Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz Energy Group Ltd. (“Topaz”) confirms that it has today joined with Alimentation Couche-Tard (“Couche-Tard”). The transaction, which was announced on 2nd December 2015, has been approved by the EU Commission and all final closing requirements have now been completed.

Niall Anderton, formerly the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Topaz, has been appointed Managing Director in succession to Emmet O’Neil.  O’Neill stepped down on the completion of the transaction, as was previously announced.

Anderton joined Topaz as CFO a year ago. He has a strong retail background, having held senior executive positions in Primark, O2 and Brown Thomas.

Speaking today, Jørn Madsen, Couche-Tard’s EVP for Central & Eastern Europe and responsible for their business in Ireland said “We are very pleased to have closed the transaction in such a timely manner and are ready to shift our focus to fully integrating Topaz into the Couche-Tard family.  We are particularly pleased that Niall will take over as the leader of our business in Ireland.” He adds “We have been working closely with Niall over the last few months and we are certain that he is the right person to lead Topaz through the next phase of its development.”

Niall Anderton said he was looking forward to an exciting program in the months and years ahead. “It’s a tremendous honor to be given this responsibility. We have a really exciting and ambitious agenda ahead, completing the integration of the Esso business here in Ireland and our integration into the wider Couche-Tard family, while always maintaining our focus on our customers and partners. Couche-Tard is an exceptional company which is committed to becoming the world’s preferred convenience and fuel retailer. I believe its presence in Ireland will bring significant benefits to consumers.  I’m really looking forward to leading this business over the coming years and to meeting all our partners and dealers and, most importantly, our customers.”

About Topaz 
Topaz is the leading convenience and fuel retailer in Ireland, made up of 444 stations across the island of Ireland, including its recently acquired Esso station network. Of these stations, 158 are owned by Topaz and 286 by dealers. The agreement also encompasses a commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two owned terminals.

About Couche-Tard
Couche-Tard is one of the world’s leading convenience and fuel retail businesses. The company has approximately 15,000 sites across its network in North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the Baltics and Russia), Asia and the Middle East. Approximately 100,000 people are employed in its network across the world.

Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 4.

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

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Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

CVS Health and Target Corporation announce first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores

CVS Pharmacy locations feature new look, expanded pharmacy care services and enhanced digital tools for Target guests nationwide 

WOONSOCKET, RI and MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in the Charlotte, North Carolina market. The pharmacies, located in Hickory, Monroe, Morrisville, Raleigh, Matthews and Wesley Chapel, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy and Target executives will participate in a grand opening celebration at the Target store on Weddington Road in Wesley Chapel this morning.

CVS Health will convert 1,672 Target pharmacies to CVS Pharmacy locations around the country on a rolling basis over the next six to eight months while ensuring Target guests a seamless pharmacy experience.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests across the country,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer Target guests expanded wellness options and increased access to care. In addition, having CVS Pharmacy in Target stores will expand the network of our pharmacies available to our CVS Caremark plan members and allow millions of new patients to utilize our unique suite of pharmacy programs, improving outcomes for patients and lowering costs for clients. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients. ”

“Target is committed to offering solutions for our guests as they prioritize making smarter choices for the overall health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. As the number of stores opening rebranded pharmacies and clinics grows, more and more guests will have access to CVS Health’s leading pharmacy care and clinical programs during their Target shopping experience.  At the same time, our signature category of Wellness continues to gain strength as we shift resources to delivering products and experiences that help guests eat well, be active and find natural and clean label options,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target.

Over time, all of the Target pharmacies will convert to a full CVS Pharmacy that offers the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy locations.  Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target.  Specialty Connect, a program that gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.  Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Target by the end of 2016.

“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we will be working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” added Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President of CVS Health.  “CVS Pharmacy in Target stores will not only introduce new customers to our leading pharmacy care and innovative clinical programs, it will also introduce them to a set of digital tools to help them stay healthy.”

Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target will have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as CVS MinuteClinic over the next six to eight months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. Consumers in several new markets, such as Seattle, Denver, Portland and Salt Lake City, will soon be able to experience CVS Pharmacy for the first time. CVS Health now has a presence in every state except Wyoming.

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Contacts

For CVS Health:

Erin Pensa
(401) 770-4786
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

For Target:

Katie Boylan
(612) 761-7788.
katie.boylan@target.com

Target Media Hotline
(612) 696-3400
press@target.com

The Home Depot® gets ready for Spring; is hiring more than 80,000 associates

ATLANTA, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is hiring more than 80,000 associates nationwide to ensure its nearly 2,000 stores are staffed and ready for the company’s busiest selling season.

“There’s no better time to join our team than spring, whether you’re a college student, recent grad or a veteran hoping to build a career, a retiree who wants a fun job, or anyone who simply enjoys home improvement,” said Tim Crow, executive vice president—Human Resources.

Opportunities include sales, operations and cashier positions across all departments, from the lumber aisle to the Pro desk to outside garden.

Store Merchandising Execution Teams are seeking new associates to set product merchandising displays, help maintain store appearance, and keep products customer-ready.

The Home Depot’s 75 distribution facilities also are seeking new associates, from Rapid Distribution Centers that replenish stores to the company’s three new Direct Fulfillment Centers that fulfill customers’ online orders.

Applications must be submitted online at The Home Depot’s careers site, www.careers.homedepot.com.

The time Home Depot associates accrue during their seasonal assignments applies to eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position. The Home Depot offers part-time and full-time permanent hourly associates profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Home Depot’s “Success Sharing” profit sharing program has paid out $1.5 billion in bonus checks to hourly associates since it began in 2006.
  • The Home Depot has granted associates more than $124 million in tuition reimbursement over the past 10 years.
  • More than 70 percent of Home Depot store managers started as hourly associates.
  • More than half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires transitioned to permanent positions last year.

Digital Newsroom For major market hiring numbers and interview tips, visit The Home Depot’s digital newsroom at thd.co/springhiring16.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

For more information, contact:
Financial Community
Diane Dayhoff
Vice President of Investor Relations
770-384-2666 770-384-2304
diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com

News Media
Matt Harrigan
Public Relations Manager
matthew_b_harrigan@homedepot.com

Shopify Inc. to announce financial results for its fourth-quarter ended December 31, 2015 on February 17, 2016

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), a leading cloud-based commerce platform, plans to announce financial results for its fourth-quarter ended December 31, 2015 before markets open on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Shopify’s management team will host a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The conference call is available via webcast on the investor relations section of Shopify’s website at http://investors.shopify.com/events/Events-Presentations/default.aspx.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

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Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

LONDON, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s rare to get a letter in the mail these days, and even more unlikely to get one from a world leader.

Jaz Rabadia received a letter from the UK Prime Minister regarding an award she would receive from Queen Elizabeth II.

“I was in genuine disbelief when I saw the letter,” said Rabadia, senior manager of Energy and Initiatives for Starbucks UK. “I had to read it about 10 times for it to sink in.”

Rabadia will be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her service to sustainability in the energy management sector and for promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She will accept the MBE, which was established in 1917 to mark civilian achievements, from a member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace later this month.

“I’ve asked several of my colleagues and peers, but I still don’t know who nominated me for the award,” said Rabadia. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized in this way.”

The MBE is not the first time Rabadia has been honored for her commitment to the field of energy. She was named Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Energy Institute in 2014.

“Working in an exciting industry and being recognized by your peers is a great reward,” she said.

Influencing Sustainable Design

Rabadia is fairly new to Starbucks, having joined the company in a newly-created position about a year ago.

“Accepting an in-house energy role for a global organization was very appealing to me,” she said. “The fact that the organization was Starbucks and I would have a hand in shaping the role was an added bonus.”

In Rabadia’s role, she’s focused on influencing the sustainable design of new Starbucks stores and developing environmental engagement tools for existing stores in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She brings more than nine years of energy experience to Starbucks, after receiving her degree in mechanical engineering from City University London. In her final project prior to graduation, she completed an energy study at a large supermarket chain in the UK. Her work to implement energy-saving initiatives there resulted in her first role in energy management.

The ‘ultimate reward’

“My project at University was how I fell into the world of energy,” she said. “After I got my foot in the door, I just continued to grow and learn as much as I could from the people around me.”

Rabadia found that being a young, female engineer was quite rare. She was often the only woman in the room during meetings at the companies where she has worked.

“At first, I thought this was a barrier, but I soon realized that it was an opportunity because I was bringing different ideas and a new perspective to the table,” she said. “I’m keen on breaking down the stereotypes about careers focused on energy. I want to bring home the message that energy management is needed in any organization. Case in point is my role at Starbucks.”

Rabadia also volunteers her time at schools and universities to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “It’s great that Starbucks is an employer that allows me to give back,” she said. “I have the flexibility and support to serve society and get involved with projects for the greater good. That really is the ultimate reward.”

Photos will be added after the MBE recognition ceremony in mid-February.

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

 

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Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

Nordstrom Rack to open at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne, Pa in fall 2016

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne, Pa. The approximately 26,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2016. Lincoln Plaza is owned and managed by Simon, a global leader in retail real estate and is adjacent to Oxford Valley Mall, a landmark area retail destination which is also owned and managed by Simon.

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

Located just off I-95 and US 1 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne next to the Oxford Valley Mall, the Lincoln Plaza Rack will be surrounded by a strong mix of fashion and specialty retailers. The new Nordstrom Rack will move into a completely renovated space and will join other leading retailers including TJMaxx, Michaels, DSW and Homegoods.

“We’re thrilled to further grow our presence in the greater Philadelphia area with our new location at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We hope this new store will make it more convenient for customers in the southeastern Delaware Valley to shop with us.”

“We’re delighted to have Nordstrom Rack join us at Lincoln Plaza,” said David Contis, President of Simon Malls. “The addition of Nordstrom Rack is the perfect fit with our loyal Bucks Countyshoppers.”

The Lincoln Plaza Nordstrom Rack will be the company’s sixth Rack store in the greaterPhiladelphia area. The retailer has full-line Nordstrom stores at the renowned King of Prussia, and Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Rack stores in Cherry Hill and Princeton, N.J., King of Prussia, Willow Grove and in downtown Philadelphia.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Evans
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3036
dan.evans@nordstrom.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Carrefour franchise partner Group UHD opens Carrefour Market supermarket in Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — On January 28th of this year, the Group UHD, franchised partner of Carrefour in Tunisia, opened a Carrefour Market supermarket in the city of Tunis.

The Carrefour Market “Beni Khalled” has a sales area of 1100 sqm.

The group UHD has 82 stores, among which 3 Carrefour hypermarkets, 43 Carrefour Market, 34 Carrefour Express and 2 Cash-and-carry in the country.

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Carrefour franchise partner Group UHD opens Carrefour Market supermarket in Tunis

Carrefour franchise partner Group UHD opens Carrefour Market supermarket in Tunis

Amazon signs production deal with Mattel to produce four American Girl live-action specials to premiere on Prime Video

Four live-action specials from one of the world’s top brands for girls will join Amazon’s award-winning original kids programming slate

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has signed a multi-year, multimillion dollar production deal with American Girl, a premium brand for girls and subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), to produce four live-action specials and options to produce multiple seasons of episodic content, based on the brand’s beloved characters. Two of the specials will feature characters from the BeForever franchise and one of the specials will feature characters from Girl of the Year franchise. The first special is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria later this year.

“American Girl resonates strongly with kids and parents alike through its message of self-confidence, adventure, exploration and learning,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming, Amazon Studios. “Their research dives deep and adds rich layers to the IP that are unparalleled in this space which, in turn, will facilitate a truly enriched on-screen experience.”

“Amazon Studios has differentiated itself by creating shows that bring more than just entertainment to families,” said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Chief Content Officer of Mattel Inc. “Their focus on creating positive role models that both inspire and educate was an absolute perfect fit with Mattel’s mission of creating purposeful play. Partnering with Amazon shows our commitment to innovation and to bringing content to our customers where, when and how they want to watch it.”

“The Amazon Studios and American Girl ethos are so closely aligned,” said Juliana Chugg, Global Core Brands Officer. “American Girl’s roots are in creating smart, engaging content for girls. Amazon Studios will help us further our mission to champion and unite even more fans by bringing our popular characters to life in a whole new way. We can’t wait for families to enjoy the new American Girl specials together.”

Through its long history of empowering girls with its line of dolls and books, American Girl’s BeForever historical line gives girls today the opportunity to explore the past, find their place in the present, and think about the possibilities their future can bring. The brand’s wildly popular Girl of the Year characters give voice to a diverse range of personalities and reflect the interests and experiences of today’s girls, with each character different and showing girls there is no limit to what they can accomplish.

The American Girl live-action specials will join Amazon’s original kids programming slate, including live-action series Just Add Magic that recently set a record as the most successful Amazon Original Kids premiere weekend in terms of US Prime Video streams and hours, Emmy award-nominated live-action series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Emmy award-nominated live-action series and Youth Media Alliance Awards Grand Prize winner Annedroids from Sinking Ship Entertainment; and three preschool series, including the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment, and Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof from Emmy award-nominated Angela C. Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue’s Clues. Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life onNormal Street, Tumble Leaf and Wishenpoof were recently honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

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. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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 award-winning series from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, Mozart in the Jungle, the multi-Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy award-winning series Transparent, 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, Mad Dogs, based on the hit UK series of the same name, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon 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 a 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.

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.

About American Girl
American Girl is a premium brand for and about girls and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq: MAT, www.mattel.com), the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of toys and family products. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, experiences, and entertainment to empower and unite girls of all ages. Best-selling lines include Truly Me, Girl of the Year, Bitty Baby, and the classic historical character line BeForever. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on www.americangirl.com, in its experiential retail stores nationwide, and in specialty boutiques at select Indigo and Chapters inCanada and El Palacio de Hierro locations in Mexico City. American Girl’s mission is to fuel belonging and connection among girls, a goal that has already earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of their parents and educators.

About Mattel
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products.Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels, Monster High, American Girl, Thomas & Friends, Fisher-Price brands and MEGA Brands, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2015, Mattelwas named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ approximately 31,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. Visit us at www.mattel.com,www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Media Hotline: 206-266-7180
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Sears® and the Craftsman® brand announce the return of Craftsman tools as title sponsor of the World of Outlaws®

Sears® and Craftsman® Brand Sign Three-Year Agreement That Renames the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears® and the Craftsman® brand, America’s most trusted tool brand, announced today the return of Craftsman tools as a major presence in motorsports, becoming the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws®.

The three-year agreement, which begins immediately, renames the two premier series in dirt track racing to the “World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series” and “World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.” This is the first time the two top series in grassroots motorsports have shared a title sponsor.

“The Craftsman brand has been trusted for generations by those who take pride in working on their car,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “Our Craftsman Club members are passionate about building, improving and even racing their own cars. That’s why we’re excited for the Craftsman brand and Sears to team up with the World of Outlaws, which has over one million fans who are working on their cars every week and reaches tens of thousands of racers who are competing at dirt tracks across the country. These individuals exemplify what it means to be a craftsman and we are honored to be part of their lives as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws.”

“Sears offers a true one stop shop for World of Outlaws racers, fans and auto enthusiasts all over the country to unleash the potential of their own cars,” said Dean Schwartz, vice president of tools, lawn and garden at Sears Holdings. “That’s because Sears offers an unsurpassed selection of accessible, quality mechanics tools and storage, and the Craftsman brand delivers innovative products like our new Extreme Grip Series of hand tools. With their know-how and Craftsman tools, local racers may even compete against the best dirt track drivers in the country when the World of Outlaws comes to town. Craftsman hand tools at Sears are guaranteed to perform with our full lifetime warranty on hand tools or we’ll replace them.”

Through its relationship with the World of Outlaws, the Craftsman brand will celebrate the 25thAnniversary of the Craftsman Club by giving its members the chance to earn free tickets to series events, as well as Craftsman gear and other great prizes.

The relationship with the Craftsman brand is a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the World of Outlaws. The deal is one of the largest agreements in grassroots racing and connects the Craftsman brand with both sprint car and late model fans at nearly 140 events across the United States and Canada.

“We are beyond excited to begin 2016 with an incredible partner like the Craftsman brand,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “For 87 years, the Craftsman brand has built a reputation as solid as the products it sells. To bring together the Craftsman brand and the World of Outlaws is a phenomenal opportunity. We look forward to showcasing the Craftsman brand and tools to our dedicated fans all across the country.”

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series enters 2016 with one of the busiest schedules ever which kicks off during DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park inBarberville, Fla. The series will travel coast-to-coast to more than 90 events. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competes nearly 50 times at 30 different venues including the season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.

“The World of Outlaws is one of the most recognizable and enduring brands in all of motorsports with a fan base that is unsurpassed in their dedication,” said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. “Every year, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series deliver edge-of-your-seat racing to every corner of the country. It is a natural fit to bring together one of the largest concentrations of DIY’ers in all of sports, with America’s most trusted tool brand. The Craftsman brand makes a statement and we are thrilled they have chosen the World of Outlaws as the platform for their return to motorsports.”

To learn more about the World of Outlaws, visit http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com. Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws and on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, #WoOCraftSCS. Follow the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worldofoutlawslatemodelseries and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WoOLateModels, #WoOCraftLMS.

To learn more about Craftsman, visit http://www.Craftsman.com. Follow Craftsman on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/Craftsman, on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/Craftsman and on Instagram at http://www.Instagram.com/Craftsman.

About Craftsman
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For 87 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club® is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at Craftsman.com. For more information, visit www.CraftsmanClub.com.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

About World of Outlaws
Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws® Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series(SM). Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision.com® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws® events over the Internet to fans around the world. To learn more about the World of Outlaws, visit WorldofOutlaws.com.

Media Contacts:
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings / Craftsman
(847) 286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Aaron Fiedler
World of Outlaws
(704) 707-0229
afiedler@dirtcar.com

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

 

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Craftsman® World of Outlaws®

Macy’s honors the “Year of the Monkey” with in-store celebrations

The “Year of the Monkey” swings onto the calendar on February 8

NEW YORK, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This month, Macy’s will honor the “Year of the Monkey” with celebrations taking place across the country that will proclaim a fresh start for this Lunar New Year. Through a variety of channels including artistic performances, fashion, in-store visuals and cuisine presentations at select stores nationwide, the uniqueness of Asian culture will be on prominent display for visitors to admire while they shop.

“As a retailer dedicated to celebrating the diverse cultures and backgrounds of both our customers and employees, Macy’s is thrilled to honor the ‘Year of the Monkey’ in stores nationwide for Lunar New Year 2016,” said William Hawthorne, senior vice president of Diversity Strategies, Macy’s, Inc. “As part of our annual celebration of Asian culture, select stores will honor the ‘Year of the Monkey’ with themed special events and specialized, limited-edition merchandise including cosmetics, fragrances, handbags and fashion accessories. Each year, the products and festivities have become bigger and better and I am so excited for our customers to experience Lunar New Year 2016.”

Macy’s will present locally relevant merchandise to specific markets by offering an amplified assortment of Lunar New Year-themed products. Cosmetics and fragrances will have a much larger presence with specialty products, packaging, samples, visuals and gifts with purchase. The color palette makes a statement this year as a metallic partnering of gold and red, and will be very pronounced among cosmetics packaging, fine and fashion jewelry, handbags and intimate apparel. Fashion jewelry will showcase a noticeable contribution as well with an exclusive kate spade new york “Year of the Monkey” gold charm necklace and zodiac charms. These hand-picked items, along with home goods including textiles, bedding, Godiva® chocolates and housewares, will also be offering products in the exclusive color palette.

In-store special events will take place beginning on Feb. 6 through Feb. 20 in select cities across the country. Guests will be treated to family-friendly, Lunar New Year- themed activities ranging from Lion Dance and live musical performances to fashion presentations and authentic cuisine. In addition, with any $75 purchase during the event, attendees will have the opportunity to receive a limited-edition “Year of the Monkey” red and gold tote*.

Macy’s Lunar New Year festivities will also include localized advertising, in-store poster signs and window displays, as well as tourism outreach offering exclusive savings for travelers visiting from China during the month of February.

Below are the dates and locations for Macy’s Lunar New Year in-store celebrations:

Macy’s Southcenter – Tukwila, WA – Feb. 6
Macy’s Herald Square – New York City – Feb. 11
Macy’s South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA – Feb. 13
Macy’s Santa Anita – Arcadia, CA – Feb. 13
Macy’s Flushing – Queens, NY – Feb. 13
Macy’s Union Square – San Francisco – Feb. 20
Macy’s Valley Fair – Santa Clara, CA – Feb. 20

For a complete listing of specific event details, products and additional information please visit www.macys.com/lunar.

*Make any purchase of $75 or more and receive a commemorative Year of the Monkey tote bag. Qualifying purchase must be made during the event. While supplies last. Event subject to change or cancellation.

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

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

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Alyssa Bendetson, 646-429-7447
Alyssa.Bendetson@macys.com
or
Christine Olver, 646-429-5713
Christine.Olver@macys.com

Macy’s, Inc. announces two key senior executive changes

Peter Sachse named Chief Growth Officer;
Justin MacFarlane joins Macy’s, Inc. as Chief Strategy, Analytics and Innovation Officer

CINCINNATI, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced two key senior executive changes as the company moves aggressively to grow its omnichannel business based on intensive insight into evolving consumer preferences and changing shopping patterns.

  • Peter Sachse, who has served over the past year as Chief Innovation and Business Development Officer, will assume a new role as Chief Growth Officer, reporting to Macy’s, Inc. President Jeff Gennette, effective immediately. In this position, Sachse will oversee all Macy’s merchandising, as well as Macy’s Backstage, Bluemercury and international expansion.Among Sachse’s direct reports will be Tim Baxter, Macy’s Chief Merchandising Officer, a member of the company’s executive committee who will continue to lead all omnichannel merchandising efforts and vendor relationships, as well as product and pricing strategies, with additional opportunity ahead as the company amplifies its product strategies across new customer touchpoints domestically and internationally. Also reporting to Sachse will be Marla Malcolm Beck, chief executive officer, and Barry Beck, chief operating officer, of Bluemercury, as well as Vanessa Lefebvre, senior vice president for Macy’s Backstage, and Dustin Jones, newly appointed managing director of Macy’s China Limited.
  • Justin S. MacFarlane has joined Macy’s effective today in the new position of Chief Strategy, Analytics and Innovation Officer, reporting to Gennette. He will be a member of the company’s executive committee. MacFarlane previously was senior vice president for corporate strategy at ANN INC. MacFarlane will be responsible for Macy’s strategic development, consumer and customer research, data analysis, innovation and the development of future new business opportunities.

“These two new positions will enable us to move farther and faster in stimulating profitable sales growth in our company. Each role is critical to our ability to position the company’s brands for success in a consumer marketplace that continues to evolve in profound new directions for omnichannel retailing,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc.

“Peter Sachse now will lead the development of a holistic view of our businesses with expanded opportunities as we approach customers via stores, mobile and digital across Macy’s, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury,” Gennette said. “Justin MacFarlane will expand our capabilities in strategy development and execution while adding significant new expertise in our ongoing quest to understand and respond to consumer behavior, as well as analyze our deep reservoir of proprietary data about how, when, where and why customers are shopping – both today and as we look into the future.”

Bloomingdale’s remains a self-standing organization led by Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer, and reporting to Lundgren.

Executive Bios

Peter Sachse, 57, was named chief innovation and growth officer of Macy’s, Inc. in February 2015 after serving for three years as Macy’s chief stores officer. He previously was Macy’s chief marketing officer since February 2009, along with serving as chairman and CEO of macys.com since April 2006. He was president of Macy’s Corporate Marketing from 2003 to 2006. Prior to serving in these roles, Sachse was president and chief operating officer of The Bon Marché in Seattle. He began his retail career with Macy’s in Kansas City and was a division merchandise manager at Macy’s/Bullock’s in Atlanta. He was also executive vice president/general merchandise manager at Macy’s East and was later promoted to vice chair/director of stores of Macy’s East. A native of Sheboygan, WI, Sachse lives in the New York City area. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Tim Baxter, 46, has served as Macy’s chief merchandising officer since February 2015 and previously was executive vice president and general merchandise manager for ready-to-wear since April 2013. For more than 24 years, he has served in a variety of merchant roles for Macy’s and The May Department Stores Company (acquired by Macy’s, Inc. in 2005). Baxter began his career as an executive trainee and assistant buyer at L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis in 1991 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility in a wide range of merchandising categories. He led Macy’s fashion office, multicultural business development and licensed business from March 2012 to April 2013. Baxter, a native of Toledo, Ohio, graduated from Miami University (Ohio). He lives in the New York City area.

Justin MacFarlane, 43, joined ANN INC. in 2010 as senior vice president for corporate strategy with responsibility for strategic planning, consumer insights and research, and execution of enterprise strategic initiatives. Previously, he served in a number of senior-level roles in leading consulting firms, including leadership roles in the global retail practices of AlixPartners and Kurt Salmon Associates. MacFarlane holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson Collegeand an MBA from Duke University. He lives in the New York City area.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2014 sales of $28.015 billion. The company operates about 900 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(Note: additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.
Media – Jim Sluzewski, 513-579-7764
or
Investor – Matt Stautberg, 513-579-7780

Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by hosting Rising Stars events this February

Macy’s hosts Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Taye Diggs, Monica, Beverly Bond, G. Garvin, Shane Evans and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude at eight stores nationwide for conversations on popular culture

NEW YORK, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February, Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by hailing a host of rising stars from a variety of fields including art, music, film, television, literature, community empowerment, the culinary arts and journalism. Black culture has electrified the pulse of American life for generations, from music and fashion to film, television and activism; creating a wave of change that has helped propel the country to new heights. Young, up-and-coming artists and community leaders are the heart of this revolution, powered by creative self-expression and a strong connection to their heritage. As part of Macy’s Black History Month celebrations, film and television actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell will lead panel discussions with other emerging stars, focused on the influence and impact of black culture on all facets of American life.

Joining Smollett-Bell in cities across the country will be Grammy® Award-winning singer Monica in New York City,Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles; film and stage star and children’s book author Taye Diggs in Atlantaand Miami; actor Terrence J in New York City; Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond and social activist Eunique Jones Gibson in Washington, D.C.; chef G. Garvin and illustrator Shane Evans in Atlanta and Miami; and sports reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude in San Francisco.

“As a retailer with a rich history of providing A-list entertainment within the shopping experience, we are thrilled to give our customers a glimpse into the lives and careers of a diverse group of today’s undeniably talented leaders from a variety of industries as they discuss the contributions of Black Americans who came before them and how they are helping to inspire a new generation,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice president of diversity strategies.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress who will star in the hotly-anticipated escape thriller, “Underground,” executive produced by John Legend and set to debut March 9, 2016 on WGN America. Smollett-Bell was most recently seen on NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its fifth season and concurrently co-starred in HBO’s “True Blood.” Other select credits include Tyler Perry’s “Temptation,” “Friday Night Lights” and “The Defenders.” She will next be seen on the big screen alongside Robert DeNiro, Edgar Ramirez and Usher in the much-anticipated feature, “Hands Of Stone.” Smollett-Bell was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in “The Great Debaters” and acts as a board member of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA).

“I am thrilled to be working with Macy’s to celebrate Black History Month,” said Jurnee Smollett-Bell. “As we reflect and pay tribute to the trailblazers who had strength and courage before us, I look forward to connecting with a lot of great people throughout the country and engaging in a dialogue about finding that strength and courage in ourselves every day.”

Taye Diggs is a stage, film and television actor best known for “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Chicago,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Rent,” “Wicked,” and “Private Practice.” Diggs is the author of “Mixed Me.”

“I am honored to be amongst those who have been selected by Macy’s to discuss the powerful impact that artistic black minds are having on today’s American culture,” said Taye Diggs. “The time to shed light on these important topics is now.”

Grammy® Award-winning RCA Records recording artist, Monica, is the first artist to top Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with No. 1 songs over the span of three consecutive decades. Delivering chart topping hits such as, “Don’t Take it Personal,” “Before you Walk Out of My Life,” and “The Boy Is Mine,” Monica has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. Her new album, CODE RED debuted at the top of Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart.

“I can’t wait to engage with young people in some of my favorite cities and share personal stories of how my mentors and black culture have made a positive impact on my life,” said Monica.

Following the panel discussion, Macy’s will host a meet and greet opportunity with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and additional talent. At each of the Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will receive an exclusive “Underground” T-shirt and see a first-look at the series in which rising star Smollett-Bell stars.

Below are the stores and select information for Macy’s – Rising Stars events:

Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

Macy’s City Center (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 13 at Noon

Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

For a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, please visit macys.com/celebrate.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southernCalifornia are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Christine Olver, 646-429-5713
christine.olver@macys.com
or
Orlando Veras, 646-429-7450
orlando.veras@macys.com

Dairy cows producing milk for Waitrose to spend at least 100 days a year outside grazing in fields

LONDON, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — From spring 2016, dairy cows producing conventional* milk for Waitrose will spend at least 100 days a year outside grazing in fields, the supermarket retailer pledged today.

Waitrose is already one of the only supermarkets to give its dairy cows access to pasture during the grazing season in the summer months. This new pledge sets a minimum standard for its British farmers, strengthening its commitment to animal welfare and ensuring a level of consistency across its dairy farms.

Waitrose conventional milk is produced from cows bred specifically for milk production, typically British Friesian and Holstein Friesian. The milk is produced exclusively for Waitrose by a pool of 50 dairy farms in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. The dairy cattle graze on pastures through the summer and during winter they are housed in well-ventilated barns with clean, dry and comfortable bedding and fed on a forage-based diet of grass or maize silage.

Heather Jenkins, Waitrose Director of Agriculture and Meat, Fish and Dairy Buying said: ‘We’ve always required our farmers to graze their dairy herds outside but this move puts in place a minimum benchmark of at least 100 days a year. We’re proud of our commitment and proud of our dairy farmers for the support they have given us with this move to a formal standard.

‘Getting dairy cows outside and on grass pasture whenever possible not only produces great quality milk but is a key aspect of good animal welfare, something we believe is of the utmost importance.’

Today’s pledge builds on Waitrose’s strong record in animal welfare which most recently saw it confirmed as a Tier One leader in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare for the second year running. The supermarket also won Compassion in World Farming’s Good Dairy Award in 2011 and the CiWF Retailer of the Year award for the sixth time in 2015.

Philip Lymbery, Compassion’s Chief Executive, said: ‘As the only major retailer who ensures that all their cows are allowed seasonal grazing, I have nothing but praise for Waitrose on their milk commitment.

‘Waitrose remains one of the leaders in the proverbial herd, when it comes to their liquid milk. I think that most consumers presume that all dairy cows are allowed out on pasture. Sadly, this simply isn’t the case. In terms of dairy cow welfare, Waitrose delivers what its customers expect and what the cows need to live a happier, healthier life.’

Brian Barnett, Chair of the Waitrose Dairy Farmers Group, added: ‘As farmers supplying milk to Waitrose we have always been required to graze their dairy cattle, so having pasture land and suitable buildings to make this possible is embedded in our on-farm planning.

‘Now, with Waitrose, we have agreed a minimum standard to demonstrate our shared commitment to ensuring that our dairy cows are able to enjoy outside pasture for at least 100 days a year.

‘The Waitrose milk producer group has been working closely with Waitrose for many years and over this time we have developed a producer scheme which reflects the Waitrose values and those of the Waitrose customer. Grazing cattle has always been important to us and we are pleased to be able to embed this requirement as a benchmark for our milk supply group.’

Notes to editors

*Conventional milk refers to non-organic milk. Organic cows cannot be permanently housed and must spend the majority of their lives outdoors.

There are five freedoms that form the core of Waitrose’s animal standards:

  • Freedom to express normal behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
  • Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
  • Freedom from hunger and thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
  • Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.


Waitrose
– the Nation’s Favourite Supermarket¹ and winner of the Best Supermarket² and Best Food and Grocery Retailer³ awards – currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 62 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery serviceWaitrose.com, as well as direct services websites including a specialist wine website (waitrosecellar.com)

¹ Which? Best Supermarket, 2015
² Good Housekeeping Best Supermarket 2015
³ Verdict Best Food and Grocery Retailer 2015

Find out more on the Waitrose Press Area (waitrose.pressarea.com)

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Kerry Davies, Communications Manager, Corporate
Email: kerry.davies@waitrose.co.uk
Telephone: 01344 824325

K-retailers and Kesko to hire around 5,000 summer employees next summer

K-retailers and Kesko will have a total of around 5,000 summer employees next summer. The number is approximately the same as in previous years. The K-Group is one of the largest summer employers in Finland.

HELSINKI, Finland, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the K-Group, most of the summer jobs for young people and students are available at K-food stores. Summer is high season for building and home improvement stores, too, which hire seasonal workers to their yard and garden departments. Summer jobs available at Kesko are at the warehouses, for instance.

“The number of summer employees is divided in such a way that K-retailers employ nearly 4,000, while Kesko Group with its subsidiaries hire more than 1,000 summer employees,” says Kesko Corporation’s Recruitment Specialist Anu Haapoja.

Good induction makes work a pleasure

For many young people, a summer job is their first experience of the working life -something they will remember long. The K-Group takes responsibility by providing young people with a brisk start in their jobs.

The K-Group has collected feedback on the work and particularly on the induction from young employees. On the basis of this feedback, special material has been prepared to support retailers and supervisors in this induction. In addition, there is also online training on induction available which contains information on the K-Group’s common working principles, customer service and responsibility.

“A proper induction makes work more enjoyable and promotes a brisk approach. It is nice to come to a K-job when you know how to act and whom to turn to for help. Our online training material serves as a general introduction to working life which may still be somewhat unfamiliar to young people,” says Haapoja.

In retail stores, the K-job mainly consists of shelving products, keeping the store neat and tidy, and serving customers. Particularly in small stores, duties often get more varied and more responsible as the summer proceeds and the employee’s skills increase.

Most summer employees start work in June, but in retail stores the summer job season begins in May and continues until late August.

Many ways to finding employment

Kesko and K-retailers employ young people through many channels. The Learn and Earn summer training programme gives experience of the retailing sector to the youngest. Many retailers accept students for short-term orientation in working life. If the training period goes well, the result may be a permanent job in the store. Kesko and K-retailers also participate in the Youth Guarantee programme. Since August 2013, more than 2,500 young people in the sphere of the Youth Guarantee have been employed by the K-Group.

“Kesko and K-stores annually employ around 10,000 young people aged under 30 in Finland,” says Haapoja.

Further information: Recruitment SpecialistAnu Haapoja, tel. +358 105337245

More information about employment for the young in Kesko and K-stores at http://www.kesko.fi/en/Careers/k-job/summer-jobs/

The 40,000 exceptionally nice people of the K-Group work daily to make shopping fun for customers in our stores in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and Russia. We help our more than 1,500 stores serve their customers in the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade, and the car trade. We do our work with big heart while paying attention to society and the environment. We are already the most responsible food retailer in the world and are constantly trying out something new. We are doing this to provide good choices both on the shelves of the local stores and online at www.kesko fi.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. announces the acquisition of Lamrite West, Inc. for $150 million

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIK) today announced that it has acquired Lamrite West, Inc. and certain of its affiliates and subsidiaries (“Lamrite West”), an international wholesale and retail supplier of arts and crafts, for $150.0 million. The Company anticipates that the impact of the acquisition, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and integration expenses, will be neutral to diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2016 and accretive to diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2017. The Company will provide more detail with the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 earnings release.

“The acquisition of Lamrite West represents a unique opportunity to add a business to the Michaels portfolio that will strategically enhance our private brand development capabilities, accelerate our direct sourcing initiatives, and strengthen our business-to-business capabilities,” said Chuck Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As CEO of Lamrite West, Mike Catanzarite has built a strong leadership team and cultivated a pervasive culture of customer service. Together, we will serve our combined customer base better to help us achieve our long-term growth goals.”

“I have long admired the Michaels team, and with the full weight of Michaels resources, I know that our employees and customers will realize tangible benefits from this combination,” said Michael Catanzarite, Chief Executive Officer of Lamrite West.

Lamrite West will maintain its team and facilities in Strongsville, Ohio and will continue to operate as a distinct business within Michaels. Michael Catanzarite, whose father founded the company in 1954, will continue to lead the team as CEO of Lamrite West and will serve on Michaels executive committee.

Fiscal 2015 Earnings Results:

The Company plans to report its fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Any forward-looking statement made by the Company in this news release speaks only as of the date on which the Company makes it. Factors or events that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, including those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Form 10-K which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 19, 2015, which is available at www.sec.gov, and other filings that the Company may make with the SEC in the future. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of October 31, 2015, the Company owned and operated 1,196 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 12 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Imagin8® and Make MarketTM.

Investor:
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA
972.409.7404
Kiley.Rawlins@michaels.com

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi/Anne Rakunas
203.682.8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com/Anne.Rakunas@icrinc.com

or

Media:
ICR, Inc.
Michael Fox/Kristina Jorge
203.682.8200/ 646.277.1234
Michaels@icrinc.com

Source: Michaels Stores Inc.

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H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

The Gift Card Holiday campaign 2015 is now completed and thanks to our customers, the donation amounted to a total of €4,9 million! This donation from the H&M Conscious Foundation will go to a program run by UNICEF and will benefit 480,000 marginalized and vulnerable children, aged 5-14 in Myanmar. These children will get increased access to school and improved quality of education.

Stockhol, Sweden, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — “This fantastic result would never have been achieved without the substantial engagement of H&M customers! Through a simple mean; the purchase of a gift card, we will be able to give 480,000 vulnerable children a better future. It shows that small means certainly can take you far!”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager of H&M Conscious Foundation.

The program includes children in formal schooling, children living in camps for internally displaced people and children who will be reached through non-formal education initiatives. UNICEF will work on multiple levels to influence changes in policy, in education management and in schools and communities. Children, parents, teachers, head masters and policy makers will be involved in creating better schools for children.

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H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

H&M’s nomination committee proposes Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Erica Wiking Häger be elected as new members of the board of directors

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M’s nomination committee has now completed its work on proposals to the annual general meeting on 3 May 2016. The nomination committee proposes that Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Erica Wiking Häger be elected as new members of the board of directors and that the following present directors be re-elected: Anders Dahlvig, Lena Patriksson Keller, Stefan Persson, Melker Schörling, Christian Sievert and Niklas Zennström. Lottie Knutson and Sussi Kvart are not available for re-election. The committee proposes that Stefan Persson be re-elected as chairman of the board.

“I am very pleased that Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Erica Wiking Häger have agreed to be proposed as new members of H&M’s board. From her various leading positions in companies such as Google and IKEA, Stina Honkamaa Bergfors has gathered solid and valuable experience within media, digitalisation and entrepreneurship. As a lawyer, in addition specialising in sustainability and risk management Erica Wiking Häger has also distinguished herself as a much appreciated advisor to companies with big international operations in areas such as e-commerce, digital services and data privacy. We are convinced that Stina and Erica, with their skills and experience, will make valuable contributions to H&M’s future board work,” says Stefan Persson, chairman of H&M’s nomination committee and of H&M’s board of directors.

Stina Honkamaa Bergfors, born in 1972, is CEO and co-founder of the digital media company United Screens and former country director for Google in Sweden. Today she is also a member of Ikea’s global board of directors and a member of the board of Eniro. Stina holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and has an honorary doctorate from Luleå University of Technology. Stina has been honoured several times for her leadership and strategic thinking within the media industry. Stina is a member of the Swedish Fashion Council’s advisory board, the Swedish Media Commission’s group of experts and is also involved in the Prince Daniel Fellowship at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Her shareholding in H&M amounts to 1,000 shares and related parties’ holdings amount to 3,000 shares.

Erica Wiking Häger, born in 1970, has more than 15 years’ experience of qualified business law work in an international context in areas such as commercial contracts, international expansion and data privacy. Erica has been a partner at the law firm Mannheimer Swartling since 2009. She is the firm’s chair of the Corporate Sustainability & Risk Management practice group and leads a team of lawyers which offers advice on matters associated with human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption. Erica holds an LL.M. from Uppsala University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School with complementary studies at University of Oklahoma in the US and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany. Today Erica is a member of the board of the law firm Mannheimer Swartling and of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Erica is a member of the Swedish Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). Her shareholding in H&M amounts to 0 shares.

The nomination committee comprises Stefan Persson, Lottie Tham, Liselott Ledin from Alecta, Jan Andersson from Swedbank Robur Fonder and Anders Oscarsson from AMF Pension. The members of the nomination committee are backed by shareholders who together represent 75 percent of the total votes in the company. The nomination committee’s full proposals will be presented in the notice of H&M’s annual general meeting placed in Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter and Post- och Inrikes Tidningar.

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Sonic Corp. to serve 100% cage-free egg products in its restaurants by 2025

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced it will serve 100% cage-free egg products in its restaurants by 2025. Each year, SONIC purchases 155 million eggs to serve 81 million Breakfast Burritos and Breakfast Toaster® sandwiches.

“Today’s customer wants to know their food is sourced responsibly,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “Our announcement today reinforces SONIC’s continued commitment to the care and welfare of the animals in our supply chain and transparent communication with our customers about our practices.”

“SONIC was one of the first restaurant chains to address animal welfare, and its cage-free announcement now demonstrates how seriously it takes the issue,” said Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We welcome SONIC’s shift to cage-free eggs as an important advancement.”

The Company has also committed to eliminating gestation crates for sow housing from its supply chain by 2022 and continues to make progress against that goal.

About SONIC
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Albertsons Companies’ SVP of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness Mark Panzer expands role to include General Merchandise and HABA

Boise, ID, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that Mark Panzer, who was named the Company’s Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness in May 2015, has accepted the additional responsibility of leading General Merchandise and HABA.

“Mark’s impact on our operation in 2015 was immediate. He brought a wealth of industry experience with him when he joined our team that make him a natural fit to lead GM and HABA in addition to his current responsibilities,” said Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer. “We are completely committed to offering unique and innovative products that meet customers’ changing preferences throughout the store, including GM and HABA. I know Mark will tackle the responsibilities in these high-growth categories with the same enthusiasm he has brought to our Pharmacy and Health & Wellness operation.”

Panzer’s retail career began at Osco Drug stores over 40 years ago. He held senior leadership roles at American Drug Stores and Albertson’s, Inc, following their merger in 1999, as well as Rite Aid and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Inc. He returned to Albertsons in May 2015 to oversee the company’s Health & Wellness Initiatives and 1,760 pharmacies.

“Health & Wellness reaches well beyond the pharmacy and further into a traditional grocery store,” said Panzer. “As customers move to take more control of their health care, retailers need to pivot quickly to support their diverse needs. Our teams understand their customers’ needs better than anyone in the business, and by combining our Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, GM and HABA teams, we’ll be well positioned to serve our customers across our diverse market areas.”

Panzer will office out of the company’s Boise, ID corporate campus.

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 36 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

SOURCE: Albertsons LLC

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Albertsons Companies announced the appointment of Tamara Pattison as SVP of Digital Marketing & eCommerce

Boise, ID, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that Tamara Pattison has been named Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing & eCommerce, which includes all aspects of Shopper Marketing, Digital Marketing, Loyalty & Rewards, and eCommerce.

Pattison, who most recently served the company as Group Vice President of Digital, Loyalty and Customer Analytics, has been with the company for 10 years, honing skills gathered in marketing, product development and consumer shopping trends at Yahoo, DemandTec Corporation and PriceWaterhouseCoopers to name a few. She began her career at Safeway in 2006 as the Director of Product Management on the eCommerce team, and was promoted to Group Director of Loyalty Product Management in 2011 to develop the digital execution for the just for U initiative. In 2013, she was promoted to Vice President of Product Management for Loyalty, leading loyalty product and program strategy for two years prior to the merger with Albertsons.

“While retail has always moved fast, today’s landscape of digital media and customer preferences is evolving at a particularly phenomenal pace.  The ability to interpret and predict trends is no longer a periodic practice. It’s day by day,” said Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer. “We must be nimble to stay in front, and Tamara has already proven herself to be one of the best in the industry. Her background in shopping trends and loyalty make her uniquely qualified to position us as a leader in digital marketing and eCommerce.”

Pattison will office out of Pleasanton, CA.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 36 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

SOURCE: Albertsons LLC

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Teena Massingill – Director, Public Relations – 925-467-3810