Lindex launches better denim made from sustainable cotton and produced in more sustainable processes

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A spring campaign where sustainability in both material and process is in focus. From January 2016 a vast majority of all Lindex denim is made from sustainable cotton and produced in more sustainable processes saving water, energy and chemicals. With this new range of denim for both women’s and kids, Lindex continue to set the standard.

“We are very proud to have implemented low impact production processes at the majority of all our denim. This is a big step towards our goal that by 2020, 80 percent of all Lindex garments shall be produced with more sustainable processes”, says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Production Support Manager at Lindex.

Some of the Better Denim styles are completely sustainable; made of organic cotton, with sustainable trims and produced with water, energy and chemical saving processes. All 5-pocket denims have the size printed in the waistband, reducing paper from not using main and size labels. The completely sustainable denims have hangtags made from recycled paper, attached with organic cotton strings. Some of the denim bottoms are even more sustainable with sustainable trims like zippers, buttons, rivets and badges.

For the Better Denim campaign, Lindex also introduces its very first upcycled* item – a sneaker made from re-used denim. All parts of the shoe are sustainable with the denim fabric being collected from the post-consumer textile reuse and recycling flow, managed through Lindex stores and sorted by Swedish second hand organization Myrorna. The denim sneaker is made in collaboration between Lindex, Myrorna and Fair Unlimited.

Lindex Better Denim campaign is launched in all Lindex stores and at lindex.com on February 17th.

For more and high-res images visit http://about.lindex.com/en/images/lindex-better-denim/

For more information, please contact:

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
PR/Press, Lindex
Tel: 46 31 739 53 13
E-mail: filippa.tarras-wahlberg@lindex.com

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Lindex launches better denim made from sustainable cotton and produced in more sustainable processes
Lindex launches better denim made from sustainable cotton and produced in more sustainable processes

SRC-KPMG: Scottish sales decreased by 3.8% in January 2016 vs the same month last year

  • In January 2016, total Scottish sales decreased by 3.8% compared with January 2015, when they had declined by 2.3%. This is the weakest Store performance since April 2012, but follows the best performance since January 2014 in the prior month. Like-for-like sales decreased by 4.0% on last January, when they had decreased by 3.1%. Adjusted for deflation measured by the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI), total Scottish sales decreased by 2.0%.
  • Total Food sales were 5.8% down on January 2015, when they had decreased 1.4%, their slowest year-on-year performance on record. Adjusted for the effect of online sales in Scotland, total Non-Food sales increased by 0.2% over a decline of 1.1% in January 2015, their worst performance since October 2015.
  • Three-month average total Non-Food sales growth was 0.9% (online adjusted) in Scotland, against a growth of 2.8% in the UK.
  • LONDON, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “There is no denying that these are dour retail sales figures for January, showing a decline of two percent even once falling shop price inflation is taken into account. After the excess of the festive period, which saw solid retail sales growth in December, shoppers were clearly keeping a firm grip on purse strings and wallets in January even as footfall improved.

    “Food sales plunged last month, albeit after a strong showing the previous month, and at a faster rate than the 3-month average. The total year-on-year change of retail sales of non-food items dipped too. However, after taking account of the trend for online purchasing and discounting by retailers to shift stock, non-food sales remained positive. In fact, the 3-month trend for online adjusted non-food achieved its best performance since September 2015. Other non-food was the best performing category from an otherwise drab overall set of figures, with sales of larger furniture items holding up well. Clothing and footwear followed closely, with winter clothing, boots and sport shoes amongst the stand out performers during the month.

    “With the Chancellor’s Budget just a month away and the publication of the Holyrood election manifestos almost upon us, Scotland’s retailers will be looking for measures which will further improve consumer confidence, boost disposable incomes and keep down the cost of living. With half of VAT receipts being assigned to the Scottish Parliament our politicians at Holyrood have a direct stake in facilitating a flourishing retail industry.”

    David McCorquodale, Head of Retail at KPMG, said: “Storms battered the Scottish high streets in January, resulting in the weakest performance for some time and a washout to start 2016. With the month producing 145 per cent of average rainfall and only 63 per cent of average sunshine, it was one of the wettest and dullest Januarys for a century. As a consequence, total sales were down by 3.8 per cent compared with last year.

    “Food sales were particularly badly hit, falling by 5.8 per cent. Having enjoyed one of its best months for a couple of years in December, the grocers will be hoping figures for January were a consequence of the deluge rather than the post-Christmas diet. Even with the benefit of adjusting for the effect of online sales, the weather put the brakes on recent growth in non-food sales, which increased by only 0.2 per cent.

    “With an election looming and ongoing challenges in the oil and gas industry, the Scottish retail sector will be looking to the Government to find ways to encourage consumer confidence and to alleviate unnecessary burdens on retailers. They will also be hoping the latest sales decline was genuinely weather related rather than consumer malaise.”

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

    Staples and Office Depot to divest corporate contract business and related assets to Essendant

    • Essendant to acquire more than $550 million of office products revenue and related assets
    • More than 25 percent of the revenue to come from Fortune 100 companies and approximately half the revenue from Fortune 500 companies
    • Deal further strengthens Essendant as national office supplies competitor
    • $22.5 million purchase contingent on successful closing of Staples/Office Depot merger

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples and Office Depot today announced an agreement to sell more than $550 million in large corporate contract business and related assets to Essendant. Essendant will pay Staples approximately $22.5 million. More than 25 percent of the revenue acquired by Essendant will be from Fortune 100 companies  and approximately half of the revenue  will come from Fortune 500 companies.

    The transaction is subject to the successful completion of the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, as well as other customary closing conditions.

    The commercial business and assets being divested relate primarily to accounts held by Staples and Office Depot acting as wholesalers to minority and woman-owned office supply resellers.  The acquisition of this business and related assets will significantly increase Essendant’s presence with large corporate customers, improve Essendant’s capabilities, and further enable independent dealers in combination with Essendant to more effectively compete for national account business.

    “We’re pleased to reach this agreement with Essendant as we continue to work to complete the acquisition of Office Depot,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Staples.
    “Our agreement with Essendant strengthens a national competitor, further enables independent office products dealers, and helps minority and woman-owned businesses compete for national commercial customers.”

    IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on May 18, 2015. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on May 15, 2015. Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about May 19, 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on June 19, 2015. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.

    Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Staples and Office Depot through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

    In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus from Staples by contacting Staples’ Investor Relations Department at 800-468-7751 or from Office Depot by contacting Office Depot’s Investor Relations Department at 561-438-7878.

    SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Staples and Office Depot, the expected timetable for satisfying conditions to the merger, including receiving regulatory approvals, and completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about Staples or Office Depot managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained after delays or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Staples’ and Office Depot’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and the other factors described in Staples’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. Staples and Office Depot disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

    Media Contacts:
    Staples: Kirk Saville
    508-253-8530

    Office Depot: Karen Denning
    630-438-7445

    Investor Contacts:
    Staples: Chris Powers
    508-253-4632

    Office Depot: Rich Leland
    561-438-3796

    BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its second restaurant in 2016 at Victorville, California

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its second restaurant of 2016 in Victorville, California. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, which opened on Monday, February 15th, is located at Dunia Plaza off the 15 Freeway and Bear Valley Road. The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    “We are excited to open our newest restaurant in our home state of California,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “The new Victorville BJ’s is our 62nd restaurant in California where we have some of our strongest sales volumes. To date we have opened two restaurants and remain on track to open 18 to 19 new restaurants this year. Our next restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-March and will be our first restaurant in North Carolina at the Hanes Mall in Winston Salem.”

    BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 172 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s restaurant and brewery locations and independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, NewYork, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

    Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

    For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

    BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

    Colruyt to open new store in Braine-L’Alleud

    Braine-L’Alleud, Belgium, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 17 February a brand-new Colruyt store will open its doors at rue du Jardinier 50 in Braine-L’Alleud, 500 m from the current store.

    New-generation store
    Colruyt Braine-l’Alleud is a new-generation store. Store manager Laurent Cardoen: “The current store and car park had become too small to offer our customers the best service. It was time to look for a new location. This new-generation store is even more efficient and makes shopping more pleasant for our customers. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect us to.

    The new store is built on piles. As a result, it was possible to create a large covered car park. Customers can take the lift or moving walkway to access the store.

    Brand-new butcher’s department
    The butcher’s department of the new Colruyt Braine L’Alleud has also been completely redesigned. Head butcher Mathieu Sannen: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.

    Collect&Go: Colruyt shops for the customer
    The covered car park of the new store shelters the 175th Collect&Co pick-up point. “Collect&Go is the handy service of Colruyt where we shop for the customers”, store manager Laurent Cardoen explains. “They send their shopping list to collectandgo.be on their PC or smartphone, and the Collect&Go team has their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. It’s a handy service, and they save time!

    Special open evening 
    From Wednesday 17 February, store manager Laurent Cardoen, head butcher Mathieu Sannen and their 29 employees will be on hand to welcome customers again at the new Colruyt Braine-L’Alleud.
    Laurent Cardoen: “The evening before, on Tuesday 16 February from 17.00 to 20.00, everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!

    For more information, please contact:
    –    Johann Denis (regional manager) at 02 360 10 40
    –    Hanne Poppe (press officer Colruyt Group) at 0473 92 45 10

    Practical information:
    Colruyt Braine-l’Alleud
    Rue du Jardinier 50
    1420 Braine-l’Alleud

    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat:    8.30 – 20.00
    Fri:        8.30 – 21.00

    Open house: 
    Tuesday 17 February from 17.00 to 20.00

    Contact
    Hanne Poppe
    press@colruytgroup.com
    +32 (0)2 363 55 45
    +32 (0)473 92 45 10

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    Colruyt to open new store in Braine-L'Alleud

    Colruyt to open new store in Braine-L’Alleud

    Nordstrom Rack to open store in Toronto, Canada in 2018

    SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at One Bloor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 38,600-square-foot store is scheduled to open in 2018.

    The store will be located in Yorkville on the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street, a well-known shopping district in Toronto. The new Rack will join Bloor Street retailers that include Holt Renfrew, Prada, Gap, Michael Kors, H&M, and Zara. The store will be approximately one mile north of the Nordstrom full-line store scheduled to open September 16, 2016 at CF Eaton Centre.

    Nordstrom Rack first started in the basement of the company’s Seattle store over 40 years ago and is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc. The Rack offers customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Merchandise comes from Nordstrom stores and 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.

    “We’re excited to announce our first Nordstrom Rack in Canada in such a wonderful location and provide Canadian customers another way to shop their favorite Nordstrom brands at great prices,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada. “We want to be a part of compelling locations across the country and this is a great first step. We look forward to getting our doors open to serve customers in Toronto.”

    “We are delighted to welcome Nordstrom Rack to One Bloor, the perfect retailer for such a dynamic location. Anchoring the mink mile at the Yonge/Bloor intersection, One Bloor represents one of Toronto’s signature architectural landmarks and is a symbol of excellence in design, technology and experience,” said Christopher Wein, President Great Gulf. “With a culmination of residential, retail and transit at this amazing intersection and the vibrant pedestrian activity, Nordstrom Rack will be well positioned for success and future growth.”

    Nordstrom first announced plans to expand to Canada in 2012 and to date has opened three full-line stores in Calgary at CF Chinook Centre on September 19, 2014; CF Rideau Centre inOttawa on March 6, 2015 and CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver on September 18, 2015. The company will open three additional full-line stores in the Toronto area including CF Eaton Centre on September 16, 2016, Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 21, 2016 and CF Sherway Gardens, fall 2017.

    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

    Madeline Zito
    Great Gulf
    (416) 441-1262
    Madeline.zito@greatgulf.com

     

    SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

    Amazon.com: Prime Now customers in San Diego can now enjoy delivery from local restaurants

    • Prime Now customers in San Diego can now enjoy delivery from local restaurants, including Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Dumpling Inn, Rubicon Deli, T Deli, Tajima, Tandoori Hut and many more
    • Free delivery for a limited time on all restaurant orders

    SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Prime Now customers in San Diegocan now enjoy delivery from local restaurants, including Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Dumpling Inn, Rubicon Deli, T Deli, Tajima, Tandoori Hut and many more. Using the Prime Now mobile app, San Diego customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as the driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

    Once an order is placed, Amazon delivery drivers pick up and deliver the food within an hour or less. The average delivery time since introducing restaurant delivery on Prime Now is 39 minutes.

    “San Diego has great cuisines from all around the world and we are excited to bring them right to the doorstep of San Diego customers through Prime Now Restaurant Delivery,” said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants. “Starting today, San Diego customers can browse dozens of great local restaurants and place an order to be delivered in under an hour – no more fighting traffic to get food from your favorite local restaurants.”

    Starting today, restaurant delivery is available across 16 zip codes in San Diego. Prime members can download the Prime Now app or visit amazon.com/primenow to enter their zip code and see if Prime Now is available in their area. In zip codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

    “Whether you’re looking to order our Triple Threat Pork Sandwich or you’re craving our house-made Carnitas Tacos, you can now get them delivered right to your door through Prime Now Restaurant Delivery,” said Liz Baird, Carnitas’ Snack Shack. “Customers already trust Amazonto deliver just about everything and now they’re extending that trust to hot food. We see this as a tremendous opportunity to reach customers who may not have time to get out during lunch or wait in line.”

    Participating San Diego restaurants include:

    • Alforon • Miller’s Field
    • Bali Thai Cafe • Monroe’s Market
    • Bangkok Poco The Restaurant • Native Foods Cafe
    • Bayside Landing • Maxim’s Palace Chinese Restaurant
    • Bistro Sixty • North Shore Deli and Juice Bar
    • Buddies Burgers • Northside Shack
    • Cafe21 • Ototo Sushi Co.
    • Cali “O” Burgers • Papa Luna’s Empanadas
    • Cap’s Pizza & Bar • Paris Bakery
    • Carnitas’ Snack Shack • Poma’s Italian Deli
    • Carnivore Sandwich • Rosaria Pizza
    • Chedi Thai Bistro • Rubicon Deli
    • Chopstix Too • S&M: Sausage & Meat

    • Chris’ Ono Grinds – Island Grill

    • Sadaf Restaurant
    • Coconut Thai Asian Bistro • San Diego Brewing Company
    • College Sub Shop • Sandwich Stop Deli
    • Crest Cafe • Shima Japanese Steakhouse
    • Devine Pastabilities • Simon’s on Sixth
    • Dumpling Inn • Sizzling Pot King
    • El Rey Taco Shop • Subterranean Coffee Boutique
    • El Rodeo Taco Shop • Sundara
    • El Toro Del Cerro Taco Shop • Sushi Co.
    • Embargo Grill • Sushiya
    • Firehouse – American Eatery + Lounge • T Deli
    • Flavors of East Africa • Tajima
    • Flavors of Mayura • Tandoori House
    • Gaglione Brothers • Tandoori Hut
    • Giant New York Pizza • Taste & Thirst
    • GoodOnYa Deli • Thai Pepper Cuisine
    • Greek Palace • The Cheese Store of San Diego
    • Harbor Town Pub • The Mad Beet
    • Hola Che • The Olive Tree Market
    • Issara Thai • The Smok’d Hog
    • Jade Thai & Mandarin Cuisine • The Works Pizza
    • Ka Prao Thai Cuisine • 328 Cafe
    • Kaiserhof • Tio Chino
    • Kato Sushi • Tony’s Giant Pizzeria & Grill
    • Kebab Village • Tostadas North Park
    • Khan’s Cave • Ulivo
    • KnB Wine Cellars • Urban India
    • La Miche Kabobgee • Vanoos Grillette
    • Lil’ Farmers Cafe • Village Indian Cuisine
    • Lit’l Pepper Gourmet • Westy’s Bar and Grill
    • Maggie’s Café • Woodstock’s Pizza
    • Mama’s Bakery & Lebanese Deli • Zen 5
    • Mignon Pho + Seafood • And more coming soon

    Restaurant delivery on Prime Now offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups or hidden service fees, and delivery on all orders is free for a limited time. Customers pay using the information already stored in their Amazon account and orders are backed by Amazon’s award-winning customer service.

    Prime Now customers in San Diego already enjoy one and two hour delivery on tens of thousands of items from Amazon, including alcohol delivery, and grocery delivery from Sprouts Farmers Market, Bristol Farms, Northgate Gonzalez Market, and Sprinkles Cupcakes. To download the Prime Now app and to learn more about restaurant delivery, visit amazon.com/SanDiego-restaurants. For restaurants interested in working with Prime Now, please contact restaurant-inquiries@amazon.com.

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

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

    Source: Amazon.com Inc.

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

    El Ayuntamiento de Amorebieta-Etxano impulsa la regeneración de Tantorta con la llegada de EROSKI

    • La implantación del supermercado conllevará mejoras en materia de infraestructuras, seguridad vial y aparcamientos y se procederá al derribo de la antigua fábrica de gomas
    • Las obras arrancarán a finales de este año y la apertura del supermercado está prevista para 2017
    • EROSKI invertirá 6 millones de euros en un centro que dispondrá de una sala de ventas de 1.500m2 y que creará en torno a 40 nuevos empleos locales

    AMOREBIETA-ETXANO, Spain, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — El Ayuntamiento de Amorebieta-Etxano impulsará la reurbanización del barrio de Tantorta gracias a la construcción de un nuevo supermercado EROSKI en el municipio.

    La llegada del establecimiento supondrá importantes cambios urbanísticos en la zona. Entre ellos destaca el derribo de la antigua fábrica de gomas así como la mejora de la entrada a Amorebieta-Etxano desde Boroa, lo que implicará la creación de 30 nuevos aparcamientos en el barrio así como la construcción de aceras arboladas en la calle San Pedro que dispongan de nueva iluminación que permita mayor visibilidad a los peatones. Asimismo se construirá una rotonda que mejore la circulación en el barrio para ofrecer una mayor seguridad vial y se mejorará la parada de autobús de la zona instalando una marquesina que incrementará la seguridad y la comodidad de cara al uso de transporte público.

    El objetivo es ampliar la oferta comercial actual a los zornotzarras, retener a los consumidores en el municipio a la hora de hacer sus compras así como atraer a los habitantes de municipios cercanos, para que acudan a Amorebieta-Etxano a hacer sus compras. De esta manera se posibilitará también un incremento de ventas del comercio local.

    El futuro establecimiento que contará con una sala de ventas de 1.500 m2 de superficie y un aparcamiento de 145 plazas, generará en torno a 40 nuevos empleos locales. El inicio de las obras está previsto para finales de 2016 y la apertura del supermercado será una realidad en 2017. Esta obra supondrá una inversión de 6 millones de euros.

    La construcción del supermercado se incluye en la estrategia de la cooperativa de reforzar su presencia en las zonas de influencia prioritaria, que incluyen el País Vasco. El nuevo establecimiento impulsará la especialización en frescos y el trato más personalizado al cliente a la vez que apostará por los productos locales, principales señas de identidad de la nueva generación de supermercados EROSKI.

    Construcción ecosostenible

    El proyecto supone la construcción de un nuevo edificio individual que incorporará las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas de construcción eco-sostenible para la eficiencia energética del edificio y la reducción del impacto medioambiental de su actividad.

    El nuevo supermercado contará con sistemas y equipamientos eficientes de frío, climatización e iluminación de última generación para conseguir el máximo ahorro de energía.

    EROSKI en Bizkaia

    EROSKI cuenta con 229 establecimientos en Bizkaia: 125 supermercados, 10 hipermercados, 37 oficinas de viajes, 8 gasolineras, 6 ópticas, 10 tiendas de deporte FORUM SPORT y 33 perfumerías IF. Actualmente, la cooperativa cuenta con 4.971 trabajadores en Bizkaia.

    EROSKI cuenta con más de 2.000 proveedores en el País Vasco y realiza unas compras anuales de 600 millones de euros, siendo el 60% compras al sector agroalimentario.

    Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
    944 158 642
    comunicacion@eroski.es

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    El Ayuntamiento de Amorebieta-Etxano impulsa la regeneración de Tantorta con la llegada de EROSKI

    El Ayuntamiento de Amorebieta-Etxano impulsa la regeneración de Tantorta con la llegada de EROSKI

    Las ventas online de EROSKI en 2015 han crecido más del 12% impulsadas por su renovada propuesta multicanal

    • Una nueva aplicación para móviles y tabletas de EROSKI permite realizar la compra semanal en sólo 15 minutos, pudiendo escanear directamente los códigos de barras de los productos
    • Una nueva aplicación para móviles y tabletas de EROSKI permite realizar la compra semanal en sólo 15 minutos, pudiendo escanear directamente los códigos de barras de los productos

    ELORRIO, Spain, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Las ventas online de EROSKI en 2015 han crecido más del 12% impulsadas por su renovada propuesta multicanal. A las recientes aperturas, a finales del pasado año, de distintos puntos de recogida de los pedidos online en Bizkaia y A Coruña, se suma ahora una nueva aplicación para móviles y tabletas que permite realizar online una compra semanal en sólo 15 minutos, según ha sido comprobado por los primeros usuarios que han probado la aplicación. El lanzamiento de la nueva app “EROSKI Super” servirá para impulsar las ventas a través de internet del supermercado online EROSKI, que supera los 6 millones de visitas anuales. Durante su primer año, la estimación es que las ventas a través de la nueva aplicación para móviles y tabletas superen el 10% de sus ventas online.

    Con la nueva app EROSKI Súper el cliente puede realizar la compra cómodamente en cualquier momento y lugar desde su móvil o tableta sin necesidad de abandonar la aplicación para realizar el pago. Se trata de una nueva aplicación rápida, muy visual y de uso intuitivo, que va a permitir a los consumidores optimizar tiempo y dinero, gracias a las ofertas personalizadas disponibles”, señala la directora de comercio electrónico de EROSKI, Mari Mar Escrig.

    La aplicación está ya disponible para los sistemas operativos Android y iOS en las versiones en castellano, euskera, catalán, gallego, inglés y alemán. Su descarga es gratuita y permite la sincronización de datos entre ordenador, móvil y tableta. Los pedidos, que pueden realizarse hasta con tres semanas de antelación, son preparados en el momento de la entrega para garantizar la máxima frescura de los alimentos.

    El 75% de nuestros clientes online compra alimentos frescos a través de internet. Valoran especialmente el trato del servicio de atención al cliente y la entrega, por el cumplimiento horario”, concluye Mari Mar Escrig.

    La nueva app de compra online de EROSKI permite una compra habitual más rápida a través de “Mis favoritos”, apartado en el que el cliente encuentra reunidos todos los productos que ha comprado durante los últimos 3 meses en EROSKI, tanto en cualquiera de las tiendas físicas como en el propio supermercado online.

    La nueva app permite realizar la compra también a través del escaneo del código de barras de los productos, pudiendo añadirlos directamente a la lista de compra cuando, por ejemplo, te das cuenta que el producto se ha terminado. La nueva app permite realizar incluso cambios en pedidos en trámite como añadir algún producto o cambiar el día o la hora de entrega del pedido.

    Nueva APP dirigida a los Socios Cliente

    Además de la nueva app para la compra online, EROSKI estrena también de forma simultánea EROSKI app, una aplicación conectada con la app del supermercado online y que abre un nuevo canal de comunicación permanente con su comunidad de Socios Cliente. Entre otras funciones, permite consultar las ofertas de su tienda habitual, realizar listas de la compra o localizar las tiendas EROSKI más cercanas al lugar donde se encuentra el usuario.

    Esta es una aplicación especialmente útil para los más de 2,7 millones de socios de EROSKI Club ya que les permite cuando y donde deseen activar vales descuento digitales personalizados, consultar ofertas, el saldo de su tarjeta monedero o sus puntos Travel. De esta forma impulsamos el protagonismo de nuestros Socios Cliente, actualizando nuestros canales de comunicación como cooperativa de consumo”, indica la directora de comercio electrónico de EROSKI.

    EROSKI Club es un elemento troncal del modelo comercial “contigo” que impulsa la cooperativa como motor de transformación de su actividad comercial, tal como está definido en su Plan Estratégico. La participación de los Socios-Cliente a través de diferentes canales es un elemento fundamental en la estrategia de escucha activa al cliente puesta en marcha por la cooperativa para la mejora continua de las tiendas y la adecuación de su propuesta comercial a las expectativas de su cliente y al propio entorno competitivo.

    Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
    944 158 642
    comunicacion@eroski.es

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    Las ventas online de EROSKI en 2015 han crecido más del 12% impulsadas por su renovada propuesta multicanal

    Las ventas online de EROSKI en 2015 han crecido más del 12% impulsadas por su renovada propuesta multicanal

    EROSKI ha inaugurado un supermercado franquiciado en la calle Santiago de Hondarribia

    • El nuevo supermercado responde al modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa actualmente en su red de tiendas
    • El establecimiento cuenta con una plantilla de seis personas
    • La cooperativa comercializa más de 9.000 productos de 2.000 proveedores vascos

    HONDARRIBIA, Spain, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado en la calle Santiago de Hondarribia. Se trata del primer establecimiento franquiciado abierto en Gipuzkoa por la cooperativa en 2016. El nuevo supermercado responde al modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa actualmente en su red de tiendas y cuyas señas de identidad son el mayor protagonismo de los alimentos frescos, el trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y la promoción de una alimentación saludable. El establecimiento cuenta con una plantilla de seis personas.

    El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y productores locales en sus más de 280 metros cuadrados de superficie. Asimismo, cuentan con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, y las referencias saludables ganan peso con un surtido más amplio. Los clientes disponen de atención personalizada en mostrador en las secciones de carnicería y charcutería.

    Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en el programa de fidelización EROSKI Club, que en Gipuzkoa cuenta con más de 208.000 afiliados. EROSKI Club ofrece descuentos hasta del 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club.

    Compras superiores a los 600 millones de euros

    La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido la cooperativa comercializa más de 9.000 productos elaborados en el País Vasco.

    Los alimentos frescos de temporada, junto con los productos locales, cuentan con un especial protagonismo en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos. La cooperativa colabora con más de 2.000 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compra superior a los 600 millones de euros, siendo el 60% compras al sector agroalimentario.

    94 franquicias inauguradas en el último ejercicio

    EROSKI ha abierto 94 nuevos supermercados franquiciados en 2015, treinta y seis aperturas más que en el ejercicio anterior. Estas inauguraciones, que han contado con una inversión de 15 millones de euros, han generado 664 puestos de trabajo y suponen, junto a la transformación emprendida de su red de tiendas propias, un fuerte impulso a la expansión del nuevo modelo comercial ‘contigo’ definido en su Plan Estratégico. EROSKI prevé superar las 100 aperturas en este ejercicio.

    Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
    944 158 642
    comunicacion@eroski.es

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    EROSKI ha inaugurado un supermercado franquiciado en la calle Santiago de Hondarribia.

    EROSKI ha inaugurado un supermercado franquiciado en la calle Santiago de Hondarribia.

    Albertsons Companies to purchase and rebrand four Idaho-based Paul’s Market stores

    BOISE, ID, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase and rebrand four Idaho-based Paul’s Market stores. The following Paul’s Market stores will be rebranded as Albertsons.

    • 20 East Wyoming, Homedale
    • 700 East Avalon, Kuna
    • 10565 Lake Hazel, Boise
    • 132 East Lake, McCall

    Separately, Paul’s Market also announced plans today to close its three stores in Caldwell, Mountain Home and Nampa. As a part of the transaction, Albertsons will acquire the properties.

    “Over its many years operating retail food stores in the region, Paul’s Market has developed an outstanding reputation for quality, selection and service,” said Brad Street, Albertsons Intermountain Division President. “We are excited to have the chance to add experienced retail employees to our ranks, as well as the opportunity to build on that foundation and earn the trust of Paul’s Market loyal customer base.” Albertsons Intermountain Division operates 84 stores in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota and Nevada.

    “From the day that our family opened the first Paul’s Market store in 1955, we have been a proud Treasure Valley grocer, and we know that the folks at Albertsons share our values and commitment to providing the best to our communities,” said Stan and Steve Zatica, Co-Owners of Paul’s Market. “We sincerely thank our communities for 60 years of shopping with us, and we look forward to watching how these stores evolve to serve their customers for the future.”

    The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The parties anticipate and hope to close the deal for these stores sometime in April.

     

    Albertsons PR Contact: Kathy Holland
    kathy.holland@albertsons.com

    Tractor Supply Company to deliver presentation at an investment community meeting on February 23, 2016

    BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that the Company’s management team will deliver a presentation at an investment community meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time (9:15 a.m. Central Time) in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The presentation will be simultaneously webcast at IR.TractorSupply.com.

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

    The webcast will be archived and available for one year.

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

    Anthony F. Crudele, Chief Financial Officer
    Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    (615) 440-4000

    Investors: John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
    Media: Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
    ICR
    (203) 682-8200

    www.TractorSupply.com

    Source: Tractor Supply Company

    CRS and GEOSYS International Inc. to bring latest digital agriculture and satellite imagery technologies to farmers

    Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new partnership between the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) and GEOSYS International Inc. will bring the latest digital agriculture and satellite imagery technologies to farmers.

    Co-op AG Team Agronomists at South Country Co-op will begin using GEOSYS’ Croptical™ monitoring application this spring. In the first year of the partnership, the application will be used to monitor the field health of a minimum of 120,000 acres in southern Alberta.

    GEOSYS, founded 28 years ago and operating globally, is a pioneer in developing tools based on satellite imagery that improve agriculture business efficiency, including farming practices.

    “At South Country Co-op, we’re proud to provide services that deliver more value to our farm members and customers,” said Mike Clement, General Manager of South Country Co-op. “Satellite imagery is a proven technology for improving agriculture. Our agronomists are knowledgeable, experienced and ready to help growers adopt this exciting technology.”

    Keeping the finger on the pulse of every field

    Croptical provides agronomists with a powerful tool as they build impactful farm strategies for growers.

    The monitoring application uses daily satellite and weather-based data to produce detailed crop health readings with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) technology. Field NDVI growth during the season reveals where there are opportunities to push or protect yields and where agronomists and growers should focus their attention and smart-scout.

    “First and foremost, we are dedicated to agriculture. It is at the core of everything we do,” said Damien Lepoutre, President of GEOSYS. “Our team is committed to delivering value to the grower and empowering agricultural development through digital technology.”

    Throughout the 2016 growing season, South Country Co-op will work with Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) to evaluate Croptical for potential introduction to other Co-op Agro Centres in Western Canada.

    “The Co-op AG Team and the CRS are committed to innovation,” said Trish Meyers, Knowledge and Innovation Manager at FCL. “By partnering with world-renowned leaders in digital agriculture, we will deliver new services and value to our growers. The Co-op AG Team will build on its reputation in Western Canada as a source of local knowledge and expertise and work with growers to realize the full potential of new agricultural technology and data collection tools.”

    SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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    Training magazine names CarMax to its Training Top 125, ninth year in a row

    Company Makes List Of Best Employee Development Programs For Ninth Consecutive Year

    RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, has been named to Training magazine’s Training Top 125 for the ninth year. CarMax ranks No. 56 for 2016. Training Top 125 recognizes organizations for providing extraordinary employer-sponsored workforce training and development programs.

    Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, annually selects 125 organizations that excel at employee development. These companies are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including the best leadership development, outstanding training initiatives and demonstrable results of training programs.

    “Strong and relevant training programs are a vital key to our company’s success,” said Bill Nash, president of CarMax. “As the company grows, we continue to develop training programs to enhance our associates’ career opportunities.”

    Associates at all levels receive individual development plans tailored to prepare them for success in their current role, as well as for future career development.

    “We take an individualized approach in training and development to ensure that every associate is equipped to provide an exceptional customer experience and has the opportunity to be their best,” said Debbie Edwards, manager, talent management. “The content, technology, and pace of training we provide is based on the interests and abilities of each individual.”

    CarMax offers a wide variety of training programs that take this specialized approach, focusing on the needs of the individual, from classroom instruction; self-paced e-learning; on-the-job learning, practice and demonstration; one-on-one mentoring and coaching; and virtual learning opportunities. On average, each CarMax store associate completes more than 60 hours of training per year.

    In addition to this award, CarMax annually wins numerous national and local awards for being an employer of choice. CarMax is recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®; 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity; and 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. CarMax is currently recruiting for more than 1500 positions nationwide and encourages interested candidates to visit jobs.carmax.com to apply today.

    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 156 superstores in 78 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

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

    CarMax celebrates opening of its store in Buford, Georgia with donation to North Gwinnett Cooperative, Inc.

    Company Celebrates with Community Donations

    RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, officially opened its first store in Buford, Georgia, located at 3721 Buford Drive. The store is more than 15,000 square feet, occupies more than 7 acres and stocks more than 300 used vehicles.

    In celebration of the Buford store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative, Inc. Buford CarMax associates selected this nonprofit because of its commitment to providing food, clothing, utility and prescription medication assistance to area residents in need. More than 30 CarMax associates also recently volunteered at North Gwinnett Cooperative where they helped clean and organize the food pantry.

    The CarMax Foundation also is providing a $10,000 grant to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. This grant will fund The Next Step educational program which offers homeless youth in the shelter access to residential advisors and tutors to help with homework and support their education. This grant also came at the recommendation of Buford CarMax associates.

    “Buford is CarMax’s sixth location in the Atlanta area since we first came to town in 1995,” said Karl Wagner, location general manager of the Buford CarMax. “Our customers know that the used car buying experience at CarMax is honest and transparent and that’s why we continue to lead the industry.”

    CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours. Shopping at CarMax is truly the way car buying should be.

    About CarMax
    CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 157 superstores in 78 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

    Media Contacts
    Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations pr@carmax.com

    Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

    Dunkin’ Donuts continues European expansion and seeks franchisees for Belgium, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway and Turkey

    CANTON, MA, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods chains, announced today that it has made significant strides in its European expansion efforts in 2015 with the opening of 55 net new restaurants with its franchisees across the region. With the new restaurants opened over the past year, Dunkin’ Donuts now has more than 220 locations across Europe.

    Over the past year, the company has celebrated first restaurant openings in Denmark, Georgia, Iceland and Poland, marking the brand’s continued expansion into new European markets, while also opening additional locations in Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  Additionally, a master franchise agreement was signed in September to develop 30 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Switzerland.

    We’ve been very pleased with our regional expansion efforts in 2015, bringing Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality foods and beverages to guests in several new European countries,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We’re also continuing to recruit qualified, well-capitalized multi-unit franchisee groups for Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey, and see tremendous opportunity for future growth in these markets.”

    Franchisee candidates looking to further develop the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in Europe must have deep retail or foodservice operations experience. Groups must also have strong financial backgrounds, knowledge of their local consumers and marketplace, a proven track record of success in the restaurant industry, and a desire to develop a minimum of 20-35 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in their market over the next several years. Specifics and fees will vary per country and are available upon request.

    “We were very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Iceland and help grow the brand in Europe,” said Arni Petur Jonsson, CEO of DRANGASKER EHF, Dunkin’ Donuts master franchisee for Iceland. “With coffee culture being such an important part of life in Iceland and across Europe, we feel that Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality blends of coffee and welcoming, friendly restaurant environments are a great addition for the region. We look forward to serving more guests across the country as we open additional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the years ahead.”

    Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries around the world, including more than 220 locations across Europe in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Europe feature the brand’s wide range of hot and iced coffees, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, croissants, donuts and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. Regional menu items are also offered to cater to local tastes.

    To apply for a franchise opportunity in Europe and for more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DDGlobalFranchising.com.

    About Dunkin’ Donuts
    Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
    Phone: 954-893-9150
    Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

    CBRE marks tenth consecutive year of being named to The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 by IAOP®

    LOS ANGELES, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced that the company has been named to The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®). This achievement marks the tenth consecutive year that CBRE has been named among the world’s elite outsourcing firms across all industries.

    The 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. Judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by a panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

    CBRE offers an unrivaled suite of outsourcing services for occupiers, including advisory and transactions, enterprise facilities management, consulting, project management, property management, development, capital markets solutions, and more.

    “IAOP’s continued recognition of CBRE as an elite global outsourcing company is a testament to our platform and our professionals, who provide exceptional real estate and facilities outsourcing services to our clients every day,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE. “Our recent acquisition of Johnson Control’s Global Workplace Solutions business has further strengthened our already robust outsourcing capability and provides clients with greater advantages in virtually every corner of the world.”

    “Choosing the right partners is more important than ever. Companies that outsource, not only in the traditional sense but also through the wide array of the ever-changing collaborative business models, are scrutinizing their providers very closely,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The GO100 is the definitive guide to help companies research and compare service providers with whom they are considering relationships.”

    CBRE acquired the Global Workplace Solutions business from Johnson Controls Inc. in September 2015.

    About IAOP
    IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

    About CBRE Group, Inc.
    CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

    Media contact

    Robert McGrath
    Senior Director, Global Media Relations
    email

    SOURCE: CBRE

    EuroCIS 2016: Wincor Nixdorf takes retail visitors to a virtual tour around a store

    Wincor Nixdorf at EuroCIS 2016

    Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — At Wincor Nixdorf’s trade-fair stand, retail visitors can take a virtual tour around a store. Among other features, 3D visualization technology helps retailers assess how new IT systems and design changes fit into an existing store environment.

    How might the new or modernized store look? Do the new POS system’s shape and color suit the overall design in the checkout zone? Which effects can be achieved by what design changes? How can visual efforts enhance the feel-good atmosphere and shopping experience for the customer? These and other questions can be answered with the help of virtual visualization technology. At EuroCIS, Wincor Nixdorf will simulate a tour through a model convenience store. Visitors at the stand need an iPhone, have to download the required Wincor Nixdorf app and will receive a pair of 3D glasses. Once equipped, they can start their virtual 360-degree tour of the store and quickly and simply obtain a detailed image of the new or redesigned store environment. Thanks to this solution, Wincor Nixdorf is showing how construction, design and technological concepts for stores can be visualized in advance, thus giving retailers an additional tool to ensure well-founded investment decisions.

    This 3D visualization is part of Wincor Nixdorf’s extensive service portfolio that visitors can learn about at EuroCIS. Part of Wincor Nixdorf’s portfolio, Store Modernization helps the company’s retail customers with the construction and modernization of stores by providing advising services as well as by planning, organizing and monitoring construction work. In addition, the company offers end-to-end IT service solutions as part of its Store Life-Cycle Management product. Throughout a store’s life cycle, from opening to operation to restoration of its original condition, Wincor Nixdorf provides support by consulting, managing and rolling out projects and overseeing all service providers. These scalable services also comprise operating the store’s IT system and managing applications as well as ensuring smooth IT-based business processes.

    Wincor Nixdorf will present its 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 Industry Marketing Retail at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a brief presentation titled “Explore the store with mobile solutions.”

    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

    The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

    Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The buzz is no longer virtual: Oculus Rift, the highly anticipated virtual reality system, is available for pre-order today on BestBuy.com.

    Virtual reality, or VR, is a new technology that allows users to immerse themselves in lifelike locations — like a packed concert or the depths of the ocean — using a headset that’s paired with a PC, smartphone or other device. The technology lets you live in your favorite video game or even virtually “hang out” with friends from the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are endless, and this is the year VR becomes more accessible to consumers.

    Many gamers and tech types are super excited about the new devices. Many others have questions  about the new technology and its uses.

    Best Buy Blue Shirt Sid Demesa is here to help.

    Sid is a sales consultant at Best Buy in Los Angeles by day and a hardcore gamer by night. His passion for technology extends beyond his shifts at Best Buy, as he spends his free time listening to gaming podcasts and keeping up with the latest VR news. He took some time out of his busy day to answer a few questions about the new technology.

    1.   What are you most excited about when it comes to VR?
    It’s the evolution of the television, where you’re no longer confined to a fixed screen when viewing media, whether it’s a movie, your favorite TV show or a video game. By putting on a headset, VR allows you to experience it firsthand. I’m most excited about the impact it will have on video games and creative works, such as movies.

    2.   Is it only for gamers?
    No. It’s true that VR will create a deeper gaming experience because video games already are so interactive and PC gaming, specifically, intersects well with VR. But there are, and will be more, practical uses for the devices. Imagine training for surgery; touring a new house or cool city from afar; attending sporting events, or even seeing the president’s speech as though you were in the front row – all through VR. Those are just some of the uses, and we will see many more.

    3.  How should customers prepare for virtual reality?
    PC gaming systems play a big role in VR.  For most experiences, customers need a high-powered, compatible computer. (For example, to pre-order the Oculus Rift headset through Best Buy, you’ll need to choose one of seven Oculus-ready PCs to go with it.) Other systems, like the Samsung Gear, require a compatible Samsung smartphone.

    4. What is the one thing people should know about VR?
    People shouldn’t feel intimidated. This is the future. Virtual reality has the potential to change the way we consume our media.

    5. Where can you find content, such as games and movies?
    Because VR is still very new, content is constantly being developed.  Customers can download content for platforms like Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift from the Oculus Store.

    Pre-order Oculus Rift on BestBuy.com now. It should be available later this spring.

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    The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

    The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

    PetSmart becomes exclusive retailer to carry pet products featuring The Secret Life of Pets characters

    • PetSmart Receives Exclusive on Licensed Pet Collection
    • Marketing Partnership Involves “Store Takeover” and Innovative Multichannel Shopping Experience

    PHOENIX and UNIVERSAL CITY, CA., 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart and NBCUniversal Brand Development Group today announced a strategic partnership with Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets. Under the agreement, PetSmart has become the exclusive retailer to carry a collection of pet products featuring the characters from the film.

    Under the terms of the deal, an innovative multichannel shopping experience and compelling marketing partnership will be created that will entertain PetSmart’s pet parent customer base, engage new consumers and drive excitement for the film’s audience. The PetSmart campaign will launch timed to the release of The Secret Life of Pets, which arrives in theaters nationwide on July 8, 2016.

    “What we instantly responded to is the fact that The Secret Life of Pets shows us the immensely entertaining lives that our pets lead when we’re not around,” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “It’s an all-audience comedy that will be popular among our pet parents and their families – kids and adults alike. We’re excited to team with NBCUniversal Brand Development on the launch of this perfectly aligned pet-oriented movie.”

    The Secret Life of Pets will have “store takeover” presence across PetSmart’s more than 1,400 stores throughout North America, petsmart.com and other digital platforms. The Secret Life of Pets campaign will include advertising that features custom-to-PetSmart animation and assets across television, print and digital, as well as social engagement programs.

    “Our exclusive partnership with PetSmart is a critical component of our strategy to engage more directly with consumers whose pets are an enormous part of their families,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Development, NBCUniversal Brand Development Group. “We are excited to collaborate with PetSmart to expand our reach and bring The Secret Life of Pets to life.”

    The exclusive PetSmart product collection includes pet apparel such as the iconic Gidget ruffle-skirted dress and hoodies; slogan tees like “Every Dog Has His Day,” featuring Max and Duke; plush and rope squeaker toys featuring Norman and Snowball; and cat and dog beds featuring Gidget and Duke. Also featured is a curated collection of the Characters’ “Top PetSmart Picks” – a list of PetSmart favorites as picked by the main characters in the movie. Big Heart Pets, the company behind Milk-Bone® dog biscuits, will also offer an exclusive-to-PetSmart line of movie-themed pet treats.

    About The Secret Life of Pets
    For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

    Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

    About NBCUniversal Brand Development
    The NBCUniversal Brand Development Group drives expansion of the company’s intellectual property across the corporation. With a focus on kids and family, the business unit has oversight of a dedicated Universal Kids & Family TV Productions business, Digital Products & Gaming, NBCUniversal Consumer Products, and Franchise Management. A key component to this division includes evolving titles into robust, multi-year sustainable brands with multiple consumer touchpoints, including Television, Digital, Video Games, Consumer Products and Live-Events, among others.

    NBCUniversal Brand Development Group is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

    About Universal Pictures
    Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

    About Illumination Entertainment
    lllumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful DESPICABLE ME franchise, which includes MINIONS, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time as well as DESPICABLE ME 2, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include 2011’s HOP and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX, have grossed more than $3 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent. Upcoming films include the highly anticipated July 2016 release of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart in their animated feature debuts; SING, which arrives in theaters in December 2016, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly; DESPICABLE ME 3, set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ THE GRINCH, set for November 2017. In addition, Minion Rush (800 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

    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 nearly 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  

    Contacts:

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

    PetSmart Media Line
    623-587-2177

    Sarah Rothman
    Illumination Entertainment
    646-254-6030
    Sarah.Rothman@42West.Net

    Evan Langweiler
    Universal Pictures
    818-777-9709
    evan.langweiler@nbcuni.com