Woody Allen’s upcoming romantic comedy acquired by Amazon Studios

The romantic comedy, starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll andKen Stott, will be released theatrically this summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Woody Allen’s latest as yet untitled feature film has been acquired for all North American rights, including theatrical and streaming, by Amazon Studios. The film, shot last summer on location in New York and Los Angeles, is a romantic comedy staged in the 1930s and stars Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey,Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott.

Amazon will open the film this summer with a traditional, nationwide theatrical release. Following its theatrical run, it will become available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Video.

“Like all beginning relationships, there is much hope, mutual affection, and genuine goodwill — the lawsuits come later,” said Allen.

“Woody Allen is a brilliant filmmaker,” said Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios. “We’re so proud to be in business with him for both his next film and his first ever TV series.”

Allen is also writing and directing an untitled six-episode television series for Amazon starring himself, Elaine May, and Miley Cyrus. It is executive produced by Erika Aronson, produced by Helen Robin, and begins shooting next month.

Producers of the new film include Allen’s longtime collaborator, Letty Aronson, as well as Steve Tenenbaum and Edward Walson. Executive producers are Ronald L. Chez, Adam B. Stern, and Marc I. Stern. The deal was negotiated by John Burnham and Jessica Lacy of ICM Partners and Erika Aronson of Taborlake on behalf of the filmmakers.

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

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

First announced in January 2015, Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. Like Amazon Original Series, Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. In 2015 Amazon Studios released its first film, Chi-Raq from critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq is now available for Prime members to stream exclusively. Next up, AmazonStudios will release director Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control in theaters on March 11, 2016.

Amazon Prime members have unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original Series and Movies at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can instantly access the entire selection of titles available through the Amazon Video app on TVs, streaming media players, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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.

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Whole Foods Market® opens its newest store in Wauwatosa Milwaukee

Newest Whole Foods Market Offers Gourmet Sausages, 20-Tap Tavern, and Juice Bar for Shoppers

Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market®, the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, opens its newest store in the Milwaukee area, Wednesday, Feb. 24. The new 47,563 square-foot store at 11100 W. Burleigh Street in Wauwatosa will celebrate the grand opening with music, food and many more surprises for all who attend.

“We are so thrilled to join the Tosa community, and hope everyone can make it out to celebrate the second Whole Foods Market in the Milwaukee area with us,” says Ted Beres, Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa, Store Team Leader. “We have a fantastic store full of the best tasting natural and organic foods, and we are very excited to share some of the delicious food options including house made gourmet sausages, house smoked bacon, and a new frozen treat made with freshly pureed fruits and vegetables called Farmstand Freeze with our new community.”

Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa features a variety of new, chef-driven prepared food offerings as well as classic Whole Foods Market fare for shoppers to choose from including:

  • The Juice Bar serving fresh juices and smoothies, and for the first time in Whole Foods Market Midwest stores, Farmstand Freeze – a simple frozen treat made with freshly pureed fruits and vegetables, slightly sweetened with dates or honey.
  • The Tosa Tavern’s 20 taps pour a rotating selection of rare and hard to find brews such as Gumball Head from Three Floyds Brewery, Pentagram and Darkness from Surly Brewing, Abyss from Deschutes Brewery, Fantasy Factory IPA from Karben4 Brewing and Peanut Butter Victory at Sea by Ballast Point.
  • The Coffee Bar offers light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks, blended coffee beverages, cold brew coffee and house made Vietnamese cold brew, as well as delicious frozen custard.
  • Other exciting features include: self-serve pizza station, hot bar, salad bar, sushi, sandwiches, and many other grab-and-go meals and sides.

With a large variety of custom-cut meats, organic and local produce, and pantry staples, Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa is the go-to grocer for every level of food explorers. Highlights include:

  • Responsibly grown, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Gourmet sausages made in-house with Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein Amber Ale
  • Full scratch bakery making fresh baked breads daily
  • In-house smoked bacon and seafood, and dry-aged steaks
  • Over 150 back-to-basics bulk pantry items and over 60 bulk spices
  • Over 1000 wines, 400 beers, and 200 cheeses

As America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, what goes on the body is just as important as what goes in the body. Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa marks the first brick-and-mortar destination in the Midwest for the widely popular online cosmetic and facial care product line, W3LL People.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Wauwatosa neighbors at 8:45 a.m., followed by food samples, entertainment, and gift cards for the first 500 customers with a mystery value ranging from $5 to $50. One lucky customer will receive a mystery gift card with a value of $500. Doors officially open at 9 a.m.

Whole Foods Market’s Wauwatosa store will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will go toward a local not-for-profit including:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Education Foundation of Wauwatosa
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 – Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • Friday, Feb. 26 – Eisenhower Elementary School PTA
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 – Zoological Society of Milwaukee
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 – Wauwatosa Historical Society

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be West Suburban YMCA.

Whole Foods Market currently has two locations in Wisconsin: 2305 N. Prospect Ave. in Milwaukee, and 3313 University Ave. in Madison.

Whole Foods Market hired approximately 120 Team Members for the new location.

EXPERTS:

Michael Bashaw
President – Midwest Region

Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

NCR company Digital Insight to power Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s digital banking experience

Credit union selects Digital Insight to power digital banking experience

Duluth, Ga., 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pen Air Federal Credit Union, the largest and oldest credit union headquartered in Pensacola, Fla., recently expanded its relationship with NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) by selecting Digital Insight, an NCR company, to power its digital banking experience. The credit union currently leverages NCR Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) in its branches and now will also use Digital Insight’s online and mobile banking solutions.

“We are very focused on the Member experience and believe that Digital Insight will greatly enhance that while continuing to be on the forefront of the digital banking curve,” said Mark Brewer, CIO of Pen Air Federal Credit Union. “We are equally excited about the potential to leverage the synergies between Digital Insight and our deployed NCR ITMs. We selected nearly all services offered by Digital Insight, so our members will not only benefit from increased functionality, but they will also enjoy rewards and ease of use across all digital channels.”

Digital Insight’s flexible platform, powered by a services-oriented architecture, gives financial institutions the flexibility and control to develop and integrate new content, deeply personalize their customer experience and distinguish their unique brand. The company enjoys a 4.6 star rating on the Apple App Store and, according to an independent industry expert, eight of the top 10-rated banking apps are powered by Digital Insight.

“Pen Air Federal Credit Union’s mission is to enhance lives through exceptional service, strength and financial solutions,” said José Resendiz, General Manager of Digital Insight. “We are proud to be working with them to help them meet this mission by offering their members an easy to use suite of digital banking solutions that makes it easier for them to manage their money.”

About Digital Insight
Digital Insight, an NCR company, helps banks and credit unions achieve their goals and grow by offering innovative online and mobile banking solutions that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.  Our proven banking innovations give financial institutions the flexibility and control to engage more, increase retention and cross-sell effectively.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About Pen Air Federal Credit Union
At Pen Air Federal Credit Union, respect is a guiding principle. As the largest and oldest credit union headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, with $1.3 billion in assets, Pen Air is dedicated to enhancing lives through exceptional service, strength, and financial solutions. Eighteen locations in Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama, which include three student-run credit unions at area high schools, combined with Online and Mobile banking provide worldwide reach. Pen Air is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, serving the community and improving lives since 1936. For more information, visit www.penair.org or call (850) 505-3200/toll free (877)4PENAIR.

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Digital Insight, an NCR company
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Pen Air Federal Credit Union
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vealpa@penair.org

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NCR deploys its Interactive Teller technology at QNB’s Al Sadd branch in Qatar

This new NCR technology will offer QNB customers unmatched self-service experience beyond traditional banking hours

DOHA, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — QNB, the leading Financial Institution in the Middle East and North Africa, becomes the first bank in Qatar to introduce Interactive Teller, from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies. The Interactive Teller technology, located at QNB’s Al Sadd branch, allows a LIVE teller to take remote control of the ATM to assist customers with up to 95 % of traditional transactions typically completed by tellers inside a branch. QNB customers can take advantage of the Interactive Teller technology starting February 14, 2016 at the Al Sadd Branch, which is open Sunday to Thursday from 07:30 am to 01:00 pm.

The launch of NCR’s advanced software is part of QNB’s ongoing efforts to find creative solutions to exceed the expectations of its valued customers. The Interactive Teller offers additional services than can be conducted on an ATM or other self-service devices. For instance, customers can perform secure transactions without using a traditional ATM card, and, like branch tellers, remote tellers can provide customers access to cash withdrawal and deposits from their accounts in amounts over the standard ATM daily cash withdrawal limits.

“The NCR Interactive Teller is a strategic investment for QNB, as it cost-effectively delivers a new face-to-face branch teller experience to our customers via the Interactive Teller, anywhere, anytime,” said Heba Al-Tamimi, General Manager of Group Retail at QNB. She added: “Designed to provide remote assisted service, the Interactive Teller enables our customers to carry out the entire branch banking transactions 24/7 at the ATM, and that allows us to get closer to our customers and offer them an unrivalled experience. During this phase, the service will be available based on the branch operating hours.”

In addition to Cheque deposit and encashment, the Interactive Teller allows QNB customers with adequate privacy and security to execute transactions using private touchscreens via secured video and voice communication sessions, which can be recorded for quality purposes. Customers can have private conversations by using the handset on the Interactive Teller or by simply plugging in their own personal headset.

“The Interactive Teller enables the migration of routine, expensive transactions from the teller counter at the branch to the ATM channel, giving financial institutions the combined benefits of personalized services, lower processing costs, faster transacting and smaller footprint branches,” said, George Flouros, NCR, vice president for Middle East and Africa region. “QNB will now be able to give its customers live face-to-face interaction with experienced tellers at the Interactive Teller, delivering a highly personalized and secure banking experience for customers, beyond traditional banking hours.”

The Interactive Teller allows QNB customers to execute all branch banking services, such as cash withdrawals above the daily limit than a standard ATM, cash deposits, Cheque deposit, Cheque encashment, credit card payments, money transfers, and others. The services will now be available beyond the traditional branch banking hours.

As the biggest bank in Qatar, QNB endeavors to constantly build its relationships with customers by providing outstanding and unique services. Recently, the bank was awarded “The Best Bank in the Middle East” and “The Best Bank in Qatar” by the renowned international finance magazine Euromoney and “Best Direct Bank” by the Asian Banker in 2015.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.
NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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Twitter: @NCRCorporation
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Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912-261-583
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NCR to deliver managed print services to accelerate growth in Samsung’s printing business

NCR to support Samsung’s strategy to accelerate growth in its printing business

LONDON, UK, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced a strategic alliance with NCR’s Telecom & Technology Group. Under the terms of the agreement, NCR, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, will support Samsung’s strategy to accelerate growth in its printing business by delivering a comprehensive set of managed print services (MPS) including remote monitoring, help desk and onsite support, and deployment services, to customers worldwide.

“This relationship with NCR enables our clients to access on-demand support inside and outside the workplace,” said Paul Birkett, European Sales and Marketing Director, European Print Operation at Samsung Electronics. “The use of mobile and open platforms allows deep customisation and integration of this support into existing IT service models.”

“Today, companies expect service providers to deliver consistent, global assistance wherever they are located,” said Sophia Williams, Vice President and General Manager, Telecom & Technology group at NCR. “This agreement enables Samsung to provide its customers with a comprehensive suite of services that delivers the highest levels of solution availability across the globe. The agreement also gives Samsung’s clients the confidence of a leading technology manufacturer supported by a world class provider of IT infrastructure services and solutions.”

Samsung has a number of partner programs in place that provide its customers with a wide variety of solutions to further enhance working practices. These range from cloud servers and Software as a Service (SaaS)-based MPS, to advanced Android-based multifunctional device platforms that enable simple interactions between digital and paper information.

The agreement with NCR is designed to support Samsung enterprise customers in optimising business processes. NCR will help to reinforce Samsung’s brand reliability through consistent, innovative and differentiated services across the globe. Both existing and new customers will have access to more than 17,000 NCR badged service professionals as well as managed service centres globally, allowing Samsung to continue its focus on delivering exceptional print services to the market.

Using Samsung’s advanced Smart Print Diagnostic System, service engineers can simply use their Samsung mobile devices to access technical service information and enable the SLA (Service Level Agreement) monitoring feature. The latest service data can also be directly downloaded from a device needing repair. Samsung’s global cloud platform will provide technicians with real-time data to solve problems. This unique blend of Samsung’s advanced technology and NCR’s global presence will ensure consistency of service as well as industry-leading first-time fix resolution.

For more information about this press release and related Samsung Newsroom articles including photos and infographic, please visit Samsung Newsroom.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom.

About NCR
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
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NCR Corporation
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NCR Small Business launches latest version of NCR Silver

NCR Silver makes checkout more efficient for small businesses and franchises

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Small Business today announced an upgrade for NCR Silver, its tablet point-of-sale (POS) system.

NCR Silver’s latest version lets small businesses and franchises easily integrate their systems with scale hardware — making transactions quicker and easier for stores and restaurants where customers weigh their goods at the POS.

In addition to scale integration that communicates weight directly to the POS system, version 3.10 of NCR Silver offers advanced solutions for improving customer service and loyalty. It allows business owners to capture data, including product preferences, birthdays and addresses, directly from the customer during the transaction.

“This upgrade includes features that our customers need to operate smoothly,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager, NCR Small Business. “With each software upgrade, we aim to provide functionality to further address the needs of small business and franchise owners as they interact with consumers and work to grow their businesses.”

Consumers now can add tips during checkout from a prompt button, encouraging them to tip, and increasing an employees’ likelihood for bringing home extra cash. Further, to decrease the potential of fraud and internal theft, business owners using NCR Silver RegisterTM, an all-in-one Android-based POS system, can assign different cash drawers to each employee. This can help business owners identify the source of any shortages.

To learn more about NCR Silver’s features, visit www.ncrsilver.com, or call 1-877-630-9711. NCR Small Business provides live, 24/7 U.S.-based customer support for NCR Silver users. NCR Silver mobile POS runs in the cloud, uses consumer-friendly technology, works on Apple® devices running the latest iOS, and offers a POS solution catered to franchises as well.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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Mobile World Congress: Carphone Warehouse reveals what Brits really want to see from the latest handsets due to hit the market

  • 70% want their devices to have smarter integration with other technology they use
  • Wireless charging tops the list of most-wanted mobile phone feature
  • Brits still consider calling and texting to be the most important functionality of a smartphone

LONDON, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the world’s biggest mobile event prepares to open its doors this weekend, Carphone Warehouse reveals what Brits really want to see from some of the latest handsets due to hit the market.

With much more than just new phone devices expected to come out of Mobile World Congress, the survey of 2,000 smartphone users reveals almost three quarters (70%) want their handsets to integrate seamlessly with other technology. Specifically 21% want a better experience when it comes to other connected devices in the home, whether that’s home security systems, smart meters, sound systems or checking the stock of their fridge.

However, the demand for seamlessness doesn’t stop here. Wireless charging is one of the most-wanted smart features, with almost a quarter of users polled (22%) looking for a more seamless way to charge their device and cutting the cord from plug to phone.  Battery life continues to be a consumer pain point, with more than half (53%) stating their phone dies at least once a day and almost two in three (59%) went as far as saying it’s the most irritating aspect of their device.

Other features topping the wishlist include:

  • Phone to become a more viable means for contactless payment on the go (17%);
  • A more effective exercise companion (13%);
  • The ability to drive and control their car with a smartphone (10%)

Despite demand for more innovative features, when it comes to choosing their latest handset, 75% of people said battery life was still key and more than half (54%) would pay more per month for a sustainable battery.

The research also shows that consumers are starting to look for more secure methods to prevent other people from accessing their devices, with fingerprint recognition seen as the safest way to secure a smartphone (23%), closely followed by retina scanning (23%) and voice recognition (18%). Despite being fairly new smartphone additions, 56% of those polled stated they would now opt for fingerprint recognition over traditional passcodes if given the option.

Traditional features continue to play an important role, with 68% of people still considering calling and texting to be the most important functions. When it comes to communication, the research reveals that 45% of men actually see calling as the most important function of a phone, compared to only 33% of women.

Jeremy Fennell, Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse, said: “Whilst we’re all eagerly awaiting the latest technological innovations to come out at Mobile World Congress, it’s clear the expectation is for handsets to step-up and become truly smart by acting as the remote control for our connected lives.”

“However, the fundamentals for communication should not be ignored. No matter how smart our handsets get we still want to talk, and have enough battery power to keep us being able to do all of the things we love simultaneously on the go.”

To find out more about the latest smartphones, please go to www.carphonewarehouse.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Carphone Warehouse Press Office
carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com
020 7544 3600

Notes to editors:

About Dixons Carphone:

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK and Ireland, Elkjøp, El Giganten, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of European airports and Phone House in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and various other European markets.

Business-to-business services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For more information about Dixons Carphone plc, please visit www.dixonscarphonegroup.com

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Mango launches Soft Minimal trend with Liu Wen

Liu Wen takes over from Kendall Jenner to become the face of the second trend of the season

BARCELONA, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — After launching the Tribal Spirit trend this February, featuring Kendall Jenner, the brand presents Soft Minimal, the second trend to be highlighted in advertising campaigns this spring-summer 2016, paying tribute to the minimalist style of the 90s.

On this occasion, MANGO is using Liu Wen, Asia’s most international model, who declared: The collaboration with MANGO was amazing. I really appreciate the soft, minimal trend because I enjoy keeping things simple yet beautiful. All the clothes I wear in the campaign have simple lines and are made from soft fabrics such as silk, which is ideal for any time of the day. I think everyone will love this collection, especially when they actually feel it in the stores!

The Soft Minimal trend, available this March, features feminine knitwear alongside a combination of dresses, lace tops and oversized garments. Monochrome slip dresses, that dominated the decade, and flowy silk separates, inspired by the supermodels that epitomized the 90s, are refreshed for the modern wardrobe.

The campaign, which hits stores on the 1st March, was shot in mid-January at a studio in London. On this occasion, MANGO counted on Miranda Joyce and Paul Hanlon for make-up and hair, respectively.

The company is continuing with its change of strategy, focused on stocking its stores with the latest trend pieces every fortnight and on launching a different advertising campaign every month, featuring the trend of the moment together with the face that best defines it. Implemented in early February, the aim of this new strategy is to offer on-trend products in all of its stores and to adapt the advertising media and tools to the digital age, in order to respond to speed and immediacy of the fast fashion world.

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Office Depot, Inc. announces the launch of new initiative “Committed to Learning”

Integrates Its Education-Focused Contract Division with Best-In-Class Instructional Partners

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of a new initiative called “Committed to Learning.” The initiative is founded on the company’s core beliefs of equity; skills mastery; and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents; for successful learning outcomes.

“Committed to Learning” integrates Office Depot’s education-focused contract division with a wealth of best-in-class partners across the instructional ecosystem of people, classrooms, content, data and materials. By listening to the unique needs of individual superintendents, the company creates solutions that directly address their student bodies.

“’Committed to Learning’ is more than a slogan for Office Depot; it’s a pledge that we bring to life every day,” said Steve Calkins, executive vice president, business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “Together with our partners, we are listening, learning, and enabling student success in school districts across the country.”

The “Committed to Learning” philosophy is perhaps best exemplified by Office Depot’s trusted network of Learning Consultants. These professionals, many of which are former educators, bring their experience to bear in collaborating with superintendents and curriculum developers. The group operates with a student-centric mindset that maximizes district budgets while delivering solutions and education-sector expertise to meet the changing needs of students today.

One example of Office Depot’s ongoing relationship with school districts can be seen in Connecticut’s Wallingford School District.

“I have to confess that I was very surprised by Office Depot’s deep engagement with the education community,” said Dr. Salvatore F. Menzo, superintendent of schools at Wallingford. “We’ve benefited greatly from the holistic view they take of our requirements and resources, and we value the real-world experience their network of education solutions experts bring to our classrooms.”

Learn more about Office Depot’s education solutions at business.officedepot.com/education.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Office Depot, Inc.
Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com
or
Edelman
Abby Van Uum, 512-200-5341
abigail.vanuum@edelman.com

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Office Depot, Inc. announces the launch of new initiative “Committed to Learning”

Office Depot, Inc. announces the launch of new initiative “Committed to Learning”

Zalando launches Spring/Summer 2016 campaign with Anna Ewers

This is the season that fashion meets sport. Activewear being styled as daily wear is more than just a trend; it’s a lifestyle. With the launch of its global Spring/Summer 2016 campaign,Zalando inspires everyone to play with fashion in a year of sport and to live a more active way of life every day. The campaign, shot by Gordon von Steiner, features one of the most influential models of the moment, Anna Ewers.

BERLIN, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The energetic setup of an internationally known model alongside a group of extraordinary dancers drives energy, fun and action. It presents the many different styles that Zalando has to offer, from fashion to activewear and demonstrates that we are true to sports. Anna Ewers – who was voted model of the year by the industry on models.com playfully interacts with the extremely talented dancers, Lil Phoenix and iDance Mikey, after activating a play button in the shape of the Zalando logo. With athleisure promising to be such an important trend this year, the Spring/Summer 2016 campaign further establishes Zalando as sports fashion destination.

“We are witnessing a big shift in fashion, with sport weaving itself into fashion. Together with campaign director Gordon von Steiner we tried to capture the fun of fashion meeting sport. The campaign shows active styles that embrace all aspects of daily life, activities and interests. And you can find all of these styles at Zalando,’’ explains Carsten Hendrich, VP Brand Marketing Zalando.

With its encouraging and uplifting message ‘Get your active style for spring’, the Spring/Summer 2016campaign is in line with previous campaigns Are You Ready? And Topshop @ Zalando Campaign Wherever You Are in 2015. All three commercials are directed by Gordon von Steiner and are set in the white abstract box which functions as a metaphor for Zalando’s packaging, offering a wide range of fashion with free shipping and free returns. The campaign will launch on the 21st in the Netherlands and Belgium, followed by all other Zalando markets in the coming weeks. The campaign will be further promoted across global platforms including outdoor, print advertising, as well as a specially designed Zalando box. For further information, please visit Zalando.com.

Notes to Editors

Campaign Credits:
Concept & Art Direction: Zalando
Creative Director: Chang Lin
Film Director: Gordon von Steiner
Music Compositor: Claus Capek, Jan Krouzilek, Stephan Moritz
Styling Julia von Boehm
Production Bakery Films Filmproduktion GmbH
Post Production Slaughter House GmbH

About zalando
Zalando (https://corporate.zalando.com) is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract over 131 million visits per month. In the third quarter of 2015, around 59 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in close to 17.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact Zalando
Jolanda Smit
Head of Global PR
jolanda.smit@zalando.de
+49 176 12759223

 

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Talents from left to right: iDance Mikey, Anna Ewers, Lil Phoenix

Talents from left to right: iDance Mikey, Anna Ewers, Lil Phoenix

Kroger’s SVP for Retail Operations and Strategic Initiatives Marnette Perry to retire

CINCINNATI, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Senior Vice President for Retail Operations and Strategic Initiatives Marnette Perry plans to retire on April 29, after 44 years with the company.

“Marnette’s story is one we can all be proud of: she joined Kroger for a job as a part-time cashier while in college, and stayed for a remarkable career that spanned operations, merchandising and executive leadership,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Marnette’s significant contributions will leave an indelible mark on Kroger. The entire Kroger family thanks Marnette for her years of service and we wish her and her family all the best in retirement.”

Ms. Perry joined Kroger in 1972 as a part-time cashier in Portsmouth, Ohio, in the Columbus division. She went on to serve in leadership positions with increasing responsibility. At Kroger’s general office, she served as director of produce merchandising and procurement. She was later promoted to president of the Michigan division in 1997, and named president of the Columbus division in 2001. Ms. Perry was promoted to group vice president of perishables for The Kroger Co. in 2003. In 2004, she was named senior vice president of retail divisions, where she was responsible for eight supermarket operating divisions and more than $40 billion in annual revenue. She took on her current role, overseeing strategic initiatives and operations for Kroger, as well as the company’s value formats, in 2012. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of Kroger Personal Finance and The Kroger Co. Foundation, and is a past board member of the Network of Executive Women.

Ms. Perry helped establish Kroger’s now-ubiquitous Natural Foods centers and Floral departments in the early 1980s. Today, Kroger is a top seller of natural and organic foods and is the world’s largest florist. More recently, as vice president of operations, Ms. Perry championed the teamwork that led to Kroger’s innovative QueVision technology, which has dramatically reduced Customers’ time spent waiting in line at checkout.

Ms. Perry has been an active leader in the communities in which she has lived. She is a member of the board of directors of Grange Insurance, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. She has also supported the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and United Way in Columbus, Ohio; Ohio University; Central Michigan University; the YWCA; and Detroit Head Start.

Her successor will be named at a later date.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 422,000 associates who serve customers in 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts

The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Kroger to host conference call with investors on Thursday, March 3, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will host a conference call with investors on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter 2015.

The presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Quarterly Results” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available at approximately 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 422,000 associates who serve customers in 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts

The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

 

SSP announces the opening of Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant at London’s Euston Station

LONDON, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new restaurant in Euston Station with the UK’s “favourite Italian chef”, Gino D’Acampo and Individual Restaurants.

Called Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant, the new venue serves a wide selection of dishes throughout the day. Its opening follows the hugely successful launch, only two months ago, of Gino’s restaurant in Corn Exchange, Manchester.

The 150-cover restaurant includes a cocktail bar, an eat-at kitchen bar, and a dining area that extends onto the station’s mezzanine terrace, overlooking the main concourse.

The design has a true Mediterranean feel – its use of white marble, washed woods and trademark green leather reflecting Gino’s passion for his homeland of southern Italy.

Gino’s mission, underpinning the new restaurant, is to serve real Italian food as it should be, while keeping the offering affordable for everyone. No compromises are made, ensuring the use of well sourced, seasonal and artisan ingredients, and utilising Gino’s vast range of contacts across the diverse regions of Italy.

The day-to-evening menu is packed full of favourites from Gino’s books and TV programmes.

Opening from 7am until 11pm most evenings, Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant is the perfect place for breakfast meetings, lunch, dinner or an after work drink. The service will be very Italian and very efficient for those in a rush. The restaurant has been designed with the needs of a traveller in mind, equipped with mobile charging points, free wifi and washrooms for the exclusive use of customers.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant at Euston is set to become a must-visit destination for those looking for a bite to eat or a drink on their way home, as well as those who live and work in the area. We’re delighted to be working with Gino and his team to bring authentic Italian cuisine to one of London’s most important stations.”

Gino D’Acampo says of the new venture; “After a year of planning, I can’t wait to welcome guests to My Restaurant, Euston Station. I want to give commuters and local residents a proper taste of Italy. I am so excited to be a part of the new food landscape in Euston and every effort has been made to make sure our guests have a truly authentic Italian experience.”

Hamish Kiernan, Director of Retail at Network Rail said; “We are pleased to welcome Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant to Euston Station. It will not only cater for the 71 million travellers who use the station every year but will also provide more choice for the thousands of office workers and local people who use the station but are not travelling.”

Gino D’Acampo first made his move into premium casual dining when he teamed up with friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Individual Restaurants.

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SOURCE: SSP Group plc