Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilizers (WesCEF) announces the resignation of its Managing Director Tom O’Leary

Perth, Australia, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) Managing Director Tom O’Leary has resigned to take up the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Iluka Resources Limited (ASX:ILU).

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder congratulated Mr O’Leary on his new appointment and on his contribution to Wesfarmers in his 16 years with the Group. Mr O’Leary joined Wesfarmers in Business Development and later became its Executive General Manager, before being appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Energy in 2009 and Managing Director of the newly formed WesCEF the following year.

“Tom’s enormous contribution to Wesfarmers included playing very important roles in the integration of Hardwarehouse into Bunnings, following the takeover of Howard Smith Limited, in 2000 and in the acquisition of the Coles Group in 2007,” Mr Goyder said.

“More recently, he has led the growth and improved the performance of our chemicals, energy and fertilizers business, including the completion of the major expansion of our ammonium nitrate production, within time and budget, and implementing a significantly increased focus and improved performance in safety.”

Ian Hansen, currently Chief Operating Officer of WesCEF, will remain in that role and report to Rob Scott, Managing Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division. The division houses WesCEF, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety and Wesfarmers Resources.

Mr Hansen has been with Wesfarmers for more than 30 years and has been Chief Operating Officer of WesCEF since 2014. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Wesfarmers Chemicals and Fertilisers from October 2007 until it merged with the Wesfarmers Energy division, after which he became Chief Executive Officer, Chemicals.

For more information:

Cathy Bolt
Media and External Affairs Manager
+61 8 9327 4423 or +61 417 813 804

Aleksandra Spaseska General Manager, Investor Relations
+61 8 9327 4416

Source: Wesfarmers

NACS releases the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has released the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data, the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s premier benchmarking tool and most comprehensive collection of data and trends.

Published since 1972, the NACS State of the Industry Report provides valuable information to help industry stakeholders maximize their company’s growth and profitability. This year’s 203-page report examines economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry. The report includes a comprehensive selection of charts and tables that focus on every area of the industry’s 2015 performance, including financials, store operations, merchandising, foodservice, fuels sales and quartile analysis.

According to the report, U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales of $225.8 billion in 2015, higher than overall industry sales in 1998. Overall industry sales for 2015 reached $574.8 billion, evidence that the value of convenience continues to resonate with consumers.

“The comprehensive NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data is a compelling testament to retailers’ desire to move the convenience industry forward. Future profitability means using the best tools available and thanks to our retail survey participants, the new and more visual report provides the best possible industry benchmarks and insights. Furthermore, sharing data means that the convenience store industry has the best information available to support our positions legislatively both at the grass roots level and national levels,” said NACS Director of Research and Statistics Bob Swanson. “Only with the deep involvement of retailers sharing their data and other key supplier partnerships is such a report possible. We appreciate all NACS retailers who participated and encourage others to do so in the future.”

Purchasers of the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data will also receive the Fact Book as a downloadable, self-extracting file. Now in its 29th edition, the Fact Book provides a detailed statistical account of industry data over the past several years — or in some cases, decades — as well as a historical recap of the industry and key definitions and events that have shaped it. The Fact Book will be available in late July.

The NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data (hard copy, with the Fact Book download link) is available for purchase online to NACS member companies (order number 40022077) for $249 ($749 regular price). Additional hard copies of the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data (order number 40022081) are available for $40 but must be ordered by telephone. The Report/Fact Book package also is available for purchase online in electronic PDF (order number 40222078) to NACS members for $599 ($1,199 regular price) — please note that the PDF version is locked to disable printing and to prevent unlawful duplication. Orders can be placed online at nacsonline.com/soi or by calling NACS Customer Service at (800) 966-6227. Hard copies usually ship next business day, and electronic formats usually fulfill within two business days.

Note to editors: An industry overview excerpted from the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2015 Data is available upon request.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Source: NACS

Wegmans Food Markets launches “grill it in your skillet!”

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Grilling may be America’s favorite way to cook when it’s warm out, so the chefs at Wegmans Food Markets have come up with a fresh approach to bring even more great grilled meals to the table. The concept – “grill it in your skillet!” Put fresh ingredients in a seasoned cast-iron skillet, place the skillet over a pre-heated grill, cover the grill, and a few minutes later, you have a sensational meal – flavorful, juicy and ready to eat.

The recipe possibilities are endless, but the Summer 2016 issue of Wegmans Menu magazine gives complete instructions for three dishes developed by Wegmans Chef Tadao Mikami:

Even easier – take home Ready-To-Cook versions of these entrées, (Steak Au Poivre, Salmon with Tomatoes and Capers, and Salmon Teriyaki with Mushrooms). Unwrap, pour the sauce over the protein, and put the pan (it comes in) on a preheated grill, cover, and cook about 25 minutes.  These items are packaged as single-serve portions, so all family members can choose their favorite, and should be ready to serve around the same time.

While the ready-to-cook and make-it-yourself versions are both simple to do at home, they were not so easy to develop in Wegmans’ test kitchens, says Eric Wendorff, Wegmans’ corporate chef of meat and seafood. “It took a lot of testing to come up with combinations that had great flavor, contained vegetables as well as protein, cooked together in one pan, and were done in about 30 minutes or less. But we’re really happy with the results, and customers who have tried the ready-to-cook versions have given them a big thumbs-up on wegmans.com.”

Bonus points for this technique:

  • The kitchen stays cooler because cooking stays outdoors
  • One-pan cooking makes cleanup fast
  • A seasoned, cast-iron skillet distributes heat evenly, so there are no “hot spots”
  • Natural juices that collect in the pan during cooking don’t drip away; just pour over the entrée when it’s served for extra juiciness and flavor

Chef Wendorff also recommends preparing seafood this way, especially fish with tender, flaky flesh – there’s less chance that pieces will flake off and fall through the grates. Important to season a cast-iron skillet before first use so it will clean up as easily as a non-stick pan after cooking and add flavor to the dish. To properly season a skillet:

  • Heat the pan until it’s very hot
  • Pour dry salt into the pan while it’s hot and rub the salt with a dishtowel or rag against the skillet’s surface to clean it
  • Brush away the salt and put in about a tablespoon of a vegetable oil like canola which can take high heat, tilting the pan so it covers all of the interior surface, and heat until the oil shimmers and begins to smoke
  • Wipe away the oil with a paper towel, leaving a thin film, and it’s ready to use

And one more tip: don’t peek! The meals should take 20 to 30 minutes to cook, as long as the grill stays hot. Check once after 20 minutes with an instant read thermometer to see if the protein is 130 degrees for the salmon and 125 to 140 for the steak, depending on how you prefer it.

From grill to table: Keep those summertime meals safe

The warm days of summer call for extra attention to food safety rules to reduce the risk of food spoilage or food-borne illness. Bacteria that cause illness grow fastest at temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F, so keeping hot foods hot and cold foods chilled until serving helps keep food safe.

Wegmans and fightbac.org, a national partnership for food safety education, recommend these four safety steps as you prepare and serve food:

  • Clean: Bacteria can spread from hands, to cutting boards, to knives, countertops, dishes, and pots and pans. To keep that from happening, wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Make sure knives and cutting boards are cleaned with warm, soapy water each time after you use them to chop or cut a food. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water just before eating. Rub firm-skin produce such as melons (or scrub with clean brush) under running tap water.
  • Separate: Cross-contamination is how bacteria spread. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood and their juices or marinades away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook: Improper heating means bacteria can survive. Cook to the recommended temperature and check with an instant-read thermometer to know that harmful bacteria have been killed.
  • Chill: Chill leftovers within two hours in the refrigerator at 40 degrees or below. On a warm summer day, refrigerate leftovers even more quickly.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale
vice president of media relations

Source: Wegmans

Southeastern Grocers announces donation of all profits generated at its grocery stores on July 4 to Hope For The Warriors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie, announced that for the second consecutive year, all profits generated at its grocery stores on Monday, July 4, will be donated in support of veterans and service members.

This year, Southeastern Grocers has partnered with Hope For The Warriors. Hope for the Warriors is celebrating 10 years of service, and is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “This Independence Day, we continue to honor and give thanks to our military and their families for the sacrifices they make for our nation and the world. We fully recognize the selfless contributions of those who have, and continue to serve. This Fourth of July, we are once again donating every cent of every dollar of profit generated as just one way we can show our support.”

“Southeastern Grocers operates in states with some of the highest active-duty military populations in the United States. We are committed to the communities we serve and we believe we all have a responsibility to contribute to the lives of those who have sacrificed for the nation,” continued McLeod.

Simply by shopping at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie on Independence Day, customers will help support those who serve and sacrifice for our nation. The more customers shop, the more they donate.*

Other ways in which customers can support the cause include:

• By honoring a veteran or service member with a personal note displayed in-store on the Wall of Honor, which began on June 22.
• By donating generously during checkout now through Sunday, July 10.
• By proudly wearing the “I Donated” sticker that cashiers will hand out on July 4 to all customers to encourage friends and family to do the same.
• By liking, following and sharing BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllForHonor.
• By honoring a veteran or service member by posting a dedication on the All for Honor Facebook page, www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

Robin Kelleher, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors said, “Hope For The Warriors is humbled and very thankful to Southeastern Grocers for this incredible opportunity and support. Through this unique promotion, they are helping us reach thousands of patriotic Americans who truly understand the sacrifices of our veterans, service members and military families.”

Through the generous donations of customers and vendors, as well as all profits earned at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores on July 4, 2015, Southeastern Grocers’ inaugural Independence Day campaign raised more than $3 million for veterans and generated thousands of personal tributes to veterans and service members.

This year, Southeastern Grocers is proud to partner with Hope For The Warriors to generate funds, which will help the organization provide comprehensive support programs to those actively serving in the military, veterans, military families and caregivers throughout the country.

About Hope For The Warriors
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010.

For more information, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/, Facebook or Twitter.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are wellknown and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Joe Caldwell
Manager of Corporate Communications
(904) 318-7197 cell


Source:Southeastern Grocers

Whole Foods Market’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market customers, team members, supplier sponsors and online donors raised a combined $3.26 million to alleviate global poverty during the company’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation this spring.

Every dollar raised will go to support the foundation’s work to fund micro credit for poverty relief in communities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., where Whole Foods Market operates stores, as well as in 66 other countries where the company sources products. Microloans are small loans – usually less than $300 – with no contract or collateral, offered to the world’s poorest for the opportunity to create or expand a home-based business and generate income for their families.

“Thanks to shopper generosity, Whole Planet Foundation will be able to give an additional 94,100 people the chance to lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit and change their own lives,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation.

Whole Foods Market covers 100 percent of Whole Planet Foundation’s operating expenses to ensure that all donations benefit microcredit clients. Since 2006, the foundation has disbursed more than $53 million in microloans through microfinance partners worldwide. Those dollars have funded more than 1.4 million microloans, giving 7.8 million people across the globe a chance for a better life.

To learn more about Whole Planet Foundation and its commitment to global poverty alleviation, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath


Whole Foods Market's 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million
Whole Foods Market’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million


Source: Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market to open second Brooklyn location on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NY, New York, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Williamsburg (238 Bedford Ave.), the retailer’s second Brooklyn location, will be opening on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9AM. The opening date was revealed at Modern Farmer’s, “A Starry Night on the Farm,” event this past Saturday, June 25, which benefitted Farm Aid and featured Brooklyn-based Whole Foods Market vendor partners including Gotham Greens and chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo. Whole Foods Market also revealed two new and iconic New York partners, who will offer unique products in the Williamsburg store: Luke’s Lobster and Roberta’s.

Luke’s Lobster, known as a regional favorite for their sustainably sourced seafood shacks, will be parking their Luke’s Tail Cart for the first time at a retail location to sell traceable, sustainably-sourced lobster tails. The tails will be split, skewered and grilled, and served with classic lemon butter or a seasonal dipping sauce, for customers to enjoy on-the-go as part of the store’s soon-to-be-announced prepared foods offerings.

The Williamsburg store will also be a new home for Roberta’s array of baked goods and pastries, including a sunflower spelt loaf and their incredibly popular and delicious sticky buns. Roberta’s will be expanding its original partnership with Whole Foods Market, where they exclusively launched their first frozen pizza product at the opening of the retailer’s Gowanus, Brooklyn location in 2013.

“There are so many amazing local suppliers in Williamsburg,” said Elly Truesdell, local forager for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Both Luke’s Lobster and Roberta’s Pizza draw in visitors from the neighborhood and beyond, which is why we we’re so excited to partner with them in a special way just for this store.”

Whole Foods Market Williamsburg will be home to a bevy of local goods, with additional special collaborations being announced throughout July.

At more than 51,000 square feet Whole Foods Market Williamsburg will offer the local community an unrivaled selection of high-quality natural and organic foods. With one-of-a-kind and exclusive items slated to hit every department, customers are bound to find a unique shopping experience within the grocer’s new Brooklyn location.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels: Facebook – facebook.com/wholefoodsbrooklyn   — Twitter and Instagram @wfmbrooklyn


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104


Whole Foods Market to open second Brooklyn location on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Whole Foods Market to open second Brooklyn location on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Source: Whole Foods

Two new tools released to help retailers reduce out-of-stock levels

Arlington, VA, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two new tools to help retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers analyze and improve On Shelf Availability (OSA) have been created by a joint industry group.

On Shelf Availability is a key issue for the consumer products industry, as out-of-stocks remains at an 8 percent average rate, according to joint research by The Trading Partner Alliance (TPA), an industry affairs leadership group formed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The best practices guide addresses root causes – and potential solutions – of challenges across five retail functional domains: Store Execution, Ordering and Execution, Forecasting, Manufacturing, and Category Management and Merchandising.  It also identifies process owners to deal with these product availability issues throughout the supply chain.  The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

“These tools are critical to helping industry reach the goal of 98 percent On Shelf Availability,” said Daniel Triot, Senior Director of the TPA.  “All trading partners must be firmly engaged and implementing best practices most applicable to each trading partner relationship or category and measuring the impact. Our project team is seeking companies willing to implement these practices and build use cases to help get us there.”

The TPA began researching the out of stock problem in 2013 and released a joint study in 2015 that included a “One Supply Chain” Good-Better-Best maturity model with definitions and recommendations to address the identified gaps in metrics/data, process/practice, organization and technology.

The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability Guide can be accessed here.

The On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram can be accessed here.

Past TPA Research on On Shelf Availability can be accessed here.

For questions relating to this research or On Shelf Availability overall, please contact the TPA at osateam@gmaonline.org.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


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SM Investments Corporation won awards from Hong Kong-based magazine Corporate Governance Asia

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) and its subsidiaries won awards from Hong Kong-based publication Corporate Governance Asia during the 6th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2016 organized by the magazine.

SM and its subsidiaries SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), BDO Unibank, Inc. and China Banking Corporation (China Bank) were chosen as awardees from the Philippines.

SM, SM Prime, BDO and China Bank were awarded Best Investor Relations Companies.  BDO Unibank Chaiperson Teresita T. Sy-Coson, SM Prime President Hans T. Sy, BDO President and Chief Executive Officer Nestor V. Tan and China Bank President and CEO Ricardo R. Chua were recipients of the Asia’s Best CEO awards.

Awards for Best CFO were given to Jose T.Sio, EVP and CFO of SM; Jeffrey Lim, EVP for SM Prime; Pedro M. Florescio III, BDO  EVP and Treasurer. Cited as Best IR Professionals were Corazon P. Guidote, Senior Vice President for Investor Relations at SM; Luis S. Reyes Jr., Senior Vice President for Investor Relations and Corporate Planning; and Alexander C. Escucha, Senior Vice President and Head of Investor and Corporate Relations.

The 6th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards recognize excellence in investor communications, business ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental practices and financial performance. Recognition was given based on data that was submitted by companies and investors.

The awards highlighted the outstanding achievements of Chief Executive Officers or CEOs and Chief Finance Officers or CFOs in investor relations in both publicly-listed companies and in privately-owned entities, including state-owned and government-controlled enterprises in Asia.

“On behalf of SM Investments, we would like to thank Corporate Governance Asia for this recognition. This inspires us to work harder to address the needs of retail and institutional investors aligned with global corporate governance standards and a dynamic global landscape,” SM Senior Vice President for Investor Relations Corazon P. Guidote said.

The multiple awards given were the following:

SM Investments Corporation

Best Investor Relations Company (Philippines)

Asia’s Best CFO (Investor Relations)
Jose T. Sio, Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer

Best CSR

Best Investor Relations Professional (Philippines)
Corazon Guidote, SVP for Investor Relations

SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Best Investor Relations Company (Philippines)

Asia’s Best CEO (Investor Relations)
Hans T. Sy, President

Asia’ Best CFO (Investor Relations)
Jeffrey Lim, Executive Vice President

BDO Unibank, Inc.

Best Investor Relations Company (Philippines)

Asia’s Best CEO (Investor Relations)
Teresita T. Sy-Coson, Chairperson
Nestor V. Tan, President and CEO
Best CFO (Investor Relations)
Pedro Florescio III, EVP and Treasurer

Best Environmental Responsibility

Best Investor Relations Professional (Philippines)
Luis Reyes, Jr., SVP for Investor Relations and Corporate Planning

China Banking Corporation

Best Investor Relations Company (Philippines)

Asia’s Best CEO (Investor Relations)
Ricardo R. Chua, President and CEO
Best Investor Relations Professional (Philippines)
Alexander C. Escucha, SVP for Investor and Corporate Relations

Corporate Governance Asia is now read by 14,000 of the most important companies in Asia and provides incisive editorial content with extensive coverage on the latest and current developments, legislation’s, case studies and various analyses relating to corporate governance practices in Asia.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117


SM Investments Corporation won awards from Hong Kong-based magazine Corporate Governance Asia

SM Investments Corporation won awards from Hong Kong-based magazine Corporate Governance Asia


Source: SM

Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — For most students, a field trip to the Galápagos Islands, Antarctica or Machu Picchu isn’t likely to happen. With virtual reality, though, the classroom can be the starting point for exploration of the world’s wonders

In addition to immersive gaming experiences, VR technology enables people to watch surgeries and scale mountains. Now, Best Buy Education, a division of Best Buy that helps schools with technology needs, and Google for Education are teaming up. They’re offering kits to make VR easy in the classroom. The goal is to ensure that students will be able to use the technology to learn about the world around them – without ever having to leave school.

The companies announced the partnership on Monday during the 2016 International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) conference in Denver.

Google Expedition Kits, powered by Best Buy Education, help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips. Students can explore cities, coral reefs, landmarks, museums — and even space. They’ll get a first-person view of culture, science and history.

These custom-built virtual reality kits have out-of-the-box-ready devices, including tablets and virtual reality Mattel View-Masters, that bring Expeditions experiences to life. Expeditions can already be used with smartphones through Google Cardboard or tablets in 2D full-screen mode. But now, Best Buy Education will make these kits available to schools for bulk purchase and assisting the technology set-up process with Geek Squad services support.

This is the kind of work we’ve been bringing to schools for years. Best Buy Education helps connect schools with the latest hardware and software technologies and support to ensure that students are enhancing their digital literacy, while preparing themselves for higher education or career opportunities.

For more information, visit Best Buy Education.

You can stay on top of the latest and greatest technology by visiting our Top New Tech page on BestBuy.com.

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Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

Google Expedition Kits powered by Best Buy Education help teachers lead students on more than 200 different educational trips

Source: Best Buy

Major Marine Tours to use NCR Silver, the tablet point-of-sale (POS) system from NCR Small Business

Alaska tour company uses mobile POS system in two offices and on seven vessels

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Guests on Major Marine Tours’ wildlife cruises now have an easy way to pay for onboard snacks and drinks thanks to NCR Silver, the tablet point-of-sale (POS) system from NCR Small Business.

Each day, employees of the Alaska-based company use NCR Silver to efficiently process hundreds of concession sales during its glacier and wildlife tours.

Operating in remote areas like Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula, the Major Marine Tour team stays up and running using NCR Silver, processing payments even when offline. Before adopting NCR Silver, the company manually processed payments using credit card slides, which caused long lines at check out and ultimately decreased sales.

Additionally, NCR Silver’s 24/7 US-based customer care team provides the company’s operators, in the offices and on the boats, with peace of mind.

“I’m really thankful for the availability of customer support,” said Adam Gottschalk, office manager at Major Marine Tours. “Operating a business in the Alaska time zone can be tricky, and it’s great knowing we can receive help whenever we need it.”

The solution is ideal for small businesses that don’t always have a reliable internet connection.

“NCR Silver makes businesses run better, even in the most isolated locations,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager, NCR Small Business. “Through our functional, easy-to-use platform, we support organizations of varying sizes, from mom and pop locations to multi-unit franchises.”

To learn more about NCR Silver’s features, visit www.ncrsilver.com, or call 1-877-630-9711. NCR Small Business provides live, 24/7 U.S.-based customer support for NCR Silver users. NCR Silver mobile POS runs in the cloud, uses consumer-friendly technology, works on Apple® devices running the latest iOS, and offers a POS solution catered to franchises as well.

About NCR Corporation

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

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

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

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iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

News Media Contacts:

Jackie Parker
Arketi Group
404.929.0091, ext. 220

Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770 299 5100

Source: NCR

Barnes & Noble announces the return of Get Pop-Cultured campaign

New York, NY, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com/getpop-cultured), a month-long celebration of pop culture with special events customers won’t want to miss, is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Running from July 6 through August 7, this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign continues the popular tradition with unique special events, author appearances, exclusive content, special offers and giveaways that the whole family can enjoy.

Barnes & Noble first launched the Get Pop-Cultured campaign back in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. It was such a hit with fans of all ages and interests that Barnes & Noble established the month-long celebration of pop culture as an annual tradition.This year’s lineup features some of the biggest media properties and names in pop culture today, including Finding Dory, Star Wars, Pokémon, tokidoki, Manga, DC Comics, Marvel, Comic Convention Collectibles and Harry Potter. In addition, throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Chris Colfer, Pen Jillette, Oli White and Issa Rae, plus more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:
Below are the highlights from this year’s lineup, with more details to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Finding Dory: Friday, July 8, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble invites customers to dive into the excitement as stores nationwide celebrate family and all things Dory. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt, as well as other activities and giveaways.

Star Wars: Friday, July 15, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble is calling fans of all ages who love Wookiees, Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights to participate in special offers, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a special learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing™ Game event.

Pokémon: Saturday, July 16, at 4PM
Customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store at 4PM to learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer, and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon at stores nationwide.

Introducing tokidoki Back-To-School and Stationery Product Lines, Available Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Starting July 16
On July 16, Barnes & Noble will launch the never-before-seen tokidoki back-to-school and stationery product lines, which will be sold exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide through Summer 2016. An innovative line of apparel, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. All Barnes & Noble stores will feature a table with tokidoki stationery, coloring products and back-to-school items, including a backpack, messenger bag, duffle bag, keyring, coloring book, sketchbook, notebook, pencil case, and much more. To celebrate the arrival of tokidoki, Barnes & Noble will be giving away free limited edition character trading cards and buttons in stores nationwide on July 16, while supplies last.

Manga: Saturday, July 16, at 7PM
Fans of Manga can come to Barnes & Noble and enjoy drawing and coloring activities from renowned Manga artist Camilla d’Errico, in addition to other activities, cosplay and giveaways. Plus, they can receive a special offer on all Manga from July 6 through July 19, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting July 21
The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

DC Comics: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM
Barnes & Noble customers can be the first to get a free Suicide Squad Special Edition #1comic and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party: Saturday, July 30, at 8PM
Harry Potter fans are invited to Countdown to Midnight and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. They are also invited to share their favorite memories of Harry Potter on Barnes & Noble’s special Muggle Wall, as well as participate in other activities and giveaways. Plus, fans can enter for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry PotterLimited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. They can ask a bookseller for complete details and official rules.

On July 31, fans are invited back to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two all day with special events and activities, and to share perspectives on the new book.

Marvel: Saturday, August 6, at 7PM
Customers can come to Barnes & Noble and explore the Marvel Universe plus get exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. They can also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay, special offers and more. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 25 through August 7, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Customers should stay tuned for upcoming Get Pop-Cultured announcements and visit their local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com/getpop-cultured for more information.  They are encouraged to post pictures of themselves having fun at Get Pop-Cultured events to their social media channels using the hashtag, #GetPopCultured.

*Two (2) Winners from each store will be chosen at random on or about July 31 at 12:00AM to receive a set of seven (7) Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints (ARV $140.00).  No Purchase necessary to enter or win.  Must be 13 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  See a Bookseller for complete details and Official Rules.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alan McNamara
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble

Dunkin’ Donuts: The new Cold Brew coffee now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets

Cold Brew coffee is now on the menu at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Metro New York and Los Angeles; available nationwide later this summer

The ultra-smooth, full-bodied Cold Brew coffee will be brewed daily in small batches

CANTON, MA 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding its menu by crafting an exciting new choice for those who prefer their coffee cold, today announcing that Cold Brew coffee is now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets. The rich, ultra-smooth, full-bodied Cold Brew coffee, crafted by hand in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in small batches and served each day while supplies last, will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country later this summer.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew coffee is prepared by steeping a special blend of coffee in cold water over an extended period of time to extract a uniquely distinctive flavor from the beans. Cold Brew coffee’s ultra-smooth and naturally sweet flavor profile lends itself to being enjoyed black, but is customizable based on guest preference. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew coffee is available in small, medium and large cup sizes.

According to The NPD Group / CREST®, Dunkin’ Donuts is the number one retailer in the iced coffee category in the United States. “As the country’s leader in cold coffee, we are constantly exploring new options, inspired by market trends and guest and crew feedback, in order to provide our busy, on-the-go guests with even more options any time of day,” said Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President, Dunkin’ Donuts Brand Marketing, Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation. “Our new Cold Brew coffee is made daily in small batches and the longer brewing process extracts the flavors differently than our famous iced coffee, providing our guests a rich, smooth coffee with an inherently sweeter flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate.”

The introduction of Cold Brew coffee is the latest in a series of extensions to the brand’s coffee offerings. Last fall, Dunkin’ Donuts introduced the Macchiato to its line of espresso-based beverages. In May, the brand also added new Heath and Almond Joy iced coffees for a limited time, giving guests the chance to enjoy the flavors of their favorite candy bars in their iced coffee throughout summer.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies.

For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.


Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com


Dunkin’ Donuts: The new Cold Brew coffee now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets

Dunkin’ Donuts: The new Cold Brew coffee now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets


Source: Dunkin Donuts

USDA’s FSIS: take extra food safety precautions when planning your menu on the Fourth of July

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth of July, you will probably see lots of food, beverages and grass-stained sneakers. Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue in the great outdoors, traveling to see family or friends, or spending time at home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging everyone to take extra food safety precautions when planning their menu.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Americans (that’s 48 million people) suffer from foodborne illness each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

“Because foodborne bacteria thrive and multiply more quickly in warmer temperatures, foodborne illness can spike during summer,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “This is likely because people are spending more time outside – away from the sink and equipment in the kitchen that help consumers keep food safe.”

The Danger Zone is the temperature range between 40 °F and 140 °F in which foodborne bacteria can grow rapidly to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Leaving perishables out too long in the Danger Zone is one of the most common mistakes people make, especially during warmer months.

Keep Food Out of the Danger Zone

The USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, staffed by USDA food safety experts, routinely gets calls from consumers with questions about the perishable foods left out too long. Below are their recommendations on how to steer clear of the Danger Zone this Fourth of July:

  • Without refrigeration or a heat source, perishables should not be left out more than two hours if the temperature is at or below 90 ⁰F, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90 ⁰F. Since the weather will likely be very hot on July 4th, food should be returned to the cooler within an hour. If you are not sure how long food has been sitting out, throw it out immediately.
  • Always keep cold food COLD, at or below 40 °F, in coolers or in containers with a cold source such as ice or frozen gel packs. Keep hot food HOT, at or above 140 °F, on the grill or in insulated containers, heated chafing dishes, warming trays and/or slow cookers. If food needs to be reheated, reheat it to 165 °F.
  • Pack an appliance thermometer in your cooler to ensure food stays at or below 40 °F. Divide large amounts of food into shallow containers for fast chilling and easier use.
  • Packing drinks in a separate cooler is strongly recommended, so the food cooler isn’t opened frequently.  Keep the cooler in the shade, and try to cover it with a blanket or tarp to keep it cool. Replenish the ice if it melts.
  • Use the food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat, poultry and seafood. Use our Is It Done Yet? guide to learn where to place the thermometer in each item. You absolutely cannot tell whether the meat is safely cooked by just looking.
  • If you plan to marinate meat and/or poultry for several hours or overnight prior to the event, make sure to marinate them in the refrigerator – not on the counter. If you plan to reuse the marinade from raw meat or poultry, make sure to boil it first to destroy any harmful bacteria.
  • To ensure safety, leftovers must be put in shallow containers for quick cooling and refrigerated to 40 ⁰F or below within two hours.

If you have food storage questions, download our FoodKeeper application. This app offers guidance on the safe storage or more than 400 food and beverage items. It’ll give you a peace of mind knowing you served your dish safely.

As always, FSIS would like everyone to remember the four easy food safety steps of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill and have a food safe Fourth of July!

If you have questions about the Danger Zone, or any other food safety topics, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888MPHotline or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov. These services are available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.


Food Safety Education Staff
Press Inquiries (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods recalls 2,444 pounds of poultry products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens – USDA’s FSIS

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, Inc., a Vallejo, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,444 pounds of poultry products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, wheat, and fish (anchovies), known allergens which are not declared on the product label. Additionally, the Caesar Salad products usually have the statement “May Contain Traces of Shellfish.” This statement is missing on the recalled products.

The chicken Caesar Salad items were produced on June 22, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels]

  • 9-OZ. Plastic clamshell with clear lid containers of “TRADER GIOTTO’S CAESAR SALAD WITH CHICKEN BREAST” bearing plant number P-17156 and “USE BY 06/28” on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-17156” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington state.

The company notified FSIS of the mislabeling on June 25, 2016, after the company received notice of the issue from a customer. The salads have the correct label on the top of the package, but exhibit an incorrect back label for “Trader Joe’s Chicken & Roast Beet Salad.” [See labels.]

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

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

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

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Mike Ghiringhelli, Jr., General Manager, at (707) 561-7670 ext. 105.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.


Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin A. Bell
(202) 720-9113


Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods recalls 2,444 pounds of poultry products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens - USDA's FSIS

Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods recalls 2,444 pounds of poultry products due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens – USDA’s FSIS


Source: USDA

BURGER KING, CHEETOS® brand to introduce new Mac n’ Cheetos™

New Mac n’ Cheetos™ Mashup Features CHEETOS® Crispiness Outside, Creamy Mac n’ Cheese Inside

MIAMI , 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — BURGER KING® restaurants and the CHEETOS® brand have collaborated for the first time to introduce new Mac n’ Cheetos™, making for a very cheesy summer. The new snack mashup is a portable combination of creamy mac n’ cheese covered with crispy CHEETOS® flavor. Mac n’ Cheetos™ are a tasty reimagination of classic mac n’ cheese that the CHEETOS® brand and BURGER KING® restaurants boldly dare to offer, starting June 27 for a limited time at participating restaurants.

For anyone who ever wished they could eat warm mac n’ cheese like they do a bag of chips, Mac n’ Cheetos™ make the previously unthinkable a reality. Now with this cheesy treat, everyone can snack on-the-go whether en route to the beach or during a summer road trip.

“Mac n’ Cheetos™ are a doubly cheesy combination of warm mac n’ cheese covered with that crispy CHEETOS® flavor everyone loves,” said Axel Schwan, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, for the BURGER KING® brand. “No one understands snacking better than CHEETOS®, and our expertise at BURGER KING® restaurants’ is serving guests on the go, so it just made sense that we come together to reinvent this favorite food like it’s never been done before.”

“Mac n’ Cheetos™ is a Dangerously Cheesy re-imagination of mac n’ cheese,” said Roberto Rios, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Foodservice. “The BURGER KING® brand was the perfect partner to bring this delicious and portable snack to life for lovers of cheese all around and our fans.”

Mac n’ Cheetos™ come in an order of five pieces at the recommended price of $2.49 and will be available for a limited time at participating BURGER KING® restaurants.

About the BURGER KING® Brand
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than 14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Cheetos
CHEETOS® is one of many Frito-Lay brands in North America – the $14 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay. Learn more about Cheetos by visitingwww.facebook.com/Cheetos.


Brooke Scher Mogan


Kimberly Scott

New Mac n’ Cheetos™ Mashup Features CHEETOS® Crispiness Outside, Creamy Mac n’ Cheese Inside

Source: Burger King

Walmart Canada: Lee Tappenden appointed President and CEO; Bob Hakeem as COO

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the appointment of Lee Tappenden, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, effective August 15. Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.

After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Operations, Tappenden also served as Chief Merchandising Officer. He sits on the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America. Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” said David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that’s one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader,” he said.

“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at Walmart Canada over the past six years,” said Tappenden. “Together, we have seen significant growth of our business, including a focus on fresh food and investments in eCommerce. I look forward to leading the team as we embark on an exciting time for our business and for our customers,” he said.

With today’s announcement, Bob Hakeem, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as Senior Vice President for the Walmart Canada People Division, Hakeem was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2012. He has played an important role in developing talent and bench strength in the organization, while also helping guide the business through the introduction of Supercentres and other major changes in the market. Hakeem brings to the role more than 25 years of business experience and is an executive board member for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

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

Media Contact:

Anika Malik,
Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada

Sobeys Inc. announces the appointment of Lyne Castonguay as Chief Merchandising Officer

STELLARTON, NS, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ms. Castonguay will oversee all aspects of Sobeys go-to-market strategy, with responsibility for category management, marketing, data insights, research, procurement, private label and merchandising as well as the company’s digital strategy.

For the past 14 years Ms. Castonguay has held progressively senior positions with The Home Depot both in Canada and, for the past 12 years, the United States, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Home Services. Prior to The Home Depot Ms. Castonguay worked for General Electric in Canada where she held numerous roles including General Manager for the Canadian lighting business. She has experience in both retailing and manufacturing in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

“Lyne is a passionate and successful retailer who brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record for growing the businesses she has led,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. “I am delighted she is returning to Canada to take on this extremely important role for our organization.”

“Lyne is a passionate and successful retailer who brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record for growing the businesses she has led,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. “I am delighted she is returning to Canada to take on this extremely important role for our organization.”

Ms. Castonguay will be based at Sobeys office in Mississauga, ON.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians since 1907. A whollyowned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Source: Sobeys

Ingles Markets, Incorporated declares cash dividend on both Class A and Class B Common Stock

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.165 (sixteen and one-half cents) per share on all its Class A Common Stock and $0.15 (fifteen cents) per share on all its Class B Common Stock. This is an annual rate of $0.66 and $0.60 per share, respectively. Dividends on both the Class A and Class B Common Stock are payable July 14, 2016, to all shareholders of record on July 7, 2016.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Source: Ingles

CBRE announces the appointment of Chandra Dhandapani as its Chief Digital & Technology Officer

Longtime Capital One Financial Corporation Executive to Lead CBRE’s Technology and Digital Enablement

Los Angeles, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Chandra Dhandapani has been named the company’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer.  Ms. Dhandapani, a longtime technology executive at Capital One Financial Corporation, will join CBRE in mid-July, and will be the company’s most senior technology leader, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s technology and digital enablement activities, including those serving clients and CBRE professionals.

“We are excited to add an executive of Chandra’s experience and capability to our senior leadership team,” said Chris Kirk, CBRE’s Chief Administrative Officer.  “She has a proven record of developing and executing enterprise-level digital strategies that support business objectives, improve client outcomes and drive growth.  We are looking forward to her contributions to CBRE.”

Ms. Dhandapani has been a senior technology executive at Capital One Financial for 17 years.  Most recently, she served as Digital Transformation Leader and Chief Information Officer of the bank’s Financial Services division, comprised of Capital One’s Auto Finance, Mortgage, Home Equity and Home Loans Servicing businesses. In this capacity, she implemented industry-leading technology solutions that provided desktop, online and mobile capabilities to customers and internal staff.

Ms. Dhandapani earned a BS in mathematics and an MBA in marketing and finance, from IRMA in India, and an MBA in information systems from the University of Texas at Arlington.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.


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

Source: CBRE

Topaz recognised as one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe for the fourth time

One of only three Irish companies to be recognised
DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, the country’s largest fuel and convenience retailer has been recognised as one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe for the fourth time.

The company emerged in 9th position when the Best Large Workplaces in Europe were announced at a black tie event attended by over 400 people in the RDS in Dublin. It’s the first time Topaz, which was acquired by the Couche-Tarde Group late last year, has made it into the top ten. Topaz was one of only three Irish companies to be recognised in the Large Workplace category.

In February the company was recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland for the 11th time and presented with a Laureate in recognition of ten years consistent ranking in Ireland’s annual Best Workplaces list.

Ruth Mellett Director of Human Resources at Topaz said it was a fantastic achievement for Topaz to be recognised on the European stage.

“Achieving a top ten position is huge for us especially following on from the award in February. The quality of the companies we were up against in sectors like financial services, information technology, telecommunications as well as retail was of an extremely high standard. Just as in Ireland, we are the only fuel and convenience retailer on this European wide list, so that makes it hugely satisfying and reinforces our position as an industry leader” she said.

“This is a very exciting time for the company, following on from our acquisition of Esso’s Irish business and then becoming part of the Couche-Tard family. Our aim at all times is to enhance the customer experience and our success in that regard is due to the professionalism and dedication of our employees. We would like to thank each and every one of them – all 2,000 – for helping to make Topaz such a great place to work” Mellett concluded.

Best Workplaces sets out to recognise the finest employers and therefore the most satisfied workforces in Europe. It is the largest employment survey of its type.


Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Dublin 4.

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320


Topaz recognised as one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe for the fourth time
Topaz recognised as one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe for the fourth time

Source: Topaz

LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kuala Lumpur: LuLu Group further consolidate its retail presence in the Far East by opening the first LuLu Mall with hypermarket in Malaysia. The 250,000 sq. ft. hypermarket was inaugurated by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak in the presence of Dato Sri Dr. Ahmed Zahid Hamidi, Dy. Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. officials, Ambassadors of UAE and the High Commission of India, and other dignitaries.

The group had recently announced its plans to invest US$ 300 million RM 1.3 billion as part of its expansion and intends to set up 10 hypermarkets in the next 5 years in the country.

The new hypermarket is ideally located in the CapSqaure, Jalan Munshi area of Kuala Lumpur, and is expected to be one of its kind in the country and will attract a large segment of population from all walks of life with its attractive product offers and range. The new hypermarket is spread in 3 levels and combines everything from grocery and supermarkets products to fashion, household and latest electronics and gadgets. Hot food from around the world, fresh seafood and locally grown produce are some of the key highlights in the supermarket area.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Prime Minister Najeeb Razak said “We are very pleased to welcome LuLu brand to Malaysia as this will pave way for more international brands to come and invest in Malaysia. I am also hopeful that LuLu will surely open many more hypermarkets and malls not only in Kuala Lumpur, but also in other parts of Malaysia.”

“With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarkets by end of 2021 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Malaysia. These projects are likely to generate more than 5,000 job opportunities for Malaysians,” said Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman, LuLu Group, while commenting about the first LuLu Hypermarket in the country. “We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high quality products and to support the Malaysian agriculture sector,” he added.

“Today the whole world knows about Malaysia’s economic stability, investor friendly approach, liberalized policies and world-class infrastructure and we are confident about our success here and our hypermarkets encompass both supermarket and department store formats and we intend to bring a whole new world of shopping to the residents of Malaysia.” He added that other hypermarkets would be opening in Kota Baru Kelantan, Shah Alam Selangor, Johar Baru, Bangi, Ipoh Perak, Malacca, Penang and Kuala Terengganu.

Apart from the 10 hypermarkets which are already planned, Yusuff Ali also announced the group’s plan to invest another US$ 500 million in setting up the largest shopping mall in Malaysia.

During his official visit to UAE in 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Najeeb Razak had visited LuLu Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi and expressed keen desire to have LuLu in Malaysia. He was especially impressed by the high standards of operations, quality of products & service, and also the wide variety of products available in LuLu.


LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia

LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia


Source: Lulu Group