Wincor Nixdorf once again honoured with Top Retail Supplier award

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having won the Top Retail Supplier award in 2015, Wincor Nixdorf has won it again this year. This award is conferred on IT companies that offer retailers an overall package of excellent solutions, and is run by Frankfurt-based Lebensmittelzeitung, a newspaper for the grocery segment, and by Cologne-based EHI Retail Institute.

The Top Retail Supplier award goes, in particular, to those IT service providers who have excelled at the “retail technology awards europe”. For nine years now, these awards have been conferred by EHI for outstanding IT projects in the retail sector. The Polish subsidiary of McDonald’s, the US fast food group, won in the Best Instore Solution category this year. Together with Wincor Nixdorf as its IT partner, McDonald’s has developed an interactive kiosk terminal at which guests can choose their meals and pay by card. The food is then served directly at the table. This minimizes service times and creates a new service experience. McDonald’s Poland is the first of the company’s European subsidiaries to introduce this IT-based Create Your Taste solution for its customers.

Another award went to Coop Switzerland at “retail technology awards europe” – also in the Best Instore Solution category. As part of its service, this cooperative company offers its customers various scanning and checkout options. In many supermarkets and megastores, customers can scan items using either the hand-held scanners provided at the entrance or their own smartphones. On top of that, Coop customers have the choice between attended and self-service checkouts. As an IT partner of Coop Switzerland, Wincor Nixdorf has provided self-checkout systems that are tailored to Coop’s specific requirements.

theLast year, awards were already conferred on companies cooperating with Wincor Nixdorf – for instance Kiabi, the French fashion retailer, and Lunar GmbH, the IT subsidiary of Edeka, which is the largest grocery chain in Germany. These two companies have also implemented pioneering technology projects in conjunction with Wincor Nixdorf. As a result, Wincor Nixdorf is the record award winner at the “retail technology awards europe”.

Daniel Ochs, Head of Sales at Lebensmittelzeitung, presented the Top Retail Supplier 2016 award to Thomas Fell, who is the member of Wincor Nixdorf’s Executive Board in charge of global IT business with retailers, in May 2016. “We are very pleased to receive this award again and view it as a confirmation of our work to date. At the same time, it represents a challenge to continue providing retail businesses around the world with innovative, intelligent, useful solutions for streamlining business processes and optimizing customer service concepts,” said Thomas Fell during the award ceremony at Wincor Nixdorf’s head office in Paderborn, Germany.

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Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camp visits tribal nation as part of the federal government’s ConnectHome initiative

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camp is visiting a tribal nation for the first time as part of the federal government’s ConnectHome initiative.

About 135 students between the ages of 10 and 18 are participating in the two-day camp this week (June 14-15) at Durant High School in Durant, Oklahoma, home of the Choctaw Indian Nation. They’re getting hands-on tech experience and learning 21st-century skills that can make a difference in their future education and career choices.

This event comes exactly one year after President Barack Obama first introduced ConnectHome during a speech at the school. The public-private collaboration strives to narrow the digital divide for children and families in low-income areas by making internet connectivity more affordable.

As part of the program, Best Buy is offering computer training and technical support in select ConnectHome project cities. While nearly two-thirds of America’s lowest-income households own a computer, less than half have a home internet subscription.

This week’s Geek Squad Academy is significant because most of the students are ConnectHome participants. They’re being introduced to the opportunities that exist within technology and potentially inspired to pursue possibilities they otherwise might not have known exist.

“The students were enthusiastic and full of energy the first day of the camp,” said Andrea Wood, associate director of Best Buy Community Relations“Most have never had the opportunity to experience the type of hands-on tech we’re providing.”

The camp includes programs and workshops on topics such as:

  • Circuits and logic
  • Digital compass
  • 3D design
  • Web know-how
  • Film and scriptwriting
  • Robotics
  • Digital music

Geek Squad Academy is entering its 10th year in 2016. So far it has inspired more than 30,000 kids from underserved communities to become the new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers, designers and dreamers.

The program is made possible by the contribution of time and resources from Best Buy and Geek Squad employees. Approximately 5,000 Geek Squad Agents and Blue Shirts volunteer each year to help provide tech education to youth through Best Buy’s various community programs, including Geek Squad Academy.

For a complete schedule of Geek Squad Academy dates, locations, enrollment information and more, please visit



Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camp visits tribal nation as part of the federal government’s ConnectHome initiative

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy summer camp visits tribal nation as part of the federal government’s ConnectHome initiative

CBRE: Hong Kong becomes the world’s highest-priced office market

LOS ANGELES , CA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hong Kong has become the world’s highest-priced office market and Asia continued to top the list of the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for four of the top five markets, according to CBRE Research’s  latest semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey.

Hong Kong’s (Central) overall prime occupancy costs of US$290 per sq. ft. per year topped the “most expensive” list, displacing London’s West End (US$262 per sq. ft.). Beijing (Finance Street) (US$188 per sq. ft.), Beijing (Central Business District (CBD)) (US$182 per sq. ft.) and Hong Kong (West Kowloon) (US$179 per sq. ft.) rounded out the top five.

The study also found that the real estate recovery in Ireland continued to gain momentum, with Dublin, which experienced a 50 percent drop in rents during the downturn, showing the second-largest year-over-year prime occupancy cost increase among the 126 cities surveyed (up 16.6 percent year-over-year)—second only to Hong Kong West Kowloon (up 19.5 percent year-over-year). In North America, real estate fundamentals saw steady improvement with both Atlanta (Downtown) and Seattle (Downtown) among the 10 markets with the fastest growing prime occupancy costs.

Global prime office occupancy costs—which reflect rent, plus local taxes and service charges for the highest-quality, “prime” office properties—rose 2.4 percent year-over-year, with the Americas up 2.3 percent, EMEA up 2.1 percent and Asia Pacific up 2.7 percent.

“We expect the global economy to keep growing, and the global service sector, the primary occupier of prime office properties, will continue to expand through periods of volatility, “ said Richard Barkham, global chief economist, CBRE. “Since inflation is low, the growth in prime office occupancy costs is significant for both users and investors.”

CBRE tracks occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 markets around the globe. Of the top 50 “most expensive” markets, 20 were in Asia Pacific, 20 were in EMEA and 10 were in the Americas.

Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Europe is benefitting from a cyclical pick-up in consumer spending and business investment, as well as a very competitive currency and intense monetary stimulus, which helped to make Dublin, Stockholm and Barcelona the fastest-growing markets in the region. Most Central and Eastern European markets were down year-over-year, including Moscow, which is still in the midst of a recession. Costs accelerated quickly in South Africa, with Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban all seeing increases of at least 6.9 percent from year-ago levels.

Only 11 out of 56 EMEA markets recorded a year-over-year decline in prime office occupancy costs.

In addition to London West End, the other market from the region in the global top 10 was London City (US$145 per sq. ft.).

Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific was home to seven of the top 10 most expensive markets—Hong Kong (Central), Beijing (Finance Street), Beijing (CBD), Hong Kong (West Kowloon), Tokyo (Marunouchi/Otemachi), New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD), and Shanghai (Pudong).

The service sector will show particularly strong growth in Asia as pensions and insurance products gain market share. So occupancy cost growth will continue to trend upwards at a moderate pace.

Hong Kong (Central) is the only market in the world—other than London’s West End—with a prime occupancy cost exceeding US$200 per sq. ft. Hong Kong Central’s double-digit growth in occupancy costs was fuelled by two factors: an ultra-low vacancy rate due to lack of new development and continued demand for high-quality space in prime locations by mainland Chinese companies.

The most expensive market in the global ranking from the Pacific Region was Sydney (US$93 per sq. ft.), in 22nd place.

A few key Southeast Asian markets registered decreases, including Singapore and Jakarta.

In the Americas, four markets—Monterrey, Atlanta (Downtown), Seattle (Downtown) and Atlanta (Suburban)—recorded double-digit percentage gains year-over-year.

New York Midtown, number nine on the global list, remained the most expensive market in the Americas, with a prime office occupancy cost of US$137 per sq. ft.

Several energy-centric markets experienced material drops in occupancy costs, including Calgary (Downtown and Suburban), Houston (Suburban) and Denver (Suburban).

In the U.S., economic growth is expected to pick up in the next several quarters following a turbulent opening quarter. Overall, occupier activity sustained last year’s momentum, leading to an increase in occupancy costs in 17 out of 22 U.S. markets covered in this survey.

Mexico City remained the most expensive market in Latin America, posting an office occupancy cost of US$65 per sq. ft. and ranking as the 39th most expensive market globally. Both Brazilian markets, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, saw declines.

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Note: The full Top 50 Most Expensive Markets chart is located at the end of this press release.


  1. The Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs report is a survey of office occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 cities worldwide.
  2. The latest survey provides data on office rents and occupancy costs as of March 31, 2016.
  3. The Largest Annual Changes rankings are based upon occupancy costs in local currency and measure. The Most Expensive ranking is based upon occupancy costs in US$ per sq. ft. per annum.
  4. The figures given in this release refer to occupancy cost. This represents rent, plus local taxes and service charges. The occupation cost figures have also been adjusted to reflect different measurement practices from market to market.
  5. Due to methodology changes, comparisons with figures in previously released reports are not valid.
  6. To obtain a full copy of the report or to arrange to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (

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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

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
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Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 90 checkout operators from Manawatu New World, PAK’nSAVE and Write Price stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Massey University Auditorium with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Megan McKenzie from New World Levin, Samantha Neemia from New World Pioneer and Ashley Hurunui from New World Levin.

Event organiser Kristie McGregor said it is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores.

“We have been running the Checker of the Year competition for over 40 years and it is a great opportunity to recognise our check out operators for the value they add to the customer experience,” said Kristie McGregor.

New World Foxton owner operator, Jason Davy brought up a bus load of team members from all departments to support their check out operators.

“Apart from the competition side of things where are our check out operators can see how they measure up, it’s a fun night and gives the team an opportunity to interact, bond and enjoy each other’s company outside of work,” said Jason Davy.

The competitors’ colleagues wore costumes in the super hero theme of the night and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.

The top twelve checkers each received a $50 gift card; with the top three finalists winning extra prizes. There were also prizes for the best support team and best team of checkers overall.

There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July, with mystery shoppers testing each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards on 26 November.



Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Chick-fil-A announces ground breaking events for its future locations in Nevada

Quick-Service Chicken Chain Known for Fresh Food and Industry-Leading Service Set to Open Three Restaurants in 2017

HENDERSON, Nev., 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. broke ground today at the future site of its first stand-alone location in Nevada, with the second to follow next week. The restaurants, named Chick-fil-A at Diamond Summit Plaza (Eastern and St. Rosa Parkway) and Chick-fil-A at Stephanie and Warm Springs, will be located at 9925 S. Eastern Ave. and 460 N. Stephanie St. respectively, and are two of three Chick-fil-A locations opening in the Las Vegas area in 2017.

Chick-fil-A is known for its menu of fresh, hand-crafted food and offers a variety of options for guests of all ages. Signature items include a hand-breaded, boneless chicken breast sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries and hand-spun milkshakes. The restaurant uses only premium ingredients and makes many of its menu items from scratch in the restaurant each day, including hand-chopped salads and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Locally Owned and Operated

Both restaurants will be locally-owned and operated small businesses with employment and tax benefits going back to the Henderson community. The franchise owners, who will be announced later this year, will be local residents and will oversee all day-to-day operations of the restaurants. They will also be actively involved in the Henderson community through partnerships with local schools, charities and non-profit organizations.

The restaurants will each create approximately 80 full- and part-time jobs, with team member hiring slated to begin later this year. Chick-fil-A strives to offer all employees and staff a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, promotions that lead to management roles, competitive wages and respect for work-life balance. Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining young talent, and has a long tradition in the food industry for setting the highest standards in customer service. In 2015, the company received the highest score ever in its industry during an annual study on customer service by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Sustainable and Welcoming Restaurant Design

Chick-fil-A’s sustainability efforts focus on serving better food in greener restaurants with reduced waste. With this in mind, the Henderson Chick-fil-A restaurants will be designed with water and energy efficiency features, air quality control and waste diversion efforts, among other environmental initiatives. Chick-fil-A currently recycles all cardboard and plastic films in back-of-house operations, and all napkins, tray liners and Kid’s Meal bags are made from 100 percent recycled content.

The Henderson restaurants will feature Chick-fil-A’s newest kitchen and interior design, with each location having indoor seating for 122, additional outdoor seating and indoor playgrounds for children to enjoy. Guests will also have the convenience of Chick-fil-A’s award-winning drive-thru service, and will be able to order and pay before arrival using Chick-fil-A’s new mobile ordering and mobile payment app, Chick-fil-A One™. The restaurants will be open Monday through Saturday.

“We have heard from so many Chick-fil-A fans in Nevada that they want Chick-fil-A in their neighborhood, and we’re thrilled to be one milestone closer to joining the community of Henderson,” said Don Ikeler, Director of Design and Construction for Chick-fil-A, Inc. “I know I can speak on behalf of our future local franchise owners when I say we are looking forward to being a home away from home for our guests and serving great food with genuine hospitality.”

The Henderson restaurants are two of three Chick-fil-A restaurants slated to open in the Las Vegas area in 2017, with another opening in the city of Las Vegas later in the year.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at


Contact: Corporate Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196


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Chick-fil-A announces ground breaking events for its future locations in Nevada

Chick-fil-A announces ground breaking events for its future locations in Nevada

DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country

Carrie Underwood Presents First Grant of $100,000 to Girls Sports Teams in Her Hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma

PITTSBURGH, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (JUNE 14, 2016), The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood, announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country.

Since 2014, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matterinitiative.

To kick off the partnership in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Underwood herself surprised unsuspecting Checotah Middle School and High School female student-athletes during a summer practice to present a Sports Matter grant of $100,000 to the Checotah School District Girls Athletic Programs.

“I am so honored to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams,” said Underwood. “Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come.”

DICK’S Foundation will be partnering with Underwood’s local C.A.T.S (Checotah, Animal, Town, and School) Foundation and Brian Terry, Checotah High School Principal and Athletic Director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.

“At DICK’S, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we hope to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports nationwide,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and President of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “Carrie Underwood knows firsthand the impact sports can have on girls becoming strong, successful woman. The DICK’S Foundation and the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand are excited to ensure that opportunities for girls to participate in sports continue to exist.”

For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, please visit and, respectively.




About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation.  It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods:


About Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film.  A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 23 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide.  The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012.  Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied an incredible 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.  In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1.  Billboard’s best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014.  Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection’s 25 songs included two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the Gold-certified “Little Toy Guns.”  In 2015, she completed her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and will return in 2016 for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood’s current single, “Church Bells” is quickly climbing the charts, following the #1 success of “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat,” all from her chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album,Storyteller.


About C.A.T.S. Foundation

Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S.  Foundation (Checotah, Animal, Town, and School Foundation) helps to improve Checotah, Oklahoma by assisting with causes, fulfilling needs, and providing services to directly impact the community and surrounding area.

Honey Bunchie voluntarily recalls certain Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bars due to potential contamination with Listeria

Longmont, CO, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Honey Bunchie, LLC is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited number of Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bars that contain SunOpta sunflower kernels that have the potential of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed directly from Honey Bunchie, LLC to distributors, retailers and online consumers between 08/05/2015 – 03/15/2016.

To date, Honey Bunchie, LLC has not received any reports of illness; however, the company is initiating this voluntary recall in an abundance of caution as part of its commitment to the health and safety of its consumers.

Product Name: Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bar

Description UPC Code Size Best By Date
Individual Bar 8 66192 00010 1 1.9 oz 12/27/2015 – 10/28/2016
Box of 20 Bars 8 66192 00011 8 20 bars, 1.9 oz each 12/27/2015 – 10/28/2016

No other products produced by Honey Bunchie, LLC are affected by this recall.

The affected bars were sold nationwide through distributors, retailers and online.

Consumers who have purchased affected product are urged not to consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Online customers should contact the company at Consumers with questions may contact the company at (303) 808-3351.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm none of the affected products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Honey Bunchie at to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.



Honey Bunchie, LLC


Edward Payne


Honey Bunchie voluntarily recalls certain Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bars due to potential contamination with Listeria

Honey Bunchie voluntarily recalls certain Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bars due to potential contamination with Listeria

IKEA U.S. co-workers returns from IWitness Ambassador trips

Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the United States

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that ten IKEA U.S. co-workers have returned from their IWitness Ambassador trips; five went to Cambodia to visit and experience the IKEA Foundation funded ‘Soft Toys for Education’ programs managed by Save the Children and five others visited the IKEA Group Wind Farm in Cameron, Texas.

The Cambodia trip was a meaningful experience for co-workers to learn more about the IKEA Foundation’s ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign. Since 2003, this program has contributed $97.7 million (€88 million) to Save the Children and UNICEF, helping to increase school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children. Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child protection systems in schools and communities.

The trip to Cameron, Texas was arranged to view the Cameron wind farm. For background, in November 2015, The IKEA Group purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is now fully operational.

The IKEA IWitness Ambassador Program supports understanding how improving opportunities for children and their families has great value. Each year, IKEA U.S. co-workers travel around the world to witness first-hand what a difference IKEA support makes in the lives of children and refugees. On a national level, IKEA co-workers experience IKEA U.S. environmental programs. These ‘IWitness Ambassador’ co-workers are selected based on their video and personal applications that include their experience and interest in social and environmental programs.

In 2016, 14 IKEA U.S. co-workers have participated in three different IWitness trips: four co-workers have traveled to rural West Virginia to visit Save the Children literacy programs funded by IKEA USA; five co-workers traveled to Cambodia to visit educational programs funded by the IKEA Foundation Soft Toys for Education program; and five co-workers traveled to rural Cameron, Texas to see the most recent IKEA U.S. wind farm purchase.

The IWitness program is just one of many reasons why IKEA is a great place to work. IKEA U.S. was recently listed on the 2016 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List, which highlighted the company’s strong culture and values of humbleness, willpower, simplicity, and togetherness and enthusiasm.

To see the co-workers’ experiences, click here:

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US PR Director,, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this visionby offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the U.S. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit,, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA,,,,

About Save the Children:
Save the Children ( invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the U.S. and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Kesko’s building and technical trade division to build an international digital team of 50 people based in Helsinki, Stockholm and Vilnius

HELSINKI, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko’s building and technical trade division is strengthening the development of ecommerce and digital services by building an international digital team of 50 people based in Helsinki, Stockholm and Vilnius.

“The K-Group’s strategic objective is to provide its customers with the best omnichannel customer experience, best digital services and wide ecommerce offering. To be able to reach these goals, we are boosting up the development work in our business divisions”, says Kesko Chief Digital Officer Anni Ronkainen.

“We are operating in nine countries and now we are building an international team of 50 experts for digital development. The team will be led from Finland. We are looking for digital business professionals with varied backgrounds to lead the digital transformation and the change in Kesko. We want to offer challenging work for professionals in an international environment of building and technical trade”, says Matti Pohjola, ecommerce director.

“The ecommerce markets in Kesko’s operating countries are currently in different development phases. For example in Sweden, the online shopping in building and home improvement trade is growing fast. By being close to the markets, we can create the best product and service offering to our customers”, Pohjola says.

“Retail industry provides ecommerce and digital service developers with challenging and rewarding omnichannel environment, where you can create new services that will help both consumers and professional customers,” says Jussi-Pekka Erkkola, development director, digital services.

Kesko’s building and technical trade business division operates currently in nine countries offering the top assortment and expertise in its sector.

For further information:

Go to

eCommerce Director Matti Pohjola,, tel. +358 50 362 4781

Development Director Jussi-Pekka Erkkola,, tel. +358 40 802 3405

The 45,000 exceptionally nice people of the K-Group work daily to make shopping fun for customers in our stores in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Poland and Russia. We help our more than 1,500 stores serve their customers in the grocery trade, building and technical trade and the car trade. Our customers in the building and technical trade are served by Onninen, K-rauta, Rautia, Byggmakker, Senukai, OMA and Rautakesko B2B Service.

We do our work with big heart while paying attention to society and the environment. We are already the most responsible food retailer in the world and are constantly trying out something new. We are doing this to provide good choices both on the shelves of the local stores and online. Read more:

Shopify to bring Apple PayⓇ to more than 275,000 merchants on the web

Changing the buying experience for millions of consumers with one single touch

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Today (June 13, 2016) at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that Apple Pay will come to the web this fall, and Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), the leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, will bring the ability for more than 275,000 merchants to easily offer Apple PayⓇ on the web to consumers. With Apple Pay, consumers will be able to quickly and securely check out via Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with one touch.

“Currently, online shoppers encounter a lot of friction when trying to purchase items on a mobile device. Apple Pay can help provide consumers with seamless purchase experiences,” said Jason Normore, Director of Engineering at Shopify. “Shopify’s mission has always been to enable our merchants to offer their customers the best experience, and that’s why the announcement of Apple Pay coming to the web is so exciting. Now more than 275,000 small and medium-sized businesses are laying the groundwork for a better shopping experience on iPhone, iPad and Mac.”

Currently, more than 60% of all checkouts started on Shopify stores come from mobile, but only 40% of these visitors complete a purchase. With Apple Pay, merchants can provide a simplified checkout via Safari with iPhone, iPad and Mac, making customers more likely to click the “buy” button.

Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy forms or type in shipping and billing information. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards.

To learn more about Apple Pay and for merchants to sign up  to offer Apple Pay on the web, please visit:

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.


About Shopify
Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations and pop-up shops.  The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business.  The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 275,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by big brands including Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Red Bull, the LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

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Walgreens terminates relationship and closing operations at all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers at its stores in Arizona

Theranos laboratory testing services will no longer be offered through any Walgreens locations

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today announced that it has informed Theranos that it will be terminating its relationship and closing operations at all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers at its stores in Arizona, effective immediately. This follows the company’s decision in January to halt Theranos laboratory testing services at its Palo Alto, Calif., location, and means Walgreens will no longer offer Theranos services at any of its stores.

Walgreens said it will be working over the next several days to help transition customers.

“In light of the voiding of a number of test results, and as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected Theranos’ plan of correction and considers sanctions, we have carefully considered our relationship with Theranos and believe it is in our customers’ best interests to terminate our partnership,” said Brad Fluegel, Walgreens Senior Vice President and Chief Health Care Commercial Market Development Officer.

In January, Walgreens informed Theranos that it must immediately cease sending clinical laboratory tests provided through its Wellness Centers at Walgreens to the Theranos lab in Newark, Calif., which has been the subject of ongoing CMS review.

At the same time, Walgreens also informed Theranos that tests collected at its Wellness Centers at Walgreens stores in Arizona must be sent only to Theranos’ certified lab in the Phoenix area or to an accredited third-party lab for analysis. No patient samples were to be sent to the Newark lab until all issues raised by CMS have been fully resolved.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes,, and More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.


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Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With sunlight long into the evenings, people make the most out of every minute of their day. Starting today (June 14) Starbucks is bringing new treats to savor as the sun goes down with its Sunset Menu, available after 3 p.m. in participating stores in the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer.

On the Sunset Menu are three new Starbucks® Granitas, a twist on the Italian icy treat, made with a scoop of finely shaved ice that is lightly sweetened and topped with bold espresso, white tea or limeade. Light and refreshing, Granitas are available in three flavors, Caramel Espresso, Teavana® Youthberry® White Tea, and Strawberry Lemon Limeade.

“We wanted something that was cool, but light,” said Michelle Sundquist from Starbucks beverage development team. “Our Sunset Menu is a refreshing way to jump-start your evening and take you into a long summer night.”

In addition to handcrafted Granitas, Starbucks Sunset Menu will also feature Trifles. The desserts are hand-prepared with layers of whipped cream and a mocha or strawberry drizzle. Trifles are available in two flavors, Chocolate Brownie and Strawberry Shortcake.

Teavana Youthberry White Tea Granita 


Refreshing lemonade flavored, finely shaved ice topped with Teavana® Youthberry® White tea that combines white tea, pineapple, acai and hibiscus.

Starbucks Caramel Espresso Granita 


A scoop of slightly sweetened, finely shaved ice topped with bold espresso shots, a splash of cream and finished with caramel drizzle.

Starbucks Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita 


A scoop of lemonade flavored, finely shaved ice blended with strawberry slices and topped with house-made limeade.

Chocolate Brownie Trifle


A warmed double chocolate brownie topped with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle 


Two petite vanilla bean scones layered with a strawberry drizzle and topped with whipped cream.

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


Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer

Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer

Caja Ya: Carrefour Argentina introduces new system to optimise customer’s waiting time when paying for their purchases

ARGENTINA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new system is intended to shorten waiting times by eliminating the need to queue.

With the aim of optimising the customer’s waiting time when paying for their purchases, in March Carrefour Argentina implemented a new system called Caja Ya, applied to the line of checkouts in stores in the Neuquén Province.

This is a system of electronic queues which eases the flow of customers, thanks to devices which generate shifts and screens with information on waiting times. This way, the customer can pick up the device (caller) on entering the store, take their turn by scanning the bar code at a Consultation Point and select the type of purchase. The device will tell the cutomer the estimated time when they will be served and which checkout to go to. In addition, on the screens located in the hall, the customer will be able to observe the estimated waiting time to be served at the checkouts.


Caja Ya: Carrefour Argentina introduces new system to optimise customer’s waiting time when paying for their purchases

Caja Ya: Carrefour Argentina introduces new system to optimise customer’s waiting time when paying for their purchases

Carrefour to roll out Apple Pay to customers in France this Summer

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smartphones are now part of our everyday lives. Three in every four mobiles are smartphones and 35 million people in France have one. Our consumer habits are changing as new services become available, made possible thanks to the new technologies available to us.

The mobile payment market is also undergoing rapid growth: Mobile payment solutions are now being rolled out on a large scale. Carrefour has decided to be a key player in this digital transformation.

The current landscape provides us with a real opportunity to create new types of relationships with our customers.  We have one sole objective in mind in deciding to adopt this innovative approach: we want to provide our customers with the best possible experience, so the path they take through our stores can be fast, fluid, straightforward and secure.

Because we are mindful of our customers’ needs and expectations, we have to ensure that we can provide them with an excellent level of service, keeping their personal information secure and protected, and intelligently linking payment up to loyalty schemes and the redeeming of coupons in the Carrefour ecosystem.

Therefore, Apple Pay coming to Carrefour’s Customers in France this Summer, offering an Easy, Secure & Private Way to Pay.

Carrefour will be among first retailers in France to offer its customers Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay that’s fast and convenient when it launches this Summer.

With Carrefour Banque’s support (2.5M customers), Apple Pay will provide a simplified, seamless and practical shopping experience to all “PASS MasterCard” cardholders. Through this additional service, Carrefour continues to foster disruptive innovation.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. The service will be available from Day 1 in all stores under Carrefour’s banner in France. In participating stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Online shopping in apps accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit:


Find the perfect gift for Dad at Macy’s stores and on

Celebrate Dad’s unique style with gifts just for him

NEW YORK, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Father’s Day, applaud Dad for all he does by showering him with fantastic fashion and home gifts available at Macy’s stores and on With a wide assortment of acclaimed designers and brands such as Alfani, I.N.C. International Concepts, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, and more, Macy’s has countless options to celebrate all dads in style.

“We want to help our customers find the perfect gifts for Dad to make this Father’s Day the most memorable yet,” said Kathy Hilt, senior vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “Macy’s has all the gadgets, clothing, accessories, and much more that cater to dads’ personal styles and hobbies. Through My Stylist@Macy’s, our stylists in store can help you find the best gifts, personalized for the most important men in your life.”

Gifts for Every Dad
From the dads with a penchant for looking sharp to those who live for the great outdoors, Macy’s has items from the best brands in apparel, accessories and home to suit every dad’s distinct style.

The Dapper Dad
For the polished dad who pays attention to detail, Bar III dress shirts and Ryan Seacrest Distinction pocket squares and cuff links will keep him looking sophisticated. An Emporio Armani watch will be the finishing touch on the refined look he prefers. For a more casual, yet still stylish look, gift him with gingham or plaid sport shirts from Park West, available in a variety of bold and bright hues.

The Active Dad
Athletic dads always on the move will appreciate the comfort of new Nike sneakers and a Fitbit to track his daily activity. Polos and shorts from Callaway Golf will keep him cool and comfortable all the way through the 18th hole, and a shock- and water-resistant watch by G-Shock will take him from the boardroom to the hiking trail without breaking a sweat.

The Outdoors Dad
Dads who love the backyard life will enjoy Oakley sunglasses to help shield those summer rays. An All-Clad stainless steel five-piece BBQ set is just what he needs to man the grill at any backyard bash. And when kicking back to enjoy the sun, Dad can relax on a Wembley Swan pool float or enjoy a cold, crisp drink with the Lenox Tuscany beer glass set.

The Traveling Dad
For the jet-setting dad, a Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio duffle bag or Tumi Alpha 2 spinner luggage will fit all his essentials. Cool Ray-Ban aviators, a Michael Kors bomber jacket, and stylish shoes by Clarks and Tommy Hilfigerwill have him flying in first class fashion.

My Stylist@Macy’s
Take the guesswork out of finding that special something for Dad with My Stylist@Macy’s, a free personal shopping service with no minimum to buy and experts who will help you find the perfect gift every time. If you don’t have enough time to shop, treat Dad to a Macy’s gift card and schedule an appointment with My Stylist@Macy’s. With this option, he’ll get two gifts in one! Visit to learn more.

For more great ideas for this Father’s Day, visit Macy’s online gift guide at

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

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McDonald’s Corp. to relocate its corporate headquarters to downtown Chicago by the spring of 2018

Company Signs Lease at 1045 W. Randolph in Chicago’s West Loop and Will Relocate Its Headquarters by Spring of 2018

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) today announced the move of its corporate headquarters to downtown Chicago by the spring of 2018.

The company signed a lease at 1045 W. Randolph St. in Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood and will transform the space into a modern setting that fosters collaboration and connectivity.

“We are a brand on the move in more ways than one,” said McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook. “Moving our headquarters to Chicago is another significant step in our journey to build a better McDonald’s. This world-class environment will continue to drive business momentum by getting us even closer to customers, encouraging innovation and ensuring great talent is excited about where they work.”

The move marks a return to Chicago where the company was headquartered from 1955 to 1971.

“McDonald’s looks forward to returning to the Chicago community where we started and to building together the next chapter of success in the history of this great company,” said Rick Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of McDonald’s. “Today’s announcement is about more than just a new location for us. It is an important investment in our people as we look to create a start-of-the-art company headquarters they can use to move our business forward for many years to come.”

The new headquarters will also house Hamburger University, one of seven worldwide locations, providing a state-of-the-art learning center for the company’s future leaders and employees.

“McDonald’s, welcome back to sweet home Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “McDonald’s has identified the keys to success to today’s global market, talent, technology, and access to transportation networks, and they recognize these as Chicago’s strengths. I’m proud to welcome them to our dynamic city.”

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


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McDonald's Global Headquarters - Oak Brook, IL

McDonald’s Global Headquarters – Oak Brook, IL

Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Fourth new market expansion in the last nine months

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s is proud to announce a new store in in the Town of Truckee in Nevada County. Raley’s, in partnership with JMA Ventures LLC, plans to develop a new retail center at the corner of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, adjacent to the Truckee Airport.

The new retail center will be designed to fit the Truckee community with natural wood elements and inspired by lodge-style architecture. The new 35,000 square foot flagship store will serve residents and those visiting the area. Consistent with Raley’s commitment to sustainability, this store will incorporate leading technology in energy conversation and water management.

Customers will experience a full-service store with an extensive assortment of fresh, healthy and high-quality food, including natural and organic offerings. Special emphasis on specialty services, including restaurant-quality grab-and-go options.

“As we move forward on our journey of health and wellness, Truckee is an important location to enhance our vision,” said Michael Teel, President, CEO & owner, Raley’s. “We are looking forward to serving the Truckee community with an exceptional shopping and food experience, all four seasons of the year.”

In addition to the Raley’s store, the first phase of the center will include an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space. The new retail space will create an estimated 140 jobs to the local community.

“We are very proud and excited about our partnership with Raley’s and the Town and this investment further cements JMA’s confidence in and commitment to the Truckee-Tahoe region,” said Todd Chapman, CEO, JMA Ventures LLC.

Subject to Town of Truckee approval, the new retail center plans to begin construction in late 2017 with a targeted completion of mid-2018. This new location is Raley’s fourth new market expansion in the last nine months.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at


Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Raley’s announces new store in Truckee, Nevada County

Weis Markets receives final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval to open beer café in its Altoona store in Park Hill Plaza

Store café is open for business

SUNBURY, PA and ALTOONA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval on Friday morning to open a beer café in its Altoona store located in the Park Hill Plaza. Associates began stocking shelves and coolers after receiving the approval and the café is now open for business.

The 30-seat beer café will sell beer for both on premise consumption and take-out. It offers more than 800 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers, including beers brewed by Rivertowne, Penn Brewery, Straub and Otto’s.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This is the first Weis Markets’ beer café to open in Altoona. The company currently operates beer cafés in 44 of its Pennsylvania stores.


Weis Markets’ annual initiative, Paws for Pets, raised $212,045 benefiting 115 local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations

Sunbury, Pennsylvania, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced that its eighth annual company-wide initiative, Paws for Pets, raised $212,045, benefiting 115 local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations — a 72 percent increase compared to funds raised in 2015.

“Our associates worked hard to create overall awareness of our program in order to meet the continuing needs for local animal shelters throughout our five state market area,” said Brian Holt, Weis Markets Vice President, Marketing and Advertising. “With their dedication to the annual program, we generated record donations in 2016, helping us give more than $1.2 million in total contributions and product donations since 2008.”

During the five-week program, which ran April 28 through June 2, Weis Markets customers had the opportunity to make donations of $1, $3 or $5, or purchase a Paws for Pets reusable bag for $2. All proceeds will be donated to local animal shelters and rescue organizations selected by individual stores in their own communities.  Weis Markets shoppers also contributed to the program by purchasing and donating various pet-related products often found on a shelter’s wish list. Items included dog, cat, puppy and kitten food, kitty litter, collars, harnesses and leashes, toys, treats, pet shampoos, nail clippers, pet brushes, combs, food and water bowls, dishwashing liquid, bleach, mops and brooms, towels/washcloths and powder-free latex gloves.

Weis Markets’ East Stroudsburg store was the chain leader, raising $6,199 for the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe. Seventy Weis Markets locations also held pet adoption events resulting in many animals finding forever homes.  For more information, please visit


Weis Markets' annual initiative, Paws for Pets, raised $212,045 benefiting 115 local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations

Weis Markets’ annual initiative, Paws for Pets, raised $212,045 benefiting 115 local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations

Giant Tiger Stores Limited launches new campaign – “Inner Voice” to empower women

OTTAWA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores Limited is excited to be introducing its new multi-media campaign – “Inner Voice.” The campaign, which features Giant Tiger’s recently introduced women’s wear brands (Lily Morgan, mySTYLE, and ACX Active), is designed to empower women by focusing on their own needs as well as the power that a positive inner voice, and fashion, has to instill confidence.

“Every woman deserves to look and feel beautiful from the inside out. Giant Tiger’s new women’s wear brands were inspired by our core shopper, her day-to-day life, and the clothes she needs to live, not only comfortably in, but confidently in,” said Karen Sterling, VP Marketing, Giant Tiger. “Our new multi-media campaign supports these needs and takes it one step further. The ‘Inner Voice’ ads are centered on real women, real moments, and the often overlooked, yet crucial, need to prioritize themselves, and the important power of a positive inner voice.”

The ads, created by Yield Branding, connect with its target audience by portraying them in situations where they are able to take time for themselves, embrace how that makes them feel, and the role that positive thinking, and fashion, has on building self-confidence.

“When we met with Giant Tiger, two things were clear – the priority they placed on customers, and their desire to connect with them in a real way,” said Ted Nation, President, Yield Branding. “This important insight drove the ‘Inner Voice’ campaign creative. The ads portray not only scenarios that women – Giant Tiger’s core customer – can identify with, but leverage a positive inner voice in a supportive and empowering way.”

Ads began to appear nationally via print and broadcast on June 8. Broadcast ads can be seen on specialty channels such as W Network, Slice, and HGTV. Print ads can be seen in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Coupe de Pouce magazines. A social media and digital program will further support the national broadcast and print campaign.

“Giant Tiger is known to many as Canada’s best kept secret. We believe that this is absolutely the right time, and way, to share that secret, both with our existing customers as well as those who may be new to our stores,” adds Sterling.

About Giant Tiger:
In 1961, Giant Tiger Stores Limited opened its first store in Ottawa. The business was started with a very simple idea – keep the cost of operation low and sell a large volume of merchandise at everyday low prices. It is the adherence to this idea that has allowed Giant Tiger to grow to over 200 stores.

In 1968, another simple idea was incorporated into the Giant Tiger formula – franchising! Today most of our stores are franchised so our valued customers will be better served by having the owner in the store. Giant Tiger franchise owners become members of the community, sharing community concerns and serving community needs. Giant Tiger also helps to bring communities together. In 2014, Giant Tiger donated more than $2 million to more than 700 local associations and charities across Canada.

Giant Tiger offers a large assortment of casual clothing and footwear for the entire family including many of the latest fashion items at the lowest possible price. The identical quality and fashion items offered by major chain stores are sold at Giant Tiger often at remarkably lower prices. In addition, Giant Tiger provides everyday needs for families in groceries, confectionery, pet food, cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, toys and health and beauty products.

Giant Tiger checks out as Canada’s low price Giant with our low prices every day, Ad Match Guarantee, Clawbacks throughout the store and our no time limit return policy. For more information about the company, please visit , join us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GTboutique and on Four Square Giant Tiger Stores.

Giant Tiger, a proud Canadian company since… FOREVER!  #CanadaPROUD