LuLu Group donates unclaimed raffle draw prize car to the Emirates Red Crescent

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our efforts to support the charitable and community causes, LuLu Group today donated a car to the Emirates Red Crescent. This car, Nissan Pathfinder, was part of the annual raffle draw conducted by LuLu Hypermarket in the UAE and was not claimed by any winner. Setting new precedence in CSR efforts, LuLu Group has decided to donate such raffle prizes in future also to various charitable causes.

The car was handed to Salem Sultan Al Suwaidi, Branch Manager of Red Crescent, by T.P. Abubaker, Regional Director of LuLu Group, at a ceremony held at LuLu Hypermarket, Baniyas, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Speaking on the occasion, T.P. Abubaker said “We have always been looking at newer ways to strengthen our CSR initiatives and this is one such effort. Rather than taking back the unclaimed raffle prizes, we have decided to donate it to humanitarian organisations such as Red Crescent.”

“We are delighted by this noble gesture by LuLu Group, who have always supported our various charitable efforts. I hope this sets a new example for other institutions to come up with similar initiatives” said Al Suwaidi.

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LuLu Group donates unclaimed raffle draw prize car to the Emirates Red Crescent

LuLu Group donates unclaimed raffle draw prize car to the Emirates Red Crescent

LuLu Hypermarket awarded first position in the overall consumer satisfaction index conducted by the Department of Economic Development

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Hypermarket has been awarded by the Dubai Department of Economic Development as a result of the Consumer Friendliness Index exercise conducted earlier this year.

The awards ceremony for CFI in its 4th edition was organized by the Department of Economic Development in Dubai under the patronage and in the presence of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai International Marine Club, to honor winning facilities in the seven categories monitored by the index.

The award was handed out by HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and received by Mr. Salim M.A., Director of LuLu Group, at a ceremony held at Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, on 11th May 2016.

LuLu Hypermarket was awarded for the first position in the overall consumer satisfaction index conducted by the Department of Economic Development, which monitors all retailers in the region for consumer satisfaction. Evaluation was based on six major criteria, namely: Product quality, product price, money value, after sales service quality, clarity of service and warranty policies, and overall customer satisfaction. LuLu Hypermarket was also conferred with the Award for the Best Consumer Friendly Retailer in the region by the Department of Economic Development in the same function.

The Consumer Friendliness Index had assessed companies across the United Arab Emirates to select the best consumer friendly retailer among them. The process included an online survey completed by residents of Dubai as well as an overall score given by the Department of Economic Development. This score was a combination of consumer rating of the retailer, customer complaints received about the retailer and the retailer’s fairness in pricing.

After receiving the award, Mr. Salim M.A. said “We are extremely delighted to be selected as the most consumer friendly Hypermarket in Dubai, as also to be the best overall performing retailer of Dubai. LuLu has always believed in keeping our customers as the core of our business. All our operational and marketing plans are based on the key factor of providing highest customer satisfaction in all spheres of our activities, right from the entrance gate to the checkout point. I would also take this opportunity to thank the DED and other government authorities of Dubai for setting excellent benchmarks in retailing sector, and we would always strive to excel in all our business endeavors.”

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P.O. Box : 4048
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UAE
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LuLu Hypermarket awarded first position in the overall consumer satisfaction index conducted by the Department of Economic Development

LuLu Hypermarket awarded first position in the overall consumer satisfaction index conducted by the Department of Economic Development

Starbucks in Taiwan to feature merchandise co-created with Paris fashion designer, Sophie Méchaly

TAIWAN, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks in Taiwan will feature merchandise co-created with Paris fashion designer, Sophie Méchaly, the founder of the international brand Paul & Joe.

“We have been looking for an opportunity to find a popular fashion brand with a strong art sense to create a new series of summer fun merchandise,” said John Hsu, president, Starbucks Taiwan. “We wanted to give our coffee-related merchandise a unique style and attitude for summer and Paul & Joe fit the bill.”

In 1995, Méchaly founded Paul & Joe, which operates several dozen boutiques and hundreds of retail stores around the world. Méchaly’s signature designs are young, fun and colorful, exhibited by her clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women.

Several of the Starbucks merchandise designs feature a Chinchilla Persian cat that Méchaly owns. Crabs and fish are also featured in the artwork to represent the beaches in the Mediterranean, near her childhood home.

 

This new merchandise is available for a limited time in Starbucks® stores in Taiwan, beginning May 11.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

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Starbucks in Taiwan to feature merchandise co-created with Paris fashion designer, Sophie Méchaly

Starbucks in Taiwan to feature merchandise co-created with Paris fashion designer, Sophie Méchaly

Tesco scooped 107 gongs at the International Wine Challenge

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has been awarded over 100 medals for its own-label wine range for the second year running.

The retailer scooped an impressive 107 gongs at the International Wine Challenge including 2 Gold, 20 Silver and 28 Bronze medals. Over 80% of the wines Tesco entered into the awards picked up a medal.

Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco, said:

“We’re delighted with our performance at the International Wine Challenge and I am incredibly proud of the teams’ success. The over 100 awards we have been awarded this year is testament to the hard work we have done to simplify our range, whilst offering customers great quality world-class wines at affordable prices.”

France was the front-running country receiving 26% of medals awarded. Italy and Spain followed close behind receiving 23% and 14% of the total respectively.

Tesco medal wins at the International Wine Challenge include:

2 Gold Medals

  • Tesco Finest* Dessert Semillon 2009
  • Tesco Finest* Sancerre 2014

20 Silver Medals

28 Bronze Medals

57 Commended Medals

Click to see our full list of award winning wines.

Carrefour Italy launches Carrefour for Her campaign to promote the inclusion of women and cultivate their potential

ITALY, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The campaign runs throughout May in every Carrefour sales point in Italy, with part of the proceeds from the sales of bunches of flowers going to UN WOMEN. It’s implemented as part of Carrefour’s Women Leaders corporate project.

Carrefour for Her is confirmation of Carrefour Italy’s commitment to raising awareness of the gender equality issue among its employees and the general public, and is one of a range of special initiatives developed as part of its CSR activities.

In May, in every Carrefour store in Italy and many franchise stores, part of the proceeds from three different floral bouquets will go to UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s rights.  These proceeds will be used in projects for protecting women against gender violence, and eliminating gender barriers in the social, economic and political spheres.

Carrefour for Her is part of a proactive policy implemented by Carrefour Italy to promote the inclusion of women and cultivate their potential. This policy launched in 2015 when Carrefour joined the HeForSHE programme and CEO Eric Uzan put his signature to the document Women’s Empowerment Principles. It’s evidence of the strong commitment of Carrefour Italy to the Women Leaders equal opportunities programme, whose principal objective is to eliminate gender discrimination and promote the careers of female managers.

Eric Uzan, CEO of Carrefour Italy, declared: “In a company like ours, where over 64% of our employees are women, it’s important to promote an equal opportunities policy which offers a place to gender equality initiatives in particular. Like previous projects, Carrefour for Her is a concrete initiative for promoting principles and rights related with women, both inside and outside the company. I strongly believe, both personally and in my capacity as CEO of Carrefour Italy, that this is the right approach to follow, if backed by a non-discriminatory corporate culture that’s strongly oriented to gender equality.  Thanks to this project, we’re happy to make our contribution to UN Women and to help implement its programmes on a global level.”

Simone A. Ovart, President of the UN Women’s Italian National Committee, declared:
The Italian National Committee for UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, is proud and excited to receive the support of Carrefour Italy with this initiative. For many years, Carrefour has proactively worked to eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote the careers of young female managers. It is a signatory to Women’s Empowerment Principles, a document drawn up by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with UN Women designed to promote the role of women at all levels of business, and also supports the HeForShe movement, an innovative campaign which encourages men and boys to become involved in the fight for gender equality. We’d like to extend out heartfelt gratitude to Carrefour Italy, in the person of its CEO, Eric Uzan, who with this initiative has mobilized his company in support of women. We’re convinced it will allow us to make a significant contribution to the implementation of the programmes of UN Women.

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Carrefour Italy launches Carrefour for Her campaign to promote the inclusion of women and cultivate their potential

Carrefour Italy launches Carrefour for Her campaign to promote the inclusion of women and cultivate their potential

Handmade at Amazon introduces new product categories of handmade items including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games

  • New categories offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from Artisans
  • 100 percent increase in Handmade Artisans using FBA service for FREE two-day delivery to Prime customers

SEATTLE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today Handmade at Amazon (www.amazon.com/handmade), a store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans, has introduced new product categories of handmade items including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games. Handmade at Amazon was designed to provide customers and artisans a tailored store specifically for handcrafted items. To start, the new handmade product categories will offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from artisans.

“The most frequent piece of feedback we receive from customers and artisans is they want even more categories of handcrafted items,” said Steve Johnson, Director for Handmade at Amazon. “We are excited to better serve our growing number of artisans by unveiling the Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games categories, while providing our customers that love handmade items a quick and simple way to purchase fun and unique items with the familiarAmazon experience they know and trust. Handmade at Amazon has been performing beyond our expectations. In fact, leading up to Mother’s Day we saw sales jump more than 50 percent.”

The new Handmade at Amazon categories includes:

  • Accessories: To keep up with the latest summer fashion trends, customers can find Italian leather handbags, plaid zipper clutches and bow ties.
  • Baby: For families or gift givers searching for baby-themed items with a personal story, check out floral bib/burp cloth gift sets, teething rings andboat shaped wooden toy box & kids seat.
  • Toys & Games: For the little ones around the house and family fun, customers will enjoy wooden memory games, Dalmatian décor puzzles and felt tool set toys.

Since launching the Handmade store last fall, the number of items has grown by 4x to more than 400,000 quality handcrafted items from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world. For the artisans choosing to use the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service to reach Prime customers with FREE two-day shipping, approximately 95 percent of those artisans have made a sale. Handmade at Amazon has added thousands of Prime-eligible items. Since the beginning of the year, there’s been a 100 percent increase in handmade artisans taking advantage of the FBA service to deliver items quickly to Prime customers.

“Before opening my Handmade at Amazon shop, I only sold locally in the Bay Area. Now I am able to share my art and passion with customers nationwide. It has been exciting getting orders from all over the country and knowing that customers across the U.S. are wearing my jewelry,” said Megan Stoltz, small business owner of Audacia Designs, based in San Francisco. “I have seen huge growth in my sales since joining Handmade at Amazon. The amount of jewelry I sell each month continues to increase as I test new ways of selling my items. Using the Fulfilled by Amazon service has made it simple to give my customers an easy and free shipping option which has consequently increased my sales.”

“We’ve been in business for 59 years, yet in the last six months our business has grown 40 percent. The Martha Stewart American Made store on Handmade at Amazon has been the key to that growth,” said Matt Beaudoin, artisan for Mystic Knotwork, based in Connecticut. “Amazon encourages us to profile our work giving customers an authentic experience. They provide us the freedom to do what we do best.”

All products available on Handmade at Amazon are factory-free and must be made by hand. The new product categories will add to the previously featured Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, and Furniture categories launched last fall.

To explore products and view highlighted artisan videos on Handmade at Amazon, click here.

About Amazon
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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May new show The Grand Tour to launch this fall at Amazon Prime

  • After months of deliberation and lots of useful suggestions from the public, for which the guys are very grateful, Amazon has today announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May have chosen a name
  • Because they are taking their new Amazon Prime show around the world, they have decided it will be called: The Grand Tour

SEATTLE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—“Thing is,” said Jeremy Clarkson, “We’ll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It’s a sort of ‘grand tour,’ if you like. So we’ve decided to call it ‘The Grand Tour.’”

James May admitted to being underwhelmed by the name. “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel,’ or ‘Roger.’ We needed a name, and they’re names.”

Richard Hammond was more positive. “I already love camping,” he enthused, “But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where…” But at this point Clarkson and May strangled him with a guy rope.

The Amazon Prime show will feature short films shot in different locations around the globe and the studio audience portion of the showcase will also take place at a different location around the world every week. The pre-recorded studio sections of the program will be filmed in front of a live audience, all housed within a giant tent. Therefore in this spirit of travel, adventure and intrigue, the presenters have decided to call the show The Grand Tour.

“Well, that took a while…” said Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Video Europe. “After nine months of deep thought, debate and deliberation, the guys have come up with a name that reflects the global ambition of the new show. The Grand Tour will be one of the most anticipated TV launches ever, and we’re excited to be bringing it to Amazon Prime customers around the world this autumn.”

The Grand Tour will launch this fall for Amazon Prime members and the new travelling format means Amazon customers around the world will have the chance to be in the audience when tickets are released through a sweepstakes this summer. Details of the location schedule and information on how to apply for tickets will be announced shortly. Fans can follow The Grand Tour on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrandtour) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrandtour) and at www.amazon.com/thegrandtour to get news about the show first.

Amazon announced in 2015 that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would reunite to make a new car show available for Amazon Prime members. The show is produced by the trio’s long-time executive producer Andy Wilman. The award-winning team have committed to three series as part of this landmark global TV deal. The first series went into production in late 2015, and the series will premiere for Prime members this fall.

The Grand Tour joins Amazon Prime’s line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV shows and movies, which includes series like Mr. Robot, Downton Abbey, The Americans, Orphan Black, and Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle and kid series Tumble Leaf, and Chi-Raq. Prime members can choose to stream or download from Prime Video, to make keeping up with their new favorite shows effortless, whether on the move or at home.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, kids series Tumble Leaf, and Chi-Raq, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Amazon announces enhancement to Amazon Video: introducing Amazon Video Direct

  • Creators and storytellers from around the world can now make their videos available to customers as part of Prime Video and earn royalties based on hours streamed
  • Videos can also be made available to rent or own, to view free with ads, or packaged together and offered as an add-on subscription
  • Customers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan now have access to new movies, TV shows, docu-series and music videos from content creators
  • The Amazon Video Direct Stars program also launches today, giving video providers the opportunity to earn a monthly bonus based on customer engagement

SEATTLE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced an enhancement to Amazon Video: introducing Amazon Video Direct (AVD), a new self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers, including tens of millions of Prime members. Amazon Video is the only streaming service to offer customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, through Prime Video; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies and current TV shows for rent or purchase. With AVD, starting today, video providers have flexible self-service options for distributing their content:

  • Included in Prime Video at no additional charge to tens of millions of Prime members
  • Available as an add-on subscription through the Streaming Partners Program
  • Offered as a one-time rental price or a one-time purchase price
  • Available to all Amazon customers ad-supported

Specific benefits of Amazon Video Direct include:

  • Access to Amazon’s most engaged streaming audience—video providers can distribute their content directly to tens of millions of Prime members and earn royalties based on minutes streamed
  • Choice of how to share titles—video providers can utilize the different options Amazon Video uses to share content to customers
  • Expanded customer reach—video providers can choose to make their titles available in any country where Amazon Video is available—theUnited States, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Japan; with support for all the devices Amazon Video is available on—Fire TV, Fire and other iOS and Android tablets, connected TVs, game consoles, iOS and Android phones, and laptops
  • Insightful performance metrics—video providers are given performance metrics, such as number of minutes a title was streamed, projected revenue, payment history, or number of subscribers, so they can optimize the way they offer and promote content to customers; video providers have full control and the flexibility to make changes based on these metrics

“It’s an amazing time to be a content creator,” said Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video. “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.”

Also launching today is the AVD Stars program, which gives video creators a share of one million dollars per month based on customer engagement with their title. Here’s how the program works: Amazon will distribute to creators a monthly bonus from the one million dollar monthly fund, based on the Top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video, in addition to any other revenue earned. Video creators and providers who use AVD to make their titles available in Prime Video will automatically be enrolled. The AVD Stars program launches today and the one million dollar monthly fund will make its first bonus distributions based on streaming activity from June 1st to June 30th.

“We are thrilled to bring a selection of our premium original series, including Emmy nominated Vanity, to one of the premiere ad-free subscription services,” said Mia Goldwyn, Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul. “We believe Amazon Prime members will enjoy the unique female voices featured in our content and be inspired by the fashion and beauty that our brand embodies.”

“Amazon Video Direct helps us reach fans of our beloved preschool brands, including classic Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends, Angelina Ballerina,Fireman Sam and Pingu, and get the content in front of Prime members faster than ever and into new territories,” said Andrea Carpenter, Senior Director, Global Content Marketing and Distribution, Mattel. “The upload and publishing process is easy and fast, and we can directly monitor our streaming performance through our online dashboard.”

“As a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company, we’re excited to have the ability to distribute our films to Amazon customers around the globe,” said Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “With Amazon Video Direct, we have the control to create the unique distribution strategies that reflect the changing ways in which our audiences discover our films. We can seamlessly make all our movies like Hyena Road, Somm: into the Bottle, Havana Motor Club, available to watch when and where our audiences want them. With Amazon Prime Video we have found an amazing home for films like The Benefactor with Richard Gere and Takeshi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse.”

AVD launch partners include: Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, The Guardian, Mashable, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures, and Pro Guitar Lessons. Content from these providers can be found now on Amazon Video.

To learn more about Amazon Video Direct, visit http://videodirect.amazon.com. Content creators and storytellers can start distributing their premium content today.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, kids series Tumble Leaf and Chi Raq, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and the only streaming service to offer mobile downloads for offline viewing

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Benefit launcheS its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty for the second consecutive year

PARIS, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year Benefit has launched its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty. For a full month, proceeds from Benefit’s Brow Bars will be donated to charities that support women.

The goal of the Bold is Beautiful initiative rolled out in 2015 by Benefit Cosmetics is elegantly simple: help women and girls feel confident and empower them to have big dreams and bold moves. For the second consecutive year, the U.S.-based brand, which since its founding has championed a “feel-good” approach to beauty with a lighthearted, humorous touch, is taking its message beyond its stores.

During one month, every dollar from Benefit’s brow wax services is being donated to charities that foster education and mentorship, economic self-sufficiency and access to wellness for women. Some 20 charities in nine countries will benefit from the initiative.

In 2015 the project raised $2.9 million, waxing over 170,000 brows. This year Benefit is targeting $4 million, expanding the reach to five more countries. In addition to the US, the UK and Australia, Benefit customers will be able to take part in the Bold is Beautiful project in Spain, Singapore, Canada, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

The Bold is Beautiful initiative will be rolled out in France in June.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Benefit launcheS its Bold is Beautiful project to do good with beauty for the second consecutive year

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Les Journées Particulières is back from May 20-22 at LVMH Houses

PARIS, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Les Journées Particulières is back from May 20-22 for three days of backstage discoveries at LVMH Houses. This third edition has a strong digital dimension with an exciting Instagram campaign to let a broad audience experience the event online.

Inspired by the values of sharing and transmission, the digital presence will enable a broad audience to be part of the unique experience offered during Les Journées Particulières via social networks.  A mix of inspiring creativity and discovery, the Instagram photo sharing platform is a perfect medium to cascade key moments during these three days of visits into the heart of secret places.

The LVMH Group is turning over the reins of its Instagram account during the event to ten emerging talents from the international photography scene, selected for the originality and quality of their work. Covering five countries – France, the UK, Spain, Italy and Switzerland – the young artists will capture highlights of Les Journées Particulières and post them in real time on Instagram.

The evening before the event kicks off, two of them will visit five Paris sites to share “a backstage peak backstage” as LVMH Houses get ready to open their doors to the public.

Over the ensuing three days, photos and videos shot by the photographers will bring the excitement of the event to Instagram, joined by a virtual social wall on the Journées Particulières website and reprised in the lobby of LVMH headquarters in Paris.

In addition, Les Journées Particulières will reach an even broader audience through a Facebook Canvas featuring creative content for a retrospective of these three very special days, extending the experience.

Rendezvous from Thursday, May 19 on instagram.com/lvmh and from Friday, May 20 at our Houses. Most of the 53 sites will welcome visitors without reservations, subject to available capacity. Follow this link for the complete program: https://www.lvmh.fr/lesjourneesparticulieres/.

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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Hennessy launches fourth chapter in its “Never Stop Never Settle” campaign in the United States

PARIS, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hennessy has launched the fourth chapter in its “Never Stop Never Settle” campaign in the United States. Centered on the theme of pushing personal limits, the campaign celebrates the remarkable true story of the pioneering Piccard family.

Unveiled in 2012, the “Never Stop Never Settle” campaign brings to life the theme of pushing the limits of potential and the spirit of pioneering innovation specific to the brand, through the stories of extraordinary individuals. Following previous installments featuring Martin Scorsese, Erykah Badu and hip hop artist and Hennessy ambassador Nas, the campaign tells the remarkable story of the Piccard family.

This intergenerational adventure began with Auguste Piccard, who in 1931 became the first man to touch the edge of space, reaching the stratosphere in a pressurized capsule and balloon. Three decades later his son Jacques also set a record, going in the other direction to the furthest depths of the ocean and becoming the first man to reach the ocean floor in a bathyscaphe.  The story of transmission and relentless will to achieve is powerfully recounted in a stunning film narrated by Nas.

This family saga continues today with Bertrand Piccard, Auguste’s grandson and one of the pilots of Solar Impulse, the first plane to fly around the world powered only by solar energy. He carries on the legacy, pushing the limits of potential just as his father and grandfather did.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Hennessy launches fourth chapter in its “Never Stop Never Settle” campaign in the United States

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. to broadcast its first quarter 2016 earnings conference call on May 18, 2016

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) first quarter 2016 earnings press release, you are invited to listen to its conference call to be broadcast live over the internet on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time with: Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and chief executive officer; Rick D. Damron, chief operating officer; and Robert F. Hull, Jr., chief financial officer.  Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

What: First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call Webcast
When: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Where: Visit Lowe’s Investor Relations website at http://www.Lowes.com/investor
Click on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call
How: Listen live online and view the supplemental slides by following the directions above

A webcast replay of the call can be accessed from 12:00 p.m. ET on May 18, 2016 throughAugust 16, 2016 by visiting http://www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexicothrough its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,855 home improvement and hardware stores and 270,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

IKEA to install solar energy system atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to install a solar energy system atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016. Panel installation will begin this summer, with completion expected in early Fall for what will be the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Tennessee. The 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis, including approximately 800 parking spaces, will be built on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. Until Fall 2016, Memphis-area customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

The store’s 250,675-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.46 MW system, built with 4,424 panels, and will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 297 cars or providing electricity for 205 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents atwww.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

For the development, design and installation of IKEA Memphis’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Hannah Solar, an Atlanta-based full service, certified solar integrator dedicated to providing the very best in engineering, products, installation and servicing of solar arrays. Linkous Construction is managing the site work and building of the store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Memphis store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Memphis can add to this goal with Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This installation will represent the 44th solar project for IKEA in the United States, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 stores, with more locations planned.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

IKEA to celebrate opening of its Las Vegas store on May 18 with surprises and prizes

Las Vegas, NV, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that when its Las Vegas store opens on May 18, it will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise – including an iconic EKTORP sofa for each of the first 42 adults in line, and a POANG armchair for the next 100 visitors. Other highlights include a free mattress for the first 42 on Thursday, May 19 and free monthly meatball meals for a year to the first 42 on Friday, May 20. (Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, May 16 – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 18.) Also, Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, and Deputy Chief of Mission for the Swedish Embassy Göran Lithell will join IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson and store manager Amy Jensen in the official opening of the new store.

IKEA Las Vegas is the Swedish company’s 1st store and restaurant destination in Nevada, 42nd in the United States, and 385th worldwide. The 351,000 square-foot future IKEA Las Vegas store, with 1,300 parking spaces, was built on 26 acres along the northern side of the 215 Beltway at S. Durango Drive, near Sunset Road. The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and host Nevada’s largest single-use retail rooftop solar array, consistent with the solar presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.

The May 18 ceremony also will include State Senator Becky Harris raising the U.S. flag, Honorary Swedish Consul for Nevada Lena Walther raising the Swedish flag and State Assemblyman David Gardner raising the state flag of Nevada. Individual store coworkers will sing the respective American and Swedish national anthems, and “America the Beautiful,” and a sign language interpreter will accompany opening remarks. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. PDT on opening day. “Just as the IKEA store concept will introduce a new way of shopping for the home, we want customers waiting in line to visit our store to enjoy the unique experience too,” said Amy Jensen, IKEA Las Vegas store manager. Store visitors will have opportunities to enjoy benefits from the grand opening of IKEA Las Vegas, including:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
• Rest Assured – The first 42 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on May 18, 2016 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 42nd U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on May 18, 2016 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Las Vegas on May 18, 2016 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on May 18, 2016 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Las Vegas on May 18, 2016 that their birthday is the same as the store’s can receive a gift card in the amount of $42, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Las Vegas as the 42nd IKEA store in the U.S.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From May 18 through May 22, 2016, visitors to IKEA Las Vegas may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation to After-School All-Stars, a local organization building the confidence and self-esteem of at-risk youth.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 42 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on Thursday, May 19, 2016 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Take it Easy – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on Thursday, May 19, 2016 will receive free warehouse picking and Zone 1 home delivery for purchases on that day.
Friday, May 20, 2016
• Meatballs for a Year – The first 42 adults (one per immediate family) in IKEA Las Vegas on Friday, May 20, 2016 will receive a voucher for a monthly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Las Vegas’ Restaurant through next year, expiring on May 19, 2017.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Las Vegas on Friday, May 20, 2016 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Las Vegas on Friday, May 20, 2016 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at IKEA Las Vegas’ Exit Bistro.
Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Las Vegas from May 18 through May 22, 2016.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT IKEA LAS VEGAS
IKEA Las Vegas is a fun day out for the family with:
• Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest;
• Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents;
• A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and
• Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.
No shopping on an empty stomach at IKEA Las Vegas because:
• The IKEA Restaurant opens 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes and turkey sausage for only $1.00.
• The 450-seat restaurant also offers a diverse menu featuring lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, including Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs (as well as chicken or veggie versions), seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes too.
• Menu choices for kids include a child’s portion of Swedish meatballs, chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese, while baby food and bibs are available for even younger visitors.
• The Exit Bistro serves hot dogs, pizza, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt, sundaes and beverages.
• The Swedish Food Market offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and frozen Swedish meatballs (the same ones available in the Restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home.

IKEA Las Vegas shopping conveniences include:
• Free design appointments with a furnishings consultant;
• IKEA catalogs, measuring tape, pencils, store maps, yellow shopping bags and 3 types of carts;
• Same-day shopping satisfaction with products in easy-to-transport flat-pack boxes that benefit the customer and the environment;
• 24 checkout lanes to ensure efficient customer purchasing;
• Warehouse picking, home-delivery, assembly, and kitchen planning and installation services; and
• 2016 IKEA Catalogs, focused on how food-related activities help bring people together through everyday life in and around the kitchen.

When IKEA Las Vegas opens, there will be 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Marks & Spencer announces new management structure and changes to responsibilities of the Executive Directors

LONDON, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today announces a series of changes designed to simplify its management structure in order to drive speedier decision making and move the business closer to its customers.

As part of this there have been some changes to responsibilities of the Executive Directors.
 
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne becomes Executive Director of Customer, Marketing & M&S.com, and assumes new responsibilities for M&S.com and Plan A. Consequently, the International business now reports to the CEO, Steve Rowe.
 
Helen Weir, Chief Finance Officer, assumes responsibility for Strategy Implementation.
 
As already stated, Laura Wade-Gery will be on maternity leave until September. We look forward to welcoming her back and will update on her responsibilities on her return.
 
Operating Committee
M&S is also establishing a new Operating Committee that will be accountable for the day-to-day running of the business as well as for the development and execution of strategy.
 
On the Operating Committee, the Executive Directors will be joined by the Directors of Food (Andy Adcock); Womenswear, Lingerie & Beauty (Jo Jenkins); Retail (Sacha Berendji); International (Paul Friston); Communications & Investor Relations (Dominic Fry); Human Resources (Simmone Haywood); and the Group Secretary & Head of Corporate Governance (Amanda Mellor).
 
Steve Rowe, M&S CEO, said: “On my first day as CEO, I committed to putting M&S customers at the heart of everything we do. These changes reflect this; a simpler management structure with a smaller, more focused team running M&S will lead to more efficient decision making and move us closer to our customers.
 
“The new Operating Committee will be working together to improve M&S, starting with fixing our Clothing & Home offer for our customers, our employees and our shareholders.”
 
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