Shopify integrates with Facebook new Messenger Platform that allows merchants to provide live customer support

Shopify leads conversational commerce trend with Messenger integration and future launch of commerce bots SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced an integration with the new Messenger Platform that allows merchants to provide live customer support, automatically send […]

Techstars powered METRO Accelerator opens the application process for its second programme for start-ups

Wanted are international start-ups that promote the digitalisation of the restaurant, hotel and catering sector Ten selected teams are offered €120,000 investment and access to METRO’s and Techstars’ network of experts Continuation of the world’s first accelerator for digital solutions in the food tech and hospitality industry, starting in September in Berlin Applications for the […]

Starbucks hosted its 10th Annual Supplier Summit in Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen, China, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks looked to its core business as a model when it convened its first summit for suppliers of manufactured goods in China. “We studied the leadership position we were taking to get high-quality coffee,” said Kelly Goodejohn, director, Starbucks Ethical Sourcing. “We wanted to build something similar for […]

New Frappuccino® blended beverage introduced by Starbucks Japan

TOKYO, Japan, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With a backdrop of swirling orange and white fabric on a large revolving stage, a new Frappuccino® blended beverage was introduced this week by Starbucks Japan. Cantaloupe Melon & Cream Frappuccino® made its debut during a fashion event that the company hosted April 12 in Tokyo. Keigo Anan, […]

Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department Pro Bono Committee supports Innocence Project Northwest

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year, 149 Americans convicted of committing crimes were exonerated, according to the University of Michigan Law School’s National Registry of Exonerations. Fifty-eight of those convictions were for homicide. The process of freeing someone unjustly imprisoned is challenging and time intensive, according to Jacqueline McMurtrie, founder of the Innocence […]

Amazon introduced the eighth generation of Kindle; pre-order available for $289.99

Designed to feel weightless—incredibly thin with an ergonomic grip that shifts the center of gravity to the palm of your hand, creating the perfect balance so you can read comfortably for hours with one hand 30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle Dual-battery charging system provides the longest battery life […]

Macy’s chief marketing officer Martine Reardon to leave the company

CINCINNATI, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer, has decided to leave the company, effective May 13, after 32 years of service. “I am extremely proud of the work that I have led in building Macy’s into an international omnichannel brand. We have established a clear and compelling brand promise rooted […]

Waitrose to launch major campaign showing customers first-hand where their food comes from

Campaign features live footage from Waitrose farm in industry first LONDON, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is to launch a major campaign taking customers beyond the barn door to real farms, giving customers the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from. The campaign kicks off with a series of TV adverts which […]

LVMH key partner of Viva Technology Start Up Connect / Paris 2016

PARIS, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LVMH Group has affirmed its longstanding support for entrepreneurial initiative and innovation by becoming a partner of “VIVA TECHNOLOGY PARIS”. This groundbreaking event will bring all the key players in the digital transformation together in the French capital from June 30 to July 2, 2016. LVMH is a […]

Eroski y Artzai-Gazta unen sus fuerzas para el “Festival Internacional del Queso 2016”

La cooperativa se convierte en colaborador principal del ‘International Cheese Festival 2016’ que se celebrará en Donostia-San Sebastián entre el 16 y el 18 de noviembre En el certamen internacional participarán más de 3.000 quesos procedentes de 40 países de los cinco continentes que reunirá a 250 catadores internacionales La cooperativa apuesta por su apoyo […]

H&M reports steady increase of sustainably sourced materials and great progress in renewable electricity use

The H&M Conscious Actions Sustainability Report 2015 is published today. The report shows a steady increase of sustainably sourced materials and great progress when it comes to the use of renewable electricity. Yet another highlight is the signing of the Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL Global Union and IF Metall. STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR […]

Sonic Corp. priced $425 million of Series 2016-1 Class A-2 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that certain of its subsidiaries have priced $425 million of Series 2016-1 Class A-2 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes (“Senior Notes”). The Senior Notes will have an expected life of seven years and bear interest at 4.472% […]

Contractors hired for building IKEA’s future Columbus, Ohio store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced contractors are hired for building its future Columbus, Ohio store. Pending remaining permits, this progress allows the project to continue on track for site work to commence, with groundbreaking this spring and a store opening in Summer 2017, increasing […]

Weekend-long celebration at IKEA U.S. stores for the re-opening of its newly remodeled restaurants, April 29 – May 1, 2016

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. invites customers to participate in a weekend-long celebration at stores across the country* to commemorate the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled restaurants from April 29 through May 1, 2016, beginning with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 29. Throughout the weekend, IKEA FAMILY** […]

Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi and media agency Zenith appointed by Asda

LEEDS, England, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda has today announced the appointment of Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi as its lead creative agency along with Zenith as its media agency, replacing VCCP and Carat. The appointment of Saatchi & Saatchi and Zenith is part of Asda’s Project Renewal blueprint to transform its business and […]

The National Retail Federation highlighted the negative consequences of Obama’s proposal to expand overtime

WASHINGTON, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today increased pressure on the Obama Administration to rethink its proposal to expand overtime and more than double the threshold at which a job can become a salaried career-track position. In a meeting with administration officials and a letter to Congress, NRF highlighted the negative […]

Foodservice data and analytics provider Food Genius acquired by US Foods

Chicago-based Food Genius is a leading technology provider of foodservice data and analytics Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced it has acquired Food Genius, a leading provider of foodservice data and analytics. The Food Genius team members will join US Foods. Focused exclusively on foodservice, Food Genius offers a suite […]

Download Auntie Anne’s App by April 25 for an exclusive offer on National Pretzel Day

“My Pretzel Perks” Members Can Redeem Free Pretzel Offer between April 26 and May 1 Lancaster, Pa., 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — What’s better than a free pretzel for National Pretzel Day? The mouthwatering prospect of having free pretzels for an entire year, of course! In celebration of National Pretzel Day, Auntie Anne’s® – the […]

Tractor Supply Company to release its first quarter 2016 results on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, intends to release its first quarter 2016 results after the market closes on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In conjunction with this release, the management of Tractor Supply Company will host a conference call […]

Jeffrey Allen the $100,000 grand-prize winner in Co-op’s 2016 Fuel Up to Win contest

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jeffrey Allen has 100,000 more reasons to shop at Co-op. Allen is the $100,000 grand-prize winner in Co-op’s 2016 Fuel Up to Win contest. Allen, a member and customer at Delta Co-op in western Saskatchewan, earned the jackpot by purchasing items at Co-op locations and collecting the seven […]

RILA applauds the introduction of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 – Hun Quach VP for international trade

Legislation Will Eliminate Duties, Spur Economic Growth Arlington , VA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives that sets forward a path for a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). “RILA applauds the introduction of the […]

RILA announced 11 finalists for the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards

Eleven Solution Providers Ranked Among The Best For Advancements In Asset Protection Arlington, VA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, today announced 11 finalists for the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize the most visionary and […]

CarMax to provide community support and career opportunities to our nation’s military, veterans and their families

Company pledges $1.4 million to support veterans and their families RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, announced today a commitment to providing community support and career opportunities to our nation’s military, veterans and their families. CarMax and The CarMax Foundation have pledged […]

Gap appoints Sonia Syngal as Old Navy’s global president

Two Proven Leaders to Oversee Gap Inc. Global Supply Chain Responsibilities SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that Sonia Syngal has been selected as Old Navy’s global president, effective immediately, to lead the brand’s continued reinvention of the value space with quality, accessible fashion for everyone. She will […]

Gap launched interactive digital campaign to raise awareness about the impact of the gender pay gap

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of Equal Pay Day on April 12, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today launched a new, interactive digital experience designed to raise awareness about the impact of the gender pay gap. The campaign features thought-provoking portraits of Gap Inc. employees styled in outfits missing 21 percent, such […]

Fuel consumers expect gas prices to rise over the next 30 days – NACS survey

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two in three U.S. fuel consumers (64%) say that they expect gas prices to rise over the next 30 days, an 11-point jump from a month ago and the highest percentage of Americans expecting price increases since May 2015 according to the results of a new consumer survey […]

Record 2015 in-store sales for convenience stores in U.S. – NACS State of the Industry Summit

CHICAGO, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. convenience stores experienced record in-store sales in 2015, led by strong growth in foodservice products. These industry’s overall metrics for 2015 were released today at the NACS State of the Industry Summit, taking place April 11–13 in Chicago. Convenience stores sell 80% of the fuel purchased in the […]

QVC, NBC’s TODAY in the 2nd year for a country-wide search for “Mompreneurs”

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calling all moms with a money-making invention! For the second year, QVC is collaborating with NBC’s TODAY to discover the next big product to be sold by the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. Nine budding mom entrepreneurs, or “mompreneurs,” will take center stage next week to […]

Sports Direct International to acquire freehold property at Oxford Street, London from CIP Property Limited

Shirebrook, UK, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Acquisition of new Oxford Street freehold Sports Direct International plc (“Sports Direct”) announces that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiary SDI (Oxford Street) Limited, agreed to acquire the freehold property at 161-167 Oxford Street, London and 36 Poland Street, London (the “Property”) from CIP Property (AIPT) […]

SpartanNash to transition to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025

Company has offered cage-free eggs for more than ten years Byron Center, MI, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today that it plans to transition to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs at its 160 grocery retail stores by 2025 or sooner based on available supply, affordability and customer demand. Cage-free eggs include […]