Nordstrom announces the launch of new activewear line for women IVY PARK

Seattle, WA, 2016-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 14, 2016), Nordstrom, Inc. announced the arrival of IVY PARK, a new activewear line for women. Co-founded by Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green, the brand launched at 54 Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com.

IVY PARK design unifies fashion and performance. The leggings appear in three lengths, the capri, which falls just under the knee; the crop, which falls on the calf; and the full length, which reaches the ankle. Each pant comes in three shapes: the I, the V and the Y, which corresponds with low rise, midrise and high rise fit, respectively.

The core of the collection is bolstered by ‘second skin’ signature pieces, including fitted tank tops with concealed, built-in sports bras, bonded, v-band structured medium impact sports bras, seamless knits and body suits. The line also features logo sweatshirts, cotton jersey tanks and tees, basketball mesh over-sized T-shirts and tank tops that appear in both black and white.

IVY PARK merchandise sold at Nordstrom ranges in price from $14 for a headband to $265 for a body suit.

Nordstrom has been the retail partner of choice for brands such as Topshop, Topman and Madewell, which have exclusive U.S. distribution through the retailer.

For a complete list of stores, please visit nordstrom.com/ivypark.

Media Contacts:

Nordstrom, Inc.
Chelsey Allodi
(206) 303-3017
chelsey.allodi@nordstrom.com

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

Waitrose to export to China for the first time via a website platform

LONDON, 2016-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is to export to China for the first time from 18 April after reaching an agreement to sell products online with the retailer predicting it could become its biggest international business in the next three to five years.

It will be the first time the UK supermarket has exported to a country via a website platform only and will give the world’s fastest growing ecommerce market access to products and ranges, including Waitrose Duchy Organic, Waitrose Baby and later this year, essential Waitrose and Waitrose 1*.

Waitrose products will be sold exclusively through the Royal Mail store on Tmall Global, an online marketplace operated by Alibaba Group.

Tmall is China’s largest third party online platform for brands and retailers to connect with hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. Waitrose has arranged the deal through Avenue51, who runs Royal Mail’s store on Tmall Global.

The Royal Mail store specialises in championing British companies and Waitrose will be one of its highest profile brands to date. There will be a dedicated Waitrose page within the Royal Mail’s online store with information about the brand for its new customers in China alongside the product listings.

An initial 30 products will be available from the Waitrose offer, including biscuits, tea, coffee, cereals and nuts as well as beauty, baby and organic ranges with more lines set to be added shortly after the launch.

Shoppers will be able to choose from favourites like the supermarket’s Earl Grey tea and Waitrose Duchy Organic Shortbread to the ever popular own label Baby bottom butter.

A report researched and compiled by e-retail analysts, Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), in 2014 highlighted the potential of the Chinese online market. It estimated that less than half of China’s 1.36 billion population was using the internet, despite it already being the world’s largest ecommerce market. In addition, the number of mobile internet users in China had grown by more than eight times in the last five years and was expected to surpass 700m this year.

Waitrose commercial director, Mark Williamson, said: ‘The potential for Waitrose in China is huge and although it’s a relatively modest start it’s our ambition to see it become our biggest international business in the next three to five years. We are proud that Waitrose is recognised around the world for quality and excited to be reaching new markets.’

Richard Snowdon, international director at Royal Mail, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Waitrose to the Royal Mail store and to offer its products to Chinese consumers. Our Tmall Global shop front brings British brands together with hundreds of millions of shoppers in China. For British retailers and exporters, Royal Mail offers an accelerated opportunity to access the China market and for consumers, we provide a distinctive range of quality British products delivered right to their door.’

Amee Chande, managing director, UK/Ireland & Nordics, from Alibaba Group, said: ‘Chinese consumers seek out high quality British brands and Alibaba is happy to provide the platform for Waitrose to introduce its products to China’s homes and kitchens. Waitrose joins a number of leading British brands already available through the Royal Mail Store on Tmall Global and we hope that many others will follow given the potential that China offers to their business and the demand that exists for British products.’

Chao Liu, chief commercial officer of Avenue51, added: ‘Avenue51 is proud that Waitrose has chosen to partner with us to drive the expansion of Waitrose’s business into China via e-commerce. The Chinese market presents the world’s greatest opportunity for retailers such as Waitrose and businesses like Royal Mail, which are seen as desirable and aspirational brands by hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers.’

Notes to editors

Waitrose:

  • *Waitrose 1 launches in the UK in April and will offer customers the very best of Waitrose with one simple yet distinctive brand for its premium food.
  • China will become the 59th country Waitrose now exports to. It already exports own-label and branded goods to countries, including Spain, India, Singapore, Ghana, Mauritius, South Africa, Barbados, Bermuda, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and St Lucia.
  • Its supermarket customers include Food Lover’s Market in South Africa, Unimarc in Chile, Park N Shop in Hong Kong, Eroski in Gibraltar, and Arkadia in Malta.
  • Waitrose products are in department stores in South Korea and Switzerland.
  • Waitrose has just opened its eighth shop in the Middle East.
  • Waitrose currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches.

Royal Mail plc:

  • Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (‘UKPIL’) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the ‘Royal Mail’ and ‘Parcelforce Worldwide’ brands.
  • Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels.

Avenue51:

  • Avenue51 is the UK’s leading Chinese e-commerce specialist service provider.
  • The company offers a range of vertically integrated B2B and B2C solutions which enable British brands to reach almost all of China’s online consumers through a single integration to multiple Chinese online marketplaces.
  • Avenue51 combines a complete logistics and order management solution with website development, customer service, design and consumer marketing solutions and works with over 50 British brands, from SMEs to the largest public companies.
  • In 2016 Avenue51 was shortlisted for Startup of the Year in the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:
James Armstrong
Waitrose Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: 01344 824657
Mobile: 07764676880
Email: james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

Albertsons Companies announces the appointment of Susan Morris as EVP of Retail Operations over its East Region

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that it has appointed current Denver Division President Susan Morris to the position of Executive Vice President of Retail Operations over its East Region. Morris is filling the vacancy created when Kelly Griffith announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the company.

Since March of 2015, Morris has led the Company’s Denver Division team, overseeing over 130 stores in five states. She joined Albertsons when she was 16 as a customer service clerk in Colorado, and worked at store level until she graduated from Colorado State University when she accepted a job at the division office. Her career has spanned roles from Store Director to Corporate Grocery Sales Director, Vice President of Bakery and Operations and, upon the sale of Albertson’s Inc.’s assets to SUPERVALU, Vice President of Customer Satisfaction. In 2010, she was Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising when she left SUPERVALU to join Albertsons LLC. In March 2013, Morris moved from her role as Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising for the Southwest Division to Intermountain Division President.

“Starting at an entry level position and working your way up to a leadership role is very much alive and well at Albertsons Companies, and Susan is the latest example of that,” said Wayne Denningham, Chief Operating Officer. “In the span of our company’s history, we have helped to develop some of the greatest retail leaders in the industry today, and Susan is certainly an excellent addition to that list. Her experience in grocery is invaluable both as an operator and a merchant. We look forward to her taking on this key role as we look to continue to grow and strengthen our operation while furthering our goal of becoming the Favorite Local Supermarket across the nearly 2,300 neighborhoods we serve.”

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

CONTACT: Brian Dowling
925-226-5141 | brian.dowling@albertsons.com

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Susan Morris, EVP, East Region

Susan Morris, EVP, East Region