VIPSmart ha abierto en régimen de franquicia su primer restaurante en Tenerife

Tenerife, España, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — VIPSmart, innovadora enseña de restauración de Grupo Vips, ha abierto en régimen de franquicia su primer restaurante en Tenerife. El Centro Comercial Siam Mall, al sur de la isla,  es el lugar elegido para la ubicación de este concepto vanguardista que ofrece lo mejor de los restaurantes VIPS en un entorno rápido.

Los tinerfeños pueden ya disfrutar de los platos más icónicos de la reconocida cafetería-restaurante VIPS, como su Sándwich Vips Club o sus tortitas con nata, en un amplio horario ininterrumpido de cocina, desde las 10.00h hasta las 23.00 de domingo a jueves y festivos, y hasta las 00.00h los viernes, sábados y vísperas de festivo.

El concepto VIPSmart fue creado en 2010 por Grupo Vips, compañía líder en hostelería en España, para completar la oferta de su cadena de “casual dining” VIPS, la marca origen y el buque insignia de la empresa.

Con el nuevo restaurante de Tenerife, VIPSmart ya cuenta con 20 restaurantes en España (17 en franquicia y 3 en propiedad), que se suman a los 95 establecimientos VIPS (82 en propiedad y 13 en franquicia) distribuidos por toda España. Con esta apertura, ya son cinco las unidades de Grupo Vips en Canarias, que cuenta además con dos restaurantes VIPS, un Ginos y un Starbucks en Las Palmas de Gran Canarias.

El nuevo VIPSmart ha supuesto la creación de 14 puestos de trabajo y  dispone de una superficie total de 288m2 y una capacidad para 162 comensales.

El establecimiento abre de la mano de un franquiciado que vuelve a apostar por la marca. El nuevo restaurante-cafetería de Tenerife es su tercera franquicia VIPSmart, ya que cuenta con otra enseña en el C.C. Aqua de Valencia y en el C.C. La Vital de Gandía.

 

VIPSmart: lo mejor de VIPS en un formato rápido

VIPSmart es la oferta “fast casual” de Vips, que combina la calidad del “casual dining” de la enseña original con las ventajas de rapidez y precio de los restaurantes “fast food”.

En otras palabras, VIPSmart es un VIPS sin servicio de mesa,  (el cliente hace su pedido en el mostrador y espera en su mesa a que esté listo para ir a recogerlo) y con oferta reducida,  pero donde se mantiene la calidad de la materia prima y de cada plato de VIPS, que se cocina al momento y se sirve en vajilla, todo ello en unos locales con decoración moderna y confortable, con wifi gratis y gran amplitud horaria.

El cliente de VIPSmart se beneficia de la rapidez que ofrece este modelo y de un ticket que ronda los 10€. Además dispone de menú infantil por 5,95€.  También cuenta con una renovada oferta para celíacos, que incluye versiones sin gluten de los platos más famosos como el Sándwich Vips Club y un menú infantil al mismo precio que la versión original.

La oferta de VIPSmart está basada en una selección de los platos de mayor éxito de los restaurantes VIPS e incluye una selección de ensaladas, entrantes, sándwiches, hamburguesas, postres, menú infantil y platos sin gluten.

Los visitantes pueden degustar, entre otros, los famosos Sándwich Vips Club, la hamburguesa Manhattan, las croquetas, las tortitas con nata o el brownie a un precio ligeramente inferior que en las cafeterías-restaurantes VIPS, pero con la misma calidad.

Los platos de VIPSmart están elaborados con las mejores materias primas, como la carne 100% de vacuno gallego sin aditivos ni conservantes con la que se preparan todas las hamburguesas de la cadena. Además, todos los platos se elaboran en el momento y se sirven con una cuidada presentación en vajilla con cubertería.

VIPSmart ofrece también la opción de “siempre lleno”, por la que los clientes pueden rellenar su vaso de refresco todas las veces que quieran de manera gratuita.

Además, VIPSmart ofrece como postre el Frozen Yogurt (yogurt helado) personalizable con una variedad de toppings a elección del cliente.

La marca VIPSmart ha sido reconocida con el premio internacional “CIR Award” 2011 como mejor concepto innovador de restauración europeo del año en la categoría de snacking.

 

Todas las ventajas de Club VIPS en el móvil

Los clientes del VIPSmart de Tenerife podrán disfrutar de forma gratuita de todas las oportunidades que ofrece a sus socios Club VIPS, programa de fidelización pionero y único en el sector.

Club VIPS nació hace 18 años y se convirtió en el primer gran club de fidelización multimarca en el entorno de la restauración en España. En abril de 2015, Club VIPS ha vuelto a revolucionar el sector de hostelería en España apostando por la movilidad con el lanzamiento de la App Club VIPS.

La nueva App Club VIPS, gratuita y disponible tanto para iOS como para Android, está diseñada para poder aprovechar Club VIPS de una manera más sencilla y cómoda. Ofrece además servicios exclusivos como EuroVIPS y promociones en el móvil, geolocalización, el botón Wi-Fi para navegar  gratis en más de 350 restaurantes, el monedero Club VIPS, que permite tener siempre disponible dinero y recargar a otras personas, o la posibilidad de hacer pedidos desde el móvil y pagar de forma más rápida con un solo click.

 

Apuesta por la franquicia

Esta nueva apertura es fruto de la apuesta firme que Grupo Vips está haciendo desde 2013 para impulsar su expansión de la mano de franquiciados de confianza. Con una experiencia de más de 45 años, Grupo Vips es la empresa de referencia en el sector de la hostelería en España y opera más de 350 establecimientos.

El proyecto de desarrollo con franquiciados sigue creciendo y en la actualidad la empresa opera en régimen de franquicia un total de 49 establecimientos: 13 Vips, 17 VIPSmart y 19 Ginos.

 

Nuevo establecimiento VIPSmart Tenerife

Dirección:

C.C. Siam Mall, salida 28

Autopista del Sur

38670, Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Teléfono: 922793449

Horario:

De domingo a jueves y festivos de 10:00 a 23:00

Viernes, sábados y vísperas de festivo de 10:00 a 00:00

 

Acerca de Grupo Vips:
Grupo Vips es uno de los grupos multimarca y multiformato líderes del sector de la hostelería y comercio en España. Integra restaurantes, cafeterías y tiendas. La compañía gestiona en propiedad o bajo el régimen de franquicia un total de 6 reconocidas cadenas: 4 enseñas de creación propia Vips (cafetería-restaurante y tienda), VIPSmart, Ginos y The Wok y 2 marcas de renombre internacional: Starbucks Coffee y Fridays. Grupo Vips es desde el año 2001 el único y exclusivo socio licenciatario de Starbucks Coffee, líder mundial del café, para desarrollar la marca en España y Portugal. Tiene por otra parte un acuerdo de licencia en exclusiva con Fridays, primera cadena de casual dining de Estados Unidos, para operar la marca en España. Además, el grupo cuenta con tres restaurantes singulares: Rugantino `Casa Tua´, Tattaglia y Lucca. La empresa suma 350 establecimientos que atienden a más de 120.000 clientes diarios. Posee un programa de fidelización pionero y líder en el sector de la restauración, el Club VIPS, con más de 2.000.000 socios en toda España y cuya App, única en el mercado, y lanzada a finales de abril 2015, cuenta ya con más de 300.000 descargas. Grupo Vips es una compañía de capital privado fundada en 1969. Goldman Sachs Capital Partners V adquirió el 30% de la compañía en 2006. El Grupo Vips da empleo a 8.700 personas y cerró el ejercicio 2014 con 350 millones de euros de facturación.

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VIPSmart ha abierto en régimen de franquicia su primer restaurante en Tenerife

VIPSmart ha abierto en régimen de franquicia su primer restaurante en Tenerife

Gordy’s Market kicks off its yearlong 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, April 16, 2016

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Established on the Southside of Chippewa Falls in 1966 by Gordy and Donna Schafer, Gordy’s Market is kicking off its yearlong 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Founded on the values of providing local families with quality products at affordable prices while paying high attention to friendly service, Gordy’s continues to offer its local communities these long standing traditions. A family owned and operated tradition spanning over 3 generations, the grocery business has been a passion of the Schafer Family for 50 years.

Gordy Schafer was introduced to the world of meat cutting at the age of 13 by his older brother, marking the beginning of Gordy’s career in the
grocery industry. “By the time I was 17 years old I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to be in the grocery business,” Gordy reminisces, “and it took until I was 26 to get my first opportunity with our first store on the Southside of Chippewa Falls; 419 South Main, 715-723-4828, I remember all of those things, it was very important.”

The Schafer Family bought their first store from the Schulz Brothers and Gordy gives credit to John Schulz who was a sausage maker with the Schulz Brothers business who stayed on with Gordy’s when they opened in 1966. “John Schulz got us started on the sausage making operation, which has grown to be a major part of our business today,” Gordy explains.

Gordy’s Market remains one of the longest locally owned and operated grocery stores in the Chippewa Valley. And though a great deal has changed and evolved over the past 50 years, two things remain the same, their focus on community and service.


The 50th Anniversary Kick Off Celebrations Will Include:

  • On Saturday, April 16 starting at 8am, all stores will be handing out Golden Tickets offering a $0.50 Gas Rewards! Coupon to the First 50 Customers
  • On Saturday, April 16 from 11am-4pm, Gordy’s Market West in Eau Claire will be a hosting a cheese carver who will be carving their 50th Anniversary Paper Bag out of a 40 lb. block of locally made La Grander’s Cheese
  • On Saturday, April 23 starting at 8am, all stores will be handing out coupons for Gordy’s Market and Our Family Products
  • Just a Kid from Chippewa video campaign on gordys.com/about, as well as a 30 sec. spot on WEAU Channel 13
    • In association with the “Just a Kid” campaign, Gordy’s will be giving way a limited amount of “Just a Kid from Eau Claire” and “Just a Kid from Chippewa” t shirts to the first 5 customers in each of the Gordy’s Market Chippewa Valley stores on Saturday, April 16 at 8am
  • All 25 Gordy’s Markets will unveil 50th Anniversary Banners at their storefronts, picturing a photo of the original Gordy’s Market on the Southside of Chippewa Falls
  • All 25 Gordy’s Markets will unveil 50th Anniversary In Store Danglers, designed with photos from Gordy’s original stores
  • All Gordy’s Market employees received special 50th Anniversary t shirts and will be wearing during the celebrations throughout the year, including community parades during the Summer
  • Community Connection:
    • Canoes for a Cause in partnership with Leinenkugel’s, another local Chippewa Falls business, will take place Saturday, April 16 – Saturday, June 4
      • For every case of Leinenkugel’s beer purchased, $0.25 will be donated to the WI River Alliance to support the lakes in Gordy’s and Leinie’s surrounding communities
      • With Earth Day approaching, Gordy’s Market and Leinenkugel’s wanted to utilize the exposure from the 50th Anniversary to draw awareness to this cause
    • Non-Profit Brat Barns, Saturday, April 16 and April 23, 10am-2pm
      • Gordy’s Market has partnered with local Non-Profit Organizations throughout their communities to host grill outs in front of the grocery stores, with all proceeds from the sales going to the Non-Profit running the Gordy’s Brat Barn
  • Gordy’s has partnered with a number of vendors to provide a long list of exciting giveaways during the April 16-29 kick off celebrations:
    • 2 Years of Free Milk from Land O Lakes
    • 2 Brew Pub Pizza Packages
    • 50 gallons free gas/store from Mega! Holiday
    • Weber grill (est. msrp $500)
    • 2 customers will receive a $10.00 per week voucher/coupon/gift card for the purchase of Tender Ridge Angus beef for 52 weeks…a value of $1,040
    • 5 customers will receive a $5.00 per week voucher/coupon/ gift card for the purchase of Tender Ridge Angus beef for 52 weeks…a value of $1,300
    • Free chicken for a year from Gold n’ Plump (52 $10 coupons)
    • (50) $50 Gordy’s Gift Cards
    • 4 Minnesota Twins Tickets courtesy of Post
    • (50) 5-Piece Pancake Set from P&G

    Thank you for 50 years of serving you and your families!

    The Schafer Family & Gordy’s Market 

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Gordy’s Market kicks off its yearlong 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Gordy’s Market kicks off its yearlong 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, April 16, 2016

InvenTrust Properties Corp. to distribute 100% of Highlands REIT, Inc.’s outstanding shares of common stock to InvenTrust stockholders

Company Anticipates the Separation of Highlands to Occur on April 28, 2016

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or “the Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has formally authorized the distribution of 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Highlands REIT, Inc. (“Highlands”), a wholly owned subsidiary of InvenTrust, to InvenTrust stockholders. The distribution of shares of Highlands common stock is expected to occur on April 28, 2016. Each InvenTrust stockholder will be entitled to receive one share of Highlands common stock for every share of InvenTrust common stock held of record as of the close of business on April 25, 2016.

As previously announced, following the completion of the spin-off of Highlands and distribution of its shares, Highlands will be an independent, self-managed, non-traded REIT with a dedicated management team focused on preserving, protecting and maximizing the total value of its portfolio. Highlands’ portfolio is expected to consist of seven single- and multi-tenant office assets, two industrial assets, six retail assets, two correctional facilities, four parcels of unimproved land and one bank branch. Upon completion of the spin-off, Highlands will announce its estimated share value, including a detailed explanation of the valuation method, analysis and process used to estimate the estimated per share value.

Highlands will be led by Richard Vance, who currently serves as InvenTrust’s Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management & Corporate Strategy, a role in which he has been responsible for managing InvenTrust’s “non-core” portfolio with regard to asset management, property operations and leasing. Mr. Vance will serve as Highlands’ President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of Highlands’ Board of Directors.

Terms of the Spin-Off

InvenTrust stockholders are not required to make any payment or take any action to receive the shares of Highlands common stock in the distribution, and they will not be required to surrender or exchange their InvenTrust shares.

Following the distribution, InvenTrust stockholders will own shares in both InvenTrust and Highlands. The number of InvenTrust shares held by stockholders will not change as a result of the distribution of Highlands common stock. Stockholder approval of the distribution is not required. Highlands’ shares of common stock will not be listed on any securities exchange or other market as part of the spin-off. Following the completion of the distribution, InvenTrust will cease to own any shares of Highlands common stock.

Although the distribution of the outstanding shares of Highlands common stock will be in the form of a taxable distribution to InvenTrust stockholders, InvenTrust does not anticipate recognizing taxable gain as a result of the distribution. Accordingly, so long as stockholders own InvenTrust common stock for the entire year in which the distribution occurs, InvenTrust anticipates that the spin-off and distribution of Highlands common stock will not increase the amount of dividend income stockholders would have recognized if the distribution had not occurred.

Shares of Highlands common stock will be distributed in book-entry form only. No physical share certificates of Highlands will be issued. An information statement containing the details of the spin-off and important information about Highlands will be mailed to InvenTrust stockholders as of the record date. The completion of the distribution remains subject to certain conditions, as described in the information statement, and the InvenTrust Board of Directors may modify or abandon the spin-off at any time prior to the distribution.

InvenTrust stockholders are encouraged to consult their financial advisors and tax advisors regarding the particular consequences of the distribution in their situation, including, without limitation, the implication of selling InvenTrust common stock on or prior to the distribution and the applicability and effect of any U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax laws.

InvenTrust Estimated Share Valuation

InvenTrust expects to announce its new estimated share value in early May 2016 which will reflect the spin-off of Highlands. InvenTrust has engaged an independent, third-party valuation firm to assist in the valuation. The valuation firm will provide a detailed explanation of the valuation method, analysis and process used to estimate the new per share value. As a result of the Highlands spin-off, InvenTrust expects the value of the shares of InvenTrust stock to be lower immediately following the transaction, as the value of InvenTrust common stock will no longer reflect the value of the Highlands portfolio. Once the new estimated share value is determined, InvenTrust will file a Current Report on Form 8-K and disclose to stockholders the new estimated share value and how the estimated share value was calculated and determined.

ABOUT INVENTRUST PROPERTIES CORP.
InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of December 31, 2015, is an owner and operator of 112 multi-tenant retail properties. InvenTrust’s total retail portfolio comprises of 18.5 million square feet of retail space in 24 states. As of December 31, 2015, the Company also owned 11,039 student housing beds and 5.7 million square feet of non-core space.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. These statements include statements about our plans and strategies and future events, including the proposed spin-off of our “non-core” assets; the anticipated timing to close the spin-off; anticipated tax consequences of the spin-off; and anticipated timing with respect to publishing Highlands’ and our new estimated share value, among other things. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, our current expectations with respect to the timing of the potential spin-off and/or the potential failure to satisfy closing conditions with respect to the transaction; InvenTrust’s board of directors may determine that the completion of the spin-off is not in our best interests and determine not to consummate the spin-off; our ability to execute on our strategy; the timing of our new estimated share value; Highlands’ ability (or lack thereof) to operate successfully as a self-managed REIT and execute on its strategy; our ability to return value to our stockholders and the availability of cash flow from operating activities to fund distributions. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see the Risk Factors included in the preliminary registration statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Highlands REIT, Inc. and InvenTrust’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. InvenTrust intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

InvenTrust Properties Corp.
Dan Lombardo, 630-570-0605
dan.lombardo@InvenTrustProperties.com

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.

Alibaba becomes official International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) member

Alibaba to advance joint industry anti-counterfeiting efforts as official IACC membership

San Francisco, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today announced its official membership in the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) as the first e-commerce company to join the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to combating product counterfeiting and piracy.

“Preserving the integrity of Alibaba’s marketplaces is a top priority. Counterfeiting is a global, industry-wide issue, and effective collaboration with brands, retailers, trade associations, governments and other industry partners is a key component to our overall success,” said Matthew Bassiur, Vice President and Head of Global IP Enforcement at Alibaba Group. “IACC membership will further enhance our earnest efforts to forge closer relationships with brands as we continue to explore and implement innovative solutions to address counterfeiting. We strongly value our partnership with the IACC and its members and are proud to be a part of this prestigious coalition.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Alibaba Group as the first e-commerce company to join the IACC and take advantage of our new General Member category. With the pace at which the market is moving, the successful e-commerce platforms will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to ensure safe and trusted marketplaces. We encourage more industry players to join in our efforts,” said Bob Barchiesi, President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition. “Alibaba has consistently shown an unparalleled level of commitment over the years towards working with us and our members on IP protection and anti-counterfeiting matters. Having Alibaba as a member will help enrich the ongoing dialogue among IACC members, and enable us to come up with better ways to tackle counterfeiting worldwide.”

Alibaba Group and the IACC’s partnership began in 2013 with the development of the IACC MarketSafe® Program, a strategic collaboration to help IACC members identify and take down infringing listings on Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall marketplaces via an expedited removal procedure. Since its launch, the initiative has resulted in a 100% take-down rate when companies stand behind their claims; nearly 5,000 sellers’ store fronts have been closed for selling infringing products and permanently banned from the Taobao and Tmall platforms; and more than 160,000 infringing product listings have been removed. Now, as an official member of the IACC, Alibaba will have access to a global network of more than 250 brands and other IP experts working to develop and implement collaborative solutions to online counterfeiting and piracy. Alibaba will also be able to learn from and contribute to constructive discussions through IACC’s Member Engagement Groups on growing counterfeiting trends and IP best practices with other committed industry members.

Alibaba is committed to being the global leader among e-commerce companies in the battle against counterfeiting. With over 407 million annual active shoppers1 on its China retail marketplaces, Alibaba’s success in being a gateway to China for international brands and merchants is dependent on the amount of trust the industry, and consumers, have in the company. In addition to its direct partnerships with over 580 global brands2, trade associations, and governments, Alibaba is also one of the few e-commerce companies to partner with law enforcement in China to assist in offline anti-counterfeiting investigations. Working with manufacturers and sellers, Alibaba aims to address the problem at the root cause, and continues to refine its policies, upgrade its technological capabilities, as well as build up its in-house expertise on IP enforcement.

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.

1 In the quarter ended December 31, 2015, Alibaba Group reported 407 million annual active buyers on its China retail marketplaces, an increase of 21 million from the prior quarter.
2 As of end of January 2016.

Media Contacts

Robert H. Christie
Alibaba Group
+1 917 860 9410
bob.christie@alibaba-inc.com

Sharon Chan
Alibaba Group
+1 415 361 8219
sharon.chan@alibaba-inc.com

Alibaba to acquire controlling stake in the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia Lazada for approximately USD1 billion

Transaction makes Alibaba a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia

Hangzhou, China/Singapore, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group Holding Limited and Lazada Group S.A. announced today that Alibaba entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Lazada, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia. The transaction consists of an investment of approximately USD500 million in newly issued equity capital of Lazada and acquisition of shares from certain shareholders of Lazada, for a total investment by Alibaba of approximately USD1 billion. The transaction is expected to help brands and distributors around the world that already do business on Alibaba’s platform, as well as local merchants, to access the Southeast Asian consumer market.

Lazada currently operates e-commerce platforms in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore Thailand and Vietnam. These six countries combined have a population of approximately 560 million and an estimated Internet user base of 200 million, according to Internet Live Stats. With only 3% of the region’s total retail sales conducted online, Southeast Asia is expected to offer tremendous growth potential to both companies as internet penetration continues to rise.

“Globalization is a critical strategy for the growth of Alibaba Group today and well into the future,” said Michael Evans, President of Alibaba. “With the investment in Lazada, Alibaba gains access to a platform with a large and growing consumer base outside China, a proven management team and a solid foundation for future growth in one of the most promising regions for e-commerce globally. This investment is consistent with our strategy of connecting brands, distributors and consumers wherever they are and support our ecosystem expansion in Southeast Asia to better serve our customers.”

Max Bittner, CEO of Lazada Group, added, “We are very excited about joining forces with Alibaba and see significant synergies that will drive great benefits to our customers in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is an attractive mobile-driven consumer market that is highly fragmented and diverse with significant barriers to entry and a nascent modern retail sector that has large headroom for growth. The transaction will help us to accelerate our goal to provide the 560 million consumers in the region with access to the broadest and most unique assortment of products. Furthermore, leveraging Alibaba’s unique knowhow and technology will allow us to rapidly improve our services and provide an even more effortless shopping and selling experience.”

In connection with the transaction, Alibaba entered into a put-call arrangement with certain Lazada shareholders, giving Alibaba the right to purchase, and the shareholders the right to sell collectively, their remaining stakes in Lazada at fair market value during the 12 to 18 month period after the closing of the transaction.

Founded in 2012, Lazada is the one-stop e-commerce gateway for local and international brands and distributors to consumers in six distinct Southeast Asian markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. By combining its regional presence with locally tailored capabilities in areas such as supply-chain, last-mile delivery and payment, Lazada has developed a unique solution for global brands and distributors wanting to enter this rapidly growing region.

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited acted as exclusive financial advisor to Alibaba and Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC as exclusive financial advisor to Lazada.

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expect,” “future,” “continue,” “strategy” and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Alibaba’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release and is based on assumptions that Alibaba believes to be reasonable as of this date, and Alibaba does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Media Contacts

Rico Ngai
Alibaba Group
+852 9725 9600
rico.ngai@alibaba-inc.com

Sarimah Salamon
Lazada Group
+65 9430 8043
sarimah.salamon@lazada.com

Jill Standish named Senior Managing Director Retail at Accenture

Retail Industry Veteran Jill Standish Joins Accenture; Named Head of Company’s Retail Industry Practice

NEW YORK, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture announced today that Jill Standish has joined Accenture Consulting and been named Senior Managing Director, Retail. As the head of Accenture’s Retail practice, Ms Standish will focus on the business strategy and ongoing development and execution of retail industry strategy for clients. Ms Standish will oversee Accenture’s offerings and assets, guide growth and capability development as well as manage the retail industry client portfolio, with a focus on driving business transformation for clients.

“I am delighted to welcome Jill to our senior leadership team,” said Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive – Products. “Jill is a recognized leader in the industry and her experience and leadership skills will be valuable assets as we continue to execute our strategy and deliver value for our clients.”

Ms. Standish brings over 20 years of experience to Accenture with previous leadership positions across sales, marketing and consulting. Her most recent role was at Oracle where she was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Retail Business Unit. Prior to that, Ms Standish was the global leader for IBM’s Global Business Services retail consulting practice. Throughout her career she has worked on digital and store transformation projects with leading global retail clients.

Ms Standish was named by Consulting Magazine as one of their Top 25 Consultants for her vision and strategy in the Retail Industry in 2013. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and is an active member of the National Retail Federation. She is also on the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; a non-profit organization supporting women and teens.

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

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Contact:

Caroline Douglas
Accenture
+ 35 3 87 680 0074
caroline.douglas@accenture.com

Island Creamery, Inc. becomes the new sole franchisee of Baskin-Robbins in Puerto Rico

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced that Island Creamery, Inc. (ICI) has acquired more than 20 Baskin-Robbins shops in Puerto Rico, becoming the brand’s new sole franchisee on the island. Under the agreement, Island Creamery, Inc. — owned and operated by Puerto Rico-based The Larrea Group, a company with nearly four decades of experience in the local restaurant industry — will transform and grow the brand on the island by remodeling existing shops and adding new locations in Puerto Rico over the coming years.

“We’re pleased to work with the Larrea Group to re-energize the Baskin-Robbins brand in Puerto Rico and to expand our presence on the island,” said Weldon Spangler, Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “The Larrea Group has decades of experience in the local restaurant industry, so we feel they will be a strong franchisee for the Baskin-Robbins brand in Puerto Rico. We can’t wait to share our brand’s ‘more flavors and more fun’ with even more guests on the island in the years ahead.”

Baskin-Robbins currently has more than 7,600 shops in nearly 50 countries around the world, including more than 2,500 locations in the U.S. Baskin-Robbins has been a preferred ice cream brand on the island since 1976. The brand features an extensive array of premium ice cream flavors—including local flavors—along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious ice cream sundaes, refreshing frozen beverages and other frozen treats.

Island Creamery, Inc.’s acquisition of the Baskin-Robbins shops represents a new era of possibilities for the iconic ice cream brand that has been present in the lives of Puerto Rican consumers for more than 40 years. This agreement has also sustained the jobs of more than 180 team members that diligently operate the more than 20 shops.

In addition to developing new Baskin-Robbins restaurants in Puerto Rico, Island Creamery, Inc. will also remodel existing locations with the brand’s latest shop design, featuring bright and modern décor, comfortable seating, ice cream “super graphic” artwork, pink spoon door handles and digital menu displays to make it even easier for guests to choose and personalize their Baskin-Robbins order.

Baskin-Robbins provides a variety of premium ice cream flavors made with the highest-quality ingredients. Today, all locations in Puerto Rico offer once again the brand’s classic “31 flavors,” including such favorites as Pralines ‘n Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies ‘n Cream.

“We are honored and grateful for the opportunity to transform and grow the Baskin-Robbins brand in Puerto Rico, and are especially proud to have contributed to the preservation of 180 local jobs. It is a privilege to expand Baskin-Robbins’ presence in Puerto Rico and bring the brand’s world-famous range of ‘31 flavors’ and other delicious frozen treats to even more guests on the island,” said Juan Antonio (Tony) Larrea, President of Island Creamery, Inc.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

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About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

 

About Island Creamery, Inc.
Island Creamery, Inc., part of The Larrea Group, will now operate all Baskin-Robbins shops in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1976, The Larrea Group owns and operates multiple U.S. franchise restaurant concepts in Puerto Rico with a team of 7,000 people.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

QATAR, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Ministry of Public Health (MPH) signed today (Tuesday April 12th) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) to launch a public health awareness campaign, with the aim of providing the public with a wide range of valuable nutrition information through posters displayed at a number of Al Meera branches across Qatar. The posters are intended to help consumers take informed decisions regarding their healthy and balanced diets.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Marri, Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs at the Ministry of Public Health; Dr. Javaid Sheikh, Dean, WCM-Q, represented at the ceremony by Nesreen Al-Rifai, Chief Communications Officer at WCM-Q; and Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera.

“This MoU is part of our concerted efforts to promote public health awareness, especially as far as healthy diet is concerned, and the Ministry of Public Health attaches special importance to raising health awareness in the community in cooperation with all concerned partners,” said Dr. Al-Marri.

He added that the Qatar STEPS Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Survey 2012 showed that the majority of adult Qataris (91%) consumed less than five servings of fruits and/or vegetables on average per day, 45.9% of them had low physical activity, 41.4% of the respondents were obese and 70% were overweight.

“These worrying numbers add to the importance of this crucial campaign which aligns with other important efforts, particularly the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, part of the National Health Strategy,” Dr. Al-Mari added.

Dr. Al-Marri applauded the fruitful cooperation between MPH and WCM-Q which resulted in several initiatives, most important of which is Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First which has largely contributed to promoting health awareness amongst the different segments of the community in cooperation with other partners. He also commended the cooperation between MPH and the private sector to enhance public health awareness, with the fruitful cooperation with Al Meera setting a good example in this regard.

“Al Meera is committed to its role in social development, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, and thus is keen on supporting initiatives that aim to promote food safety and healthy eating habits,” said Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera.

Dr. Al Qahtani stressed the importance of the MoU and the cooperation of the concerned parties to spread health awareness in the country, saying that Al Meera contributes in spreading this message through its health awareness posters displayed at five  of its branches as a first step, namely Legtaifiya, Gulf Mall, Al Wakra (South), Thakhira and Géant Hypermarket, with plans to roll out the program later at more branches.

The MoU stipulates that MPH will set up a task force to help with preparing and revising the posters, implement the health program at workplaces, carry out a survey to assess the needs of Al Meera employees (pre-survey) and conduct health check-ups for them. The MoU also involves a mutually beneficial exchange of expertise. The MPH will provide advice to all parties concerned whenever needed, promote wellness at workplaces, and assess public health knowledge and awareness (post-survey).

WCM-Q will contribute to nutrition information of the posters in accordance with the MPH’s Qatar Dietary Guidelines and will set up a work force to help with implementing the program and preparing the posters.

Al Meera will also set up a task force that will help with implementing the nutrition posters program and promoting healthy lifestyles, will host awareness activities at suitable times and will encourage consumers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company

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Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

Qatar: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company to launch a public health awareness campaign to promote healthy eating habits

USDA’S FSIS: Perfect Fit Meals recalls 10,455 pounds of poultry entrees due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perfect Fit Meals, LLC, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,455 pounds of poultry entrees due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled and one of the products, the Turkey Enchilada, may contain milk, a known allergen which is not declared on the mislabeled product label.

The Turkey Enchilada items were produced on March 28, 2016. The Lemon Pepper Chicken items were produced on March 25, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF only)]

  • 10.4-oz. sealed tray packages with a label that says “Perfect Fit Meals Texas Chicken Ranch Casserole” with a use-by date of 4/24/2016, but may contain “Perfect Fit Meals Lemon Pepper Chicken.”
  • 11-oz sealed tray packages with a label that says “Perfect Fit Meals Chipotle Chicken Sausage” with a use-by date of 5/2/2016, but may contain “Perfect Fit Meals Turkey Enchilada.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-827” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the sealed tray packages. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm was notified by a retailer that the products were incorrectly labeled.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mona Powell, Quality Assurance, at (281) 953-3200. Media with questions about the recall can contact Brad Wilson, CEO, at (713) 579-5686.

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt  (202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Sports Direct comments on inaccurate information published on The Guardian website

Shirebrook, UK, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Further to yesterday’s announcement, Sports Direct (“the Group”) would like to correct inaccurate information that was published on The Guardian website by making the following comments.

“This property is a perfect strategic fit. The Group has had a long-standing interest in acquiring a flagship site in London for a 20,000 sq ft Flannels.com store along with 20,000 sq ft of prestige office space to replace New Cavendish Street, which was sold for £44m last May (2015). At that time the Group said its plan was to acquire a prime London site in order to gain more space and strengthen its market position. The Group has searched extensively before seizing this opportunity.

“The deal vindicates the Group’s faith in Michael Murray, who has successfully played a pivotal role executing the property strategy. This is one of the hottest freehold sites in London, superbly located in the mid-section of Oxford Street to the east of Oxford Circus. It is just a short walk from the forthcoming new Crossrail link at Tottenham Court Road, which will bring an estimated 50,000 extra people a day to the station in 2018 and it will bring 1.5million people to within 45 minutes by train.”

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KBA PR
Keith Bishop
020 7734 9995

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Hilfiger Denim capsule collection Tommy Jeans celebrates the most iconic Tommy Hilfiger styles from the ‘90s

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], announces the launch of Tommy Jeans, a Hilfiger Denim capsule collection that celebrates the most iconic Tommy Hilfigerstyles from the ‘90s, revived as modern classics with a fresh, youthful twist for today. The capsule collection will be available at select Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide where the Hilfiger Denim offering is carried, and online at tommy.com beginning April 5, 2016.

“The Tommy Jeans collection revisits ‘90s nostalgia and celebrates iconic styles from our archives,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Reminiscing on the ‘90s reminds me of some incredible memories – from our first collaborations with musicians and celebrities to our continued passion for pop culture. Our Tommy Jeans collection celebrates some of my favorite styles from our early years, updated for a new generation of Tommy fans.”

The iconic Tommy Hilfiger logo is featured throughout the collection. Unisex styles include logo t-shirts, long-sleeved sweatshirts, and an oversized denim jacket; the women’s collection also includes a logo bikini, high-waisted light-wash jeans, high-waisted light-wash cut-off shorts, and dungarees with quintessentially ‘90s Tommy Hilfiger straps.

Tommy Jeans is supported by a campaign featuring millennial models Lucky Blue Smith and Hailey Baldwin. Together the duo fuse the collection’s retro look with Hilfiger Denim’s edgy rock-and-roll-inspired aesthetic. As a friend of the brand, Baldwin previously walked in the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 Hilfiger Collection runway shows at New York Fashion Week and appeared in Hilfiger Denim’s Spring 2016 Dynamic Stretch campaign. The Tommy Jeanscampaign was photographed in New York by renowned Instagram influencer Bryant Eslava.

Leading up to the collection’s global launch on April 7, numerous influencers have been photographed wearing Tommy Jeans including Suki and Immy Waterhouse, Jourdan Dunn, Lucky Blue Smith, Caroline Vreeland and Nash Grier, and international bloggers including Shea Marie, Themla Aoyama, BJ Pascual, Caroline Daur, Stefanie Giesinger and Veronika Heilbrunner.

Friends and followers of the brand are invited to join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger and the handle @TommyHilfiger.

Kimberley Witcomb
Director of European Communications
Tel. +31 20 589 5714
kimberley.witcomb@tommy.com

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Hilfiger Denim capsule collection Tommy Jeans celebrates the most iconic Tommy Hilfiger styles from the ‘90s

Hilfiger Denim capsule collection Tommy Jeans celebrates the most iconic Tommy Hilfiger styles from the ‘90s

Tommy Hilfiger attended the opening of EXHIBITIONISM – The Rolling Stones’ first international exhibition

LONDON, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], announces that Mr. Tommy Hilfiger attended the opening of EXHIBITIONISM – The Rolling Stones’ first international exhibition – at the Saatchi Gallery in London on April 4, 2016. Tommy joined the Rolling Stones band, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, to celebrate the opening night gala.

As the exhibit’s official apparel sponsor, Tommy Hilfiger has designed a limited-edition Hilfiger Denim capsule collection of graphic t-shirts and custom jackets adorned with Rolling Stones imagery and the band’s iconic tongue logo – the most globally-recognized music logo in the world. The capsule collection will launch on tommy.com in Europe and at the Tommy Hilfiger London flagship store on Regent Street, and roll out to tommy.com sites globally and additional Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide as the exhibit travels to new cities.

“It’s been an amazing journey working with the Rolling Stones since we first sponsored their tour in 1999, and it’s an honor to be here in London with them to support EXHIBITIONISM as the exhibit’s official apparel sponsor,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Music has always been one of my biggest sources of inspiration, and EXHIBITIONISM is an incredible retrospective of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.”

The Rolling Stones said: “In curating EXHIBITIONISM we opened our archives and looked back through all our best artifacts and memorabilia – it reminded us of what an incredible journey we’ve had.”

Guests were invited to tour the exhibition before joining a red carpet cocktail reception.EXHIBITIONISM explores the musical heritage that took the Rolling Stones from a London blues band in the early 1960s to a global cultural phenomenon. It features over 500 rare and original Rolling Stones’ artifacts, ranging from never-before-seen dressing room paraphernalia to instruments, iconic costumes, poster and album artwork, personal diaries, rare audio tracks and unique video footage.

Tommy and Dee Hilfiger; The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts; musicians Jesse Wood, Bill Wyman, James Bay, Bob and Pixie Geldof; model Georgia May Jagger; actor James Jagger; and presenter Fearne Cotton.

Kimberley Witcomb
Director of European Communications
Tel. +31 20 589 5714
kimberley.witcomb@tommy.com

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Tommy Hilfiger attended the opening of EXHIBITIONISM – The Rolling Stones’ first international exhibition

Tommy Hilfiger attended the opening of EXHIBITIONISM – The Rolling Stones’ first international exhibition

Staples receives a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its superior energy efficiency achievements

Staples recognized for its sustained leadership to protect the environment

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Staples 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.

Staples, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1992, will be honored for their energy efficient achievements of the certification of 612 total buildings, and recertification of 33 buildings in 2015. Staples was a strong competitor in the EPA Better Buildings Challenge committing to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent by 2020 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2025. Overall, Staples achieved an average of 30 percent portfolio-wide reduction in energy intensity over the past few years with its energy efficiency programs, including green power investments, providing 18 million kWh of clean energy from solar in 2015.

“Staples truly values its partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Bob Valair, director of energy and environmental management, Staples, Inc. “It’s exciting to see the impact we’ve made through our energy efficiency programs and we remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions 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, Staples 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 Staples with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.Staples 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 Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About ENERGY STAR
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: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832
mark.cautela@staples.com
or
ENERGY STAR
Kristinn Leonhart, 202-343-9062
Brand Manager
Leonhart.Kristinn@epa.gov

 

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(L-R) Staples' Vice President of Construction, Engineering & Support Services John Lynch, EPA Director and Chief of the Energy Star Program Jean Lupinacci and Staples' Director of Energy and Environmental Management Bob Valair at the event where the EPA recognized Staples, with the 2016 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year - Sustained Excellence Award. (Photo: Business Wire)

(L-R) Staples’ Vice President of Construction, Engineering & Support Services John Lynch, EPA Director and Chief of the Energy Star Program Jean Lupinacci and Staples’ Director of Energy and Environmental Management Bob Valair at the event where the EPA recognized Staples, with the 2016 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year – Sustained Excellence Award. (Photo: Business Wire)

Staples enabled Facebook Messenger functionalities on its mobile website

Customers to Chat with Staples and Receive Personalized Updates and Order Information via Messenger

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with F8, Facebook’s annual global developer conference, Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today that it has enabled Facebook Messenger functionalities on its mobile website, allowing customers to use Messenger to enhance their shopping session.

After signing up to connect on Messenger, m.Staples.com customers will have the ability to chat with sales specialists and customer service to get shopping assistance and post-sales support, with quick responses to their questions. Customers would also be able to opt-in to receive personalized updates, like order confirmation and shipment notifications, directly in Messenger. The features are only available on Staples’ mobile website to begin with, but will be rolled out to tablet and desktop users in the coming months.

“Staples customers are increasingly turning to Messenger to interact with our brand, and by adding these capabilities, we’re making it easier for them to connect with us and keep tabs on their order whenever and wherever they want,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples, Inc. “We see Messenger as another extension of our omnichannel offering, letting businesses leverage the power of our e-commerce, social media and customer service capabilities to have the best shopping experience possible.”

With Staples on Messenger, all customers’ interactions and order information will be in one place, and they can ask questions or make necessary changes with their interactions being handled by Staples’ chat team. Staples’ eCommerce team has enabled the Messenger Platform integration with its mobile website in partnership with Powerfront, a cloud-based customer engagement platform that enables brands to target and engage customers on their website for revenue generation.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside ofBoston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela,
508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@staples.com

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Facebook Messenger functionalities on Staples’ mobile website, allowing customers to use Messenger to enhance their shopping session. (Photo: Business Wire)

Facebook Messenger functionalities on Staples’ mobile website, allowing customers to use Messenger to enhance their shopping session. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Jean Coutu Group to release results for Q4 of FY 2016 on April 27

Varennes, Quebec, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. announced today that the release of results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 will take place on April 27, 2016 at approximately 7:00 a.m. ET.

Financial analysts and investors are invited to attend a conference call during which the financial results will be presented.

Time and date: Wednesday April 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. ET

Dial number: 514-392-1478 or 866-225-0198

Conference call name: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the live or deferred broadcast on the Jean Coutu Group corporate website at www.jeancoutu.com. A full replay will also be available by dialling 514-861-2272 or toll free at 800-408-3053 until May 27, 2016. The access code is 9963289 followed by pound sign (#).

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 417 franchised stores in Québec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, and employs more than 20,000 people. Furthermore, since December 2007, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Québec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
(450) 646-9611, Extension 1165
hbisson@jeancoutu.com

SOURCE: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Brookshire Grocery Company to transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025

TYLER, Texas, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brookshire Grocery Company is committed to and strives to meet the needs of its customers. In response to an increasing number of customers requesting cage-free eggs, BGC formally announces its intention to transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. The company will work with current suppliers during this transition in a way that ensures eggs are safely produced and affordably priced for all of its customers.

Brookshire Grocery Company was established in 1928 and now operates three brands—Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, and FRESH by Brookshire’s. All of the 152 stores within these brands partner closely with their local communities and are committed to providing the highest quality products at the best possible value.

Media Inquiries
If you are a member of the Media, please direct inquiries to our Public Relations Department at publicrelations@brookshires.com.

Schnucks: Back to Nature Foods recalls two lots of its Classic Creme cookies

Product may contain undeclared milk

St. Louis MO, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Back to Nature Foods, LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Classic Creme cookies, 12 oz. packages, because they may contain undeclared milk not listed as an ingredient on the label. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Back to Nature Classic Creme cookies

12 oz.

UPC: 81989801103

Best by Dates: 10SEP16 and 16SEP16

Schnucks customers may return any unused portion to their nearest store for a full refund or exchange. Those with questions should contact Back to Nature at 1-844-275-5854 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs Department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:
Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Overstock.com’s General Counsel and Senior VP Mitch Edwards appointed to the role of acting CEO

Decision Comes After Company Founder Dr. Patrick M. Byrne Announces Medical Leave of Absence

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) board of directors has appointed the company’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President Mitch Edwards to the role of acting CEO, effective immediately.  This appointment comes after company founder Dr. Patrick M. Byrne announced his decision to take a medical leave of absence.

“The board of directors is confident that Mitch is the right choice to continue the growth of the company,” said Overstock.com Chairman of the Board Jonathan Johnson. “His past experience and ability to lead the existing management team makes him ideally suited for the role of acting CEO.”

Byrne had recommended that the board of directors appoint Edwards as his successor, citing his experience as “an outstanding full-spectrum entrepreneur,” along with his understanding of both Overstock.com’s core businesses and blockchain-based crypto initiatives.

A veteran in the digital and high-tech corporate environment, Edwards was named senior vice president and general counsel of Overstock.com in August 2015. Prior to Overstock.com, Edwards served as the CFO & general counsel of BitTorrent Inc., where he spearheaded international acquisitions, Razer Inc., where he oversaw global expansion, and Skullcandy Inc., where he lead the company’s IPO, key acquisitions, and international growth.

Edwards started his career as a mergers and acquisitions and corporate securities lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in New York and San Francisco, was a Partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Los Angeles, and has also worked at the White House and the United States Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree fromBrigham Young University, international business and law degrees from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and a law degree fromStanford Law School.

About Overstock.com
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Overstock.com's General Counsel and Senior VP Mitch Edwards appointed to the role of acting CEO

Overstock.com’s General Counsel and Senior VP Mitch Edwards appointed to the role of acting CEO

Whole Foods Market to provide Boomtown Accelerator with grocery delivery via Instacart

BOULDER, Colo., 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market and Boomtown Accelerator today announced a partnership to fuel community-service-based innovation projects in and around Boulder, while nourishing busy entrepreneurs focused on giving back.

Whole Foods Market will provide Boomtown with grocery delivery via Instacart, and will stock the accelerator’s kitchen with nutritious food. “Professionals in the technology sector—particularly startups—too often neglect their physical health due to the stress of their jobs. We believe founders that pay attention to health and nutrition actually have a competitive advantage,” said Toby Krout, executive director of Boomtown Accelerator. “Not only will Boomtown’s food and snack choices become healthier, working with Whole Foods Market and their strong focus on great food will serve as a constant reminder to make good choices in every aspect of their lives.”

The companies will also partner on technology experiments that allow Boomtown’s entrepreneurs to develop and test tools that accelerate the speed, modernization, innovation and quality of the grocer’s regional marketing and operations initiatives. Boomtown and Whole Foods Market will undertake three special projects throughout the partnership.

The group is exploring options ranging from apps to enhanced internal operations, to solutions for third-party nonprofits’ donation campaigns. “Our company was built on an entrepreneurial foundation, and Boulder is ground zero for natural food innovation. Partnering with, and fueling the entrepreneurs at, Boomtown is an honor and a challenge we welcome,” said Adam Ornelas, Whole Foods Market’s marketing and community relations team leader for Colorado. “These are people who work around the clock on their ideas, and they need clean fuel for their brilliant minds to keep them at the top of their game—that’s where we come in.”

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Whole Foods Market social: @wfmboulder (twitter) / @wholefoodsco (Instagram)

 

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Source: Wholefoods Market

Whole Foods Market and Xerces Society: Life without pollinators would be a lot less sweet

FREMONT, Calif. 2016-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Life without pollinators would be a lot less sweet. That’s the message Whole Foods Market and the Xerces Society are delivering this month as part of the duo’s “share the buzz” campaign to raise awareness around the plight of pollinators, and to inspire shoppers to be part of the solution.

One in every three bites of food comes from plants that depend on pollinators, and with pollinator populations declining at alarming rates, the availability of ingredients in many of the baked goods people enjoy every day is being threatened.

To showcase the vital role pollinators play in the global food supply, Whole Foods Market’s Fremont, California store gave shoppers a startling preview of what their bakery choices would be if pollinators vanished. The before-and-after photos are disturbing – as are the findings:

  • 97 percent of the dessert choices featured in the bakery department would either disappear or would be significantly altered; only 32 of 1,057 items remained in their original form.*
  • With key ingredients such as chocolate, coffee, almonds, berries, carrots and even vanilla relying on pollinators for production, hundreds of desserts – from specialty treats like macaroons and tiramisu to everyday favorites like chocolate chip cookies – would be history.
  • Dairy-based dessert options would be scarce. Pollinators are vital to crops that feed cattle, including alfalfa; without them, there’d be no more cheesecakes, crème brulee, thickly iced cakes, puddings, creamy tarts or éclair fillings. Even the most basic choices like plain white cupcakes that require dairy ingredients would be limited.

“Sweet tooth or not, life without dessert would be tough to swallow,” said Eric Mader, pollinator program co-director for The Xerces Society. “But with one-third of the world’s food crops depending on disappearing pollinator species, that may one day be a reality. The good news: it’s not too late. With support from Whole Foods Market and its shoppers and suppliers, our organization is working with farmers nationwide to help them create wildflower habitat and to adopt less pesticide-intensive practices, which will help pollinators thrive.”

With shoppers’ support, Whole Foods Market and its suppliers have donated more than $547,000 to the Xerces Society since 2012. These funds have helped create or improve more than 186,000 acres of pollinator habitat in the U.S., with tens of thousands more acres in development.

“This campaign is all about inspiring people to take small steps that make a big difference for these small heroes of our food supply,” said Lee Kane, mission and culture coach for Whole Foods Market. “Even simple strategies like shopping organic or planting native wildflowers can tip the balance back in favor of our pollinators.”

Customers can also “share the buzz” by choosing Responsibly Grown outdoor potted plants, or by purchasing pollinator-friendly products from brands that are supporting the Xerces Society’s conservation efforts, including:

  • Cascadian Farm – The organic cereal, snacks and frozen produce brand protects pollinators through research funding and organic farming.  Brand packaging features “Bee Friendlier” codes that consumers enter on bee-friendlier.com, which trigger 25cent donations to pollinator conservation efforts of their choice.  The company also recently announced a new commitment to plant thousands of acres of pollinator habitat on supplier farms by 2020.
  • Blue Diamond – This almond product maker protects pollinators by donating to research on bee health and by planting flowering ground covers around its almond orchards.
  • Whole Foods Market’s limited edition 365 Everyday Value® Pollinator-Friendly Almonds and Almond Butters – Whole Foods Market launched its pollinator-friendly almond products to directly support a pilot program developed by the Xerces Society, and Nevada Ranch in Le Grange, California, which is working to integrate native wildflower habitat and improved pesticide protection in large-scale almond production.

Find product information, kid-friendly educational activities, videos spotlighting lesser-known pollinators like moths, butterflies, fireflies and hummingbirds, and more at: wfm.com/pollinators.

*The only dessert items that remained unaltered were soy-based vegan “cheesecake” and coconut macaroons. Vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, vegan peanut butter cookies, plain mini cheesecakes, angel food cake, vegan white cake and lemon sticky toffee pudding also remained, but in very limited quantities or with recipe alterations.

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Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

Source: Whole Foods Market