making sure our product and technology is not only good for the 200,000+ merchants using us today, but the millions of merchants that we hope will use us one day. I’m excited to continue my journey with Shopify and to support the company’s ongoing evolution.”

Finkelstein holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University and a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa. He currently serves on the board of The C100, and is an Advisor to Felicis Ventures and Omers Ventures.

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 200,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries, including: Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Red Bull, LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

SOURCE: Shopify Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. will present at ICR Conference 2016

DENVER, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today announced that the Company will present at an upcoming investor conference.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the Company is scheduled to present at ICR Conference 2016 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. The presentation will be webcast live from the Company’s Web Site at chipotle.com under the investor relations section. Archived webcasts will be available after the conclusion of the presentation.

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

Source: Chipotle

Chipotle
Mark Alexee
Investor Relations
303-605-1042

The newest innovation in car seat safety – the SafeMax™ All-in-One Car Seat now available at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com

Evenflo SafeMax™ Car Seat Adds to the Company’s Extensive Assortment of Innovative Baby Gear; Further Solidifying its Commitment to Keeping Kids Safe

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Babies“R”Us® and Evenflo®, both advocates in child product safety, have come together to announce the newest innovation in car seat safety – the SafeMax™ All-in-One Car Seat, now available at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com. Designed and tested for structural integrity at energy levels approximately twice the federal crash test standard, the SafeMax™ All-in-One is the first car seat that has been dynamically rollover tested. The SafeMax™ All-in-One Car Seat is appropriate for infants and children from 5 to 120 lbs or up to 57 inches in height, in three use modes – rear facing, forward facing and booster mode.

CLICK TO TWEET: @Babiesrus partners with @Evenflo to launch the FIRST rollover tested car seat in the U.S. www.evenflo.com/rollover

“As experts in the baby product business, our mission is to make it easier for shoppers to make the best possible choices as they care for their children,” said Reg McLay, Senior Vice President, Babies“R”Us, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We are excited to partner with Evenflo, a company that is at the forefront of baby gear safety, innovation and education, to exclusively offer our customers the new SafeMax car seat, giving parents added peace-of-mind when traveling with their precious cargo.”

“All Evenflo car seats are subjected to testing well beyond federal standards, as well as Evenflo’s Side Impact Test. And now, we are proud to once again lead the industry with the development of a dynamic rollover test,” said Ed Sofia, Vice President of Marketing, Evenflo. “We are thrilled to bring the SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat to market with Babies“R”Us, a retailer who shares our steadfast commitment to child safety.”

In addition to rollover testing, the SafeMax™ All-in-One Car Seat features an integrated steel frame to provide strength in absorbing crash forces and harness webbing to help limit head excursion and prevent ejection, as well as the following securities:

SafeZone™ Headrest: A combination of premium materials designed to absorb and dissipate crash forces, providing advanced protection where children need it most.

e3 Side Impact™ Protection: Significantly reduces side impact crash forces up to 50% through an expanded zone of protection and three layers of superior protection.

OUTLAST® Performance Fabric: This fabric balances a child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride.

ParentLink® PREMIER Service: Provides owners access to expert customer service advice, including live video installation service with a certified car seat technician.

For more information on the Evenflo SafeMax™ All-in-One Car Seat, visit Evenflo.com/Rollover.

Finding the Perfect Gear to Ensure Happy Travels
Shoppers looking for expert advice in choosing a car seat for their little one need look no further than Babiesrus.com/HappyTravels, an interactive online resource for on-the-go baby gear. First-time parents and seasoned families alike can search for items via easy-to-use filters, as well as find helpful guidance including tips and reviews, registry checklists and educational content when shopping for car seats, travel systems and strollers. Additionally, expectant parents are encouraged to visit their local Babies“R”Us store to speak with knowledgeable employees who can provide assistance in finding the right gear for any child or lifestyle, as well as offer general registry consultation.

For more resources to help keep children safe, parents and caregivers can visit Toysrus.com/Safety, the company’s dedicated safety website featuring information on industry-leading standards for products sold through “R”Us stores and websites, seasonal tips for preventing accidental injury and product recall information.

FOR MEDIA: Images, Broll, Safety Expert Soundbites and Video Collateral can be found here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s40dcc3ee6c64e338

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 FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has an annual workforce of approximately 66,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About Evenflo
For nearly a century, Evenflo Company, Inc. has been a worldwide leader in the development of innovative infant equipment. Today, Evenflo’s product offerings include car seats, travel systems, safety gates, high chairs, play yards, stationary activity centers, infant carriers and doorway jumpers. Evenflo strives to make protecting and nurturing children simple and supported so that every family will have greater enjoyment raising children. As a top supplier to key retailers, the Evenflo brand name maintains 96% awareness with consumers.

Evenflo Company, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goodbaby International Holdings Limited. Goodbaby International is a durable juvenile products company that is listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (1086:HK). The Group designs, researches and develops, manufactures, markets and sells strollers, children’s car seats, cribs, bicycles and tricycles and other durable juvenile products.

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Press Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, U.S.
Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Christina Thesing
Evenflo Company, Inc.
937-415-3120
Christina.Thesing@evenflo.com

SUPERVALU reports $4.11 billion net sales in Q3 fiscal 2016

  • Consolidated operating earnings of $101 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $182 million for Q3 fiscal 2016
  • Net earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.13; adjusted earnings per share of $0.16
  • Redeemed remaining $278 million of 8.00% Senior Notes due May 2016 on January 6, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today reported third quarter fiscal 2016 net sales of $4.11 billion and net earnings from continuing operations of $35 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, which included $11 million in after-tax charges and costs related to asset impairments, the potential separation of Save-A-Lot, and employee severance. When adjusted for these items, third quarter fiscal 2016 net earnings from continuing operations were $46 million, or$0.16 per diluted share.

Net earnings from continuing operations for last year’s third quarter were $12 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, which included a$36 million after-tax pension settlement charge and $1 million in after-tax debt refinancing and net information technology intrusion costs. When adjusted for these items, third quarter fiscal 2015 net earnings from continuing operations were $49 million, or $0.18 per diluted share. [See tables 1-5 for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP (adjusted) results appearing in this release.]

“Although third quarter adjusted EBITDA was in-line with our operating plan, we continue to operate in a challenging environment,” said President and CEO Sam Duncan. “Improving sales is a primary focus as we look to complete the fiscal year.”

Third Quarter Results – Continuing Operations

Third quarter net sales were $4.11 billion compared to $4.23 billion last year, a decrease of $111 million or 2.6 percent. Save-A-Lot network identical store sales were negative 3.4 percent. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were negative 0.4 percent. Retail Food identical store sales were negative 2.6 percent. Total net sales within the Independent Business segment decreased 3.5 percent. Fees earned under transition services agreements (“TSAs”) in the third quarter were $46 million compared to $43 million last year.

Gross profit for the third quarter was $601 million, or 14.6 percent of net sales. Last year’s third quarter gross profit was $596 million, or 14.1 percent of net sales. The increase in gross profit rate compared to last year was primarily driven by higher base margins across all three segments, lower logistics costs, and higher TSA fees, partially offset by higher employee and occupancy costs.

Selling and administrative expenses in the third quarter were $494 million and included charges and costs of $10 million for the potential separation of Save-A-Lot, store closure impairments and employee severance. When adjusted for these items, selling and administrative costs were $484 million, or 11.7 percent of net sales. Selling and administrative expenses in last year’s third quarter were $540 million and included a $63 million pension settlement charge and $1 million in information technology intrusion costs, net of insurance recoverable. When adjusted for these items, last year’s selling and administrative expenses were $476 million, or 11.3 percent of net sales.

Net interest expense for the third quarter was $45 million. Last year’s third quarter interest expense was $46 million and included$1 million in debt refinancing costs. When adjusted for this item, last year’s third quarter interest expense was $45 million.

Income tax expense was $22 million, or 37.6 percent of pre-tax earnings, for the third quarter, compared to an income tax benefit of $1 million, or 8.9 percent of pre-tax earnings in last year’s third quarter. The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the pension settlement charge included in the prior year.

Independent Business

Third quarter Independent Business net sales were $1.90 billion, compared to $1.97 billion last year, a decrease of 3.5 percent. The decrease is primarily due to lower sales to existing customers and lost stores, partially offset by increased sales to new customers and new stores operated by existing customers.

Independent Business operating earnings in the third quarter were $54 million, or 2.8 percent of net sales, and included a $6 million intangible asset impairment charge. When adjusted for this item, Independent Business operating earnings were $60 million or 3.2 percent of net sales. Last year’s Independent Business operating earnings in the third quarter were $60 million, or 3.1 percent of net sales.

Save-A-Lot

Third quarter Save-A-Lot net sales were $1.07 billion, compared to $1.09 billion last year, a decrease of 1.5 percent. The sales decrease reflects identical store sales across the Save-A-Lot network of negative 3.4 percent and the impact of closed stores.

Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the third quarter were $32 million, or 2.9 percent of net sales, and included $2 million of store closure impairment charges. When adjusted for this item, Save-A-Lot’s operating earnings were $34 million, or 3.1 percent of sales. Last year’s Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the third quarter were $34 million, or 3.1 percent of net sales.

Retail Food

Third quarter Retail Food net sales were $1.10 billion, compared to $1.13 billion last year, a decrease of 2.5 percent. The sales decrease reflects negative identical store sales of 2.6 percent.

Retail Food operating earnings in the third quarter were $21 million, or 2.0 percent of net sales, and included $1 million of store closure impairment charges. When adjusted for this item, Retail Food operating earnings were $22 million, or 2.1 percent of sales. Last year’s Retail Food operating earnings were $28 million, or 2.5 percent of net sales. The decrease in Retail Food operating earnings was driven by higher employee-related costs.

Corporate

Third quarter fees earned under the TSAs were $46 million compared to $43 million last year.

Net Corporate operating loss in the third quarter was $6 million and included $7 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and employee severance. When adjusted for these items, net Corporate operating earnings were $1 million. Last year’s third quarter net Corporate operating loss was $66 million and included $64 million in charges and costs for a pension settlement charge and information technology intrusion costs, net of insurance receivable. When adjusted for these items, last year’s net Corporate operating loss was $2 million. The improvement in net Corporate operating earnings was primarily driven by lower employee-related costs and higher fees earned under the TSAs.

Cash Flows – Continuing Operations

Year-to-date fiscal 2016 net cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations were $251 million compared to$104 million last year, reflecting lower levels of investment in working capital and lower benefit plan contributions. Year-to-date net cash flows used in investing activities of continuing operations were $198 million compared to $209 million last year. Year-to-date net cash flows used in financing activities of continuing operations were $34 million compared to net cash flows provided by financing activities of $438 million last year, which included proceeds from a bond issuance.

Conference Call ­­­
A conference call to review the third quarter results is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. central time today. The call will be webcast live at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon). A replay of the call will be archived at www.supervaluinvestors.com. To access the website replay go to the “Investors” link and click on “Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,407 stores composed of 1,871 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,336 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 883 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of December 5, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s Inc., and Haggen, intrusions to and disruption of information technology systems, impact of economic conditions, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required,SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
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Wincor Nixdorf to provide services for the ATM network of Banco Santander in Mexico

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf has received an order from Banco Santander in Mexico to provide services for the bank’s ATM network. The contract will run for three years.

Wincor Nixdorf will provide round-the-clock remote monitoring of Banco Santander’s 5,200 ATMs, located both in the bank’s branches and at third-party locations. As soon as problems are detected, specific remote measures will be initiated to remedy them. The proactive service will translate into higher system availability.

Wincor Nixdorf will also be responsible for regular maintenance, first- and second-line maintenance and troubleshooting for the 5,200 systems, i.e. for all technician callouts in which ATMs have to be repaired, replaced or newly installed.
“We opted for Wincor Nixdorf because the company offers outstanding service and pays particular attention to meeting the agreed service levels. We are convinced that we have found a highly skilled IT partner in Wincor Nixdorf, one that can help us achieve higher system availability for our ATMs,” said Rodolfo Moreno Operations Director of Banco Santander in Mexico.

It was the two companies’ longstanding business relations that tipped the scale in Wincor Nixdorf’s favor in this case. Wincor Nixdorf has had a partnership Banco Santander in Mexico since 2005 and is now the bank’s number one provider of ATMs and maintenance services. What is more, Banco Santander deploys Wincor Nixdorf’s Probase and Terminal Security software solutions in the competitor ATMs it has in its network.

In 2016, Wincor Nixdorf and Banco Santander will launch a joint pilot project for cash recycling systems in order to meet strong demand for cash deposits from small and medium-sized enterprises.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Trade Press

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

 

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

Now invisible barcodes to dodge counterfeits at Point of Sale

Chennai, India, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barcodes came into existence half a century ago to speed up the check out process at retail outlets, enhance customer experience and promote businesses. But the booming retail sector, ever increasing demand for faster check-out alternatives and increasing incidents of counterfeit items despite barcoding them, have forced technologists to strive for a fool-proof, reliable and still faster mode of dispatching goods at Point of Sale (POS) counters.

If the new technology unveiled recently by Beaverton-based Digimarc Corp goes viral, the black and white stripes will become extinct in another few years, to be replaced by a new concept called “invisible barcodes”, which are not only reliable and reduce the chances of malpractices, but also help faster checkouts.

The new technology will avoid POS counter staff to look for barcodes printed on items which consumes a second or two to locate the barcodes before running them across the scanner.

The Digimarc barcodes, not visible to human eyes, can be embedded with details of retail items and can be scanned by special barcode scanners.

To try this new path-breaking technology, grocery chain New Seasons in upscale Portland has signed up with Digimarc to use their technology at their retail outlets.  Accordingly, all the packed items on shelves were printed with barcodes that were invisible to human eyes. But, scanners equipped with new technology were able to scan them right away.

Digimarc has been working on digital watermarking for close to two decades with less success. “We have been slow but persistent,” says chief executive Bruce Davis.

In addition to easy checkouts, Digimarc feels that the new technology will help prevent frauds by stopping retailers from pasting one barcode over another and enable more attractive packaging.

Retailers are steadily upgrading their barcode scanners at check-outs from laser-based to optical imaging technology that works like a digital camera, and also compatible to Digimarc’s new technology.

If the visible barcodes got replaced in another few years, New Seasons, a relatively small grocery chain, will make history for being the first to adopt the invisible barcode technology in the world.

So, are we going to witness a slow and steady extinct of barcodes which can be seen on everything from soap packs to water bottles?

Not for a decade or more, feels Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransact.com, an e-commerce marketplace selling exclusive POS products like barcode scanners, printers and POS peripherals.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransct.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransact.com

 

“But, over a period of time, the barcode may become obsolete. As far as India is concerned, if the technology succeeds, we can expect the change in another ten years. Till then, 1D/2D barcodes will rule the retail points of sale,” he further added.

Media contacts

K Ramanathan,

JusTransact.com
G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road
Ambattur Industrial Estate,Chennai-600 058
t : 91-44-43551366 | e : ram@justransact.com
m: 91-9384612789 | w: www.justransact.com