Groupe Auchan ranked world’s 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

In its annual study, “Global Powers of Retailing 2016”, published this week, Deloitte ranks Groupe Auchan up 11th among the largest food retailers in the world. A real success for all the banners!

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Its development strategy in its 3 main geographical areas, but also the commercial success of the Real acquisition, the adaptation of its offer and of the business strategy of every banner, as close as possible of the clients, in every country, explains this ranking.

Groupe Auchan is strengthened in tis will to be, in all countries where its banners operate, among the top food retailers.

This year’s report focuses on the theme of “navigating the new digital divide,” and considers the impact technology is having on in-store shopping and retail industry business strategies… as to explain the ranking of Amazon, for the first time ever in this study.

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Groupe Auchan ranked world's 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

Groupe Auchan ranked world’s 11th largest food retailer by Deloitte

Wincor Nixdorf presents new generation of backroom and compacting solutions for reverse vending system

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf presents the Line Module – its new generation of backroom and compacting solutions for reverse vending systems

At EuroCIS 2016, Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its new Line Module in conjunction with the latest version of its Revendo 9020 reverse vending system. The Line Module conveys, sorts, compacts and collects empty beverage containers on a minimal footprint. The new innovative compacting technology almost doubles the previous compaction ratio for PET containers. The longer disposal cycles provided by this module reduce the deployment of staff considerably and make it easier to plan.

In its structure and functioning, the Line Module has been designed to drain off all residual liquid reliably, which greatly reduces soiling of the module. In addition, cleaning is controlled by a single one-touch button, making the process much easier. Cleaning does not require employees to receive long training or use special equipment.

With the Line Module, the backroom structure of a reverse vending system can be scaled to practically any extent and be expanded to up to six modules for each reverse vending machine, depending on the volume of empties concerned. The modular overall concept enables stores to respond flexibly to changed requirements and retrofit additional modules. Users have the option of ordering the Line Module with one or two cutting units that reliably process both cans and PET containers. Each cutting unit can be separately fitted with the new innovative compaction technology.

Using several Line Modules increases availability noticeably. When a full bin of empty containers is removed for disposal, the reverse vending machine remains fully functional as operations switch to the next module.

More space for the sales floor. “Although a Line Module only has a footprint of just about one square meter, we have been able to increase the collection volume considerably and thus extend disposal cycles,” explains Erik Trumpp, who is in charge of global business with reverse vending solutions at Wincor Nixdorf. Using one bin per Line Module provides a capacity of 1,200 PET bottles or 2,500 cans. The bin can be placed next to or beneath the Line Module, depending on the space situation and requirements. As a result, the Line Module lets small and medium-sized supermarkets handle high volumes of empties in a way that has been confined to larger store formats to date. Alternatively, it makes it possible to reduce the reverse vending area and consequently create valuable extra space on the sales floor.

Very flexible conveying and sorting. Bottles and cans travel on a slightly U-shaped, robust and easy-to-clean mono conveyor belt with an additional side guide to ensure stable transport.

To meet special installation requirements, the empty containers can be deflected to the left or right on to a bottle platform or another Line Module.

Designed for ease of use and servicing. Thanks to its compact and service-oriented design, the Line Module can be accessed easily and safely when it comes to both operation and servicing. The one-touch control button means that employees can clean the module without difficulty. All components that need to be cleaned – such as conveyor belts, sorting units and deflection points – can be readily accessed from the service side.

The Line Module is built from high-quality materials that make it robust. For example, all parts that come into contact with residual liquids are made of stainless steel or plastic.

An LED element on the roof of the housing permanently shows the status and can be seen well from all directions. All cleaning operations are acknowledged and logged by the machine and can be output in regular reports.

The bins can be looked into freely however they are installed and can be accessed without having to open a door, so they can be exchanged using a minimum of space.

All parts relevant for servicing, such as the pull-out electronics compartment, can be reached in their entirety from the service side.
To increase system availability and service quality, extensive monitoring and diagnostic facilities have been implemented that give early warning of potential problems and indicate possible solutions.

Compaction ratio almost doubled. This option is of great interest to retail companies of all sizes for capacity and environmental reasons. “The development of our new compaction technology has almost doubled the compaction results of our cutting unit. This is real progress that opens up new possibilities for our customers’ disposal processes,” says Erik Trumpp.

Wincor Nixdorf’s previous cutting technology compacts PET bottles at a ratio of 1 to 2.3, which is normal for the market. The new compaction technology achieves a compaction ratio of 1 to 4.1 for PET bottles. This means that a PET container is reduced to about one quarter of its original size.

Excellent results also in further processing
Processing additionally compacted material proved to be unproblematic in the industrial sorting plants. All plant operators were able to sort and recycle the material without having to adjust their processes or incur losses in production. “That’s an ideal result. It means that plant operators can integrate the new material into their process at any time. And thanks to the high density of our material, we even introduce up to 50% more material per bale into the process, which improves the productivity of many plants significantly,” says Erik Trumpp, showing his satisfaction with the practical results. “The highly compact shape of the cans also helps considerably reduce scrap and the reworking this entails.”

Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its solutions at EuroCIS (Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, Germany, from February 23 through 25, 2016) at booth C 26 in Hall 9.

Wincor Nixdorf will also play an active role in the presentation program accompanying the trade show. Sabine Grün, Head of Retail Industry Marketing at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a talk on the subject of “Creating a new store experience with mobile solutions,” for example. Users will also talk about their experiences with Wincor Nixdorf solutions. Claude Gerber, Head of IT at Calida AG, will present the SAP Order Management solution that Wincor Nixdorf has installed at the global clothing group. In addition, there are plans for a presentation of the omnichannel concepts of an international fashion group.

SOURCE: Wincor Nixdorf

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LVMH: Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haute Couture fashion shows are a stunning demonstration of the skills of designer ateliers, and an eagerly-awaited event in the fashion world. In late January 2016, Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016.

Surrounded by a gallery of mirrors installed in the elegant gardens of the Rodin Museum, Dior presented a Haute Couture collection defined by “new couture realism”. Feminine silhouettes celebrate a return to Christian Dior’s New Look style, wearing the creations with spontaneity and modernity. The iconic Bar suit is reinterpreted in multiple variations, including a long coat in embroidered wool, a short jacket with slit sleeves and even a dress. Shoulders are sensually bared, and shapes are freed thanks to layers and transparent effects. Ribbons are the new neck and ankle jewelry. The remarkable expertise of Dior’s workshops is displayed in the lace and embroideries forming elegant animal motifs on long sleek-cut dresses, in a new homage to Monsieur Dior’s animal designs.

Riccardo Tisci defied convention once again by sending out his Haute Couture designs during the Men’s catwalk for Fall/Winter 2016/17. Twelve feminine silhouettes appeared in long dresses from daring black to delicate nude, adorned with shimmering sequins and mirrors that play with the light. Transparencies and airy draperies intensify the romanticism of the shapes.



LVMH: Fashion Houses Christian Dior and Givenchy unveiled their creations for Spring/Summer 2016

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LVMH: La Grande Epicerie de Paris creates its own-label products

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — La Grande Epicerie de Paris is a must address for lovers of gourmet foods, offering a mouthwatering selection of premium products. Now the store is taking its expertise a step further with the creation of its own-label products, branded quite simply “La Grande Epicerie de Paris”…!

For its own-brand offering, La Grande Epicerie de Paris has selected the best products from France and around the world, made by exceptionally talented artisans. The range spans a rich and varied gastronomical heritage and includes sweet, savory, fresh and luxury foods.

The store’s shelves feature over 370 private-label products, all meticulously approved in collaboration with the artisans. Delectable oils, vinegars, gourmet canned foods, churned butter, jams, cookies and other delicious specialties will satisfy every epicurean.

The tasty collections will gradually expand as new products are added between now and March, shining a gourmet spotlight on French regions and specialties from the world over. By next summer, a thousand La Grande Epicerie de Paris-brand products will be available.



LVMH: La Grande Epicerie de Paris creates its own-label products

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LVMH: Givenchy, Berluti, Kenzo, Dior and Loewe presented looks that will define Fall/Winter 2016/17 trends at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris

PARIS, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Men’s Fashion Week took place in Paris from January 21-24. Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Berluti, Kenzo, Dior and Loewe all presented looks that will define Fall/Winter 2016/17 trends.

Louis Vuitton
An eternal traveler, the Louis Vuitton man has returned to his roots, taking inspiration from Parisians of yesterday and today for his Fall/Winter wardrobe. From Baron de Redé to the Art Deco period, Men’s Style Director Kim Jones draws on a variety of inspirations. Silk ensembles and large scarves accessorized the necks of sophisticated silhouettes, while military berets, khaki bomber jackets and backpacks equip the urban adventurer. The Vuitton man is above all a traveler who is constantly on the move, wearing the traces of his voyages on his jackets and t-shirts, which are marked with the Louis Vuitton stamp like a passport, the signature of the show.

Riccardo Tisci has designed an unabashedly virile menswear collection, symbolizing his stylistic freedom by blending strong pieces with low-key looks. Like the Bostwana Renegades, young African heavy metal fans who inspired the creative director, his silhouettes are dressed in black leather jackets and bomber jackets with cobra motifs. Meanwhile, fringes, large-buckled belts and velvet ankle boots reinvent the cowboy figure. Tweed suit coats and close-fitting black suits add calm to the collection. Twelve female models made an entrance over the course of the show, draped in haute couture designs from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Alessandro Sartori’s collection for Berluti is marked by sophisticated minimalism. Square volumes leave ample room for a laid-back vibe: shirts are replaced by loose T-shirts and turtlenecks with rolled up sleeves, pants reveal a naked ankle and shoes worn without socks. Shoe models have been reinvented, connecting the shoemaker’s craftmanship with the codes of sports footwear. Pieces made from soft materials are marked by striped graphics, as well as tattoo art imagined by artist Scott Campbell. Drawn onto the models’ skin, tattoos are also present on shoes, bags, knitwear and scarves, adding a folk-rock touch to the collection.

Kenzo sent out its Fall/Winter looks to the sound of a hundred singing voices gathered in the center of the podium. The vibrations of the chorus joined together with those of this eclectic collection, with its printed silk shirts, velvet coats, wide woolen pants and imitation-alligator jackets. Kenzo’s color palette, as audacious as ever, ranges from burgundy to mustard to pastel blue. The palette is completed by Japanese-inspired motifs, an homage by Carol Lim and Umberto Leon to Kenzo Takada, the founder of the brand, whose handwritten signature was printed on several pieces in the collection.

Subversion defines the mood for Kris Van Assche’s Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection. On a podium transformed into a chic skate park, silhouettes combine traditional codes with New Wave culture. Narrow suit jackets contrast with oversized pants, white shirts borrow checked motifs from overcoats, and accessories are in full rebellion: Dior’s emblematic pink is matched with dark wardrobe colors and coupled with black, conveying a resolutely youthful and contemporary vision of the Dior man.

No catwalk for Loewe, which opted for a presentation in Paris in conjunction with the launch of a new media campaign, revealing a striking menswear collection. Inspired by the rocky natural setting of Cuenca, Spain, Jonathan Anderson continues to rework the House signature, imagining a collection of raw, wild elegance. Organic materials and animal motifs give a primitive flavor to the silhouettes, whose movements are freed thanks to extra-wide cuts. The Loewe creative director designed the accessories in XXL formats, notably the bags, including the collection’s newest addition, the Goya.



© Louis Vuitton © Givenchy © Berluti © Kenzo © Christian Dior © Jamie Hawkesworth / Loewe

© Louis Vuitton © Givenchy © Berluti © Kenzo © Christian Dior © Jamie Hawkesworth / Loewe

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. to report its 2015 fourth quarter and annual results on February 11, 2016

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, will report its 2015 fourth quarter and annual results before market open on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The Company will detail its results on a conference call scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 11, 2016, which will be made available concurrently on the Company’s website, The call is also available by dialing (866) 908-1AAP. The pass code is Advance Auto Parts. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Advance website for one year.

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 10, 2015, Advance operated 5,240 stores and 118 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 75,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

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Kingfisher announces the appointment of Rakhi Parekh as non-executive director of the Company

LONDON, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher plc today announces the appointment of Rakhi Parekh as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from 1 February 2016 and as a member of both the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Ms Parekh is a highly experienced director in digital retailing having spent 11 years at in various roles from 2002-14. Most recently she was Director, UK Media at Amazon, responsible for ranges such as books, music and DVDs. She was previously Director, UK Hardlines where she was responsible for home, garden and DIY product ranges. Prior to joining Amazon Ms Parekh held roles at TomTom (wireless products) and in management consultancy in the United States.

Ms Parekh is also a non-executive director of Rightmove plc, Intu Properties plc and Be Heard Group plc (a digital marketing company).

Janis Kong will step down from the Kingfisher board on 1 February 2016 after nine years as a non-executive director.

Commenting on the changes, Daniel Bernard, Chairman of Kingfisher, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Rakhi to Kingfisher. Her range of digital skills and experience, as well as her other non-executive roles, will be of great benefit to Kingfisher and I look forward to working with her. She will further enhance our board, which already includes directors with experience gained at Apple and IKEA, among others.”

“I would also like to thank Janis for her nine years of distinguished service on the Kingfisher board. Her wise counsel has been greatly appreciated and I wish her well.”

Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer of Kingfisher said:

“Driving our digital capability is one of the three key pillars of Kingfisher’s transformation announced today. Rakhi’s extensive experience in digital and multichannel retailing will therefore be vital as we work to transform Kingfisher into a single, unified company where customer needs always come first.”


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PetSmart launches New Puppy program

PetSmart® Celebrates New Puppy Program in Stores with Comprehensive Product Collection, Events and New Puppy Guide for Pet Parents

PHOENIX, 2016-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plenty of people welcomed a new pet this past holiday season, delivering a cherished and happy memory for the whole family. According to an online survey for PetSmart by Toluna conducted Dec. 29 – 31, 2015, many people welcomed a furry family member with more than 80 percent given the actual dog specially wrapped up or in person, and for about half of those families the new arrival was truly a new arrival – a puppy under one year old.

PetSmart is providing additional support to help new puppy parents manage the transition with its New Puppy program running now through April in stores nationwide and online at

“While consideration should be given to make sure receivers of pets as gifts are prepared for the responsibility, puppies were popular arrivals at homes across America this past holiday season,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “And our New Puppy program is here to help, featuring trusted advice, a comprehensive New Puppy collection and national in-store Puppy Events, which will run in our stores Feb. 20 with education on nutrition, grooming, training and more.”

Dr. Kemba Marshall, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert, offers important basic tips for new puppy parents:

  • ID Your Pup. Get a collar that is comfortable for your new puppy and for large-breed puppies that will grow fast, check the collar sizing regularly to ensure it’s not getting too tight. Tagworks® ID tag systems in PetSmart stores are easy and provide plenty of room on the tag for the proper information. Make sure you put the dog’s name and two phone numbers at which you, the pet parent, can be easily reached.
  • Puppy Proof! Puppies are teething and they love to chew – on everything from shoes and rugs to electrical cords and plants. Puppy proof the house by removing items at the puppy level. Keep shoes, clothing and handbags off the ground and raise houseplants out of the puppy’s reach. Get some great chew toys, like the Nylabone Puppy Bone Starter Kit, to keep your puppy actively chewing on the right stuff, what puppy experts call “positive chewing,” which puppies need to learn. There are even calming toys, like the SENTRY® Bear Dog Toy, with pheromones similar to those emitted by the pup’s mother that help reduce anxiety.
  • Remove All Toxins. Puppies are curious and they get into everything and some common household items can be toxic – like laundry detergent, cleaners and the contents in our kitchen trash bin. Keep all these items locked away and out of a puppy’s reach.
  • Vaccinate. Before you step out on a puppy play date, make sure your puppy has all their vaccinations to protect them from contagious diseases.
  • Socialize. When socializing your puppy to other dogs and people, be selective and invite just one or two trusted, safe dogs to your home to meet your new pup for the first time.
  • Practice Proper Nutrition. Puppy-specific food is crucial as it serves a puppy’s special dietary needs. Develop a proper feeding schedule, as puppies eat more often than adult dogs, which tend to have feeding schedules twice a day: morning and night. Talk to a vet about the feeding schedule that’s right for your specific breed of puppy.
  • Consider Crate Training. Dogs need their own safe place – like a den – and a crate can serve that purpose. They can feel relaxed and safe in their crate and they instinctively keep their crate, or den, clean, aiding in potty training. Sizing the crate to your puppy is important – it shouldn’t be too large.
  • Establish Routines and Schedules. Training a puppy is all about a routine so have your family get on a schedule with your puppy. From walks to feeding, naps and crate time, a routine will serve you and your family well.

PetSmart also offers its New Puppy Guide for $20 with $250 in offers on all the essentials a new puppy parent needs from crates, feeding bowls and chew toys to free bags of food and free services like the puppy’s first bath and vet consultation. Learn more at PetSmart’s online Puppy Center

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 stores. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,,, and – 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.

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