US Foods introduces new “Serve Good” product line to help chefs and foodservice operators meet demand for responsible dishes

Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the source of their food they are relying on restaurants now more than ever to deliver the flavorful yet responsible dishes they crave. To help chefs and food service operators meet this growing diner demand, US Foods introduces its “Serve Good” line featuring a wide range of products including cage-free eggs, organic bread, non-GMO oils and sustainable seafood.

“The demand for sustainable options when dining out continues to grow,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president, Product Development and Innovation, US Foods. “In fact, nearly 70 percent of diners say they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods. With the high-quality, on-trend and sustainable items in Serve Good, we can help our customers deliver what their diners want and stay competitive in this changing marketplace.”

Each of the 21 Serve Good products are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction while also bringing the benefits of versatility and time and labor savings in the kitchen.

Sustainably and Responsibly Sourced.

Eighty two percent of consumers want meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. Sustainable seafood ranked ninth in the top 20 food trends for 2016. Among the Serve Good items that are in line with these preferences:

  • Chef’s Line® All Natural Turkey Breast Roast: This tender, skin-on turkey roast is made from turkeys that are vegetarian-fed and raised without antibiotics.
  • Harbor Banks® Barramundi: This sustainably sourced, ocean-farmed whitefish is on its way to earning four-star certification under the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards.
  • Rykoff Sexton® Non-GMO Canola Oil: This Non-GMO Project Verified oil is expeller-pressed, without the use of chemicals, has zero grams trans fats per serving and is low in saturated fat.

Reduces Waste.

Nearly 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted annually, and about $218 billion a year is spent growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. These Serve Good products are fresh, efficient and contribute to waste reduction, as well as responsible disposables.

  • Cross Valley Farms® Chopped Broccoli Leaves: Broccoli leaves are the latest superfood discovery, and because these leaves capture more goodness from one plant, it minimizes water usage and yields an additional 2,640 pounds of additional product harvested per acre.
  • Monarch® Eggless Spread: Also known as the miracle mayonnaise alternative, this spread is made with vegetable protein, which when compared to animal protein, uses five to ten times less water and requires one tenth of the land.
  • Monogram® Reusable Travel Cups: Approximately 14 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away every year. While most paper cups may be called recyclable, the majority are still lined with polyethylene, a non-recyclable material that ends up in landfills. Monogram Reusable Travel Cups cut down on both environmental waste and costs because they live long after the first beverage and are made with polypropylene, a truly recyclable material, which is BPA-free.

For more on the Serve Good Program and full Summer Scoop lineup, visit www.usfoods.com and join the conversation on social media with #ScoopTalk. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at: http://www.usfoods.com/scoopdemo.

About US Foods

US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in 61 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Contact:

Lisa Lecas
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Source: US foods

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announces series of leadership moves in its International division

Bentonville, Ark., 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced a series of leadership moves in its International division.

Andy Clarke, President and Chief Executive Officer at Asda, has decided the timing is right to step aside from his role with the company. Over more than 20 years with Asda, and the last six as CEO, Andy has been a key contributor to Walmart’s success in the U.K., one of the world’s most competitive retail markets. Andy and his leadership team have played a key role in several innovations in the marketplace, such as grocery home delivery and pickup. He has also served as a strong leader for the business during a time of increased competition and heightened customer expectations.

Andy will remain with the business until the end of July, at which point he will serve as an advisor for the remainder of 2016. He will also retain his current role as Asda’s representative in certain functions, namely as president of the IGD, a research and training charity which provides information and best practice to the global food and grocery industry.

With Andy’s departure Sean Clarke will return to the U.K. and Asda, as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 11. Most recently, Sean served in the same role with Walmart China, distinguishing himself by leading growth in a critical market. Sean is one of Walmart’s most experienced executives, with a Walmart career that includes extensive experience abroad including Walmart Japan, Walmart Canada and starting his retail career in the UK at Asda back in 1996. Sean’s leadership will allow Asda to build upon the momentum of Project Renewal and reposition the business in a very competitive market place.

Walmart also confirmed that Roger Burnley will be named deputy CEO and chief operating officer of Asda when he rejoins the business in October 2016. Roger will be a strong support to Sean Clarke having held a variety of senior leadership positions across commercial and operational functions of UK retail businesses. He worked at Asda between 1996 and 2002 and was part of the core team responsible for integrating Asda into Walmart following its acquisition in 1999.

With this move Dirk Van De Berghe, currently President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada will take over leadership of the Walmart China business, effective August 22 pending work authorization. In addition, Dirk will also serve as Regional President for our Asia business, including Walmart Japan. At Walmart Canada, Dirk’s depth of experience allowed Walmart to strengthen its growing food business in the market and complement a highly-successful general merchandise operation. Walmart will announce a new leader for Walmart Canada shortly.

This move will allow Scott Price, currently President and Chief Executive Officer – Walmart Asia to focus exclusively on his additional role as Chief Administrative Officer – Walmart International.

David Cheesewright, president and CEO of Walmart International, said, “Actively managing our global business portfolio is a key element of our international strategy, and we must have the right talent in place to lead our businesses through times of change.

“Sean is one of our most experienced global executives, and through his leadership we will build upon the momentum of Project Renewal to reposition Asda in a very competitive market place. I’m also excited about Roger coming back to Asda, as we view him as a top talent and a future CEO.

“Together with the existing Asda executive team, Sean and Roger will serve as an incredibly powerful team to lead our Asda business. Their complementary skills and combined expertise in the U.K. retail market and globally brings an unrivaled breadth of retail knowledge to Asda.”

Cheesewright continued, “Dirk is well positioned to lead the China and Japan businesses due to his prior roles in Asia and his deep knowledge of the retail business from his time in Europe.”

He also noted that Walmart has a strong track record of growing global retail leaders. “Global talent is one of our best assets – and our commitment to creating opportunities for diverse experiences is why we have some of the best retail leaders in the world.”

Sean Clarke commented on the news: “Rejoining Asda at such a critical point in the development of the UK retail market is both a challenge and a privilege. After spending the last 15 years in Walmart’s global retail markets, I’m looking forward to returning to the business that got me hooked on grocery retail.”

Roger Burnley added: “Asda is a business I know well, and one I’m excited to rejoin at a critical time in its history. I’ve always admired Asda’s passionate colleagues, relentless focus on the customer and its ability to reposition itself in a crowded marketplace. Being part of the world’s largest retailer also presents a huge personal opportunity to work alongside world-class talent, including Sean. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Walmart International posted strong financial sales performance at its Q1 FY17 earnings update. 10 of Walmart’s International 11 markets posted positive year-on-year sales results, with 9 of those markets growing comp sales by more than 4 percent on a constant currency basis.

Notes to Editors:

You can read the detail of Walmart International’s Q1 FY17 performance here: http://stock.walmart.com/investors/financial-information/quarterly-results/default.aspx

About Walmart:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Press Contact:

Call 1-800-WALMART (925-6278)

Source: Walmart

CarMax celebrates the grand opening of its first store in El Paso, Texas

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the grand opening of its first store in El Paso, located at 1300 Pendale Road. The El Paso store will stock between 200-400 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought approximately 50 new jobs to the area.

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will be providing a $10,000 grant to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. This grant will fund school food pantries that will serve more than 10,000 youth with a goal to alleviate child hunger. CarMax associates chose this organization to receive the grant after participating in a successful volunteer team builder where they helped organize donations.

“CarMax’s community involvement is rooted in our company culture and is a reflection of how passionate our associates are about public service,” said Keith Cox, location general manager at CarMax El Paso. “We are very excited to open our first store in El Paso and bring the simple and stress-free CarMax experience to customers.”

CarMax is also committed to providing community support and career opportunities to our military service members, veterans and their families. CarMax and The CarMax Foundation have pledged a total of $1.4 million over the next three years to organizations supporting the military, including Hiring Our Heroes, KaBOOM! and The Mission Continues. CarMax recently partnered with Hiring Our Heroes to sponsor a Service Member Transition Summit at Fort Bliss.

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ). CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $30 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 161 superstores in 81 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contacts
Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, pr@carmax.com

Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Source: Carmax

Wegmans seafood departments now offer responsibly sourced Lionfish

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now available in the seafood department at select Wegmans Food Markets stores in six states is whole, fresh Lionfish, an unusual and delicious new offering from Florida that has a unique sustainability story.

Lionfish is a non-native species in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely released there from domestic fish tanks or aquariums. It has no natural predators and reproduces at lightning speed, resulting in rapid population growth that’s harming the natural ecosystem as Lionfish compete with native species for limited food resources and eat the smaller fish that keep coral reefs healthy. That’s where the seafood industry and retailers are stepping in to make a difference.

Lionfish are spear-caught by underwater divers like Alex Fogg, who catches most of the Lionfish sold at Wegmans. Wegmans partnered with Wild Fish Direct to bring Lionfish to market in the Northeast, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently issued a statewide hunting competition to help reduce the invasive population. “We do our part to source seafood responsibly, and by introducing Lionfish in the markets we serve, we’re also helping control the population to protect the gulf reefs for the future,” said Mark Fromm, Wegmans seafood category merchant. “We love it when our customers are open to trying different kinds of fish. Lionfish are plentiful and tasty, but simply not as well known yet.”

Lionfish is a mild and delicate white fish similar in flavor and texture to Snapper. Its spines are carefully removed after harvest and the fish arrives at Wegmans fully cleaned, each weighing in at approximately one pound. Lionfish dishes are already making a splash in the culinary scene at upscale restaurants, and simple cooking techniques like pan-searing and grilling make it into a fantastic meal.

Customers interested in trying Lionfish can stop by the seafood department at select Wegmans stores Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

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.

Contact Information:

Valerie Fox,
Wegmans media relations coordinator,
585-720-5713

Source: Wegmans

Apple and WWF’s Apps for Earth campaign generated more than $8 million to support WWF’s conservation work

San Francisco. 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple and WWF’s Apps for Earth campaign raised awareness among hundreds of millions of people and generated more than $8 million in total proceeds to support WWF’s conservation work. WWF announced the results this week at WWDC in San Francisco.

During the ten-day campaign in April, Apple, WWF and 24 developers worked together to help the planet, one app at a time.

Through interactive and educational content created exclusively for Apps for Earth, the campaign gave participants an opportunity to actively engage in conservation and contribute to WWF’s mission.

100% of the proceeds from participating apps and In-App Purchases go to support WWF’s conservation work.

The campaign is the second time Apple has partnered with WWF to protect the planet. Last year, they kicked off a multi-year partnership to protect up to a million acres of responsibly managed forest across China, furthering Apple’s work to lower its footprint and conserve resources throughout its entire operation.

 

SOURCE: Apple Inc.

Darty announces Results for the twelve months ended 30 April 2016

LONDON, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — A strong performance in revenue, profit and cash

  • Like-for-like sales¹ up 6.1 per cent in France and 3.9 per cent for the Group.
  • Web sales up 13 per cent and market share gains in both France and Belgium.
  • Retail profit up 24 per cent for the Group to €93.1 million (2015: €74.9 million).
  • Over €150 million improvement in cash flow and a €115 million reduction in net debt year on year.

Financial Summary for the twelve months ended 30 April 2016²

  • Group revenue up 4.1 per cent to €3,656.8 million (2015: €3,512.1 million). Group like-for-like sales up 3.9 per cent (2015: down 1.6 per cent).
  • Group retail profit³ up 24 per cent to €93.1 million (2015: €74.9 million). Retail profit up 39 per cent in France including €21.5 million of gross property profits (2015: €6.8 million). Increased losses in the Netherlands following disruption from a new IT system.
  • Exceptional items of €36.5 million (2015: €13.7 million) principally relating to asset write offs and business disruption costs in the Netherlands, restructuring in France and Offer related costs.
  • Adjusted profit before tax4 up 36 per cent to €69.6 million (2015: €51.3 million). Adjusted earnings per share 7.3 cents (2015: 5.8 cents).
  • Profit for the year from continuing operations was €2.1 million (2015: €15.1 million). Total profit for the period was €3.7 million (2015: €13.8 million).
  • Net debt at the end of the period was down €115 million at €108.8 million (€223.8 million as at 30 April 2015) with net cash inflow including discontinued operations of €115.7 million (2015 outflow: €36.5 million).
  • An interim dividend of 0.875 cents per share (2015: 0.875 cents per share) was paid but, given the terms, and current expected timing, of the offer from Groupe Fnac S.A., the company does not currently intend to recommend a final dividend.

Offer from Groupe Fnac S.A. (“Fnac”)

  • On 25 April 2016 Fnac announced a third increased final offer for Darty of 170 pence per Darty share or 1 new Fnac share for every 25 Darty shares held.
  • The offer represents a premium of approximately:
    • 110 per cent to the closing price of 81 pence per Darty share on 29 September 2015 (being the last business day before the date of Fnac’s possible offer announcement);
    • 61 per cent to the value of the original offer of approximately 105 pence per Darty share based on the closing price of €55.6 per Fnac share on 19 November 2015 (being the last business day before the date of the original offer).
  • Phase 2 competition clearance expected July5 .
  • First closing date for acceptances 15 July5 .
  • Offer expected to be declared unconditional on or before 5 August with settlement no later than 14 days thereafter.

Chairman Alan Parker commented “Today we are reporting a strong set of results which represents the culmination of the Nouvelle Confiance strategy the Board set out in 2012 to restore shareholder value. This strategy involved two distinct elements. The first was the early action we took to exit loss making markets in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The second was to grow our core markets and in particular France where our focus on developing multi-channel, growing the store network through franchises and improving the customer experience has delivered a step change in performance including a significant improvement in the cash position and balance sheet.

These actions created the circumstances that led to the interest in Darty from third parties, culminating in the recommended offer from Fnac. The share price has more than trebled since commencing our Nouvelle Confiance strategy. We have created a leading European retailer which can deliver attractive synergies for investors, benefits for our customers and development opportunities for our colleagues. Darty is now in a significantly stronger position than before and can look forward to the future with confidence.”

1 Calculated based on stores that have been open for a full year and the first full four weeks of trading have passed. Stores where retail space has been added or where a complete format redesign has taken place which involves material capital expenditure are excluded. Sales through internet sites, excluding Mistergooddeal.com, are included.

2 Excluding results of discontinued operations except where stated otherwise.

3 Represents total operating profit before the share of joint venture and associates’ interest and taxation, gain on disposal of available for sale investments, legacy UK retirement benefit scheme expenses, exceptional items and amortisation and impairment of acquisition related intangible assets.

4 Represents retail profit less finance costs excluding net interest on pension schemes.

5 Based on the statements contained in Fnac’s offer document published on 31 May 2016.

Please note: There will not be a conference call with analysts and institutions today.

Enquiries

Analysts:

Darty plc
Simon Ward
+44 (0) 20 7269 1400

Media
UK
Finsbury
Jenny Davey
+44 (0) 20 7251 3801

France
Le Public Système
Ségolène de Saint Martin
+33 1 41 34 23 31 / +36 6 16 40 9073

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future results in forward looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, regulations or accounting standards, Darty plc does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Download in full Statement of Results for the twelve months ended 30 April 2016

Source: Darty

Best Buy brings one of E3’s hottest products directly to VR fans — Sony’s PlayStation VR

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Once again, Best Buy’s your home for the latest in virtual reality. We’re one of the first retailers to offer demos of Sony’s PlayStation VR, bringing one of E3’s hottest products directly to VR fans.

The PlayStation VR demos will be available at 30 stores nationwide from 3-7 p.m. local time Friday, June 17, and from noon to 4 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 18. They’re first come, first served, so visit BestBuy.com/PSVR to find a store near you.

If you can’t make it to a demo that weekend, don’t worry. Starting Friday, June 24, Best Buy will offer demos every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in more than 200 stores nationwide. These in-store demos are expected to run through the launch of PlayStation VR in October. Check back in the next couple of days to this page to see which of your local stores is hosting a demo.

As for demo content, one experience you can expect to see is Into The Deep, from PlayStation VR Worlds – a collection of five different VR experiences built from the ground up for PlayStation VR. Descend below the surface of the ocean as a deep sea diver and view the fantastic marine life all around you – including sharks – through PlayStation VR’s 5.7-inch OLED 1080p screen.

PlayStation VR plugs and plays into a PlayStation 4 and the headset even fits over glasses.

In addition to the Playstation VR events, Best Buy is still offering Oculus Rift demos, and we sell Samsung Gear VR and other VR products.

Want to know more? Check out our virtual reality page on BestBuy.com. You can also stay on top of the latest and greatest technology by visiting our Top New Tech page.

Media Inquiries
612.231.5146 / press@bestbuy.com Source: Bestbuy


CBRE announces the appointment of John Ferguson as the Executive Sponsor of Asia Pacific American Forum

Los Angeles, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that John Ferguson, CBRE President of the Southeast Division, has taken a leadership role in the c(APAF). Mr. Ferguson will serve as the Executive Sponsor of the company’s newest employee network group.

Mr. Ferguson will work with the APAF Chairperson and founder Charles Rho, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, to help the employee network reach its goals. CBRE launched the employee network approximately six months ago and the leadership team has grown to 10 professionals, including Mr. Rho.

Founded in 2015, APAF is focused on helping CBRE attract, develop and retain Asian-Pacific-American talent while advancing its business to serve the Asia Pacific marketplace. APAF is creating professional development opportunities that build skills and help members advance their careers. It will also support CBRE regions through volunteerism and charitable events. Furthermore, the leadership team is focused on building external connections to Asian professional organizations.

“We have great aspirations for CBRE’s Asia Pacific American Forum,” says Mr. Rho. “From my experience as one of the leaders of GE’s Asia Pacific network, our efforts have the potential to influence many professional lives. Now that John has joined our leadership team, I am confident we’ll make progress very quickly.”

Mr. Ferguson has led CBRE’s Southeast Division since January 2011 and has more than 16 years of experience in the real estate industry. He oversees operations in fourteen market areas – Atlanta, Baltimore, Bethesda, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Greenville, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Savannah, Tysons Corner and Washington D.C. – and is the primary relationship manager for CBRE’s JV office in Raleigh/Greensboro. Prior to his regional appointment, Mr. Ferguson served as market leader for CBRE’s Atlanta office, where he was responsible for the activities of more than 500 professionals across the full spectrum of the company’s business lines. Mr. Ferguson has received CBRE’s President’s Award on three occasions, recognizing his outstanding performance as Atlanta market leader.

“John has an outstanding history as a leader within our company and has done a terrific job leading our Southeast Division. I am confident he will bring the same excellence and enthusiasm to his expanded role with APAF and will help broaden the positive impacts of the group,” says Cal Frese, CBRE Global Group President, Geographies.

Mr. Rho joined CBRE Capital Markets in 2014 to help launch a new direct lending platform, CBRE Business Lending. He is an accomplished business development and corporate strategy executive with 25 years of leadership experience with Fortune 300 companies in building and implementing strategic plans and forging partnerships in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CBRE in Feb 2014, Charles worked for GE Capital for 18 years overseeing sales management, capital markets/syndication and BD/corporate strategy groups. He closed more than $11 billion in CRE loans and portfolio transactions.

“Charles has done a lot of groundwork over the last few years to get APAF started and I look forward to joining him and the whole APAF team. Together we will serve our Asian community and guide CBRE’s continued efforts toward inclusion for all employees,” says Mr. Ferguson.

Additional information about diversity and inclusion practices at CBRE can be found at www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/people-and-culture.

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 www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source:CBRE

Ellen DeGeneres to launch her first pet collection exclusively at PetSmart

PHOENIX and LOS ANGELES CITY,  2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Inc., the leading pet specialty retailer in North America, has entered an exclusive partnership with Ellen DeGeneres’ lifestyle brand, ED, through Posh Paws of New York City. DeGeneres, a pet enthusiast and design icon, will collaborate with PetSmart to create an innovative pet lifestyle brand – Ellen’s first venture into pet products – that taps her design sensibility and PetSmart’s pet know-how to create exciting new products for pet parents everywhere.

“I can barely contain how excited I am to be working with PetSmart. My dogs and I have been running in circles for hours,” stated Ellen DeGeneres.

The comprehensive new pet collection is expected in all 1,450 stores early next year with seasonal updates. The assortment, expected to be priced in the $10 to $50 range, will include pet apparel, beds, bowls, collars, leashes, harnesses, toys and pet carriers, as well as shampoo and other at-home grooming supplies.

“We are thrilled about this collaboration with the ED brand and Ellen, who shares our view that pets make us better people. She is passionate about pets, a tremendously creative design talent and people relate to her and love Ellen’s view on life. She is extremely relevant, especially among millennials, an important demographic that is moving into pet parenthood at a significant rate,” said Ted Passig, EVP of Buying and Sourcing for PetSmart. “Ellen’s unique ED design aesthetic has been brought to life in her work on home design, architecture and a range of human products – and we are excited to be working with her on her very first pet lifestyle brand.”

Ellen has been involved in apparel and home design for more than a decade, and last June she expanded her design platform with the launch of the ED brand, which now has products covering apparel, footwear, bedding and home décor available at a range of retailers. This is Ellen’s first pet lifestyle line and will be exclusively available at PetSmart.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,450 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

About ED Ellen DeGeneres

ED is Ellen DeGeneres’ new American lifestyle brand inspired by her iconic style, values and personality. With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high-quality collection of women’s apparel, footwear, accessories, bedding & bath and decorative home. The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and the consumers around the world. EDbyEllen.com

Press contact:

PetSmart Public Relations
24-Hour News Media Line
Phone: 623.587.2177

Source: PetSmart