El Paso, TX tops Walgreens Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity for the Week of 3/20/2016

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country.

The Walgreens Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.

With the ability to generate hyper-local data across most U.S. markets, the Flu Index is an online, interactive resource allowing anyone to search and find information regarding the most current state of influenza in their community.

To view this week’s Walgreens Flu Index, maps and other online features, click here.

Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity
Week of 3/20/2016

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Louisville, Ky.
  3. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas
  4. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.
  5. Memphis, Tenn.
  6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  7. Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.
  8. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas
  9. Charleston, S.C.
  10. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.

Top Ten States with Flu Activity
Week of 3/20/2016

  1. Kentucky
  2. Wyoming
  3. New Mexico
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arizona
  6. Texas
  7. Mississippi
  8. New Jersey
  9. Hawaii
  10. South Carolina

Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains
Week of 3/20/2016

  1. Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.
  2. Wausau-Rhinelander, Wis.
  3. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.
  4. Springfield-Holyoke, Mass.
  5. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
  6. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.
  7. Rochester, N.Y.
  8. Lafayette, La.
  9. Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
  10. Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M.

Top Ten States Flu Activity Gains
Week of 3/20/2016

  1. Montana
  2. Wyoming
  3. West Virginia
  4. Colorado
  5. Washington
  6. South Dakota
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Maryland
  10. Rhode Island


The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For more on the Walgreens Flu Index visit http://arcg.is/1HA3vGp.

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About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.


Emily Hartwig, (847) 315-3316

Bulgari one of the few houses today with a Manufacture that allows control over the entire creative process

PARIS, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has always known how to surprise, innovate and reinvent itself. These high standards have contributed to its ascent in watchmaking, making Bulgari one of the few houses today with a Manufacture that allows control over the entire creative process, end to end. Here’s a close-up look at Bulgari’s high-precision production mechanism.

Divided among four sites located in Switzerland’s Jura region, the Bulgari Manufacture covers all the stages in the creation of the most outstanding contemporary watches. From horological mechanisms and casings to metal watchbands and high-end dials, all watch components are produced in-house. Some 350 employees meticulously execute the design and development processes, from the initial design sketch to final quality control. Several dozen métiers are represented, spanning both traditional expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.

The Sentier facility produces and assembles the Solotempo self-winding watch, the collection of grand complications, and the Finissimo extra-thin watches. Advanced technologies and highly qualified technicians ensure flawless design of miniature functional components, demanding incredible technical dexterity.

At the Saignelégier facility, production focuses on casings and gold and steel bands for some of Bulgari’s most high-profile models. This unit brings together an array of highly-specialized métiers to ensure the various production stages, including numerical control milling machines that shape blocks of gold or steel, lubricated by oil sprays, and an imposing polishing chamber where all components are processed by hand, down to the smallest links in a watchband.

The Chaux-de-Fonds facility makes high-end dials, whose elaborate design requires a wealth of expertise, as well as extensive experience. Impeccable quality is imperative at each stage in the manufacturing process to ensure that the product complies with the highest standards of excellence.

Neuchâtel, Bulgari’s fourth production site, is the operational nerve center, where final assembly, mechanism casings and the ultimate quality controls are carried out. This is also where jewelry and watchmaking come together to finalize high jewelry watches designed in close cooperation with Bulgari Jewelry teams. For each piece, the precious components are crafted at one of two Bulgari facilities, either the Valenza Manufacture or the Haute Joaillerie workshop in Rome. Watches are made using a traditional technique called lost-wax casting. Specialized goldsmiths clean, assembly and finish all precious metal parts to give shape to bands and casings set with precious gems, following the natural movement of the wrist.

Bulgari’s watchmaking operations take advantage of natural synergies, making the Italian House a benchmark in terms of quality and precision in the demanding world of high-end watch manufacturers.


Bulgari one of the few houses today with a Manufacture that allows control over the entire creative process

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Unibail-Rodamco SE: The rights of holders of ORNANE will be adjusted as of March 29

Paris, Amsterdam, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the distribution on March 29, 2016 of an interim dividend of €4.85 per share, the rights of holders of ORNANE will be adjusted as of March 29, 2016 as follows:

ORNANE 2012 bonds (ISIN code FR0011321330, Article 4.16.7(a)(11) of the prospectus reviewed by the “Autorité des Marchés Financiers” on September 11, 2012 under number 12-440): the new Conversion Rate is 1.15.

ORNANE 2014 bonds (ISIN code FR0011521673, Article 4.16.7(a)(11) of the prospectus reviewed by the “Autorité des Marchés Financiers” on June 17, 2014 under number 14-296): the new Conversion Rate is 1.04.

In accordance with contractual rules, the new Conversion Rates are calculated on the basis of the Unibail-Rodamco SE volume-weighted average share price  over the three trading days preceding the ex-date on Euronext (i.e. on March 18, 21 and 22, 2016).

As a reminder, the Conversion Rate of the ORNANE 2015 bonds (ISIN code FR0012658094, prospectus reviewed by the “Autorité des Marchés Financiers” on April 8, 2015 under number 15-144) remains unchanged at 1.00.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Antoine Onfray
+33 1 76 77 72 87

Marine Huet
+33 1 76 77 58 02

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €37.8 billion as of December 31, 2015. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,996 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region.

The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes.

The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com

NRF David French: New Union Organizing Rules Will Lead To Confusion For America’s Employers

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation issued the following statement in response to today’s release from the Department of Labor of final rules significantly narrowing the advice exemption for employers under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

“Once again, the Obama administration is bowing to labor unions and eliminating a well-established, clear test in favor of an ambiguous and open-ended standard that will lead to confusion for America’s employers,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “For more than 50 years, the Department of Labor has maintained a clear definition of the advice exemption so that employers could seek and receive legal counsel and protect employer free speech. Now, DOL is rewriting the law without any involvement from Congress and without any proof a change is needed.

“DOL’s new rules would trigger reporting requirements for any communications that could even indirectly persuade workers regarding collective bargaining. NRF is concerned that the new standard will discourage employers from seeking advice of counsel in a broad swath of areas that have nothing to do with traditional persuader activities.

“The end result will be a chilling effect on simple legal advice regarding employee or collective bargaining issues. Small retailers will be the first to suffer, and Big Labor will profit from this muzzling of free speech.”

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


Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

National Retail Federation: cap on debit card swipe fees should be lowered further

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A cap on debit card swipe fees enacted by the Federal Reserve five years ago has helped reduce costs for retailers and consumers but is still higher than intended by Congress and should be lowered, the National Retail Federation said today.

“In most cases, 24 cents per transaction represents a significant savings over the prior non-competitive pricing,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “However, it is still substantially higher than issuers’ incremental costs.”

Duncan said the cap “has worked moderately well” but that “additional changes are necessary” if Congress’ goal of swipe fees that are proportional to banks’ costs for processing transactions is to be realized.

Retailers have passed along two-thirds of the $8.5 billion in annual savings to consumers but there would have been more savings to share if the Fed had set the cap at the level expected by lawmakers, Duncan said.

Duncan’s comments came in a letter to the Federal Reserve, which is reviewing the cap under requirements of the federal Paperwork Reduction Act.

Under the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act of 2010, the Federal Reserve was required to adopt regulations that would result in debit swipe fees that were “reasonable and proportional” to the actual cost of processing a transaction. Federal Reserve staff calculated the average cost at 4 cents per transaction and proposed a cap no higher than 12 cents. Nonetheless, after heavy lobbying from banks the Federal Reserve Board of Governors eventually settled on 21 cents plus 0.05 percent of the transaction for fraud recovery and allowed another 1 cent for fraud prevention in most cases. The cap, which applies only to financial institutions with $10 billion or more in assets,  took effect in 2011 and totals about 24 cents on a typical debit card transaction.

While lower than the average of 45 cents before the cap was set, NRF argued that the cap included costs that went beyond those allowed under the legislation and filed suit against the Fed in U.S. District Court in 2011. A judge ruled in NRF’s favor and ordered the Fed to recalculate the cap, but an appeals court overturned the ruling and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant NRF’s petition to review the case.

Duncan said the shift of more fraud liability to merchants last fall under the conversion to Europay MasterCard Visa chip-and-signature cards is evidence that the 0.05 percent for fraud recovery “may no longer have a legitimate basis.”

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

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Press

Jim Lanning appointed CEO/President of Ingles Markets, Inc.

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) announced that effective today, Robert P. Ingle, II and the Company’s Board of Directors appointed Jim Lanning as CEO/President of Ingles Markets, Inc.  Mr. Lanning will continue to work with and report to Mr. Ingle, who will retain the title of Chairman of the Board (which he has held since 2004) and continue his day-to-day active operational role in the executive leadership of the Company.

Mr. Lanning joined Ingles as a student in 1975 and has served as President of the Company since 2003.  As CEO/President, he will continue his leadership role within the Company.

“Jim has shown outstanding leadership qualities as President for the past 13 years.  I am proud at this time to expand his role for the Company’s future growth, flexibility and development,” said Mr. Ingle.

About Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816

This April Commissaries observe Month of the Military Child with savings, giveaways and nutritional tours

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Savings, giveaways and nutritional tours for the entire family are on tap for April as commissaries worldwide observe Month of the Military Child.

“We know military family life is made better thanks to the commissary benefit, and we’re all about providing our customers with great values, especially for children during April,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • All commissaries take Month of the Military Child as a time to highlight healthy lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message is prominent: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Check with your commissary to find out about possible tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables and recipes.
  • Keebler’s 17th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products March 28 – April 10 at all stores. There are also coupons for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages.
  • Eleven camps, two ways to win. Now through April 10, nearly 100 commissaries have a chance to win a football ProCamp for their installation. Eleven winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp participants learn from and play with NFL players such as Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots). Installations qualify for a camp based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can also vote for their installation here.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring “Live Green Together,” a stateside organic food event. From April 11-24, it features product sampling and great savings through coupons on Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items including ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce, healthy snacks and frozen fruit.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness of The Fisher House Foundation. A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special product pricing, coupons and mass displays in all stateside stores. A percentage of the sale’s proceeds will go to support the Fisher House.

“The best way we recognize our military children is making sure the products and values of their commissary make it worth the trip,” Russ said.

Note: Photos related to this news release are on Flickr here and here.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Dunkin’ Brands announces the appointments of new vice presidents to its management team

CANTON, MA, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the following recent appointments of five new vice presidents to its management team.

  • David Gill was promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain U.S. & Canada for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Mr. Gill is responsible for Supply including the negotiation, implementation, and management of supplier and distributor agreements, Quality Assurance, Commercialization, Manufacturing and Equipment. Additionally, he leads the supplier approval process and through his work with the culinary and brand teams, plays a key role in the development of new products for the restaurants. David joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2000 and reports to Paul Carbone, Chief Financial Officer.
  • Pete Jensen was promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain International. Mr. Jensen leads the international manufacturing and sourcing, logistics and service, regulatory compliance, supplier quality and food safety, new product commercialization and in-store equipment innovation for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Pete joined the Company in 2010 as Global Supply Chain Director for Baskin-Robbins and he reports to Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International.
  • Sherrill Kaplan was promoted to Vice President, Digital Marketing & Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. Ms. Kaplan joined Dunkin’ Brands nearly five years ago and has played a lead role in the development and execution of the brand’s digital strategy and the DD Perks® Rewards Program, one of the fastest-growing loyalty programs in the restaurant industry. Additionally, she has overseen the significant growth of the Dunkin’ Mobile® App and the brand’s On-the-Go Ordering initiative, currently in test in multiple markets. Sherrill reports to Scott Hudler, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Vice President of Consumer Engagement.
  • Dennis McCarthy was promoted to Vice President, Financial Management. Mr. McCarthy leads the International Financial Management team for Dunkin’ Brands. He also oversees the Dunkin’ Brands Supply Chain Finance team and serves as head of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis. He joined the Company in 2009 and reports to Kate Jaspon, Vice President, Finance & Treasury.
  • Kathryn Thomas was promoted to Vice President, Legal and Managing Counsel. Ms. Thomas oversees the areas of Employment, Marketing and Intellectual Property Law, in addition to serving as legal counsel for Baskin-Robbins U.S. and market counsel for Dunkin’ Donuts in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She joined the Company in 1998 and reports to Karen Raskopf, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.

“We are pleased to announce the promotion of these five individuals, all of whom have made significant contributions to our organization. Each brings significant management expertise and experience to their new role and will play a key part in our efforts to further accelerate our global innovation and growth,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 19,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2015, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,700 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.


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

Dunkin’ Donuts announces the return of White Cheddar Bagel Twist

CANTON, MA, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts announced that beginning today, a returning favorite, the White Cheddar Bagel Twist will be added to its bagel lineup. The White Cheddar Bagel Twist features Dunkin’ Donuts’ classic plain Bagel twisted and baked with Wisconsin aged white cheddar cheese on top, and is now available any time of day at select Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country for a limited time.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Bagel Twists feature Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous bagels, twisted into a more portable, easy-to-eat shape. According to Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef Jeff Miller, “The White Cheddar Bagel Twist adds an exciting flavor to our bagel menu, and is another way for fans to enjoy a freshly-baked bagel on-the-go, any time of day. We are delighted to bring back this delicious fan favorite.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving bagels for 20 years and remains the leading retailer of bagels in America. Dunkin’ Donuts offers an array of bagel varieties, including favorites like Cinnamon Raisin, Everything, Poppy Seed and Whole Wheat that can be enjoyed plain, with Dunkin’ Donuts’ various cream cheese spreads, or with a breakfast sandwich.

In addition to the new White Cheddar Bagel Twist, Dunkin’ Donuts has a host of food and beverages to satisfy guests for spring. The brand’s spring lineup, introduced earlier in the season, features the GranDDe Burrito, a large, 10-ounce breakfast burrito served in both sausage and veggie versions, and the Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Donut and OREO® and Raspberry Cheesecake Squares. In addition, as Iced Coffee season swings into high gear, guests can sip the flavor of their favorite scoop with the return of coffee flavors inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream, including the newest Pistachio flavor and returning favorites, Butter Pecan and Cookie Dough. All products are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

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


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


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


Dunkin’ Donuts announces the return of White Cheddar Bagel Twist

Dunkin’ Donuts announces the return of White Cheddar Bagel Twist

CU Anytime to upgrade its ATM management system to integrated channel management platform from NCR Corporation and INETCO

NCR and INETCO help increase business performance and consumer experience across a multi-vendor ATM network with one powerful, integrated view

Duluth, Ga., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CU Anytime, a leader in providing high availability management services to member credit unions, today announced plans to upgrade its ATM management system to an integrated, powerful channel management software platform from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and INETCO. CU Anytime will rely on NCR APTRA™ Vision, the next generation, multi-vendor, self-service management solution, and NCR APTRA OptiCash, a dynamic cashpoint cost optimization solution, as well as INETCO Insight®, a real-time transaction monitoring and analytics software that captures all ATM payments and transactions. The new platform will allow CU Anytime to proactively manage its entire network of more than 225 multi-vendor ATMs, helping improve availability, reduce costs and deliver exceptional member experience.

“CU Anytime is committed to offering quality services to our members, while improving our business performance. Implementing NCR’s integrated, channel management platform is a critical step forward for us to achieve operational excellence, cost effectiveness and improved member experiences,” said Pat Holland, President and CEO, CU Anytime.

NCR APTRA Vision provides all of the incident management and operational data of previous generations of management systems and combines that with commercial and business data from a wide variety of other sources. NCR APTRA Vision correlates data from individual ATMs, and presents it with an easy to use interface, which enables financial institutions to discover hidden relationships between different performance influencing factors, to make informed decision and set strategic planning goals. NCR APTRA Vision reduces time-consuming site visits by enabling automatic, pre-emptive actions along with remote management and command functions.

The INETCO Insight transaction monitoring software complements APTRA Vision by providing real-time alerting and end-to-end visibility into consumer transactions once they are initiated at an ATM or any other customer-facing touch point such as a mobile application, kiosk or online banking application.

“NCR’s channel management solution platform strategically aligns with CU Anytime’s priority of exceptional service delivery,” said Brian Bailey, vice president of Solutions Management, NCR Financial Services. “With a single view into ATM management data, cash management data and real-time transaction monitoring, CU Anytime can improve the success of customer interactions and quickly respond to any device, cash or network bottlenecks or outages. It also allows support to CU Anytime credit unions by providing monitoring and management services for deployment of new branch devices such as video teller solutions.”

NCR APTRA OptiCash is a cash optimization solution that forecasts individual requirements for each cashpoint in the network. It analyses data directly from the ATM or from existing infrastructure sources to generate a forecast and cost optimized replenishment strategy for every cashpoint, taking into account cost factors, servicing constraints and capacities.

CU Anytime will use these solutions to provide unmatched service delivery and unleash the ability to deliver more value to existing members, acquire new ones and provide an amazing member experience.

About CU Anytime
CU Anytime®, LLC is a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) formed to provide an ATM network for the convenience of the participating Credit Unions and their members. Initially started by six Credit Unions in 1997 with 50 ATMs, CU Anytime® now has 24 participating Credit Unions and over 225 ATMs throughout New Mexico, El Paso TX, and Livermore CA. www.cuanytime.org

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

News Media Contacts

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For more information on Channel Management solutions from NCR, attend the upcoming webinar titled, Clearing the path for branch transformation: Three management tactics to succeed on Tuesday, April 19th at 11am EDT.

The Children’s Place announces the appointment of John E. Bachman to its Board of Directors

Former Operations Leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ U.S. Assurance Practice, PwC Strategy Leader and Audit Partner Will Further Enhance the Board

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced it has appointed John E. (“Jeb”) Bachman to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Mr. Bachman will serve as an independent Class I Director and will stand for election at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Mr. Bachman qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under applicable SEC rules and will serve on the audit committee.

Mr. Bachman, 60, was a partner at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP until his retirement in 2015.  At PwC, Mr. Bachman served for six years as the Operations Leader of the firm’s U.S. Assurance Practice.  In this role, Mr. Bachman had full operational and financial responsibility for the $4 billion business, which included the firm’s audit and risk management practices.  Prior to this role, Mr. Bachman served for three years as PwC’s Strategy Leader where he was responsible for strategic planning across business units, geographies and industries.  Mr. Bachman also served as an audit partner for 26 years for companies in a number of business sectors.  Mr. Bachman received an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate Business School.

“Jeb brings a broad strategic and operational skillset and significant expertise in auditing and risk management to The Children’s Place,” said Norman Matthews, Chairman of the Board.  “We look forward to working with him as the Company continues to deliver on its strategic initiatives.”

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 January 30, 2016, the Company operated 1,069 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 102 international points of distribution open and operated by its six franchise partners in 16 countries.

Forward Looking Statements

This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  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 theSecurities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016. 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 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 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.

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

SOURCE: Children’s Place, Inc.

Debenhams sees growing trend of ‘masstige’ dressing for kids

LONDON, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams the multi channel retailer is experiencing a growing trend of ‘masstige’ dressing for kids with sales of premium brands delivering double digit growth. Top of the list is the ‘mini me’ fashion brand Baker by Ted Baker which has delivered 25% sales growth in the last five years, with increasing appetite for the range over recent seasons.

The rise is attributed to parents’ upgrading their children’s wardrobe and dressing kids as an extension to their own fashion image and also the increasing desire for children to receive clothes as part of their gift lists for Christmas, Easter and birthday. This Easter Debenhams expects to sell 63,000 units of Baker by Ted Baker childrenswear as clothing makes an appearance alongside Easter eggs on gift lists.

The department store, which introduced Designer wear at high street prices for children in as early as 2000 with its Rocha.JohnRocha line has a new hero brand in the shape of Baker by Ted Baker, an exclusive line launched in 2012. Selling an annual 1.5 million units, the Baker by Ted Baker range has captured the attention of UK parents with its distinct style of graphic print, sumptuous colourways and premium fabrics. Originally offered as boys and girlswear, the Baker by Ted Baker brand now incorporates children’s swim, nightwear, underwear and footwear.

Sales for the Baker by Ted Baker brand which is stocked in the UK, the Middle East, Russia, Cyprus, Iceland and Turkey have been on an upward trajectory as more and more parents choose to dress their children in a ‘mini me’ established fashion brand. “Following in the footsteps of North West and Harper Beckham parents are upgrading the kids wardrobe and opting for a look that adds to their overall fashion credibility,” says Childrenswear Head of Buying, Shani Delargy.

“Where we see an average selling price of £9 on entry price point kidswear, we see that parents will happily upgrade to £20 an item on boyswear and £25 an item on girlswear for a more premium fashion brand. Fuelling the demand is the ongoing pester power of both girls and boys who are keen to select their own clothing and are adding clothing to their holiday and birthday gift lists.”

Areas in the UK bitten hardest by the Baker by Ted Baker bug are the North Midlands which accounts for 30% of the brands sales followed by East Anglia with 11% of sales. The North and Central regions are also big fans of the brand with an additional 10% of sales each.

Easter and Christmas are key periods for Baker by Ted Baker sales as parents indulge their children with new outfits as part of the experience of spending time with family. The Christmas 2015 season saw the brand sell almost 600,000 units with a line of girl’s party dresses selling out in a two week period. Items tipped to be Easter 2016 treats include girls’ dresses and boys shirts and shorts.



Debenhams sees growing trend of ‘masstige’ dressing for kids

Debenhams sees growing trend of ‘masstige’ dressing for kids

Wakefern Food Corp. member and president of Cuellar Family ShopRites Rafael Cuellar honored by the New Jersey Food Council

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rafael Cuellar, President and CEO of Cuellar Family ShopRites and a member of Wakefern Food Corp., was honored recently by the New Jersey Food Council.

Cuellar and other industry leaders were recognized for “achieving food business success and for their history of civic service service within the New Jersey food community,” according to the New Jersey Food Council.

Cuellar, who owns and operates the ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton, was feted during a dinner at The Palace at Somerset Park, where he was joined by friends and colleagues including Wakefern Chairman and CEO Joe Colalillo.

Cuellar joined Wakefern in 2005, but his family has been in the grocery business for over 40 years. He serves on the board of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and lives with his wife and two children in Clifton.

Congratulations to Cuellar.

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.


With his wife at their ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton.

With his wife at their ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton.

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores to transition all private-label eggs to cage-free by July, 2016

  • Company sets strategy to go cage-free on private label eggs this summer

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has announced the company will transition all private-label eggs to cage-free by July, 2016. The company has been steadily increasing offerings, allowing customers to make the best choice for their personal purchase needs. This decision aligns with Raley’s ongoing goal to offer customers quality products they desire.

In addition, Raley’s has set a goal of sourcing only cage-free eggs for all other brands by 2020, based on availability. Raley’s is committed to work with farmers and suppliers to ensure product is affordable, safe and available for all of our customers.

“We are proud to make this quick transition to cage-free eggs on our private-label offerings, where we have authority over the product and supply chain,” said Chelsea Minor, Director of Public Relations & Public Affairs. “As we make this transition, we will continue to serve as a resource for our customers and their product selections.”

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Sears Holdings honored with 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award by EPA

  • Sears Holdings recognized for its sustained leadership to protect the environment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Sears Holdings with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Sears Holdings’ accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

Sears Holdings, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. The company’s related accomplishments in 2015 included:

  • Energy Savings: Sears Holdings continues to have success year-over-year in reducing its energy consumption. In 2015, the company’s total weather normalized source energy usage decreased by nearly 1 billion kBtu, and the average weather normalized source energy intensity declined to 115.8 kBtu/sqft, both six percent reductions compared to 2014. In addition, Sears Holdings has reduced electricity usage by more than 670 million kWh since 2008; the equivalent of powering 63,000 homes or taking 97,000 cars off the road for one year.
  • Product Selection: With the introduction of ENERGY STAR certified dryers in 2015, Sears Holdings worked to promote bundled energy efficient laundry pairs and experienced a significant increase in attachment rate. We also worked with Kenmore and GE to continually market the benefits of heat pump electric water heaters. The Kenmore brand introduced new ENERGY STAR certified products in every applicable category in 2015, receiving numerous Consumer Reports Best Buy designations. Our lighting team increased our assortment of ENERGY STAR LED products by seven percent over the previous year.
  • Training: We introduced SEGNO Expertise, a new interactive product and selling process training platform for our sales associates in 2015. The platform contains videos, product listings and guidelines that emphasize the benefits of energy efficiency for all applicable product categories. The Home Appliance Business sales associate product training road show was again conducted in 2015, including product detail for ENERGY STAR certification.
  • Marketing: In 2015, we initiated the process of updating our online rebate finder to increase customer engagement. Social media and the Shop Your Way® Platform continued to be important tools for promoting the ENERGY STAR brand to our members. We also issued our first Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report in 2015 and prominently highlighted our partnership with EPA ENERGY STAR and the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products.
  • Partnership: SHC’s collaborative relationship with over 60 utility partners continues to differentiate us in our effort to reduce energy consumption through the promotion of ENERGY STAR certified products. We optimize these relationships to help drive traffic to our stores, increase success for the programs, and add awareness of the ENERGY STAR brand. Especially noteworthy in 2015, SHC devoted significant time supporting the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform business model development in preparation for launch in 2016.

“Sears Holdings truly values our partnership with ENERGY STAR and is honored to receive the Partner of the Year Award for the seventh consecutive year in Retail and fifth consecutive year in Energy Management,” said Kristin Coleman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sears Holdings. “Our company remains committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and protect the environment.”

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Sears Holdings is helping Americans save money, save energy and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Sears Holdings with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Sears Holdings demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2016 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

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

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

Kristinn Leonhart
ENERGY STAR Brand Manager
(202) 343-9062


Sears Holdings announces the appointment of James P. Andrew as Chief Administrative Officer

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that James P. Andrew has joined the company in the new role of Chief Administrative Officer. In this position he will be responsible for the company’s corporate support functions, including financial planning and analysis, business finance, procurement, legal, and human resources.

“Jim is a proven executive with deep expertise leading business performance improvement, corporate strategy and delivering on key objectives,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ Chairman and CEO. “His range and depth of experiences managing corporate transformations and capability development makes him a strong fit for Sears Holdings as we pursue our member-focused transformation.”

Andrew comes to Sears Holdings from Royal Philips N.V., where as an executive vice president and the chief strategy and innovation officer he played a central role in the multi-year transformation of Philips’ performance, productivity and capability development. He was responsible for the company’s business and market growth strategies and annual planning. Andrew also led the company’s digital transformation and a major repositioning of Philips’ portfolio, among many other accomplishments.

Prior to Philips, Andrew spent 25 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he most recently served as a senior partner and managing director. At BCG he consulted with Fortune 250 companies across a wide range of industries on business performance improvement, corporate strategy, portfolio composition and shareholder value creation and growth. Andrew also established BCG’s Innovation Practice, and served as its global leader for many years, providing organizations with support on product development, speed, innovation strategy, portfolio management and resource allocation.

Andrew has served as a charter member of the USA’s National Advisory Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is the lead author of Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation, selected as a “Top 10 Innovation Book” of the year by Bloomberg Businessweek. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.

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

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371