BBVA upgrades its ATM network with Wincor Nixdorf’s CINEO cash recycling systems

More than 800 new systems to be installed during 2016

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — BBVA is upgrading its ATM network with Wincor Nixdorf’s CINEO cash recycling systems to enable banknotes deposited by customers to be reused for cash withdrawals. The bank is a pioneer in Spain with this solution, which helps provide customers with a better service via their preferred channel. Furthermore, BBVA has developed the user experience to enable customers to use ATMs more easily, quickly and conveniently.

BBVA’s new recycling ATMs are a real revolution in the sector. Until now, ATMs had two different slots for cash deposits and cash withdrawals although cash from the deposits slot could not be used for cash withdrawals. This restriction has been resolved and ATMs can now supply themselves, which will significantly reduce the time spent waiting for cash refills. To implement this project, BBVA worked with Wincor Nixdorf, which will roll out CINEO 4080 recycling machines at various different branches of the bank during 2016.

At the same time, software improvements have been made to all BBVA ATMs. This has all been achieved using agile methodology and focus groups to develop the functions customers consider the most relevant.

The new ATMs offer a wide range of functions that make them unique in the Spanish market. For example, when customers insert their card, they can see and access almost all of the products they have signed up for, not just the ones linked to that card. It should also be noted that banking services can be accessed in other ways apart from BBVA ATMs, in particular via mobile phone and the Internet.

ATMs, a window to the bank
Current accounts are displayed using the alias selected by the user, which means that the information is provided clearly, thus dispensing with the need to memorize IBAN numbers. As such, cards are just one tool for accessing the bank, but not the only one. BBVA also offers customers the option of identifying themselves using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Users can instantly access their products by simply touching a contactless card, and this will soon also be possible using mobile phones with this technology.

According to Manuel Crespo, Head of Digital Banking and Channel Technology at BBVA Spain: “Thanks to the changes made in BBVA ATMs, we are moving forward with our omnichannel strategy, making them another window to the bank, which our customers can use to work with their products, when, where and how they want.”

Javier López Bartolomé, President of the America & Iberia Region at Wincor Nixdorf, stated: “We are delighted to be working with BBVA to set up this new technology system, which puts the bank at the cutting edge of innovation.”

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

Philippines: The Henry Sy Foundation renovates school auditorium of Sacred Heart School- Hijas de Jesus (SHS-HDJ) in Cebu

Cebu, Philippines, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Henry Sy Foundation has turned over a newly refurbished 810-square meter school auditorium to the Sacred Heart School- Hijas de Jesus (SHS-HDJ) in Cebu.

The SHS-HDJ was established in 1956. Among its sister schools are Manresa School in B.F Homes, Parañaque City and Nazareth School of National University in Sampaloc, Metro Manila.

The Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium-with a seating capacity of 850-includes new seats, airconditioning, lighting fixtures, and a generator set.

“With great pleasure and on behalf of the Henry Sy Foundation, we turn over to the Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus the newly renovated Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium. May it enhance the efforts of the school in continuing to provide a well-rounded and quality education to its young students,” said Ms. Elizabeth T. Sy, a Trustee of the Henry Sy Foundation and an alumna of SHS-HDJ. Ms. Sy is  the President of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp.

The Henry Sy Foundation signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Deed of Donation with the SHS-HDJ in July 2015.

SM founder Henry Sy has invested in several schools, among which are National University, Far Eastern University where Sy went to college, and the Asia Pacific College. Through SM Foundation, the social development arm of SM, Sy has built 75 school buildings with 227 classrooms nationwide since 2002. SM has also donated Henry Sy Sr. Halls, which are multi-storey school buildings, to the De La Salle University and to the University of the Philippines.

Staying true to its founder’s belief that education empowers an individual, SM Foundation has invested most of its resources in its Scholarship Program both for university education and technical-vocation education as well as in training farmers in modern techniques.

SM Foundation currently supports 1,500 college scholars in 84 partner schools nationwide and 192 students in technical vocation courses. As of end-2015, SM Foundation has trained 2,670 farmers from 337 barangays in 72 municipalities.

SOURCE:  SM Investments Corporation

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Leading the ribbon cutting of the Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium is Ms. Elizabeth T. Sy, a Trustee of the Henry Sy Foundation and an alumna of the Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus in Cebu. Ms. Sy is the President of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. Also in the photo is Sr. Joji Silorio, Principal and Directress of the school.

Leading the ribbon cutting of the Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium is Ms. Elizabeth T. Sy, a Trustee of the Henry Sy Foundation and an alumna of the Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus in Cebu. Ms. Sy is the President of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. Also in the photo is Sr. Joji Silorio, Principal and Directress of the school.

A.S. Watson Group eLab announces the appointment of Mtel as its Asia mobile solution partner for the next three years

HONG KONG, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a strategic move to accelerate the enhancement of mobile engagement with customers, A.S. Watson Group (ASW) eLab has announced today the appointment of Mtel as its Asia mobile solution partner for the next three years. In 2016 alone, MTel will deliver 9 mobile apps for ASW eLab in Asia. Operating in 25 markets worldwide, A.S. Watson Group is the largest international health & beauty retailer in Asia & Europe. This appointment would make Mtel, a leading digital solution agency based in Hong Kong, a strategic partner of ASW’s customer-centric retailing approach.

Since 2014, ASW invested US60 million in the establishment and development of its technology platform to drive Customer Relationship Management and digital experience for its retail shoppers. The Group now has over 105 million loyalty members, 7 eStores in Asia and 8 eStores in Europe.

The new addition of Mtel as its extended mobile arm will help to accelerate the implementation of ASW’s digital strategy.

This appointment focuses Asia, covering retail brands including Watsons, PARKnSHOP, FORTRESS and Watson’s Wine.

Malina Ngai, JP, Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group is excited about this partnership, “Our global web traffic has increased by 98% last year to over 568 million, and 40% of the traffic is from mobile. It is of utmost importance that we accelerate to enhance the mobile experience for our shoppers. In Asia, the Watsons brand in particular is the most trusted health and beauty retailer brand, and our core customer groups across the region are increasingly mobile savvy. I believe that Mtel expertise can support us to stay relevant to our customers and further strengthen our relationship with them. The 9 mobile apps that we are building this year will all have mCommerce function and also allow customer to carry mobile loyalty card.”

Willy Wong, CEO of Mtel is thrilled with being appointed as the eLab Partner, “While many companies look at mobile app development as a project, it is evolving into a strategic tool for consumer brands to engage its customers. I am pleased to create a long-term partnership with a successful international retailer like A.S. Watson who sees mobile as more than a one-off project. Our initial scope is in Asia and I am confident that we will help A.S. Watson to make a difference in the role mobile plays in their business.”

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About A.S. Watson Group
Established in Hong Kong in 1841, A.S. Watson Group is the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe with 12,400 stores in 25 markets. Each year, over 3 billion customers and members shop with our 13 retail brands, both in stores and online. In Hong Kong, we operate over 650 stores under four retail brands – Watsons, PARKnSHOP, FORTRESS, and Watson’s Wine. In addition, we manufacture and distribute high quality drinking water brand Watsons Water, as well as famous juice drinks Mr. Juicy and Sunkist. For the fiscal year 2014, A.S. Watson Group increased its revenue by 6% to HK$157.4 billion. We have over 120,000 employees worldwide, including 12,800 in Hong Kong.

A.S. Watson Group is also a member of the world-renowned multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, which has major interests in ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, energy and telecommunications in over 50 countries.
Please visit www.aswatson.com for more in-depth information about A.S. Watson Group and its brands.

You may also stay in touch with us via our digital presence (eCommerce, social media, mobile app & more); more details are at http://www.aswatson.com/en/our-customers/digitalasw/.

About ASW eLab
eLab is an in-house digital division of A.S. Watson, a dedicated digital team to offer a global support to the Group’s eCommerce business. Working alongside with business units, eLab helps build their eCommerce offers and to engage customers online, advising on strategies and consulting, web and mobile development, design and platform development. There are currently 80 people working in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Milan to support the eCommerce initiatives across Asia and Europe.

About Mtel
Established in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, Mtel has developed into one of the leading digital solution providers with offices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Taipei. With a team of over hundred professionals, Mtel provides digital solutions to renowned international and local clients from a wide spectrum of industries including retail, finance, insurance, telecommunications, public utilities and advertising. Mtel supports these clients with development of mobile, web and social applications, digital installations and cloud platform. http://www.mtelnet.com/about.html

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

Stella McCartney launches new fragrance—POP

POP. Bold. Authentic. Irreverent.

INTRODUCING POP

LONDON, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — A celebration of individuality, authenticity and adventure, Summer 2016 sees the launch of a new Stella McCartney fragrance, POP. In the moment, bold, and irreverent, POP is the scent of a new generation, who are coming into their own, true to themselves and are about to POP.

THE INSPIRATION

It’s Stella’s philosophy that fragrance and cosmetics should enhance each woman’s unique, inner beauty, not distract or overpower it. POP celebrates a grounded approach to beauty and luxury that pushes the boundaries. This trailblazing attitude is rooted in authenticity and individuality; it’s a liberation from a one-size-fits-all mould.

THE SCENT

POP is bright, modern and irreverent. A unique scent, it combines the vibrant floralcy of tuberose with sandalwood, echoing the multi-faceted character of the new generation of Stella McCartney icons.

POP reinterprets tuberose, chosen for its iconic bold scent, by emphasizing its brighter, crisper, solar floralcy. This newfound vibrancy is balanced with sandalwood; the unexpected combination of the floral and woody notes resulting in an undeniably feminine scent that makes a statement without being overwhelming.

In the house’s continued efforts to find sustainable alternatives to traditional processes, bio-mimicry technology was used in the POP fragrance creation. In comparison to the oil created from processed flowers, the bio-mimicry oil obtained from focusing on the blooming stage of the flower offers a more luminous scent quality, giving POP an unmistakable vibrancy and brightness. Tuberose buds, despite their strong fragrant properties, have a very low oil yield – it takes 3,600 flowers for each gram of absolute oil. Sandalwood, which takes 25 years to reach harvest, has been such in high demand for its oil that it’s now an endangered species. Biomimicry technology prevents the use of resource-intensive processes to extract oil from tuberose flowers, and saves one sandalwood tree for every 2,500 bottlesof fragrance produced.

THE BOTTLE

Inspired by the fragrance’s bold yet balanced attitude, the bottle and cap are combined together into one unexpected arrangement of minimalist shapes.

The fragrance bottle is an inverted version of the faceted STELLA bottle, a subtle nod to POP’s subversion of tradition. The cap, directly inspired by the signature Stella McCartney medallion, strikes a bold note in explosive metallic pink. An innovative integrated spray button on the top of the cap is functional whilst adding a wink of playfulness.

Innovative technology was also used to minimize the environmental impact of the packaging. The companion shower gel and body lotion come with 100% recycled plastic tubes, and The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies all of the collection’s boxes, a guarantee they have originated from sustainably managed forests.

THE CAMPAIGN

POP is about a mindset rather than an individual woman. This is echoed in the campaign and video, which capture the free spirited attitude of the young women who wear it. A celebration of friendship and doing things your own way, the campaign stars four creative talents: musician Grimes (a.k.a Claire Boucher), actress and campaigner Amandla Stenberg, animal activist Kenya Kinski Jones and performing arts student Lourdes “Lola” Leon. Strong on their own, but even stronger together, the girls represent today’s new generation of determined women, and embody a modern liberated approach to beauty.

Both campaign and video were shot in the California desert and follow the four POP muses on a road trip as they embrace their freedom, throw caution to the wind and set off on an adventure. This journey isn’t just literal – these girls are on the verge of big things, about to take on the world and become the women they want to be; these girls are about to POP. They are each in the driving seats of their own lives. Strong-willed, free-spirited, and independent-minded, they’re strengthened by their togetherness.

“Stella spoke a lot about doing something opposite of what fragrance ads have been in the past. That interested me because I love breaking the status quo,” explains the Grammy Award-winning director of the campaign video, Melina Matsoukas. An energetic storyteller who’s helmed videos for Beyoncé and Rihanna, Matsoukas heads up an all-woman team. The result is a film that captures the energy of the POP generation, echoes the authentic, relaxed approach to beauty championed by Stella and disregards the tried-and-tested formula of traditional fragrance films.

Stella McCartney comments “POP is a spirit. It is about capturing and celebrating that very special and exciting time when you are finding yourself and coming into your own. It is about freedom, and starting your life away from judgements or labels. Together as one, these strong young women are a force to be reckoned with.”

Legendary photographer Glen Luchford, renowned for his dramatic photography captured the attitude of four talents coming together. A previous collaborator of the brand, Luchford also worked with and photographed Stella McCartney’s mother, Linda Eastman.

 

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Stella McCartney launches new fragrance--POP

Stella McCartney launches new fragrance–POP

Accenture extends its application management services contract with Coop

Coop renews its Application Management Services Contract with Accenture

STOCKHOLM, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has extended its application management services contract with Coop, the Swedish Cooperative Union KF’s grocery retail business unit, for another five-year period. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The contract is designed to help Coop further enhance operational efficiency and reduce technology costs while enabling them to meet existing and future dynamic business needs.

Accenture will continue to manage applications in all of Coop’s key business and operational areas, including supply chain, merchandising, finance, data warehouse and human resources.

“Accenture’s retail experience, combined with extensive knowledge of application and digital capabilities, make them the natural choice to continue to enhance our portfolio of applications,” said Stefan Hasselgren, CIO of Coop. “The agreement will further strengthen our ability to respond to the ever changing consumer demands in a digital and highly competitive environment.”

Anders Östlund, managing director in Accenture’s Retail practice, said, “Coop operates in an extremely competitive sector and recognizes the importance of having agile and responsive IT services. The work that Accenture is delivering for Coop enables it to focus on its core business activities and strengthen its market position as well as achieve cost savings, while benefiting from enhanced and future-ready application management services that can respond rapidly.”

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About Coop
Coop is a leading and cooperative owned grocery retailer in Sweden with 665 stores, 12000 employees and has 3.4 million members. Coop is leading the industry in the sustainability agenda. Together with the retail consumer societies, Coop accounts for 21% of the grocery retail market in Sweden. Its home page is www.coop.se

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Contacts:

Anna Markelius
Accenture
+ 46 8451 3452
anna.markelius@accenture.com

Baskin-Robbins announces its third consecutive year of positive net new unit growth in the U.S.

LARGEST ICE CREAM SPECIALTY SHOP CONTINUES STRATEGIC U.S. MILITARY VETERAN RECRUITMENT IN 2016

CANTON, MA, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced its third consecutive year of positive net new unit growth in the U.S. In 2015, 19 net new U.S. shops opened across the country, in states including California, Kentucky and Louisiana. This represents nearly double the number of net new restaurant openings the brand had originally projected for 2015.

Baskin-Robbins also signed store development agreements in 2015 with new and existing franchisees to open new future locations in several areas, including Dalton, Ga.; Escondido and Los Angeles, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lima, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas, among others. In 2016, the company plans to focus on recruiting franchisees in areas with warmer climates and high levels of tourism, such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego.

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins continues to add more military veterans to its U.S. franchisee base by offering one of the best financial incentives in the industry. The extraordinary incentive program* offers a free initial franchise fee, a $25,000 value, for a veteran’s first shop and heavily discounted royalty rates for the first five years that the store is open. Since 2013 when the program was introduced, the brand has awarded the incentive to five new franchisees across the U.S. The incentive program will continue to be offered in 2016, so qualified veterans are encouraged to apply to be considered.

For interested candidates who are not military veterans, the brand also offers compelling financial incentives* nationwide that includes 50 percent off the initial franchise fee and reduced royalty rates for five years.

“We are very happy with Baskin-Robbins’ positive net new unit growth in the U.S. in 2015, and continue to believe the brand is well-positioned for growth in the coming years. As a brand that has been dedicated to making ‘fun’ the center of our guests’ experience for over 70 years, it’s exciting to know we’re working with like-minded franchisees who are ice cream enthusiasts and align with the overall Baskin-Robbins mission,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our growth strategy in 2016 will include targeted outreach to military veterans as Baskin-Robbins continues to develop relationships with those who are committed to the growth and expansion of the brand.”

In 2013, Baskin-Robbins launched a new store design to fuel growth and expansion across the U.S. Since then, nearly 300 new and remodeled franchise locations have debuted throughout the country, and in 2015, 196 shops were remodeled with the new restaurant design that showcases the brand’s heritage and incorporates modern visual elements.

Baskin-Robbins combines delicious treats with a simple operating model. Franchisees enjoy convenient hours of operation, minimal equipment and little product waste. They also benefit from world-class training programs and comprehensive operating systems designed to help build business. For additional information and to apply, visit theBaskin-Robbins franchising website or contact the Baskin-Robbins Franchising Team atfranchiseinfo@baskinrobbins.com or 781-737-5530.

*See the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document for full details.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2015, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visitwww.BaskinRobbins.com.

 

Bon-Ton launches spring fashion trends

Discover What’s New, What’s Now and What’s Trending in Fashion

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spring into style and discover what’s new and now in fashion this season at any of the Bon-Tondepartment stores seven nameplates across the U.S. and online including, Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores. Fresh, new spring fashions have arrived unveiling a season full of inspiring assortments in ladies apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.

“This season we are excited to offer our customer a compelling assortment of merchandise to fit with her lifestyle,” said Hiede Gaspard, senior vice president, general merchandise manager, women’s apparel. “Our customers will be inspired with Bon-Ton’s spring collection, offering trend right looks and unique styles for her wardrobe.”

The spring season kicks off on March 12 with New & Now exclusive fashion shows in 10 cities across the country bringing the spring trends to life on the runway. Registration grants shoppers access to head to toe looks created by expert stylists, plus exclusive coupons, a chance to win prizes and a complimentary beauty makeover. Reservations can be made at www.newandnow.com.

“The must-have trends of the season include five fashionable looks:   70’s revival, white hot,  feminine florals, shades of blue, and bold and graphic prints, patterns and stripes,” said Gaspard. “Our customers will also be able to experience these trends in person at our New & Now runway fashion shows in March and April.”

  • So Blue— nothing goes with denim like more denim. Colors options from sky to navy. Layer Lucky Brand silver and turquoise jewelry with achambray shirt dress by Hippie Laundry or Skylar & Jade palazzo pants and MICHAEL Michael Kors denim cork wedge sandals. Pair a denim high-low tunic by Chelsea & Theodore with lace-up cobalt blue Jessica Simpson dress heels and a Coach hobo handbag in seaglass blue for a sassy look.
  • Pick Flowers— this season is full of bright floral bouquets, bold watercolors and subtle blooms. Choose a Tommy Hilfiger floral ombre sheath dress — perfect for the office or a night out. For a special occasion, an elegant Adrianna Papell gown is sure to impress. You can’t go wrong with exclusive Laura Ashley printed poncho or a bold and colorful Bobeau midi skirt.  Head to the beach in a stunning Calvin Klein swimsuit and Dooney and Burke floral tote. Add a pop of color to any outfit with GUESS pumps or an Anne Klein flower collar necklace and stud earrings.
  • Bold & Graphic— make a statement this spring with sweeping strokes, unexpected patterns and saturated colors. Find your true colors with NYDJ jeans available in all of the popular shades of the season–the choice is yours. A Nine West striped skirt and jacket or Lauren Ralph Lauren satchel is a fresh and unexpected alternative to solids. Be confident and unafraid to be noticed in a vibrant Karen Kane shift dress,Lauren Ralph Lauren caged dress sandals and gemstones in graphic shapes and bold colors from Effy.
  • White Hot— stay crisp and cool this spring in bright white. There is no color code for this trend which is wearable for daytime, evening and weekend. A white Calvin Klein faux leather moto jacket and lace pencil skirt is delicately feminine with a street-smart edge or choose a more casual look with a tiered maxi dress by MICHAEL Michael Kors. Pair a Sequin Hearts crochet lace top with white skinny jeans by Celebrity pink. Finalize with heels by Coach and a large leather tote handbag by MICHAEL Michael Kors.
  • 70’s Revival— a nod to the past with a focus on today. Shop modern looks with retro flair such as a faux-suede dress by Vince Camuto or an exclusive swing tank in vintage pastel by Skylar & Jade. From clogs to platforms to embellished sandals, these modern throwbacks are available in styles from Madden Girl, Vince Camuto, Lucky and Guess. Finish your look with exclusive boho-inspired jewelry by Erica Lyons or Relativity and a Fossil mini fringe crossbody handbag.

These fresh, new style trends and more will be available in-store, in the spring fashion mailer or online at www.bonton.com. Guests can view the new and now runway shows online and purchase outfits featured in the show starting March 17.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:BONT), with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s,Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

CONTACTS:

Christine Hojnacki, Vice President of Public Relations
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Nicole Koremenos, Senior PR Coordinator
414.347.1152 ext. 3278
Nicole.koremenos@bonton.com

 

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

News Provided by Acquire Media

 

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Bon-Ton launches spring fashion trends

Bon-Ton launches spring fashion trends

The Children’s Place to release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 financial results on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE) today announced that in conjunction with the release of its fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 financial results, you are invited to listen to the Company’s conference call on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

To access the webcast, visit http://investor.childrensplace.com. An archive of the webcast can be accessed two hours after the live call has concluded.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of October 31, 2015, the Company operated 1,085 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 90 international stores open and operated by its franchise partners in 12 countries.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances, including statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by the weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

Contact: Robert Vill, Group Vice President, Finance, (201) 453-6693

Children’s Place, Inc.

Nestle USA Inc. recallS approximately 267,024 pounds of chicken pizza products due to possible contamination of extraneous materials

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nestle USA Inc. is recalling approximately 267,024 pounds of chicken pizza products, produced at its Little Chute, Wisconsin establishment, and chicken lasagna products, produced at its Springville, Utah establishment that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The chicken lasagna items were produced on Dec. 21, 2015 and the chicken pizza items were produced on Jan. 17, 2016 and Jan. 18, 2015.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 19.03-oz. boxes containing “DIGIORNO pizzeria! Tuscan-style chicken pizza” with case codes 601752592 and 601852591 and Best By: Aug., 2016.
  • 96-oz. boxes containing “Stouffer’s chicken lasagna” with a case code 5355595915 and Best By: Jan., 2018.

The chicken pizza products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-5754” and the chicken lasagna products subject to recall bear establishment number “P9018” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received multiple consumer complaints regarding small pieces of glass in foods that fall under the jurisdiction of FSIS or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More specifically, one consumer complaint was received regarding FSIS inspected product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products subject to recall. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness associated with the products subject to recall should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled products are urged not to consume them but instead contact Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms have notified their customers of the recall and that steps have been taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Roz O’Hearn, Communication and Brand Affairs, at (440) 264-5170.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

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Lunds & Byerlys’ introduces new eCommerce and digital customer engagement program

Partnership with Unata moves forward as a new customer experience is rolled out

EDINA, MINNESOTA, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lunds & Byerlys, a Minnesota-based, family-owned grocer, and Unata, the award-winning leader in 1-to-1 Omni-commerce solutions, are jointly announcing the launch of Lunds & Byerlys’ new eCommerce and digital customer engagement program. The first four stores are now live at their Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen, Ridgedale, Chanhassen and Maple Grove locations, with the subsequent stores to be rolled out over the next month.

The launch of a new eCommerce platform is part of Lunds & Byerlys’ commitment to provide every one of their customers with a unique and sensational online shopping experience that consistently exceeds expectations.

The new eCommerce program boasts 1-to-1 personalization across the entire shopping experience, from homepage to catalogue to search to product recommendations. Each step of the shopping journey will display the most relevant items for each shopper based on their individual purchase history and ongoing transactions.

The new digital customer experience also includes industry-leading features:

  • Ways to Shop: Customers can organize and browse the entire product catalogue by any combination of filters, including previously purchased, on sale, organic, gluten free, local and more. Customers can also sort through products based on popularity, personal relevance, date of last purchase, pricing and more.
  • Order Management and Content Targeting: Unata’s platform includes order management, content targeting and customer service tools through an easy-to-use management and analytics dashboard. Lunds & Byerlys staff can use up-to-the-minute analytics to target & manage promoted content to customers, as well as manage online orders in real time.

“We have been incredibly pleased with the process and partnership with Unata,” said Kevin Baartman, V.P. Information Services at Lund Food Holdings, Inc. “We strive to provide a unique shopping experience for every single Lunds & Byerlys customer, and we are confident the new, comprehensive eCommerce platform will help us provide that experience. We’re looking forward to getting the remainder of the stores live soon.”

“We’ve had an amazing experience working with Lunds & Byerlys through their pilot phase and are looking forward to our continued partnership through the multi-phase journey” said Marc Faucher, COO and CFO. “We know the new experience will help them deliver on their promise of an exceptional customer experience and we look forward to seeing the results this will provide for them.”

To view Lunds & Byerlys current pilot implementation, simply head to shop.lundsandbyerlys.com and select Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen, Ridgedale, Chanhassen or Maple Grove as the pick-up store.

SOURCE: LUND FOOD HOLDINGS, INC.

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Budget 2016: Indian Retail Sector Feels Let Down by FM

CHENNAI, India, 2016-Mar-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Union Budget for the 2016 fiscal though focused more on farm sector and gave a balanced outlook to other industries, stakeholders of the Indian retail sector believe that the Budget did not offer any direct proposal to boost the sentiment of the business community but the sops offered to other sectors will have their implications on the retail sector’s long-term growth.

India’s retail sector, which is the third largest employment generator after agriculture and construction industry, adds considerable momentum to the country’s GDP year-on-year. According to industry sources, though there are no big-ticket announcements in the budget to add fuel to the retail sector’s growth, certain indirect measures proposed by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will improve the buying sentiments among the middle-class, and add up to the growth of retail and allied sectors.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com, an exclusive online market place for Point Of Sale (POS) technology products, says, “The announcements on GST, change in custom/excise duty structure and separate fund allocation for skill and rural markets development will improve the consumption in the long run. The GST, once implemented, will help eCommerce firms rationalize their supply chains by meeting taxation issues. For eCommerce, measures proposed to meet infrastructural challenges will improve the reach and connectivity. However, the budget lacked big announcements to face-up the retail sector. More so, being the backbone of the retail sector, it was natural to expect relaxation on import duty on POS technology products and proposals to encourage cashless transactions in the budget.”

The government, as an indirect measure, has proposed to allocate Rs 97,000 crore for road sector which will ultimately improve the transportation and logistics commitments of the retail, e-commerce and warehousing sectors. There is also a proposal to introduce Rs 1000 cr fund to incubate technology-start ups which will boost digital/ecommerce sector, feel experts.

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Baskaramoorthy D, Vice-President – Sales, Posiflex Technology (India).

Baskaramoorthy D, Vice-President – Sales, Posiflex Technology (India), which offers POS and other technology products to retail sector, feels that the budget offered nothing to encourage common man. “Prima facie the budget does not encourage the common man to indulge in expenditure, which is not going to be good for the retail sector. One needs to wait and watch how the ‘Make-in-India Program’ gets implemented with clear government policy & its impact on economy,” he says. 

Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head of JLL India, a leading research firm, feels that the proposal to revamp model shops & establishment Act will help the retail sector immensely.

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Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head of JLL India.

“The unorganised retail businesses will receive a fillip as even small shops will get the support to open 24X7 just like malls and super markets. This not only will improve business and facilitate shoppers to get their things on all days, but also lead to more employment opportunities. However, we will have to wait and watch the reactions from the labour market,” Puri feels.

However, the silver lining is that no direct taxes to tax the retail sector as of now till we get to know the implications of GST next year, which will bring in uniform tax regime all through India, feels Bhaskar.

About JusTransact.com

Justransact.com is an e-commerce venture of Millennium Retech Ventures India Pvt. Ltd promoted by Millennium Group. JusTrasact.com was launched with a sole motive of providing reliable, affordable and scalable POS solutions to the fast growing retail sector in India. POS technology facilitates small, medium and large businesses automate their activities, enhance customer experience and also make them competitive with established players. The portal has made world-class cutting-edge POS Hardware, Software and Knowledge accessible to retailers. Headquartered in Chennai and having branches in major cities in India, Justransact.com offers one-stop solution for all kinds of POS needs to both retail and non-retail business applications. The portal currently sells 1000+ POS products of 15+ categories from 40+ world’s leading brands.

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