The Jean Coutu Group sets its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday July 5, 2016

Varennes, Quebec, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Corporation” or the “Jean Coutu Group”) wishes to remind the public that its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Tuesday July 5, 2016, at 9:30 am ET at the Head Office of the Corporation, 245 Jean Coutu Street, Varennes, Quebec.

The Meeting will also be webcasted on the corporate website at www.jeancoutu.com.

Representatives of the Jean Coutu Group will meet the press after the Meeting.

What: Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

When: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Where: The Jean Coutu Group Head Office. 245 Jean Coutu Street, Varennes, Quebec

Annual General Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
A press meeting will be held following the Meeting (around 10:30 a.m.)

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. operates a network of 420 franchised drugstores in Canada located in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario (under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Santé Beauté) and employs more than 20,000 people. The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing.

Contact:

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
(450) 646-9611, Extension 1165
hbisson@jeancoutu.com

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Topco to assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced today that Western Family member-owners have expanded their relationship with Topco. Specifically under this new agreement, Topco will assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products including the Western Family, Shurfine, Natural Directions and ShurSaving brands.

This agreement results in expanded relationships with the following members who carry these brands:

• Affiliated Foods, Inc. – Amarillo, TX
• Associated Food Stores, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
• Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
• Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, Inc.
• Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc.
• Unified Grocers, Inc. • URM Stores, Inc.

Western Family has been purchasing health and beauty care (HBC) products from Topco on behalf of its seven member-owners for more than three years. Broadening this participation into additional programs is the next evolution of this relationship with Topco. “This expansion further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership, and we look forward to working with these member-owners to help drive increased value for their companies and customers,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco.

Topco’s experience, coupled with their economies of scale, will be a benefit to our independent retailers making it easier for them to remain competitive, while continuing to offer the same quality Western Family products consumers have trusted for over 50 years,” said Ron King, President, Western Family Foods.

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is a $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities.

For more information, please visit www.topco.com.

Media contact:

Danell O’Neill
doneill@topco.com

Source: Topco

General Mills recalls select Gold Medal Flour products due to E. coli O121 contamination

Product may be contaminated with E.coli O121

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Mills is recalling select Gold Medal Flour products because the FDA has alerted the company that the flour has tested positive for E. coli O121. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Gold Medal All Purpose Flour

2 lb.

UPC: 16000-10710

Better if used by: 25May2017KC – 03June2017KC

Schnucks customers may return any affected product to their nearest store for a full refund. Those with questions may contact the General Mills Consumer Relations team at 1-800-230-8103 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnucks

Bartell Drugs now accepting reservations for on-site flu clinics for your workplace

SEATTLE , 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Although the sun’s out, it’s not too early to be thinking about flu season. Bartell Drugs is here to protect you with its workplace flu vaccination clinics.

The flu is usually contracted in locations where people are in close contact. For many, this often means the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) predicts a late but heavy flu season this year, so now is the time to get your employees protected by scheduling a workplace flu vaccination clinic.

Bartell Drugs is currently accepting reservations for on-site flu clinics for your workplace. These clinics send qualified health care providers directly to your workplace to provide flu vaccinations for employee pools of 25 or more. And we can direct bill most insurance providers for the cost of the shot. The first clinic begins on September 1, 2016.

Workplace flu vaccination clinics are the most convenient and affordable way to protect you, your staff, your coworkers, and even your clients/customers. This in turns helps to protect our families and friends. Vaccinations are the best line of defense in your employee wellness toolkit to guard against lost productivity and promote health.

To schedule your company’s flu vaccination clinic, contact Bartell Drugs at 206-764-5574 or email flu@bartelldrugs.com

About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.

For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Bartell Drugs’ Mission:

Our pledge is to be the best loved drugstore of our Northwest neighbors by providing an exceptional experience that advances their health, happiness and well being.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer,
Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 or
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Kroger announces management changes in Ralphs

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Ralphs division President Donna Giordano, and the promotion of Valerie Jabbar to succeed her. Ms. Jabbar currently serves as vice president of merchandising for Ralphs.

Donna Giordano will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective July 23.

“Donna’s distinguished leadership has helped Ralphs continue to grow, serve more customers in the highly-competitive Southern California market, and help Kroger across our business,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “She is respected throughout the industry and among our associates for her strategic leadership and engagement in the communities we serve. The entire Kroger family thanks Donna for her many contributions and wishes her and her family all the best in retirement.”

Ms. Giordano joined the company’s King Soopers banner as a courtesy clerk in 1972, while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery, and pharmacy.  In 1999, Ms. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing of King Soopers.  She was promoted to president of QFC in 2002 before being named to her current role in 2011.

Ms. Giordano volunteers with the Network of Executive Woman and is a past board member of the Orange County Girl Scouts. She is currently president of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), where she has been a board member since 2005.

Ms. Giordano and her husband, Mario, plan to travel and spend time with their daughters Amber and Aubrey who reside in Seattle.

Valerie Jabbar Promoted to President of Ralphs

Kroger promoted Valerie Jabbar to serve as president of the company’s Ralphs division, effective July 23.

“Valerie is an exceptional leader who is passionate about developing associates and serving our customers and communities,” said Mr. McMullen. “She brings to her new role broad retail experience and a deep commitment to putting our customers first. We look forward to her continued leadership at Ralphs.”

Ms. Jabbar began her career with the company in 1987 as a clerk in the Fry’s division. She held numerous leadership roles at Fry’s, including assistant store director, category manager, and drug and general merchandise coordinator.  From 2002 – 2010, she served in a variety of drug and general merchandising leadership roles at Kroger’s general office in Cincinnati and in the Fry’s division. She was named Fry’s district manager  in 2010, and was promoted to serve as vice president of merchandising to the Mid-Atlantic division in 2012. Ms. Jabbar was promoted to her current role in the Ralphs division in 2013.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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@Kroger #announces management changes in @Ralphs

Kroger announces management changes in Ralphs

 

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino is available for a limited time this summer in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Did you know that Frappuccino® blended beverages can be customized more than 36,000 ways? That’s a lot of options.

For customers looking for lighter beverage options, Starbucks baristas suggest:

Skip the Whip – Ask for just a little or no whip to save between 80 to 110 calories, depending on the size of your drink.

Name Your Milk – Request nonfat milk for a beverage that’s lower in calories and fat.

Sugar-Free for Me – Select sugar-free syrup, available in vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and cinnamon dolce, for great flavor without added sugar.

Have a Light – Order a ‘light’ Frappuccino® blended beverage, available in Coffee, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip and Café Vanilla, for at least 33 percent fewer calories.

Make it Mini – The Mini Frappuccino is 10 ounces and available this summer while supplies last.

Mini Frappuccino blended beverages under 150 calories:

Mini Mocha Light Frappuccino – Starbucks coffee with rich mocha sauce blended together with nonfat milk and ice. 80 calories, 15 grams of sugar.

Mini Java Chip Light Frappuccino – Mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips blended with Starbucks coffee, nonfat milk and ice. 110 calories, 18 grams of sugar.

Mini Coffee Frappuccino – Coffee, whole milk and ice blended together to create one of our original Frappuccino beverages. 120 calories, 24 grams of sugar.

Mini Caramel Frappuccino – Caramel syrup blended with coffee, nonfat or 2% milk, no whip, no caramel drizzle and ice. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

Mini Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino – Rich and creamy blend of vanilla bean, milk and ice, ask for nonfat milk and no whip. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

For more beverage ideas, see 10 Starbucks Cold Beverages 100 Calories or Less.

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Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer
Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

 

Source: Starbucks

 

12 Tesco stores along the parade route will also support London Pride this weekend

Tesco is pulling out all the stops to support London Pride this weekend.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June, stores across London will join in the annual LGBT festival, displaying rainbow bunting, balloons, and even arranging their fruit and vegetable displays to reflect the Pride colours.

12 Tesco stores along the parade route will also turn the iconic Tesco chevrons the rainbow colours of Pride to show their support .The 12 stores on route will also sell exclusive F+F Pride t-shirts with the design being inspired through quotes from customers and colleagues about what Pride means to them.

As well as in-store activity, a 40-foot Tesco delivery truck will take part in the Pride parade. Decked out with a dance floor, bubble machines and a DJ, the truck will play songs as selected by Tesco customers.

Tesco is a sponsor of the LGBT festival which sees over 300 groups march in the famous parade. Last year 1,000,000 people attended the festival and this year numbers are expected to be even higher.

John Dickinson, Out at Tesco Chair, said:

“We know Pride in London is such a fun and vibrant event and that’s why we’re proud to be an official sponsor this year. Over 200 of our colleagues will be taking part in the parade and twelve stores along the route will be getting into the spirit with special Pride-themed signs, balloons and carrier bags.”

A team of 900 volunteers help make the event run smoothly and Tesco will provide each volunteer with lunch to keep them going on the day. The retailer will also be handing out bottles of water, sweets and flags to the crowd.

Alongside their Pride activities, Tesco are also supporting LGBT Switchboard. For over 40 years LGBT Switchboard has run a helpline supporting millions across the UK.

Sales from the exclusive t-shirts will go to the charity and all 500 London stores fund raised for them last weekend with Covent Garden and Regent Street Metro hosting exclusive pre-Pride events. The events included performances from the London Gay Men’s Chorus and a pop up bar serving rainbow inspired cocktails and mocktails.

The Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 25 June from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact:
Tesco Press Office
01707 918 701

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12 Tesco stores along the parade route will also support London Pride this weekend
12 Tesco stores along the parade route will also support London Pride this weekend

Source: Tesco

Cepsa and Carrefour renew agreement to continue with the expansion ‘express’ stores in service stations

SPAIN, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 13th, Cepsa and Carrefour signed the renewal of the agreement to continue with the expansion ‘express’ stores in service stations. This renewal, which includes the opening of new stores up to 2018.

The companies began their collaboration in 2013 with the opening of ten pilot stores. At present, the network of Cepsa service stations in Spain already includes 175 Carrefour Express stores. This business model has proven a hit with customers and has managed to grow in record time: 75 stores in 2014 and 75 in 2015. Similarly, this year is to see the launch of around 85 further outlets.

The Carrefour Express outlets installed at Cepsa service stations extend the usual range on offer at service station outlets, offering guests the variety of a supermarket at competitive prices, while also offering the Carrefour brand. The aim of the outlets is to offer the user an alternative way to buy supermarket products without leaving the service station, giving the customer a closer, easier and more comfortable shopping experience, without having to travel to other premises.

To this is added the current discounted prices offered on fuel by the two companies. This enables customers to make a 4% saving when refuelling at Cepsa with the Carrefour club card, which becomes 5% during the summer months.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

By phone:
Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00
For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Cepsa and Carrefour renew agreement to continue with the expansion 'express' stores in service stations
Cepsa and Carrefour renew agreement to continue with the expansion ‘express’ stores in service stations 

Source: Carrefour

Carrefour to hire 6,000 people to reinforce the peak working periods this summer

SPAIN, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour increases its workforce by taking on 6,000 people to reinforce the peak working periods that occur during the summer. Ninety percent of those taken on will join hypermarket staff and the rest will fill positions in supermarkets and other company subsidiaries such as travel agencies, service stations and financial services. The profiles vary although the majority of applicants are young people looking for their first job and students.

The new employees will join all sectors directly related with customer service: check-outs, restocking, fresh product sales (butcher, cold cuts, fruits, bakery and fish counter) and vendor-assisted sale sections such as technology or domestic appliances, among others.

The candidates selected must be clearly sales and customer oriented, and possess the capacity to work as part of a team. The profile of the people Carrefour is hiring is very varied, although young first-time job seekers predominate. Those interested can send their CVs via  www.carrefour.es/trabaja en carrefour  stating the cities and stores they are interested in.

Over 4,400 new long term contracts in 2016

The company plans to offer over 4,400 new long term contracts in 2016, confirming its place as a reference company in terms of job creation in Spain. Carrefour has over 46,000 employees under its banner in Spain.

In addition, its commitment to job creation, especially among young people, will continue to be one of the retail firm’s hallmarks during 2016. In 2015 alone, the company took on more than 400 university graduates and this year, it hopes to attract another 300, enabling them to pursue their careers with Carrefour as managers, middle managers or directors. For this purpose, the company has a number of agreements with universities throughout the country. Carrefour has also taken on over 60 young people with professional profiles relating to new technologies in response to the on-going digitization process.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

By phone:
Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00
For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour to hire 6,000 people to reinforce the peak working periods this summer

Carrefour to hire 6,000 people to reinforce the peak working periods this summer

 

Source: Carrefour

I.N.C teamed up with style icon Iris Apfel to develop a collection of “must-have” clothing and jewelry at Macy’s

NEW YORK, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — I.N.C International Concepts, exclusively at Macy’s, today announces a partnership with style icon Iris Apfel launching September 2016. For the aptly named “Iris Meets I.N.C” campaign, I.N.C teamed up with Apfel to develop a collection of “must-have” clothing and jewelry centered around this fall’s mod trend. Apfel will also star in a creative advertising campaign for the brand, which will break in early August.

As an anchor to the campaign, I.N.C will launch a limited edition keyboard of Iris-themed emojis this fall. The emoji graphics will appear throughout all elements of the “Iris Meets I.N.C” campaign, including product hangtags, digital advertising and direct mail.

The collection itself is comprised of approximately 40 pieces that play into fall’s “mod” trend revival. Apfel consulted with I.N.C’s design team and provided creative direction before curating her final selection of items which were chosen for both style and versatility. The collection focuses on key wardrobe staples like shift dresses, A-line skirts, flare leg pants, and statement jackets. In keeping with her signature style, Apfel also included a wide array of black and white bangles in various patterns and sizes.

“Macy’s was my very first department store and we used to always go there on shopping trips,” said Apfel. “I’ve always thought very kindly of Macy’s and I never planned on any of this. How many 94-year-old cover girls do you know?”

Nancy Slavin, senior vice president, marketing, of Macy’s Merchandising Group said, “Iris is a perfect partner for I.N.C. Not only does her style resonate with multiple generations of I.N.C shoppers, but there isn’t a more iconic personality to show off the new ‘mod’ style for fall.”

The Iris Meets I.N.C collection will be available exclusively at Macy’s stores and on macys.com starting early September 2016.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 730 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home.

Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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

Contact:
Macy’s Media Relations
Billy Dumé, 646-429-7449
billy.dume@macys.com

Factory PR
Liz Franco, 212-941-7057
liz@factorypr.com

Source: Macy’s

EROSKI: Apuesta por la convergencia del mundo on y off line

  • EROSKI es el único distribuidor de alimentación que ofrece el servicio de compra online en el conjunto de las Islas Baleares tras extender este servicio a Formentera
  • El servicio de súper online de EROSKI está disponible ya también en la Comunidad Valenciana, donde cubre por completo el área metropolitana de la capital del Turia
  • El 60% de los Socios Cliente de EROSKI en el País Vasco y Navarra dispone ya de un punto de recogida gratuito de sus compras online de alimentación a menos de quince minutos de su domicilio

ELORRIO, España, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI avanza en su apuesta por la multicanalidad con la extensión del servicio de compra online y la ampliación de los puntos de recogida en tienda de dichos pedidos.  “Apostamos por la convergencia entre el negocio tradicional y el digital para ofrecer al consumidor, que quiere moverse indistintamente en el mundo on y off line, una experiencia de compra sin fisuras, adaptada a sus necesidades”, ha señalado la directora de comercio electrónico de EROSKI, Mari Mar Escrig.

EROSKI ha extendido recientemente su servicio de  supermercado online a Formentera, convirtiéndose en el único distribuidor que ofrece este servicio en el conjunto de las Islas Baleares (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza y Formentera). Los pedidos se sirven tanto a domicilio, como en los amarres de los puertos. El supermercado, en la línea seguida por las tiendas físicas de EROSKI, incluye una amplia oferta de alimentos locales. Además, ofrece una respuesta a los visitantes y residentes extranjeros en las Islas Baleares con una variada gama de comida internacional.

El servicio de supermercado online de EROSKI está disponible ya también en la Comunidad Valenciana, donde cubre por completo el área metropolitana de la capital del Turia. “La extensión del servicio de pedido online será progresiva en la Comunidad Valenciana. Los primeros clientes valencianos que han probado el supermercado online EROSKI, durante los test realizados, destacan la calidad de nuestros frescos y la libertad de elección con amplios surtidos de marcas líderes de fabricante, de marca propia y de  productos locales valencianos”, ha destacado Mari Mar Escrig.

EROSKI traslada a su súper online el amplio surtido de una gran tienda ‘contigo’, dando la posibilidad al cliente de indicar cómo quiere que se le preparen los productos de charcutería al corte, pescadería, fruta y carne. Como en cualquier tienda física de EROSKI, los grandes protagonistas son los alimentos frescos, fundamentales para una alimentación saludable. “El 75% de los clientes del supermercado EROSKI online en España compran frescos a través de internet, una cifra muy destacable en el sector y que muestra su confianza en la calidad de los frescos de EROSKI”, ha indicado la directora de comercio electrónico de la cooperativa.

Un súper para el consumidor de hoy

Los clientes pueden acceder al supermercado online desde la web y desde la app EROSKI Súper, que puede descargarse de forma gratuita tanto en Google Play como en App Store. La aplicación permite al usuario realizar la compra semanal desde el móvil en cualquier momento y lugar en menos de quince minutos, permitiendo incluso comprar escaneando con el móvil los códigos de barras de los envases.

El súper online de EROSKI cuenta con servicio de entrega de lunes a sábado. La compra puede realizarse de un día para otro y hasta con tres semanas de antelación a la fecha de entrega.

EROSKI online ofrece al usuario total garantía en materia de seguridad en las transacciones, avalado por los certificados de confidencialidad oficiales. Asimismo, garantiza la transmisión segura de los datos personales del cliente y la absoluta confidencialidad de los mismos.

Extensión de los servicios de recogida Drive y Collect

La cooperativa ha extendido en las últimas fechas sus servicios Click & Drive y Click & Collect a Álava y Navarra.  De esta forma, el 60% de los  Socios Cliente de EROSKI en el País Vasco y Navarra dispone de un punto de recogida a menos de quince minutos de su domicilio. “Los consumidores valoran sobre todo la  posibilidad de hacer pedidos y recogerlos el mismo día de forma gratuita y la confianza que les aporta la marca EROSKI a la hora de comprar alimentos frescos”, ha explicado Mari Mar Escrig.

Los servicios Click & Drive y Click & Collect permiten a los consumidores hacer su pedido en cualquier momento y lugar a través del ordenador, tableta o móvil y recogerlo en el mismo día  con su vehículo (Drive) o en el establecimiento (Collect) en el camino a casa. “El 20% de los usuarios de estos servicios son nuevos en el canal. En la actualidad contamos ya con más de 25 puntos de recogida en País Vasco, Navarra, Galicia y Cataluña. Antes del verano esperamos poner en marcha un nuevo punto Collect en Galicia”, ha detallado la responsable de comercio electrónico de EROSKI.

Más de seis millones de usuarios online

EROSKI online ofrece a sus más de seis millones de usuarios 15.000 referencias en las categorías de alimentación, frescos, bebidas, higiene y belleza, limpieza y mascotas. “Priorizamos la amplitud de gama para dar una mayor libertad de elección al consumidor que vuelve a apreciar las novedades y los productos locales”, en palabras de Mari Mar Escrig.

El supermercado online de EROSKI tiene una trayectoria de 17 años y da servicio en las principales ciudades españolas, como Madrid y Barcelona, así como en País Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja, Cantabria, Galicia, Baleares, Tarragona, Zaragoza, Huesca, Málaga, Guadalajara, Toledo, Cáceres y Ceuta.

CONTACTS:

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.esD

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EROSKI: Apuesta por la convergencia del mundo on y off line
EROSKI: Apuesta por la convergencia del mundo on y off line

 

Source: Eroski

Sainsbury’s becomes world’s first company to introduce refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine

Sainsbury’s has become the first company in the world to introduce a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, which will eliminate all emissions associated with refrigeration.

LONDON, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Supplied by cooling technology specialists, Dearman, and its partners, the zero-emission cooling unit replaces the traditional diesel engine used to chill the vehicle and will significantly cut emissions.

During the three-month trial the vehicle will save up to 1.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide; the equivalent of driving over 14,500 km in a modern family car – that’s 10 trips from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The trial will also save 37kg of nitrogen oxides and 2kg of particulate matter, compared to a similar diesel system. The truck will operate from Sainsbury’s Waltham Point depot, delivering chilled goods to stores in the London area.

Based on the revolutionary British invention, the Dearman Engine, the new system harnesses the rapid expansion of liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling. Traditionally many refrigerated trucks require two diesel engines, one to power the vehicle and one for the refrigeration unit. By replacing the latter, Dearman believes that a more sustainable solution for refrigeration may soon be widely adopted on Britain’s roads.

Commenting on the announcement Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability for Sainsbury’s, said: “As one of Britain’s biggest retailers we really recognise the importance of reducing emissions, which is why we’re working hard to cut carbon emissions by 30% between 2005 and 2020. This trial with Dearman is just one of the innovations we’ve introduced to help us towards this goal. Their zero-emission system is really exciting, to be running a liquid air engine quite literally means our cooling is running on thin air!”

Dearman’s Founder and CEO, Toby Peters, added: “Sainsbury’s is demonstrating real leadership by embracing cutting-edge British engineering that delivers performance alongside positive environmental impact. The first commercial deployment of Dearman’s zero-emission transport refrigeration system is a significant milestone for the company, for our technology and for our vision to make the world a cleaner, cooler place.

Demand for cooling is increasing worldwide and new technologies are urgently needed to ensure that growth can be achieved sustainably. The Dearman system is one such technology, and alongside our partners, we’re proud to be debuting it with Sainsbury’s, a company renowned for their respect for the environment.”

The trial is the latest in series of innovations from Sainsbury’s as the retailer works towards its commitment to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 30% between 2005 and 2020. Following a trial in 2013, it became the first company in the world to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant and has now taken on three trucks with cooling fueled by this method. Furthermore, earlier this year the company introduced R-452A as a cooling agent in its transport and announced that all new delivery fridges would run on this. R-452A is recognized as cleaner cooling agent and will help reduce emissions by 45% compared to the R404A more commonly used.

Assessment of the success of the trial will be considered, along with operational cost on any potential for roll out of the technology.

In addition to being a cleaner method of refrigeration, the new engine has been designed with safety in mind. Unlike traditional fuels such as diesel, liquid nitrogen (LIN) is a non-flammable substance, which is used extensively in industry and food preparation and is transported safely on the UK’s road network. It has been provided, along with the refuelling infrastructure, by Air Products.

For corporate press enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

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Sainsbury’s becomes world's first company to introduce refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine

Sainsbury’s becomes world’s first company to introduce refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine

 

Source: J Sainsbury plc

Strawberries set to become the bestselling product at Sainsbury’s for four months

LONDON, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Strawberries are set to become the bestselling product* at Sainsbury’s for four months. Yes that’s right, selling more than milk, bread and tea, proving nothing quite hails summer for us Brits like a punnet of juicy strawberries. Last year, British strawberries were the top selling item for a whopping 20 weeks in a row.

British varieties now available in store include; Dream, a variety exclusive to Sainsbury’s which is sweet and aromatic with a delightfully juicy flesh; and Murano, a variety specifically bred to offer the best combination of flavour and vibrant colour.

Five things you need to know about strawberries from Sainsbury’s technical manager for soft fruits and ‘Strawberry Guru’, Peter Czarnobaj:

1. One punnet of strawberries is sold every second at Sainsbury’s – equating to 50,000,000 punnets a year**

2. Sainsbury’s sells over 15 different British varieties across the summer to ensure quality and extend the season

3. The varieties are sourced from 21 UK counties – from Kent to Kincardineshire and Somerset to Suffolk

4. Strawberries don’t always taste as you’d expect – look out for the subtle flavours of peach, apple and blackcurrant in different varieties

5. Strawberries tossed in a drizzle of balsamic vinegar are a perfect summer dessert. It might sound crazy but the sharpness of the balsamic vinegar with the sweet, ripe berries makes a really delicious combination

Peter says: “Once we come into the British strawberry season, we would expect them to remain the top pick in customers’ baskets for around 5 months! You could say, it’s the most important product to get right at this time of year. Our customers agree that we have indeed done this and continue to enjoy the tasty punnets of one of our most prized products”.

Notes to Editors

* by Sainsbury’s British Strawberries 400g are the number 1 product in customers’ baskets

**50 million punnets per year / 138k per day (363 trading days) / 5750 per hour / 95 per minute / over 1 per second

For corporate press enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

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Strawberries set to become the bestselling product at Sainsbury’s for four months
Strawberries set to become the bestselling product at Sainsbury’s for four months

 

Source: J Sainsbury plc

LVMH Group partner of Viva Technology, June 30 to July 2 in Paris

The LVMH Group is a partner of Viva Technology, an exciting new event that will bring together key players in the digital transformation in Paris from June 30 to July 2. This partnership resonates powerfully with LMVH ‘s core values of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

PARIS, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Organized jointly by Groupe Les Echos and Publicis Group, Viva Technology will welcome 5,000 startups, business leaders, investors, researchers and opinion leaders from around the world. As part of the event, LVMH is organizing a Luxury Lab that will showcase innovations in the luxury industry. The LVMH Luxury Lab will host around 50 startups and several LVMH Houses – including Hennessy, Sephora, Krug and TAG Heuer – who will present their latest innovations. Other start-ups were chosen for their innovative take on the social responsibility, which has been an enduring engagement from LVMH group.

LVMH’s participation in this event reflects a longstanding commitment to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. These values are an integral part of the Group’s DNA and inspire day-to-day initiatives at all LVMH Houses as they drive continual renewal, creating exceptional products and services while preserving a unique heritage that sometimes dates back centuries. Digital technologies create tremendous opportunities for the luxury industry. “The luxury industry is at a strategic juncture with respect to digital technologies, and an essential part of this transformation is recognizing the importance of entrepreneurial initiative, which has always been a core value at LVMH” says Ian Rogers, the Group’s Chief Digital Officer.

He also emphasizes that supporting and stimulating digital entrepreneurship benefits the entire LVMH ecosystem: “We’re very proud to be associated with Viva Technology to help showcase the best startups in the luxury industry today. These creative young enterprises will nourish the future of luxury”.

Source:  LVMH

Louis Vuitton organized second hackathon centered on the supply chain

Following the success of its first hackathon, “Unlock the future of luxury”, Louis Vuitton organized a second hackathon, this one centered on the supply chain. The event took place from June 17-19 at Ecole 42, a free computer programming school that does not require a previous degree for admission.

PARIS, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Louis Vuitton deepened its engagement with innovation and new technologies with another hackathon, dubbed “Unlock Supply Chain”. This major challenge immersed participants into the House’s supply chain. Cross-disciplinary teams of students and recent graduates had 48 hours to meet the challenge set by Louis Vuitton: invent groundbreaking applications to improve management of its supply chain.

Some fifty participants, both model architects and data analysts, applied their expertise to develop ingenious solutions working from raw data and an existing planning platform. The goal was to create a connected, collaborative and dynamic tool that spans distribution, planning and procurement. Following two intensive days that included workshops and input from coaches, the coders presented their work to a jury. Louis Vuitton awarded the winning PLAN!T team a trip and an opportunity to work on a pilot project to put their solution to a real-world test.

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Louis Vuitton organized second hackathon centered on the supply chain

Louis Vuitton organized second hackathon centered on the supply chain
Louis Vuitton organized second hackathon centered on the supply chain

 

Source: LVMH

IKEA announces plans for a second store in Virginia

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA , 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Norfolk, Virginia for a store that would increase the Swedish company’s presence in the Southeastern U.S. as its second store in Virginia. Pending approvals, construction of the proposed IKEA Norfolk store could begin in Spring 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, customers can shop at IKEA stores in Woodbridge, VA and Charlotte, NC, or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Located centrally within the Hampton Roads area, and eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, the 331,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 19 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our Southeastern U.S. presence with a Norfolk store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “A location in this retail corridor would provide our nearly 35,000 Hampton Roads customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout southeast Virginia.”

The proposed IKEA Norfolk would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Norfolk also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

This project would represent the third significant investment by IKEA in the state of Virginia. Besides this proposed Norfolk store and the store in Woodbridge, there also is an IKEA furniture factory in Danville that opened in 2008.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs/fixtures. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA U.S. #TogetherWeEat Food Truck to visit Chicago and New York City in July

Limited Time Food Truck to Visit Chicago and New York Offering Free IKEA Meatballs and Communal “Pop Up” Seating

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that the #TogetherWeEat Food Truck, a limited-time mobile food truck celebrating how food connects people, will hit the road this summer to encourage consumers to take a moment from their busy day, relax with a friend, and enjoy an IKEA snack together. The truck will visit two cities in July – Chicago and New York City – to surprise and delight the public with free IKEA meatballs and other treats, as well as communal “pop-up” seating areas furnished by IKEA.

The food truck will visit Wicker Park Fest in Chicago (July 23 & July 24) and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Brooklyn, NY (July 30), as well as make “surprise” stops at various locations in these two cities. Visitors to the truck will get a free sample of three IKEA meatball creations made from IKEA chicken, veggie and Swedish meatballs: the Buffalo Chicken Bite, the Veggie California Stack and the KÖTTBULLAR with Lingonberry

“We wanted to allow consumers to taste a variety of delicious and healthy food options found at IKEA Restaurants and IKEA Swedish Food Markets,” said Peter Ho, head of food-product development at IKEA U.S. “But even more than that, we wanted to create an environment that encourages people to gather and enjoy these treats together.”

Communal pop-up seating areas stationed near the food truck at select stops will be outfitted with IKEA furniture and home furnishings. IKEA LATTJO table games, trivia cards and other conversation games will also be available to encourage great conversation with friends, family and other fellow eaters.

“At IKEA, we understand the great power of food in bringing loved ones together, whether that’s over morning pancakes in the kitchen or an afternoon snack at the park,” said Lisa Hajra #TogetherWeEat project leader at IKEA. “Simply being together to talk, share, discuss and laugh over a delicious meal is just as important as the food itself, which is why this year, we’re celebrating all the ways in which food connects people.”

The IKEA #TogetherWeEat Food Truck follows the recent IKEA “Together, We Eat” contest launched last fall, which celebrated how food brings people together through a search for the best stories behind cherished family recipes and food traditions.

To find out more about the IKEA #TogetherWeEat Food Truck, including menu offerings and time/location details for Wicker Park Fest in Chicago and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Brooklyn, NY, please visit www.TogetherWeEat.com/FoodTruck.

To follow the IKEA #TogetherWeEat Food Truck as it makes its way through Chicago and New York City in a series of “surprise” stops this July, follow IKEA on Twitter @IKEABolingbrook, @IKEA_Schaumburg and @IKEA_Brooklyn.

To download images from the IKEA #TogetherWeEat Food Truck and additional assets, including recipe and event images (available post-events), please visit:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B44PLg4_2UEdaUY0Y09ud0UyVg or contact Kathy Boerner (Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com).

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. here are currently more than 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

H&M group’s sales in 1H2016 increased by 7 percent

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —

  • The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies during the first six months of the financial year. Converted into SEK, sales including VAT increased by 5 percent to SEK 104,965 m (100,024). Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 90,565 m (86,143).
  • Profit after financial items amounted to SEK 10,329 m (13,158). The group’s profit after tax amounted to SEK 7,902 m (10,066), corresponding to SEK 4.77 (6.08) per share.

Second quarter (1 March 2016 — 31 May 2016)

  • The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 5 percent in local currencies during the second quarter. Converted into SEK, sales including VAT increased by 2 percent to SEK 54,341 m (53,233). Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 46,874 m (45,867).
  • Gross profit amounted to SEK 26,980 m (27,245). This corresponds to a gross margin of 57.6 percent (59.4).
  • Profit after financial items amounted to SEK 7,002 m (8,435). The group’s profit after tax amounted to SEK 5,357 m (6,453), corresponding to SEK 3.24 (3.90) per share. Profits in the second quarter were negatively affected mostly by higher purchasing costs due to the strengthened US dollar and by increased markdowns.
  • Continued very satisfactory development for H&M’s e-commerce. Successful launch of H&M’s e-commerce in nine countries during the quarter: in Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Ireland, Japan and Greece.
  • H&M’s e-commerce will be launched in Canada and South Korea during autumn 2016. A total of 11 new H&M online markets will thus be added in 2016 which means that H&M will offer e-commerce in 34 markets by the end of the year.
  • A continued fast roll-out of new H&M online markets is planned for 2017.
  • The H&M group’s sales including VAT in the period 1 – 21 June 2016 increased by 7 percent in local currencies compared to the same period last year.
  • The H&M group plans a net addition of around 425 new stores for the 2015/2016 financial year. New markets for 2016 are Puerto Rico, which has opened this June, and New Zealand and Cyprus which will open during the autumn.
  • In 2017, H&M plans to open stores in four to five new markets of which Colombia will be one.

Comments by Karl-Johan Persson, CEO
“Sales including VAT in the second quarter amounted to SEK 54 billion and profit before tax to SEK 7 billion. In local currencies, sales increased by 5 percent. The sales increase in March and April was significantly below our plan. These two months were negatively affected by cold spring weather in many of our markets. In May, sales were much better with an increase of 9 percent, or 11 percent when adjusted for calendar effects.

Profits in the second quarter have been affected by a continued negative US dollar effect, but also by increased markdowns and the costs of our long-term investments. The fact that the sales increase in the quarter was below plan, naturally also had an impact on profits.

It has been a challenging half-year for fashion retail in many markets, but we have great confidence going forward and are continuing to develop our offering further within all our brands.

The combination of strong brands, a large body of retail stores in good locations and a successful e-commerce business puts us in a unique market position for future growth. Although e-commerce is growing fast, there is still great potential for the H&M group to continue to expand through physical stores – so for us, our continued focus is to grow both through physical stores and online, as well as to integrate these two sales channels. Our stores and online business complement each other well, and the key to the future is to continue to integrate these channels even further to make it as convenient and easy as possible for our customers.

So far this year we have opened nine new online markets, which means that we now offer H&M’s e-commerce in 32 markets including Japan and Greece, where we recently successfully launched our e-commerce. A further two new online markets will open during the autumn: Canada and South Korea. And in 2017 we will continue the rapid roll-out of H&M’s online shop to further markets.

Today we have more than 4,000 stores in strong retail locations in a total of 62 markets. We are signing very favourable store leases and this year we plan a net addition of approximately 425 stores. New markets this year are Puerto Rico, where we had a successful opening in San Juan in June, and also New Zealand and Cyprus, where we will open in the autumn. Next year we plan to open four or five new H&M markets, of which Colombia will be one.

Our work on sustainability is an important part of our offering. For six years in a row H&M has been named by Ethisphere as one of the most ethical companies in the world. We have now climbed to 20th place in the ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies, and according to the Global 100 index we are the no. 1 company in our sector. H&M is also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of the most sustainable companies in Europe and the world.”

Information in this interim report is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It will be released for publication at 8.00 (CET) on 22 June 2016. This interim report and other information about H&M, is available at www.hm.com
      

Contact:
Nils Vinge, IR +46-8-796 52 50
Karl-Johan Persson, CEO +46-8-796 55 00 (switchboard)
Jyrki Tervonen, CFO +46-8-796 55 00 (switchboard)

Invitation to press and telephone conference in conjunction to the six-month report is available on hm.com.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ)
SE-106 38 Stockholm
Phone: +46-8-796 55 00, Fax: +46-8-24 80 78, E-mail: info@hm.com
Registered office: Stockholm, Reg. No. 556042-7220

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. The company’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M group has more than 4,000 stores in 62 markets including franchise markets. In 2015, sales including VAT amounted to SEK 210 billion and the number of employees was more than 148,000.

For further information, visit www.hm.com.

Source: H&M

365 by Whole Foods Market will open its third location on Sept 14 in Bellevue, Washington

Seattle-based Wild Ginger Kitchen selected as new store’s ‘Friend of 365’

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — 365 by Whole Foods Market™, the new evolution of grocery stores from Whole Foods Market, announced today that its third location will open Sept. 14, in Bellevue, Washington. The new store will be located in Bellevue Square (300 Bellevue Square) and will also be home to a new Friend of 365 partner, Seattle-based Wild Ginger Kitchen.

“We saw downtown Bellevue as an ideal choice for our third store because it is a rapidly growing community,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We anticipate that Bellevue, like Silver Lake, will appeal to a broad set of customers who are excited by a new shopping experience, as well as current customers who are familiar with our quality standards and shop at the nearby Whole Foods Market. We think the addition of a high-quality grocery store to The Bellevue Collection will appeal to customers who are looking for a grab-and-go lunch option, as well as those looking to do a full grocery shop.”

As a Friend of 365, Wild Ginger Kitchen will have an independent fast-casual dining area inside the store. Customers will be able to enjoy a meal in the store or take away a quick, healthy lunch or dinner. Wild Ginger Kitchen is a local favorite culinary destination that creates fast, fresh and flavorful Asian food at affordable prices. The menu will be prepared by the same masterminds behind notable restaurants Wild Ginger and Triple Door, however, Wild Ginger Kitchen will offer a more fast-casual take, with customized bowls and a seasonally inspired menu. Customers can choose from chicken, beef or vegan protein served with rice or noodles, as well as a variety of pickles and fresh toppings.

Each 365 by Whole Foods Market location includes at least one Friend of 365, to showcase and support innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.

“We are so excited to have Wild Ginger Kitchen as our Friend of 365 in Bellevue,” Turnas said. “Their culinary values completely align with 365 by Whole Foods Market’s customer-centric, foodie-focused business. We also love that Wild Ginger Kitchen keeps its concept fresh by continuously reinventing the menu, just as 365 by Whole Foods Market plans to stay fresh by evolving its prototype over time.”

The new Bellevue location will also offer shoppers the convenience of online ordering and delivery through Instacart.

The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opened May 25, 2016 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles; a second location will open July 14 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The company expects to open as many as 10 10 stores in 2017.

Jeff Turnas
President – 365 by Whole Foods Market

Jeff Turnas is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. He was appointed to lead Whole Foods Market’s new retail store brand in June 2015.

Press Contacts:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

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365 by Whole Foods Market will open its third location on Sept 14 in Bellevue, Washington

365 by Whole Foods Market will open its third location on Sept 14 in Bellevue, Washington

 

Source: Whole Foods Market

Chinese Aisino Corporation established a joint venture with Wincor Nixdorf in China

PADERBORN, GERMANY, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Aisino Corporation, a Chinese company that specializes in intelligent anti-forgery tax control systems, EFT POS solutions, financial IC cards, bill receipt printing solutions and public IT security solutions, has established a joint venture (JV) with Wincor Nixdorf in China to develop, produce and market IT solutions for banking and retail companies in China. The JV is strategically positioned to primarily tap the sizeable banking business in the country by offering solutions that meet Chinese banking regulations. Aisino, which currently employs more than 20,000 people in China and earns annual revenues of USD 3.2 billion, holds a majority interest of 51 percent in the joint venture.

Operating under the name Aisino Wincor, the JV will offer banks and retailers an extensive range of hardware, software and services. The JV’s comprehensive portfolio comprises POS systems and self-checkout solutions for the retail segment as well as self-service solutions for the banking segment. Banking solutions include ATMs, cash recycling systems and the software necessary to operate the systems. The JV’s portfolio will also extend to offering the banking segment end-to-end services that help customers manage their self-service networks. These professional and managed services range from deployment and project management to life-cycle maintenance.

“Thanks to the partnership with Aisino, we will improve our position in this strategically important market. We will also be able to help Chinese banks and retailers to become more efficient and profitable by offering them innovative solutions,” said Eckard Heidloff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wincor Nixdorf.

“We look forward to a successful future with Wincor Nixdorf, an internationally recognized leading provider of IT solutions for both the banking and retail industries,” stated Mr. Shi Yang, CEO of the Aisino Group.
The joint venture will commence operations after relevant approval granted by the authority and is headquartered in Shanghai.

Press Contacts:

Press/Financial Press
Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press
Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press
Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Microsoft and Intershop: Successful customer-focused omni-channel commerce will be demonstrated at Commerce ‘N’ Concert on September 13th in Cologne

The best practice event is geared towards dealers and manufacturers who successfully use ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics Navision and Microsoft Dynamics AX. Participants learn from presentations and live experience behind the scenes of MUSIC STORE professional GmbH about how customer-focused omni-channel commerce can work for them. Commerce ‘N’ Concert is presented by dotSource GmbH and Intershop Communications AG.

Jena, Germany, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers change – radically, loudly, and spontaneously. The only way to meet customer’s demands for the long term is to make use of first-class functionality and cross-channel services. And to make this happen, digital and analog infrastructures have to work together without a hitch.

Technological insights, best practices and an exclusive tour of MUSIC STORE professional GmbH in Cologne will show participants of Commerce ‘N’ Concert just how ERP solutions by Microsoft can be sustainably integrated into shop systems, enterprise resource planning and marketing systems, as well as what successful, customer-focused omni-channel commerce looks like in practice.

The event is ideal for dealers and manufacturers who are interested in sharing their experiences with omni-channel commerce or expanding their interactive retail activities, or who are faced with concrete project challenges.

Commerce ‘N’ Concert not only puts the exchange of information and interaction in the foreground, it also allows omni-channel commerce to be experienced directly. Cologne – the location of the MUSIC STORE professional GmbH headquarters, one of the largest musical instrument retailers in the world – offers the perfect atmosphere for this event. The company headquarters in the Kalk district of Cologne are attached to a large superstore with over 18,044 square feet of floor space and an immense amount of musical equipment on display ready to be tested. Managing Director Michael Sauer will give an exclusive insight into the inner workings of the company on a tour of the showroom and the logistics center. He will also explain how MUSIC STORE overcomes the challenges the superstore’s customers in Cologne and the company’s 1,000 plus active online shop users present to the digital and analog infrastructure.

In the presentation “Synaptic Commerce—Digital Transformation in Complex System Landscapes”, Dirk Weckerlei, senior partner sales manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Intershop Communications AG, will explain how retail systems and the processes that go along with them can be intelligently orchestrated.

The big crescendo of Commerce ‘N’ Concert is a surprise live act – a wonderful opportunity to chat with experts and colleagues in the industry.

Registration for Commerce ‘N’ Concert and a detailed agenda can be found on the dotSource GmbH website.

In the white paper “E-Commerce with Microsoft and Intershop—Successful Retail with Dynamics Navision and Dynamics AX” (in German), dotSource GmbH explains in detail how retail systems and the associated processes can be sustainably integrated in the future. The white paper is available for free download on the dotSource GmbH website.

About dotSource – Digital Success Right from the Start

We at dotSource have been supporting companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in their digital transformation and the internet presentation of their brands for over ten years. From strategy consulting through to the development and implementation of innovative e-commerce concepts right up to continuing company support after the go-live – according to the vision »Digital Success right from the Start« we offer our customers a comprehensive range of services and holistic expertise across all aspects of the digitalization of marketing and sales. With our groundbreaking solutions, we have been able to establish ourselves as one of the leading digital agencies in German-speaking Europe and are now among the top 20 largest companies in the industry.

More information: www.dotSource.de.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Source: Intershop

Intershop names De Nieuwe Zaak Intershop Partner of the Year 2015 – 2016 in the Benelux

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News— Intershop has named De Nieuwe Zaak Intershop Partner of the Year 2015 – 2016 in the Benelux region during the annual Partner Executive Event. De Nieuwe Zaak has shown that by tapping into the diligence, focus and strength of its staff, it can help its customers achieve challenging omni-channel and e-commerce objectives. The company became an Intershop Business Partner in 2014 and realized various projects in the food and wholesale sector in a short period of time. De Nieuwe Zaak has become one of the most renowned omni-channel and e-commerce companies in the Netherlands.

During a well-attended and highly interactive cooking workshop in the Miele Experience Center in Vianen, Intershop thanked its partners for their efforts and successes. In addition to the Partner of the Year Award, De Nieuwe Zaak was also presented with its new Silver Partner status.

“We are very proud to be able to call ourselves ‘Partner or the Year 2015 – 2016’. This is a great reward for our staff and their efforts in the past year in the various commerce projects we have carried out with Intershop for our customers. De Nieuwe Zaak has been established for more than 10 years but it is only since 2014 that we have been a proud partner of Intershop. The results of this strategic choice are now emerging, step-by-step. There has been investment in expertise, product development, marketing and industry-specific knowledge. The power of the combination of De Nieuwe Zaak and Intershop is valued by the market. We maintain our focus, continue to add value for our customers and together with Intershop, help new B2B and B2C-customers with their omni-channel and e-commerce ambitions,” says Jurriën Kerstholt, Director of De Nieuwe Zaak.

Rene Verspuij, Partner Manager of Intershop: “De Nieuwe Zaak has proven to be a wonderful addition to our powerful partner network. From their enormous e-commerce expertise, they have wholeheartedly embraced the partnership and immediately made their mark on the Dutch market. This has resulted in several notable new customers with very challenging omni-channel commerce projects. De Nieuwe Zaak is the rightful winner this year. We are therefore proud to award De Nieuwe Zaak our most important award.”

Information

If you have any questions, please contact Harold van der Horst of Intershop. He can be reached via h.horst@intershop.nl or by telephone on 06 – 33 31 03 53.

About De Nieuwe Zaak

From its inception in 2005, De Nieuwe Zaak helps its B2B and B2C customers meet and exceed their omni-channel and e-commerce ambitions. In multidisciplinary teams, strategy, creation, technology and marketing are interwoven to a formula for success. Meanwhile, De Nieuwe Zaak has become one of the most renowned and successful e-commerce companies in the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.denieuwezaak.nl.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

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Intershop has names De Nieuwe Zaak Intershop Partner of the Year 2015 - 2016 in the Benelux

Intershop has names De Nieuwe Zaak Intershop Partner of the Year 2015 – 2016 in the Benelux

Source: Intershop