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.

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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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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 nearly 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 approximately 29,000 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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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.

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Sears Holdings to release its fiscal 2015 Q4 and full year financial results on Feb. 25, 2016

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that it expects to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year before the market opens on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, and simultaneously post a pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on its corporate website. It will feature prepared remarks from Robert A. Schriesheim, executive vice president and chief financial officer, who will focus his comments to provide additional context around the quarter.

The pre-recorded conference call may be accessed by telephone at 844.826.0613 or 973.200.3092 (conference ID: 57636392), and on Sears Holdings’ website at http://www.searsholdings.com/invest/ under “Events & Presentations.” The accompanying presentation and transcript will be posted online in conjunction.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

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Kmart’s Strategic Merchandising Group to actively source extreme-value deals by purchasing the inventory of liquidated companies

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With an ongoing vision to make shopping fun again and offer members and customers unique deals, Kmart’s Strategic Merchandising Group announced it is actively sourcing extreme-value deals by purchasing the inventory of liquidated companies and other opportunistic situations.

“The path to making Kmart great again starts with sourcing truly brag-worthy deals,” said Kmart President Alasdair James. “Just as when we brought back Bluelight Specials last year, we continue to find innovative ways to provide our Shop Your Way® members with an extreme value proposition that can only be found at Kmart.”

These purchases provide unique opportunities to obtain outstanding products and offer unbeatable value while providing higher recoveries to sellers in need of inventory monetization. For example, Kmart will soon offer truly brag-worthy deals in-store, at Kmart.com and via the Kmart app on outdoor cookers, smokers, outdoor lighting and hand-held lighting manufactured by The Brinkmann Corporation. Brinkmann was a leading manufacturer of premier products under the Brinkmann, Malibu Lighting and Q-Beam brands. Kmart will soon sell these products as Bluelight Specials and also at closeout prices that are brag-worthy deals.

Kmart offers Bluelight Specials every single day at every single store, online at Kmart.com and via the Kmart app. Members who download the Kmart app can receive real-time push notifications announcing Bluelight Specials exclusive to Kmart.com. As soon as a Bluelight Special is available online, users who opt in for push notifications will receive item details and can make a purchase directly from the app. “The Kmart app is another fantastic way for our Shop Your Way members to be the first to know about a truly brag-worthy deal,” said James.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands, including Jaclyn Smith,Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

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Starbucks UK raised money to support Send a Cow’s projects in both Rwanda and Ethiopia

LONDON, 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Aaron Swift returned from an emotional four-day journey in Rwanda with one goal in mind.

“I wanted to find a way to help Rwandan farmers and educate my peers at the same time,” said Swift, a four-year partner (employee) and shift supervisor at a Starbucks store in Manchester, England.

Swift visited Rwanda in 2014 as part of Starbucks Origin Experience, where select partners travel to coffee-growing regions to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for farmers who grow coffee. Having witnessed a cow-giving ceremony while in the city of Kigali, Swift realized providing a cow was an ideal means of giving back to the farmers.

“A cow means that farmers can invest back into their livelihood and in their community,” said Swift. “They can use milk for drinking and selling, the manure to increase the crop yield, and the animal as collateral for a loan to buy farming materials.”

700 Starbucks Stores Raise £40,000

After searching for the ideal charity to help with this endeavor, Swift and fellow partners selected Send a Cow, which works in seven African countries to provide training, tools, seeds and livestock to help those in need lift themselves out of poverty. With the organization in place, Swift invited Starbucks stores in the UK North West to accept donations for a two-week trial in 2014.

Starbucks UK raised enough money to fund the equivalent of 11 cows in the first year. Encouraged by the results, the company initiated The Big Cow Project in 2015 with more than 700 stores participating and an end result of nearly £40,000 (nearly $60,000 USD) in donations. As an added bonus, the total raised will be matched by the UK government to support Send a Cow’s projects in both Rwanda and Ethiopia.

“The Starbucks Big Cow Project was led by one young partner with the passion to make a difference,” said Rhys Iley, vice president operations, Starbucks UK. “Partners across the country have been so inspired to raise funds for farmers in Rwanda and the teams have really enjoyed getting behind this worthwhile cause.”

Overwhelmed by Generosity

“We have been inspired by the enthusiasm of Starbucks partners and their customers,” said Simon Barnes, chief executive of Send a Cow. “Thanks to their fantastic support we have been able to spread the work of Send a Cow to high streets across the UK and Ireland and use the daily Starbucks habit to save lives and ensure futures, not for one day, or even one week, but forever.”

Swift is overwhelmed by Starbucks customers’ generosity.

“It feels great to not only provide cows for Rwandan farmers, but also help so many Rwandan communities,” he said.

The campaign motivated many partners in addition to Swift, most notably Becca Turner, a store manager in London. Due to her exceptional fundraising efforts, Turner was chosen to visit Rwanda this month to witness Send a Cow in action and report back to Starbucks partners about the impact of The Big Cow Project.

“I am incredibly lucky to have the chance to see Send a Cow’s work first-hand in beautiful Rwanda,” said Turner. “This was not achieved alone. It is through my hard-working store partners that I’m able to go and experience something as incredible as this.”

Also taking Swift’s lead, a group of Starbucks partners in Germany have raised enough money to fund their first cow, and the initiative is set to go wider in Europe this year.

Next for Swift is to focus on his work as one of four coffee ambassadors in the UK. He will help coordinate education events for partners as well as the local Coffee Master Program.

“I’ve learned so much from this experience,” added Swift. “I’m sure the campaign will be a yearly tradition for some time to come.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

 

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Starbucks UK raised money to support Send a Cow’s projects in both Rwanda and Ethiopia

Starbucks UK raised money to support Send a Cow’s projects in both Rwanda and Ethiopia

More than 1,000 Opportunity Youth offered jobs through the Los Angeles Hiring Fair & Forum on Feb. 11

Biggest Job Fair of its Kind Kicks Off Long-Term Effort to Employ LA’s Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds Who Are Not in School or Employed

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people, today announced that in one day, more than 1,000 Opportunity Youth were offered on-the-spot offers through the Los Angeles Hiring Fair & Forum on Feb. 11.

Hiring managers from more than 30 companies, including, Chipotle, HMS Host, Lyft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, TOMS, and more, met with thousands of young people in an effort to connect Los Angeles County’s more than 200,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from school and employment – to meaningful job opportunities and resources. In addition to immediate job offers, the coalition provided access to services and continued follow up through the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, the Alliance for Children’s Rights & Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA, Los Angeles Unified School District, LeadersUp, and more than 30 other community-based organizations.

Related: A Huge Surprise for the Last Person Interviewed at 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Job Fair

The more than 1,000 jobs offered in LA is in addition to the 1,300 on-the-spot job offers that were granted in Chicago and Phoenix through similar fairs last year, and is part of an overall effort to hire 100,000 Opportunity Youth nationwide by 2018. Along with the record number of job offers granted in one day, the Opportunity Fair and Forum also began a long-term impact on the Los Angeles community and the 6,000 who were onsite for the event. For example:

Thousands of youth worked on their resumes and completed job applications under the support of resume coaches and application expert volunteers

  • 1,200 youth participated in FIND YOUR FIT powered by Clothes the Deal and Nordstrom – 600 Found their Fit, and 300 youth walked away with a new suit or clothes
  • 1,000 engaged at the Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship booth where youth where encouraged to apply beginning early Spring
  • 350 youth built their confidence through mock interviews with company leaders, community service organizations and hiring managers
  • 220 youth learned how to make a lasting impression at  the Sephora inside JCPenney style booth
  • 200 youth registered to vote, and 20 youth applied to be poll workers for upcoming elections
  • 130 youth got headshots and created new LinkedIn profiles or updated their existing profiles
  • 105 youth and staff received learned more about how to manage a record and explored expungement services

“What we collectively accomplished in LA was extraordinary, and I was personally fortunate to be a part of something that was life-changing for thousands of young people and their support networks as they start their journey to employment and opportunity. This initial effort will continue to impact tens of thousands of young people through the collective efforts of the employers, LA County and the City of LA,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer for Taco Bell, on behalf of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. “I would like to thank everyone who dedicated their time, resources and energies to make this the largest Opportunity Fair dedicated to supporting and hiring Opportunity Youth.”

“Providing a young person with the opportunity for a job helps create a path to a fulfilling career,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative brought thousands of smart, ambitious Angelenos closer to their dreams. We are building on that success with my pledge to connect 15,000 young people with year-round employment opportunities in 2016 — by expanding City Department support of my Hire L.A.’s Youth initiative, and growing our partnerships with the private sector. Together, we are opening new doors of possibilities for the next generation.”

A Call to Action in Los Angeles

There are nearly 214,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 in metropolitan Los Angeles who are neither working nor in school. According to new research from Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, failure to act and employ Opportunity Youth in Los Angeles will impose an estimated lifetime social burden of $129.3 billion. And, nationally, 5.5 million Opportunity Youth have a potential taxpayer burden of $1.30 trillion and an aggregate social burden of $4.87 trillion, which underscores the urgent need to create sustainable pathways for Opportunity Youth.  For more information on this economic study, please visit the Morrison Institute for Public Policy website.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is generously supported by the Arizona Community Foundation, California Endowment, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy’s, Papa John’s, Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Since launching in July 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has grown to 35 leading U.S. companies including Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, TOMS, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

For more leader quotes from members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, visit: www.100kOpportunities.org.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career. For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

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More than 1,000 Opportunity Youth offered jobs through the Los Angeles Hiring Fair & Forum on Feb. 11

More than 1,000 Opportunity Youth offered jobs through the Los Angeles Hiring Fair & Forum on Feb. 11

Tiffany & Co. to pay regular quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share on April 11, 2016

NEW YORK, 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE – TIF) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share of Common Stock. The dividend will be paid on April 11, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 21, 2016. Future dividends are subject to declaration by the directors.

Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

Tiffany & Co.
Mark L. Aaron, 212-230-5301
Mark.aaron@tiffany.com

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RioCan’s CEO Edward Sonshine, O.Ont., Q.C. to remain CEO of the Trust until at least December 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today announced that RioCan’s Board of Trustees has approved and Edward Sonshine, O.Ont., Q.C., RioCan’s Chief Executive Officer, has accepted an amendment to his employment contract. Under the amended contract, Mr. Sonshine has agreed to a commitment to remain CEO of the Trust until at least December 2018.

“The members of the Board of Trustees are all very pleased that Mr. Sonshine has agreed to remain as CEO of the Trust for the next three years. He has brought a tremendous amount of leadership to the management team as he guides RioCan through this important period of growth and development in Canada” said Paul V. Godfrey, C.M. Chairman of the Board of Trustees for RioCan.

“I am very pleased to continue to lead our organization as we enter into an exciting and transformative stage through our development, and residential intensification platforms,” said Edward Sonshine, CEO of RioCan “and I am committed to continuing to build and secure the future growth of Canada’s leading REIT for our Unitholders.”

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15 billion as at December 31, 2015. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 305 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 16 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area (“NLA”) of 46 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

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Cynthia J. Devine
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(647) 253-4973
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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.

Web sites: digitalinsight.com, penair.org
Get more banking insights at Banking.com and Unlock the Possibilities
Twitter: @Digital_Insight, @PenAirFCU
LinkedIn: Digital Insight, Pen Air FCU
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News Media Contacts

Heather Almand
Digital Insight, an NCR company
770-656-7769
heather.almand@digitalinsight.com

Patty Veal
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
850-505-3200, ext. 7777
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.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912-261-583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

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
Media Contact:
Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
Tel : +1-770-299-5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

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.

Website: www.ncr.com; www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

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 News Media Contacts

Jackie Parker
Arketi Group
404.929.0091, ext. 220
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Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

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

Follow us on: @DixonsCarphone

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.

CONTACTS
PR SPAIN
PR
Spain
prensa@mango.com
T. +34 938 602 222

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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

British shoppers prefer straight croissants; Tesco to consign crescent shaped croissants to history

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sacre bleu! Don’t tell the French but British shoppers are falling out of love with the traditionally crescent shaped croissants – preferring ones that are straight.

Both shapes have been sold on British high streets for some time, but recently demand for the curved ones has fallen.

And it’s all because of something known in the baking trade as ‘the spreadability factor’ with Brits finding it easier to spread jam and other fillings on the straight ones.

As a result, Tesco is to consign the crescent shaped croissant to history and will only sell the straight variety from tomorrow.

The move will affect nearly one million of the supermarket’s own label croissants a week which are currently made in a crescent shape.

Tesco croissant buyer Harry Jones explains:

“After demand for crescent shaped croissants started falling, we spoke to our customers and nearly 75 per cent of them told us that they preferred straight ones.

“At the heart of the move away from curved croissants is the spreadability factor. The majority of shoppers find it easier to spread jam, or their preferred filling, on a straighter shape with a single sweeping motion.

“With the crescent shaped croissants,  it’s more fiddly and most people can take up to three  attempts to achieve perfect coverage, which increases the potential for accidents involving sticky fingers and tables,”

Tesco shoppers have also said that they believe straighter croissants are more sophisticated and are of a better quality.

While the croissant is the world’s most famous French pastry the bread’s origins lie in Austria and a crescent shaped roll called a Kipferl – the German word for crescent shaped – which was created to celebrate the defeat of the Turkish army at the siege of Vienna in 1683.

The Viennese bakers came up with a brioche in the shape of a crescent, an emblem which was part of the Turkish flag.

In around 1838 an Austrian artillery officer founded a Viennese bakery in Paris which sold, among other breads, the Kipferl.

They became extremely popular and quickly inspired imitations across the whole country and other parts of Europe including England – so much so that they even gained a mention in a Charles Dickens’ written periodical called All The Year Around in 1872.

Croissants are made from a leavened form of puff pastry with the yeast dough layered with butter then rolled and folded several times in succession before being rolled into a sheet.

Notes to editors

The move by Tesco to straighten its croissants is part of a wider round of improvements to many of its key bakery lines.

These include:

  • Bigger in-store bakery with speciality bread e.g. ciabatta increasing in size by nearly a quarter and still at £1.50
  • More chocolate chips in Tesco own label brioche
  • More seeds on Tesco finest* sliced superseeded bread, giving customers a nutty taste when toasted and more fibre in their diet.
  • Addition of more sourdough to finest* white bread
  • An upgrade in quality for Tesco branded bread across the range
  • Launch of folded flatbreads
  • Chocolate celebration cakes – four core lines have moister sponge, creamier ganache, and new decorations
  • Classics desserts cherry bakewell lattice and apricot and custard lattice launched as a new pastry format
  • A gluten free version of our popular children’s celebration cake Carl the Caterpillar

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

SOURCE: Tesco PLC

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British shoppers prefer straight croissants; Tesco to consign crescent shaped croissants to history

British shoppers prefer straight croissants; Tesco to consign crescent shaped croissants to history

 

Macy’s and Shaun White teams up to create new menswear line WHT SPACE

The limited-edition capsule collection focuses on pieces that are bold and modern, yet easy to wear

NEW YORK , 2016-Feb-20 — /EPR Retail News/ – Macy’s and Shaun White have joined forces to create WHT SPACE, a new and exclusive menswear line that reflects White’s adrenaline-pumping, eclectic style. A professional athlete who has amassed numerous titles and accolades in both skateboarding and snowboarding over the course of a distinguished career, White tapped his influences from sports, music and fashion to create an “extreme style” collection for the trendy and active millennial guy. The capsule collection will consist of fashion-forward staples that are highly wearable and capture the faster sides of White’s style. The limited-time collection will be available in approximately 175 Macy’s stores and on macys.com in mid-June.

“Shaun White is an icon in the world of extreme sports, and his cool style is emulated by fans around the world,” said Durand Guion, Macy’s vice president/fashion director of men’s. “WHT SPACE puts a twist on casual and offers product that is effortlessly stylish and as dynamic as Shaun is.”

The range is centered around the style mantra of refined exuberance, comprised of directional takes on wardrobe essentials, including abstract print, short sleeve wovens, statement tees, and embellished bomber jackets. Whimsical prints meet expert tailoring and slim fits, and details such as metallic hardware adorns classics as edgy yet urbane updates. WHT SPACE channels White’s thrill-seeking liveliness and combines it with his worldly scope in a line of apparel that is thoroughly modern.

“This line for Macy’s is exciting for me because it represents what I’m wearing now—my style and my taste,” said White. “Macy’s is such an iconic brand and my first choice for a home for this line.”

WHT SPACE will be available for a limited time only, launching in approximately 175 Macy’s stores and on macys.com in mid-June. Items will range in price from $24-$29 for tees, $49-$59 for woven shirts, $59-$69 for denim and $89-$299 for outerwear.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 730 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Shaun White
Shaun is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of 24 Winter and Summer X Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding, and the lead guitarist in an LA-based rock band. He is the CEO of Shaun White Enterprises and the face of others. He is now the owner and operator of Air + Style, the international music and sport festival.shaunwhite.com

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
Holly.Thomas@macys.com
or
Billy Dumé, 646-429-7449
Billy.Dume@macys.com

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Macy’s has partnered with Shaun White on a limited-edition men’s capsule collection called WHT SPACE, available exclusively in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com in mid-June. (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s has partnered with Shaun White on a limited-edition men’s capsule collection called WHT SPACE, available exclusively in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com in mid-June. (Photo: Business Wire)

Rite Aid announces availability of talking prescription devices for customers with visual impairments

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today the nationwide availability of talking prescription devices to assist customers with visual impairments. The device will be provided at no cost to customers who are blind or who are visually impaired.

“It’s important that all of our customers, including those who are blind or visually impaired, are able to access and understand information on their prescriptions,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “By offering these devices, we’re helping customers who have difficulty or who are unable to read a standard prescription label understand and safely take their medications as prescribed by their physician.”

Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

“The American Council of the Blind and the California Council of the Blind congratulate Rite Aid on taking this step to better serve the needs of its blind and visually impaired customers,” said Kim Charlson, American Council of the Blind president. “This action clearly illustrates their motto, ‘With Us, It’s Personal,’ and we are proud to have collaborated with Rite Aid to bring this valuable resource to their customers.”

Rite Aid is also able to provide customers with large print prescription information sheets.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

The American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans throughout the country with members organized through seventy state and special interest affiliates. ACB is dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting equal opportunity for all people who have visual impairments. Its members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs that will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about ACB can be found by visiting www.acb.org.

The California Council of the Blind is a state-wide consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Californians. CCB is dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity and independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs, which will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about CCB can be found by visiting the CCB website at http://ccbnet.org/.

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Morrisons provides better rest areas for colleagues with £30m staff facilities makeover

Bradford, England, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is giving its staff facilities a £30m makeover in order to make them better places to take a break for hard-working colleagues.

Staff will play an important role in the revival of the company and management have decided to invest in better rest areas after listening to colleagues who said they needed to be modernised and made more comfortable.

The four year makeover will see dated decor and fixed furniture replaced at all of the company’s stores. Separate dining and casual seating areas will be developed for colleagues.

The revamped Morrisons colleague rest areas feature:

  • Casual dining tables and soft informal seating areas
  • Subsidised freshly ground coffee machines
  • Free wi-fi throughout colleague areas
  • Access to mobile phone charging points
  • An upgrade of staff toilets

Some colleague kitchens will also be developed and will include an expanded range of hot and cold foods available to staff throughout their shifts.

Morrisons Chief Executive, David Potts said: “We are a business that listens hard to colleagues and responds wherever possible. We asked our staff for their views about their stores and many commented about their restrooms saying they would like them to be more relaxing and offer a better food service. This investment will ensure they are provided with the facilities and food to help them recharge during their breaks.

In September, Morrisons announced that 90,000 store staff would receive a pay rise with hourly rates increasing from £6.83 to £8.20.

Media contact

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0845 611 5111
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Morrisons announces new regional management appointments

Bradford, England, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Number of women in retail leadership team rises from one to eight.

Morrisons has reshaped the management of its stores business with 15 new appointments to the regional management that provide direction to more than 490 supermarkets.

They include Vicki Reay, formerly of Aldi, who will be the new Operations Director for the South East region and becomes the first female director of a region’s stores at Morrisons. John McAlpine will be Operations Director for the North region and arrives from Tesco. They will both report to Morrisons Group Retail Director Gary Mills alongside current Morrisons Operations Directors Miles Foster and Darren Hunter.

Below them will sit a revitalised team of Regional Managers who are a mixture of home-grown talent and professionals from elsewhere in the supermarket sector.

The number of women at this level rise from one to seven.

David Lepley, previously a Regional and Strategy Director at Asda, will be also be joining the Morrisons stores leadership team.

Clare Grainger, Morrisons Group People Director, said:

“We have appointed the most talented retail team on the market with the aim of the making core supermarkets strong again. We are also pleased that our retail management team is becoming more representative of our largely-female colleague and customer base.”

Media contact

For all media enquiries call
0845 611 5111
Available 24 hours

7‑Eleven and Jones Soda Co. partnered to create premium carbonated beverage

IRVING, TX, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Jones Soda Co. (OTCQB: JSDA), a leading premium beverage company, have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup.

The premium, carbonated beverage brand is available in five distinct flavors: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash. Each 7-Select premium soda is made with natural flavors, lightly sweetened with cane sugar, and ranges from just 180 to 195 calories per 20-ounce bottle. The new brand also includes 75 mg. of caffeine in each serving. As the new beverage’s tagline suggests, “This is no ordinary soda.”

Using feedback from customer focus groups, the new 7-Select soda and flavor profiles were carefully developed over the course of more than a year, strategically incorporating specific ideas that appeal to the shared 7‑Eleven and Jones customer.

“Our customers have a voice, and we used their input to develop 7-Select premium sodas,” said Jennifer Cue, CEO of Jones Soda Co., “incorporating internationally inspired flavors into a refreshing lineup. These exclusive drinks offer premium ingredients, great taste and a caffeine kick. With fewer calories per serving than the national brands, we believe we have created an ideal product for the 7‑Eleven customers of today and tomorrow.”

The 7-Select premium sodas are packaged in a proprietary plastic (PET) bottle for portability, featuring an embossed 7-Select logo and a custom carbonation pattern that provides a unique tactile experience for consumers. In true Jones style, the bottle labels feature black-and-white lifestyle images submitted by Jones’ and 7‑Eleven consumers.

“We want every 7-Select product to be best in class,” said Sean Thompson, vice president of Private Brands, “and work to ensure each item stands out because it has the highest quality, the best value, is unique in the market and only available at 7‑Eleven. Jones was the perfect partner to create a premium soft drink unique enough to carry both the 7-Select and Jones brands.”

7‑Eleven has embarked on a storewide effort to deliver the highest quality items to its customers through its 7-Select private brand. Today, the 7-Select product assortment cuts across all categories and is continually updated to delight its customers with unique product experiences only found at 7‑Eleven.

“By combining 7‑Eleven’s organizational and distribution strength with Jones’ beverage innovation expertise and social engagement, we believe this relationship creates mutually beneficial opportunities for both our companies and fans alike,” Cue said.

7-Select premium sodas crafted by Jones are available exclusively at participating 7‑Eleven locations across the United States. Customers can use the hashtag #7SELECTxJONES to suggest new flavor ideas, post photos for future labels and check in with their favorite 7-Select soda.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 57,900 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Jones Soda Co.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jones Soda Co.® (OTCQB: JSDA) markets and distributes premium beverages under Jones® Cane Sugar Soda, Jones Zilch®, Jones Stripped™, and Lemoncocco brands and sells through its distribution network in markets primarily across North America. A leader in the premium soda category, Jones is known for its variety of flavors featuring cane sugar as well as its innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones Soda is sold through traditional beverage retailers as well as non traditional retail outlets. For more information, please visit www.jonessoda.com or www.MyJones.com.

Media Contacts:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Stephanie Shaw
(972) 828-5837
stephanie.shaw@7-11.com

Jones Soda Co.
Andrew Baumann
(206) 436-8711
abaumann@jonessoda.com

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7‑Eleven, Inc. and Jones Soda Co. have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup. Flavors include: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash.

7‑Eleven, Inc. and Jones Soda Co. have partnered to create 7-Select® brand premium sodas crafted by Jones, the first premium carbonated beverage in the 7-Select private brand lineup. Flavors include: Twisted Citrus, Fruit Loose, Cocolocolilinut, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Bluesberry Smash.

Wincor Nixdorf to provide IT services to more than 15,000 of BP service stations

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The international British oil company BP has awarded a major contract to Wincor Nixdorf for information technology services to be provided to more than 15,000 of its service stations. Wincor Nixdorf will ensure the smooth operation and continuous availability of the retail site systems hardware and software in the checkout zones of the service stations. The contract covers services for most of the countries around the world where BP has service station operations. Until now, the service has been provided locally by a number of different entities, sometimes by BP’s internal IT organizations, external companies or BP’s ow subsidiaries.

The term of this contract is five years. The agreement also covers the transfer of responsibility to Wincor Nixdorf for the internal service station support companies (Tankstellen Support GmbH, TSG) of BP Europa SE with headquarters in Cologne and Krakow. TSG’s areas of focus include operating and updating the software used to process payment transactions at BP service stations across Europe. The new operator is taking over Tankstellen Support GmbH along with all its contractual responsibilities, including employees at the Cologne and Krakow locations.

By selecting Wincor Nixdorf to be the new global IT service provider, BP plans to harmonize the current patchwork arrangement used to deliver, support and ensure availability of the IT infrastructure of service stations across its key retail markets. Wincor Nixdorf will standardize the underlying support processes provided to BP by leveraging its own global IT structures, tools and processes and, as a result, deliver a more cost-efficient service. Service station operators depend heavily on the round-the-clock availability of IT systems and the reliable service provided to their customers. Remote online monitoring of systems allows corrective measures to be taken even before a failure actually occurs. Where necessary, Wincor Nixdorf can respond rapidly to demand for on-site technical support thanks to the company’s tightly integrated network of local service engineers around the world. By deciding to use single-source IT services, BP will facilitate the use of the concept at new service stations

Wincor Nixdorf will gain from the significant extension of the relationship with BP as major customer in the service station sector. BP represents another major contract success for the IT specialist, a leading international provider of software, hardware and services for such customers as banks, retailers, service station operators, transporters and postal companies. Wincor Nixdorf has convinced another major international oil company of its value as a global service integrator. With its end-to-end concept, Wincor Nixdorf covers the entire service spectrum – from consultation, planning, implementation and testing to operation, maintenance and the help desk for customers’ service questions. The service portfolio is modular, which means that Wincor Nixdorf can flexibly react to market and business requirements and rapidly implement solutions for BP.

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

Dunkin’ Donuts recognized as top brand in coffee customer loyalty for the tenth consecutive year by Brand Keys

Dunkin’ Donuts tops packaged coffee category for fourth consecutive year

CANTON, MA, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts today marks a decade of distinction for providing guests with a superior customer experience, as the 2016 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Index® recognizes Dunkin’ Donuts as a top brand for consumer engagement in the out-of-home coffee category. This is the tenth consecutive year Dunkin’ Donuts has earned this honor. Dunkin’ Donuts also leads the packaged coffee category in customer loyalty for the fourth year in a row.

The 20th annual national survey conducted by brand loyalty and engagement consultancy Brand Keys identifies brands that are best able to engage consumers by meeting or exceeding their expectations, which creates loyal customers. Brand Keys’ Customer Loyalty Engagement Index recognizes the brands that receive the highest loyalty and engagement assessments and surpass competitors for “delighting” customers. In the coffee restaurant and packaged coffee categories, consumer preferences were based on consistently meeting customer expectations for taste, quality, service and brand value.

According to Chris Fuqua, Vice President of Dunkin’ Donuts Brand Marketing & Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation, “Our guests are loyal to Dunkin’ Donuts because of the many ways we work to give them an unsurpassed guest experience. We make our entire menu available all day, and offer our guests more than 25,000 different ways to customize their favorite coffee any way they like it. We’ve launched digital technologies like mobile ordering and delivery that make it even more convenient for people to run on Dunkin’, and we continue to grow our DD Perks Rewards program. On behalf of our dedicated Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchisees and crew members who consistently provide our guests with fast and friendly service all day long, we are honored to be recognized by Brand Keys for customer loyalty for the tenth year in a row.”

“Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a #1 ranking in customer loyalty and engagement for 10 years in a row in an increasingly competitive category. Clearly their quality products and consistent service are contributing to a recipe for long-term success,” said Robert Passikoff, President of Brand Keys.

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling more than 1.9 billion cups of Hot and Iced Coffee and Espresso-based beverages per year. The brand’s beverage offerings include high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, along with Espresso, Cappuccino and Lattes, and the recently introduced Macchiato. All Dunkin’ Donuts menu items are always available any time of day, and guests are encouraged to customize their favorite food and beverages. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is the perfect way to enjoy the delicious taste of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at home, any time. Available in flavors such as Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in a 16-oz. bag.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to reward loyal customers through its DD Perks® Rewards program, achieving 4.3 million members. With DD Perks, guests already earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit www.DDPerks.com.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts recognized as top brand in coffee customer loyalty for the tenth consecutive year by Brand Keys

Dunkin’ Donuts recognized as top brand in coffee customer loyalty for the tenth consecutive year by Brand Keys