NCR Corporation leads the world in self-checkout technology according to RBR research

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) leads the world in self-checkout (SCO) technology, according to research published by strategic research and consulting firm RBR. NCR, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, saw shipment growth in key markets, including North America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and APAC

According to RBR’s “Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2016” report, NCR also saw an increase in its shipments of electronic point-of-sale (EPOS) technology – including the #1 position for in North America and #2 worldwide.

The retail customer is changing – they expect choice, they’re always connected and they want to define their own shopping journey. Leading retailers are looking to enable digital engagement and offer flexible shopping options, including self-checkout, to meet customer demands and sustain a positive brand value.

“NCR’s Retail technology helps retailers transform their business and redefine the customer experience,” said Michael Bayer, president, NCR Retail Solutions. “Through our store transformation solutions we help retailers reimagine the store as the hub of the shopping experience and deliver rich, frictionless and personalized services across every channel.”

RBR expects ePOS and SCO shipments to grow through 2021. NCR holds the top position in SCO shipments in all major regions.

The study is based on in-depth primary research with retail technology vendors throughout 53 countries, and it was complemented with extensive secondary research.

About NCR Corporation

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

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

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact

Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770 299 5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR

Iper adopts the latest generation of NCR Retail solutions at its new Italian store in Milan

Milan, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced that Iper, La grande I, has adopted the latest generation of NCR Retail solutions at its new Italian store in Milan. Thanks to the advanced NCR hardware and software solutions, Iper customers can enjoy a more pleasant, engaging and time effective shopping experience.

The 9,000 square meters of the Iper hypermarket, located in “Il Centro” in Arese, Milan one of the largest shopping centers in Europe, recently opened to the public. It has been designed by Michele De Lucchi, the leading architect of the Expo Milan, to provide a unique food shopping experience in Italy by offering extraordinary quality in a totally new environment tailored carefully to today’s consumer needs and expectations.

This modern store is equipped with a range of NCR hardware and software that automates the checkout services, offering customers the choice of self-service or assisted checkout in a simple and fast way. Specifically, Iper has selected the NCR RealPOS XR7 systems to provide its cashiers with an innovative workstation that combines ergonomics, aesthetics and operational efficiency. The NCR RealPOS XR7 stands out with its modern “all-in-one” design incorporated in a capacitive 15” touch screen, ideal to host the touch-based user interface of the NCR Advanced Retail Solution application.

Iper also offers a number of self-checkout options for customers, such as the NCR Fastlane Self-Serv Checkout solution where customers scan their purchase and pay with cash or other payment options. In addition, the hypermarket uses the smaller NCR Self-Serv 90 for two types of transactions.  The first is a self-checkout with fast and efficient electronic payment options only where customers scan the content of their shopping cart at the checkout.  The second is an electronic pay station at which customers simply pay for the items that they have scanned with a handheld device when putting it in their basket or cart.

Iper staffs the self-service checkout areas in order to support customers with questions or additional needs. In total, the hypermarket checkout consists of 18 self-service payment locations and 28 assisted lanes, to offer the best combination of checkout services, minimizing queues.

“Thanks to NCR’s cutting-edge and easy-to-use solutions, we are always able to offer our customers an attractive shopping experience, suited for all types of consumers,” said Valerio Cortese, Information Systems Director of Iper. “Iper Arese is an example of our strategic evolution in retail, and for this reason we need innovative and trusted partners such as NCR, who understand our technological needs for each consumer touchpoint.”

All checkout lanes are equipped with the full imaging bioptic NCR RealScan 7879 scanners that are able to read any kind of bar code quickly and accurately. The assisted lanes also include a “remote” imager, integrated in the mount bracket of the card terminal. In the future, it will allow consumers to use their smartphones, for example, to present their loyalty card and coupon barcodes directly on the screen of their phone, as well as for mobile payments.

“Working with Iper Arese on this project has been a great and successful experience for NCR. We combined the most appropriate solutions in our NCR portfolio, enabling Iper to offer this unique shopping experience,” said Tatiana Corà, Area Sales Leader Retail, NCR Corporation. “NCR continues to accompany Iper in its innovation process, selecting the most advanced technologies and solutions for a convenient, easy-to-use, fast and convenient checkout experience.”

About NCR Corporation

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

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

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

About Iper

Iper, La grande I, is a major player on the national scene of mass retailers, among the few Italian wholly owned, with 27 stores, in 7 regions. It is part of Finiper Group which has about 9,000 employees and in 2015 had registered sales for 2.6 billion euro. Assortment breadth, quality, sustainability, convenience and Italian style are the values which guide Iper La grande i choices.

Web site: www.iper.it
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/permercati.Iper

NCR News Media Contacts

Elena Giffoni, Giffoni PR
+39 3472626681
elena.giffoni@giffonipr.com

Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations, Europe
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR

ZIPPY launches the Mosquito Repellant Collection and the UV Protection Collection

Porto – Portugal, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As summer approaches and 100% of our attention is focused on the health and well-being of children, ZIPPY again surprises the market with two extraordinary essential collections to ensure a summer free of insect stings and sunburns:  the Mosquito Repellant Collection and the UV Protection Collection.

These distinct collections with their specific characteristics share one objective – protect children from outside harm. During the day the children are protected from UV rays, and at night they are protected from mosquitoes. Together the collections guarantee your child 24 hours of protection.

The Mosquito Repellant Collection is designed around an innovative technology developed in Portugal by Smart Innovation. Children are protected from the most widespread types of mosquitoes. The collection is 100% natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly.

This fashionable collection of pijamas and onesies is presented in mint green and orange. Because it is repellant and not insecticide based, the collection is completely safe to be worn from 6 months of age. Considered a preventative, non-aggressive measure, the application is long-lasting. The collection’s high degree of efficiency has been attested to by the IHMT (Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical da Univ. Nova de Lisboa – Institute for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Univ. Nova de Lisboa) and by Siri Life Science in India

The UV Protection Collection is the answer to one of parents’ main concerns in the Summer – exposure to the sun. While sun-screen should always be used, ZIPPY presents a collection designed to help parents ensure their children enjoy a higher and longer degree of protection. The collection includes t-shirts and two beach sets for babies, suitable for the beach or sea, or simply day-to-day.

This collection, with a sunscreen factor of 30, presents outfits for children ages 6 months to 12 years of age. Fashioned in the season’s colors of yellow, pink, salmon, and blue, the pieces include summery phrases such as “Here comes the sun”, “Hi Summer” and others. Babies’ outfits include two very fashionable beach sets in dark-blue and white: striped t-shirt with a polka-dot bikini bottom with a red ruffle for girls, and an adorable striped onesie with a bright yellow sun and “Hello” in aqua.

Contacts:

Zippy Comércio e Distribuição, S.A.
Rua João Mendonça, 529, 4464-501 Sra. da Hora
Matosinhos, Porto – Portugal

Fashion Division, S.A.
Estrada Nacional 13-km 6,78, Lugar do Espido Via Norte
Maia, Porto – Portugal
cliente@zippy.pt

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ZIPPY launches the Mosquito Repellant Collection and the UV Protection Collection

ZIPPY launches the Mosquito Repellant Collection and the UV Protection Collection

Source: Zippy

eBay appoints Alyssa Cutright Vice President of Global Payments

Cutright will lead eBay’s global strategy and operations of billing and payments.

San Jose, California, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, we are welcoming Alyssa Cutright, eBay’s new Vice President of Global Payments. In this new role, she will lead eBay’s global strategy and operations of billing and payments.

Payments are a critical part of the commerce ecosystem, and Alyssa has extensive industry experience, including 10 years spent at PayPal (formerly an eBay company) in a variety of critical roles, including leadership of the Financial Services (Core Payments), Risk Management, and North America Product teams.

“We are pleased to welcome Alyssa back to the eBay family. Her experience and leadership in the payment industry will help us deliver improved experiences for our sellers and buyers,” said Hal Lawton, SVP of North America, eBay.

Alyssa joins us from payments startup Plastiq where she was responsible for overall operations. Previously, she led international expansion for Square. Earlier in her career, Alyssa spent 10 years at Wells Fargo Bank. She is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara.

Contact:
United States: press@ebay.com

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eBay appoints Alyssa Cutright Vice President of Global Payments
eBay appoints Alyssa Cutright Vice President of Global Payments

Source: ebay

“Open for Business”: eBay and Gimlet Creative launch new podcast featuring valuable lessons in entrepreneurship

“Open for Business” features insight and advice from small business owners and industry experts, showing how to start your own company.

San Jose, California, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — When she was in third grade, Corri McFadden started a sticker trading company during recess. “Everyone would trade their stickers, and they would go through me,” she says. “In order to trade stickers you belonged to the club, and I’m the one who would barter the trade.”

It’s no wonder that today, McFadden runs one of the Internet’s most successful designer consignment businesses. Her multi million dollar Chicago-based venture, EDrop-Off, has sold over 200,000 items. She built it from the ground up over the last 12 years.

Corri’s story is the first of dozens that will be highlighted – and tapped into – for valuable lessons in entrepreneurship as part of eBay and Gimlet Creative’s new podcast, Open for Business. The series debuted today on iTunes, Soundcloud, and anywhere you download podcasts.

At eBay, we’ve been witness to the thrill of entrepreneurship for more than 20 years, as we have partnered with small business owners on our marketplace to help them grow their businesses and pursue their dreams. Success is exciting – but it can also be daunting and bring with it a whole host of new challenges.  And while there is no magic formula, we do everything possible to help entrepreneurs every step along the way.

Open for Business shows how to build a business and talks to entrepreneurs about what keeps them up at night. Combining humor and intelligence, each episode tackles some of the most basic – and most difficult – questions new business owners face: How do you know when to quit your day job? What should you look for when hiring? And, it examines the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of starting a company.

This podcast also marks the launch of Gimlet Media’s in-house creative agency, Gimlet Creative.  Named one of the world’s 10 most innovative media companies by Fast Company, Gimlet was founded by veterans of This American Life and NPR . (You can listen to the story of Gimlet’s entrepreneurial beginnings in its own podcast, StartUp.)

Gimlet Creative is all about working with brands to tell great stories, and reach audiences on a deeper level.

To host this podcast, we tapped into John Henry, founder of Harlem’s first venture capital fund, Cofound Ventures, and an entrepreneur himself: He built and sold an on-demand dry-cleaning startup by age 22.

Charming and relatable, Henry has a knack for bringing out the best in his subjects, with some laugh-out-loud moments along the way. “There’s zero room for error,” a cemetery owner tells Henry, explaining the importance of hiring good employees. “You can’t put the loved one in the wrong space.”

The first “Open for Business” episode – The Entrepreneurial Mind – is available now and looks at what it means to be successful. Are people born with an “entrepreneur” gene? Do certain personality types fare better than others? When is it better to sell your company than stay? Check it out here, and be sure to visit our “Open for Business” page, where we’re posting behind-the-scenes details from the podcast and other interesting tips.

Contact:

United States: press@ebay.com

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“Open for Business”: eBay and Gimlet Creative launch new podcast featuring valuable lessons in entrepreneurship

“Open for Business”: eBay and Gimlet Creative launch new podcast featuring valuable lessons in entrepreneurship

Source: ebay

eBay announces the appointment of Damien Hooper-Campbell as its first Chief Diversity Officer

He has strong experience with community engagement and has led diversity efforts at several technology companies.

San Jose, California, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay has hired Damien Hooper-Campbell to serve as eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer.  Damien brings to this role deep expertise in Diversity and Inclusion and experience spanning the technology industry, finance sector and academia.  He will be responsible for leading eBay’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, creating new programs and expanding existing activities that foster an inclusive culture at eBay.  Starting on July 18, Damien will be based in the company’s San Jose, CA headquarters and report to Kristin Yetto, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer.

“Since our founding, the power of inclusion, diversity and opportunity has been a central part of eBay’s cultural values, our purpose and business success,” said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay, Inc.  “Damien’s experience, insights and leadership will enable us to build further on the strong foundation we have established over many years and advance eBay’s Diversity and Inclusion commitment to a new level.”

“eBay is one of the pioneers in harnessing technology to level the playing field by creating a global marketplace that is truly inclusive and diverse,” said Damien Hooper-Campbell.  “I look forward to leading eBay’s efforts to foster an even more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace, which I believe can contribute to increased innovation and even better engagement with eBay’s hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers around the world.”

Damien brings to eBay extensive experience in Diversity and Inclusion, and has worked across the non-profit sector, finance, technology and academia.  Previously, he was the first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Uber Technologies.  Before that, he was a Diversity Business Partner and Community Strategist for Google’s Diversity, Integrity and Governance Division.  Prior to that, he was a Vice President within the Pine Street Leadership Development Group at Goldman Sachs.  Before that, Damien was an Assistant Director of Minority Initiatives for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board. He also worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, and served the Harlem, NY community as an Associate Program Officer for Program and Non-Profit Investments at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp.  Damien received his B.A. in economics from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Damien is 37 years old.  He is currently relocating from Oakland, CA to San Jose, CA.

Contact:

eBay Headquarters
2065 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125
USA
(408) 376-7400

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eBay announces the appointment of Damien Hooper-Campbell as its first Chief Diversity Officer

eBay announces the appointment of Damien Hooper-Campbell as its first Chief Diversity Officer

Source: ebay

GNP Company recalls chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — GNP Company, a Cold Spring, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The chicken products were produced on various dates from June 6 to June 9, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WINGETTES & DRUMMETTES 32900” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/20/16.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Tenders 34400” with a use-by date of 6/16/2016, 6/18/2016, and 6/19/2016
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST PORTIONS 24700” with a use-by date of 6/29/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS 20500” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016, 6/21/2016,and 6/22/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS 30800” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST PIECES 36400” with a use-by date of 6/22/16.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN THIGHS WITHOUT BACKS 37800” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016, 6/24/2016, and 6/26/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS 20800” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/23/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump UNDER GRADE CHICKEN WING SEGMENTS 22900” with a use-by date of 6/17/2016, 6/19/2016, 6/20/2016, and 6/21/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WINGS 31100” with a use-by date of 6/17/2016, 6/20/2016, and 6/21/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN LIVERS 31300” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Just BARE BONELESS SKINLESS WHOLE CHICKEN LEG 37200” with a use-by date of 6/22/2016, 6/23/2016, 6/24/2016, and 6/25/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WHOLE LEGS 20700” with a use-by date of 6/20/16.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN GIZZARDS 31200” with a use-by date of 6/20/16 and 6/23/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Wingette and Drummettes 33000” with a use-by date of 6/22/2016 and 6/24/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Tenders 34900” with a use-by date of 6/23/2016 and 6/25/2016.
  • 24-lb. cases containing “Just BARE WHOLE CHICKEN 59405” with a use-by date of 6/26/2016.
  • 40-lb. cases containing “Just BARE CLIPPED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS 53200” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/20/2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-322” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped for food service and retail distribution nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the establishment notified FSIS that sand and black soil were found in some of their products. The source of the contamination is currently under investigation by the establishment and law enforcement.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Jane Kalthoff, Customer Representative Supervisor, at (800) 328-2838. Media with questions about the recall can contact Lexann Reischl, Corporate Relations Manager, at (320) 240-6290.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

USDA FSIS: Red Bowl Foods Corporation recalls wonton and dumpling products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Red Bowl Foods Corporation, a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,198 pounds of wonton and dumpling products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The wonton and dumpling items were produced on various dates from July 17, 2014 to June 16, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 10.2-lb. cases containing 6 bags with 50 pieces of Red Bowl “Chicken & Shrimp Wonton.”
  • 12.4-lb. cases containing 4 bags with 50 pieces of Red Bowl “Pork Dumpling.”
  • 11.2-lb. cases containing 4 bags with 50 pieces of Red Bowl “Pork and Shrimp Dumpling.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 33987” or “P-33987” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were distributed for HRI and to retail locations in New Jersey and New York.

The problem was discovered by FSIS in-plant personnel during routine label verification activities.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and Media with questions about the recall can contact Tak Hung Chan, President, at (718) 833-6588.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announces distribution for outstanding preferred trust units

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.PR.C) today announced the following distribution for RioCan’s outstanding preferred trust units:

  • $0.29375 per preferred unit, Series C (the “Series C Units”) for the quarter ending June 30, 2016. The distribution will be payable on June 30, 2016 to unit holders of the Series C Units of record as at June 30, 2016.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $16 billion as at March 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 303 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 16 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet.

For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Director, Investor Relations & Compliance
416-864-6483
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announces distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of June 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today announced a distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of June. The distribution will be payable on July 8, 2016 to unit holders of record as at June 30, 2016.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $16 billion as at March 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 303 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 16 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet.

For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Director, Investor Relations & Compliance
416-864-6483
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan

ICA Gruppen to sell InkClub for SEK 322 million

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA announced March 17 that a review of the ownership of InkClub would be initiated. Thereafter began a sale process that has now been completed. The buyer is InkClub’s founder, Lennart Nyberg. The purchase price is SEK 322 million for the shares in the company, which after transaction costs will entail an estimated capital loss for ICA Gruppen of SEK 30 million. The sale is expected to be completed during the month of June.

“Since the business has limited synergies with our core business, after conducting a review of our ownership we have decided to sell InkClub,” comments Liv Forhaug, Chief Strategy Officer, ICA Gruppen. “Our plan for the portfolio companies and the streamlining of ICA Gruppen’s holdings has thereby been fully carried out.”

InkClub is one of Sweden’s oldest e-commerce companies and has been owned by ICA Gruppen since 2007. Today the company conducts business in 10 countries and has a wide offering of consumables. In 2015 InkClub had sales of approximately SEK 500 million and an operating profit of SEK 17.5 million.

ABG Sundal Collier has served as financial adviser, and the law firm Lindahl has served as legal adviser to ICA Gruppen in connection with the transaction.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Tel.: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.30 CET on Monday 20, June 2016.

Source: ICA Gruppen 

Tommy Hilfiger celebrates the Spring 2017 season of London Collections: Men

LONDON, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger announces that Mr. Tommy Hilfiger co-hosted a dinner with Dylan Jones, Editor-in-Chief of British GQ, to celebrate the Spring 2017 season of London Collections: Men. The event was held on June 11, 2016, at the recently opened brasserie Cafe Monico in Soho. Since London Collections: Men was first founded in June 2012, Mr. Hilfiger’s seasonal dinner has become a fixture on the fashion week calendar, bringing together designers, industry influencers and global media to celebrate London’s storied menswear history and renowned design talent.

Following a cocktail reception at Cafe Monico, guests enjoyed an intimate dinner where Mr. Hilfiger and Mr. Jones, who is also Chair of London Collections: Men, welcomed an array of international fashion press, retailers and VIPs.

“London Collections: Men is a stage for some of the world’s greatest menswear designers, and I’m delighted to be continuing our support of this event again for Spring 2017,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Since I launched my first collection in 1985, menswear has been an integral part of the Tommy Hilfiger brand heritage and business. It’s always energizing to see the industry come together season after season to celebrate the achievements and successes of men’s fashion.”

“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this event once again with Tommy,” said Dylan Jones, Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. “He has been a tremendous supporter of London Collections: Men from the very start, and it is a pleasure to celebrate the incredible talents in menswear evident here this season with him again.

Guests included Tommy Hilfiger; Editor-in-Chief of British GQ, Dylan Jones; musician Dougie Poynter; models Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Johannes Huebl, Oliver Cheshire, Andres Velencoso, and Robert Konjic; and vlogger Jim Chapman, who all wore Tommy Hilfiger Tailored. Additional guests included model David Gandy and British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush.

Media contact:

Jeroen Vermeer

Communications Manager

T +31 88 588 9236

jeroen.vermeer@tommy.com

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Tommy Hilfiger celebrates the Spring 2017 season of London Collections: Men

Tommy Hilfiger celebrates the Spring 2017 season of London Collections: Men

 

Source: Tommy Hilfiger

Weis Markets opens newly remodeled store at the Park Hills Plaza in Altoona

SUNBURY, PA 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets will celebrate the Grand Reopening of its remodeled store at the Park Hills Plaza in Altoona on Thursday, June 16 at 10 a.m.

The store has all new décor and an expanded bakery, produce and natural and organics departments.  A 30-seat beer café with more than 800 varieties of local crafts and imports opened earlier this month.  Customers can create their own six packs and beer can be purchased for takeout or on site consumption.

At the Grand Reopening celebration, the store will make $750 donations to two local organizations: the Lakemont Volunteer Fire Department and Blair County Advocates, a program for abused and neglected children.

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK), in 1912, is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

Source: Weis Markets

 

 

Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lobster lovers rejoice! Beginning June 20, more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area will add the Lobster Roll to their summer menus. A local favorite, the Lobster Roll is freshly prepared and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat lightly tossed with mayonnaise in a stainless steel bowl, layered on crisp leaf and shredded lettuce and served chilled on a home-style toasted roll.

An instant sensation, the Lobster Roll returned to McDonald’s menu last summer for the first time in a decade, creating buzz among media and consumers alike. Fans in New England and beyond rushed to restaurants to get a taste of the summer staple, which garnered rave reviews for its quality and value.

“The return of the Lobster Roll is exciting for McDonald’s because it was such a hit with our customers last summer,” said Suzanne Pingeton, McDonald’s Marketing Director for the Boston Region. “We aim to deliver diverse, quality menu items that resonate with the customers in our community, and we’re proud to offer this regional favorite at such a great value.”

“It’s exciting to see a high demand for regional flavors at McDonald’s,” said Chef Michael Haracz, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA. “Our Lobster Roll is made with quality ingredients, freshly prepared in our kitchens and exactly what our customers enjoy from McDonald’s. This sandwich is the perfect blend of ingredients to give you a great-tasting summer sandwich from McDonald’s.”

Each lobster is wild caught directly from established East Coast wharfs by multi-generational fisherman, who set sail before sunrise to pull in the catch for the day.

“The lobster we supply to McDonald’s is a hand-picked, artisan quality product, caught by seasoned veterans of the industry,” said Stephen Felsenthal of Mazzetta Company, LLC, one of McDonald’s regional lobster suppliers. “This is the same quality lobster served at white tablecloth restaurants on the East Coast.”

Priced at $8.99, the hand-prepared Lobster Roll is 290 calories and made with 100 percent North Atlantic lobster meat.

The Lobster Roll will be available through mid-August at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) and the Albany, NY area.

Media:
Becca Hary
630-623-7293
becca.hary@us.mcd.com

Jeanette DeBartolo
630-623-7584
jeanette.debartolo@us.mcd.com

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Lobster Roll returns to McDonald's restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer
Lobster Roll returns to McDonald’s restaurants throughout New England and the Albany, New York area this summer

 

Source: McDonald’s

Panera Bread commits to ‘No No List’ additives its entire portfolio by the end of 2016

St. Louis, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced today that it will do away with the remaining artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives and colors from artificial sources in its Panera at Home products. The Company expects its entire portfolio of nearly 50 grocery items to be clean, meaning free of its ‘No No List’ additives, by the end of 2016.

The packaged goods industry has historically relied on artificial ingredients to extend shelf stability. Panera has experience working to remove such additives, having already committed to a clean food menu across its nearly 2,000 U.S. bakery-cafes by the end of this year.

“Much of the work that we’ve done to simplify recipes in our bakery-cafes has set a standard for Panera at Home products. However, the challenges in the consumer packaged goods space are unique, where artificial additives have long been used to preserve taste and appearance,” said Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness and Food Policy. “For us, the answer was often simple. For instance, we decided early on to use refrigeration to help extend shelf life for products like our soups and salad dressings. Where necessary, we’ve relied on natural preservatives – such as rosemary extract – to do the job.”

The Panera at Home portfolio includes refrigerated soup, mac & cheese, pasta, and salad dressings in addition to artisan frozen bread, sliced sandwich bread and coffee. These products can be enjoyed individually or together as part of time-saving meal ideas that can be assembled in 20 minutes or less.

“We all want to feel good about the food we feed ourselves and our families, and many of us would like to prepare those meals at home. But it’s hard to find the time,” said SVP of Panera at Home. “Panera at Home products bring the flavors you love and quality you expect from Panera to your kitchen, for meals in minutes. We want to give our customers new ways to prepare food that is both good and good for them.”

The Panera at Home grocery line has grown to nearly 50 products available at select retailers across the country. Panera’s refrigerated soup business alone now commands nearly 35 percent market share in the category

“We’ve spent years building trust with our guests through transparency and investments in the quality of the food we serve,” said Ron Shaich, Panera’s founder and CEO. “Panera at Home is an extension of that work – another way we are offering food as it should be beyond the walls of our bakery-cafes.”

It’s often a challenge to find convenient grocery items that contain ingredients I would find in my own kitchen,” said Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of Nutrition Starring You, LLC. “As a mom and nutritionist, I’m always on the lookout for foods that my kids will love, that are made with ingredients.

that I am confident serving them. I’m encouraged to see companies like Panera continuing to simplify ingredients and provide full nutritional transparency across all the food they serve and sell.” For more information on Panera at Home products and for meal ideas, visit www.paneraathome.com.

About Panera Bread

Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist. So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens.

Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need. These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives) from the food in our bakery-cafes.

Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating. We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of March 29th 2016, there are 1,997 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

Matters discussed in this news release relating to future events, including any discussion, express or implied, relating to our CPG business and the timing for removal of certain food additives from grocery items, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27Aof the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are often identified by the words “believe,” “positioned,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “goal,” “assumption,” “continue,” “intend,” “expect,” “future,” “anticipate,” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or the affirmative, that are not statements of historical fact.

These forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10- K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2014 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release are made only as of the date of this release and may change. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Media Contact:
Amanda Cardosi
Amanda.Cardosi@panerabread.com

Source: Panera

London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner recipient of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers for 2016

PARIS , 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH is pleased to announce that London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner of WALES BONNER, is the recipient of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers for 2016.

Jury members J.W. Anderson (Loewe), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), and Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer LVMH Fashion Group) awarded Grace Wales Bonner of WALES BONNER with a grant of 300,000 euros and a year-long mentorship from the LVMH group. The experience will encompass invaluable technical and financial advice, as well as access to the group’s production and distribution expertise and networks.

In recognition of the exceptional talent involved in this year’s competition, the jury awarded a special prize to Vejas Kruszewski of VEJAS. He receives a grant of 150,000 euros and year-long mentorship from the LVMH group.

“Grace Wales Bonner of WALES BONNER impressed the jury with her soulful work on refined shapes, creating hybrid forms that marry European and African style. I congratulate her for this outstanding achievement. We have also awarded Vejas Kruszewski of VEJAS with a special prize. The youngest of this season distinguished himself with a mature style and independent spirit.

The third edition of the LVMH Prize saw young talents from over fifty countries come together to compete. I’m proud that the LVMH Group puts the spotlight on their work and guides them in their development” says Delphine Arnault.

Léa Seydoux honored LVMH by presenting the trophy, designed by Jean-Michel Othoniel, to the winners.

In addition to the main category, three fashion graduates have each been awarded the Graduate Prize of 10, 000 euros and a position within the LVMH group for a period of one year. The recipients for 2016 are: Francesca Ricchiardi from Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome, Ayo Keys from Parsons The New School of Design in New York, and Beth Hall from Westminster University, who will be placed at Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Loewe, respectively. Additionally, LVMH offers their universities a grant of 10,000 euros each in acknowledgement of their excellence.

Portuguese London-based designers Marques Almeida were the recipient of the LVMH Prize in 2015, with French Jacquemus awarded the special prize.

Media contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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© Patrick Demarchelier
© Patrick Demarchelier

Source: LVMH

Seafair summer festival returns to Starbucks stores in Seattle

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks stores in the Seattle area were more festive than usual with the addition of clowns and pirates. Seafair, the Seattle area’s premier summer festival, began (June 15) with personalities visiting several stores throughout the day.

For the Seafair Summer Kickoff Presented by Starbucks, customers were invited to meet Seafair personalities at several locations. Starbucks also hosted a star-studded ceremony at Westlake Center Plaza to introduce the new King Neptune and Queen Alcyone followed by a special knighting, refreshments and photo opportunities.

Starbucks will continue the fun throughout the summer with additional Seafair events. Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. Seafair personalities will visit a different Starbucks location across the city. A complete schedule of appearances can be found at www.seafair.com/starbucks.

About Starbucks Hometown

For more than 40 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. Starbucks is proud of its roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. Starbucks continues to celebrate the community at its SoDo headquarters, roasting plant in Kent, Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, and in stores throughout Western Washington. Starbucks is proud to support local initiatives through partnerships with like-minded local organizations including the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group, Seafair, and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at http://www.starbucks.com/seattle.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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Seafair summer festival returns to Starbucks stores in Seattle
Seafair summer festival returns to Starbucks stores in Seattle

Source: Starbucks