Amazon: Mozart in the Jungle renewed for third season

Amazon’s Prime Video is the first content provider in a decade to win Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series in back-to-back years for different shows

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon today announced the multi-Golden Globe award-winning series,Mozart in the Jungle, has been renewed for a third season. Starring Gael García Bernal (Salt and Fire), who was awarded the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series, and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl), Mozart in the Jungle will begin production later this year and will continue the story of the talented musicians who perform and live with passion under the baton of its spirited conductor, best known simply as Rodrigo. Executive Produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited) and Paul Weitz (About a Boy), season three will see Rodrigo and many musicians take their talents to Europe.

The win for Mozart in the Jungle brings Amazon’s total number of Golden Globe awards to four, following last year’s double win for Transparent in the same categories. It also makes Prime Video the first content provider in a decade to win Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series in back-to-back years for different shows.

Mozart in the Jungle bursts with creativity and passion, and offers audiences something truly unique,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour Series, Amazon Studios. “Amazon is proud to have two of the most risky and enthralling comedy series on television today.”

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the series draws back the curtain at the New York Symphony, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts. Along with Bernal and Kirke, Mozart in the Jungle also stars Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), Bernadette Peters (Smash), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha) and Schwartzman.

Schwartzman, on behalf of his fellow executive producers Coppola and Weitz, said, “We’re grateful to Amazon for endowing our orchestra with another season. We can’t wait to follow our characters through the vast world of music, whether performing on a subway platform or in the grand concert halls of Europe.”

Seasons 1 and 2 of Mozart in the Jungle are available for Prime members at no additional cost to their membership, through the AmazonVideo app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/mozartinthejungleFor a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

In addition to SD and HD, Mozart in the Jungle is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV and compatible Samsung, LG and Sonysmart TVs and in High Dynamic Range (HDR) on compatible Samsung and LG smart TVs. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on iOS, Android, and Fire devices at no additional cost.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video offers customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, through Amazon Prime; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies and current TV shows for rent or purchase.

The entire range of selection can be instantly accessed 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.

Prime Video, included in Amazon Prime, enables Prime members to enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe award-winning series from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, Mozart in the Jungle, the multi-Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy award-winning series Transparent, the breakout hit The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, Mad Dogs, based on the hit UK series of the same name, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to a collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/primevideo.

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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Amazon Web Services launches free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create and connect their games to AWS Cloud and Twitch

  • New game engine helps developers create the highest-quality games, build cloud-connected gameplay features, and build communities of fans on Twitch; beta available for free download today
  • New AWS service, Amazon GameLift, lets game developers quickly scale their session-based multiplayer games to support millions of players with AWS’s highly available cloud infrastructure

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced Amazon Lumberyard, a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters, and create stunning real-time effects. With Amazon Lumberyard’s visual scripting tool, even non-technical game developers can add cloud-connected features to a game in minutes (such as a community news feed, daily gifts, or server-side combat resolution) through a drag-and-drop graphical user interface.

AWS is also announcing Amazon GameLift, a new service for deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games. WithAmazon GameLift, Amazon Lumberyard developers can quickly scale high-performance game servers up and down to meet player demand, without any additional engineering effort or upfront costs.

Amazon Lumberyard is free, and available today in beta for developers building PC and console games, with mobile and virtual reality (VR) platforms coming soon. Amazon GameLift has a small per-player fee, plus for both Amazon GameLift and Amazon Lumberyard, developers pay standard AWS fees for AWS services used. To learn more about Amazon Lumberyard, visit http://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard. To learn more about Amazon GameLift, visit http://aws.amazon.com/gamelift.

Building technology capable of making the highest-quality games is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Game developers either have to spend several years creating the more than 20 significant technology components that are needed to build the highest-quality games (such as real-time graphics rendering, world and character editors, animation systems, physics simulation, low-latency networking, particle systems, scripting systems, terrain generation, and more), or they have to invest in commercial game engines that are expensive and do not include native integrations with Twitch or cloud back-end technologies (like AWS). And, as live, multiplayer games have risen in popularity, game developers have also had to invest thousands of hours to build and manage the back-end infrastructure needed to connect their games to the cloud and support high volumes of fluctuating player traffic. Amazon Lumberyard is the only game engine that gives developers a combination of free, feature-rich development technology, native integration with the AWS Cloud to make it easier for developers to create live and multiplayer online games, and native integration of Twitch features that help developers connect their games to the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. By starting game projects with Amazon Lumberyard, developers are able to spend more of their time creating differentiated gameplay and building communities of fans, and less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of building game engine components and managing server infrastructure. And, with Amazon GameLift, developers can be sure that on day one, their live, multiplayer games can scale to support millions of players, while maintaining the high performance gamers expect.

“Many of the world’s most popular games are powered by AWS’s technology infrastructure platform,” said Mike Frazzini, Vice President ofAmazon Games. “When we’ve talked to game developers, they’ve asked for a game engine with the power and capability of leading commercial engines, but that’s significantly less expensive, and deeply integrated with AWS for the back-end and Twitch for the gamer community. We’re excited to deliver that for our game developers today with the launch of Amazon Lumberyard and Amazon GameLift.”

With Amazon Lumberyard, game developers can:

  • Create the highest-quality games—Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build rich, engaging, world-class games—from a full-featured editor, to native code performance and stunning visuals, and hundreds of other features like performant networking, cloth physics, character and animation editors, particle editor, UI editor, audio tools, weather effects, vehicle systems, flocking AI, perception handling, camera frameworks, path finding, and more. Developers also have full access to Amazon Lumberyard source code, making it easy to customize the technology to create differentiated gameplay.
  • Build live, online features in minutes—Live, online games enjoy higher engagement and retention than offline games. AmazonLumberyard’s visual scripting tool, with its drag-and-drop graphical user interface, makes it easy to build connected game features that access AWS services, such as DynamoDB, Lambda, and S3. In minutes, game designers can create features such as granting a daily gift or sending in-game notifications without having to write a single line of code. Amazon Lumberyard also comes integrated with AWS’s C++ SDK to provide developers access to dozens of AWS services through native C++ code, the most common language used to make games.
  • Reach and engage fans on Twitch—Amazon Lumberyard is integrated with Twitch so that developers can build gameplay features that engage the more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters, and more than 100 million monthly viewers on Twitch. With Amazon Lumberyard’s Twitch ChatPlay, developers can use a drag-and-drop visual scripting interface to create gameplay features that let Twitch viewers use chat to directly impact the game they are watching in real-time. For example, with Twitch ChatPlay within Amazon Lumberyard, a developer could build a game that lets viewers on Twitch control a character or vote on game outcomes using chat commands like “up,” “down,” “live,” or “die.” And, the Twitch JoinIn feature within Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build games that allow Twitch broadcasters to instantly invite their live audiences to join them side-by-side in the game, with a single click, while others continue to watch.

Amazon GameLift, a new managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games, reduces the time required to create multiplayer back-ends from thousands of hours to just minutes. With a few quick steps in the AWS Management Console, developers can deploy game servers across the AWS Cloud, start connecting players to games, and scale capacity up and down to meet player demand. Developers can also identify operational issues using Amazon GameLift’s real-time reporting of game server capacity and player demand. With Amazon GameLift and Amazon Lumberyard, developers can create multiplayer back-ends with less effort, technical risk, and time delays that often cause developers to cut multiplayer features from their games.

“Amazon has been a great partner and we are deeply excited about both Amazon Lumberyard and Amazon GameLift,” said Josh Atkins, Vice President of Creative Development, 2K Games. “The integration of a fantastic game engine with amazing cloud services presents a wonderful opportunity for both independent developers and established publishers.”

“Developing and maintaining a back-end infrastructure for multiplayer games requires a lot of time, resources, and expertise that are beyond the reach of many developers,” said Chris Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Obsidian Entertainment. “Amazon GameLift removes much of that burden from the developer, allowing them to focus their energy on bringing their great game ideas to life.”

Pricing and Availability

Amazon Lumberyard is available for download in beta for PC and console game developers. The Amazon Lumberyard engine is free to use, including source. There are no seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue. Standard AWS fees apply should developers choose to use other AWS services.

Amazon GameLift is available at launch in the AWS US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) Regions, with additional Regions coming soon. Amazon GameLift costs $1.50 per 1,000 Daily Active Users plus the standard AWS fees for AWS services they consume.

About Amazon Web Services

For almost 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 50 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 32 Availability Zones (AZs) across 12 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

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.

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Nordstrom unveils footprint and exterior design of its first Nordstrom store in New York City

NEW YORK, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) unveiled for the first time the footprint and exterior design of its first Nordstrom store in New York City. The store will encompass four properties in the Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan along Broadwaybetween West 57th and West 58th Streets. The approximately 363,000 square-foot store is expected to open in 2019.

The four properties include both existing, historic buildings as well as new construction at the base of Central Park Tower, an Extell Development Company project. Plans include modern glass façades on the new construction at the base of Central Park Tower, envisioned by world-renowned designer James Carpenter, recognized for his distinctive use of natural light and luminescent artistic sensibility. Additionally, Nordstrom will restore or rebuild the street level façades of the other buildings to evoke their original historic design.

“We’re building in the context of the world’s greatest stores in the best retail city in the world and our ambition is to create an entire experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer,” said Pete Nordstrom, co-president, Nordstrom, Inc. “We think the modern exterior glass design combined with the historical renovations honor both the past and future of Manhattan. We look forward to the day when we can open our doors and welcome customers.”

The Nordstrom footprint includes:

Central Park Tower – Stunning glass façades created by James Carpenter Design Associates(JCDA) of New York fill each floor with light, while at the same time projecting the beauty and energy of the interior to the street. Customers will be able to shop retail space located on seven levels, two below street-level and five above. A seven-level atrium at the heart of the building, also designed by JCDA, highlights the escalators connecting each floor. Entrances are located on both West 57th Street and West 58th Street.

The Tower portion also incorporates the landmark façade of the former 1780 Broadway building which will be completely restored and three new two-level atriums of retail space will be created in the interior. It also includes an entrance off of Broadway.

The Central Park Tower portion is approximately 292,000 square feet and the developer isExtell Development Company.

5 Columbus Circle (formerly the 1790 Broadway building) – This portion is approximately 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space with an entrance located on Broadway that connects to the main store.

5 Columbus Circle is a landmark building and Nordstrom will rebuild the street-level façade to evoke the historic design of the original building. This section is owned by 1790 Broadway Associates.

1776 Broadway – This building sits on the corner of West 57th Street and Broadway. Nordstrom will occupy four floors of retail space totaling approximately 20,000 square feet with one entrance on West 57th Street. This portion is owned by ULM Holding Corporation.

3 Columbus Circle – Located just across Broadway, 3 Columbus Circle is approximately 43,000 square feet of retail space on three levels with two entrances – one on West 57th Street and the other on Broadway. 3 Columbus Circle will be the location of the Nordstrom Men’s store. SL Green and The Moinian Group are the owners of this property.

The interiors of Central Park Tower, 5 Columbus Circle and 1776 Broadway will be connected to create a unified shopping experience.

Design of the Seven-Level Glass Waveforms Façades:

The unique seven-level glass waveforms façades were created to catch light as it strikes through the east-west axis of West 57th and West 58th Streets, and continually changes as the sun angles shift from morning to evening, and throughout the seasons. The waveforms also provide an interactive viewing experience for customers inside the store and for those outside at street level, creating views up and down the streets while selectively displaying the activity within the store.

“When creating the store’s identity we considered the human experience from both the inside and out,” said Dawn Clark, vice-president of store design and architecture for Nordstrom, Inc.”In this amazing city of art, culture and fashion, we hoped to create a design that amplifiesNew York City’s creative energy.”

“The façades have a quality of fluidity,” said James Carpenter. “From within, you can step into the waveforms and experience the dramatic views up and down the street while simultaneously, from outside, your presence humanizes the façades. The design aims to visually invite people to envisage the store as a simultaneously accessible and urbane public space.”

The glass façades are being fabricated by Permasteelisa of Vittorio Veneto, Italy and Windsor, Connecticut. Specialized glass bending is by Cricursa of Barcelona, Spain.

Historical Façades:

Restoration and rebuilding design work for the façades of 3 Columbus Circle, 5 Columbus Circle, 1780 Broadway and 1776 Broadway is being done by CallisonRTKL.

Agent:
Derek Trulson from Jones Lang LaSalle.

Please see the media kit at press.nordstrom.com for additional renderings, fact sheet and local area map.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About James Carpenter Design Associates
James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) is a cross-disciplinary design firm working at the intersection of architecture, art and engineering. Led by James Carpenter, the firm is recognized for its knowledge and use of natural light, which is at the foundation of its design philosophy. JCDA acts as the lead creative partner on projects ranging in scale from signature design features to the renewal of existing buildings and surrounding urban landscape to new buildings–in each instance providing a transformational vision.

About Extell
Founded and headed by Gary Barnett, Extell Development Company is a nationally acclaimed real estate developer of residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and mixed-use properties, operating primarily in Manhattan and other premier cities across the nation. In collaboration with world-class architects and design professionals, Extell creates properties distinguished by sophisticated design, gracious floor plans and first-class amenities.

The firm has developed some of Manhattan’s top-selling luxury condominiums, including the record-breaking One57, One Riverside Park and The Carlton House. Current projects under development include One Manhattan Square, The Kent at 200 East 95th Street, 555 Tenth Avenue, and 70 Charlton. Extell has also restored and updated a number of classics in landmark neighborhoods, including the former Stanhope Hotel at 995 Fifth Avenue and The Belnord, a landmark building on the Upper West Side. Commercial developments include the International Gem Tower, W Times Square hotel in New York City, Boston’s InterContinental Hotel and Residences and the $200 million redevelopment of Chicago’s Insurance Exchange. For more information, visit www.extelldev.com

About SL Green Realty Corp.
SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest office landlord and an S&P 500 Company, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of September 30, 2015, SL Green held interests in 121 Manhattan buildings totaling 43.2 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 30.6 million square feet of commercial buildings and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 12.6 million square feet of buildings. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green held ownership interests in 35 suburban buildings totaling 5.3 million square feet in Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut andNew Jersey.

About The Moinian Group
Founded by Joseph Moinian, The Moinian Group today owns and operates a diversified portfolio of assets across the United States and is among the only national real estate entities to develop, own and operate properties across every asset category, including office, hotel, retail, condos and rental apartments. The Moinian Group’s holdings include high-profile assets in America’s leading cities, including New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. For the past three decades, The Moinian Group has been a pioneer in the development of emerging areas of New York City such as Downtown and West Side of Manhattan, developing commercial, residential and mixed-use projects that combine luxury living, modern office space and high quality retail. The Moinian Group maintains a reputation for developing state-of-the-art, aesthetically distinguished properties as the firm continues to strive for excellence.

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Nordstrom unveils footprint and exterior design of its first Nordstrom store in New York City

Nordstrom unveils footprint and exterior design of its first Nordstrom store in New York City

Macy’s celebrates Valentine’s Day with an array of gifts sure to delight that special someone

A variety of gifts for that special someone is available at Macy’s stores and macys.com

NEW YORK, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s is spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by offering an array of gifts sure to delight that special someone. With the hottest items from the best designers and brands, Macy’s has the perfect presents that express, “I love you.” From now through Valentine’s Day, shop at Macy’s stores nationwide and online at macys.com for fashion, jewelry, handbags, cosmetics and fragrances that are too sweet to resist.

“Macy’s has thoughtful gifts to make Valentine’s Day memorable for all your loved ones,” said Kathy Hilt, senior vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “It’s easy and exciting to choose from our wide selection of items. For those seeking the perfect gift idea or a special outfit for a Valentine’s Day dinner, our shopping service, My Stylist@Macy’s, always makes it fun and fast, and it’s a free service.”

This year, friends and loved ones will feel adored with gifts from Macy’s. Fashion finds like the I.N.C. International Concepts surplice blouse are flirty and fun. Gift her with a Michael Kors Cynthia chevron satchel bag and adjustable logo bracelets in silver or rose gold. Gorgeous 14k white gold diamond studs are sure to make her swoon. Keep him smelling twice as nice with a personalized bottle ofRalph Lauren Polo eau de toilette. A stylish Fossil watch with leather straps will keep him looking sharp and is a classic reminder that your love is timeless. Bangles by Unwritten with silver-plated charms will be a win for your best gal pal, and for the loved one with a sweet tooth, the Godiva chocolate-filled paper heart is sure to hit the spot.

There are even more ways to show your love with these gift ideas from Macy’s:

  • Michael Kors Watches with Rose Gold-Tone Bracelets, $275-$295
  • Tommy Hilfiger Oxford Slim Trifold Wallet, $42
  • Thalia Sodi 3-Pair Earrings Set, $22.50
  • Kensie Go Red Layered Lace Dress, $99
  • Kate Spade New York Metro Watch with Leather Strap, $195
  • Alfani Spectrum Men’s Dress Shirt and Tie, $49.50-$55

Browse Macy’s Valentine’s Day gift guide online at macys.com/gifts. For last-minute gifting, shoppers can buy online (before noon local time on Sunday, Feb. 14) and pick up at their local Macy’s store. Available for in-stock merchandise; visit macys.com for details.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 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.

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Sainsbury’s commits to offer lower regular prices; phases out multi-buy promotions by August 2016

LONDON, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is extending its commitment to offer customers great products and services at fair prices, with the phasing out of multi-buy promotions* across its grocery business by August 2016. Customers will now find even better value at Sainsbury’s with lower regular prices. Sainsbury’s is the first UK retailer to make changes of this scale.

  • Customer research shows multi-buys are out-of-step with today’s shopping habits
  • Value, waste and health are all top of mind for Sainsbury’s shoppers
  • Phasing out of multi-buys is a continuation of Sainsbury’s pricing strategy to deliver lower regular prices
  • Sainsbury’s customers have responded positively to the gradual removal of multi-buys over the past 12 months in favour of lower regular prices

For customers this means that they will have more flexibility to buy what they need, when they need it, because the regular price of those products will be affordable every day rather than when that product is on a multi-buy promotion.

The commitment by Sainsbury’s to phase out multi-buy promotions extends across its full range of branded and own-brand soft drinks, confectionery, biscuits and crisps. By ending multi-buy promotions on these ranges, Sainsbury’s is furthering its commitment to make healthier choices simpler and easier for customers.

Since March 2015 Sainsbury’s has removed more than 50% of multi-buy promotions from its grocery business in favour of lower regular prices, which customers have responded well to.

Sainsbury’s Food Commercial Director, Paul Mills-Hicks, said: “Customer shopping habits have changed significantly in recent years, with people shopping more frequently – often seeking to buy what they need at that moment in time. By replacing multi-buy promotions with lower regular prices, we are making it easier for customers to buy the products they need, in the quantities they need, without having to buy multiple items to enjoy great value.  Since we started simplifying our pricing approach we’ve seen a much greater variety of products in our customers’ baskets, signalling that they like the flexibility to make their own choices.”

Sainsbury’s Marketing Director, Sarah Warby, said: “Careful management of household budgets, a growing awareness of the cost of food waste and more health-conscious living has driven a trend away from multiple product purchasing towards more single item purchasing. We have listened to our customers who have told us that multi-buy promotions don’t meet their shopping needs today, are often confusing and create logistical challenges at home in terms of storage and waste. The commitment we are announcing today will make it easier for customers to shop for the products they love, when and how they choose, safe in the knowledge that they are getting the best value for money all of the time.”

Jane Ellison, Minister for Public Health said: “We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and it is good to see a leading supermarket like Sainsbury’s responding as customers become more health conscious. As part of our Childhood Obesity Strategy we will be looking at more ways in which we can support people to live healthier lives.”

Notes to editors

* The vast majority of multi-buy promotions will be phased out across the grocery business in-store and online by August 2016. There will be a few exceptions where multi-buy promotions will be used at certain times of the year.

Core categories where multi-buy promotions have already been replaced by lower regular prices include dairy, canned and packaged goods, meat, fish and poultry.

Customer poll

According to a customer poll led by Sainsbury’s in March 2015, the key frustrations that customers found with multi-buys were that they were:

  • Culturally a little out of step with current attitudes to food and waste
  • Shoppers can feel they are spending more than they need to
  • Shoppers can feel forced into logistical concerns around waste
  • Shoppers can feel forced into logistical concerns around storage
  • Multi-buys feel exclusive to families
  • Multi-buys are one of the key reasons behind surprised by the total at the till
  • Multi-buys can force shoppers into complicated thinking in terms of value calculation
  • High value multi-buys can be polluted by low value single-item deals
  • Research from WRAP shows that consumers generate 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste each year.

Food waste statistics

  • The average UK household with children spends £700 per year on food that could be eaten, but is instead thrown away (according to WRAP).
  • Our recent YouGov research shows 81% of families of four believe they throw away less than £30 worth of food a month, when they waste nearly double that at £58.30 a month, on average.
  • There is a clear ‘food waste gap’ in the UK – 93% of Britons believe they waste less than five meals a month, when on average they waste double that, at 11 meals per month.
  • However, it is encouraging to see that nearly two third of Britons (60%) would rather donate their leftovers or foods close to use by dates to food communities, rather than throwing them in the bin.

For corporate press enquiries please contact press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

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Sainsbury’s commits to offer lower regular prices; phases out multi-buy promotions by August 2016

Sainsbury’s commits to offer lower regular prices; phases out multi-buy promotions by August 2016

H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

On 10 February, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award, an annual innovation challenge for circular fashion initiated by the non-profit H&M Conscious Foundation. Most votes, and a grant of €300,000, were awarded to the Finnish team behind Making waste-cotton new; conversion of waste-cotton into new textile. To further accelerate the transformation towards a circular fashion industry, the Foundation now launches the Global Change Award Network, an open-source database for innovations.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Feb-12 /EPR Retail News/ — The online vote was held 1-7 February and the results are:

  • €300,000: Making waste-cotton new – conversion of waste-cotton into new textile. Innovation team lead: Michael Hummel, Finland. (31% of the votes)
  • €250,000: The polyester digester – using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile. Innovation team lead: Akshay Sethi, U.S. (22% of the votes)
  • €150,000: An online market for textile leftovers – a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production. Innovation team lead: Ann Runnel, Estonia. (18% of the votes)
  • €150,000: 100 percent citrus – creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products. Innovation team lead: Enrica Arena, Italy. (15% of the votes)
  • €150,000: Growing textile fibre under water – utilizing algae to make renewable textile. Innovator: Tjeerd Veenhoven, the Netherlands. (14% of the votes)

“This prestigious grant will allow us to lift our technology closer to an industrially viable level. Now we will focus on the further development of technical details, in particular the solvent recovery to ensure economic competitiveness and complete environmental friendliness of our process, says Michael Hummel, spokesperson for the Finnish team behind Making waste-cotton new – conversion of waste-cotton into new textile.

Inspired by the response from the global innovation community, and to spark impact beyond the five winners, the Foundation now launches the Global Change Award Network, a public digital space where teams and ideas can grow.

“When the application period closed, we sat with thousands of amazing ideas. So we decided to create the Global Change Award Network. You can look at it as a matchmaking site, where innovators can present their ideas, get feedback, make contacts and maybe investors can even find the next big thing. A digital greenhouse for innovative ideas,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M.

The award ceremony on 10 February marked the beginning of a one year innovation accelerator, provided by H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The program will help the winners develop their ideas, focusing on three main areas; circular economy, innovation and fashion industry connection.

“The level of innovation that we have seen throughout this process is truly inspiring and we aim to advance the strategic business growth of the five Global Change Award winners by guiding and coaching them through the Innovation Accelerator to develop their ideas further”, says Jennie Perzon Strategy Program Lead, Accenture.

“For KTH, it is a matter of both urgency and privilege to be a partner to Global Change Award, as we are facing extreme environmental challenges. Supporting this effort and being part of a better future is the obvious course for KTH to take. We are excited to kick off the accelerator program and get to know the five winning innovators,” says Lisa Ericsson, Head of KTH Innovation.


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More information about the Global Change Award Network

More information about the challenge


NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Selecting the five winners
The Global Change Award was introduced in August 2015 by the non-profit H&M Conscious Foundation. Between 25 August and 31 October the challenge was open for anyone to apply. Over 2,700 innovators from 112 countries contributed. The H&M Conscious Foundation reviewed the applications with the help of innovation collaborators KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Accenture and the Expert jury. The five ideas considered to have most potential in helping close the loop for fashion was selected as winners.

Online votes
A total of 22,500 online votes were placed to split the €1 million grant between the five winners. Most votes came from Germany, U.S, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Russia, France, China, U.K and Finland.

About the Innovation Accelerator
Starting off, KTH Innovation invites the winning teams to a one week intensive immersion program at KTH campus in Stockholm. This will be followed by a one year training and coaching program, provided by Accenture Strategy. The winners will get individual coaching and tailored learning sessions and assignments in order to take their ideas to the next level. Through the H&M Conscious Foundation and H&M, the Innovation Accelerator will also provide exclusive fashion industry access and offer possibilities to build networks and try out the ideas within the fashion value chain.

The funding
The H&M Conscious Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family – founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 900 million to the H&M Conscious Foundation.

Members of the Expert jury

  • Dr. Michael Braungart: Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg; Scientific Director of EPEA Hamburg.
  • Prof. Rebecca Earley: Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre.
  • Mr. Ma Jun: Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China.
  • Ms. Eva Kruse: CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • Prof. Johan Rockström: Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.
  • Mr. Ellis Rubinstein: President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Ms. Franca Sozzani: Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia.
  • Ms. Amber Valletta: Supermodel, actress & entrepreneur.


For questions, please contact:

Malin Björne, Communications Responsible at H&M Conscious Foundation
Telephone: +46 (0)70 796 39 75
E-mail: malin.bjorne@hm.com
Webpage: hm.com/consciousfoundation

 

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H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

Tractor Supply Company continues with its expansion with the opening of its 1,500th store

Company Continues to Execute on Growth Strategy

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced the opening of its 1,500th store in Odessa, Texas. The new south Odessa store is located at 1511 West Interstate 20 and will hold its grand opening on Saturday, February 13th.

“The opening of our 1,500th store in south Odessa is another significant milestone in Tractor Supply’s history, as we continue to execute upon our growth strategy and our unwavering commitment to being the most dependable supplier of basic goods for the rural lifestyle customer across the country,” said Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer.

To celebrate the 1,500th store opening, the south Odessa Tractor Supply store will be hosting several grand opening events. Celebrations include a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, community raffles, local animal rescue adoptions and more. Special guests include the Texas Christians Junior Bull Riders Association, Miss Sandhill Rodeo Queen, Odessa Elite Girls Volleyball team and more.

Tractor Supply was founded 78 years ago and has become the leading retailer serving the rural lifestyle, with annual sales in excess of $6 billion. The Company operates stores in every state with the exception of Alaska and employs over 22,000 team members. Tractor Supply opened a total of 114 stores in 2015 and expects to open between 115 and 120 new stores in 2016.

“We are proud to build upon our expansion in the state of Texas, where our stores have a long history of strong performance,” Sandfort added. “We believe we have opportunity to continue our strategic growth across the country and serve more communities through our knowledgeable team members and the convenience that Tractor Supply stores offer.”

For more information on Tractor Supply Company, or to shop their products online, please visit www.tractorsupply.com.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release are not historical facts and are forward looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “believes”, “expects”, “future” or other comparable terminology. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about expected growth, including the Company’s plans with respect to investment in infrastructure. Because such forward looking statements contain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the ability to manage and identify suitable locations and the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated. All of the forward looking statements are also qualified by the cautionary statements contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media:
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Toys“R”Us announces the promotion of Joe Venezia to EVP, Global Store Operations

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the promotion of Joe Venezia to Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, effective February 22. In this newly elevated role, Mr. Venezia will continue to be responsible for delivering an exceptional shopping experience across the company’s more than 850 Toys“R”Us®and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, with expanded responsibilities for providing strategic direction and support for Global Store Operations. This includes leading global initiatives and facilitating best practices in the operations area. He will report to Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and serve as a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team.

“Since joining Toys“R”Us two years ago, Joe has played a critical role in our transformation process, leading efforts to drive the business forward and deliver consistent operational execution across all stores, as well as improving customer satisfaction and developing a strong store operations team,” said Mr. Brandon. “I’m proud to have Joe as a leader on my team and believe his guidance will be an asset as we seek to grow our brands globally and create a world-class shopping experience for our customers.”

Mr. Venezia joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in February 2014 as Senior Vice President, Store Operations. Earlier in his career, he held key operations and management positions at The Pantry, Walmart U.S., Wells Fargo Merchant Services and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Venezia also served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years and was deployed abroad three times, receiving a Bronze Star Medal for demonstrated bravery during Operation Desert Storm. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

FOR MEDIA USE: Download a photo of Joe Venezia here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sf0833fbb6474728b.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 856 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has an annual workforce of approximately 66,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found onToysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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KidCents charities to receive over $1.5 Million from Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge

182 KidCents Charities to be Honored by Rite Aid Associates    

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of the season, throughout the month of February, Rite Aid associates across the country will recognize their local KidCents charities for participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Heart Gives Challenge. The special challenge was designed by The Rite Aid Foundation to help KidCents charities raise awareness, grow their donor network and earn additional funds for their organization. In all, The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program will donate a total of $1,597,500 to 182 KidCents charities.

Rite Aid CEO of stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation, Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation, will kick off the month-long celebration by presenting a $12,500 donation to Nativity School of Harrisburg, a privately run, independent, non-denominational, faith-based preparatory middle school for inner city boys in Harrisburg today at 10 a.m.

“Our Big Hearts Give Challenge was a fun way for KidCents charities to earn a donation for their organization while raising awareness about the valuable work they are doing and expanding their donor network,” said Martindale. “The Rite Aid Foundation looks forward to developing other unique opportunities through our KidCents program to help our partner charities raise much-needed funds, so that they can continue making a difference in the lives of the children they serve.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their wellness+ with Plenti account at www.kidcents.com and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit www.kidcents.com/apply to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

Including the Big Hearts Give Challenge, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million since 2001 to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

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.

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The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents charities that participated in the Big Hearts Give Challenge include:

Alabama
Hand in Paw Inc.
HEAL Inc.
HEALS, Inc.
YouthServe, Inc.

California
Bags4kids Foundation
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
Blind Children’s Learning Center
Boys & Girls Club of Cypress
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Children Today
Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County
Children’s Fund
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
Coastal Kids Home Care
Coastal Performing Arts Foundation
Happy Trails Children’s Foundation
Healthier Kids Foundation
Home Start Inc.
Junior Blind of America
Learning Enrichment After-School Program, Inc.
Maryvale
Miracle Babies
Project Hope Alliance
Special Olympics San Diego County
Speech and Language Development Center
The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth and Families
Youth Violence Prevention Council

Colorado
Children’s Outreach Project
Colorado UpLift
Shiloh House

Connecticut
Covenant to Care for Children
Family & Children’s Aid
Kids in Crisis
KIDSAFE CT
‘r Kids, Inc.

Georgia
A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
A Friend’s House, Inc.
Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County Inc.
Chris Kids, Inc.
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center
Savannah Speech and Hearing Center

Kentucky
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky
Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center
Harlan County Boys & Girls Club Inc.
Home of the Innocents
Hope’s Place
The Center for Courageous Kids

Louisiana
Hope Extreme, Inc.
The Emerge Center

Maine
Mahoosuc Kids Association
Spruce Run Womancare Alliance

Maryland
Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
Good Shepherd Services
KEEN Greater DC
Kennedy Krieger Institute
The Maryland Salem Children’s Trust Inc.

Massachusetts
Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill
Children’s Cove: The Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center
DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
House of Peace & Education
House of Possibilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
The Home for Little Wanderers

Michigan
CARE House of Oakland County
Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County
Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Inc.
Conductive Learning Center
Ennis Center for Children
Inner City Youth Group
Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
The Children’s Center
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Whaley Children’s Center

Mississippi
Mississippi Children’s Home Services

New Hampshire
Nashua Children’s Home
TLC Family Resource Center
Zebra Crossings

New Jersey
Celtic Charms, Inc.
Community Treatment Solutions
Deirdre’s House
Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children
Ocean of Love, Inc.
Someone’s Daughter
Summit Speech School
The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, Inc.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

New York
America SCORES New York
Astor Services for Children & Families
Birch Family Services, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Eden
Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
Brooklyn Autism Center
Cameron Community Ministries
Covenant House New York
Cradle Beach
Hillside Children’s Center
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
Kids Oneida Inc.
Learning Leaders
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center
Partnership for After School Education
Pathways, Inc.
Rochester Childfirst Network
Safe Inc., of Schenectady
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
Summit Educational Resources
Syracuse Silver Knight Foundation
The Children’s Aid Society

North Carolina
A Child’s Place
Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
Nazareth Children’s Home
OASIS NC
Prevent Blindness North Carolina
Prevent Child Abuse Rowan
The Little Willie Center
Wilmington Health Access for Teens

Ohio
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
Cleveland Sight Center
ICONS
Inspiring Minds
Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center
The Littlest Heroes
Youth Challenge

Oklahoma
Folds of Honor

Oregon
Children’s Cancer Association
KIDS Center
SouthSide Youth Outreach

Pennsylvania
Aaron’s Acres
Attic Youth Center
Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg
Camelot for Children, Inc.
Child to Family Connections
Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley Inc.
Dragonfly Forest
Dreams Go On Inc.
Equi-librium Inc.
Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
Family Support of Central PA
Graceful Acres
Harrisburg Police Athletic League
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Jeremiah’s Place
Joshua House
Leg Up Farm
Nativity School of Harrisburg
Sarah Heinz House
So Love Autistic Center
The Center for Grieving Children
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

Rhode Island
Children’s Friend and Service
The Matty Fund

South Carolina
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Tennessee
Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region
Y-MOT, Inc.

Utah
Foundation for Children and Youth with Diabetes

Vermont
Boys & Girls Club of Burlington

Virginia
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley Inc.
CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
Edmarc Hospice for Children
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
Matthew’s Haven, Inc.
Special Olympics Virginia, Inc.
Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern VA

Washington
A Gift for Special Children
American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Reliable Enterprises

West Virginia
Childhood Language Center
Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc.
Crittenton Services, Inc.
Disability Action Center Inc.
Youth Services System, Inc.

 

Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

The Nature Conservancy, the Billion Oyster Project and Whole Foods Market to raise awareness in protecting our oceans and oysters

Event at Whole Foods Market Columbus Circle aims to educate consumers on the many reasons to love oysters

New York, NY, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — From coast to coast, The Nature Conservancy is working to restore and rebuild populations of wild oysters. In February and March of 2016, Whole Foods Market and the Conservancy—two organizations dedicated to protecting our oceans and oysters—are working together to raise national awareness of this urgent conservation work. Right here in New York City, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Billion Oyster Project is joining in—making it an all hands on deck effort to show some love for this important bivalve.

This collaborative effort is being celebrated with an in-store event, “Eat, Shuck, Love,” at Whole Foods Market Columbus Circle – On Tap. On Friday, Feb. 12th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The Nature Conservancy, Whole Foods Market and the Billion Oyster Project (BOP) will host an oyster happy hour with $1 oysters and drink specials at the store’s On Tap Bar. The event will also offer attendees an opportunity to learn more about oysters and the health of New York Harbor.

“Oysters are amazing creatures. They filter water, provide habitat for other wildlife, and oyster reefs help protect us from storm surge,” said Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York. “New York was once the richest oyster grounds in the world, and we have the opportunity to help bring them back for people and nature. And sustainably harvested, oysters can provide a good livelihood for many. We are delighted Whole Foods has provided The Nature Conservancy and the Billion Oyster Project with an opportunity to reach consumers and share why oyster restoration and water quality work should remain a key conservation priority.”

Oysters act as “ecosystem engineers” of bays and estuaries, filtering impurities from the millions of gallons of freshwater that flow into the ocean. An individual adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, which means a healthy one-acre reef has the potential to filter approximately 24 million gallons of water per day.  These hard working shellfish also provide a natural buffer against storms and sea-level rise. Oyster reefs and beds create habitat for various sea life, such as small fish, blue crab and shrimp, contributing tremendously to the economic vitality of local fisheries and helping maintain a diverse marine environment.

“The Billion Oyster Project is so excited to have The Nature Conservancy join us as one of nearly 100 partners in our effort to restore New York Harbor,” said BOP co-founder Murray Fisher. “Restoring a self-sustaining oyster population in the New York metropolitan community was always an ambitious goal, and one that we can’t achieve alone. But today the prospect for a future with a beautiful, abundant and accessible New York Harbor just significantly improved. The Nature Conservancy’s national reach and experience in oyster restoration in a variety of settings means that this partnership is one of the most powerful that we could have formed. We can’t wait to get to work applying the lessons from the Conservancy’s dozens of other oyster restoration projects to our work here in New York Harbor.”

This event comes just one week after the partnership between the Conservancy and the Billion Oyster Project was formalized. BOP’s students and staff will be working with the Conservancy on ongoing research and monitoring as the two organizations move forward in the effort to restore reefs to the Harbor.

“This science initiative will not only take steps toward better understanding what it will take to restore the health of NY Harbor, it will also provide a greater understanding of shellfish restoration in coastal cities like Miami, Boston, and Houston,” Ulfelder said.

Despite the widespread decline of wild oysters, consumers can still feel good about eating oysters, provided they select the right ones.

“Not only are oysters delicious, healthy and easy to prepare, eating Responsibly Farmed oysters is part of the solution for reversing trends in dwindling wild oyster populations around the country,” said Carrie Brownstein, seafood quality standards coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Oysters’ popularity is on the rise, so it’s extremely important that we provide shoppers access to responsibly sourced options they can trust. Whole Foods Market ensures that all mollusks offered in our stores are coming from farms that meet our rigorous standards, including prohibiting pesticides, monitoring water quality, protection of the coastal environment, evaluation of sediments on the seafloor, traceability from farm to store and third-party audits to prove standards are being met.”

In addition to this and other events around the country, Whole Foods Market is planning to support on-the-ground oyster habitat restoration throughout North America. Stores in Seattle, Oakland, Austin, Atlanta and New Orleans will all be hosting various activities including wine and oyster pairing events, “shuck-offs,” and other special promotions.

All the more reason to love oysters this Valentine’s Day: according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, just one acre of restored oyster reef provides 1.5 tons of extra fish and seafood per year.

To learn more about society’s love for oysters and the many ways they love us back, visit nature.org/oysterlove.

For more information on events in your local Whole Foods Market, visit wholefoodsmarket.com.  

To learn more about the Nature Conservancy/Billion Oysters Partnership, visit nature.org/nyoysters.
Contacts:
Rachel Winters, RWinters@tnc.org
The Nature Conservancy

Susannah Black, sblack@nyharbor.org
Billion Oyster Project

Michael Sinatra, michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
Whole Foods Market

About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit us on the web at nature.org.

About the Billion Oyster Project
Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035, and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs.  Students at New York Harbor School have been growing and restoring oysters in New York Harbor for the last six years.  They have learned to SCUBA dive safely, raise oyster larvae, operate and maintain vessels, build and operate commercial-scaled oyster nurseries, design underwater monitoring equipment and conduct long-term authentic research projects all in the murky, contaminated, fast moving waters of one of the busiest ports in the country.  Together and with the help of many partners these students have restored over sixteen million oysters. Fifty-four schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place-based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration.  Each year, thousands of students participate in these learning opportunities.

 

Whole Foods Market signs another five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that it has signed another five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores, bringing the total to 13 leases now signed. The new 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will be located in Evergreen Park, Illinois; Gainesville, Florida; and Concord, Claremont and Los Alamitos, California.

365 by Whole Foods Market will offer a grocery shopping experience focused on making healthy, everyday shopping easy and affordable while upholding the same industry-leading quality standards that Whole Foods Market pioneered.

“We have assembled an amazing team of people who have been working tirelessly to create an innovative shopping experience that will appeal to new and existing Whole Foods Market customers,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We are all eagerly awaiting the opportunity to introduce 365 by Whole Foods Market with the opening of our first store in Los Angeles in just over 100 days.”

Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market will feature a thoughtfully curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards, in a modern and streamlined retail environment. Additionally, customers can expect to find unique in-store experiences through a program called “Friends of 365.”

These new leases follow previously announced locations in Bellevue, Washington; Cedar Park, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco and Santa Monica, California. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store will open this May in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Stores in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Bellevue, Washington, are slated to open in July and August, respectively. The company expects to open 10 stores before October 2017.

EXPERTS:

Jeff Turnas
President – 365 by Whole Foods Market

Jeff Turnas is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. He was appointed to lead Whole Foods Market’s new retail store brand in June 2015.

Whole Foods Market’s Sedona store expands Bar 1902; increases prepared foods and bakery offerings

Offering 18 beers on tap, self-serve pizza, cauliflower nachos, vegan sushi, cake decorating and more

SEDONA, Ariz., 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Whole Foods Market’s Sedona store, at 1420 West Highway 89A, has expanded its bar and restaurant, Bar 1902, and has increased offerings in the prepared foods and bakery departments. The enhancements are part of a two-phase expansion project.

Bar 1902 launches a new seasonal menu today and offers a wide selection of beer and wine, including 18 local and craft beers on tap. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the bar and restaurant offers a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., with items like jackfruit-and-short-rib quesadillas, poutine and cheese plates for $7 or less, along with $2 off draft beer and wine.

From green chile braised short ribs and a porchetta sandwich to expanded vegan options like cauliflower nachos, vegan sushi, grilled vegetable tamales and roasted mushroom flatbread featuring nut-based, Kite Hill chive artisanal spread, the menu has something for everyone. All menu items meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards, which prohibit artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and partially hydrogenated fats or oils.

Bar 1902 has free wi-fi, indoor and outdoor seating for more than 100 people, and TVs, featuring regional and local games. Upcoming events include wine and beer pairings, live music and family-friendly activities. On Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., Bar 1902 will host a craft beer and raw chocolate pairing, featuring local, raw and vegan Lulu’s Chocolate; a flight of four beers, expertly paired with Lulu’s favorite chocolates, costs $10.

In the new prepared foods section, shoppers will find a salad bar with 40 organic ingredients, a self-serve pizza station, a new sandwich menu with eight signature sandwiches, like the Red Rock Reuben, and a wide variety of items such as hand-crafted pizza (check out the beer stout crust!), whole or by the slice, in-house chips and meals-on-the-go. Additional offerings include a hot bar with 14 wells with BBQ Comfort, Asian and Indian food dishes and made-to-order sushi. Catering is available for office and home entertaining needs.

The updated in-house bakery includes a large pastry case with many vegan options, Non-GMO Project-verified cookies, an array of freshly baked breads and fresh cakes decorated in house, available for any occasion. Local offerings include cakes from Tempe-based Honeymoon Sweets and local hearth-style breads from Mediterra Bakehouse, based in Coolidge.

“Whether looking for a quick meal or planning for a special occasion, our goal with this expansion is to offer more delicious and unique options to shoppers of all diets and lifestyles,” said  Anibal Monroy, the store’s team leader. “From the prepared foods section for people on the go, to happy hour at Bar 1902, to our catering and cake decorating in bakery, we’re thrilled to provide the Sedona community with additional amenities.”

Phase two of the remodel will include an olive bar, additional cheese, wine, and beer offerings in the specialty department, and an updated grocery section.

Sedona Recycles, dedicated to improving recycling services for Sedona and Verde Valley residents and businesses, will receive 5 percent of the store’s net sales on Wednesday, March 2.  Details on other upcoming events can be found on the store’s events page.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET SEDONA
1420 West Hwy. 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

IG: @wfmsedona | FB: @WFMNorthernAZ |TW: @WFMarizona #WFMSedona

 

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Whole Foods Market’s Sedona store expands Bar 1902; increases prepared foods and bakery offerings

Whole Foods Market’s Sedona store expands Bar 1902; increases prepared foods and bakery offerings

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per common share

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per common share.  The dividend is payable on March 15, 2016 to common shareholders of record on March 1, 2016. The March 15th dividend payment will be the Company’s 156th consecutive distribution since its initial dividend paid in August of 1962.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared quarterly cash dividends of$0.515625 per share on its 8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares and $0.460938per share on its 7.375% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares.  These dividends are payable on March 15, 2016 to holders of record on March 1, 2016.

About PREIT
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company owns and operates approximately 27 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has seen a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures.  Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by us, contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal  securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors: our substantial debt and stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, unencumbered debt yield, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our 2013 Revolving Facility and our Term Loans; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill, including such losses that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain estimated sale prices; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities; current economic conditions and the state of employment growth and consumer confidence and spending, and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our ability to identify and execute on suitable acquisition opportunities and to integrate acquired properties into our portfolio; our partnerships and joint ventures with third parties to acquire or develop properties; our short and long-term liquidity position; general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit and capital market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales; changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; and potential dilution from any capital raising transactions or other equity issuances.  Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY
Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
crowellh@preit.com

SOURCE PREIT

EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner at the agency’s National Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program Electronics Challenge ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The EPA distinction recognizes our commitment to electronics recycling, transparent management practices and consumer education throughout 2014. In that year alone, we sent 61,000 tons of electronics to certified recyclers. Recycling that amount is equal to taking 31,000 passenger vehicles off the road for a whole year.

Our recycling program is a key part of a larger Best Buy product stewardship story. You’ve heard the old adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.” At Best Buy, we support our customers’ products throughout their entire life cycle – repair, reuse, recycle. A full suite of services extends the life of products and makes it easy to trade up to the latest-and-greatest technology, along with providing convenient end-of-life options:

  • Our Geek Squad technicians repair millions of devices a year. Prolonging a product’s life prolongs its value for our customers.
  • We help customers reuse through the Best Buy Trade-In program. We accept thousands of different types of consumer electronics products to ensure they live a second useful life.
  • And our customers trust us to responsibly recycle their electronics when they no longer have value. We have already recycled more than a billion pounds of e-waste.

To learn more visit Corporate.BestBuy.com/Sustainability. For more Best Buy Corporate Sustainability news, follow us on Twitter: @BestBuyCSR.

SOURCE: Best Buy

 

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EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

Best Buy presented $10.2 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from its St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The recent St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign at Best Buy was the most successful one yet, but it’s the faces behind the cause that really matter. And this week, a group of Best Buy store general managers (GMs) got to see those faces, in person, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

The GMs were from the stores that led the company in dollars donated or the percentage of transactions with a donation attached. As recognition for their fundraising, the leaders got to tour the hospital in Memphis and meet with patients and families. The leaders also ran Geek Squad activities that included coding, circuits and showing how music keyboards and game controllers work.

“It’s amazing to come here,” said Tommy Mejia, general manager of Best Buy Store 419 in Salem, N.H. “I felt last year how positive everyone is here and how the money we raise goes to the mission of helping kids fight cancer. This year I got to go in the lab and talk to the researchers who are working to crack the code on cancer.”

Sharon McCollam, Best Buy’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, presented St. Jude with a check for $10.2 million.

“Every time I come to St. Jude, I am overwhelmed not just by the standard of care the families are receiving, but also by the compassion, empathy, love and commitment of the St. Jude staff,” Sharon said. “We are humbled and grateful to partner with St. Jude once again.”

Best Buy welcomes the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign in its stores and online annually during the holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of Best Buy customers, this year the company made its largest donation yet. The contribution may help in any number of ways, including:

  • The ability to fully operate St. Jude for more than 5 days or
  • Providing 1,020,000 meals for St. Jude patients or
  • Covering the cost of 6,919 days of chemotherapy or
  • Paying for bone marrow transplants for 55 children or
  • Financing 2,040 days in the ICU

Every dollar will help St. Jude remain at the forefront of the global effort to research, treat, and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In addition, the financial support helps ensure that no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Best Buy to accept pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset starting Feb. 16

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ever wanted to feel like you were in your favorite video game or jump over to a destination on the other side of the world? Well, virtual reality, or VR, is your way in, and you won’t have to wait much longer to make it happen.

On Feb. 16, Best Buy will begin to offer pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset, the latest in virtual reality technology, with a select gaming PC optimized to work with the device. The headset should be available later this spring.

To get the full Rift experience, you’ll need a PC that meets or exceeds the recommended system specifications for Rift, which is why the two products are packaged together. Fortunately, Best Buy offers seven PCs to choose from, including computers from Dell, Asus and more.

This is going to be a breakthrough year for VR because the immersive technology is getting easier for consumers to acquire. The Consumer Technology Association (CTS) estimates that virtual reality headset sales will increase 500 percent to 1.2 million units in 2016.

For more information, check out BestBuy.com.

SOURCE: Best Buy

 

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Best Buy to accept pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset starting Feb. 16

Best Buy to accept pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset starting Feb. 16

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION ACQUIRES 25% OF OGOJII MAGAZINE

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION BUYS 25% OF OGOJII MAGAZINE – A PAN-AFRICAN MAGAZINE BUILT ON THE BELIEF THAT DESIGN WILL RESHAPE AFRICA – ITS IDENTITY, ITS CULTURES AND ITS FINANCIAL MUSCLE.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Did you know that Kenya could very well pioneer drones in the delivery of goods? That bitcoin might replace Naira in Nigeria? Or that Beyonce has Kisua – a unique African fashion brand– among her favorites?

Many of these stories never reach mainstream media outside Africa and even if one is picked up, you would probably still have to shop around for the others. Unless you read the magazine OGOJIII where all of the above stories have been published.

OGOJIII is an international bi-quarterly print magazine that offers cutting edge perspectives on design, culture, urbanism, business as well as African and global affairs.

A CONTINENT IN MOTION
BESTSELLER FOUNDATION has bought shares equivalent to a quarter of this new Pan-African Magazine with Danish roots – OGOJIII – which was launched in June 2015. OGOJIII is the brainchild of Danish designer, Jens Martin Skibsted, and the concept revolves around the great potential Africa has. OGOJIII focuses on ideas and perspectives on a continent in motion and the individuals who drive Africa forward through design, innovation and sustainability.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s director, Kristian Sloth Petersen, is excited about the partnership with OGOJIII and says that, “While underdevelopment and poverty still are very real features of the continent, Africa of 2016 is also opportunities, talent and hardworking people. OGOJIII establishes a channel to capture, highlight and spread information about all the good cases of Africa’s potential, the brilliant entrepreneurs and the visionary innovations. With its design-centric approach OGOJIII can strengthen the belief that, through the right choices of design, societal problems and challenges of different natures can be overcome.”
Kristian Sloth Petersen expects that OGOJIII will become a meeting point bringing together talented entrepreneurs and other visionary people as well as impact investors such as BESTSELLER FOUNDATION around new innovative projects.

OGOJIII is a perfect match for BESTSELLER FOUNDATION who sees itself playing a role that stimulates a similar process – helping entrepreneurs, creative and innovative people in Africa (and elsewhere) change and shape a new narrative for themselves.

ABOUT OGOGII Magazine
OGOJIII Magazine is currently available in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, England and Denmark. In 2016 OGOJIII Magazine will continue to extend its reach to more countries in Africa and beyond. The magazine has its offices in Cape Town, South Africa where they put together a magazine told by Africa, to Africa and for Africa.

THE NAME OGOGIII:
The name OGOJIII is a combination of the Yoruba word for 40 – ogoji – and the Roman writing of two – II – which in combination (ogoji + II) makes 42 which is the number of cycles in the West African Akan calendar. Not only will the name further help build an identity as an African magazine, but OGOJIII is also published roughly every 42 days.

READ MORE

You can read more at the OGOJII website at www.OGOJIII.com
and more about BESTSELLER FOUNDATION at www.bestsellerfoundation.org/

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com

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The Jerónimo Martins Group recognised for its fight against food waste in Portugal at the 2015/16 European Business Awards

Lisbon, Portugal, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jerónimo Martins Group was internationally recognised for its fight against food waste in Portugal with a “Ruban d’Honneur” in the “Award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability” category of the 2015/16 European Business Awards.

The Group was chosen from 678 National Champions by an esteemed panel of judges made up of European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. This award considers business operations in a social, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Within the scope of the “Fighting Food Waste on All Fronts” project in Portugal, the Group integrated the use of non-standard vegetables that were previously left on the fields in its processed products. For this purpose, a process with suppliers was developed for purchasing these articles and introducing them into existing recipes in the Pingo Doce’s Meal Solutions business area, having incorporated over 3,400 tonnes of vegetables in the last two years.

Over 14,300 tonnes of these vegetables were not only sold at a lower price in our cash-and-carry Recheio stores but were also introduced into our supermarket Pingo Doce’s Private Brand 4th range category of pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables for salads and soups.

The Group has been consistently donating to charities in Portugal food that is either close to the expiration date or cannot be sold but still meets all food safety requirements. In both 2014 and 2015, this support reached over 600 institutions which help people in need and represented an estimate of more than 17,500 tonnes of food products donated which are equivalent in value to more than 29 million euros.

The European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies from 33 countries this year, a 33% increase from last year, and a record-breaking number for the competition now in its ninth year.

Read more : www.businessawardseurope.com

Media Relations
Rita Fragoso
rita.fragoso@jeronimo-martins.pt
+351-21 752 61 14

Co-op food store at Heaton Moor Road created two new retail roles following its re-launch

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — On your marks, get set . . . Stockport Wheelchair Racing’s Paralympic Games hopeful, Carly Tait, helps store colleagues to get the new-look Heaton Moor Co-op underway following its £475,000 makeover.

The investment in the Co-op food store, located at 206 Heaton Moor Road, has created two new retail roles and has seen a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials following its re-launch on Friday, 5 February.

Carly, aged 30 – who works for the Co-op in its Digital Marketing team – lives in Baguley, Wythenshawe, and joined Stockport Harriers Wheelchair Racing one month after being inspired by the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games – currently ranked 3rd in Great Britain in her favoured 100m sprint, Carly will hear later this year if she has achieved her dream of being on the starting line in Rio for this year’s Paralympic Games.

The store also launched its Community Pioneer role where a member of the food store team will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs. Including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

Steve Bott, Manager of the Co-op’s Heaton Moor Road store, said:

“It is an exciting time for the whole team. The new-look store will enable shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too – we look forward to welcoming the community into their new-look local Co-op store.”

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

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© Mike Poloway/UNP 01943884951. Re opening of Co-Operative Food store, Heaton Moor, Stockport, 5 February 2016. Paralympic Games hopeful Carly Tait races with Store Manager Steve Bott .

© Mike Poloway/UNP 01943884951. Re opening of Co-Operative Food store, Heaton Moor, Stockport, 5 February 2016. Paralympic Games hopeful Carly Tait races with Store Manager Steve Bott .

National Retail Federation supports customs reauthorization bill

Washington, DC, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation sent a letter  to Senate leadership  voicing strong support for a customs reauthorization bill scheduled for action today, saying it may include votes on the measure in its annual voting scorecard.

“As major importers, retailers rely on efficient supply chain operations. This includes ensuring legitimate cargo is able to be quickly processed through our nation’s borders,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French wrote.  “Modernizing CBP operations is essential in the ever-increasing global economy. The elements within TFTEA will provide CBP with the tools needed to ensure companies can continue to compete in the global economy.”

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

Robin Roberts
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

The Home Depot® to hold its Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call on February 23

ATLANTA, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it will hold its Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, February 23, at 9 a.m. ET.

A webcast will be available by logging onto http://earnings.homedepot.com and selecting the Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on February 23.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, theDistrict of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. TheHome Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com; News Media, Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075, stephen_holmes@homedepot.com

DER SPORTXX-FACHMARKT IM EINKAUFSZENTRUM NEUWIESEN SCHLIESST

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz schliesst per 5. März 2016 ihren SportXX-Fachmarkt im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen in Winterthur. Dies geschieht mit Blick auf den bevorstehenden Umbau vor Ort und die Eröffnung des neuen SportXX-Standorts im Multiplex an der Langefeldstrasse in Frauenfeld.

Letzter Verkaufstag des SportXX-Fachgeschäfts im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen Winterthur ist der 5. März 2016. Sämtliche Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter werden im neuen SportXX-Standort im Multiplex Frauenfeld, der am 5. April 2016 eröffnet wird, weiter beschäftigt. Nach Abschluss der geplanten Umbauarbeiten im Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen wird das SportXX-Angebot auf einer Fläche mit dem Do it und Garden-Sortiment angeboten werden. Bis dahin empfehlen sich als Alternative das SportXX-Geschäft im Grüzepark in Winterthur (Industriestrasse 44) und ab 5. April der neue Standort im Multiplex Frauenfeld (Langfeldstrasse 53a).

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Silke Seichter
Kommunikation
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 50
071 493 27 89
silke.seichter@gmos.ch

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DER SPORTXX-FACHMARKT IM EINKAUFSZENTRUM NEUWIESEN SCHLIESST

DER SPORTXX-FACHMARKT IM EINKAUFSZENTRUM NEUWIESEN SCHLIESST

MIGROS-SUPERMARKT UND SPORTXX IM MULTIPLEX ERÖFFNEN FRÜHER ALS GEPLANT

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Die Arbeiten zur Erstellung von Migros-Supermarkt und SportXX-Fachmarkt im Multiplex in Frauenfeld schreiten schneller voran als geplant. Die beiden Geschäfte werden daher bereits am 5. April 2016 eröffnet.

Der Innenausbau von SportXX-Fachmarkt und Migros-Supermarkt im Multiplex Frauenfeld verläuft schneller als erwartet, daher können die beiden Läden ihre Türen bereits zwei Tage früher als geplant erstmals für die Kundschaft öffnen – am 5. April 2016. Das freut vor allem den verantwortlichen Projektleiter Baumanagement der Migros Ostschweiz, Werner Kläger. „Ende vergangener Woche konnten bereits sämtliche Bodenbeläge verlegt werden“, so Kläger. „Aktuell werden im Supermarkt die Kühlmöbel installiert und die letzten Arbeiten an der imposanten Glas-Metalltreppe im SportXX realisiert.“ Anfang März erfolgt dann die Übergabe an den Ladenbau SportXX, Mitte März an den Ladenbau Supermarkt. Diese sind für das Ladenlayout sowie die Möblierung und Dekoration der Geschäfte verantwortlich, letzteres in enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem PLydesign-3D-Team der Migros Ostschweiz. Die letzten Wochen vor der Eröffnung sind dann für das Einräumen der Waren reserviert. Unberührt von der früheren Eröffnung bleibt der Termin für die Eröffnungsfeier: Diese wird wie geplant vom 14. bis 16. April mit attraktiven Aktionen für die Kundinnen und Kunden stattfinden.

Migros-Bauprojekte im Internet

Informationen zu allen laufenden Neu- und Umbauprojekten der Migros Ostschweiz finden Interessierte auf folgender Internetseite:
https://www.migros.ch/de/genossenschaften/migros-ostschweiz/neubau-umbau.html

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Silke Seichter
Kommunikation
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 50
071 493 27 89
silke.seichter@gmos.ch

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MIGROS-SUPERMARKT UND SPORTXX IM MULTIPLEX ERÖFFNEN FRÜHER ALS GEPLANT

Wesfarmers Arts extends support to ACO Collective by becoming its Principal Partner

Perth, Australia, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The ACO is pleased to announce that its longstanding partner, Wesfarmers Arts, has expanded its support of the Orchestra to become Principal Partner of ACO Collective. Wesfarmers has supported the ACO’s Perth Series and WA regional touring activities for 18 years, so it is fitting that this visionary partner joins with ACO Collective to help it reach even greater heights.

The expanded partnership coincides with the change of name of the ACO’s regional touring and mentoring orchestra from ACO2 to ACO Collective and the appointment of Pekka Kuusisto as its Artistic Director.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, the ACO’s Chairman said “with the generous support of its Principal Partner Wesfarmers, ACO Collective will continue its extensive regional touring and education programs.”

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder AO, said the new partnership with ACO Collective would support a truly national connection between the community and musicians and music education of the highest quality in Australia and the world.

“Eighteen years after we first worked together to bring this wonderful orchestra to Perth on a regular basis, we are now delighted to be able to help the ACO reach out into our regional communities in Western Australia and nationally,” Mr Goyder said.

In acknowledgement of ACO Collective’s coming of age, ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti has chosen the ensemble to open the ACO’s 2016 National Concert Season with an 11-concert tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Newcastle.

Kuusisto’s second tour of the year with ACO Collective sees him return to WA to lead the ensemble on a tour to Albany, Manjimup, Margaret River, Bunbury, Mandurah and Geraldton from 29 April to 8 May 2016. ACO Collective performs works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, and Philip Glass, as well as presenting free schools concerts and education workshops for local string students.

ACO Collective is the ACO’s critically acclaimed 17-piece string ensemble which delivers the ACO’s regional touring and education programs Australia-wide. ACO Collective combines musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. These young professionals have all participated in the ACO’s year-long Emerging Artists’ Program and are in demand from Australia’s professional orchestras, but dedicate themselves to the ACO’s high-octane performance style for intense touring periods.

ACO Collective commenced touring as ACO2 in 2007 and since then has performed in more than 80 regional centres in every state and territory, all of Australia’s state capitals, and has toured to Japan. The Ensemble works regularly with guest artists of the highest calibre, both international and Australian, including violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Benjamin Schmid, Henning Kraggerud and Thomas Gould; cellist Daniel Müller-Schott; harpist Alice Giles; recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey; singer/ songwriter Tim Freedman from The Whitlams; and oud player Joseph Tawadros.

In 2013, the ACO presented ACO Collective in a National Concert Season Tour led by Richard Tognetti which was named by The Australian as “one of the year’s must-see concerts”. Biennially, ACO Collective is the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Vasse Felix Festival in the Margaret River, Western Australia.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Mary Stielow, 02 8274 3812, mary.stielow@aco.com.au
Cathy Bolt, 08 9327 4423 or 0417 813 804, cbolt@wesfarmers.com.au

 

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Wesfarmers Arts extends support to ACO Collective by becoming its Principal Partner

Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Dunkin’ Donuts offers the chance for one lucky couple to win a $10K wedding present

CANTON, MA, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Love is in the air at Dunkin’ Donuts, and the brand is offering several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate the season. Dunkin’ Donuts is launching today an online contest, “Dunkin’ Hearts Love,” to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. In addition, to help guests show their love in creative yet simple ways, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering two varieties of heart-shaped donuts perfect for any Valentine’s Day celebration, love-inspired Snapchat filters and mGifts, virtual Dunkin’ Donuts cards, to send the gift of Dunkin’ to a loved one from a mobile phone.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ sweet seasonal celebration this week includes:

  • Dunkin’ Hearts Love Contest: Dunkin’ Donuts is putting the DD in Wedding, engaging fans with a contest that gives engaged couples a chance to win $10,000 in cash as an early wedding gift. As part of the “Dunkin’ Hearts Love” contest, anyone planning their wedding between today and December 31, 2016 can visit a special website between February 11 and February 18 to share their sweet story of how their sweet heart proposed. One lucky couple will win the $10,000 grand prize. To enter, and for rules about the contest, please visit http://DDHeartsLove.com.
  • First-ever Facebook Live Session: To give fans a glimpse behind the scenes as the brand prepares for Valentine’s Day, Dunkin’ Donuts will be hosting its first-ever Facebook Live session on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. with Dunkin’ Donuts’ Executive Chef Jeff Miller and other members of the brand’s culinary team. The chefs will give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into one of its test kitchens, show them how to prepare a special cake made from Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donuts, and share additional information on the Dunkin’ Hearts Love Contest.
  • Valentine’s Day Snapchat Filters: Dunkin’ Donuts fans can show a lot of heart via the brand’s new Snapchat filters, featuring Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donut designs and sweet sayings such as “Donuts About You.” The Valentine’s Day themed geofilters are the latest addition to Dunkin’ Donuts lineup of seasonally themed filters and will be available for sharing the love with friends and followers beginning today for fans in or around a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.
  • Send the Gift of Dunkin’: Dunkin’ Donuts mobile gift cards are available in four varieties of Valentine’s Day themed designs, including one with heart-shaped donuts as roses and another that reads, “You are the Turbo Shot to My Heart.” Dunkin’ Donuts mobile gift cards can be purchased through the Dunkin’ Mobile® App or DunkinDonuts.com. The Dunkin’ Mobile App also allows guests the option of sending cards to anyone via text, email or Facebook Connect.

Throughout February, Dunkin’ Donuts is serving two varieties of its beloved heart-shaped donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts’Brownie Batter Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with brownie batter flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles. The Cookie Dough Heart Donut is a heart-shaped donut with cookie dough flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and chocolate chips. Perfect for large parties or that special someone, these two scrumptious seasonal treats are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Finally, the perfect complement to a heart-shaped donut is Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Macchiato, a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage. Two shots of Dunkin’ Donuts freshly-brewed, rich espresso are poured over steamed milk swirled with a sweet caramel flavor. All Dunkin’ Donuts espresso beverages are made with espresso beans that are 100% Fair Trade Certified™ and selected from the finest, high-quality Arabica beans.

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 the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Dunkin’ Donuts offers several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate Valentine’s Day

Old National Bank completes online and mobile banking platform conversion to NCR’s Digital Insight

Digital Insight platform brings the latest in technology to Old National’s customers

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old National Bank (NASDAQ: ONB), the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana, has completed a successful online and mobile banking platform conversion to Digital Insight, an NCR company. Within 48 hours of its conversion, more than 40 percent of Old National’s customers had logged on to the new experience, which provides the latest in digital technology for online banking and iOS and Android mobile and tablet banking.

“Our conversion to Digital Insight was utterly seamless and one of the best vendor conversion projects I have been a part of throughout my career,” said John Kamin, Chief Information Officer, Old National Bank. “As a result of our strong partnership with Digital Insight, we converted 189,000 customers to the new platform – providing new solutions and enhancements to their online banking experience. The partnership and service provided by Digital Insight truly exceeded our expectations.”

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 a recent report, eight of the top 10-rated banking apps are powered by Digital Insight.

“Customer experience is paramount for us and we’re thrilled that we were able to deliver an exceptional conversion experience for Old National and its customers,” said José Resendiz, General Manager, Digital Insight. “We look forward to delivering a fantastic digital banking experience for Old National as they continue to grow and create a great experience for their customers for years to come.”

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 Old National
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana and, with $11.9 billion in assets, ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, wealth management, investments and brokerage, Old National also owns Old National Insurance, one of the 100 largest brokers in the U.S. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at oldnational.com.

Web sites: digitalinsight.com, oldnational.com
Get more banking insights at Banking.com
Twitter: @Digital_Insight
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/digital-insight

News Media Contact

Jeff Dudash
Public Relations
NCR Corporation
770.212.5091
Email: jeff.dudash@ncr.com

BURGER KING® restaurants launches Grilled Dogs

NEW GRILLED DOGS INTRODUCED TO PERMANENT MENU

MIAMI, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — BURGER KING® restaurants are bringing the signature flame-grilling technique they’ve been perfecting for more than 60 years to hot dogs with the launch of Grilled Dogs. The new menu item will be available at participating restaurants nationwide, starting February 23rd. Grilled Dogs are made with 100% beef and flame-grilled to perfection on the same grill where the WHOPPER® sandwich is made. The WHOPPER® sandwich is known as AMERICA’S FAVORITE BURGER®.

With this launch, BURGER KING® restaurants will serve hot dogs in more restaurants than any other restaurant chain in the U.S.1 Grilled Dogs will be available in BURGER KING® restaurants and drive-thrus every day of the week throughout the year, dispelling the myth that hot dogs should be relegated to summer barbecues and baseball games.

It’s estimated that Americans eat over 20 billion hot dogs a year2 and the introduction of Grilled Dogs positions BURGER KING®restaurants to take a large bite out of that market with one of its’ biggest launches in recent history.

“The introduction of Grilled Dogs just made sense to our guests and for our brand,” said Alex Macedo, President, North America, for the BURGER KING® brand. “We’re applying over 60 years of flame-grilling expertise with the WHOPPER® sandwich to make Grilled Dogs the next great American icon.”

Grilled Dogs are available in both the Classic Grilled Dog and the Chili Cheese Grilled Dog. The Classic Grilled Dog is a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped, with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, served on a fluffy baked bun. The Chili Cheese Grilled Dog is the same beef hot dog topped with warm chili, shredded cheddar cheese and served on a fluffy baked bun. Both are sold separately or as a combo meal.

The Classic Grilled Dog comes at the recommended price of $1.99 or as a combo meal for the recommended price of $4.49, served with a small fountain drink and fries. The Chili Cheese Dog is sold at the recommended price of $2.39 and for the recommended price of $4.89 as part of a combo meal with a small fountain drink and fries.

Grilled Dogs are a permanent menu item. Price and participation may vary.

BURGER KING, WHOPPER and AMERICA’S FAVORITE BURGER are registered trademarks of Burger King Corporation. All rights reserved.

1 Source: The NPD Group/Fall 2015 ReCount® (excludes quick service retail)
2 Source: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) http://www.hot-dog.org/culture/hot-dog-fast-facts

About the BURGER KING® Brand
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world.  The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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CONTACT:
Brooke Scher Mogan
ALISON BROD PUBLIC RELATIONS
212-230-1800
brooke@alisonbrodpr.com
bk@alisonbrodpr.com

ICA Gruppen announces 2015 Fourth quarter results

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stable year, but competition is growing

Fourth quarter of 2015 in summary

  • Consolidated net sales amounted to SEK 26,489 million (23,180). Excluding acquisition and divestment effects, the increase was 4.8%
  • Operating profit excluding non-recurring items was SEK 1,024 million
    (1,081). This includes costs of SEK 76 million related to the integration of Apotek Hjärtat
  • Profit from continuing operations (ICA Gruppen excl. ICA Norway) was SEK 1,427 million (807). Profit includes capital gains of SEK 457 million (-5) from sales of non-current assets
  • Earnings per share for continuing operations were SEK 7.10 (3.73)
  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 1,862 million (1,676)
  • The Board of Directors proposes a dividend for 2015 of SEK 10.00 per share (9.50), corresponding to 41% of profit for the year

After the end of the quarter

  • On 20 January all outstanding C shares were converted to ordinary shares

Comment from the CEO of ICA Gruppen, Per Strömberg:

“We delivered a stable result for the full year 2015 and are pleased overall with our performance for the year. At the same time, we are seeing a tougher competitive situation in our markets, where during the second half of the year ICA Sweden began losing market shares for the first time in a long time. However, the slightly lower earnings during the fourth quarter compared with a year ago is mainly attributable to costs for expansion and investments in the future.”

For further information, please contact:

Frans Benson, VP Investor Relations
tel. +46 8-561 500 20

ICA Gruppen press service
Tel +46 10 422 52 52

Press and analyst meeting
ICA Gruppen is arranging a press and analyst meeting at Tändstickspalatset, Stockholm, on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 10.00 CET. CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report. The meeting will be webcast and can be followed at www.icagruppen.se/investerare. There is also an opportunity to call in on tel. SE +46 8 566 426 69 UK +44 203 008 9809

Calendar

9 March 2016                        Publication of ICA Gruppen’s Annual Report

20 April 2016                         Annual General Meeting

4 May 2016                           Interim report January–March 2016

17 August 2016                     Interim report January–June 2016

9 November 2016                  Interim report January–September 2016

8 February 2017                    Year-end report 2016

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 07:00 CET on Wednesday, 10 February, 2016.

Swedish ICA stores sales increased by 3.1% in January 2016 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores rose by 3.1% in January 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.3%.

January 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all
stores
Change
like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,646 4.1% 2.1%
ICA Kvantum 2,143 3.4% 2.8%
ICA Supermarket 2,634 2.2% 2.2%
ICA Nära 1,253 2.3% 2.3%
Total 8,677 3.1% 2.3%

In January 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,677 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.1% compared with the same month in the previous year.

At 31 January 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,302. Store sales for February will be published on 8 March 2016 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2016, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors/calendar.

For more information

ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen AB (publ) is a leading retail company with a focus on food and health. The Group includes ICA Sweden and Rimi Baltic which mainly conduct grocery retail, ICA Real Estate which owns and manages properties, ICA Bank which offers financial services and  Apotek Hjärtat which conducts pharmacy operations. The Group also includes the portfolio companies inkClub and Hemtex. For more information see icagruppen.se

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:45 CET on Monday, 8 February, 2016.

The European Commission approved the acquisition of Office Depot by Staples, Inc.

Parties plan to divest Office Depot European businesses beyond EC requirements

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced that it has received approval from the European Union to acquireOffice Depot.

“This is a significant step, and we’re very pleased that the European Commission has approved this transaction,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Staples, Inc. “The acquisition has been approved in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe. Regulatory agencies around the world understand that this acquisition will allow Staples to provide increased value and service to customers of all sizes. We look forward to a full, impartial judicial review in the United States.”

The European Commission approved the acquisition on the condition that Staples divest Office Depot’s European contract business and all of Office Depot’s operations inSweden. Staples will meet these requirements, and the parties have decided that they will also divest Office Depot’s retail, online and catalog operations in Europe in connection with closing the transaction. The divestiture of Office Depot’s European business is subject to the closing of the acquisition.

The merger is the subject of ongoing litigation with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as well as the Canadian Competition Bureau. The companies recently announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016.

The company expects to deliver more than $1 billion of annualized synergies net of investments to provide increased value to customers by the third full fiscal year post-closing. The combined company will be better equipped to minimize redundancy, reduce costs and optimize its retail footprint.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Media Contacts:
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
or
Investor Contacts:
Chris Powers, 508-253-4632