Procter and Gamble and Defense Commissary Agency host youth football ProCamps

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of boys and girls in military communities are seeing their pro football heroes up close and personal through youth football ProCamps sponsored by Procter and Gamble in partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency.

“Beyond the everyday savings our patrons receive by shopping their commissary, our industry partners provide millions of dollars annually in additional or ancillary benefits to our patrons because a commissary is operating on their base,” said Sallie Cauthers, DeCA’s marketing and mass media specialist. “Thanks to this partnership event, our patrons receive quality products at savings significantly lower than commercial stores and our military youth learn some football from some of the pro players they see on television.”

From March through April, nearly 100 installations competed for the opportunity to host a free, two-day ProCamp for first through eighth grade youth of active duty military, reservists, retirees, and DOD civilian employees. The 11 winning military installations qualify for a camp based on their patrons’ purchases of select items in their local commissaries.

Camp participants learn from and play with NFL players such as Andre Roberts (Detroit Lions), Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers), Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith Sr. (Baltimore Ravens) and Darren McFadden (Dallas Cowboys).

The first stateside camp of the year kicked off June 13-14 at Fort Polk, Louisiana, led by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. Several camps have already been held at bases overseas, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and Okinawa, Japan.

This marks the fourth year P&G has partnered with the commissary to run the NFL Military ProCamps program at installations worldwide, said Molly Fanning of Blue Chip Marketing, the firm handling publicity for this Procter & Gamble event.

“We have been throughout the United States, to Germany and also Japan,” she said. “We hope to continue to grow the program next year as well.”

ProCamps manages and operates sports camps around the world led by professional athletes. These camps take place on military bases and are designed to teach the fundamentals of football, teamwork and how to make new friends, Fanning added.

“ProCamps also uses sports to impart important life lessons in a safe place,” Fanning said. “This program is in line with the Department of Defense’s Healthy Lifestyles Initiative. The athletes infuse a message of healthy eating and staying active into every part of a ProCamp day.

“Our program started in 2013 with three camps and has grown significantly over the past few years,” Fanning said. “Our first camps were with Steve Smith Sr. and Andre Roberts. They are really the face of the program and both of them have done more camps than any other athlete.”

ProCamps Schedule
  • June 20-21: Fort Meade, Maryland, Steve Smith Sr., wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Cougars Football Field); autograph signing at commissary: June 20, 11 a.m.
  • June 21-22: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jonathan Stewart, running back, Carolina Panthers; Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Murphy Field); autograph signing at Fort Eustis Commissary: June 21, 4:30 p.m.
  • June 23-24: Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Darren McFadden, running back, Dallas Cowboys; Day 1: 4-7 p.m.; Day 2: 4-7 p.m. (Warfit Pavilion); autograph signing at commissary: June 23, 2:30 p.m.
  • June 26-27: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Andre Roberts, wide receiver, Detroit Lions; Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Youth Sports Field); autograph signing at commissary: June 26, 11 a.m.
  • June 29-30: Fort Hood, Texas, Steve Smith Sr., wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens; Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (field TBD); autograph signing at Clear Creek Commissary (Fort Hood 1): June 29, 4:30 p.m.
  • July 6-7: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Steve Smith Sr., wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens; Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (James Sports Center Turf Football Field); autograph signing at commissary: July 6, 4:30 p.m.
  • July 8-9: Fort Carson, Colorado, Mark Sanchez, quarterback, Denver Broncos; Day 1: 9 a.m.- noon; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Pershing Field); autograph signing at commissary: July 8, 1 p.m.
  • July 12-13: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Andre Roberts, wide receiver, Lions; Day 1: 4-7 p.m.; Day 2: 4-7 p.m. (field adjacent to the Kennecott Youth Center); autograph signing at Anchorage Area Commissary: July 12, 11:30 a.m.
  • July 14-15: Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia,Alejandro Villanueva, offensive tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers; Day 1: 1-4 p.m.; Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Sulinski Field); autograph signing at Little Creek Commissary: July 14, 4:30 p.m.
  • July 19-20: Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Graham Gano, kicker, Carolina Panthers; Day 1: 1-4 p.m., Day 2: 9 a.m. – noon (Barrancas Ballfield); autograph signing at commissary: July 19, 4:30 p.m.

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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:

Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Commissary

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin visits military members and their families at the Fort Bragg South Commissary

FORT LEE, Va. 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NASCAR driver, 2016 Daytona 500 winner and overall speed demon Denny Hamlin slowed down long enough to visit military members and their families May 25 at the Fort Bragg South Commissary.

Hamlin was in North Carolina ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The race marks the kickoff of the annual NASCAR Salutes event, an effort to honor and celebrate the service of active duty military members, veterans and their families.

“We have a lot of great programs at NASCAR,” Hamlin said. “For me, it’s just a way to say thank you, to come out here and say hello to them for a day.”

Before signing hundreds of autographs, meeting with commissary patrons and taking pictures with NASCAR fans, Hamlin was able to spend time at Womack Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB). The mission of the WTB is to ensure soldiers experiencing injuries or illness have everything they need to transition back into, or out of, the Army.

In anticipation of Hamlin’s visit, one of the soldiers stationed at the WTB, Master Sgt. Bob Fletcher, prepared a special lunch of smoked pulled pork using his own brand of BBQ sauce, which he has created over decades serving in the military.

“I was the first sergeant of a company at the (John F. Kennedy) Special Warfare Center and School,” said Fletcher, “and when we went out to the field, for the last 10 days I basically cooked for my soldiers.”

Thanks to the Defense Commissary Agency, Fletcher now has a new fan in Hamlin, who said, “That was seriously probably the best BBQ sauce that I’ve ever had.”

While Fletcher’s BBQ left a lasting impression, the biggest thrill for Hamlin was interacting with service members, family members and retirees.

“Some of them are here every day and they’re not able to come to a race track,” Hamlin said. “That’s part of the breaks that these guys get, is to be able to go to the commissary, enjoy a normal life, and have dinner with their families. If you can lighten their day just for a minute, it’s all worth it.”

Sallie Cauthers, DeCA’s marketing and mass media specialist, noted this wasn’t the first time a NASCAR driver has visited a commissary.

“The commissary is a part of military life, in so many ways, and it’s great that we are able to work closely with NASCAR and our vendor partners to bring these great drivers to military installations,” Cauthers said. “Visits like this one heighten morale and show how the commissary plays a big role in the quality of life for the military community.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:

Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773


Source: Commissary

Harris Teeter’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO

Matthews. NC, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today it is donating nearly $800,000 to the USO, an organization dedicated to supporting America’s service members and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign.

Harris Teeter hosted the donation card campaign throughout the month of May by inviting shoppers to donate $1, $3 or $5 to the USO at checkout.  The $800,000 donation announced today brings the total amount through Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $3.68 million.

The money contributed by Harris Teeter’s shoppers and valued associates will help fund important programs and services for our active duty, retired and wounded service members, as well as their families. One-hundred percent of all funds collected during the campaign will be allocated to local USO chapters throughout the areas in which Harris Teeter does business.

It will allow the USO to deliver valuable programs, entertainment and services that make a difference in the lives of service members and their families throughout their journey in the military. Harris Teeter’s contribution helps the USO support the millions of men and women who make up our nation’s military community, through programs, like these:

  • Operation Phone Home®, helps keep service men and women connected to their loved ones during deployments. Through this highly requested program, more than 778,000 calls were made by deployed service members in 2015.
  • The USO Transition 360 Alliance brings together top organizations that keep service members connected to family, home and country during their transition to civilian life. The network of Alliance partners offers holistic transition support, focusing on three key pillars for success: planning for the future, pursuing a new career, and strengthening your family.
  • The Special Delivery program provides baby showers for military moms-to-be, who have often not experienced a baby shower and are far away from their support network. More than 2,700 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers have enjoyed this USO program since it began in August 2013.

Harris Teeter, along with the USO, thanks its valued customers and associates who participated in the Support Our Troops campaign.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL and Four-Star Partners: Advisors Excel, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit


Harris Teeter's fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO
Harris Teeter’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign raised nearly $800,000 for the USO


Source: Harris Teeter

REI marks the opening of its store in NoMa this fall with the launch of “United Outside” campaign

Co-op kicks off 100 days of outdoor activities this summer to open flagship store in NoMa, including free weekend of events July 16-17

WASHINGTON, D.C.  2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In one of the most heated political races in recent history, REI is marking the opening of its D.C. Flagship store this fall by giving residents a way to disconnect and reconnect with one another. Today marks the start of 100 days of REI events designed to help everyone recharge in the outdoors. Launched under the banner “United Outside”, the campaign culminates with the opening of REI’s fifth flagship store in NoMa this fall.

United Outside will give residents and visitors to the nation’s capital the chance to find common ground in nature during a divisive election year. REI is offering a weekend of free outdoor programs on July 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C., and plans to take the free weekend national later in the month.

“One thing we can agree on is the transformation that happens when we put down our laptops, turn off our phones and head outside. Being outdoors changes both our own psyche and our relationship with the people we adventure alongside,” said Jerry Stritzke, REI CEO and president. “We believe in a life well-lived in the outdoors for all.”

100 Days of Outdoor Events

As Congress heads out for recess, REI will kick off a free weekend of adventures for all residents and visitors on July 16 and 17. Some of the events include:

·       A collection of REI Outdoor School classes for hiking, cycling, padding and more

·       Free Capital Bikeshare rentals across the Greater D.C. area

·       Kayak and standup paddleboard rentals at the Key Bridge Boathouse on the Potomac

·       Free entry to C&O Canal National Historic Park at Great Falls Tavern, MD

The fun continues throughout the summer with United Outside events and opportunities to hone outdoor skills. REI’s event line-up includes a two-day backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park, REI Wrench Night at Three Stars and a range of outdoor programs held at the Wunder Garten near the new REI DC Flagship in the NoMa neighborhood, including Campfire Chat Series, Backcountry Cocktails and the co-op’s popular Thingamajig Gear Swap. Full details on the events and outdoor activities across the District are available at

Vote for the Outdoors

Those who join REI at any of the 100 United Outside events and help the co-op decide how to share $100,000 with five local nonprofit organizations: C&O Canal Trust, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Anacostia Waterfront Society and Outdoor Foundation’s Every Kid in a Park. Throughout the summer, participants can vote at the Wunder Garten for one of these dedicated organizations doing important work on behalf of the outdoors in and around D.C.

REI in the D.C. Community

With roots in the D.C. area since 1987, the member-owned co-op has a history of supporting a strong outdoor community. This includes partnerships with WABA, Rock Creek Conservancy and Anacostia Watershed Society in creating access to local outdoor places, and helping nearly 300,000 members enjoy nature through inspiring gear, employee expertise and REI Outdoor School. As the nation’s largest provider of outdoor education, REI Outdoor School last year taught nearly 16,000 people across the D.C. area a new activity or advanced skills.

After an event-filled summer, the co-op will open its D.C. Flagship in the NoMa neighborhood this fall on the first floor of the historic Uline building. The more than 51,000 square-foot store will be the co-op’s fifth flagship location among 145 stores in 35 states across the country.

About REI

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at, or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at

(253) 395-5958,

Source: REI

REI Outdoor School and Stanley Hotel partner to offer outings, classes and events to visitors to Estes Park

REI Outdoor School and the iconic Stanley Hotel have partnered to offer a wide range of outings, classes and events to hotel guests, local residents and visitors to Estes Park  

SEATTLE & ESTES PARK, COLO., 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —With summer activity planning in full gear among adventurers everywhere, leading outdoor educator REI Outdoor School and the iconic Stanley Hotel have partnered to offer a wide range of outings, classes and events to hotel guests, local residents and visitors to Estes Park. REI Outdoor School instructors will guide day trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, staff an outdoor concierge called REI Basecamp, and host activities across the property.

“The Stanley’s focus to be a health and wellness center complements how the co-op and REI Outdoor School inspire an outdoor lifestyle,” said John Sheppard, REI divisional vice president of Outdoor Programs. “From day outings that give hikers a fresh perspective about one of the country’s beloved national parks to sessions where participants can master the art of s’more making at a roaring campfire, we look forward to offering classes and events for all outdoor interests.”

“Each summer, more than 100,000 people stay and visit at The Stanley Hotel. This season is shaping up to be busy and we couldn’t be more pleased to feature the expertise of REI Outdoor School,” said John Cullen, owner of The Grand Heritage Group and The Stanley Hotel. “The partnership between REI and The Stanley blends two great brands in an exciting new way to experience Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains.”

Throughout the summer, REI Outdoor School instructors will host a range of hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park with transportation and gourmet backcountry meals. Small groups will explore some of the park’s most spectacular views and trails that navigate waterfalls, crystal clear sub-alpine lakes and one of the park’s oldest trails through aspen, pine, spruce and fir forests. At the hotel, REI will host an assortment of classes and events, including “How to Climb a 14-er,” “Phone Photography,” “First-Aid Essentials,” and weekly s’mores and whiskey/wine pairings. Special events will include camp cooking with popular chefs from Estes Park, Boulder and Denver. Geocaching, outdoor games and campfire socials make for ongoing fun on and off the trail.

“For a century and a half Estes Park has served as the gateway to mountain recreation amidst scenery among the most spectacular in Colorado,” said Jim Pickering, Estes Park resident and prizewinning author/editor of more than 30 books on the history of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado and the American West. “REI’s partnership with the historic Stanley Hotel creates a unique opportunity for visitors and the community to explore this outdoor world in new and different ways and with greater appreciation.”

REI Outdoor School is available across the country in the co-op’s 145 stores in 35 states. Last year, nearly 254,000 people learned a new activity or advanced their skills through free and low-cost in-store classes, field programs and day outings for cycling, paddling, fitness, hiking and camping, climbing, snow sports, photography and wilderness medicine. REI is one of the largest providers of wilderness medicine education through its collaboration with the National Outdoor Leadership School – last year more than 4,800 people were taught a solid foundation of first aid skills. In addition, over 4,330 people learned how to ride a bike, one of the co-op’s most popular classes. The new REI Basecamp at The Stanley Hotel complements the company’s education assortment, with a focus on Rocky Mountain National Park.

To kick off the co-op’s partnership with The Stanley, the REI Village will be at the hotel on Friday, June 24 from 10 am until 6 pm. Hotel guests and the community are invited to visit the branded experience that celebrates the national park centennial and a life outdoors.  Interactive features include an Instagram postcard station, customized leather keychain stamping and make-your-own sunglasses. The REI Village will be in Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, June 25 at the visitor center.

In addition to REI Outdoor School’s presence at the hotel, the co-op’s active travel company REI Adventures offers four fully guided trips into Rocky Mountain National Park that range from four to six days. As the “Official Outdoor Retailer” for the National Park Centennial celebration, the company is donating 10 percent of the retail price for each REI Adventures’ national park trip to the National Park Foundation through 2016. Lastly, the co-op unveiled a dynamic digital trail guide earlier this year to enable deeper experiences across the park system. Called the REI Co-op Guide to the National Parks, the free app is powered by the collective knowledge of the outdoor community.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

About The Stanley Hotel
The historic Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado, is one of the state’s most iconic landmarks. Located less than a mile from Rocky Mountain National Park, the hotel is a gathering point for adventurers and explorers from around the world. For over 109 years, The Stanley Hotel’s been a basecamp for hiking, climbing, fishing and exploring in one of the world’s most stunning natural playgrounds. The Stanley’s storied origins trace back to inventor and pioneer F.O. Stanley, who founded the hotel and played a fundamental role in the establishment of the town of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at
(253) 395-5958,

Source: REI

Ediston Property Investment Company and AXA Insurance UK sign lease restructure and new letting at St Philips Point, Birmingham

Birmingham, England, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ediston Property Investment Company plc has completed a lease restructure and new letting at St Philips Point, Birmingham.

AXA Insurance UK plc has restructured its existing leases over the fourth to sixth floors totalling 22,268 sq. ft. and has increased its presence in the property by taking a new lease on the previously vacant seventh floor of 5,399 sq. ft.  It now occupies around 32% of the office accommodation at a total rent of £664,008 per annum.  Each lease is for a ten year term with a five year tenant only break option.

This transaction follows the recent successful letting of the lower ground floor to David’s Bridal, results in the building being approximately 95% let with only 5,328 sq. ft. available, and improves the income stream and capital value of the asset.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Manager, said: ”This letting continues the successful asset management of the building following the completion of the refurbishment.  The transaction reaffirms AXA’s commitment to St Philips Point and underscores the quality of the product on offer.”


Ediston Real Estate, 39 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HN
Tel: 0131 225 5599

Source: Ediston Real Estate


Sweden: Rooftop restaurants and bars are especially in demand

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The city restaurant or café is turned into an external living room thanks to the urbanization where many households live on small surfaces. Now when summer is close and we long for outdoor living, restaurants with outdoor seating are very popular. Especially rooftop restaurants and bars are in demand and this year there are many new examples. This is the background and the justification for awarding The rooftop the Wild Strawberry of the Year 2016 award.

About the Wild Strawberry Award

HUI Research appointed in the summer of 2012 the Wild Strawberry of the Year for the first time. The Wild Strawberry of the Year can be almost anything, a product, service or phenomena associated with the summer season. The Wild Strawberry of the Year award will be the hospitality industry sector’s counterpart to HUI Research’s famous Christmas Gift of the Year. The Wild Strawberry of the Year award share vital similarities to the criteria that generates the Christmas Gift of the Year award. The Wild Strawberry of the Year award will be appointed before Midsummer eve every summer.

In order to gain the Wild Strawberry of the Year award one or more of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • The Wild Strawberry of the Year shall have news value
  • The Wild Strawberry of the Year shall represent the times we live in
  • The Wild Strawberry of the Year shall be enjoyed in large quantity or add substantial value to the owner or region etc

The Justification for the Wild Strawberry 2016 Award

The urbanization means that many households live on small surfaces in the larger cities. This makes the restaurants, cafés and bars act as external living rooms where people meet, hang out and have a bite to eat. Now when summer is close we want to spend as much time as possible outdoor. Therefore, restaurants with outdoor seating are extra popular, almost regardless of the temperature.

Rooftop restaurants and bars are especially in demand. The view attracts as well as the possibility to escape the concrete jungle for a while. This year, we see many new examples of rooftop restaurants in the larger cities. Hotels, restaurants as well as department stores make use of their rooftops.

The rooftop restaurant is more popular than ever, says Lena Larsson, CEO HUI Research. Many are inspired by the rooftops in New York, since long an attraction for both New Yorkers and tourists. Perhaps we’ll see guides rooftop bar tours also in Sweden?

Previous award winners

In 2015 Urban Farming became The Wild Strawberry of the Year.

In 2014 the Festival Bracelet became the The Wild Strawberry of the Year.

In 2013, the Culinary Journey became The Wild Strawberry of the Year.

In 2012, Glamping, glamorous camping, became the The Wild Strawberry of the Year.

Questions on the Strawberry of the Year award

For more information or if you have any questions about the Wild Strawberry of the Year, please:


Martin Karlsson, Senior Consultant
Tel: +46-8-762 72 93

Lena Larsson, CEO
Tel: +46-8-762 72 89


Sweden: Rooftop restaurants and bars are especially in demand

Sweden: Rooftop restaurants and bars are especially in demand

Source: HUI

Rakuten opens online store on

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kaola, the e-commerce and cross-border platform of Chinese Internet services leader NetEase, Inc., and Rakuten, Inc., operator of Japan’s largest Internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba, today announced the signing of an agreement to partner on a strategic collaboration to bring the best of branded Japanese goods to Chinese consumers.

Rakuten will launch an online flagship store on today, with the aim of providing Chinese consumers with high quality and popular merchandise, adding top Japanese brands to the Kaola cross-border e-commerce platform and marketing the brands across NetEase’s significant online media assets. Kaola already offers hundreds of popular branded products from Japan, South Korea, America, Australia and European countries and is enjoying rapid growth, with a platform that is highly accessible to more than 800 million NetEase users across China.

Since its launch in January 2015, Kaola has grown rapidly in China as a first-party e-commerce platform recognized for providing “Good Quality, Reasonable Price and Considerate Service” to its customers. Rakuten Ichiba was established in Japan in 1997 as an online marketplace and currently hosts over 44,000 merchants, with an offering of over 200 million different items.

Masato Takahashi, Managing Executive Officer of Rakuten, commented “Rakuten has high expectations of the partnership with Kaola, already a trusted leader and innovator in cross-border e-commerce. We look forward to connecting Kaola’s customers with popular and unique Japanese products from a top selection of Rakuten Ichiba merchants.”

“Demand from Chinese consumers for high quality international goods continues to grow and, by partnering with Rakuten, we are looking forward to offering our customers an expanded lineup of popular Japanese merchandise,” said Kaola CEO Zhang Lei. “As Chinese consumers become more familiar with a deeper range of Japanese merchandise through the collaboration between Kaola and Rakuten, they will also be able to enjoy a higher quality and easy shopping experience.”

Rakuten will introduce products to Kaola’s customers from categories such as health food and cosmetics. Rakuten will also provide product rankings from their Japanese marketplace, which, together with NetEase’s online media assets, will be very powerful in recommending the best of Japanese products to Chinese consumers. Expansion of the product lineup will continue over the coming months.

NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China’s most popular online PC and mobile games, advertising services, email services and e-commerce platforms. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase operates some of the most popular international online games in China.

For more information, visit:

About Kaola

NetEase launched Kaola in January 2015. The online shopping site has since grown rapidly to become a leading brand in cross border trading business in China, with a reputation of “Good Quality, Reasonable Price, and Considerate Service”. Kaola has formed strategic collaboration with hundreds of brands from Japan, Korea, U.S, Australia and European countries, and has successfully sold hundreds of millions of high quality products to its Chinese consumers.


Alibaba Cloud establishes second availability zone in Singapore

Singapore, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), announced today that it has expanded its data center operations in Singapore with the establishment of a second availability zone. Alibaba Cloud has also achieved two new certifications overseas — Singapore Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) standard Level 3 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).

In September 2015, Alibaba Cloud established a data center in Singapore to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia. The establishment of a second availability zone provides higher capacity to meet enterprise users’ demands for high availability and disaster recovery.

“The expansion of our Singapore data center enables us to meet the rapidly growing demand for cloud computing resources in Southeast Asia. This expansion also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing one-stop global cloud and big data services to both Chinese and international enterprises. We will continue to grow our coverage worldwide,” said Mr. Sicheng YU, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud International.

Alibaba Cloud has established overseas data centers in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore, and plans to establish new data centers in other regions including Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

The Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Singapore standard was developed under the direction of the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) for cloud service providers in Singapore. The MTCS standard has three different levels of security standards, and Alibaba Cloud has achieved the highest security (Level 3) certification.

The achievement of MTCS Level 3 certification is on top of the Information Security Management System Certification ISO27001 and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Star certification which Alibaba Cloud received previously. It facilitates Alibaba Cloud’s international expansion amid enterprises’ demand for higher security services from cloud service providers as cloud adoption continues to grow.

In addition, Alibaba Cloud has also achieved the PCI-DSS compliance certification for its public cloud services in Singapore and the United States. PCI-DSS is a payment card security qualification, which is highly valued by payment card businesses and related companies. Compliance certification involves the evaluation of payment card data security in areas like credit card numbers, CVV2 numbers, as well as account / password transmission and storage security.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. acquires home décor and design authority One Kings Lane, Inc.

UNION, N.J., 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) today announced an all cash purchase of One Kings Lane, Inc., an authority in home decor and design that offers a unique collection of select home goods, designer and vintage items. One Kings Lane works directly with home furnishings brands, vintage dealers, designers and taste makers to offer a curated merchandise assortment. Additionally, they deliver design inspiration and expert style advice. They also offer complimentary interior design services at its two design studios located in San Francisco and New York.

“We have followed One Kings Lane and loved its site since its inception, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to provide them with additional support and exposure to promote and grow their brand,” noted Steven H. Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.  “At the same time, One Kings Lane will serve as a cornerstone for Bed Bath & Beyond’s growing offerings in furniture and home décor, and together we will be able to do even more for and with our collective customers wherever, whenever and however they wish to interact with us, and to further our mission to be viewed as the expert for the home.”

“We are excited to be part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family,” stated Dinesh Lathi, Chief Executive Officer of One Kings Lane. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our customers, as well as our employees and business partners, to benefit from additional support and resources and gain exposure to new customers. We look forward to being able to continue to differentiate our product offerings and refine our point of view to further delight our current and future customers.”

The purchase of One Kings Lane, Inc. did not affect Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s fiscal 2016 first quarter ended on May 28, 2016, as the transaction occurred during the fiscal 2016 second quarter. The purchase price was not material to Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., and the Company expects this transaction to be slightly dilutive to its net earnings per diluted share for fiscal 2016, after transaction and integration costs.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is scheduled to release its fiscal 2016 first quarter financial results after market close on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, followed by a conference call with analysts and investors at 5:00 pm (ET) that day. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or if international, 847-585-4405, using conference ID number 42747608. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 42747608.  The call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast on the investor relations section of our website at

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) is a retailer selling a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, Harmon or Harmon Face Values, buybuy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. Customers can purchase products from the Company either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a contact center. The Company generally has the ability to have customer purchases picked up in-store or shipped direct to the customer from the Company’s distribution facilities, stores or vendors.  In addition, the Company operates Of a Kind, an e-commerce website that features specially commissioned, limited edition items from emerging fashion and home designers, and One Kings Lane, an authority in home décor and design that offers a unique collection of select home goods, designer and vintage items.  The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries.  Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company operates websites at,,,,, and  As of February 27, 2016, the Company had a total of 1,530 stores, including 1,020 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 276 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 105 buybuy BABY stores, 78 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 51 stores under the names Harmon or Harmon Face Values.  In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates seven stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements.  Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, and similar words and phrases.  The Company’s actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment; consumer preferences, spending habits and adoption of new technologies; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; civil disturbances and terrorist acts; unusual weather patterns and natural disasters; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; potential supply chain disruption due to political instability, labor disturbances, product recalls, financial or operational instability of suppliers or carriers, and other items; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs and other terms to support the Company’s plans for new stores; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company’s development of its omnichannel capabilities; the ability to establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; uncertainty in financial markets; disruptions to the Company’s information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of systems protecting consumer and employee information; reputational risk arising from challenges to the Company’s or a third party supplier’s compliance with various laws, regulations or standards, including those related to labor, health, safety, privacy or the environment; reputational risk arising from third-party merchandise or service vendor performance in direct home delivery or assembly of product for customers; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; changes to, or new, accounting standards; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the integration of acquired businesses.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.


Janet M. Barth, (908) 613-5820


SOURCE: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.


PREIT launches shopper digital rewards program, PREIT Perks

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced the launch of a shopper digital rewards program, known as PREIT Perks, which will enable shoppers to earn credit on their purchases, as well as give retailers enhanced visibility into shopper behavior at PREIT malls. The program is debuting at the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, NJ, and will be rolled out across PREIT’s portfolio over the next several months – reaching thousands of retailer locations.

PREIT Perks leverages innovative technology from Spring – the only platform that connects digital marketing with real-time payment data and in-store sales – to maximize benefits for both consumers and retailers. To enroll in PREIT Perks, shoppers can register up to 15 credit and debit cards to earn credit for purchases made at mall retailers. Enrollment is a quick, one-step process available at in-mall kiosks and on PREIT malls’ websites. For every $250 spent, consumers earn $10 back on their next transaction at the mall.

PREIT Perks also connects consumers to retailers, giving brands access to real-time payments data and other shopper insights. Through partnerships with MasterCard, Visa and American Express, the Spring platform can segment customers based on frequency, shopping habits and spending behavior. With this technology, retailers can engage shoppers while they are in the mall, offering incentives by spend amount, time frame or specific location.

“As technology continues to drive changes in consumer behavior, PREIT is committed to investing in new, innovative programs to better connect and incentivize shoppers and amplify the omnichannel experience,” said Joseph Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “PREIT Perks elevates the customer experience for shoppers by giving them an opportunity to be rewarded for their loyalty to our properties and optimizes the retailer-consumer relationship by providing our tenants with real-time insights into shopper behavior.”

“Mall owners are increasingly looking for ways to connect with shoppers; retailers, for a way to effectively push traffic in-store; and, consumers for a more innovative shopping experience – and the Spring platform meets all of those needs,” said Bruce Mitchell, CEO, Spring. “With this game-changing technology, shoppers will be rewarded and retailers will gain visibility into consumer behavior like they’ve never had before. We’re thrilled to partner with PREIT as they continue to enhance their mall properties.”

The addition of PREIT Perks is illustrative of the company’s ongoing commitment to technology and innovation to create a differentiated mall experience. Last year, PREIT announced a partnership with Mobiquity to provide beacon-based advertising throughout its portfolio, enabling retailers to use location-based data to deliver targeted promotions to mall shoppers. By connecting retailers and shoppers through customized offers and personal, real-time experiences, PREIT is increasing customer engagement and driving traffic and sales at its properties. In addition, the company is preparing to launch online gift card sales for the back-to-school season.

“The launch of PREIT Perks is another important milestone as we seek to drive portfolio quality,” said Coradino. “We’re focused on providing a high-quality, rewarding experience for our consumers and retail partners and creating value for our shareholders through improved traffic and sales productivity at our properties.”

PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., the company owns and operates over 25 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Spring
Spring operates the Spring Network, which is immediately available to national and local merchants who want to grow revenue through performance-based marketing. Merchants simply opt-in to Spring and can immediately start running promotions – with no change to equipment or operations – adding the ability to track revenue and transactions delivered in real time and increasing consumer visits and spend per visit. Spring has partnerships with four of the nation’s largest shopping mall operators – including Simon Property Group, Starwood Retail Partners, Taubman Centers and PREIT – reaching a network of more than 300 malls across all 50 states. Learn more at

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect PREIT’s current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Important factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by PREIT’s forward-looking statements include those discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”  PREIT does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241



Yum! Brands announces the appointment of Keith Siegner as VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy

Louisville, KY, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that Keith Siegner, 41, will join the Company as Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy, reporting to President and Chief Financial Officer, David Gibbs, effective July 11, 2016.  In this role, Siegner will assume responsibility for the Company’s relationships with the analyst and investor community.  He will also play a key role in shaping YUM’s long-term growth strategies as the Company moves toward the separation of its China business by the end of October.

“Keith is an excellent addition to Yum! Brands.  He brings to this important position nearly 20 years of financial expertise and a deep understanding of the restaurant industry and our Company,” said Gibbs.  “Keith’s insight into franchisee economics and bench marking to uncover areas for improvement, coupled with his knowledge of Wall Street, will enable him to make a meaningful impact on our business and our interactions with the investment community.  This is an exciting time at YUM as we separate into two powerful, independent companies – Yum! Brands and Yum! China – with unique investment profiles, capital structures, and compelling growth potential.  We are thrilled to have someone with Keith’s experience and knowledge join our Company,” Gibbs added. 

Siegner joins YUM from UBS Securities, LLC, where he served as an Executive Director in securities research, analyzing and publishing investment advice for restaurant companies with a combined market capitalization of $300 billion, including YUM.  He previously spent over 12 years at Credit Suisse Securities USA, LLC, on teams covering the environmental services and specialty chemicals sectors before assuming lead coverage of the restaurant sector in 2007.  Earlier in his career, Siegner worked in the international tax consulting services practice of Arthur Andersen LLP.  He received both bachelor’s and master’s accounting degrees from Wake Forest University.

“I am thrilled to be joining the world-class YUM team as the Company moves toward its next chapter.  Greg Creed, David Gibbs and the team have a clear vision to transform YUM for the future by capitalizing on the extraordinary strength and growth potential of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.  After many years following YUM, I cannot wait to play a role in driving its long-term growth and success,” said Siegner.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories.  Yum! is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.  The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.  Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events, including, without limitation, statements regarding the intended capital return to shareholders as well as the related borrowing required to fund such capital return, the planned separation of the Yum! Brands and Yum! China businesses, the timing of any such separation, the future earnings and performance as well as capital structure of Yum! Brands, Inc. or any of its businesses, including the Yum! Brands and Yum! China businesses on a standalone basis if the separation is completed.

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