Kesko ranked 15th in Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list

In the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, Kesko ranked 15th and was, at the same time, the most sustainable trading sector company in the world. The list of the most sustainable corporations is announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The companies in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list were assessed on 12 sustainability indicators in the areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility.

Sustainability provides the basis for all operations in the K-Group and is visible in our daily work.

“Kesko’s long-term corporate responsibility work is based on our strategy and responsibility programme. The programme comprises all of our divisions and contains short, medium and long term objectives. All our operations are guided by our value: Customer and quality – in everything we do,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Kesko’s systematic work to mitigate climate change is bearing fruit. As much as 98% of the savings target set in the trading sector energy efficiency agreement for 2016 has already been achieved. In November 2015, Kesko was included in CDP’s Climate A List for the first time. The list consists of 113 selected companies that are considered to be operating in an exemplary manner with regard to mitigating climate change.

The most recent energy savings method is the cooperation started by Kesko’s grocery trade, Gasum, Myllyn Paras and Wursti in September 2015: biogas produced from inedible biowaste that is collected from retail stores is utilized as energy in the manufacture of new Pirkka products.

Kesko aims to identify the entire supply chain of products, while also ensuring that the ingredients are responsibly sourced. Work to assess the origin of ingredients in own brand categories – Pirkka and K-Menu products – was carried out in 2015.

Over the course of 2015, Kesko continued to assess human rights impacts in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list for 2016 is announced at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 21 January. The list is prepared by Canada-based Corporate Knights Inc. and is based on a global assessment of 4,608 listed companies.

The Global 100 list for 2016 has been published at www.global100.org.

Further information available from Vice President Matti Kalervo, Corporate Responsibility, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 50 306 4081.

Kesko’s ranking in sustainability indices
http://www.kesko.fi/en/investor/share-information/equity-indices/sustainability-indices/

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

SOURCE: KESKO

Argos launches Simple Value collection

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading digital retailer Argos, has repositioned its Value offering with the launch of the Simple Value collection. Available as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 range, Simple Value can be found in Argos stores and online at www.argos.co.uk from Saturday 16 January.

With 140 lines starting from just 99p, Simple Value features a range of products for the home from bathroom items, to bedding, kitchen electricals and white goods. The range provides customers with a collection of simple, essential items at great value for money.

Rob Quartermain, Senior Brand Manager at Argos said: “We wanted to refresh our value offering and provide customers with a range of essential products and everyday items at our lowest price. The Simple Value range will be stocked at our network of stores, allowing customers to buy and collect from over 800 points across the country, providing convenience and access to essential products when they need them.

Simple Value is so much more than a new name. The new ‘red box’ branding has been designed to give customers an easy way to identify the simplest versions of our most popular items, be it a handheld vacuum or a fridge freezer.  We know customers from all walks of life buy Value products and our new look acknowledges this. The range offers quality products at great value for money, all in one collection of core items.”

Along with a streamlined approach to products, the brand also has a refreshed look and unsurprisingly, simplicity is key. Keeping to the Argos red and white colour scheme, the new branding features monochrome product images, a strikingly bold font and oozes simplicity and confidence. New straplines have been added to packaging to entice interest and curiosity whilst adding a twist to everyday products.

Prices range from 99p to £179.99 – take a look at the new Simple Value range at www.argos.co.uk where products can be reserved for free for pick up at Argos stores. Same day delivery options are also available with Fast Track; customers can order by 6pm to have an item delivered by 10pm the same day, or schedule a convenient time on the next day or future days for just £3.95.

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About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 844 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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

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Asda announces 2ppl diesel price cut; its lowest diesel price for six years

  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 279 filling stations across the country will only pay 97.7ppl for diesel from Friday 22nd January
  • 2ppl price cut on diesel takes to its lowest price in over six years
  • Unleaded remains at 99.7ppl across the UK

LEEDS, England, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Effective from Friday 22nd January, Asda announces it’s cutting 2ppl off the price of diesel – reducing diesel to its lowest price for six years.

Asda’s national price cap will see diesel at 97.7ppl whilst unleaded remains at 99.7ppl, across every single one of its filling stations.

Asda is the only retailer that has a national price cap on fuel at all 279 filling stations, ensuring every single customer knows the maximum price they will pay at the pump regardless of where they live.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Senior Petrol Director, said: “We’re delighted to be the first retailer to take diesel to its lowest price level in over six years. This latest announcement shows that we’re committed to being the driving force behind lowering fuel prices across the UK regardless of where you live.”

Asda was the first to cut unleaded below £1 at the end of November and Diesel below the £1 in January, received strong feedback from customers who said they benefitted from the price cut and would welcome further investment.

SOURCE: ASDA

SRC-KPMG: Scottish retail sales decreased by 0.2% in 2015 compared with December 2014

  • In December 2015, total Scottish sales decreased by 0.2% compared with December 2014, when they had declined by 1.8%. This is the best performance since January 2014, excluding Easter distortions. Like-for-like sales decreased by 0.4% on last December, when they had decreased by 2.6%. Adjusted for deflation measured by the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI), total Scottish sales increased by 1.8%. The total year-on-year sales performance peaked significantly in the week containing Christmas day, illustrative of the impact of demand during the festive period.
  • Total Food sales were 1.1% up on December 2014, when they had decreased 1.9%, their best performance since November 2013, excluding Easter distortions. Adjusted for the effect of online sales in Scotland, total Non-Food sales increased by 1.8% over a decline of 0.5% in December 2014, their second best performance of 2015.
  • Three-month average total Non-Food sales growth was 0.7% (online adjusted) in Scotland, the third highest this year, against a growth of 1.5% in the UK, representing a 2.0 percentage point widening of the gap seen in November.

LONDON, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said:“This positive set of results for December provided a final flourish to what was otherwise a tepid 2015 as a whole for retail sales in Scotland. Once adjusted for falling shop prices total retail sales increased by a commendable 1.8 per cent last month, the best performance in almost two years. This was largely driven by purchases of festive food and drink in the run up to Christmas, although non-food categories continued to gather momentum most notably online.

“Grocery sales recorded their best monthly performance in over two years, while non-food categories such as home accessories, electrical goods and beauty products also did better. Indeed ‘other non-food’ was the best performing category during the whole of 2015, driven in part by improvements in the housing market. By contrast clothing and footwear sales in December returned its weakest performance for four months.

“Retail continues to be an industry in transition, with retailers navigating profound changes in shopping habits at the same time as falling shop prices and increasing government-imposed costs. It is far too early to say whether this uptick in December heralds the start of a more sustained recovery in the growth of total retail sales. It does however reinforce the need for the political parties vying to become the next devolved government to prioritise policies which support consumer confidence, including greater certainty over the future direction of travel on council tax reform and the new Scottish income tax, and which tackle the soaring cumulative burden of government-influenced costs which can too often weigh down retailers investment plans.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail at KPMG, said: “A grocery-led festive season provided a year-end boost for Scotland’s rain-swept high streets to provide cheer and optimism for the year ahead. After months in the doldrums, the food and drink sector provided the surprise package over Christmas in Scotland, returning to growth as consumers loosened their belts and treated themselves to a festive feast.

“Heavy rain and flooding meant shoppers took to the keyboard rather than the high street and unseasonably warm weather led to the fashion sector suffering a bit of a wash out, ending the year on a wave of discounts and online returns. Spending on home and electricals benefitted with the overhang from Black Friday and a welcome post-Christmas boost. However, the surprise winner in Scotland for the festive season was the beleaguered grocery market, which delivered both product and price to provide some encouragement for the year ahead.

“With business rates and the implementation of the national living wage keeping a focus on the costs of running a retail business, it is imperative that the politicians in an election year allow consumers to feel confident and retailers to focus on product rather than red tape.”

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

RILA: blizzard real-world example for why scheduling legislation would be a disaster for local retailers and DC residents

Arlington , VA, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​All signs point toward a major winter weather event disrupting our region starting tomorrow. As families in all four D.C. quadrants head to grocery stores, hardware stores, big box retailers, and pharmacies to make sure they are covered in the event of a disruption of essential services, these stores are making sure they have more than enough staff on hand to stock the shelves, help customers, and man cash registers so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. In some cases longer lines are unavoidable, but retailers are doing everything they can to help every resident prepare.

This preparation would be severely hampered under proposed legislation being considered by the District of Columbia City Council, Committee on Business and Regulatory Affairs. Under this new law retailers like Costco, Lowe’s, and Target would be mandated to set a work schedule for all employees 21 days in advance. Any change to that schedule—such as asking for volunteers to pick up additional hours to meet demand before a blizzard—would require the retailer to pay a series of penalties.

“This storm is an obvious real-world example for why scheduling legislation would be a disaster for local retailers and DC residents,” said Jason Brewer, RILA’s senior vice president of communications & advocacy. “In order to make sure the proper staff is in place to handle consumer demand in an event like this, store managers need the flexibility to ensure they have enough of a workforce to stock shelves and assist a huge infusion of customers. To my knowledge, no meteorologist in America predicted this super storm 21 days ago.”

Retailers have already testified before the city council about the naturally fluctuating periods of demand that define their industry, but the storm offers a real-life example of the unintended consequences misguided policies can have on businesses and their customers in the district.

“Retailers are part of the community, and at times of highest demand they do everything possible to meet the needs of our neighbors whether they need milk, shovels, or medicine during an emergency,” said Brewer. “Having flexibility and an open line of communication with your workforce are what allow businesses to prepare and react to unforeseen events like this so that retailers can ultimately meet the needs of our customers.” 

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Danish consumer council Tænk test: Only H&M mittens did not contain PFCs

It is now high season for winter clothing and all H&M customers should feel confident that H&M do not use Perfluorinated Compounds in any of our products. We decided already 2009 to phase out PFCs in our assortment and since three years we have a total ban of PFCs within the H&M Group.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Recently a test for PFCs was conducted by the Danish consumer council Tænk, where several mittens from different brands were tested. The mittens from H&M were the only ones that did not contain PFCs and we’re happy to see that the test verifies our own restrictions.

Read the test here.

PFCs are used to achieve a water repellent function but are harmful for the environment and for aquatic organisms. H&M limits the use of chemicals that are potentially harmful to the health or the environment with the help of our Chemical Restrictions, To ensure compliance with these we perform regular tests which are carried out in third party laboratories. Annually, around 40,000 such tests are conducted. Our Chemical Restrictions are continuously updated and now cover more than 360 substances. H&M is committed to eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals and hence achieve zero discharge of such substances from the production of our products. This applies to already identified chemicals and at the latest by 2020.

The alternatives to PFCs used by H&M are all approved by chemical specialists. One of them, Bionic Finish Eco, was the first one we introduced on children’s wear already 2010. All alternatives have good environmental and health properties. However, it is important to take care of your products to get the best and most long-lasting performance by;

  • Select a low washing temperature.
  • Use a small amount of detergent and select an extra rinse if possible. The detergent counteracts with the function and an extra rinse is therefore advised to make sure that there is no detergent left on the fabric.
  • Do not use softeners.
  • For optimal performance, re-activate the finish through tumble drying or iron the garment without any steam.

Always follow the care instructions on the garment label. See more at www.clevercare.info.

For more information and H&M’s Chemical Restriction List please see www.hm.com/chemicals.

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Inditex rated Silver Clas position according to the Sustainability Yearbook 2016 by RobecoSAM

  • Inditex is rated as one of the top companies in sustainability worldwide by RobecoSAM
  • The report analyses over 3,000 companies from 59 sectors worldwide on economic, environmental and social dimenssions

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex has been rated as the Silver Clas position (ranked in the 54th position) according to the Sustainability Yearbook 2016 compiled by the expert consultant in this field, RobecoSAM, scoring 81 out of a 100. To put this in context, the sector average was 37 out of 100.The Yearbook serves as the yardstick for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

This annual assessment analyses over 3,000 companies from 59 sectors all over the world on economic, environmental and social dimensions; the Sustainability Yearbook highlights the companies at the forefront of sustainability developments. In this year’s assessment, in which a total of 123 retailers participated.

In presenting the results of its evaluation in the Retailing category, RobecoSAM underscored the fact that “brand management is a key success factor”, while warning that “successful retailers also need to continue to develop new strategies and technologies to retain and analyse customers’ purchasing habits, as well as implement more responsive and tailored customer relationship management systems”.

Sustainability is an strategic issue in every process of the Inditex Group, which is commited to achieve ethical, safe and environmental products and that is commited with the whole society.  This philosophy is known as‘Right to Wear’.

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Gap Inc. to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2015 levels by the end of 2020

With release of the company’s most recent global sustainability report, Gap Inc. commits to reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all global owned and operated facilities by 50 percent from 2015 levels by the end of 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a strategic investment to foster cleaner global business, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced an ambitious new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all owned and operated facilities globally by 50 percent from 2015 levels by the end of 2020. With this new emissions target, Gap Inc. joins the international effort to tackle climate change, building upon the momentum of the landmark Paris Agreement reached last month by the 2015 United Nations climate change summit, COP 21.

Gap Inc.’s new climate goal was announced as part of the company’s most recent Global Sustainability report, “Our Futures are Woven Together,” which outlines the company’s steadfast commitment to protect human rights and improve working conditions in garment factories across the company’s supply chain; to advocate for greater equality and opportunity across its global enterprise; and to change the lives of one million women through P.A.C.E., its award-winning women’s life skills education program by 2020.

Recognizing Gap Inc.’s commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity, the leading nonprofit Catalyst announced today that Gap Inc. would be presented with the prestigious 2016 Catalyst Award at their annual awards dinner on March 16.

CEO Art Peck opens the new report, reflecting on the social and environmental challenges collectively faced by Gap Inc. and the people touched by its business, as well as on the opportunities and promise that lie ahead. “Change is not just possible, but imperative – our futures are tied together and we can’t afford not to act,” Peck writes.

“At Gap Inc., we believe that environmental issues are fundamentally human rights issues. We also believe that creating a more sustainable environment is critical to our company’s business success,” said Melissa Fifield, Senior Director of Sustainable Innovation at Gap Inc. “As we look to integrate our sustainability efforts more deeply into our business strategies and policies, we recognize the potential to create tremendous positive change for the people touched by our business while unlocking new possibilities to grow our global enterprise. We recognize that much work lies ahead of us, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to help ensure the safety and well-being of the people who make our clothes, to advocate for greater equality, and to foster more sustainable communities in the places we live and work.”

Gap Inc. has set its new emissions goal after having achieved its previous goal, which called for reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions across U.S. operations from a 2008 baseline by 20 percent by the end of 2015; the company is reporting today a total of approximately 37 percent emissions reduction during the 2008-2015 timeframe. Gap Inc. today also announced a companion waste goal for its U.S. facilities to divert 80 percent of waste from landfill by the end of 2020.

“With our new environmental goals, we are stepping up to join the unprecedented global effort to tackle climate change and create a healthier, low-carbon future. As a global fashion company, we rely on the same vital resources that are critical to the health of the communities that support our business. We recognize that embedding our new emissions and waste goals into our company’s priorities and practices is not only the right thing to do, it will allow us to further drive innovation and cost savings across our business,” said Shawn Curran, Executive Vice President of Global Logistics at Gap Inc. and Executive Sponsor of Gap Inc.’s Environmental Council.

The new report details the company’s most recent sustainability initiatives, and covers data from fiscal years 2013-2014. Gap Inc. was one of the first apparel companies to issue a comprehensive social responsibility report in 2003, and the company continues to re-examine the progression of this work as it learns more about the root causes of the challenges across the global value chain and strives to identify, test and implement solutions that can help achieve even greater positive impacts.

Report highlights include:

Environment

  • Setting a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions in our owned and operated facilities globally by 50 percent by the end of 2020
  • Committing to a goal of 80 percent waste diversion from landfill across our U.S. owned and operated facilities by the end of 2020
  • Working towards phasing out the use of hazardous chemicals in the making of our products by 2020, as a founding member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group
  • Partnering with fabric mills to fight pollution and conserve water through our partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  • Providing access to clean water for 17,000 people in India through our new Women + Water program

Working Conditions

  • Consistently visiting the factories that make our clothes, about 1,000 factories each year, to assess and improve working conditions for garment workers
  • Expanding Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, our signature, award-winning life skills education program, to more factories and communities to give one million women worldwide by 2020 the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to change their lives
  • Improving the lives of the people who make our clothes and forging industry-wide change through innovative partnerships with leading organizations focused on improving workplace conditions and labor standards, such as Better Work and Verité

Equality and Opportunity

  • Establishing Gap Inc. as the first Fortune 500 Company to disclose that we pay our female and male employees equally for equal work across our global organization
  • Announcing plans in 2014 to raise the hourly minimum wage to $10 for more than 60,000 U.S. employees in 2015, making Gap Inc. one of the first U.S. retailers to make this investment in our frontline talent
  • Gap Inc. employees volunteered more than one million hours over 2013 and 2014; this new record was set with the support of more than 2,000 Community Leaders across the world, who lead a wide range of volunteering projects for their teams
  • Creating opportunities for more than 2,000 youth and young adults since 2006, by providing job training and store internships through our This Way Ahead program; our investments in nonprofit organizations have reached 270,000+ teens and young adults in the past three years
  • Standing up as a voice for marriage, racial and gender equality; in 2015, women made up more than 70 percent of our senior leadership, and we sponsored six employee resource groups to promote diversity and inclusion
  • Signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women and United Nations Global Compact to advance gender equality; one of the first acts by Art Peck as chief executive officer in February 2015
  • Receiving the 2016 Catalyst Award, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business; Gap Inc. is being recognized for its commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity

To learn more, please visit gapinc.com/sustainability, where you can also download a copy of the report.

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

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

MUSIC STORE upgrades to Intershop 7.4

  • Leading  music retailer invests in future-proof shop solution for efficient navigation of international online sales
  • Intershop partner dotsource implements attractive, easy-to-manage, modern shopping environment

Jena, Cologne, Germany, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — MUSIC STORE continues to rely on Intershop’s innovative omni-channel commerce solutions. By upgrading to Intershop 7.4 the world‘s fifth largest musical instrument and accessories retailer has secured the future of its steadily growing business in Germany and Europe.

Michael Sauer, CEO of MUSIC STORE, explains why the company has decided to upgrade its Intershop services: “The Intershop omni-channel commerce solution has been fundamental to MUSIC STORE’s international growth since 2006. Our international shops bring in a large portion of our total revenue. We therefore had extremely high expectations for the new shop. Many of our requirements would have needed extensive programming with other providers. We know that the Intershop solution’s strength in internationalization can help us keep costs at a minimum. We especially appreciate the shop solution’s high dependability – we are able to easily manage even the busiest times of year, such as Christmas.”

Intershop’s long-time partner dotSource GmbH realized the ambitious migration project with a particular focus on the efficient navigation of international online sales, the implementation of effective marketing and coupon programs, and an attractive product portfolio.

Christian Grötsch, founder and managing director of dotSource GmbH: „After the relaunch, MUSIC STORE sets new standards for its sector when it comes to usability and user experience. Responsive design, the high performance of the online shop on all channels together with the technically smart interlinkage of online and offline sales puts MUSIC STORE in optimal position for leveraging the potential of digitization.“

Axel Köhler, head of operations at Intershop Communications AG, is also satisfied with the implementation of the project: “MUSIC STORE is a long-time customer, so we are even more pleased that they have decided to continue using Intershop. This example shows that Intershop solutions are an attractive option for the ambitious mid-tier, thanks to their flexibility, scalability, and performance.”

  • Further information on the topic can be found in the success story „The Beat Goes On: The MUSIC STORE Online Shop is Now Running on Intershop 7.4” which is available for download at Intershop’s Media Center.

About MUSIC STORE:
MUSIC STORE professional GmbH is a Cologne-based music retailer that is steeped in tradition. The company has more than 300 employees and brings in an annual revenue of around 110 million euros. In addition to its store in Cologne, the online musical instruments and accessories store is one of the major pillars of the business. MUSIC STORE is the fifth largest music retailer in the world and runs the largest store in Europe.

About dotSource:
dotSource, that’s more than 120 digital natives working together on one vision: enabling companies to take the way towards the digital future of marketing and sales. We at dotSource have been supporting companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in their digital transformation and the internet presentation of their brands for over ten years. From strategy consulting through to the development and implementation of innovative digital commerce concepts right up to continuing company support after the go-live – according to the vision »Digital Success right from the Start« we offer our customers a comprehensive range of services and holistic expertise across all aspects of the digitalization of marketing and sales. Companies with large, sometimes multinational online projects, such as Swarovski, Cornelsen, hagebau, Würth, and Music Store, rely on our services.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

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Dunkin’ Brands and GPI to develop more than 250 of Dunkin’ Donuts and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa

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

CANTON, Mass, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of two of the world’s most recognizable brands, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement withGrand Parade Investments Limited (GPI) to begin developing Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa. The agreement remains subject to GPI’s receipt of approval from the Financial Surveillance Department of the South Africa Reserve Bank. Under the agreement, GPI will develop more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years, with an initial focus on Cape Town and Johannesburg. The agreement also calls for the introduction of Baskin-Robbins ice cream products to supermarket chains and convenience stores in South Africa over the next several years.

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

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

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

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

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information about Baskin-Robbins, please visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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

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

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

National Grocers Association Welcomes Senate Nutrition Legislation

Arlington, VA, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan 20, 2016), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, praised the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee for its work on the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act, a bill to reauthorize a number of nutrition programs for five years, including the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).

“NGA commends the work done by members of the Committee and the leadership provided by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to reach a bipartisan bill that shows promise of advancement towards final enactment,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO. “NGA has long advocated for common sense changes to the WIC program and how it is administered. We are pleased to see many of the changes contained in this bill represent progress towards that goal. On behalf of the independent supermarket industry, we look forward to supporting this bill moving through the legislative process and ultimately achieving reauthorization of these important programs in early 2016.”

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was the previous bill that reauthorized federal child nutrition programs. Reauthorization of these programs expired on September 30, 2015.

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

Media inquiries: Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org

CBRE Group honored with “Outstanding Member of the Year” award by the China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A.

Achievement Follows Top Honor for CBRE at REBNY Ingenious Deal Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. announced today that it has been honored with an “Outstanding Member of the Year” award by the China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. (CGCC).

Darcy Stacom, Vice Chairman, Capital Markets, CBRE received the award at the CGCC Annual Gala held at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The ceremony was attended by more than 300 guests, including prominent business executives, political leaders and partnering organizations from both China and the U.S.

“The U.S. has become one of the most important destinations for Chinese real estate investment. CBRE is proud to be honored by the CGCC for the role that we have played in the mutually-beneficial trade between our two countries,” said Ms. Stacom.

Founded in 2005, CGCC is the largest nonprofit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the U.S. Its mission is to promote Chinese investment in the U.S., support the legal rights and interests of members, and enhance cooperation between Chinese and U.S. business communities. Today, CGCC has six regional chapters across the U.S., located in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. It also has a growing number of industrial committees in Automotive, Energy   Chemical Industry, Finance, Information Technology, Real Estate, Trade and Transportation   Logistics. Thirty eight CGCC members are Fortune 500 companies.

In May 2015, CBRE’s Ms. Stacom, Bill Shanahan and Paul Leibowitz also took first-place prize in the Real Estate Board of New York’s “Ingenious Deal” award for helping to broker a joint venture between Forest City Ratner and China’s Greenland Holdings at Pacific Park, the former Atlantic Yards, in Brooklyn.

According to CBRE Research, Asia Pacific (APAC) institutional investors are expected to pump an additional US$240 billion into world property markets by 2020, with activity led by Chinese groups. This will bring total allocation into global real estate by APAC institutional investors to US$500 billion—nearly double the US$260 billion invested as of end-2014.

For more information on the CGCC, please go to http://www.cgccusa.org/

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media contact

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
email

SOURCE: CBRE

Co-op food carrier bag charges to fund hundreds of good causes across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of good causes across Scotland are set to start the New Year with a boost to their fundraising after “bagging” a share of the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in Co-op food stores.

The Co-op is distributing over £750,000 after calling on Scotland’s local causes and organisations to apply for funding in order to make a difference in their community.

Successful groups are being notified from today (Monday, 18 January) with grants of up to £2,500 being distributed over the coming weeks.

John McNeill, Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“From defibrillators to day care centres and schools to scout groups, as a community retailer we want to enable members, colleagues, customers and communities across Scotland to make a difference locally.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of seeing a reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags in circulation. In addition, hundreds of local groups and organisations are set to receive a much needed funding boost – together, we are reducing, reusing, recycling and, reinvesting in our communities.”

Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead: said:

“Scotland has witnessed an incredible 80 per cent reduction in single-use carrier bag usage since the carrier bag charge was introduced in October 2014 – that’s at least 650 million fewer bags. In the process retailers have managed to raise an outstanding £7 million for good causes across the country. With the carrier bag charge we want to reduce litter and improve Scotland’s environment, but it’s great to see how it has evolved and that worthy causes are benefiting from it too. I’d like to congratulate the Co-op on its decision to distribute its funds among local groups.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Retailers are witnessing a huge reduction in the number of carrier bags in use and, it is clear that Scottish consumers have embraced a new shopping habit. The Co-op is a community retailer and its scheme illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

In addition to distributing the money raised by the requirement to charge for single-use carrier bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.
SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Edwards of Conwy to supply Co-op food stores across Wales with its award winning sausages and burgers

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Conwy-based master butcher has seen the New Year get off to a “sizzling” start after winning a contract to supply more than 160 Co-op food stores across Wales with its award winning sausages and burgers.

Edwards of Conwy anticipates a sales boost of up to 15 percent and could create up to three new jobs as a result of the deal with the Co-op which will see it supply an estimated 1.5 million sausages this year.

In addition to its traditional thick pork sausages – made to an award winning 30 year-old recipe, Edwards, which is based in Conwy, North Wales, will also supply its Welsh beef steak burgers to the community retailer.

Simon James, Managing Director of Edwards of Conwy, said:

“It’s great news, very exciting and our first contract of this scale with a convenience retailer. It opens up new and important markets for us.

“Because of our shared community-based values we are proud to supply the Co-op and satisfy the increasing demand for our locally produced, high quality produce by bringing a part of our award winning butchers shop to Co-op stores across Wales.

“Both our links with Welsh farming and the creation of employment and training opportunities for local people are important to us and our work with the Co-op will further support this.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:

“Edwards of Conwy is a great Welsh success story. We both have a heritage of supporting our communities along with a passion for great food so we are delighted to be working closely with them. Our convenience stores are located in the heart of Welsh communities and this is a further step in the Co-op’s commitment to offering more locally sourced produce conveniently.”

Ieuan Edwards, a farmer’s son from the Conwy valley, served his Butchers apprenticeship in the market town of Llanrwst, before successfully completing courses in artisan butchery methods in both Switzerland and Holland. He opened his butchers shop at the age of 20 in 1984 and now employs over 60 staff.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Co-op re-launches “Swipe and Win” promotion

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is giving its members a chance to banish the January blues and make a “grand” start to the year with prizes of £1,000 worth of vouchers up for grabs in its food stores UK-wide.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of instant win prizes and vouchers are on the cards as the Co-op re-launches “Swipe and Win” in store.

Customers simply need to present their Membership card at the checkout when they make a purchase in order to be in with a chance of winning. The scheme is open until 10pm on Tuesday, 2 February.

Steve Gale, Regional Manager for The Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:

“There are many facets to Co-operative membership, it sits at the heart of the Co-op and in addition to offers and exclusive deals it gives people a say in how our organisation is run. We are delighted to bring back our popular “Swipe & Win” promotion to give customers a chance to get off to a “grand” start to the year.”

For further information about “Swipe & Win” and, becoming a Member of The Co-op, ask in store or visit http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/points-and-offers-new/

For further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

BESTSELLER ACADEMY in cooperation with Viden Djurs opens fashion college

BESTSELLER ACADEMY OPENS FASHION COLLEGE FOR YOUNG, FASHION-CONSCIOUS STUDENTS.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new fashion college is a one year education made in cooperation with Viden Djurs, a local business college in the Danish city of Grenaa. The education targets teenagers who have just finished 9th or 10th grade and who wish to study a year of fashion. BESTSELLER’s Fashion College prepares the students to continue their career in one of BESTSELLER’s stores in Denmark.

“BESTSELLER Academy is very interested in recruiting the young people at an early age, and by following them during their college education, we can provide them with a good insight into the BESTSELLER world. Moreover, we can prepare them for how it is to be a store apprentice in BESTSELLER. We will also interview the college students to make sure we find the right talents for our two-year apprentice education,” says Per Bomholt, responsible for BESTSELLER’s apprentice programme.

“During the education the students will also work in our stores for short periods of time, so that they get to try on their knowledge in practice. This will not only prepare the students for their future career, but also help ensure that they understand the theory they have learned at the fashion college. With this new education, we expect to get some well-prepared and qualified young people for our stores,” Per finishes.

The students will live together at a campus and are paid an apprentice salary during the education. In order to attend the fashion college the students must however, pay for accommodation, food and activities. BESTSELLER Academy already has a close cooperation with Viden Djurs regarding our apprentice programme, which is why the business college was a natural collaboration partner for our new Fashion College.

About the Fashion College education
During the education, the students will attend a number of traditional business college courses in subjects such as marketing, business economics and communication as well as IT and English. The education will be a combination of class teaching, group work and case studies. Besides this, the college students will go on study trips abroad and various company visits and also take up internships in BESTSELLER stores.

The first fashion college students will start up in August 2016. The goal is to recruit 25 students.

BESTSELLER Academy will be present at ‘DM i skills’ next month in Fredericia, Denmark.

Read more about BESTSELLER Academy at www.bestselleracademy.com

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com

 

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BESTSELLER ACADEMY in cooperation with Viden Djurs opens fashion college

BESTSELLER ACADEMY in cooperation with Viden Djurs opens fashion college

BESTSELLER UNITED Acquires majority stake in Bianco Footwear

BESTSELLER UNITED HAS BOUGHT THE MAJORITY OF THE DANISH COMPANY BIANCO FOOTWEAR.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anders Holch Povlsen comments on the new investment in Bianco Footwear:

“We have known the founder behind Bianco Footwear for many years, and I know that we share many of the same ideas and beliefs. At several occasions over the past 15 years, we have discussed the possibility of a closer collaboration between BESTSELLER and Bianco, and now the time has come. Bianco Footwear is heading in the right direction, and I hope that we can help the company expand its wholesale and online businesses. Moreover, I trust that a closer collaboration will become beneficial for both BESTSELLER and Bianco in the long run.”

Bianco Footwear will continue as an independent brand with its own organisation and management.

The purchase is conditional on approval from the competition authority. This is expected to happen at the beginning of February 2016.

About Bianco Footwear
Bianco Footwear is a well-established franchise company with more than 140 shops in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Middle East, Poland, Germany and Denmark. Since the company was founded in 1987, the mission has been to meet customer expectations with the unexpected and to offer the customers a fashionable alternative to costly designer shoes.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com