Maxima Grupė starts operations at the biggest and up-to-date logistics centre in Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maxima Grupė made a substantial step of development in Estonia – the biggest and up-to-date logistics centre in the country started its operations. It will contribute in greater efficiency of Maxima activity in the country and will ensure the highest quality of products.

The logistics centre operating near Tallinn, in Rae Parish, Kurna village occupies approximately 45 thousand sq. Metres. It consists of three warehouses – dry, cooling, and container areas; here are erected 130 transportation platforms. The logistics centre will have a staff of 350 employees.

Maxima Grupė invested in the Estonian logistics centre 35 M. EUR. It is the biggest Maxima Grupė development project of the last year.

“The decision to build the new logistics centre was dictated by business logic and business development conducted in Estonia over the recent years. The new centre will allow development of activity in a significantly more efficient scope. It will ensure efficient commodities supply chain and will facilitate more rapid delivery of goods to the stores. Thus, we will achieve even greater freshness and quality of the goods. I can boldly state that the benefit of the newly arranged supply chain processes will be felt both by our customers in Estonia and, first of all, by our employees” – stated Neringa Janavičiūtė, General Manager of Maxima Grupė.

According to Maxima Eesti manager Vygintas Šapokas, the new logistics centre gives a sense to the development of trade network conducted over the recent years and extends the capacity of Maxima Eesti facilities. “Already today Maxima is one of the biggest retail sales networks in Estonia. Daily we service over 150 thousand Customers and their number continuously increases. From now on we will be able to offer our customers even bigger choice of goods, will expand our collaboration with local manufacturers and will ensure our customers even better access to Estonian products in Maxima stores” – stated Mr. V. Šapokas.

Currently in Estonia already operate 75 Maxima stores. Last year five new stores were opened and one was renovated in Estonia; and its year Maxima Eesti finished opening its first large format Maxima XXX supermarket in Tallinn.

Until now, part of warehousing services in Estonia Maxima was purchasing from local companies, while remaining cargoes would be delivered from Lithuania and Latvia. Own logistics centre will ensure more efficient warehousing, storage and delivery of goods; also will allow more flexible acceptance and setting of the goods in the stores.

Meantime, goods are supplied to the Maxima stores operating in Estonia from dry product warehouse. Gradually their supply from other warehouses installed in the centre will also be commenced; and operation of the logistics centre in full capacity will start in August. From here, over 30 thousand goods will be supplied to the stores and approximately 200 cargo vans will be serviced daily.

The new Maxima logistics centre can be distinguished not only by its impressive size. When building this centre, sophisticated construction materials were used and the most innovative technologies were applied. For instance, white roof of the logistics centre is covered with titanium oxide roofing. It allows absorbing from the air CO2 gas and thus reducing air pollution. Furthermore, sophisticated roof will ensure achieving lower air temperatures inside the building in summer and significantly more efficient usage of ventilation and conditioning systems.

The warehouses are equipped using the newest warehousing technologies. They are implemented in all processes – starting from acceptance of goods, warehousing/storage and loading. High quality of the goods will be ensured storing them in the rooms with different temperatures: depending on the category of goods, room temperature will be maintained from +18 to -24 ºC, and in a special deep freezing chamber it will reach even -30 ºC. The warehouses are equipped with Warehouse Management System (WMS), cross-docking function, transport planning and yard management systems, robotized container sorting, recycling material sorting and automated packaging of these materials and all these systems and equipment will be extensively applied and used. Many of the processes are automated and computerised. For instance, the following systems are fully computerised: hoisting equipment battery charging, impact accounting, complementing, illumination and heating. Employees have comfortable working places, changing rooms are equipped with modern equipment, resting places for smoker and non-smoker staff are provided.

The giant facilities, construction of which began started in September 2014, were built and completed within the shortest ever time. Construction process was organised and project managed by JSC GVP Invest. All works in Estonia performed by local companies. The facilities were designed by Nord Projekt, general contractor of constructions was Rand ja Tuulberg, and supervision of construction works was conducted by Telora-E.

Maxima Grupė is a holding company founded in 2007. It controls retail trade companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria. The Group has a total of 535 Maxima X, Maxima XX, Maxima XXX, Aldik, and T-Market shops: 233 shops in Lithuania, 148 – in Latvia, 75 – in Estonia, 48 – in Bulgaria, and 31 – in Poland. The Group’s companies have over 31,000 employees.

SOURCE: MAXIMA GRUPĖ, UAB

More information:
Giedrius Juozapavičius
Corporate Affairs Manager | Maxima Grupė
+37065915118
Giedrius.Juozapavicius@maximagrupe.eu

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Maxima Grupė starts operations at the biggest and up-to-date logistics centre in Estonia

Maxima Grupė starts operations at the biggest and up-to-date logistics centre in Estonia

US Foods Holding files registration statement with SEC relating to proposed initial public offering of its common stock

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “US Foods”), the parent company of US Foods, Inc., today announced it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.  The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not been determined.

This offering will be made only by means of a prospectus filed with the SEC.  When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering will be accessible for free, on the SEC’s website at http://sec.gov.  A copy may also be obtained, when available, from the book-running manager(s) of the proposed offering when identified.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC, but has not yet become effective.  These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About US Foods
US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Media Contact
Lisa Lecas
847.720.8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Investor Relations Contact
Bill Murray
847.720.8080
William.Murray@usfoods.com

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Carrefour Poland awarded the Big Box Retailer of the Year prize at the 8th CEE Retail Awards Gala

POLAND, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the 8th CEE Retail Awards Gala, Carrefour Poland was awarded the prestigious Big Box Retailer of the Year prize. This is awarded to the best company in the commercial sector in the “Hypermarket” category.

The prize was presented to Ronan Martin, who is in charge of expansion and Carrefour Poland’s shopping centres.

The CEE Retail Awards gala is one of Poland’s biggest events in the commercial real estate sector. Every year, it is attended by hundreds of major investors, property developers and property managers from all over central and Eastern Europe.

SOURCE: Carrefour

Product recall: IKEA HYBY and LOCK ceiling lamps

Possible risk of laceration injury in case of falling glass shade.

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA urges customers who have HYBY and or LOCK ceiling lamps to immediately remove the ceiling lamps, and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required to receive a full refund.

IKEA takes product safety very seriously. All our products are tested to and comply with applicable testing standards and legislation.

IKEA has identified a potential risk during installation process (not clicking the clip in place might cause tension to the shade) and that the material of the clip may break causing the glass shade to fall posing risk of laceration injury. In order to safeguard customers and avoid further incidents we are recalling the products for a full refund.

The HYBY ceiling lamp was sold October 2012 to January 2016, LOCK ceiling lamp was sold November 2002 to January 2016.

Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required for a full refund. For more information, please visit www.IKEA-usa.com or contact IKEA toll-free (888) 966-4532.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/IKEA-Recalls-Ceiling-Lamps/

Press Contact Information

 

USA CORPORATE PUBLIC RELATIONS
Mona Astra Liss
1-610-834-0180 x 5852
USA PRODUCT PUBLIC RELATIONS
Janice Simonsen
1-610-834-0180 x 6349
USA EXPANSION
Joseph Roth
1-610-834-0180 x 6500

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Product recall IKEA HYBY and LOCK ceiling lamps

The Retail Litigation Center releases its 2015 Annual Report

Report Shows Retail Impact On Key Cases

Arlington , VA, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), today released its 2015 Annual Report. The report highlights the impact that the Center has had on behalf of the retail industry over the past year as it submitted 21 briefs in a total of 20 cases in state and federal court.

The Retail Litigation Center is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings which affect the retail industry. The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.

Among the cases in which the the RLC submitted briefs were:

  • EEOC v. CVS where the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment for CVS holding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was required to conciliate prior to bringing suit and that the agency cannot bring suit without a charge of discrimination or retaliation.
  • DirecTV v. Imburgia, where the U.S. Supreme Court found that the California state law ban on class action waivers in arbitration agreements was preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, thereby reaffirming its preference for the enforcement of arbitration agreements.
  • Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart, where the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals permitted the employer to exclude a shareholder proposal that attempted to create a committee to oversee the company’s product selection because the proposal related to the company’s ordinary business operations. The 3rd Circuit cited the RLC’s brief in its discussion of why this type of proposal would affect the heart of retail operations and was thus excludable under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s ordinary business exception.

Of the 21 briefs signed by the RLC in 2015, nine were filed exclusively by the Center, five were filed jointly with other retail organizations, and seven were filed jointly by broader coalition groups. Issue areas addressed in briefs throughout the year include employment law, class action standards, labor law, administrative law, intellectual property, corporate governance, tax, and tribal jurisdiction.

Notably, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer cited an RLC brief in his most recent book, “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.”

“These cases can have such a significant impact on retailers, employees, and consumers, and therefore, it’s crucial that the courts understand the real world implications of their decisions. We are pleased that the RLC was able to give voice to the industry in so many cases this year,” said Deborah White, RILA’s executive vice president and general counsel and president of the RLC. “We thank our Board of Directors for their leadership, as well as our members for their input throughout the year, and we look forward to continuing our advocacy on behalf of the retail community in 2016.”

The full report can be read here.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

CarMax to open new digital and technology innovation center in downtown Richmond, Virginia

RICHMOND, VA, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles, today announces plans to open a new digital and technology innovation center in downtown Richmond, Virginia. During the next few months, CarMax also plans to hire more than 50 associates for technology and digital positions, some of which will work in this new location.

CarMax is growing and plans to open 13-16 new stores nationwide each year for the next two years, leading to home office growth and new technology positions in support of stores and strategic initiatives. To address this growth, CarMax plans to lease approximately 26,000 square feet in a mixed-use commercial building in the historic Lady Byrd Hat building located at 140 Virginia St. in Shockoe Bottom. Built in 1894, the building has been used as the Virginia Paper Company, a hat factory, a concert venue and various other commercial purposes including offices.

Open technology and digital positions include a range of roles such as application architects, UX designers, security analysts and software developers. They will be charged with using innovative technology to enhance the e-commerce capabilities that CarMax offers customers.

“Team members have the opportunity to work in a unique environment similar to a startup, but backed by the support of a large, established company,” said Shamim Mohammad, senior vice president and chief information officer for CarMax. “We are looking for a variety of experience levels to develop best-in-class platforms and advance our website, mobile apps and associate platforms to help CarMax continue to deliver an unparalleled customer experience.”

CarMax data shows that consumers often begin vehicle research online and complete the purchase in-store. This trend is continuing to grow, leading to the need for new technology positions. Currently, approximately 65% of visits to carmax.com come from something other than a laptop or desktop computer and approximately 90% of CarMax purchasers start on carmax.com or the CarMax mobile app.

“We are relentlessly customer focused and are testing and iterating constantly to improve their experience,” said Jim Lyski, chief marketing officer for CarMax. “We’re looking for individuals ready to help us seamlessly integrate the digital and store experience for our customers.”

CarMax’s well-established, team-oriented culture is recognized each year for numerous national and local awards as an employer of choice and great company to work for. CarMax has been named onFortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list eleven consecutive years, “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity,” and “20 Best Workplaces in Retail” (ranked #10), as well as one of Training magazine’s “Training Top 125” companies in America.

Learn more about CarMax’s exciting digital technology career opportunities at jobs.carmaxdigital.com.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 155 superstores in 77 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

SOURCE: CarMax Business Services, LLC

Media Contact
Jennifer Bartusiak, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422, ext. 4429, Jen_Bartusiak@carmax.com

Overwaitea Foods store in Prince Rupert rebrands to Save-On-Foods

The Overwaitea Foods in Prince Rupert converted overnight and opened as a Save-On-Foods Friday morning

Prince Rupert, B.C., 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The parent company of the Overwaitea Foods store in Prince Rupert has converted the store to a Save-On-Foods, bringing residents of Prince Rupert the unique offering, promotions and pricing of the company’s most prominent grocery chain.

The stores converted overnight on Thursday, February 4 with minimal interruption in service.

As Save-On-Foods, the Prince Rupert store will offer the same great products at amazing value from the same familiar team, and will give customers access to even more savings through unique Save-On-Foods programs including Darrell’s Deals, Talk about Local, and Talk about Fresh Solutions.

The Overwaitea Food Group is named for its 100-year history that began with the original Overwaitea store in New Westminster, B.C. Today, the company operates approximately 150 grocery stores in B.C. and Alberta, with a focus on customizing its stores to the unique communities it serves.

“Growing our Save-On-Foods banner means we can give more of our customers what they want: highquality products at great value, in stores served by our world class teams,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “We are so excited to introduce the Save-On-Foods brand to our friends and neighbours in this fantastic community.”

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

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
604 888 2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

 

NACS welcomes Melody Ain as its meetings & registration coordinato

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Melody Ain has joined the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as meetings & registration coordinator.  Ain will join the NACS meetings and conventions team and assist in the operations and registration for several NACS meetings throughout the year, including the NACS Show, one of the nation’s largest and most successful tradeshows.

Melody comes to NACS from Plate & Decanter, a culinary and wine event planning company.  Prior to that she taught second grade abroad in Shanghai, China. She also served as event coordinator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Melody graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in the history of art with a concentration in women’s studies and theatre.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard

NACS: Optimism about economy plunged to its lowest level even though gas prices fell at their lowest level in seven years

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Optimism about the economy plunged to its lowest level in almost a year even though gas prices fell 19 cents last month and are at their lowest level in seven years. Overall, consumer optimism fell three points to 44%, the lowest percentage of Americans who feel positive about the economy since March 2015, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Millennials are the only group in which a majority feel positive about the economy; 52% of those ages 18-34 report being optimistic compared to just two in five (39%) of those age 50 or higher. Four in five millennials (79%) also say that gas prices affect their economic sentiment, compared to only three in five (62%) of those age 50 or older.

Lower gas prices don’t appear to be translating into increased driving or spending. Only one in six consumers (16%) say that they will be driving more over the next month, the lowest level in three years. And only one in five consumers (21%) say they will spend more this month. Millennials are the most likely to increase their driving (30%) and spending (36%).

Consumers clearly have noticed lower gas prices. Three in four (74%) Americans say that gas prices are lower this month, the highest percentage noticing lower prices since December 2014.  And two in three (65%) drivers think that gas prices in 30 days will be about the same or lower.

“Consumers are very aware of lower gas prices but it isn’t translating into positive feelings about the economy. We will be closely watching how the petroleum industry’s spring transition to summer-blend fuels could affect gas prices, consumer sentiment and spending over the next few months,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country — and attracts 160 million customers a day, considerably more than the record 117 million who watched the Super Bowl — conducts monthly consumer surveys to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,100 gas consumers nationally were surveyed February 2-5, 2016.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

X5 Retail announces that Vardan Dashtoyan will step down as General Director of the Karusel hypermarket chain

Amsterdam, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces today that Vardan Dashtoyan has informed the Company of his intention to step down as General Director of the Karusel hypermarket chain in order to return to his own business ventures.

Karusel’s Chief Operating Officer Emin Rustamov has been appointed as the interim General Director of Karusel. A new head of the Karusel hypermarkets will be named within three months.

X5 CEO Igor Shekhterman said: “I would like to thank Vardan for his work as General Director of Karusel. Continuing to develop the hypermarket format remains one of X5’s key priorities. X5 Retail Group sees significant potential in the hypermarket space of the Russian food retail market; we remain committed to a presence in this segment via Karusel and its compact hypermarkets. The current economic situation represents an opportunity for Karusel to continue improving its value proposition with a focus on adapting to the changing needs of our customers, and to contribute to X5’s future growth.”

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 31 December 2015, X5 had 7,020 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 6,265 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 478 Perekrestok supermarkets, 90 Karusel hypermarkets and 187 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,561 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.
For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Elena Konnova
Corporate Communications Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 662-8888 ext. 41303
e-mail: Elena.Konnova@x5.ru

26 tons of food and $42,000 raised by Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign for food banks and pantries in Conn., Mass., NH, NY, PA and Vt.

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign raised more than $42,000 and 26 tons of food for 15 local food banks and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“Hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities. The start of the year is a tough time for food pantries that worked so hard to provide for those in need throughout the holiday season,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Our annual Check Out Hunger campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness and our teammates and customers continue to generously answer the call to contribute and help their neighbors.”

From mid-November to mid-December, Check Out Hunger gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

The donations of cases of food and checks are being delivered to and picked up by area food banks/pantries, including: the Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse, NY); the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY); the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY); the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Latham, NY); the Connecticut Food Bank (East Haven, CT); Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT); the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA); the Hopkinton Food Pantry (Hopkinton, MA); the Marlborough Community Cupboard (Marlborough, MA); the Sutton Food Pantry (Sutton, MA); the Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA); the New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH); the H&J Weinberg Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA); the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA (Allentown, PA); and the Vermont Foodbank (Brattleboro, VT).

Check Out Hunger is an annual giving program and was available at all 136 Price Choppers throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, PA and VT.)

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign donated $12,180 and 15,313 pounds of food to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York received the proceeds from Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign, which included a donation of $12,180 and 15,313 pounds of food. Check Out Hunger raised more than $42,000 and more than 26 tons of food for 15 local food banks and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

d program called Produce for Kids. This campaign raised funds for local Feeding America food bank programs and helped spread the word on Price Chopper’s in-store and online meal solutions, recipes, and tips for families looking to embrace healthier eating habits. Throughout the years, Produce for Kids, Price Chopper and participating fruit and vegetable companies have raised more than $165,000.

From mid-November to mid-December, Check Out Hunger gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

“Hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities. The start of the year is a tough time for food pantries that worked so hard to provide for those in need throughout the holiday season,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Our annual Check Out Hunger campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness and our teammates and customers continue to generously answer the call to contribute and help their neighbors.”

Check Out Hunger is an annual giving program and was available at all 136 Price Choppers throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, PA and VT.) Other area food banks/pantries that received donations included the Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse, NY); Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY); the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY); the Connecticut Food Bank (East Haven, CT); Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT); the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA); the Hopkinton Food Pantry (Hopkinton, MA); the Marlborough Community Cupboard (Marlborough, MA); the Sutton Food Pantry (Sutton, MA); the Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA); the New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH); the H&J Weinberg Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA); the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA (Allentown, PA); and the Vermont Foodbank (Brattleboro, VT).

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Ashley Lonardelli
Price Chopper
518.379.1983

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price chopper Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign donated $14,560 and 7,659 pounds of food to Food Bank of Central New York

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Bank of Central New York received the proceeds from Price Chopper and Market 32’s 2015 Check Out Hunger campaign, which included a donation of $14,560 and 7,659 pounds of food. Check Out Hunger raised more than $42,000 and more than 26 tons of food for 15 local food banks and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“Check Out Hunger is a critical campaign to help raise funds and awareness that hunger exists in our local communities,” said Kathleen Stress, executive director of the Food bank of Central New York. “Price Chopper has a mission to promote health and wellness so pleased that they partner with us each year to help us meet our goal.”

In addition, $1,159.88 was raised for the Food Bank of Central New York as part of a month-long healthy eating-focused program called Produce for Kids. This campaign raised funds for local Feeding America food bank programs and helped spread the word on Price Chopper’s in-store and online meal solutions, recipes, and tips for families looking to embrace healthier eating habits. Throughout the years, Produce for Kids, Price Chopper and participating fruit and vegetable companies have raised more than $165,000.

From mid-November to mid-December, Check Out Hunger gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

“Hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities. The start of the year is a tough time for food pantries that worked so hard to provide for those in need throughout the holiday season,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Our annual Check Out Hunger campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness and our teammates and customers continue to generously answer the call to contribute and help their neighbors.”

Check Out Hunger is an annual giving program and was available at all 136 Price Choppers throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, PA and VT.) Other area food banks/pantries that received donations included the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY); the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY); the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Latham, NY); the Connecticut Food Bank (East Haven, CT); Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT); the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA); the Hopkinton Food Pantry (Hopkinton, MA); the Marlborough Community Cupboard (Marlborough, MA); the Sutton Food Pantry (Sutton, MA); the Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA); the New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH); the H&J Weinberg Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA); the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA (Allentown, PA); and the Vermont Foodbank (Brattleboro, VT).

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About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Ashley Lonardelli
Price Chopper
518.379.1983
or
Lynn Hy
Food Bank of Central New York
lhy@foodbackcny.org
315.437.1899 x247

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PRICE CHOPPER FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL NEW YORK

IKEA consolidates its purchasing of IT solutions from Wincor Nixdorf for its 330 stores in 28 countries

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The home furnishing retailer IKEA is consolidating its purchasing of IT solutions from Wincor Nixdorf for its 330 stores in 28 countries. The purchase includes solutions for both payment processes and cash management as well as hardware and software for its traditional and express checkouts.

The solution also comprises a full range of services from consulting, planning and integration testing to installation, operation and a help desk for the customer’s service inquiries. Wincor Nixdorf will also keep track of all system states online (remote monitoring).

The latest step toward standardizing the IT landscape was the installation of some 14,000 Wincor Nixdorf POS systems, for which the IT specialist for banks and retail companies will also provide services such as maintenance and repairs.

A standardized IT landscape enables IKEA Group to quickly transfer the concept to new stores as software updates easily can be installed on all systems from a central location. Inevitably, country-specific adjustments are simplified since they are always made on the basis of a uniform platform.

The hardware and software provided by Wincor Nixdorf also covers the processing of cash collection at IKEA stores, also known as cash management. This process stretches from the checkout, where the cash is accepted, to the cash office, where the money is automatically counted and prepared for pick-up by a cash-in-transit company. Furthermore, express checkout systems from Wincor Nixdorf are in use at all the stores so that customers can scan their own purchases and pay by card, if they desire.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203

Wincor Nixdorf to showcase new IT solutions for public transport automation at the IT-TRANS trade fair in Karlsruhe, Germany, from March 1-3, 2016

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf will be showcasing new IT solutions for public transport automation during the IT-TRANS trade fair in Karlsruhe, Germany, from March 1-3, 2016. At the global meeting place for experts from the public transport sector, the company will present itself with concepts for automating the time-consuming and cost-intensive cash handling processes in the back office and an ergonomic and secure ticket machine.

Every day, large amounts of cash are collected in many companies by employees working in the field, for example by conductors at railroad companies, (bus) drivers and ticket inspectors in the public transport sector or drivers for parcel services. The volume of cash that is moved here is by no means declining: Both the amount of cash and the number of transactions handled in cash are constantly on the rise. The secure, cost-efficient supply and disposal of banknotes and coins is associated with considerable manual effort for transport services. Cash takings have to be counted and further processed according to the two-person rule – a labor- and cost-intensive process. At IT-TRANS, Wincor Nixdorf will be showing two solutions that largely automate cash processes and guarantee security. Under the name SMART Cash Management, the company will present a compact and cost-efficient solution consisting of a deposit safe and customized software that provides for fast, correct deposits, prompt posting and secure storage of banknotes and coins.

For deposits of large volumes of cash, Wincor Nixdorf has developed the PROFESSIONAL Cash Management concept. This solution consists of an automated teller safe with a recycling function to make deposited banknotes available for dispensing once they have been validated as well as a coin module and the user-friendly CETIS software to control the cash processes. It enables seamless monitoring of cash processes and provides a variety of transaction data for monitoring and reporting purposes in real time.

Public transport companies that want to renew their ticket vending machines can now also turn to Wincor Nixdorf for solutions. The company has evaluated a modular system concept that can be flexibly adapted to the requirements of transport services. During development, the focus was on simple operation, security and optimum serviceability. The terminals can be remotely monitored with the aim of ensuring maximum availability of the systems.

Visitors to IT-TRANS can find Wincor Nixdorf at stand C13 in hall 1. Between 9 and 9.30 a.m. on March 3, 2016, Vera Loeffler, Business Development at Wincor Nixdorf, and Thomas Vogel will be talking about the optimization of cash processes as part of the presentation series “Efficient Operations 2” at Market Update Forum B.

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and retailers. The experience and innovative power that we have gained in these segments through our work with hardware, software, services and Professional Services help us transfer the portfolio to railroad and other public transport companies. Customers benefit from synergies in hardware and software development, the fast transfer of innovations and know-how and a globally established service organization – as we have already proven in various projects with European railroad and public transport companies.

Our portfolio comprises counter automation, self-service, waiting line management and cash management solutions as important offerings for this industrial sector.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

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

Wincor Nixdorf to demonstrate in-store mobility solutions at EuroCIS

Wincor Nixdorf at EuroCIS 2016

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mobile devices are greatly changing consumer habits. Against this backdrop, retail companies need concepts for offering their customers special shopping experiences in the form of personalized mobile services. Using the TP Application Suite software platform and its individual modules, Wincor Nixdorf will demonstrate at EuroCIS how to efficiently operate mobile touch points and how retailers can support their customers during the purchasing process, excite them with innovative services and maintain their loyalty to their company.

A study* commissioned by Wincor Nixdorf and carried out by the international market research company IDC Retail Insights shows how mobile technologies are changing consumers’ shopping behavior and, as a result, influencing the range of services offered by the retail industry. Already, 72 percent of European customers use their smart phone or tablet to look up additional product information. Nearly one in three customers also expect sales staff at the point of sale (POS) will have mobile devices available to provide more details and demonstrate product features. The same number of consumers also expect sales staff to be able to reserve unavailable products for pick-up at another store as part of their customer service. From the results of the survey, IDC concludes that “mobile services are on the way to becoming an equally important criterion for deciding where to shop as product range, brands and prices..

“Retail companies should quickly define and implement their individual mobile strategy for stores,” says Sabine Grün, Head of Industry Marketing Retail at Wincor Nixdorf. The emphasis here is on “individual.” The basis for every promising mobile concept draws from “first analyzing the cross-channel shopping behavior, gaining a detailed understanding of this customer journey and developing specific mobile services for the company’s own target group,” Grün explains. Customers appreciate flexible delivery and pick-up services, with employees having real-time mobile access to stock levels and orders. Customers save time because they can scan their purchases themselves, for instance with their smart phone, and simply pay at a self-service checkout with either cash or a card. Customers receive personalized smart phone messages with special offers that precisely match their shopping basket, their needs or their current location in the store. These are just a few examples of mobile services. Every retail company must assess how relevant such services are for its own target group and which services in particular contribute to the shopping experience.

In view of its holistic approach to solutions and extensive experience in international retailing, Wincor Nixdorf sees itself as a consulting partner for retailers that has the ability to accompany and support such decision-making processes. In its study, the market research company IDC also recommends that retailers define their mobile strategy in cooperation with an IT partner “who is not only able to implement mobile applications but is also well versed with sales concepts and customer behaviors and has a deep understanding of the processes in the retail sector.”

As a special highlight, Wincor Nixdorf will demonstrate to visitors at EuroCIS 2016 the opportunities new mobile applications offer to brick-and-mortar retail companies using a model store environment. Wincor Nixdorf’s tried-and-tested software platform, the TP Application Suite, is the basis for such processes. The new version TP.net 6.0, with its individual application solutions, provides numerous functions for mobile devices with iOS and Android operating systems. “With TP.net 6.0, we have managed to map many functions, in particular omnichannel functions, and make them available for mobile use,” says Lars Wiesner, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. For example:

Mobile merchandise management. The software module TPOMM brings user-friendly merchandise management solutions to mobile devices. At the trade fair, Wincor Nixdorf will demonstrate how sales staff can use their tablet to call up product specifications, check product availabilities and enter or change customer orders, for example. With this solution, retailers give their customers the flexibility to buy, order, reserve, pick up and return products in the way that works best for them.

Mobile scanning. Whether customers want to pop in for a quick purchase or leisurely stroll around the store, mobile self-scanning processes using a hand-held scanner provided by the retailer or with the customer’s own smart phone save time and offer new services. Customers can scan their goods directly at the shelf, view additional product information and the total sum of their purchases on the display at any time, and pay quickly and conveniently at a self-service terminal. These processes are controlled through the TPiSHOP software.

Mobile marketing. Addressing customers directly and personally in the store with messages on their smart phone containing special offers that have been specifically selected on the basis of insights from “historical” business relations with the customer: This is an example of the kind of personalized marketing applications Wincor Nixdorf provides with its latest version of TP.net. Special tools for real-time analysis and proactive planning make the campaigns particularly effective and contribute to long-term customer loyalty. “Retail companies benefit from an informative 360-degree view of the customer relationship and can, as a result, gear their offers specifically to the requirements of the customers,” Wiesner says . To implement direct customer communication using beacon technology, Wincor Nixdorf cooperates with Zebra Technologies, a company that provides the WiFi and beacon infrastructure required for such applications.

With BEETLE/moPOS, Wincor Nixdorf will showcase a tablet POS solution at EuroCIS 2016 that can be used as a stationary and mobile point of sale. All the necessary POS functions, information on products and payment by card are thus offered in mobile form wherever the consumer needs them. This solution can also be used by store staff to call up stock information or reorder goods anywhere on the shop floor.

Wincor Nixdorf will present its mobile solutions for retail stores at EuroCIS 2016 (Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, February 23 through 25) at Stand C 26 in Hall 9. What’s more, various projects in practical use and Wincor Nixdorf’s omnichannel solutions will be introduced as part of the presentation program that accompanies the trade fair. Claude Gerber, Head of IT at Calida AG, will talk about his experiences with the SAP Order Management solution Wincor Nixdorf has installed at the global clothing group, for example. A presentation by s.oliver about the omnichannel concepts the international fashion group has pursued together with Wincor Nixdorf is also planned. In addition, Sabine Grün, Head of Retail Industry Marketing at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a brief presentation titled “Explore the store with mobile solutions.”

* In-Store Mobility Technologies: Realizing the Opportunity of Personalized Customer Experiences In-Store. IDC, 2015.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

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

Press/Trade Press

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

Trade Press

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

CBL & Associates Properties to add home retailer West Elm and Pieology Pizzeria to Friendly Center in Greensboro, NC

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE: CBL), Inc. announced plans to add home retailer West Elm at Friendly Center in Greensboro, NC, as part of a new 12,709-square-foot self-development project. West Elm will occupy approximately 9,000 square feet of the total expansion, which also includes Pieology Pizzeria and an additional soon-to-be-named retailer.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of Friendly Center and the addition of West Elm,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “West Elm will not only enhance the center by delivering a great retail name, but also demonstrates our commitment to investing in the property’s continued growth.”

West Elm’s location at Friendly Center will be the first in the CBL portfolio, joining other top Friendly Center exclusive names such as lululemon, Anthropologie and Altar’d State. The addition of West Elm underscores CBL’s commitment to bringing high-end, new-to-market retailers to centers. To support this initiative, CBL has appointed Laura Farren to the newly created position of National Director – Premier Accounts. In this role, Farren cultivates new partnerships with leading retailers to ensure that CBL’s portfolio continues to deliver the best in today’s retail to our customers.

The new development is located between Anthropologie and Whole Foods, facing West Friendly Avenue. Construction on the space is currently underway, and both West Elm and Pieology plan to open in fall 2016.

About West Elm
West Elm helps customers express their personal style at home. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the brand opened its first store in 2003 in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. Everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact, from its commitment to Fair Trade Certified, local and handcrafted products to its community-driven in-store events and collaborations. Mixing clean lines, natural materials and handcrafted collections from the U.S. and around the world, West Elm creates unique, affordable designs for modern living. The brand operates 87 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. West Elm is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitterand YouTube, and is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.

About Pieology Pizzeria
Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology Pizzeria offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in less than three minutes. The recently introduced customizable salad program is available at select locations with plans to roll out chain wide in 2016. Founded in 2011 by Carl Chang, Pieology was created from the simple idea to turn America’s most crave-able food into an affordable and interactive experience. The mission of Pieology Pizzeria is to inspire individual creativity in a positive atmosphere where guests can gather with family and friends, while enjoying their delicious pizza creations. Along with providing great food and a memorable dining experience, Pieology is committed to making a positive difference in the communities it serves, one pie at a time. Recently named the #1 Fastest Growing Chain by Technomic, Pieology is steadily expanding its U.S. footprint, with commitments throughout the country in various stages of development. For more information, visit www.pieology.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Friendly Center
Friendly Center and The Shops at Friendly Center is a complete lifestyle shopping, dining and entertainment experience featuring Anthropologie, Apple, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Chico’s, J.Crew, LOFT, Soma Intimates, White House|Black Market, and restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The complex, which boasts over 1.3 million square feet, is anchored by Belk, Macy’s, Sears, The Grande Cinema, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Old Navy, Harris Teeter and REI. Friendly Center is located in Greensboro, the heart of North Carolina, which is enjoying a rise in upscale downtown living. The area also benefits from seven local colleges and universities with more than 55,000 college students. For more information, please visit www.FriendlyCenter.com.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 147 properties, including 91 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.7 million square feet including 7.0 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

CBL contact: Stacey Keating, Director of Public Relations, 423.490.8361, Stacey.Keating@CBLProperties.com

PetSmart celebrates Valentine’s Day with ways to shower your best friend with love

PHOENIX, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On a day typically reserved for showing love to significant others, why not show a little extra love and attention towards your pet – that loyal companion who doles out unconditional love and affection all year long.

“No longer is Valentine’s Day only about expressing our love and appreciation for the humans in our life, it’s about including the other important family members, our pets,” Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart said. “After all, who is more loving and loyal than our furry companions?”

To help celebrate, PetSmart is sharing some great ways to shower your best friend with love this Valentine’s Day.

Delight Your Pet With a New Toy: Demonstrate your bond with your pet with a plush toy from the Martha Stewart Pets® Collection that says “Purrfect Match” or an “I Dig You” bone. Make your love go further by giving a gift that gives back! Exclusive to PetSmart, the Luv-A-Pet™ Pound Puppies line designates 10 percent of the proceeds from item sales to be donated to PetSmart CharitiesTM in the U.S. and PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada to help pets in need.

Treat Them to Something Sweet: BLUE BuffaloTM Be Mine Bars, a wholesome treat packed with fruits and veggies, make a great healthy treat. For those who like to bake a little love into their own treats, PetSmart is sharing an easy-to-execute Pupcakes recipe using Milk-Bone® dog biscuits. Click here for the simple and creative pet-friendly recipe.

Keep Our Pets Kiss-ably Fresh:It’s the month of love, and also National Pet Dental Health Month! On the day where extra kisses are in order, ensure your pet’s teeth are clean and breath is fresh with Greenies® Dental Chews or Arm & Hammer™ Advanced Care Fresh Breath Cat Mints. Try a teeth cleaning service at PetSmart’s grooming salon.

Show Off Your Love with Home Pet Décor: Pets love a new bed to snuggle up in, especially one shaped like a donut! Bigger dogs are sure to love a pink, puffy paw-print bed from Martha Stewart Pets. For the DIY-er, PetSmart is offering a fun pet-themed Valentine’s Day photo frame project.

Outfit Your Pup in Style: With an array of adorable tees, tanks and dresses to choose from with fun slogans like, “Cutie Pie” and “Love,” dogs will look festive for their Valentine’s Day romp in the park, trip to the office or photo ops worthy of social sharing. For pups that prefer a more understated approach, a pink and red polka dot collar from the Martha Stewart Pets Collection makes a beautiful yet practical gift.

Treat Your Pet to a Spa Day: PetSmart salons offer a range of indulgences perfect for pampering your pet. In addition to refresher services like grooming and pawdicures, pet parents can also treat their pets to fun, decorative Pet Expressions chalking, feathering and heart stencils, which will not only make pets feel special, they’ll look special, too.

A Play Date For Them, A Date Night For You: Treat your pup to PetSmart’s Valentine’s Day Night Camp! Saturday and Sunday only, from 5 p.m. – close, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ locations go pink and red, complete with special treats, paving the way for pet parents to enjoy date night.

Make a New Best Friend: What better way to celebrate the day of love (or weekend for that matter) than by adopting! About 15,000-plus loving pets will be waiting to find a forever home during PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 12-14, at more than 1,400 PetSmart stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
For more information about PetSmart’s Valentine’s Day products, services, deals and store hours visit www.petsmart.com. Selection of products may vary by location. PetSmart services offerings (e.g., grooming and Doggie Day Camp) are subject to availability and pet age, health and vaccination requirements apply. Pet Expressions are not available in SC, Boulder, CO and select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 weeks and older.

For more information about PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend and how to adopt, visit http://petsmartcharities.org.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

SOURCE: PetSmart Store Support Group, Inc.

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
 

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

PetSmart Charities™ announces February National Adoption Weekend event at PetSmart stores across North America on Feb. 12-14

Playful “Better Than” Reminders Invite Prospective Pet Parents to Save a Life by Adopting a Pet during National Adoption Weekend

PHOENIX, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re looking for someone to love this Valentine’s Day, PetSmart Charities™ invites you to find your perfect soul mate with a deserving cat or dog at the February National Adoption Weekend event held in all PetSmart stores across North America Feb. 12-14.

PetSmart Charities and its 3,000 local shelter partners plan to play matchmaker with people everywhere, expanding families and giving thousands of single dogs or cats their forever homes. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, PetSmart has identified the top five reasons why an adopted pet is the perfect year-round Valentine and may even be “better than” some significant others. Here are some playful reminders:

  1. Your pet won’t whine about spending Saturday night cuddling, while watching your favorite movie – again.
  2. You’ll never see your pet upset that you feed him or her the same dinner night after night.
  3. Your pet doesn’t mind being trained – they are even excited to show you their new tricks!
  4. It’s not hard to shop for pets – you always know that treats and toys top their list.
  5. It’s perfectly acceptable to pick your pet’s friends for them.

“Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, and pets are the most giving source of unconditional love – not just around Valentine’s Day, but every day,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We look forward to expanding families everywhere when 15,000-plus adoptable pets find their forever home in a single weekend this Valentine’s Day weekend.”

Fall in Love with an Adoptable Pet

You can find your perfect match at the February National Adoption Weekend event at more than 1,400 PetSmart stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Where: PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers or designated adoption areas in all PetSmart stores
When: Fri., Feb. 12 and Sat., Feb. 13, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Contact: Find the PetSmart store nearest you at http://pets.petsmart.com/adoptions/ or call 1-877-473-8762.
Share: Tell us how your adopted pet is “better than” a significant other. Join the conversation by following @PetSmart on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PetSmart

As a gift to new pet adopters for saving a life – whether adopting at PetSmart or elsewhere – PetSmart offers its free Adoption Starter Kit available every day at PetSmart stores. The Kit includes tips to care for a new cat or dog and coupons valued at $400 in savings on beds, bowls, collars, leashes, and free one-time services such as veterinarian, grooming, boarding, training and Doggie Day Camp. Also included is a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™ – all proud sponsors of PetSmart Charities™ adoptions and National Adoption Weekends held at PetSmart stores.

Partnering to Save Lives

Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To help end pet homelessness and save lives, PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations across North America on a range of powerful adoption events in PetSmart stores. Four times each year, PetSmart highlights the adoption program through National Adoption Weekends where 15,000-plus pets find lifelong, loving homes in a single weekend.

Last year, through all the combined adoption efforts at PetSmart stores two pets were adopted every minute a store was open and about 1,400 pets’ lives were saved every day.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart  

About PetSmart Charities™
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  Their generous donations are then managed by PetSmart Charities, which efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar, making funding grants to directly help pets in need.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About PetSmart Charities of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada. Each year more than 20,000 cats and dogs find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly all PetSmart® stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $9 million to help pets in need with a funding focus on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart, Inc.

SOURCE: PetSmart Store Support Group, Inc.

Contacts:

Golin for PetSmart Inc.:
Danielle Bickelmann
dbickelmann@golin.com
972-341-2503

Golin for PetSmart Charities:
Jennifer Kepler
jkepler@golin.com
972-341-2552

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Harris Teeter to debut Carolina Hurricanes center Jay McClement Signature Sub Sandwich

Date:    Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Time:   5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: North Hills East Harris Teeter
120-100 St. Albans Dr.
Raleigh, N.C. 27609 

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Raleigh, N.C., 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monday, Feb. 15, Carolina Hurricanes center Jay McClement will team up withHarris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich.

McClement’s sandwich, “JMAC Attack,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “JMAC Attack,” which features roasted turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, and a dash of salt and pepper on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “JMAC Attack” sandwich, a drink and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

“JMAC Attack” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Raleigh-area Harris Teeter stores.  Monday only, however, McClement will make an appearance at the North Hills East Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “JMAC Attack” as Harris Teeter’s second Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2015-2016 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

 

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Harris Teeter to debut Carolina Hurricanes center Jay McClement Signature Sub Sandwich

Harris Teeter to debut Carolina Hurricanes center Jay McClement Signature Sub Sandwich

Harris Teeter and Coca-Cola with the City of Wilmington launch Recycle & Win program

  • Recycle & Win program kicks off February 15th
  • $50 Harris Teeter Gift Cards will be awarded to 270 randomly selected City of Wilmington recycling customers
  • $150,000 invested by Coca-Cola to ensure program’s success

Wilmington, NC, 2016-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an effort to promote recycling, the City of Wilmington, in partnership with Harris Teeter and Coca-Cola, is introducing the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program – a unique public private partnership designed to increase local recycling participation and decrease contamination.

Set to kick off Feb. 15, Coca-Cola Recycle & Win helps the City of Wilmington’s Solid Waste Office maintain low trash rates, protect the environment, and in return, rewards customers with a $50 Harris Teeter gift card if “caught” recycling the right way.

“Recycling is an important part of our goal to encourage and support environmental responsibility in Wilmington. Increasing the recycling participation rate is one way we intend to build a sustainable community,” Wilmington Mayor, Bill Saffo said. “This effort reinforces The City’s support for the County’s public/private partnership bringing a recycling sorting facility to our local area this spring. The City wants to ensure customers are not only recycling, but recycling the proper materials and supporting the local materials recovery facility.”

“Harris Teeter is excited to team up with Coca-Cola again to promote recycling in the communities we serve,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter Communication Manager. “Environmental stewardship is an important factor in Harris Teeter’s daily operations; our hope is that, for customers who participate in the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program to earn $50 Harris Teeter gift cards, recycling will become a part of their daily routine as well.”

The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated have invested over $150,000 in the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program, which includes a direct mail educational packet sent to all City of Wilmington solid waste customers in Wilmington the week of February 22nd. The educational packet contains images highlighting which materials should go in your recycling container as well as a “Give it Back” sticker, which residents must place on one of their recycling containers to be eligible for a chance to win a $50 Harris Teeter gift card.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

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Harris Teeter and Coca-Cola with the City of Wilmington launch Recycle & Win program

Harris Teeter and Coca-Cola with the City of Wilmington launch Recycle & Win program