John Lewis to open new Tech Hub in Birmingham

The retailer is set to invest in Tech Hub outside London, creating highly-skilled digital jobs 

LONDON, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today announced it is setting up a new IT and digital operation in Birmingham, the first of its kind for the retailer.

The new Tech Hub, set to open this September in the city, will initially create four engineering roles. In addition, John Lewis will be working with a number of the local universities to establish part-time internship roles for young technologists, with recruitment to begin later this year.

The new Partners (staff) will focus on developing innovative new technologies and agile ways of working with the existing 500-strong John Lewis IT team. The Hub will be an integral part of John Lewis IT Delivery.

Paul Coby, IT Director, John Lewis, said: ‘Our new Hub in Birmingham is about putting innovation and agility at the core of our business. We chose Birmingham because of the opportunities it offers as a growing tech city with a wealth of skilled technology professionals and world class technical universities.’

One of the factors that led to choosing Birmingham was the opening of John Lewis’s 250,000 sq ft regional flagship shop, the anchor tenant of the Grand Central retail development, last September. As one of the largest John Lewis shops outside London, it is the business’ most innovative department store to date and Birmingham Partners will the first to trial new ways of working developed by the Tech Hub. In addition, regionally, John Lewis has a long established store in Solihull, an ‘at home’ shop in Tamworth and distribution centres at Magna Park.  All of these locations can be used to pilot innovations developed in the new Birmingham Tech H.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Laura Askew
Communications Manager, Online & Flagships
Telephone: 020 7798 3396
Mobile:  07711 561971
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.uk

Couche-Tard received approval from the European Commission to acquire Shell’s downstream retail business in Denmark

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A / ATD.B) announces that it has received approval today from the European Commission for its deal to acquire A/S Dansk Shell’s downstream retail business in Denmark, subject to divestment commitments. Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur in May 2016. It will be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities.

In March 2015, Couche-Tard announced an agreement with A/S Dansk Shell to acquire its Retail, Commercial Fuels and Aviation businesses in Denmark. Shell’s Danish Retail business comprises 315 sites, of which 225 are full-service stations, 75 are unmanned automated fuel stations and 15 are truck stops. Of the 315 sites, 140 are owned by Shell, 115 are leased from third parties and 60 are dealer-owned.

Since then, Couche-Tard has worked closely with the European Commission with the aim of obtaining approval for the transaction as compatible with Europe’s internal market and with the European Economic Area Agreement. Couche-Tard today announces that it has received approval to retain 131 sites, of which 90 are owned and 41 are leased from third parties. Of these 131 sites, 74 are full-service stations, 49 are unmanned automated fuel stations and 8 are truck stops.

Subsequent to this transaction, Couche-Tard’s network in Denmark would include a total of 286 company operated-stores, 153 company-owned and dealer operated and 44 dealer owned and dealer operated. Included therein are 211 unmanned automated sites.

Couche-Tard has proposed to divest a mix of both its current sites and Shell-branded stations, including the Shell/7-Eleven network and Shell’s dealer-owned network. In addition, Couche-Tard has proposed to divesting A/S Dansk Shell’s commercial and aviation fuels businesses.

Couche-Tard, through its wholly-owned indirect Danish subsidiary Statoil Fuel & Retail A/S, has signed an agreement for the sale of the divested assets with DCC Holding A/S, a subsidiary of DCC plc. Pending the customary regulatory approvals, this transaction is expected to close during the second half of fiscal 2017. Until approval and completion of this transaction, Couche-Tard and the divested businesses will continue to operate separately.

Today is a great day for Couche-Tard in Denmark,” says Jacob Schram, Couche-Tard’s Group President Europe. “The acquisition from Dansk Shell puts us in a strong position in the Danish market – a core market for Couche-Tard in Europe.”

Hans-Olav Høidahl, SVP Scandinavia, Statoil Fuel & Retail says, “Shell operates an attractive network in Denmark. Combining our operations will give us the opportunity to create a winning unmanned offering and develop an unrivalled full-service and convenience offering in Denmark.” Høidahl continues, “The divestment package allows us to concentrate on operations that are in line with our business model, extending our reach to additional, desirable areas of the market while reducing site overlap.”

Plesner, Euclid Law and Oxera have acted as economic advisors to Couche-Tard for this transaction.

Profile
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries with a significant presence in Poland.

As of January 31, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,979 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,560 stores offering road transportation fuel. Its North-American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and four in Canada covering all ten provinces. About 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), Poland, the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia. As of January 31, 2016, it comprised 2,218 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel stations. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel and chemicals. Couche-Tard operates key fuel terminals and fuel depots in six European countries. Including employees at franchise stations carrying its brands, about 19,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe. Since its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited on February 1, 2016, Couche-Tard also operates a convenience and fuel retailing network comprised of 444 service stations in Ireland as well as a significant commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two terminals

In addition, around 1,500 stores are operated by independent operators under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries or regions worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam).

Contacts:

Investor Relations
Claude Tessier, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 450-662-6632, ext. 4607
claude.tessier@couche-tard.com

Media relations
Karen Romer, Director Global Communications
Tel: +1 (514) 603- 4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Forward Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describes Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as ”believe”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “expect”, ”estimate”, “assume” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forwardlooking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in the reports filed by Couche-Tard with securities authorities in Canada and the United States. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

SOURCE:  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

RILA issues statement in response to the release of a final “persuader” rule from the U.S. Department of Labor

Arlington , VA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​​​​​​​​​The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the release of a final “persuader” rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

The rule effectively eliminates the “advice exception” under the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Historically, under the LMRDA, employers have only been required to report to DOL the engagement of consultants during an organizing campaign if the consultants directly communicate with employees. Consultants who simply provided managers with advice on how to properly communicate with their employees did not trigger such reporting. The persuader rule, however, extends the obligation to report the use of consultants even if the consultant has no direct contact with employees and the employer is free to accept or reject its recommendations.

“The Department of Labor’s rule is designed to discourage employers from taking the reasonable step of hiring outside counsel to ensure that they are complying with labor laws,” said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs. “Labor law is complex and many businesses rely on the support of outside counsel to ensure that their actions during an organizing campaign comply with the morass of rules and regulations. By undermining the advice exception, DOL is putting employers in a no-win situation where seeking the guidance they need will almost certainly be used against them by organizers.”

“RILA will work with lawmakers to reverse this rule and its harmful effects.” 

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

6th annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report released by RILA and Auburn University

Report Highlights Challenges, Competencies For Best-In-Class Supply Chains

Arlington, VA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today (3/23/2016), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation released the sixth annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report. The report provides in-depth analysis of the biggest questions facing supply chain leaders and reveals best practices for retailers to compete in a changing marketplace.

This year’s study is the culmination of research gathered from industry publication analysis, a targeted online survey, and interviews with 24 senior executives from a wide range of top retailers. The report details the top four supply chain capabilities that keep retailers on the leading edge of retail supply chain innovation: supply chain strategy, demand planning, store-based fulfillment, and returns management.  The report also explores what’s on the horizon for the retail industry.

“In addition to tackling the critical issues facing the retail supply chain today and presenting actionable takeaways, this report provides a tremendous benchmarking opportunity for supply chain leaders,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “By understanding the big picture industry state of play, retailers can begin to take an internal audit of their capabilities, prioritize future investments accordingly, and maintain competitiveness with their peers.”

According to the report:

Not surprisingly, omni-channel is a major concern, strategic opportunity, and investment priority for retailers. They are trying to synchronize supply chain processes to promote convenience, speed, and a superior customer experience.

The report concludes:

As we look at 2016 and beyond, integration will be the key word. Retail supply chain executives need to pursue further alignment with merchant and store professionals to cost-efficiently enhance demand planning, inventory sharing, fulfillment excellence, and customer satisfaction.

The complete report can be viewed here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

6th Annual SRSC Report

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Stradivarius opens its first physical store in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stradivarius, one of the Inditex Group’s young fashion concepts, will open tomorrow its first physical store in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The new store, located in the Kalvestraat 42, has over 1300 square meters, divided in two floors. The glass façade makes the store very luminous and creates a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy a unique shopping experience with new products instore every week.

The brand opened its online store in The Netherlands on September 2013, with an easy website navigation and inspiration resources such as Campaigns and Lookbooks to give customers a wide-ranging look at the full range of fashion offered by the retailer, and content that can also be shared across different social networks.

62 markets in the world

Stradivarius was set up in 1994 and its headquarters are located in Sallent (Barcelona), where its products are distributed twice a week to 950 stores across 62 markets.

Stradivarius opened its first e-stores in 2011 in several European markets. It currently offers Internet shopping in 19 European markets, plus Mexico. By April, Stradivarius will sale online in the 28 markets of European Union.

‘Feminine fashion trends made with love’

Stradivarius, defined as ‘feminine fashion trends made with love’, is well known for its denim garments and romantic collections. Stradivarius’ name and treble clef celebrate our unique take on style, inviting young women all over the world to discover the melody, energy and excitement of the fashion brand that moves to its own tune.

Every season, Stradivarius proposes a new fashion and accessories collection with all the must-haves to create the perfect closet for trendy, dreamer and fashionable young women.

Contact for media

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex

Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

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Stradivarius opens its first physical store in Amsterdam

Stradivarius opens its first physical store in Amsterdam

NGA presented Associated Wholesale Grocers president and CEO Jerry Garland with its Industry Service Award

Arlington, VA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ —The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented Jerry Garland, former president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) with its Industry Service Award during the AWG Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 19.

Garland served as president and CEO of AWG from 2009 to 2015. Under his leadership, AWG grew into a $9 billion wholesale cooperative operating nine distribution centers. During his tenure the cooperative has grown sales by 31 percent and increased net income by 70 percent, while lowering operating expenses.

“It is an honor to recognize Jerry, who has been a longtime advocate of the independent supermarket industry with this top award,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Throughout his career, Jerry has been a steadfast leader and a fierce supporter of ensuring a level playing field for independent supermarket operators and building important relationships among trading partners and elected officials along the way. The industry as a whole, as well as AWG has greatly benefited from his steadfast dedication and commitment throughout his career.”

Established in 1983, the NGA Industry Service Award is given to an individual or company whose years of service in the food industry have contributed to better working relations and understanding between retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. This award is one of NGA’s highest honors.

Previous Industry Service Award recipients have included Steve Holdiman (Mondelez International), Gary Phillips (AWG), Nick D’Agostino (D’Agostino’s Supermarket), Tom Haggai (IGA), Russ Hockin (Kellogg’s), Chuck Pilliter (Trader Joe’s), Dean Janeway (Wakefern), Joe Burke (Coca-Cola) and Jay Campbell (AG Baton Rouge).

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

Media inquiries: Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org

Wegmans’ winter 2016 hunger relief donations raised $1,095,336; 6% increase over the winter 2015 total

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2016 checkout scanning campaign at 27 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations rose to $1,095,336, a 6% increase over the winter 2015 total. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“These totals show that our customers and employees give selflessly to support food banks in building healthier neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “As we celebrate our hundredth year in business, we’re especially appreciative of the local partnerships that help us make a difference in every community we serve.”
The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:
Massachusetts
Greater Boston Food Bank – $89,044 (Burlington, Chestnut Hill and Westwood)
Worcester County Food Bank – $20,515 (Northborough)
New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $243,011 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)
Food Bank of Western New York – $578,864 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)
Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $38,197 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)
Food Bank of the State College Area – $31,816 (State College)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $81,517 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $12,372 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)
The winter campaign ran at various dates from January to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York begin their spring campaign in April.
Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.9 million at Wegmans in 2015. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $29 million for hunger relief.
In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2015, Wegmans also donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.
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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

 

Contact Information:

Valerie Fox, media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Wegmans Food Markets donates 17,397 pounds of non-perishable food items to NVFS Hunger Resource Center in Manassas, Va.

OAKTON, VA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) Hunger Resource Center in Manassas, Va., will be receiving 17,397 pounds of non-perishable food items from Wegmans Food Markets’ Manassas location to help provide emergency food assistance to families facing food insecurity. The donation will include 20 pallets of products such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice to help support more than 32,000 individuals currently in need of food assistance in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

“This donation will help us keep the shelves stocked during the summer months, when demand is particularly high,” explains Pam Ryan, director of anti-hunger programs for NVFS. “This increase in demand is due to the fact that parents now must provide three meals per day for their children, who no longer have access to free or reduced school meals.”

The anti-hunger programs staff will also be working with all three local school districts — Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools and Manassas Park City Schools — to help increase awareness of, and participation in, the Hunger Resource Center’s Summer Meals programs.

“Feeding the hungry is a giving priority at Wegmans, and this delivery goes hand in hand with our commitment to make a difference in every community we serve,” said Wegmans Manassas Store Manager Paul Butterer. “As Wegmans celebrates 100 years in business, our longstanding partnership with the Hunger Resource Center is an important point of local pride.”

Press are invited to attend the pallet unloading, supported by Butterer and the Wegmans Manassas staff, and learn more about how NVFS’ SERVE campus, including the Hunger Resource Center, is helping to improve the lives of families in the local community.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: SERVE Campus, 10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA 20110

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About Northern Virginia Family Service:
Northern Virginia Family Service is the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Northern Virginia. NVFS helps more than 34,000 individuals and their families each year find housing and emergency services; health and mental health services; early childhood education and child placement services; intervention and prevention programs; job training; and legal services. Throughout its history, NVFS has been recognized as an innovator of efficient and comprehensive service methods, while effectively creating sustained financial and social independence for its clients.

About Wegmans Food Markets:
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  Wegmans Food Markets: Valerie Fox, Media Relations Coordinator, 585-720-5713

Rite Aid Corporation to release Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter financial results on April 7, 2016

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) said today that it will release financial results for its Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter at 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, April 7, 2016. Given the company’s pending merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), Rite Aid will not be holding a conference call. The text of the earnings release, along with the corresponding charts and supplemental information slides, will be made available immediately after the release in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

CBRE Group, Inc. ranked 15th on 500 U.S.-based companies in Forbes magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has been ranked 15th on the list of 500 U.S.-based companies in Forbes magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list.

Forbes surveyed 30,000 employees at mid-size and large companies. Respondents were asked to rate their employer – as well as other companies on the quality of the work environment and whether they would recommend their company to potential employees.

“CBRE’s Forbes ranking is a testament to our commitment to supporting top talent and empowering our people through a collaborative work environment,” said Bob Sulentic, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “Our strategy relies strongly on ensuring our employees have every opportunity and resource to advance their careers and generate exceptional client outcomes.”

Earlier this year CBRE was included in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth consecutive year.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
Robert.McGrath@cbre.com

CBRE Group, Inc. named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2016 list for the second consecutive year

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced it has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Employers 2016 list for the second consecutive year.

Military Times, the organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times andMarine Corps Times, focused on culture and policies that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the seventh annual Best for Vets: Employers survey, a highly respected analysis of a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.

CBRE’s veteran-friendly practices include policies that support active duty and reservist employees; philanthropic activities that serve veterans; and a business resource group—CBRE Military—which aims to bridge the gap between military and civilian life in the corporate world for military-experienced employees.

“Military-experienced employees bring special skills and talents that are valued at CBRE and make us a better organization,” said Grayson Gill, Chief Operating Officer, Asset Services and Chairperson of CBRE Military. “We’re pleased to be honored for our efforts to build even more veteran opportunities at CBRE.”

For the full Best for Vets:  Employers 2016 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/best-for-vets.

The rankings are published in full in the March issue of Best for Vets, a section of all four Military Times publications, and online at MilitaryTimes.com as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Media Relations
+1 212 9848267
Robert.McGrath@cbre.com

DFS Group opens its first and largest duty free luxury department store in Cambodia, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, opened its doors today at the first T Galleria by DFS store in Cambodia. Located in Siem Reap, a popular resort town and provincial capital in close proximity to the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor is the largest duty free luxury department store in Cambodia, offering travelers an integrated retail, hospitality and leisure experience. The store will open in phases until June, bringing a total of 170 brands to the 86,000 square foot space including leading international fashion and accessories, watches and jewelry, wines and spirits, and beauty and fragrances brands as well as a selection of locally handcrafted artisan products.

“Here at DFS Group, we’re continually inspired by our customers’ appetite for discovery and adventure. We are honored to be able to welcome them to Siem Reap, a destination renowned for its rich culture and history, and to offer more opportunities for them to enjoy their stay,” said Philippe Schaus, DFS Group’s Chairman and CEO. “T Galleria by DFS, Angkor is an oasis of luxury in the heart of the city, allowing visitors to indulge their taste for the finest international brands as well as experience the best that Cambodia has to offer.”

Set within a verdant park and adjacent to the Angkor National Museum, home to some of the region’s most acclaimed historical artifacts, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor is a celebration of local culture and heritage within an elegant, contemporary setting. DFS worked closely with Cambodian artisans to incorporate traditional Khmer motifs and carvings throughout the store. Stone columns feature panels carved in styles reflecting the nearby temples and palaces of Angkor Wat, intricately patterned wall screens and floor tiles evoke local architecture, and a nearly 60-foot art installation, suspended in space above the store’s vaulted atrium, is inspired by the rich, warm hues of Buddhist monks’ robes. From day one, over 200 local Siem Reap sales associates will welcome customers with the hospitality that Cambodia is known for.

The opening of T Galleria by DFS, Angkor also marks the exclusive launch of several first-in-Cambodia brands, including watches and jewelry brands Bulgari, Carl F. Bucherer and Tiffany & Co. and international fashion brands Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent and Zegna. In the world of beauty, customers can also discover 12 beauty and fragrances brands such as Bobbi Brown, Clé de Peau Beauté, MAC and Sulwhasoo exclusively in Cambodia at T Galleria by DFS, Angkor.

In addition, shoppers will find a stunning array of products sourced from Cambodia’s top artisans including Angkor Artwork, whose master craftsmen Eric and Thierry Stocker produce lacquer and straw marquetry using traditional techniques, Golden Silk, one of the last fully integrated silk producers in the world to use the rare yellow silkworm indigenous to Cambodia, and Samatoa, an eco-friendly accessories brand that has revived the forgotten technique of lotus fiber weaving.

T Galleria by DFS, Angkor has also teamed up with Artisans d’Angkor, a socially-conscious business aimed at revitalizing Cambodia’s traditional craftsmanship while pioneering a sustainable working environment, to develop an exclusive collection of luxurious handwoven silks and fine crafts. The collection will showcase products that were designed by and will benefit local artisans.

Adding to T Galleria by DFS, Angkor’s appeal as an oasis of calm and tranquility in Siem Reap, the store also offers travelers a respite at its onsite restaurant, Crystal Jade, which will open in June. The first Crystal Jade outlet in Cambodia, the restaurant will serve traditional Chinese cuisine and dim sum delights in a casual yet sophisticated setting, overlooking the gardens and reflecting pools outside.

Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the fabled ruins of Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most important heritage sites. The largest religious monument in the world, the temple was built in the first half of the 12th century and has since become a symbol of Cambodia and its prime tourist attraction. Cambodia has enjoyed a boom in tourism in the last few years, with Siem Reap accounting for almost 70% of the 6 million international travelers estimated to visit Cambodia in 2016.

MEDIA CONTACTS
press.enquiries@dfs.com

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DFS Group opens its first and largest duty free luxury department store in Cambodia, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor

DFS Group opens its first and largest duty free luxury department store in Cambodia, T Galleria by DFS, Angkor

PHILIPPINES: SM Investments Corporation marks its 11th year of going public

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-25 — Shares of SM Investments Corporation (SM) reached new heights, closing at PHP994.50 on Monday, March 21 and an intraday high of PHP1,006 per share as it marked its 11th year of going public. SM shares were listed on March 22, 2005 with a price of PHP183.14 per share, adusted for capital changes during the 11-year period.

“Investors acknowledge the SM growth story. It’s commitment to the Philippines is apparent with its retail, banking and property footprint constantly expanding and harnessing the opportunities and synergies across its business to deliver optimal results for the past 11 years,” Corazon P. Guidote, SM Senior Vice President for Investor Relations said.

In 2005, SM had total assets of PHP169.9 billion and a market capitalization of PHP127.2 billion. As of end 2015, SM’s assets are worth over PHP771 billion with a market capitalization of over PHP 693 billion as of March 21.

Revenues also accelerated in the last 11 years for an average growth of 17.15% per annum with net income showing an average growth of 12.49% each year.

SM recently announced the plan to merge its retail arm, SM Retail Inc. (SM Retail) with several related retail companies which operate leading local retail chains including Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Kultura, Baby Company and several other specialty stores.

The combined entity will have 1,927 outlets and 2.4 million sqm of gross floor area across a diverse portfolio of food, household appliances, DIY, furniture, apparel, footwear, pharmaceuticals/cosmetics and specialty retailing stores. The portfolio will serve a wide range of Filipino consumer needs in both staple and discretionary goods categories and will continue to leverage extensive synergies across the SM group. Post-merger, SM will own 77.3% of the enlarged SM Retail Inc.

“Indeed, the story of SM has inspired and surprised many, ourselves included, as we witnessed its phenomenal growth from humble beginnings to what it has become today. SM is a story of leadership, innovation, commitment, focus and a collective effort to advance the great legacy that Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. built,” Jose T. Sio, SM Chief Finance Officer said during SM’s 10th listing anniversary last year.

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About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation (SM) is one of the leading conglomerates in the Philippines with highly synergistic businesses in retail, banking and property development. SM has evolved into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of The SM Store and its food retail chains namely SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore , WalterMart and Alfamart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is among the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in mall, residential, commercial and tourism development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the fifth largest. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,000 branches nationwide.

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

Philippines: SM Foundation helps provide healthy and sustainable food source for communities thru its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training program

SM Foundation introduced urban farming in 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Addressing the challenge of providing a healthy and sustainable food source for communities, SM Foundation continues to constantly improve and evolve its sustainable agriculture program Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training.

As such, SM Foundation introduced its Urban Farming and Gardening Training course in 2015. Like the KSK program, it also aims to help promote food security as well as provide an extra form of livelihood for the participants but targets the marginalized sector in the urban setting.

Harbest Agribusiness, SM Foundation’s constant partner in its KSK programs, conducted the training. The project was envisioned to help teach the participants the concept of smart farming using the limited spaces or backyards of their households. The end objective was to bring nutritious food to every table of its participants.

Last year, SM Foundation’s last training of the year was held in Bagobantay, Quezon City, a short distance from SM North EDSA. The 12-week program taught the participants how to utilize space for backyard farming by using recycled containers as planting pots which can easily be replicated in their own backyards.

Crops that were grown during the training included lowland and upland vegetables and fruits such as bitter gourd, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, okra, radish,  squash, sweet potato, tomato, watermelons and melons, to name a few.

A total of 467 individuals from Manila; Bacoor, Cavite; and Quezon City completed the training last year.

SM Foundation also continued to conduct its regular KSK trainings, effectively rolling out 17 trainings nationwide. The 12-week program teaches participants new and doable agricultural technology and methods through modular lectures and hands-on training on high-value crops. It also ingrains into them the importance of providing healthy and safe food for their own table.

Aside from agriculture training conducted by Harbest Agribusiness, SM Foundation also partners with the Department of Social Welfare and Development which conducts values formation and entrepreneurship trainings for the farmer-participants.

Including its Urban Farming and Gardening Training, SM Foundation has conducted a total of 20 KSK trainings benefitting 2,670 farmers and interested participants for 2015.

SM Foundation capped off the year by ending 2015 with its 100th KSK training. By end of 2015, the program was able to train a total of 12,750 farmers from 2,123 barangays in 551 municipalities and cities from various locations throughout the country.

In a steady phase, SM Foundation continues to strengthen its initiatives to support its goal of enabling people to attain food security in the various communities it serves.

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About SM Foundation
SM Foundation envisions a Philippines where everyone has the opportunity for self-improvement and the environment is sustained for future generations.

For more than three decades, SM Foundation has served as the social development arm of the SM group of companies. Using its vast reach and presence in communities all over the country, SM commits itself to creating a cycle of positive change through strategic and targeted approaches and investments in areas of food security and sustainable agriculture, health and wellness, education, sustainable environment, shelter and care for people with special needs.

SM Foundation will continue to create opportunities wherever it goes as proof that wherever we are, opportunities are sure to follow.

For further information, please contact:

Cristie Angeles
Assistant Vice President for Livelihood Programs
SM Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. 857-0100 loc. 1678
Email: livelihoodandoutreach@sm-foundation.org // outreach@sm-foundation.org
sm-foundation.org

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SM Foundation helps provide healthy and sustainable food source for communities thru its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training program

SM Foundation helps provide healthy and sustainable food source for communities thru its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training program

PetSmart to make its fourth quarter and full-year 2015 results available on its website on April 7, 2016

PHOENIX, AZ, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (the “Company”), plans to make its fourth quarter and full-year 2015 results available on the Company’s secure website on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Company will also hold an investor conference call to review its results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015 on Friday, April 8, 2016. The results and call will be made available to lenders under the credit facilities, holders of the Company’s 7.125% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “notes”), bona fide prospective investors of the notes, bona fide securities analysts and bona fide market makers.

The lenders under the credit facilities will receive details on how to access the call from the administrative agents for the respective credit facilities.

Holders of the notes, prospective investors, securities analysts and market makers must contact the company to pre-register and certify eligibility in order to access the financial results and dial-in information for the conference call. To receive information on how to pre‐register and certify eligibility, parties should send an email to investorrelations@petsmart.com. Requests for pre-registration must be received by Friday, April 1, 2016.

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 1,454 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 203 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 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.

Contact

PetSmart Investor Relations
Jeff Keiser, 623-587-2025

Kingfisher announces final results for the year ended 31 January 2016

  • Sales up 3.8% and retail profit up 7.4%, in constant currencies
  • Adjusted pre-tax profit of £686m, up 0.3%
  • Good early progress on the journey to ‘ONE’ Kingfisher

LONDON, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — 2015/16 Financial overview:

% Total Change % Total Change % LFL* Change
2015/16 2014/15 Reported Constant currency Constant currency
Adjusted sales* £10,331m £10,605m (2.6)% +3.8% +2.3%
Retail profit* £746m £742m +0.7% +7.4%
Adjusted* pre-tax profit £686m £684m +0.3%
Adjusted basic EPS 22.0p 21.3p +3.3%
Full year dividend 10.1p 10.0p +1.0%
Lease adjusted ROCE* 12.3% 11.9% +40bps
Net cash* £546m £329m n/a

* Throughout this release ‘*’ indicates the first instance of terms defined in Section 5 ‘Glossary’ of this announcement.

  • Total adjusted sales in constant currencies up 3.8% (France +1.2%; UK & Ireland +5.6%; Other International +4.8%)
  • Retail profit in constant currencies up 7.4% (France (1.6)%; UK & Ireland +18.0%; Other International +6.4%)
  • Adjusted pre-tax profit of £686m driven by strong UK profit growth, impacted by £46m adverse foreign exchange movements on the translation of non-sterling retail profits
  • Returned £432m of cash to shareholders (£232m dividend; £200m buyback)

ONE Kingfisher highlights:

  • Delivered solid progress on our first ‘sharp’ decisions e.g.
    • First wave of unifying our ‘core essential’ ranges to land in stores for customers from March 2016
    • On track to close c.15% B&Q surplus space by end of FY 2016/17 (65 stores) in over-spaced catchments; exit of leases secured on 40 of the stores
    • Unified IT platform accelerated after successful Ireland pilot
    • Goods Not for Resale (GNFR*): first wave of unified spend (£350m) progressing well. On track to land FY 2016/17
    • Established new leadership team
  • Developed detailed 5 year transformation plan focusing on 3 key pillars:
    • Unified & unique offer
    • Digital
    • Operational efficiency
  • Set ambitious 5 year financial targets
    • Expected to deliver £500m sustainable annual profit uplift by end of year 5 over and above ‘business as usual’
    • Total expected cash cost of £800m (split between capex & P&L)
    • Intend to return c.£600m of capital to shareholders over the next 3 years (£50m returned since year end), in addition to the annual ordinary dividend
  • Set operational milestones for FY 2016/17

Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This has been a very productive and important year. We have delivered a good ‘business as usual’ result with both sales and profit growth in constant currencies, driven by our performance in Poland and the UK, driven largely by Screwfix, and a stable performance in France.

“We have also delivered solid progress on the first sharp decisions announced last year. I am really pleased with the focus and the energy that the team has demonstrated during the year.

“In addition, in January we revealed our ambition and our five year plan. By putting customer needs first we will, by the end of that period, deliver a £500 million sustainable annual profit uplift, over and above ‘business as usual’. It is an ambitious plan. However based on the solid progress so far, and the competence and enthusiasm of our colleagues, we feel very confident in our ability to deliver.”

Karen Witts, Chief Financial Officer, said:

“We have set ambitious and clear five year financial targets, which will drive a considerable increase in the value of our business for shareholders. We are tracking our progress against our financial and operational milestones, and we will update as we progress.

“Our balance sheet remains strong, enabling us to continue to invest in the business and in the transformation, whilst also returning surplus capital to shareholders, in addition to the ordinary annual dividend.

“In the short term, the fundamentals of the UK economic backdrop remain positive, although we remain cautious on the outlook for France. The outlook for the wider global economy remains uncertain, and the impact of the outcome of the UK EU referendum is unknown.”

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Statutory reporting

2015/16 2014/15 % Change Reported
Statutory sales* £10,441m £10,966m (4.8)%
Statutory pre-tax profit £512m £644m (20.5)%
Statutory post-tax profit £412m £573m (28.1)%
Basic EPS 17.8p 24.3p (26.7)%

Contacts:

Investor Relations Director
+44 (0) 20 7644 1029

Media Relations
+44 (0) 20 7644 1030

Brunswick
+44 (0) 20 7404 5959

Further copies of this announcement can be downloaded from www.kingfisher.com or viewed on the Kingfisher IR iPad App available for free at the Apple App store. We can be followed on Twitter @kingfisherplc.

Kingfisher American Depositary Receipts are traded in the US on the OTCQX platform:
(OTCQX: KGFHY) http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/KGFHY/quote

Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s Board as Non-Executive Director on 1st April 2016

LONDON, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today announces that Brian Cassin will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1st April 2016. Brian will be a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee.

In addition, Susan Rice will be appointed Senior Independent Director at our AGM on 6th July 2016.  These appointments follow the previously announced retirement of John McAdam, Senior Independent Director, who will step down at the AGM after ten years as a Non-Executive Director.

Brian Cassin is CEO of Experian plc, the global information services company.  Brian joined Experian as CFO in April 2012, a post he held until his appointment as CEO in July 2014.  Prior to this, Brian spent his career in investment banking at Baring Brothers International (1992-1998) and Greenhill & Co (1998-2012) where he was Managing Director and Partner.

Commenting on the appointment David Tyler, Chairman of Sainsbury’s, said: “We are delighted to welcome Brian Cassin as a Non-Executive Director. He is an ideal addition to our Board, bringing present day experience of running a FTSE40 company and of big data and analytics – topics of key importance to Sainsbury’s.

“I would also like to thank John McAdam for his invaluable contribution to the Board and Sainsbury’s over the last ten years, and particularly for his counsel in his role as Senior Independent Director.  I look forward to working with Susan in her new role as Senior Independent Director following John’s departure.”

No further information is required to be disclosed under 9.6.13R of the UK Listing Rules.

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

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Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s Board as Non-Executive Director on 1st April 2016

Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s Board as Non-Executive Director on 1st April 2016

Nordstrom announces the appointment of Kumar Srinivasan as Chief Technology Officer

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced that Kumar Srinivasan has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Srinivasan’s agile development practices, cloud expertise and experience developing highly innovative customer focused outcomes will play an important role in shaping the technology agenda acrossNordstrom. Srinivasan will help lead the next phase of innovation and growth focused on identifying and developing opportunities that deliver a competitive advantage and bottom-line returns.

In this new role, Srinivasan will focus on identifying opportunities to reduce complexity while optimizing engineering and software productivity and effectiveness across four Nordstrom Technology teams that support the company’s Service & Experience, Loyalty & Marketing, Engineering and Supply Chain initiatives.

“We’re bringing Kumar to Nordstrom at an important time as we are positioning our Technology organization to better support our long-term growth plans,” said  chief information officer, Nordstrom, Inc. “Kumar’s extensive experience in strategy, product development and delivering technology solutions that support a great user experience, as well as his passion for the customer, will be invaluable.”

Srinivasan brings more than 18 years of technology and product management experience toNordstrom. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Evocalize; chief product & technology officer for Bazaarvoice; and vice president, general manager at Amazon, where he led Amazon Payments Merchant Solutions.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 197 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online throughNordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tara Darrow
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.303.3016
tara.darrow@nordstrom.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Bloomingdale’s and NEST Fragrances to raise awareness and funds for Child Mind Institute during Autism Awareness Month

Retailer Partners with NEST Fragrances to Raise Awareness and Funds for Child Mind Institute

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the month of April, Bloomingdale’s and NEST Fragrances will support the Child Mind Institute with a grant from Autism Speaks generated from sales of NEST’s Blue Garden Home Fragrance Collection.

“Bloomingdale’s is thrilled to partner with NEST Fragrances in supporting autism research through our long-time charity partner The Child Mind Institute,” said Anne Keating, Bloomingdale’s senior vice president of public relations, special events, and corporate philanthropy. “We’ve created an exciting and meaningful partnership that encourages our customers to join the campaign.”

“We are very proud to partner with Bloomingdale’s to support the Child Mind Institute with an Autism Speaks grant to further their important work in the field of children’s mental health,” said Laura Slatkin, founder and executive chairman of NEST Fragrances. “Proceeds from Blue Garden’s sales will help fund a state-of-the-art diagnostic database that will be accessible to scientists around the world to help them in their quest to better understand autism. Partnerships like this are a beautiful thing because when we hold hands together to accomplish a goal, two plus two ends up equaling five.”

Bloomingdale’s welcomes customers to support Autism Awareness Month in store and online:

Light It Up Blue – Bloomingdale’s 59th Street will kick off National Autism Awareness Month on April 1st where the facade of the store on Lexington Avenue will be lit blue in honor of World Autism Day.

NEST Fragrances Blue Garden Collection – Bloomingdale’s and NEST Fragrances will support The Child Mind Institute in the form of a grant from Autism Speaks generated by sales of the Blue Garden Collection during the month of April. The Blue Garden Collection was originally created to support Autism Speaks in 2010 and has blossomed into one of the brand’s most beloved scents. Blue Garden blends blue hydrangea, hyacinth, and forget-me-nots with fresh green notes and a dew drop accord and is available in luxury scented candles in three sizes, a reed diffuser, liquid soap and hand lotion.

In Store Activations – Bloomingdale’s created National Autism Awareness Month outposts for customers to shop the Blue Garden Collection at select Bloomingdale’s locations: 59th Street, Boca Raton, Aventura, Medinah, Palm Beach Gardens, Chestnut Hill, White Plains, San Francisco, Roosevelt Field, Sherman Oaks, Chevy Chase, and South Coast Plaza as well as Bloomingdales.com.

For a full list of in store events, please visit www.bloomingdales.com/events

Contacts: Julia Austin / Curtis Kelly / Suzy Nager Bloomingdale’s National Media Relations
212-705-2439 / 212-705-3911 / 212-705-3657
julia.austin@bloomingdales.com
curtis.kelly@bloomingdales.com
suzy.nager@bloomingdales.com

About Bloomingdale’s
Bloomingdale’s is America’s only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store and a division of Macy’s, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 38 Bloomingdale’s stores and 16 Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Stores, in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, Bloomingdale’s has an international presence with a location in Dubai. Be sure to follow @bloomingdales on social media, become a Loyallist, and for more information, or to shop any time, visit www.bloomingdales.com.

About NEST Fragrances
New York City-based NEST Fragrances is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of luxury fragrances for the bath, body and home. Founded in 2005 by fragrance authority Laura Slatkin, today NEST Fragrances produces more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles in several sizes, reed diffusers, liquid soap and hand lotion. In 2012, the company launched the NEST Fine Fragrances Collection, which today consists of eight fragrances available in eau de parfum sprays and roller balls and luxury body cream. NEST Fragrances products are sold primarily in North America through a growing wholesale customer network of luxury specialty department stores, beauty product stores, boutique stores and spas, and the company’s online flagship store NESTFragrances.com.

About the Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families affected by mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, push the science of the developing brain and provide empowering resources for parents, professionals and policymakers. Together with our supporters, we help kids reach their full potential in school and in life. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at childmind.org.

Kesslers to host its 2016 Innovation Seminar on April 27th 2016

  • ‘Entering the mind of today’s consumer’
  • Findings & techniques that enhance brand activation in-store.

LONDON, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Join us Wednesday April 27th, for our 2016 Innovation Seminar. Featuring guest speaker, Sue Webster, Consumer Insight Expert and Marketing Manager of industry renowned, consumer research agency Launchpad Research.

Sue, whose background in consumer research originates brand-side where she provided consumer and market insight for Procter & Gamble and Dyson, will share the latest in-store research techniques used to understand today’s consumer.

Sharing exclusive 2016 findings, the seminar will detail key elements that enhance consumer experience and encourage brand activation in-store, providing actionable insight for retail marketers.

The event will be the 15th in the Kesslers Innovation Series, which was launched in 2005, to provide an opportunity for brand managers & retail marketers to network and discuss the industry’s upcoming trends.

When. 
Wednesday April 27th 2016. The event will begin with lunch at 12:30pm with the opportunity to tour Kesslers’ Galleries, Design Studios & Manufacturing Plant.
The Seminar will start at 1.30pm and will conclude at 3.00pm with networking and refreshments.

 

Where.
Kesslers International
International Business Park,
Stratford, London, E15 2NF

Free parking on-site or a
10 min walk from Stratford Train Station
& Underground

 

RSVP Now.

Contact our events team to secure your place:
E: innovations@kesslers.com
T: +44 (0) 208 522 3064

SOURCE: Kesslers International Ltd