Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Tournament focuses on mission to stock local food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer officials announced today that it’s changing the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in an effort to focus on its cause of stocking local food pantries.

“Thanks to the ongoing community support, the Meijer LPGA Classic has been incredibly successful, providing world-class golf and fun events for families,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But it has made a far greater impact by raising awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest. We are dedicated to this cause.”

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 13-19 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The inaugural tournament in 2014 raised more than $600,000, and the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic generated $750,000 for the Simply Giveprogram.

The program has generated more than $21 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

This year, the tournament will line up with the retailer’s spring Simply Give campaign, which is scheduled to run May 8 through June 19. To participate in the program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to make a difference,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We look forward to working with our fantastic sponsors to bring another exciting event to them this year.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is a world-class tournament that hosts a full field of 144 of the best female golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

For more information, please visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

 

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Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Sobeys customers throughout Atlantic Canada can now get even more AIR MILES Reward Miles

Customers can now get AIR MILES Reward Miles at more banners in Atlantic Canada

Stellarton, NS, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (FEBRUARY 23, 2016 ), Sobeys launches the AIR MILES® Reward Program at its Needs and Sobeys express locations, offering customers throughout Atlantic Canada the opportunity to get even more AIR MILES Reward Miles when they shop.

With the addition of the 157 Needs and Sobeys express locations there are now close to 400 Sobeys retail sites across Atlantic Canada where customers can get Miles; more than any other retailer in the region.

“With the launch of AIR MILES at Needs and Sobeys express, customers in Atlantic Canada will now be rewarded for shopping at even more of our retail locations,” said Jason Tutty, Director Marketing, Sobeys Atlantic. “We know our customers appreciate the added value AIR MILES brings to their shopping experience and have been asked many times when the program will be offered at our convenience locations. We are pleased to say that today is the day.”

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Sobeys to now offer Collectors the opportunity to not only get Miles on their grocery purchases, but also on those everyday items you need on-the-go,” said Blair Cameron, Senior Vice President Client Services, AIR MILES Reward Program.

“Extending this partnership to more banners within Sobeys Atlantic offers customers the potential to earn even greater rewards and rounds out their shopping experience,” added Tutty. “From groceries to health and beauty products, we can offer cross-shop rewards and take loyalty rewards to new heights for our customers in a way that no other retailer in the region can.”

In addition to the launch at Sobeys’ convenience locations, customers can now get 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $20 spent cumulatively, before taxes and other exclusions, Sunday to Saturday at Sobeys, Foodland, Needs, Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys express and participating Co-op stores in Atlantic Canada. Visit www.airmiles.ca for full offer details.

For more information please contact:
Shauna Selig
Director Communications
Sobeys Atlantic & Ontario
902-759-0671
shauna.selig@sobeys.com

Kahina Haffad
Specialist, Public Relations and Social Media
AIR MILES Reward Program
416-552-2352
khaffad@loyalty.com

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About the AIR MILES Reward Program
Launched in 1992, the AIR MILES Reward Program is one of the best ways to get rewards in Canada. With more than 10 million active Collector accounts, approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households can turn everyday purchases like gas and groceries into movie tickets, kitchen gadgets, electronics, dream vacations and so much more. Unlike other frequent shopper programs, Collectors can get Miles from hundreds of leading brand-name Partners, representing thousands of retail and service locations across Canada and leading global brands online. The AIR MILES Reward Program lets Collectors reward themselves their way – they can build their AIR MILES Cash balance to use toward in-store purchases or eVouchers online at participating Reward Partners, build their Dream balance to get vacations, electronics and more, or a combination of both. Whatever rewards Collectors like most, they can get them quickly and easily with the AIR MILES Reward Program.

Two retail technology awards europe awarded to companies having Wincor Nixdorf as their IT partner

“Best Instore Solution” at Swiss Coop Group

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — At this year’s retail technology awards europe, two of the coveted prizes were awarded to companies that realized outstanding projects with Wincor Nixdorf as their IT partner.

The retail technology awards europe are presented by Cologne’s EHI Retail Institute for innovative, groundbreaking IT solutions in the retail sector. Winners are selected from among numerous entries by a prominent jury of representatives from industry, universities and research institutes. Prizes are awarded in the categories “Best Instore Solution,” “Best Enterprise Solution,” “Best Customer Experience” and since last year also “Best Multichannel Solution.” The retail technology awards europe were presented on February 23, 2016, at a gala evening as part of the EuroCIS trade fair in Düsseldorf.

In the category “Best Instore Solution,” the award went to Coop, a Swiss retail. wholesale and production cooperative headquartered in Basel. The group operates around 2,000 retail stores in Switzerland and 115 cash & carry stores both in Switzerland and other European countries. It has some 77,000 employees, with about 53,000 of those working in its home country.

As part of its service, Coop offers customers various scanning and checkout options. In many supermarkets and megastores, for instance, customers can scan articles using either the hand-held scanners provided at the entrance or their own smart phones. Coop has developed its own smart phone app, which customers can download free of charge. The system, passabene, was installed in some stores beginning in 2005.

Since 2015, customers also have the choice between attended checkouts and self-service terminals. At the self-service stations, they can choose between cash and cashless payments, with the cashless option using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. In 2014, following a pilot phase and a thorough examination of customer flows, purchase volumes and checkout processes, Coop decided to introduce self-checkout systems from Wincor Nixdorf. By the end of 2015, over 900 self-service terminals were installed at 120 Coop stores. The service has been well received by customers. In some supermarkets, more than half choose the convenient self-checkout facility. Overall usage is at 35 percent.

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

Whole Foods Market to experiment with new ideas for store eateries with the launch of food truck test kitchen at its flagship store in Austin

Truck opens March 10 with Momofuku alum chef Tien Ho serving new food concepts, testing ideas for stores 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is launching a food truck test kitchen at the retailer’s flagship store in Austin, Texas, to experiment with new ideas for store eateries, and to explore collaborations with chefs and supplier partners. The concept was created by Tien Ho, the company’s global vice president of culinary and hospitality, along with Whole Foods Market’s prepared foods team.

The truck will open on Thursday, March 10, under the name Tartinette, and will offer a selection of open-faced sandwiches and creative salads prepared by Ho, and served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Whole Foods Market will update the concept, menu and name of the truck every two months to explore food trends, seasonal flavors and vendor partnerships.

“This test kitchen is so exciting because we get to include Whole Foods Market customers in the process, using their input to create dishes that could become new favorites across the country,” Ho said. “Guests visiting the truck can expect the same high-quality, fresh ingredients found in our stores, and a menu that’s completely revamped each season. Changing it up will give us the chance to collaborate with local chefs and suppliers to create eating experiences you won’t find in any other grocery store.”

Two percent of sales from the test kitchen’s first eatery concept will benefit Whole Foods Market’s longstanding nonprofit partner, Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Funds will support the organization’s efforts to foster culinary innovation in Central Texas through grants, educational programming and events. With each new test kitchen concept, Whole Foods Market will partner with a new nonprofit beneficiary.

Ho recently joined Whole Foods Market after stints at many prestigious and trend-setting restaurants, including Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Little Wisco,Café Boulud and, most recently, Morgans Hotel group. He plans to bring this innovative style to the food truck test kitchen, and is considering partnerships with other national and local chefs who can bring even more new ideas to Whole Foods Market shoppers.

In March, Whole Foods Market will announce Tartinette’s full menu on the flagship store’s website, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/lamar.

EXPERTS
Tien Ho
Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

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Tien Ho

Tien Ho

FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Companies” list for food and drug stores, for the fifth consecutive year.

The grocer is No. 24 on the magazine’s 2016 list for all industries, and is No. 1 in its category for quality of products and services, innovation, people management and social responsibility.  Whole Foods Market is the only company in Austin, Texas, to make the list, and is one of three Texas-based companies recognized in the Top 50 list.

To see which companies made the list, visit: fortune.com/WMAC.

METHODOLOGY

THE MOST ADMIRED LIST is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Korn Ferry Hay Group started with approximately 1,500 companies: the Fortune 1,000— the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue—and non-U.S. Companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Korn Ferry Hay Group then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 652 companies from 30 countries. To create the 54 industry lists, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Because of the distribution of responses, only the aggregate industry scores and ranks are published in Construction and Farm Machinery; Mining, Crude-Oil Production; and Petroleum Refining. Because of an insufficient response rate, the results for companies in the Energy: U.S. and Pipelines industries are not reported.

To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall (our “All-Stars”), Korn Ferry Hay Group asked 4,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry. The difference in the voting rolls is why some results can seem anomalous. For example, St. Jude Medical ranks No. 40 on the overall Most Admired list, returning after a two-year hiatus. But within the medical products and equipment subgroup, St. Jude Medical, based on its peers’ responses, missed the “Industry Standouts” cut by ranking in the bottom half of the group.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Global Press Contacts
Robin Kelly – Corporate Communications, Business/Financial Media Inquiries, Workplace, Healthy Eating and Wellness
robin.rehfield@wholefoods.com
201.567.2090 x411

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FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

FORTUNE names Whole Food Market “World’s Most Admired Companies” for food and drug stores for the fifth consecutive year

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings reported recurring net income growth of 14% in 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, reported a recurring net income growth of 14% in 2015 to PHP20.9 billion on the back of an 8% increase in consolidated revenues to PHP71.5 billion in the same period.  On a consolidated level, net income increased 54% to PHP28.3 billion, inclusive of the PHP7.4 billion one-time trading gains on marketable securities booked in the first quarter of the year.

“SM Prime sustained its overall net income growth in 2015 as the malls’ overall operations led the performance of the group. This is a reflection of the overall expansion of the economy that continues to be driven by the 6.2% growth in household consumption. We believe we could sustain this growth in 2016 as we continue to focus on enhancing the synergies across our core business units as an integrated property developer,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy, said.
Rental revenues from malls and commercial spaces, which accounted for 57% of the consolidated revenues, surged at 12% to PHP40.7 billion from PHP36.5 billion in the previous year. The strong growth in rental revenue was sustained by SM Prime’s expansion across all its business portfolio since 2013. Growth can be traced to new malls such as SM Aura Premier, SM City BF Parañaque, Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, SM City Cauayan in Isabela, SM Center Angono in Rizal, SM City San Mateo in Rizal, and the expansion of SM City Bacolod, all of which contributed an additional total gross floor area of 728,000 square meters. Rental growth was also complemented by the opening of office buildings SM Cyberwest in Quezon City, and FiveE-comCenter in Pasay City, both fully occupied. Combined, these office spaces added GFA of 171,000 sqm. Excluding the new malls and expansions, same-store rental growth continued to exhibit 7% increase.
SM Prime’s real estate sales, accounted for 31% of consolidated revenues, sustained its revenues at PHP22.2 billion in 2015. The flat performance of revenues was primarily due to lower revenue recognition from the almost completed housing projects that were launched in 2011 and 2012.  On the other hand, the recently launched projects continue to enjoy brisk sales, with SM Development Corp. (SMDC) posting higher reservation sales by 12% year-on-year to 14,390 units in 2015. As a result SMDC, which contributes 93% of the housing group’s real estate sales, achieved a 15% increment in sales value worth PHP39.8 billion from PHP34.6 billion last year. Reservation sales were largely generated from Shore 2 Residences, Shore Residences, Air Residences, Jazz Residences and Fame Residences and in the cities of Pasay, Makati, and Mandaluyong, respectively. For the period, housing group’s net income increased by 8% to PHP5.1 billion from PHP4.7 billion in 2014.
Consolidated costs on real estate dropped by 2% to PHP12.0 billion mainly due to the improving cost efficiencies, tighter monitoring and control of construction costs. This generated higher gross profit margin on real estate sales to 46% in 2015 from 44% in 2014. Net income margin likewise stood at 23% from 21% in the same period.
Cinema and event ticket sales, which represented 7% of consolidated revenues, recorded a 12% growth in 2015 to PHP4.8 billion. International movies continued to dominate Philippine Cinema. Other revenues, which consisted of amusement income from rides, bowling and ice skating operations, merchandise sales from snack-bars and sale of food and beverages in hotels stood at PHP3.8 billion, up by 14% from PHP3.3 billion. The growth exhibited was mainly driven by the opening of Sky Ranch Pampanga, improvement in hotels’ food and beverages income as well as an increase in sponsorship income.
To date, SM Prime has a total of 56 Malls in the Philippines with total retail space of 7.3 million square meters. This includes SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Center Sangandaan, SM Cherry Shaw, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City San Mateo and SM Megacenter Cabanatuan which opened November 27, October 23, October 13, October 9, May 15 and April 24, respectively. In China, SM Prime has six shopping malls with a GFA of 0.9 million sqm including the recently opened SM City Zibo. Taking into account both Philippine and China malls, SM Prime’s total retail space is at 8.3 million sqm.
SM Prime presently has 27 residential projects in the market, 25 of which are in Metro Manila and two in Tagaytay. For 2016, SM Development Corporation will launch between 11,000 to 14,000 units in Quezon City, Bicutan and Sucat in Paranaque, Las Piñas and Pasay at the Mall of Asia Complex. SM Prime is also set to launch new mixed-use developments in Bulacan, Pampanga and Cavite.
Currently, the Commercial Properties Group has five office buildings with an estimated gross floor area of 318,000 sqm. ThreeE-Com and FourE-Com Centers are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2019, respectively. For hotels and convention centers, the Conrad Hotel Manila is expected to open in the second half 2016. The 347-room hotel will further enhance the value of the properties within the whole Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex, given that this will be the first 6 star hotel in the Pasay City area.
SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.
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For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

New Zealand: New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

Work has commenced on the latest New World store at the corner of East Street and Wood Street in Papakura, which means shoppers can look forward to a brand new supermarket in the not too distant future.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tony Catton, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, Acting General Manager Property Development, is excited that the Papakura community will soon have a new store to purchase their grocery and household items.

“The existing New World opened in 1982 so it is about time the local community had a new store with plenty of natural light to enjoy their shopping. Construction of the approximately 3,000m2 store, which is just across the road from the existing store, is already under way.”

The new supermarket will have a fresh bakery, butchery, deli and seafood counter, and a large range of fresh food and grocery products.

“New World Papakura will be well placed to meet its customers evolving needs well into the future with its planned fresh offer and extensive grocery range,” says Catton.

The store will also include sustainability features such as CO2 refrigeration, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting which ensure the long-term carbon footprint is minimised.

“Outside shoppers will have access to 158 car parks so even when the store is at its busiest parking shouldn’t be an issue,” adds Catton.

Peter Lynch, the current owner of New World Papakura since 2013 is excited about the new store.

“I’ve loved being part of the Papakura community with the current New World, and I’m excited to be a part of the new store. With the new supermarket under construction just over the road, we are able to watch with anticipation as the store takes shape. I am thrilled to be able to bring a brand new store to my customers and the wider Papakura community. Being able to provide an even greater range of fresh and everyday products from the new store will be just fantastic,” says Lynch.

In the meantime the current New World located on East Street will be open and continue to provide customers with usual service until the new store is ready to open.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
Address:
95 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0508
Fax: +64 9 621 0987

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New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

New World begins construction works for its new store in Papakura

Harris Teeter reinforces its commitment to education with $10,000 Lottery Incentive donation to 5 local schools

Store Manager to Present Check to Schools

Date:               Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:              10 a.m.
Location:       Kings Grant Harris Teeter
8101 Fayetteville Rd
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27603

Live shots are welcomed!

Fuquay-Varina, NC, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Harris Teeter Store Director John Taylor will present 5 local schools each with a $2,000 check to reinforce the company’s commitment to education.

The schools receiving this donation are:

  • Middle Creek Elementary School in Apex, N.C.
  • Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C.
  • Vance Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.
  • West Lake Elementary School in Apex, N.C.
  • West Lake Middle School PTA in Apex, N.C.

This donation is made possible partially by the North Carolina Education Lottery and is in addition to the dollars a school receives from Harris Teeter through its active participation in the company’s Together in Education program. Together in Education is the company’s fund raising program to benefit schools (public or private- preschool through 12th grade) throughout its local communities.

The North Carolina Lottery provides incentive payments to retailers who sell winning tickets in various lottery games. Harris Teeter has chosen to donate its incentive awards back to local schools.  In January 2016, the Kings Grant Harris Teeter sold a $2 million winning Powerball ticket, resulting in a $10,000 incentive award.

“Harris Teeter is proud to reinforce its commitment to education by donating its incentive payment to these schools,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“We are always excited by this opportunity as it allows us to continue to show our commitment to the community and schools by donating the money back to one of our Together in Education partners,” added Robinson.

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program, please visit www.harristeeter.com

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

C. Wonder to launch exclusive collection for QVC on March 3

WEST CHESTER, Pa, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC just got a little more wonderful. Beloved brand C. Wonder, owned by Xcel Brands, Inc., is scheduled to launch on Thursday, March 3 at 11AM (ET) with an exclusive collection created especially for QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. The line features a collection of beautiful, spirited women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry designed to transport shoppers to a place they’ve never been. Lifestyle expert, fashion stylist to the stars and panelist on the E! hit show Fashion Police, Brad Goreski lends his expertise as Creative Director for the brand.

The C. Wonder collection, which is inspired by the exploration of global travel, possesses a sophisticated preppy-chic aesthetic embodied with a modern worldly spirit. Ranging in price from $26 to $236, the line of classic pieces with a fresh spin includes a variety of apparel, bags, belts, shoes, scarves and jewelry — all of which feature luxurious details such as tassels, bright colors, bohemian prints and patterns and more.

“C. Wonder was celebrated for its design aesthetic of easy and covetable on-trend pieces that are iconic yet fashionable,” said Rachel Ungaro, Vice President, Fashion and Beauty Merchandising, QVC. “We are excited to bring this beloved brand to QVC and provide shoppers with an opportunity to discover C. Wonder. Brad’s fashion and lifestyle expertise will shine through as he showcases the collection and shares styling tips on how to incorporate the products into an everyday wardrobe.”

Founded in 2011, C. Wonder was initially imagined as a retail store that offered a magical customer experience with a selection of new and unexpected products that would surprise and delight anyone who walked inside. As C. Wonder arrives on QVC, the brand mirrors the excitement and whimsy of the store experience, while offering amazing products at great prices.

“I can’t wait to share my fashion knowledge and bring this renowned brand to QVC,” said Goreski. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a new C. Wonder collection to loyal customers, while introducing the beautiful product to those new to the brand.”

Tune in to “C. Wonder — Fashion & Accessories” on March 3 at 11AM (ET) for a firsthand look at the collection as Brad offers styling tips and tricks. Beginning March 3, the full collection is scheduled to be available through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515, while supplies last.

About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 340 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand development and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, and C. Wonder brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant retailing, licensing, design, and marketing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 70 designers and social media focused marketing executives, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

SOURCE: QVC, Inc.

Media Inquiries:
484.701.1647
media.relations@qvc.com

NCR: Unicoop Firenz’s omnichannel solution honored at the EuroCIS 2016 trade show

Unicoop’s mobile shopper implementation receives a retail technology award at EuroCIS for its seamless self-service shopping experience across in-store, online and mobile channels

Dusseldorf, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — EuroCIS – NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced that Unicoop Firenze has launched a new service to its customers using the NCR mobile shopper app and NCR omnichannel platform. Unicoop Mobile Shopper enables customers to scan items in their shopping baskets with their smartphone and check-out the whole basket through their app at the point-of-sale (POS) or self-checkout, thereby helping to improve the overall customer experience and helping to increase customer loyalty. Unicoop’s innovative omnichannel solution was awarded the Best Omnichannel Solution during EHI Retail Institute’s retail technology awards ceremony that took place on February 23, the first day of the EuroCIS 2016 trade show in Dusseldorf.

Unicoop Firenze is one of the largest cooperative retailers (coop) in Italy. With 104 stores in Tuscany and 12 stores in the capital city of Rome, Unicoop Firenze employs approximately 8,500 people and operates 12 convenience stores, 63 mini markets, 29 supermarkets and hypermarkets. Unicoop Firenze has laid the foundation for a fully integrated omnichannel strategy with a unified business logic and data layer that integrates sales touchpoints, store management systems as well as e-commerce applications provided by an NCR omnichannel software platform.

To improve customer experience and increase the efficiency of store operations, Unicoop introduced a new smartphone-based application that integrates a broad range of in-store, loyalty and digital services and speeds up the checkout process.

With the SalvApp Unicoop customers are now able to create smart shopping lists and opt-in for dynamic, targeted marketing promotions. Once in the store, they can scan the items they want to purchase and apply e-coupons from promotions. Once their shopping is completed, customer can check out the whole basket using their mobile phone at the NCR self-checkouts. Additional features, such as store locator functionality or detailed product information, further enhance customer experience and drive usage rates.

Riccardo Rapi, CIO at Unicoop Firenze said: “In recent years, we put a lot of effort in the renewal of our entire application portfolio to support all company processes and move to a completely digital platform. Unicoop Firenze traditionally focusses on new solutions for its sales network which includes self-service solutions that are used widely since 1998. Our re-engineered self-service approach now has been extended to the use of NCR shopping app. Moreover it makes new services available for our members anytime and anywhere thereby supporting their needs before, during and after purchasing.”
The unified data layer provided by the omnichannel software platform enables the routing of even the most complex promotion transaction data to the right application. This provides a true omnichannel experience for customers, while at the same time automating store operations for easy and efficient central management and control.

“Enhancing the shopping experience via a smartphone-based application has significantly enhanced Unicoop’s self-service approach,” explained Wolfgang Jonasson, Vice President EMEA at NCR Retail Solutions. “With the massive increase in adoption of digital services, NCR has worked with Unicoop to establish a platform that provides value now, as well as preparing for leadership in future retail trends, such as the Internet of Things.”

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BAUSTART FÜR DIE MIGROS BRONSCHHOFEN

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz hat Mitte Februar von der Stadt Wil die Baubewilligung für den Bau des Supermarktes an der AMP-Strasse 2 erhalten und startet nun mit den Bauarbeiten. Die Eröffnung ist für September 2016 geplant.

Der neue Migros-Supermarkt entsteht in der vorderen Gewerbehalle der AV Bürge, die der AMP-Strasse zugewandt ist. Der Eigentümer startet diese Tage mit dem Grundausbau. Zu den bevorstehenden Arbeiten zählen der Bau der Anlieferung, Vorbereitungsarbeiten im Innern sowie Anpassungsarbeiten an der Fassade. Der Beginn des Innenausbaus ist auf Anfang April 2016 vorgesehen. Einen planmässigen Verlauf der Arbeiten vorausgesetzt, kann der Supermarkt Anfang September 2016 eröffnet werden. Die Migros Ostschweiz investiert rund 2 Millionen Franken.

Frisches Angebot für den täglichen Bedarf
Der geplante Supermarkt in Bronschhofen wird auf einer Verkaufsfläche von rund 550 m2 ein vielfältiges und frisches Sortiment für den täglichen Bedarf anbieten. Dazu gehören insbesondere eine grosszügige Frischeabteilung mit einem attraktiven Angebot an Früchten und Gemüse sowie eine Ausback-Station für stets ofenfrische Brotwaren. Für hohen Einkaufskomfort sorgen auch die verkehrsgünstige Lage direkt an einer der Hauptachsen durch Bronschhofen sowie die 43 ebenerdigen Parkplätze.

Nachhaltigkeit im Fokus
Bei der Auswahl der verwendeten Baustoffe sowie bei der Realisierung der technischen Infrastruktur wird auf eine möglichst nachhaltige Bauweise geachtet. So wird die Beleuchtung im Supermarkt mit LED-Leuchten realisiert. Diese haben eine höhere Lebensdauer, benötigen weniger Energie und geben auch weniger Wärme ab als andere Leuchtmittel. Kühlmöbel der neusten Generation sorgen mit ihrer hohen Effizienz für eine weitere Energieeinsparung.

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL 071 493 24 92
FAX 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL christian.possa@gmos.ch

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BAUSTART FÜR DIE MIGROS BRONSCHHOFEN