Whole Foods Market announces the opening of its new store in East Lansing, Michigan on April 13, 2016

New Store Marks First Whole Foods Market in Lansing, Michigan

Lansing, Michigan, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new 44,853 square foot store located at 2750 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, Michigan, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around East Lansing with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and East Lansing neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

Whole Foods Market East Lansing is looking to hire 120 new part-time and full-time passionate, caring, purposeful and team-focused individuals to join the Whole Foods Market team. Experienced and inexperienced individuals are needed to fill positions in Customer Service, Prepared Foods, Meat, Seafood, Produce, Bakery, Grocery, Whole Body and Specialty Departments. Interested applicants should submit their resume at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers. Interviews will begin this week. For those looking for more information, Whole Foods Market East Lansing is hosting a Job Fair Monday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2842 E. Grand River Ave.

Whole Foods Market Team Members receive competitive wages, growth opportunities, Team Member development, generous store discounts, medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, retirement savings plan, paid time off, leave of absence, gainsharing, stock options, emergency funds and much more.

This is the first location in Lansing, Michigan; Whole Foods Market has four other Michigan stores in the Detroit metro including Rochester Hills at 2918 Walton Boulevard; West Bloomfield at 7350 Orchard Lake Road; Troy at 2880 West Maple Road; Detroit at 115 Mack Avenue and two locations in Ann Arbor, 990 Eisenhower Parkway and 3135 Washtenaw Avenue.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw

President – Midwest Region

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

Whole Foods Market ranked No. 75 on this year’s FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) earned a spot on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, marking the 19th consecutive year the company has received the recognition. America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™ ranked No. 75 on this year’s list, and is one of just 11 companies to make the list every year since its inception in 1998.

“This is a direct tribute to the hard-working, passionate Whole Foods Market team members who make our stores, facilities, and support offices great places to work,” said Mark Ehrnstein, global vice president of Team Member Services at Whole Foods Market. “We’re so grateful for the strong commitment to our culture and dedication to our core values that allow our business to grow and evolve in a way that truly propels our company forward.”

FORTUNE highlighted Whole Foods Market’s passion for its mission and the many employees whose personal beliefs align with this mission as a point of distinction. FORTUNE also mentions the aim for egalitarian culture for the company, as well as the unique gain-sharing plan and executive salary caps. Whole Foods Market ranked ninth overall among retailers and tenth among other companies headquartered in Texas.

Last month, Whole Foods Market once again earned a spot on FORTUNE’s “Most Admired Companies” list and was named the most reputable company in the food and drug store industry.

Whole Foods Market has earned a number of best workplace honors over the past year:

  • Albany Times Union—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 8 for medium-sized companies
  • Albuquerque Journal—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 4 for large companies
  • Austin-American Statesman—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 11 for large companies
  • Boston Globe—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 14 for large companies
  • Dallas Morning News—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 23 for large companies
  • Denver Post—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 17 for large companies
  • Des Moines Register—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 68 for small companies
  • Houston Chronicle—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 6 for large companies
  • Oklahoman—-Top Workplaces 2015, No. 8 for large companies
  • Orange County Register—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 13 for large companies
  • San Antonio Express-News—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 7 for midsize companies
  • San Diego Union-Tribune—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 5 for large companies
  • Tampa Bay Times—Top Workplaces 2015, No. 9 for large companies

The “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and related stories appear in the next issue of FORTUNE and at www.fortune.com.

Whole Foods Market is always looking for great people who are passionate about food, the communities they live in, and making a positive impact on the environment. Anyone interested in a career at Whole Foods Market is encouraged to visit the company’s Careers page at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wholefoodsmarketcareers.

EXPERTS

Mark Ehrnstein

Global Vice President of Team Member Services

Mark Ehrnstein has served as global vice president of team member services (HR) at Whole Foods Market since 2009.

Whole Foods Market to open its third Monmouth County store in Wall, New Jersey on April 13th

Wall, NJ, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Whole Foods Market is excited to announce the opening of its third Monmouth County store in Wall, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 13th at 9AM. The grocer’s fifteenth New Jersey store will be located in the shopping plaza at 1933 Route 35. At 39,000 square feet, Whole Foods Market Wall will cater to the local community and residents, as well as seasonal visitors, and provide them with a vast and unparalleled selection of high quality natural and organic goods. The store will feature a variety of local products from the area and brand new and unique store innovations.

For additional information and announcements about Whole Foods Market Wall, please visit the store’s social media channels:

Facebook – Facebook.com/WholeFoodsMonmouthNJ
Twitter – @WholeFoodsMid
Instagram – @WFMMonmouthNj

Taubman Centers declares quarterly dividend of $0.595 per share of common stock, an increase of 5.3%

Preferred Series J and K Dividend Declared

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.595 per share of common stock, an increase of 5.3 percent. The common dividend is payable March 31, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2016. Since the company went public in 1992 it has never reduced its regular common dividend and has increased its dividend 19 times.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable March 31, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2016.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232

rhurren@taubman.com

Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469

mmainville@taubman.com

Taubman Centers launches first-of-its-kind indoor navigation app in 14 shopping centers

First-of-its-kind technology makes shopping easier and more personalized

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers today announced an industry-first mobile app has launched at 14 of its shopping centers across the U.S. The free app, available for Android and iPhone platforms, offers consumers first-of-its-kind indoor navigation technology and a host of other shopper-friendly functionality.

The app, developed in partnership with Meredith Xcelerated Marketing and SPREO, delivers step-by-step navigation and location-based marketing through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. Shoppers using the app can quickly and efficiently:

  • Map It: Locate stores, restaurants and entertainment options as they shop.
  • Plan It: Plan a shopping trip in advance to navigate the mall quickly and easily.
  • Love It: Use the robust functionality to save favorite stores, receive real-time event, sales and promotion information and view seasonal fashion trends.

“Modern shoppers are all about convenience and personalization,” said Ivan Frank, director of digital marketing for Taubman. “With our new app, we are combining tech-savvy amenities with premium retail offers to provide an unmatched, easy shopping and dining experience.”

The intuitive app is powered by scalable technology and gives shoppers instant access and navigation to their favorite stores within the mall. Customers also have the option to map a route to shop a group of stores. The ‘Plan It’ functionality creates the most accessible route by listing selected stores in the shortest distance from a current location for quick and convenient shopping.

Taubman piloted the industry first indoor navigation app at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota which is now available for download at the following shopping centers:

Taubman shopping centers also offer several high-tech, customer-focused amenities, such as satellite visitor welcome centers, electric vehicle charging stations, free Wi-Fi, interactive touchscreen directories and charging stations for portable electronics.

ABOUT TAUBMAN
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

SOURCE: THE TAUBMAN COMPANY LLC

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CONTACT:
Amy Grundman
Manager, Strategic Communications
248-258-7681
agrundman@taubman.com

Wincor Nixdorf AG announces management appointments

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Supervisory Board of Wincor Nixdorf AG has extended, earlier than scheduled, the contracts of CEO & President Eckard Heidloff as well as Deputy CEO & President and CFO Dr. Jürgen Wunram by three years until February 28, 2019. The former contracts had been set to terminate at the end of January 2017 (Dr. J. Wunram) and the end of February 2017 (E. Heidloff).

In addition, the Supervisory Board has appointed former Senior Vice President Dr. Ulrich Näher as a further member of the Board of Directors effective from March 1, 2016. His contract will cover a period of three years. As an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Ulrich Näher will oversee the Systems business unit, which is responsible for the global hardware business of Wincor Nixdorf. Therefore, including Olaf Heyden, the Board of Directors of Wincor Nixdorf AG will consist of four members.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Weingarten Realty Investors announces the acquisition of Urban Seattle Property from Vulcan Real Estate

HOUSTON, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI), a leading owner, manager and developer of shopping centers, announced today that it acquired the retail component of 2200 Westlake, located at 2200 Westlake Avenue in Seattle, Washington from Vulcan Real Estate. The average household income and population in the 3-mile trade area is $99,000 and 220,000, respectively. The property was purchased in a joint venture between Weingarten Realty and Bouwinvest (the “Venture”) in which WRI will hold a 65.7% interest. Weingarten’s investment is $43.5 million.

2200 Westlake is a mixed-use, vertically-integrated property anchored by Whole Foods Market. The complex also contains an income producing parking garage, an 11-story 153-room five-star Pan Pacific hotel, and residential condos. The Venture purchased 73,800 square feet of retail including the Whole Foods Market and 412 parking stalls. Vulcan maintains ownership of the hotel.

The property is located in the high-growth neighborhood of South Lake Union. The area is home to Amazon and its existing 4 million square feet of office space and one block away from the multi-million square foot headquarters campus now under construction. Over 4,000 new residential units are reportedly planned or proposed in the South Lake Union area served by 2200 Westlake.

The purchase is part of an off-market transaction in which Vulcan purchased Weingarten’s Promenade 23, a high-profile property in the Central District of Seattle for $30.9 million. Vulcan has future plans to redevelop part of the existing center as a mixed-use project that will include approximately 570 units of rental housing in two five to seven-story buildings as well as ground-floor retail.

“We are extremely excited about the completion of this transaction with Vulcan. Our team, with market expertise, sourced and negotiated this complex transaction which creates unique opportunities for both companies. The acquisition of 2200 Westlake complements our existing Seattle portfolio and Vulcan’s purchase of Promenade 23 fits well into their expansion plans, so it is definitely a win-win for both companies,” said Drew Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Weingarten Realty Investors
Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At December 31, 2015, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 232 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 45.6 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.0 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein that state the Company’s or Management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which by their nature, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Reference is made to the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information or factors that may impact the Company’s performance.

Weingarten Realty Investors
Michelle Wiggs, 713-866-6050

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

Baidu Waimai to deliver Watsons products to over 30 million online shoppers in China

HONG KONG, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group’s (ASW) flagship retail brand Watsons has reached an agreement with Baidu Waimai, one of China’s fastest-growing O2O (online-to-offline) platform to provide high quality and convenient shopping experience, making Watsons products available to over 30 million shoppers in 120 cities in the Mainland.

As the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, ASW is committed to provide world-class shopping experience, in our online shops and over 12,400 stores worldwide. It is definitely a good news to the sophisticated online customers in China, where the quality premium products from Watsons can be delivered to door within 2 hours of order confirmation on Baidu Waimai eCommerce website, thanks to the advanced point-to-point delivery service from Baidu’s platform.

eCommerce is one of the strategy focus of ASW, and the collaboration with Baidu is an example of innovation we provide to improve customer experience. Together with the establishment of in-house eCommerce unit eLab, ASW is enabled to provide enhanced digital experience to our customers.

SOURCE: A.S. Watson Group

A.S. Watson Retail (HK) Ltd
A.S. Watson Brand Contact Methods

Watson House, 1-5 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan,Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
+852 2606 8833
+852 2690 2836
grouppr@aswatson.com

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Baidu Waimai to deliver Watsons products to over 30 million online shoppers in China

Baidu Waimai to deliver Watsons products to over 30 million online shoppers in China

SM Investments Corporation wins two Anvil Awards for its Annual and ESG Reports

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) won two awards for its annual report and maiden Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Reports during the Public Relations Society of the Philippines’ (PRSP) Gabi ng Parangal 51st Anvil Awards held recently.

SM’s first 2014 ESG report with the theme, “Working Together for a Sustainable Future”, earned a Gold Anvil Award for manifesting the company’s commitment to sustainability practices and for providing accurate disclosure and integrated reporting of its ESG policies. It is a group-wide report highlighting good governance, social development and environmental consciousness of SM companies such as SM Retail, SM Prime Holdings, and BDO Unibank. SM recognizes that adhering to ESG global best practices is a journey as global guidelines and the needs of SM’s stakeholders continue to evolve.

The 2014 Unified Annual Reports bagged a Silver Anvil Award for featuring inter-related themes of the company and its subsidiary on new opportunities for growth.

The 2014 Unified Annual Reports consist of the Annual Report of SM with the theme, “Pursuing New Opportunities for Growth” and that of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. that carried the theme, “Building New Opportunities for Growth”.

Dubbed as the “Oscars” of the public relations industry in the Philippines, the Anvil is presented to the outstanding public relations tools and programs that have met the high standards set for each category.  PR practitioners, industry communications specialists, academicians and business persons attended the event.

Read more about SM Investments’ 2014 Annual Report and ESG Report here: http://www.sminvestments.com/annual-reports

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com
SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Investments Corporation wins two Anvil Awards for its Annual and ESG Reports

SM Investments Corporation wins two Anvil Awards for its Annual and ESG Reports

Hy-Vee recalls Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

The recalled cheese was sold in whole wheels and cuts, and re-packaged in foil or clear plastic wrap with scale labels in various weights. Blue cheese crumbles were also sold in plastic containers. All product was labeled as “Maytag Blue Raw Milk,” “Maytag Blue” or “Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese” and with PLU numbers beginning with 854089001 and with “use by” dates between Jan. 20, 2016 and May 3, 2016. The product was sold from cheese cases in all of Hy-Vee’s 240 stores, located in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, between Nov. 20, 2015 and March 2, 2016. Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee is recalling all sizes and forms (wheels, wedges and crumbles) of Maytag Blue Cheese products from all of its stores.

The potential for contamination was discovered after testing by the State of Iowa revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in two lots of product. Maytag Dairy Farms has voluntarily suspended production and distribution while the company collaborates with FDA and the State of Iowa to determine the cause of the problem.

Customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Intershop to help Würth expand its already successful online business

  • Würth confirms Intershop as the basis for its e-commerce strategy
  • Joint development planned in B2B segment

Jena, Germany, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Würth Group and Intershop Communications AG are extending their cooperation. As a world-leading brand in the assembly and fastening materials trade, Würth is planning to expand its already successful online business. In order to realize its ambitious plans, the company reviewed offers from providers in fall 2015 and chose Intershop for its concept and functional versatility. They then agreed upon a joint product development in the B2B segment. Furthermore, a comprehensive license agreement concerning the use of the Intershop Commerce Suite was concluded. Its core, the Intershop Commerce Management B2X omni-channel solution, already contains a number of features optimized for business customers.

Würth IT GmbH has relied on Intershop technology for its own e-business since 2010. Based on it, Würth IT carries out online shop roll-outs within the Würth Group worldwide. To do this, the Intershop Commerce Suite was adapted to suit the needs of the Würth Group and, moreover, a methodology was created that enables e-business functionality to be efficiently integrated into each company. The e-commerce agency dotSource provides assistance with these implementations.

The Würth Group currently comprises more than 400 companies in over 80 countries and employs more than 69,000 people. According to the provisional financial statement, the Würth Group generated a turnover of EUR 11.05 billion in the 2015 fiscal year. Its core business, the Würth Line, boasts over 125,000 products for craft and industry operations – from screws, screw accessories, dowels, and tools, to chemical-technical products and occupational safety products.

In Germany, around 13 percent of the revenue was generated with e-business. Norbert Heckmann, spokesperson for the management of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, describes how he envisions making clients successful: “We connect distribution channels. We solve technical challenges and fulfill each customer’s individual needs. And we know that only continuous development makes a company attractive to its clients.”

Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop, adds: “We are delighted with the continued trust the Würth Group places in our expertise and professionalism. After the recent refocussing of our company, we were able to demonstrate our strength in innovation and we will accompany Würth as a strong partner towards an e-commerce strategy of the future.”

 

About the Würth Group
The globally active Würth Group is a world market leader in its core business, the assembly and fastening materials trade. The Würth Group currently comprises more than 400 companies in over 80 countries and employs more than 69,000 people. 31,000 of these are permanently employed sales representatives. According to the provisional financial statement, the Würth Group generated a turnover of EUR 11.05 billion in the 2015 fiscal year. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is the German parent company and the largest individual company in the group. The company is a market leader in Germany and employs around 6,400 people. According to the provisional financial statement, the company generated a turnover of EUR 1.59 billion in the 2015 fiscal year. Around 13 percent of this was generated with e-business.

 

About Würth IT GmbH
Würth IT GmbH is an IT service provider belonging to the Würth Group. They offer custom IT applications and assistance in SAP, e-business solutions, cloud services, IT security, and IT compliance. They employ over 420 employees in seven locations in Germany, China, and India. Würth IT GmbH generated a turnover of around EUR 65 million in the 2015 fiscal year. As a part of the Würth Group, which comprises over 400 medium-sized businesses, the full service IT service provider helps numerous clients with their international projects both within and outside of the group.

 

About dotSource
dotSource, that’s more than 120 digital natives working together on one vision: enabling companies to take the way towards the digital future of marketing and sales. We at dotSource have been supporting companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in their digital transformation and the internet presentation of their brands for over ten years. From strategy consulting through to the development and implementation of innovative digital commerce concepts right up to continuing company support after the go-live – according to the vision »Digital Success right from the Start« we offer our customers a comprehensive range of services and holistic expertise across all aspects of the digitalization of marketing and sales. Companies with large, sometimes multinational online projects, such as Swarovski, Cornelsen, hagebau, Würth, and Music Store, rely on our services.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Publix reports 4.5 percent increase of its sales in Q4 of 2015

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix’s sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $8.2 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $7.9 billion. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 3.2 percent.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $521.1 million, compared to $453.3 million in 2014, an increase of 15 percent. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter increased to $0.68 for 2015, up from $0.58 per share in 2014.

Publix’s sales for the fiscal year ended Dec. 26, 2015, were $32.4 billion, a 5.9 percent increase from last year’s $30.6 billion. Comparable-store sales for 2015 increased 4.2 percent.

Net earnings for 2015 were $2 billion, compared to $1.7 billion for 2014, an increase of 13.2 percent. Earnings per share increased to $2.54 for 2015, up from $2.23 per share in 2014.

These amounts are based on audited reports that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective March 1, 2016, Publix’s stock price increased from $41.80 per share to $45.20 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased to report another year with excellent results,” said CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our associates deserve the credit for continuing to make us a leader in customer service.”

SOURCE: Publix Asset Management Company

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Meijer to invest $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year

Nine new supercenters, 32 remodel projects to create nearly 3,000 new jobs across six-state footprint

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is investing more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year across its six-state footprint, Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer announced today.

The investment includes the construction of nine new Meijer supercenters and 32 different remodel projects. While Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin will each welcome new Meijer supercenters later this year, dozens of other Meijer stores have begun or will soon begin remodel projects to further enhance the customer shopping experience.

“We are pleased to continue to grow and invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long,” Hank Meijer said. “By keeping prices low and ensuring a great shopping environment, we are keeping our promise to our customers that we will provide the best one-stop shopping solution.”

The opening of each new Meijer store represents as many as 300 full- and part-time jobs. Since 2010, Meijer has opened 36 new stores, and remodeled dozens of others. This has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue pumped into local communities. Meijer frequently works with local contractors when building and remodeling stores.

The new Meijer supercenters opening in 2016 include:

  • Owensboro, Ky.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Round Lake Beach, Ill.
  • Flossmoor, Ill.
  • Sturgis, Mich.
  • Flat Rock, Mich.
  • Sussex, Wis.
  • Waukesha, Wis.

In addition to the new supercenters, Meijer is aggressively remodeling stores in key markets such as Detroit, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Southeastern Michigan alone will see 12 Meijer supercenters remodeled this year, while Indianapolis will have three remodel projects. Two Meijer supercenters in Fort Wayne will be included as well. The Meijer store in Burton, Mich., one of the company’s oldest operating stores, will also be included in the project.

While the depth of the remodel varies based on several factors, these projects include a variety of specific store enhancements, including improved store layouts, expanded grocery, and health and beauty sections, as well as lighting, heating, refrigeration and parking lot improvements. Additionally, the introduction of newer technology in key areas during the remodel process will result in more energy-efficient stores.

“We will continue our process of slow, steady growth,” Hank Meijer said. “This plan has allowed us to remain focused on our customers and team members, while growing our business and ensuring we continue to innovate in the marketplace.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 224 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, 734-844-2781, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

 

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Meijer to invest $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year

Meijer to invest $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year

Tickets now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Spectators of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

What: Tournament tickets are now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club.

General admission weekly tickets cost $25, and general admission daily tickets cost $10. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

A limited number of upgraded daily reserved tickets are available for $75. The upgraded ticket provides admission to a premium viewing deck on the 17th green, as well as food and beverages.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

Where: Tickets are available for purchase at MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please contact the representatives per the information above.

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

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Tickets now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Tickets now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club

Liya Kebede, Zhao Lei and Chen Ran starring in this spring’s campaign of T Galleria by DFS

Featuring Liya Kebede, Zhao Lei and Chen Ran, campaign explores our love of travel

HONG KONG, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This spring, T Galleria by DFS, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, has teamed up with three international influencers and global travelers to celebrate the concept of the travel #mustpack, those travel essentials for wherever your journey takes you. Starring Ethiopian philanthropist and model Liya Kebede, Chinese model Zhao Lei and Chinese actress Chen Ran, the Spring 2016 campaign gives customers an inside look into the influencers’ journeys using photos and stories from their personal travels intertwined with their favorite #mustpack products. Throughout March, April and May customers can interact with the campaign in-store, online and through DFS’ social media channels, connecting with each influencer, their favorite travel destinations and of course the many #mustpack products available at T Galleria by DFS.

“This season we were particularly inspired by those #mustpack items you have to have with you throughout your journey,” said John Gerhardt, Senior Vice President, Creative Branding Direction, DFS Group. “We wanted to bring that story to life by showcasing Liya, Zhao and Chen’s love of travel through their own personal travel photos as well their true travel #mustpacks.”

The campaign unfolds through three videos each starring Liya, Zhao and Chen as well as an immersive digital experience at TGalleria.com where customers can discover the videos and travel guides as well as the season’s #mustpack products. Customers also have an opportunity to meet the influencers in person – Zhao Lei will host a shopping night at TGalleria by DFS, Hong Kong, Canton Road on March 17 and Chen Ren will share her beauty #mustpack items with fans on April 14 at T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Hong Kong, Causeway Bay.

The campaign features #mustpack products from 15 of DFS’ most popular brands including Estée Lauder, Givenchy, Prada, Bulgari, Remy Martin and more, highlighting just a sample of the amazing travel essentials available at T Galleria by DFS from 700 brands across five pillars of luxury.

“Our Spring 2016 campaign’s celebration of travel as well those essential items you have to bring with you along the way, truly brings to life everything our customers love about DFS,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS Group’s President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing. “From fashion and beauty to watches and wines, our stores are packed with the #mustpack products that complete your journey and we’re thrilled that Liya, Zhao and Chen have joined with us to share that story this season.”

Playing on the theme of #mustpacks, the store windows show “x-ray” views into various suitcases displaying this season’s collection. In addition, throughout the store, customers can encounter highlighted #mustpack products at multi-category display tables that simulate the experience of unveiling products through an airport security x-ray machine.

The campaign continues on social media, with T Galleria by DFS teaming up with influencers in key DFS locations, such as Gaile Lok in Hong Kong, Halley Elefante in Hawaii and Andrea Chong in Singapore, to give away the season’s best #mustpack products for those who follow @DFSOfficial.

SOURCE: DFS

MEDIA CONTACTS
press.enquiries@dfs.com

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Liya Kebede, Zhao Lei and Chen Ran starring in this spring's campaign of T Galleria by DFS

Liya Kebede, Zhao Lei and Chen Ran starring in this spring’s campaign of T Galleria by DFS

„REWE ToGo“ wird an bis zu 1.000 Stationen eingeführt

„REWE ToGo“ wird an bis zu 1.000 Stationen eingeführt – Pilotprojekt an zehn Tankstellen zeigt hohe Kundenakzeptanz und ein deutliches Umsatzplus

Köln, Germany, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vom Pilotprojekt zur Partnerschaft:  Knapp zwei Jahre nach dem Beginn der Testphase des REWE ToGo-Shopkonzepts an zehn Aral Tankstellen unterzeichneten der Tankstellenmarktführer und REWE, einer der führenden Lebensmitteleinzelhändler, jetzt einen langfristig angelegten Kooperationsvertrag. Im Zentrum der Vereinbarung steht die Einführung des innovativen REWE ToGo-Vertriebsformates an bis zu 1.000 unternehmenseigenen Aral Tankstellen in Deutschland. REWE ToGo beinhaltet unter anderem ein deutlich ausgeweitetes Angebot an frischen und frisch zubereiteten, qualitativ hochwertigen Lebensmitteln sowie an warmen Speisen. Und das Konzept trifft den Geschmack der mobilen Kunden: Im Testzeitraum stieg der Umsatz an den Pilotstationen über alle Warengruppen hinweg deutlich. Das Plus resultiert aus der höheren Einkaufsfrequenz der einzelnen Kunden, größeren Warenkörben pro Shopbesuch und neuen Kundensegementen.

„Die Zeit ist reif für die nächste große Evolution im Shopgeschäft – das belegt die Pilotphase ohne jeden Zweifel“, so Patrick Wendeler, Vorstandsvorsitzender bei Aral. „Mit dem zukunftsweisenden REWE ToGo-Format können wir die wachsenden Ansprüche mobiler, qualitätsorientierter und auch Nachbarschaftskunden in unseren Tankstellen noch besser als heute erfüllen.“

Aral investiert in den kommenden fünf Jahren in die bauliche Umrüstung der Stationen zur Verbesserung des Shopangebotes. In diesem Jahr werden zusätzlich zu den zehn Pilottankstellen 50 weitere Standorte einen REWE ToGo-Shop erhalten – 14 davon bereits bis Ende April. Der Rest wird bis zum Jahresende umgestellt. Im kommenden Jahr sieht die Planung die Umrüstung von über 200 weiteren Stationen vor.

„Wir freuen uns auf die langfristige strategische Zusammenarbeit mit einem starken Partner wie Aral. Mit unserer Kernkompetenz als Lebensmittelgroßhändler und Konzeptgeber des Vertriebskonzeptes REWE ToGo werden wir dazu beitragen, das Shopgeschäft an Aral Tankstellen nachhaltig zu stärken“, erklärt REWE Vorstand Lionel Souque.

Kunden finden in jedem REWE ToGo-Shop eine einheitliche „Food Zone“ mit heißen und kalten Gerichten. In der Heißvitrine gehören Hähnchen, Frikadellen oder Schnitzel zu den Standards. Aus dem bisherigen Shop-Konzept von Aral rund um das PetitBistro bleiben die kalten und warmen Crossinos erhalten. Die Klassiker der Unterwegs-Versorgung wie Schoko-Riegel und andere Süßwaren sowie Getränke bleiben ebenfalls Teil des rund 1.200 Artikel umfassenden Sortiments. Neu sind dagegen Sandwiches, Wraps, Sushi, geschnittenes Obst, Salate, Suppen, Gemüse und Desserts. Hinzu kommen außerdem frische Backwaren zur Selbstbedienung, frisches Fleisch oder ganzes Obst. Darüber hinaus finden Kunden ein ausgewähltes Sortiment an Lebensmitteln wie beispielsweise Müsli, Brotaufstriche, Pasta, Saucen, Konserven, Gewürze oder Pflanzenöl.

Welche Bedeutung die Umstellung im Shopgeschäft hat, zeigt der Blick auf das Ertragsmodell einer Tankstelle. Inzwischen werden durchschnittlich über 60 Prozent des Einkommens der Aral Tankstellenunternehmer im Shop erwirtschaftet. Die Autowäsche und der Verkauf von Kraft- und Schmierstoffen steuern jeweils einen Anteil von rund 15 Prozent zum Ertrag der Partner bei.

SOURCE: REWE Group

Für Rückfragen:
Raimund Esser
Bereichsleiter Unternehmenskommunikation REWE Markt GmbH
Tel: +49 221/146-1610
Mail: raimund.esser@rewe-group.com

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„REWE ToGo“ wird an bis zu 1.000 Stationen eingeführt

„REWE ToGo“ wird an bis zu 1.000 Stationen eingeführt

Albert Heijn: is het weer tijd om aan de slag te gaan met je eigen moestuin

Zaandam, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nu de zon langzaam uit z’n winterslaap komt en de lente voor de deur staat, is het weer tijd om aan de slag te gaan met je eigen moestuin. Want wat is er leuker dan groenten of kruiden uit eigen tuin! Bij Albert Heijn kan vanaf 7 maart worden gespaard voor verschillende moestuinplantjes. Dit jaar krijgen spaarders hulp tijdens het hele groeiproces. We voorzien iedereen van de belangrijkste informatie over zaaien, verpotten én groeien. Zo is er een speciaal groeiboekje ontwikkeld én een ‘Eerste Hulp Bij Moestuinieren’ (EHBM) groeikaart. Samen met het IVN (Instituut voor natuureducatie en duurzaamheid) bieden we moestuinliefhebbers ook gedurende de hele groeiperiode hulp en tips aan. Via ah.nl/moestuintje zal er wekelijks een moestuinjournaal worden gepost en is er de mogelijkheid om je vragen te stellen aan andere moestuinierders of de coaches van IVN. Want met wat extra zorg en aandacht behaal je de beste oogstresultaten voor je eigen groenten, fruit en kruiden!

De selectie van 20 moestuinplantjes bestaat uit nieuwe zaadjes, maar ook bewezen succesnummers van vorig jaar. Denk daarbij aan komkommer, cherrytomaatjes, sperziebonen, radijs, broccoli en basilicum. Aan zowel beginners als aan gevorderden is gedacht. Zo voegen we dit jaar de watermeloen toe. Watermeloen is behoorlijk ingewikkeld om te kweken, want het groeiproces duurt langer en deze fruitsoort vraagt ook om wat speciale handelingen. Een perfecte uitdaging voor de gevorderde moestuinliefhebbers. Voor de beginners is er bijvoorbeeld tuinkers of basilicum. Daar heb je na enkele dagen al plezier van!

Per groeifase zijn er verschillende handige items -speciaal voor het moestuintje- verkrijgbaar. Naast het groeiboekje ‘Groene Vingers voor Beginners’ is er bijvoorbeeld ook een moestuinverzamelaar voor het zaaien van de plantjes mét EHBM groeikaart. In de eerste weken van de spaaractie kunnen deze items ook gratis worden ontvangen bij aankoop van bepaalde aanbiedingen. Zo heb je binnen no time alle materialen in huis om zelf aan de slag te gaan!

Albert Heijn en IVN helpen bij een succesvolle oogst

Kweken van groente, fruit en kruiden is leuk, maar succesvol oogsten is best lastig. Daarom slaan Albert Heijn en het IVN (Instituut voor natuureducatie en duurzaamheid) de handen ineen. Tijdens de spaaractie kun je contact opnemen met de experts van het IVN via ah.nl/community om je vragen te stellen. Nu heb je alle kennis bij de hand om er een geslaagde oogst van te maken!

De moestuinspaaractie loopt van 7 maart tot en met 3 april. Je ontvangt een moestuinpotje bij besteding van 15 euro.

Bijgaande foto’s zijn rechtenvrij te gebruiken. Het betreffen:
De cover van het groeiboekje Eerste hulp bij moestuinieren

Discount variety stores operator Dollar Tree, Inc. reports 32nd consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales

Fourth Quarter Sales increased to $5.37 billion and Same-Store Sales increased 1.7%

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 30, 2016.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, stated, “I am proud of the Company’s performance in the fourth quarter and full year 2015. Through a challenging economic environment, we delivered sales of $5.37 billion, which was the mid-point of our fourth quarter guidance range, and our 32nd consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales. This was against a strong 5.6% comp from the prior year’s fourth quarter. Additionally, while not included in our comp calculation, for the second consecutive quarter, our Family Dollar banner delivered positive same-store sales increases each month during the quarter.”

Sasser added, “2015 was a very successful year for Dollar Tree. I would like to thank all of our associates for their commitment and hard work throughout the year. We continued to serve our loyal customer base by providing terrific values every day; we successfully completed the acquisition of Family Dollar; we initiated, and remain on schedule with, the integration of our companies; and we are on track to achieve our stated synergy targets. Looking ahead, we are committed to growing and improving our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar businesses to better serve more customers, while delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 116.7% to $5.37 billion from $2.48 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The increase was the result of $2.68 billion in sales from the Family Dollar segment and a same-store sales increase of 1.7% on a constant currency basis for the Dollar Tree segment. In comparison, same-store sales, on a constant currency basis, increased 5.6% in the prior-year period for the Dollar Tree segment. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.3%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased by $734.5 million, or 80.0%, to $1.65 billion in the fourth quarter compared to $918.1 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The dollar increase was primarily driven by $673.7 million of gross profit for Family Dollar as well as higher sales at Dollar Tree. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 30.8% compared to 37.1% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business, $15.9 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis, and $11.5 million of planned markdowns associated with rebannering Deals stores.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.0% of sales compared to 21.6% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Excluding $8.9 million of severance costs, as well as purchase accounting-related costs of $19.3 million for favorable lease rights amortization and $16.0 million in depreciation for useful life and fixed asset revaluation, selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Excluding acquisition-related costs of $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.3% of sales.

Net income compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter increased $22.4 million to $229.0 million, and diluted earnings per share decreased by 2.9% to $0.97. Adjusted net income increased from $239.0 million to $239.4 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased from $1.16 to $1.01. A reconciliation of reported net income before income taxes to adjusted earnings per share is contained in the attached tables. Management believes this non-GAAP measure is relevant and useful in understanding the performance of the core business.

During the quarter, the Company opened 128 stores, expanded or relocated 53 stores, closed 28 stores and divested of 325 Family Dollar stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened 58 former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores during the quarter. The Company also converted 52 Deals stores to Dollar Tree stores in January. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 108.4 million square feet.

Full Year Results

Consolidated net sales increased $6.90 billion, or 80.2%, to $15.50 billion from $8.60 billion in the prior year. Family Dollar sales represented $6.16 billion of the increase. Same-store sales, for the Dollar Tree segment, increased 2.5% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 4.4% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.1%.

Gross profit increased $1.62 billion, or 53.5%, to $4.66 billion from $3.03 billion in the prior year. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 520 basis points to 30.1%. The primary contributors to the decrease were $73.0 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $70.3 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis and the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.3% of sales compared to 23.2% of sales in the prior year. Purchase accounting-related costs of $87.1 million in the year included $45.1 million for favorable lease rights amortization and $42.0 million in depreciation for useful life and fixed asset revaluation. In addition, we incurred $39.2 million in acquisition-related costs and $13.4 million of severance costs. Acquisition-related costs for 2014 were $28.5 million. Excluding all of these costs, selling, general and administrative expenses improved 40 basis points to 22.4% of sales.

Net income decreased $316.8 million compared to the prior year, resulting in net income of $1.26 per diluted share. Adjusted net income decreased from $645.6 million to $518.2 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased from $3.12 to $2.32.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2016 to range from $5.05 billion to $5.12 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales and year-over-year selling square footage growth of 132%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.75 to $0.83.

For fiscal 2016, the Company estimates consolidated net sales to range from $20.76 billion to $21.11 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 4.0% square footage growth. Fiscal year 2016 diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $3.35 to $3.65.

Conference Call Information

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The telephone number for the call is 800-768-6563. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Tuesday, March 8, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 3402665. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 13,851 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of January 30, 2016. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding first quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 net sales and same-store sales, first quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger including synergies, future financial and operating results and shareholder value, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 24, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com
DLTR-E

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

News Provided by Acquire Media

Co-op Food invested £2.5 million in the opening of four new shops in February

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — February was a busy month for the Food Property team – we opened four new shops and exchanged contracts on just under 30 sites.

The four new shops – Cricklewood (north London), Ancaster (Lincolnshire), Longton (Staffordshire) and Moira (Derbyshire) – represent an investment of nearly £2.5 million and bring us four steps closer to reaching our target of around 100 new stores by the end of the year.

Spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent

Our store is built on the car park next to a pub in Longton. Children from a local primary school were the guests of honour at the store’s opening and we’ve seen a really positive response from both colleagues and the local community.

Dan Golding, Store Manager, commented:

“All of the jobs have been filled by local people, which is fantastic. It’s a great start to the year here in the Stoke-on-Trent area with a near £570,000 investment to launch a brand new store that will serve the local community.”

Keith Smith, Longton resident, commented:

“Having this here is a brilliant addition to the community. Elderly people in the area will now have somewhere they can do their shopping with ease. It’s a brilliant place for the Co-op to be. Building it on the car park will help to bring more business to both the pub and the shop.”

 

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© Neil O Conner/ UNP 0845 600 7737 Co-Op 33439 Heathcote Street, Longton  Stoke on Trent Manager Dan Golding and staff join Children from Sandford Hill Primary School for the ribbon cutting. Ribbon is cut by Callum Johnson age 11

© Neil O Conner/ UNP 0845 600 7737
Co-Op 33439 Heathcote Street, Longton Stoke on Trent
Manager Dan Golding and staff join Children from Sandford Hill Primary School for the ribbon cutting.
Ribbon is cut by Callum Johnson age 11

PetSmart announces the opening of its new store in Tempe, Ariz.

Public invited to attend Grand Opening celebration and ribbon-cutting March 5

PHOENIX, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Tempe, Ariz., located at 6426 S. McClintock Dr. To celebrate, PetSmart is having a grand opening event Sat., March 5, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Media and pet parents are encouraged to attend and to bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun!

The first 50 shoppers will receive a mystery gift card (potential value from $5 up to $50) and all shoppers will receive free giveaways such as t-shirts, pet treat samples, pet toys and discount coupons.* The store’s adoption partners, Saving One Life cat rescue, Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue and Lost Our Home Pet Rescue will be onsite with cats and dogs available for adoption.

What: PetSmart Grand Opening celebration

When: Sat. March 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

Where: PetSmart, 66426 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe, Ariz. (part of the Tempe Square shopping center).

In addition to the grand opening celebration, the store will also celebrate National Nutrition Month with pet food vendors offering demonstrations, education and more! PetSmart will also kick off a food drive March 5-13 benefiting homeless pets.

The new Tempe store features approximately 15,000 square feet of space, providing pet parents with a broad range of competitively priced pet food and a comprehensive line of pet products. The new store includes useful services such as pet training, adoption services, as well as a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from academy-trained, safety-certified stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best.**

*All grand opening giveaways available while supplies last.
**Services are subject to availability. See store for details.

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About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents—including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com and petMD.com–offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contact:
Melissa Wenzel
mwenzel@petsmart.com
or
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

National Nutrition Month: PetSmart hosts in-store events featuring new food innovations

National In-Store Event Features Food Demos, Pet Nutrition Trivia, Photo Op; New Innovations Available Now Include Lick-able Supplements, Foods to Fuel a Sharper Mind, Outback Dog, Paleo-inspired Diets

PHOENIX, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  This month, humans everywhere are celebrating National Nutrition Month, a campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of making informed food choices and developing better eating habits. PetSmart is celebrating this month, too, as a great time for pet parents to re-evaluate feeding solutions, check out new food innovations, and celebrate our best friends with in-store events held this Saturday at stores nationwide.

Who: Pet parents everywhere
What: Learn about new food solutions, nutrition education
Where: PetSmart stores nationwide
When: Sat., March 5, noon – 4 p.m.
Why: March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to re-evaluate our own eating habits and take a deeper look at our pet food solutions too
Fun Features: Pet food trivia, food demos and thought-bubble photo op. The first 50 photo op participants in each store will receive a free feeding placemat featuring a photo of their pet. PetSmart will also kick off a food drive March 5-13 benefiting homeless pets.

“March is National Nutrition Month and a great time for all of us to look at our own nutritional habits and those of our best friends,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “There are so many pet food options available today from limited ingredient diets, high-protein, raw – even breed-specific solutions, foods that sharpen our dog’s mind, portable meal bars for the on-the-go dog and even those adhering to Paleo diets. Our stores carry one of the most comprehensive collections of pet food and nutritional supplements, and we want to celebrate National Nutrition Month by helping pet parents take a look at their pet’s unique needs and the range of feeding options out there.”

Enhance Pets’ Health and Wellness with Supplements

Supplements can enhance the diets of people, as well as pets. Dietary supplements and vitamins can also aid with specific problems a human or pet might encounter.

LICKS Pill Free Solutions® is a new line of supplements that are easy for pets to consume because of their innovative delivery formats – flavorful liquid gels and Pet Gummi Vits™ that dogs and cats love! These unique delivery systems allow pets to absorb up to 98% of the active ingredients. The LICKS line features solutions for a myriad of pet health problems and is available in seven dog formulas – Athlete, Digestion, ElderDog, Joint + Heart, Multi-Vitamin, Skin and Allergy + Shiny Coat, and Zen. LICKS’ Pet Gummi Vits™ are available exclusively at PetSmart. LICKS cat formulas will be available this summer.

Innovative Food Choices to Benefit All Kinds Adult Dog to Athletic Pup

Another recent dog food innovation is Purina® ProPlan® BRIGHT MIND™Adult and Adult 7+ formulas, created specifically to support cognitive health. The Adult formula is made with a blend of brain-supporting nutrients such as Arginine, an essential amino acid; antioxidants such as Vitamin E and C; and DHA and EPA from fish oils. This food solution was designed to nourish the minds of dogs to support their cognitive health throughout adulthood. BRIGHT MIND™ Adult 7+ formulas contain enhanced botanical oils shown to provide an efficient fuel source for the brain in dogs age 7 and older, helping to nourish their minds to help them think more like they did when they were younger. Formulas feature fan-favorite chicken and rice combinations.

For the athletic dog, PetSmart has new innovative products providing nutrition perfect for highly active dogs. For on-the-go lifestyles where dog and pet parent take to hiking or all-day activities, the TurboPUP complete meal bars for dogs are an easy portable feeding solution. TurboPUP founder Kristina Guerrero was inspired to create these lightweight and compact bars while back-country skiing with her dog, Duncan. These all-natural, high-protein and grain-free bars help sustain a dog’s energy level and are offered in two beloved canine flavors: peanut butter and bacon.

Nulo MedalSeries for dogs is a line exclusive to PetSmart for the pet parent wanting to serve up high-protein, low carb meals for pups who share their pet parents’ active lifestyle. The Chicken and Pea recipe has the rich protein and low carbohydrate ingredients needed for stable energy with over 82% of the protein coming from animal-based sources. Nulo delivers rich protein and low carbohydrate ingredients along with high-quality amino acids with advanced probiotics and healthy antioxidants that every pet needs. This wholesome formula is made without grain, potatoes, tapioca, corn, wheat or soy. Additional recipes include salmon and sweet potato, turkey and peas and lamb and lentils combinations.

According to proponents of a Paleo-inspired diet for dogs, the digestion of dogs and cats today is on par with their wild counterparts, where meat-eating is the foundation for good nutrition and health with the optimal food composition following the “prey model” of 50% protein, 40% fat and 10% carbohydrates.

Only Natural Pet is a paleo-inspired pet food solution made of honest ingredients including meats blended with whole fresh fruits and vegetables. The products feature heavy protein recipes that are dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried resulting in the nutrition benefit of raw food for pets without the hassle of thawing and the health risks of bacteria. The Only Natural Pet food is created in small-batch production processes and human-quality ingredients such as cage-free chicken, fresh turkey, free-range lamb and beef, as well as low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and real fruits and vegetables like apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage and more. The full assortment of Only Natural Pet products is available exclusively at approximately 135 PetSmart stores and petsmart.com.

These pet food products are among a wide, comprehensive assortment available now at PetSmart.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, and operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
 

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

PetSmart announces the opening of its new store in Van Nuys, CA

Public invited to attend Grand Opening celebration and ribbon-cutting March 5

PHOENIX, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Van Nuys, Calif., located at 7888 Van Nuys Blvd., in the L.A. metro area. To celebrate, PetSmart is having a grand opening event Sat., March 5, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Media and pet parents are encouraged to attend and to bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun!

The first 50 shoppers will receive a mystery gift card (potential value from $5 up to $50) and all shoppers will receive free giveaways such as t-shirts, pet treat samples, pet toys and discount coupons.* The store’s adoption partners, Heaven on Earth and New Leash on Life, will be onsite with cats and dogs available for adoption.

In addition to the grand opening celebration, the store will also celebrate National Nutrition Month with a pet nutrition event 12 noon – 4 p.m. featuring pet nutrition trivia, demonstrations, education, and more!

What: PetSmart Grand Opening celebration

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

Where: PetSmart, 7888 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91402 (part of The Plant shopping center).

The Van Nuys store features nearly 12,000 square feet of space, providing pet parents with a broad range of competitively priced pet food and a comprehensive line of pet products. The new store includes useful services such as pet training, adoption services, as well as a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from academy-trained, safety-certified stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best.**

*All grand opening giveaways available while supplies last.
**Services are subject to availability. See store for details.

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About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding,PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents—includingPetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com andpetMD.com–offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts:
Melissa Wenzel
623-587-2470
mwenzel@petsmart.com
or
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177