The National Grocers Association: DOL final rule regarding overtime pay for salaried workers will negatively affect many store associates

Arlington, VA, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule regarding overtime pay for salaried workers.

“The independent supermarket industry plays a crucial role in America’s economy, creating nearly one million jobs across the nation. NGA members are proud to be an employer of choice in their communities, offering stable, reliable jobs and opportunities for career advancement, but unfortunately this rule will negatively affect many store associates, particularly those who are just entering into management positions within a company. Despite submitting extensive comments and meeting with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to outline our concerns with this rule, the administration unfortunately proceeded with finalizing a “one-size-fits-all” rule that will significantly impact the independent supermarket industry and local communities in which independents serve. NGA will continue to push for a legislative solution that will ease the burden on independent supermarket operators, and ultimately their employees,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO.

NGA’s Labor and Employment counsel Kara M. Maciel, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC said, “NGA advocated strongly against the final rule by submitting public comments to the Department of Labor in September 2015 and making a presentation to the Office of Management and Budget in May 2016.  NGA argued that doubling the salary threshold would have dramatic consequences for independent grocers, especially given the narrow profit margin in a very competitive market.  Through our advocacy, we explained that the salary increase would negatively impact grocers, their employees, and the communities where independent retailers operate. We were pleased to see as a result of our advocacy, the DOL reject the automatic annual increases, instead giving employers a three year reprieve before the salary threshold rises again. In addition, NGA told the OMB that grocers needed at least 12 months to implement the rule in order to take the time to do it right and avoid costly mistakes that could lead to employee confusion and operational disarray. We are disappointed that the DOL has only provided a six month implementation window.”

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The new Midlothian Wegmans at 12501 Stone Village Way opens on Sunday, May 22

MIDLOTHIAN, VA, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seeking a fun, affordable and culinary-inspired shopping experience? Look no further than your local grocery store! That’s right – the new Midlothian Wegmans at 12501 Stone Village Way, opens its doors to the public at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. Store Manager Jerry Shelly and Executive Chef Craig Haines will lead 550 friendly, helpful employees and culinarians – all prepared to help customers make great meals that are easy, healthy and affordable.

Recently named “America’s Favorite Supermarket” in a 2016 Market Force study of more than 10,000 consumers nationwide, Wegmans is a 100-year-old family-owned company widely recognized for fresh, high-quality products, great tasting prepared foods, consistent low prices and incredible customer service.

It appears that Richmond-area shoppers are anxious for the new store to open.  According to Wegmans, nearly 24,000 customers have gone on-line already to sign up in advance for a Wegmans Shoppers Club card.

The new 115,000 square-foot supermarket features The Pub by Wegmans, a popular full-service family restaurant located within the store. There’s also fresh produce, bakery, cheese shop, deli and charcuterie, meat and seafood, a wine and beer shop, and all the traditional grocery, dairy and frozen food offerings. The store’s Market Café, with seating for more than 250 people, includes a coffee shop, pizza, subs, fresh sushi prepared on-site, and a variety of self-serve food bars. There are more than 60,000 product choices throughout the store; more than 3,000 are organic.  Wegmans offers conventional sizes and also offers family-pack as a way to save on the products families buy most…and there’s a mobile app that helps shoppers to plan meals and build a shopping list that sorts by aisle to save time.

“The excitement of seeing customers walk into the store for the first time, smelling the bread baking and seeing the smiling employee faces ready to greet them, never gets old,” Shelly said. “We know that the customer experience, the product selection and the tools we provide to help shoppers prepare easy, healthy meals are truly unique to Wegmans and we’re excited to share our love of food with the Midlothian community.”

Shelly grew up near Niagara Falls in the town of Niagara, N.Y. After several years working in the restaurant industry, Wegmans hired him as a management trainee in 1989. He started in the produce department at a store in Buffalo, later becoming the department manager and gradually working his way up to perishable area manager. Eventually Shelly became a Wegmans store manager in Pennsylvania, and most recently managed the Malvern store near Philadelphia.

“This is the first time since I became a store manager that I’ve opened a new store for Wegmans, and I’m really excited to bring a new shopping experience to the Richmond area,” he says.

Executive Chef Haines shares his store manager’s enthusiasm for all things Wegmans and a passion for innovative and delicious food, even when he’s not on the clock.

“My home kitchen often turns into a test kitchen,” said Haines. “At Wegmans we want to help our customers love their veggies, so for three months, I prepared only vegetarian meals at home to increase my focus on them.”

He takes his role as a culinary ambassador for Wegmans seriously as he built the team that will be the first to bring the company’s freshest ingredients and restaurant-quality prepared foods to Greater Richmond.

“If someone has a question about preparing a menu selection, our entire culinary team will be available to help,” Haines says. “This is our passion. We’ll demonstrate healthy cooking techniques like how to pan-sear tilapia, roast Brussels sprouts, or make cod al forno so that it comes out perfect every time.”

Midlothian is Wegmans’ 89th store, and the 8th in Virginia. The company’s first Virginia store opened in 2004 in Sterling (Dulles). Today, Wegmans has more than 4,300 employees in the state, with that number continuing to grow as stores open in Short Pump and Charlottesville later this year.

“Our people are the true point of differentiation at Wegmans,” says Shelly. “We’re proud of what we’ve built here and excited to welcome customers into our store – and  demonstrate what sets us apart as a new neighbor in the community. Opening day can’t get here fast enough!”


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

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Mark Tritton named executive VP and chief merchandising office Target

Jason Goldberger to become retailer’s first chief digital officer and president,

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced the hire of Mark Tritton asexecutive vice president and chief merchandising officer. In this role, Tritton will oversee enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations for the retailer. Target also announced that Jason Goldberger will assume the newly created role of chief digital officer and president, Both Tritton and Goldberger will report to Target’s chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell, as members of the retailer’s leadership team, effective June 5.

“Over the past year, we’ve undergone an exhaustive search for a chief merchant, and I’m confident that Mark’s experience and passion make him the right fit for Target’s business and our team. He’s a bold, decisive leader, and he’ll play a critical role in guiding Target’s merchandising authority across all channels, ensuring we meet the ever-evolving wants and needs of our guests,” said Cornell.

“I’m proud to be joining Target, a brand that I’ve long studied and admired,” said Tritton. “The retail landscape and consumer expectations have never been more dynamic, and I look forward to leading and supporting the team as we find new ways to innovate, inspire and connect with our current and future guests.”

Tritton joins Target from Nordstrom, where he was executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omni-channel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across Nordstrom’s full-price and off-price retail portfolio. During his tenure with the company, he led his team to double its private label business, created distinct brand assets and helped establish Nordstrom as a global benchmark for retailers taking an integrated approach to stores and digital merchandising. Prior to that, Tritton held leadership positions at Timberland and Nike, where he helped build both brands and expand them across global regions and channels in product and retail functions.

Additionally, the retailer announced that Jason Goldberger will become its chief digital officer and president, In this newly created role, Goldberger will be responsible for enhancing Target’s digital experiences and developing new digital capabilities.

“Target’s improved performance and results in digital show the important gains we’ve made, but we know we need to continue building on that momentum. In my new role, I will keep pushing our strategy and capabilities so we can accelerate digital’s role in making Target an easy, inspiring, convenient place to shop,” said Goldberger.

Goldberger joined Target in 2013. He was named president, and mobile in 2014. Prior to his role at Target, Goldberger held leadership positions with online retailers, including Gilt Groupe, and Amazon.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,793 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Appliances and tech gadgets on Best Buy’s hottest products list for the wedding season

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — We’re in wedding season, folks. An average of 2.4 million nuptial ceremonies are performed in the U.S. each year, with 44,230 taking place each weekend.

That’s a lot of vows, cake and chicken dances.

For many couples, it’s crunch time to knock out their to-dos before the “I Dos.” That means finalizing attendee lists, setting menus, communicating with vendors and filling out wedding registries.

When it comes to the registry, modern couples are ditching the candlesticks and china for blenders and cameras. They want products that fit in with their digital lives. (Fun fact: Today’s couples take almost three times as many photos as older couples did.)

Best Buy’s wedding registry checklist and starter registry help couples assess their needs and wants for the kitchen, living room and office, as well as home and personal care essentials.

The hottest products on Best Buy’s wedding registry right now include a variety of appliances and tech gadgets. There must be a lot of newlyweds out there cooking up some wicked waffles and tasty smoothies.

Here are the top 10 items showing up on the Best Buy registry:

  1. 1. Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker
  2. 2. Ninja Professional Blender
  3. 3. Oster Waffle Maker
  4. 4. Cuisinart Hand Blender
  5. 5. Dyson Handheld Vacuum
  6. 6. Apple TV
  7. 7. Sonos Play:1
  8. 8. Canon EOS Rebel DSLR Camera
  9. 9. Sony Blu-ray Player
  10. 10. GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Planning on attending a wedding this summer? Don’t be “that guest” – remember to show up with more than a card. It’s a good idea to select gifts from the couple’s registries, spend an appropriate amount and pool your money with friends when you can’t find something in your price range.

Go online to learn more about the Best Buy wedding registry or stop in to your nearby store.



Appliances and tech gadgets on Best Buy’s hottest products list for the wedding season

Appliances and tech gadgets on Best Buy’s hottest products list for the wedding season

CBRE Group to acquire 49 percent interest in Malaysia’s leading real estate services provider WTW

C H Williams Talhar & Wong Malaysia (WTW) and CBRE will deliver a premier, full-service offering for clients across Malaysia.

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 49 percent interest in Malaysia’s leading real estate services provider, C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd, WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd and WTW Property Services Sdn Bhd (“WTW”). The business will rebrand as CBRE | WTW and be led by Mr Foo Gee Jen and Mr Danny SK Yeo, the current leaders of WTW and highly respected real estate professionals in Malaysia. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2016

Founded in 1960, WTW is a well-established, highly-regarded, full-service real estate firm in Malaysia. It provides valuation, market research, consultancy, estate agency, project marketing, corporate real estate and property management services from its 13 offices in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Malacca, Ipoh, Alor Setar, Kota Bahru, Butterworth, Batu Pahat, Kuala Terengganu and Seremban.

Steve Swerdlow, CEO CBRE Asia Pacific, said “CBRE | WTW, alongside our existing occupier outsourcing business in Malaysia, will provide a deep, broad platform that provides clients with access to a comprehensive suite of market-leading real estate services. CBRE | WTW creates powerful advantages for clients of both firms, combining WTW’s valuation, agency and capital markets expertise with CBRE’s full service offering.”

CBRE’s occupier outsourcing business – called Global Workplace Solutions – serves a blue-chip list of occupiers across a wide range of industries, particularly financial services, healthcare, industrial/manufacturing, life sciences, technology and telecommunications. CBRE manages a market-leading 5.2 billion square feet of commercial property and corporate facilities across the globe.

Mohd Talhar Abdul Rahman, Non-Executive Chairman, C H Williams Talhar & Wong said, “WTW’s long-standing success over the last 55 years is a testament to the trust and support of our clients and to the dedication and commitment of our people in serving and fulfilling that trust. We are confident that CBRE is the right strategic partner whose scale and reach globally can help our clients expand their activities beyond our shores more fruitfully, and can help bring greater meaningful inbound investment into the Malaysian real estate market.”

Malaysia – like the rest of South East Asia – is well positioned to benefit from the well-directed increase in economic and investment activities that are expected from the liberalisation of capital inflows into the Asean Economic Community (AEC). This expectation is based on the region’s prospects for long-range growth potential and its correspondingly higher investment appeal. The Malaysian Economic Transformation Programme (METP), which is expected to generate US$400 billion in investments by 2020, will help to catalyze that growth for Malaysia.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Certain parts of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of a 49 percent interest in C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd, WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd and WTW Property Services Sdn Bhd (“WTW”) that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, CBRE’s ability to successfully consummate the transaction (and the timing thereof) and integrate WTW with its existing operations in Southeast Asia and across Asia Pacific, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in CBRE’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, CBRE expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If CBRE does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and risks to CBRE’s business in general, please refer to CBRE’s SEC filings, including its first quarter earnings report on Form 8-K, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained off CBRE’s website at or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at

Stradivarius organised the first digital pop up store on board a plane

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Flight attendants on a flight from Barcelona to Split gave passengers mobile phones that came with an app, designed specifically for the event, for purchasing clothes from Stradivarius’ latest collection.

Stradivarius has organised the first digital pop up store on board a plane. Flight attendants on a flight from Barcelona to Split (operated by Vueling) gave passengers mobile phones that came with an app, designed specifically for the event, for purchasing clothes from Stradivarius’ latest collection.

The passengers included leading international fashion bloggers, invited by the brand, whose final destination was the island of Hvar (Croatia) as a part of The Summer Expedition 2016, where they will enjoy different looks of the brand and some leisure activities.

All the passengers were given a corporate gift after landing and a gratittude letter for attending this initiative, another success after the fashion show Stradivarius organised on a plane in 2015.

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Stradivarius organised the first digital pop up store on board a plane

Stradivarius organised the first digital pop up store on board a plane

Cold Stone Creamery opens first location in Kochi, India at the Lulu Mall

Chocolate Devotion Most Popular Creation with Ice Cream Fans

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Cold Stone Creamery® ( announces the opening of the brand’s first location in Kochi, India at the Lulu Mall, a premier shopping destination where ice cream aficionados can now enjoy their favorite dessert. Kahala Brands™, parent company of the ice cream brand, teamed up with Tablez Food Company, part of Lulu Group International, to bring the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the country, with intentions to open a total of 40 locations in India and five in Sri Lanka over the next five years.

A grand opening celebration was held on May 7, and was attended by special guests: Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Managing Director of Lulu Group International; Mr. Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director of Lulu Group International; Mr. Mathew Vilayil, Director of Indian Operations – Tablez Food Company; Ms. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Tablez Food Company; Mr. Sajan Alex, General Manager – Tablez Food Company (United Arab Emirates); Mr. Manu Abraham, General Manager, India & Sri Lanka; and Mr. Adeeb Ahamed, Director of Tablez Food Company.

“With this grand opening, we are all set to establish Cold Stone Creamery as the most preferred choice for ice cream in all of India,” said Ms. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, CEO of Tablez Food Company. “We are confident that our locations will enjoy the same popularity that Cold Stone Creamery locations do in other international markets because of the unique flavors and innovative offerings.”

The grand opening event also featured a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mr. Yussuff Ali, Managing Director of Lulu Group International had the honors of officially welcoming the first India Cold Stone Creamery to a crowd of nearly 4,000 attendees. Ice cream lovers traveled far and wide to attend, with one family driving 150 miles from the capital city of Kerala to be one of the first to taste the premium ice cream brand.

“It has been so exciting to watch this grand opening event unfold,” said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development. “Just within the first two hours of opening, 500 happy customers were served ice cream – that was exciting to see! This location is just one of many that will open here in India and we are thrilled at the initial response from the community at large.”

Cold Stone Creamery has built a strong fan following based on a variety of factors, which include a lively entertainment experience complete with song and dance performances and ice cream juggling by highly trained crew members. Customers can get involved in the action with customizable menu options that combine unique ice cream flavors with a choice of mix-ins like nuts, candies, and fruits to deliver the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®. Customers can also choose from a list of Signature Creations™ such as Chocolate Devotion®, which was the crowd favorite at the grand opening, with over 160 sold.

Cold Stone Creamery® has continued to make strong key moves into the international market in recent years. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the first international Cold Stone Creamery store opened in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in over 300 international locations and in over 27 countries abroad, including Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Brazil, Nigeria, Egypt, Canada and Indonesia.

Tablez Food Company
Tablez Food Company specializes in unique home grown and franchised concepts that offer both international and local cuisines. The company is dedicated to creativity and innovation in seeking out new concepts that bring truly inspiring experiences to its customers and currently operates 30 outlets spread across the UAE and India. In India, Tablez Food Company operates Bloomsbury’s Restaurant™ and owns the franchise rights of the authentic flame grilled chicken concept Galito’s™ in India and Sri Lanka. Cold Stone Creamery is the latest addition to the ever-expanding portfolio of the company in the sub-continent. In the UAE, Tablez Food Company operates home grown concepts Peppermill™ – a premium casual dining restaurant offering colonial Indian cuisine and Bloomsbury’s – a boutique café and artisan bakery and are partnered with leading franchised concepts including Galito’s™, London Dairy™, Genghis Grill™, Famous Dave’s™ and Sugar Factory™. For more information about Tablez Food Company, visit

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 27 countries.

About “Made Fresh”
In Cold Stone Creamery locations across the world, ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. Cold Stone Creamery starts with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make its ice cream fresh in the back of each of its stores. This smallbatch process ensures customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit a Cold Stone Creamery store.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit

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Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery

Lagardère Travel Retail opens its third M·A·C Cosmetics in the Pacific Region

Queensland, Australia, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail has introduced M·A·C Cosmetics in Cairns Airport in Queensland, their third in the Pacific Region.

Capturing both the international and domestic passengers in Cairns Airport, the new 25 square metre store boasts a contemporary and stylish design and layout. Committed to the art of makeup, the location will offer a range of makeup and skincare products, fragrances, and application tools, as well as services in store by experienced makeup artists, such as instant touch-up services for passengers on the go.

Lagardère Travel Retail CEO for the Pacific region, Matthieu Mercier, says the opportunity to bring M·A·C to Cairns Airport is exciting. “M·A·C is the perfect addition to add to our collection of flourishing brands in Cairns Airport” he says. “Cairns Airport share our vision for innovative thinking, so bringing M·A·C to the passengers travelling through their airport brings this vision to life.”

Cairns Airport GM Commercial, Fiona Ward, welcomes this exciting addition to the T2 retail offer. “There has been great anticipation in the Cairns community around the arrival of M·A·C and we are pleased to offer our passengers and other airport guests access to this popular, quality cosmetics brand,” Ms Ward said. “The launch of the M·A·C store further strengthens our successful partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail who operate multiple retail stores across both our terminals.”

Lagardère Travel Retail operate the M·A·C locations in Auckland Airport and Gold Coast Airport.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India

ABOUT M·A·C COSMETICS: M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 110 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C and M·A·C Senior Artists on Twitter @MACcosmetics (, become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (, follow M·A·C on Instagram (, watch M·A·C videos on YouTube ( For a M·A·C location vis it

Matthieu Mercier, CEO +61 2 8218 1105 •
Janette Doolan, Communications Manager +61 2 8218 1142 •

DUNKIN DONUTS franchisee in Saudi Arabia will open shops in the stations of SASCO

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) announces signing on May 09, 2016, a mutual cooperation agreement with Shahia Food Limited Company, the sole authorized franchisee of DUNKIN DONUTS brand in Saudi Arabia.

This cooperation agreement states that Shahia, through its DUNKIN DONUTS brand, will open shops in the stations of SASCO and all palm stores inside cities and on the high ways to operate the selling of coffee and donuts on a sharing revenue basis from the gross revenues of DUNKIN DONUTS. This shared revenue resulted from this agreement will be differentiated based on the level of total annual revenues of all locations.

This agreement will be valid for 5 years, starting from June 01, 2016. There is no benefit for any related party is included in this agreement. SASCO cannot predict, for the time being, the financial impact of this agreement clarifying that it will be appeared in the financial statements starting from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

SASCO assures that signing this agreement with the sole distributor of one of the biggest international brand in KSA is coming from its concern to encourage the mutual investments and the targeted development to provide all services to our customers on all areas. In addition, entering into this agreement will positively impact on the expansion plans of both companies and consequently impact positively on the sales volume and profit of both SASCO &; Shahia.

We, at SASCO, assure that we save no efforts towards achieving the expansion plan to increase our network, quality and integrated services to our customers which will be positively reflected on our financial results for the benefits of our shareholders.


New World owner-operator Jason Witehira wins the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

New World owner-operator Jason Witehira, the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award, is hoping his win will serve as an inspiration for other Māori men and women. Witehira, who owns New World Victoria Park and is also chairman of the New World North Island supermarket owners’ group, was honoured at the Aotearoa New Zealand Māori Business Leaders Awards, on Friday night.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — He says he’s proud and honoured to have had his 32 years of working in the retail food industry acknowledged by the awards, which are run by the University of Auckland Business School. “I’m also hopeful that my win will serve as inspiration to others of what can be achieved with a bit of focus and the right attitude,” says Witehira.

Witehira’s rise up the supermarket ladder started right at the bottom, stacking produce as a 16-year-old school leaver at New World Edmond Road in Rotorua, in 1984. Within two years, he’d been promoted to produce department manager, and in 1998 he became a supermarket owner, acquiring the New World Taumarunui. In 2001, Jason and his wife, Kimiora, bought the New World at Botany Town Centre. Then, in 2010, moved to New World Victoria Park, which is located in the heart of Auckland City.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Witehira said success is about “being an individual and believing in yourself.” Witehira believes that if you stay true to yourself and true to your company values you will succeed.

“I always knew I could run a store, and I tried hard to listen to those who were already doing it and took their advice on board,” he adds.

Among his mentors, Witehira names other Foodstuffs owner-operators including Leo O’Sullivan (PAK’nSAVE Petone), Russ Wilkinson (New World Mount Roskill) and Rob Redwood (PAK’nSAVE Glen Innes). “All three have had a big influence on my career path and success – all in different ways and all at different stages throughout my career.”

For Witehira though, none of this would have happened without his family, “it’s whānau that’s the key to my success”. “My wife and business partner, Kimiora, is my greatest mentor, having helped build all three stores, so this award is half hers.”

“Through my children, too, I’ve learnt the art of patience and perseverance, and it’s a real pleasure having my sons working with me now.”

Witehira insists, however, that this win isn’t just his and his whānau’s to celebrate.

“There are many great people out there that are successful in their own right without the accolades I have received.”

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd CEO, Chris Quin, says the company is thrilled to see one of its members honoured in such a way. “Once again we see someone who has started their career in a supermarket being recognised as a leader not only within our organisation, but in the wider business community, and for New Zealand’s future.”

“He really is a true inspiration to all our hard working staff, and lives the purpose of making sure New Zealanders get more out of Life” says Quin.


Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd
95 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone:0800 245 114
Fax:+64 9 621 0987


New World owner-operator Jason Witehira wins the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

(Left to right) – Phillip Te Waka Davis Chairman of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, Dr Chellie Spiller, Business School Associate Dean, Maori and Pacific, Professor Greg Whittred, Dean of the Business School, and Jason Witehira recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award

Wetherspoon pubs launch 99p take-away coffee

Today, our pubs launch 99p take-away coffee.

Watford, United Kingdom, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here are five reasons to grab your coffee from our pubs!

1. We only use freshly ground Lavazza beans.

Italy wasn’t wrong when it said that Lavazza was its favourite coffee – it’s ours too!

Our staff do the daily grind themselves, ensuring that your coffee is always fresh.

2. We already sell over 50 million cups a year.

They say… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The 50 million cups bought in our pubs last year speak volumes.

3. Our coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Our Lavazza is 100% Rainforest-Alliance-certified coffee. Lavazza has helped to build schools and communities – and has already planted 27,000 rainforest trees.

Read more about its charity and environmental work here.

4. In February, we were rated as a leading coffee shop.

A survey by Allegra Strategies places Wetherspoon as the UK’s leading coffee shop, in terms of speed of service, food choice, value-for-money and low prices.

Read more about the survey here.

5. You can have tea, if you want…

Our Tetley tea is also available to take away; so, even if you’ve never been a fan of coffee, you can still get a take-away cuppa with Wetherspoon.

And, of course… it’s 99p.

So, if you need to grab a cup of caffeine on your way to the office, our pubs are the place to do it.

And, if you realise that you have more time than you thought, why not go the whole hog and stop in for breakfast?

Price and participation may vary per pub. Subject to local licensing restrictions and availability at participating free houses. Photography is for guidance only. J D Wetherspoon PLC reserves the right to withdraw/change offers (without notice), at any time. See main menu for additional details of our terms and conditions.


Wetherspoon pubs launch 99p take-away coffee

Wetherspoon pubs launch 99p take-away coffee

NCR demonstrated its omni-channel integration and transformation platform at FinovateSpring 2016

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, was selected to participate at FinovateSpring 2016, May 10-11, 2016 in San Jose, California.

NCR demonstrated its omni-channel integration and transformation platform, highlighted by its Transaction Data Manager solution. The demonstration ran on an open API platform, which is still in development by NCR. The API places the customer squarely at the center of the single platform where they can conduct mobile transactions online such as banking or shopping — creating an unparalleled consumer experience that meets the expectations of today’s on-the-go consumer.

NCR’s open API platform works across industries and channels, allowing businesses to deliver their customers targeted, personalized offers and services by leveraging granular data from multiple channels. This enables businesses to customize the customer experience, add loyalty reward programs and ultimately, increase wallet share. Furthermore, customers are able to receive greater value along the entire consumer journey – making personalized purchases, real-time on any device while managing their daily finances with ease and efficiency.

“We were honored to present our technology at FinovateSpring and participate alongside some of the brightest start-ups,” said Eli Rosner, Senior Vice President, Software Solutions, NCR Corporation. “Omni-channel transformation is a must if any business is going to play in today’s world of digital commerce. Our API platform benefits from NCR’s unmatched reach across multiple industries and consumer touchpoints – leveraging a depth and breadth of consumer data that powers amazing customer experiences.”

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

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

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation

NCR-led session on omnichannel strategies at the National Restaurant Association Show

Company also will lead informational mini-sessions on trending industry topics

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Restauranteurs looking for strategies to engage customers across various channels can attend an NCR-led session on the topic on May 23 at the National Restaurant Association Show.

NCR’s Jon Lawrence, senior director of hospitality product marketing, will discuss ways operators can improve the customer experience across all channels, from mobile to traditional and kiosks. Show attendees can join this session on Monday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the McCormick South Building, room S402a.

“As technology evolves, so do restaurant customer’s expectations,” said Paul Langenbahn, president of NCR’s Hospitality division. “Customers expect a cohesive omnichannel experience and restaurant brands that aren’t anticipating this and embracing technology to enable a frictionless guest experience will significantly fall behind their competition.”

NCR executives will also educate restauranteurs on overcoming several industry obstacles at booth 6229 during mini-educational sessions throughout the show. Attendees can join the following mini-sessions each day of the show at the times listed below:

  • Why you need a consistent consumer experience”
    We hear the word “omni-channel” a lot – what is it actually? What does it really mean for you? See the mobile experience from a consumer’s point of view, and learn why having a frictionless experience is necessary.
    Morning Session – 10:30 AM | Afternoon Session – 2:30 P


  • Why it’s more than EMV…”
    Payments and security is a big problem to solve, but the good news is that there’s a platform that helps you address the industry’s EMV needs and much more. We’ll cover how payments and security is more than EMV, it’s about protecting your business, your customers and your future.
    Morning Session – 11:30 AM | Afternoon Session – 3:30 PM


  • “Why mPOS addresses the need to be efficient”
    Efficiency is a focus for restaurateurs that will never go away – and rightfully so. There is a need for smart operations, and mobile POS continues to help drive improvement in efficiencies for all types of restaurants. Hear about mobile POS can help efficiencies in the tableside ordering and line busting experience.
    Afternoon Session – 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM


  • “Why an integration framework matters”
    Cloud-based integration is important. A multi-vendor experience needs to be a seamless one, especially when it comes to installation. Hear about NCR’s cloud connect platform that’s enabling you to work with a variety of our partners to better enhance your technology experience.
    Afternoon Session – 1:30 PM


NCR will also demonstrate its NCR Aloha and NCR Silver technologies that meet the needs of restaurants of all sizes and concepts. To meet with senior executives from NCR or see the technology in action, please visit booth 6229 or contact to arrange a meeting.

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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Jackie Parker
Arketi Group
404.929.0091, ext. 220

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

The Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub sign the first jersey patch sponsorship among major sports leagues in American history

StubHub logo patch to appear on front left of Sixers’ game jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — What has become commonplace on uniforms and sports leagues around the world is now coming to the United States.

The Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub have announced the first jersey patch sponsorship among major sports leagues in American history.  The StubHub patch will feature the brand’s recently launched new logo and appear on the front left of Sixers’ game jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season.  On April 15, 2016 the NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of jersey sponsorships as part of a three-year pilot program.  Starting in the 2017-18 season StubHub’s jersey patch will be included on all jerseys sold at Sixers’ home games.

“This marks another groundbreaking first for the Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub.  Our brands are now inextricably linked as we create lifelong memories for our fans in Philadelphia and around the world,” said Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil. “Our partnership with StubHub continues to generate progressive and forward-thinking platforms created to improve the fan experience and advance our industry.  The essence of our relationship with StubHub is our shared culture and ambition to innovate, which drives us to reimagine traditional partnership activation and continually ask, ‘what if’?”

“Since day one, StubHub has been a pioneer and innovator within the live entertainment ecosystem and we could not be more excited to join the Philadelphia 76ers in making history with this ground-breaking partnership,” said StubHub President Scott Cutler, “The Philadelphia 76ers are not only a beloved global brand, they also serve as incredible partners and collaborators for StubHub – and we look forward to continuously innovating and improving the fan experience together.”

Continuing to break new ground in the sports and live event industry, earlier this year the Sixers made StubHub their Official Ticketing Partner and launched a revolutionary new ticketing platform. The new platform will give Sixers’ fans unparalleled access to primary and secondary ticket inventory with a seamless user and purchase experience starting in the 2016-17 season.


The Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub sign the first jersey patch sponsorship among major sports leagues in American history

The Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub sign the first jersey patch sponsorship among major sports leagues in American history

Office Depot to receive $250 million from Staples

  • Will Receive $250 Million Termination Fee from Staples
  • Executes $1.2 Billion Five-Year Extension to its Credit Facility
  • Finalizing Comprehensive Business Review

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) today announced that the merger agreement between Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Office Depot has been terminated. As a result, Office Depot will receive a cash payment from Staples of $250 million on May 19, 2016.

Simultaneously, Office Depot announced that it has successfully extended its asset-based credit facility for an additional five years. The new $1.2 billion facility will mature on May 13, 2021. The amended credit agreement reduces the overall fees and applicable spread on borrowing and modifies certain covenants to provide additional flexibility for incremental indebtedness, acquisitions, asset sales and restricted payments.

Additionally, the company is analyzing various capital structure and shareholder return alternatives, and has engaged Bain & Company to assist with finalizing a comprehensive strategic review of its business.

Office Depot Chairman and CEO, Roland Smith, commented, “The continued realization of synergies from the merger with OfficeMax has provided the Company with a significantly improved financial profile including a strong liquidity position and the ability to generate future cash flow as merger related expenditures abate over time. The extension of our credit facility provides us with substantial flexibility as we look to enhance shareholder value going forward.”

Mr. Smith continued, “In addition to our financial resources and motivated associates, we have a strong combination of operating assets that provide the foundation for our business. Our board and management team are committed to taking actions necessary to leverage this foundation and create value for shareholders. To that end, we are working to finalize our Framework for Growth and ensure that our capital structure is optimized to drive total shareholder return.”

Office Depot will host a webcast and conference call with analysts and investors today at 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time. The live audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed via the Internet by visiting our Investor Relations website at

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The Company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The Company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP”. Additional press information can be found at:

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Office Depot, Inc.
Richard Leland, 561-438-3796
Karen Denning, 630-438-7445

Starbucks to enhance its sustainability programs with U.S.’s first Corporate Sustainability Bond

Sustainability bond offering is part of Starbucks comprehensive approach to sustainable coffee sourcing and industry leading efforts for positive environmental and social impacts in the global coffee supply chain.

SEATTLE, 2016-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced that it has closed an underwritten public offering of senior notes, including the first U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond.  The company will use the net proceeds from the offering of $500 million in 2.450% Senior Notes due 2026 to enhance its sustainability programs around coffee supply chain management through Eligible Sustainability Projects. This includes coffee purchases from suppliers verified by a third-party as complying with Starbucks ethical sourcing verification program of Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, the development and operation of farmer support centers in coffee growing regions, as well as short and long term loans made through Starbucks Global Farmer Fund.

“Coffee is at the core of our business, and we intend to continue to finance initiatives that will make a positive social and environmental impact in our coffee supply chain as well as other areas across our business,” said Scott Maw, chief financial officer, Starbucks. “Issuing a bond focused on sustainable sourcing, demonstrates that sustainability is not just an add-on, but an integral part of Starbucks, including our strategy and finances.”

Each year, Starbucks invests significantly in its comprehensive approach to ethically source its coffee.  This includes supporting coffee farming communities, mitigating the impact of climate change, and supporting long-term crop stability and farm sustainability.  Starbucks operates a network of eight farmer support centers around the world (Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Guatemala and Ethiopia), and has a commitment to provide $50 million in farmer financing in the form of short and long term loans.  Starbucks also purchased a coffee farm in Costa Rica and has turned this into a global agronomy center. All of this is grounded in the company’s open sourced C.A.F.E. Practices developed with Conservation International over 15 years ago.  This rigorous set of best practices helps to ensure that the methods used in growing and processing coffee are efficient, effective and sustainable, both environmentally and socially.  In 2015, 99% of Starbucks 551 million pounds of coffee purchases were verified as ethically sourced and Starbucks became a founding member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge – a call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world.

“The longevity of the coffee industry is directly linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions of coffee communities around the world,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Starbucks Global Coffee. “This new sustainability bond offers a way for investors to better understand the work we are doing to help ensure that there is a future for farmers and our industry.”

Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings, delivered the second opinion for the Sustainability Bond. This independent review offers investors additional insight into the proposed projects to be funded by the bond, as well as the expected positive environmental and social impacts of these projects.  Sustainalytics also rates Starbucks as an ESG leader in both overall and relative performance to its peers.

“Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of coffee farming practices helps to strengthen the overall sustainability of the coffee supply chain while advancing the socioeconomic conditions of coffee farmers,” said Simon MacMahon, Sustainalytics’ Executive Vice President of Advisory Services. “Starbucks has a significant influence on the global coffee market and is an industry leader when it comes to supply chain standards and sustainability initiatives. We are excited to support Starbucks Sustainability Bond and applaud their efforts to advance sustainability practices throughout their value chain.”

Starbucks will publish annual updates of the allocation of the proceeds throughout the term of the sustainability bond until the proceeds have been fully allocated to projects meeting the eligibility criteria.   These updates will be reported publicly on the Starbucks website at and may include additional descriptions of select projects funded with sustainability bond proceeds, and, where possible, their environmental and/or social impacts.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations, including statements about the expected closing of a public offering or senior notes and the use of proceeds of such offering. Such forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and satisfactions of certain conditions that are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including market conditions and those risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2015, and the prospectus and prospectus supplement delivered in connection with the public offering of senior notes discussed in this release. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

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Starbucks to enhance its sustainability programs with U.S.'s first Corporate Sustainability Bond

Starbucks to enhance its sustainability programs with U.S.’s first Corporate Sustainability Bond