RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust to release its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 on Friday, July 29, 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today announced that it is scheduled to release its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 prior to the market open on Friday, July 29, 2016.

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. You will be required to identify yourself and the organization on whose behalf you are participating.

In order to participate, please dial 416-340-2218 or 1-866-223-7781. If you cannot participate in the live mode, a replay will be available until August 26, 2016. To access the replay, please dial 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053 and enter passcode 1111250#.

Scheduled speakers include Edward Sonshine, O.Ont., Q.C., Chief Executive Officer, Rags Davloor, President and Chief Operating Officer and Cynthia Devine, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Management’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. To ask a question, press “star 1” on a touch-tone phone. The conference call operator will be notified of all requests in the order in which they are made, and will introduce each questioner.

Alternatively, to access the simultaneous webcast, go to the following link on RioCan’s website: http://investor.riocan.com/investor-relations/events-and-presentations/events/default.aspx and click on the link for the webcast. The webcast will be archived 24 hours after the end of the conference call and can be accessed for 120 days.

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

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

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

Source: Rio Can

Walmart Canada announces the appointment of Lee Tappenden as President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jul-02 — /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
anika.malik@walmart.com,
416.562.8193
Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada

Tops Friendly Markets in Grand Island, N.Y. store manager named finalist for the 2016 Food Marketing Institute’s Store Manager of the Year

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y , 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Patty Bianco, store manager of Tops Friendly Markets in Grand Island, N.Y., has been named a finalist for the 2016 Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Store Manager of the Year.

Bianco is one of just ten finalists for the award among 85 nominations made this year. She is also one of three finalists for the award in her category of U.S.-based grocers with 50-199 stores.

After managers are nominated, they are scored by a panel at FMI based on their ability to generate sales growth, provide exceptional customer service and community relations, execute in-store innovation and demonstrate team leadership.

“Patty not only leads a successful store, but she places a high emphasis on the professional development of her team,” said John Persons, Tops’ president and chief operating officer. “In 2015 alone, ten associates were promoted to management positions and were recognized by the company for their performance. She is the definition of what a manager should be.”

Bianco, herself a native of Grand Island, has managed this store since 2006. She has been with Tops for 36 years, starting as a bakery clerk and then rising through the store management ranks.

FMI noted that her nomination stated, “Patty Bianco’s store is practically a pipeline for strong managers to other stores in her company.”

Aside from the day-to-day store management responsibilities, Bianco plays a key role in Tops’ internal training program. She has previously been recognized as the top trainer and people developer for the company.

Under Bianco’s leadership, the Grand Island store team is active in the local community. She and her team deliver groceries to two nursing homes on a regular basis, offer curbside service to customers with various needs and sponsor a sports league where special needs children can play baseball. In addition, the Tops in Grand Island sponsors the Grand Island Citizen of the Year Award, the annual Lion’s Club spaghetti dinner, Johnny Appleseed Day at local schools and a safe Post-Prom Night for high school students.

FMI will announce the winners of the award on this week during its annual FMI Connect event in Chicago. Winners will receive $1,000 and a crystal award.

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’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.

Contact:

1-800-522-2522

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, June 27, 2016, on Nicholasville Road and West Reynolds Roadat the Fayette Mall.  The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our third restaurant in the state of Kentucky,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “The new Lexington restaurant joins our two other successful Kentucky restaurants in Louisville at the Oxmoor Center and in Florence at the Florence Mall.  With seven restaurants opened year to date, we continue to remain on track to open a total of 18 to 19 new locations this year.  We look forward to opening our next four restaurants in the month of August in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Teterboro, New Jersey and Cleveland, Ohio.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 177 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona,Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact:
Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400
JCIR at (212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

Source: BJ’s

Teavana introduces Beach Bellini herbal tea

Seattle, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest herbal tea from Teavana was inspired by a popular cocktail that originated in Venice, Italy.

Starting today (June 27), Beach Bellini herbal tea will be available at Teavana specialty retail stores across the U.S. and Canada as well as Teavana.com. It’s a blend of papaya, pineapple, mango, golden berry, tangerine, and pink rose buds and petals.

“The Beach Bellini tea has a peachy flavor similar to a Bellini cocktail,” said Jason Adams, category manager for Teavana. “A Bellini cocktail is a mixture of prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar. Anyone who likes iced tea and is looking for refreshment will love this tea. It’s perfect for warm summer days and nights.”

Beach Bellini can be served alone or blended with other Teavana® teas. It pairs well with Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea and Mango Black Flavored Black Tea.

While cocktails can provide inspiration for tea flavors like Beach Bellini, tea can also serve as an ideal ingredient in alcoholic beverages.Teavana worked with Jane Danger, a New York City mixologist and beverage director at Cienfuegos and Mother of Pearl, to create tea cocktails perfect for summer entertaining.

“It’s fun to use tea to spice up spirits like a clean rum or vodka because it gives them dimension,” said Danger. “Tea is very versatile. You can infuse a gin with tea or make syrup out of it. It’s the perfect setting for cocktails.”

When serving cocktails with food, Danger recommends pairing fruitier cocktails with meat dishes. “In general, the more acidic cocktails go with heavier foods and the lighter ones go with desserts,” she said.

Danger and Teavana developed the following recipes to serve when dining at home.

Media contact:

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

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Teavana introduces Beach Bellini herbal tea
Teavana introduces Beach Bellini herbal tea

 

Source: Starbucks

Carrefour France awarded MSC Sustainable fishing and ASC Responsible aquaculture certification

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour France has been awarded MSC Sustainable fishing and ASC Responsible aquaculture certification, a first in France. Around thirty hypermarkets in the Paris region are now selling an extended selection of certified fish in the seafood section.

In what way is Carrefour’s product selection more sustainable?
With this certification, Carrefour can now sell sustainably fished MSC-certified (Marine Stewardship Council) cod in its seafood section, as well as ASC-certified (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) fresh salmon that is the result of responsible aquaculture practices.

Carrefour does more than simply meet the requirements for certification: it also guarantees that this salmon has been fed without GMOs and reared without antibiotics.

These two types of fish are consumed more than any other types in France. They sit alongside the 50 other MSC-certified products already on sale at Carrefour stores in its self-service, frozen and grocery sections. This range of certified species looks set to be expanded in the next few months. Special signage has been set up in stores featuring information designed to raise customers’ awareness of issues to do with sustainable fishing.

The example of certified sole: supporting local fishing while at the same time preserving a species under threat
The seafood section will also be getting another certified product: sole, a fish that is highly appreciated by customers. This is the culmination of a programme that has involved Carrefour supporting the fisheries of netters belonging to the Boulogne-sur-Mer FROM Nord producers’ organisation in Cherbourg in its MSC-certification, awarded in April 2016. Carrefour is also strengthening its roots in the local community and its relationships with local businesses, which supply the company on a daily basis.

The requirements of the MSC and ASC certifications
For it to be able to sell fish bearing the MSC or ASC labels, Carrefour has demonstrated that it is able to meet the requirements of the “Chain of Custody” reference framework. This provides customers with guarantees in relation to the sustainable origins of seafood products, and the responsible way in which they have been farmed.

MSC Sustainable fishing certification for seafood products guarantees that:
•     the fish bearing this label have been purchased from MSC-certified suppliers and are from properly-managed fish farms which ensure that appropriate numbers of the species are preserved, together with the associated marine ecosystems,
•     MSC-labelled seafood products can be traced from the ocean to the market stall,
•     throughout the supply chain, they are kept separate from other products and are methodically managed in order to guarantee customers that they come from an MSC-certified sustainable fishery.

ASC responsible aquaculture certification on products guarantees that:
•     the fish are reared such that their well-being is ensured
•     the fish-farming practices do not threaten the marine ecosystem in which they are carried out
•     the fish farm is managed effectively and usefully in order to ensure its long-term sustainability

Encouraging responsible consumption of seafood products
This new selection of products in the seafood section is in line with Carrefour’s policy of preserving marine biodiversity
with the withdrawal from sale of species under threat (emperor, black scabbard, shark, for example), the provision of support for local sustainable and the tackling of illegal fishing. The aim is to ensure that half of all fish purchased in Carrefour stores are farmed using sustainable fishing methods by 2020.

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

Source: Carrefour

Tesco strengthens its relationships with its suppliers with new Fair For Farmers Guarantee on all of its fresh milk

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today unveiled a new Fair For Farmers Guarantee on all of its fresh milk, as it continues to build transparent, long-term relationships with its suppliers.

The Fair For Farmers Guarantee explains how every pint of milk sold at Tesco is 100% British and provides customers with information on the fair price Tesco pays to all of its dairy farmers.

Tesco sources all of its fresh milk from the 600 British farmers who make up the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG). The Group was founded by Tesco in 2007 to ensure farmers benefit from a price which is above the cost of production.

Matt Simister, Commercial Director for Fresh Food at Tesco, said:

“Since we founded the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) in 2007, we’ve been working in partnership with our farmers to ensure they have a sustainable long term future.

“When customers buy our milk they want to know our farmers are fairly treated and their cows are well cared for, so we’ve introduced the Fair For Farmers Guarantee on all our milk to give them peace of mind that they’re supporting British farmers with every pint of milk they buy. “

While prices may fluctuate in shops, Tesco pays farmers a price above the cost of production, set for three months at a time, ensuring they have a stable income, no matter what happens in the market. Since November 2007, in total Tesco has paid £240m over market prices to its milk farmers*.

TSDG Dairy farmer and Committee Chairman James Stephen said:

“As a lifelong dairy farmer I’ve seen first-hand how important the stability and support from the retail industry is to help us plan for the future. For over eight years I have worked with Tesco, who continue to pay British dairy farmers above the cost of production price for our milk,  so that we can focus on the things that matter most- caring for our cows and producing high quality milk. The Fair For Farmers Guarantee stamp is a simple way for customers to know that when they buy fresh milk from Tesco, they are helping to foster a better future for hundreds of British farmers.”

The Fair For Farmers Guarantee:

Every farmer is paid fairly for every pint of milk:

  • Tesco dairy farmers get a fair deal, with a price above the cost of production for their fresh milk, so even if we drop the price of milk for customers, our farmers get paid the same.

Every pint is 100% British:

  • We work with dairy farmers from across England, Scotland and Wales.

Every cow is well cared for:

  • We have some of the best and award winning farmers across the country, whose priority is the health and well-being of their cows. Shoppers can be confident that our milk is produced to high standards and with the very best care and attention.

All Tesco dairy farmers receiving the Guarantee must adhere to the nationally recognized Red Tractor assurance scheme, as well as additional Tesco welfare standards on cow health and welfare.

Notes to editors

*£240 million is calculated by taking the total amount we’ve paid to our farmers compared to the AHDB average market price per litre each month (whether higher or lower), multiplied by the number of litres we purchased that month.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on:
01707 918 701
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

Source: Tesco

IKEA installs three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc.

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has installed three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.

“Installing EV charging stations at IKEA Las Vegas reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said store manager Amy Jensen. “Being a sustainable retailer includes a focus on the sustainable transport of people and empowering our customers to live sustainably too. So, accommodating the needs of EV drivers meets both goals.”

To charge an EV at IKEA Las Vegas, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app, “www.BlinkCode.com”, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member, which is free and typically provides discounted charging fees at Blink EV charging stations. More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and becoming a Blink Member is available at “blinknetwork.com”.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, 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. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

Located on 26 acres along the northern side of the 215 Beltway at S. Durango Drive, near Sunset Road in Clark County, the 351,000-square-foot IKEA Las Vegas opened May 18, 2016, and employs approximately 300 coworkers. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, this IKEA store presents 43 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. Also, IKEA installed Nevada’s largest single-use commercial rooftop solar array on the store. The store also is the second U.S. IKEA store to open with only LED lighting for sale, and for use inside and outside the building.

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:
Laiyla Bass
702) 396-4462, x 1336

Source: IKEA

Sigma presents at the Australia/China Complementary Health Expo in Melbourne

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sigma is sharing e-commerce expertise with delegates and visitors at the Australia/China Complementary Health Expo in Melbourne this week.

More than 400 Chinese delegates will be in attendance, each owning around 200 pharmacies. They are visiting Australia to source locally made goods including vitamins, baby formula, alternate medicine and health drinks among other products.

After the recent launch of the Amcal China website [cn.amcal.com.au] Sigma has representatives ready to answer visitors’ questions about our engagement with the Chinese market via online services.  Pharmacy Business Acquisition consultants will also be at the event.

Focusing on the immense opportunities the Chinese market presents, Sigma is presenting:

  • Corporate information about Sigma
  • Brand and product information about Amcal
  • The new Amcal China website – cn.amcal.com.au – demonstrating Sigma’s e-commerce expertise
  • Sample products – available for purchase directly in China
  • Pharmacy4Sale – through which Australian registered pharmacists could purchase a pharmacy in Australia

A sample of products on display include:

  • Amcal-branded baby formula
  • Vitamins
  • Goats milk range

Visitors will find Sigma experts, Amcal brand representatives and other industry colleagues at the Australia/China Complementary Health Expo on Stand T42 (in the ‘Park’ room).

For any queries relating to the Expo please contact china.expo@signet.com.au

The Expo runs until 29 June at Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – 65 Queens Road, Albert Park, Victoria 3004 – View Map

Contact:

3 Myer Place,
Rowville VIC 3178
Australia
Tel: +61 (03) 9215 9215
Fax: +61 (03) 9215 9188

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Sigma presents at the Australia/China Complementary Health Expo in Melbourne
Sigma presents at the Australia/China Complementary Health Expo in Melbourne

Source: Sigma

Shop.org announces the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today announced the addition of five new members to two-year terms on its Board of Directors and welcomed back seven members who currently serve on the board. The group will meet in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. during Shop.org’s Digital Experience Workshop in July and again in Dallas at its annual Retail’s Digital Summit in September.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new board members,” Shop.org Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Vicki Cantrell said. “They are all established digital leaders with unique expertise who will continue to elevate NRF’s commitment to and influence in the digital community.”

Of the board’s outgoing members, Cantrell said: “It goes without saying how fortunate we have been to have such strong leadership over the past several years from Scot Wingo, Peter Cobb, Michael Burgess, Bernardine Wu and Deepika Pandey. We look forward to their continued engagement as long-time ambassadors for the retail digital community.”

New Shop.org board members, include:

  • Meyar Sheik, CEO & co-founder, Certona
  • April Anderson, managing director for branded apparel and durables, Google
  • Josh Friedman, vice president of digital commerce, J.C. Penney
  • Alex Miller, senior vice president for digital commerce, QVC
  • Sarah Veit Wallis, general manager for lifestyle, Walmart.com

Returning members serving another two-year term, include:

  • Billy May, senior vice president for digital, e-commerce and corporate development, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Bryon Colby, senior vice president for digital commerce, Cornerstone Brands/HSNi
  • Nicolas Franchet, director of global vertical strategy, Facebook
  • Sucharita Mulpuru, vice president and principal analyst, Forrester Research
  • David Brussin, founder, chairman and chief product officer, Monetate Inc.
  • Brad Brown, senior vice president for digital retail, Recreational Equipment Inc.
  • Kevin Ertell, senior vice president for digital, Sur La Table Inc.

View the current Shop.org Board of Directors.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Macerich to release Second Quarter 2016 Earnings on Monday, August 1, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Macerich (NYSE: MAC) Schedules Second Quarter 2016 Earnings Release

WHEN: Earnings Results will be released before market open on Monday, August 1, 2016.  Management will hold a conference call at 11:00 am Pacific Time (2:00 pm Eastern Time) on Monday, August 1, 2016 to discuss quarterly results.

WHERE: Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call on the Macerich website at www.macerich.com (Investing Section).

WHO: Arthur Coppola, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.

REBROADCAST: A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the live webcast in the Investing Section of the Company’s website at www.macerich.com. In addition, an audio replay of the earnings conference call will be available by telephone beginning at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on August 1, 2016 and will be available until August 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time at toll free 1-877-870-5176, PIN 9754383 or International (toll) 1-858-384-5517.

ABOUT MACERICH:
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona,Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

Jean Wood
Vice President – Investor Relations
424-229-3366

John Perry
Senior Vice President – Investor Relations
424-229-3345

Thomas O’Hern
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
310-394-6000

SOURCE: Macerich

Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Alberta, Canada, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The effort to help Fort McMurray residents rebuild their homes and community received a colourful boost from Co-op today. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) donated 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt.

“Co-op is fundamentally committed to serving and caring for western Canadian communities—it’s part of our identity,” said Ron Healey, Associate Vice-President Ag and Home. “We’re glad that we can play a small part in helping Fort McMurray, a community in need right now, with resources and encouragement so that it can thrive again.”

The donation was made at the Saskatoon Co-op Home Centre on Circle Drive. To celebrate the donation, representatives from FCL, Saskatoon Co-op and the mayor of Saskatoon began painting a mural and writing messages of encouragement to Fort McMurray. Saskatoon residents are being invited to help paint the mural and send their own messages throughout the week.

“Most people in Western Canada have a connection with Fort McMurray through friends or family. I believe we are all looking for an opportunity to provide support to that community,” said Grant Wicks, General Manager of Saskatoon Co-op.

The mural and messages will be applied to the semi trailer that delivers the paint donation. The semi trailer will also make stops at Co-op home centres in North Battleford, Sask., Stony Plain, Alta. and St. Paul, Alta., this summer. Residents of those communities will be able to complete the painting and send messages from their communities to Fort McMurray.

This is the first donation made from the new Co-op Communities in Full Colour program. Through this program, more than $400,000 worth of Co-op Imagine paint will be donated annually to community projects. Local community groups can apply for a paint donation at their local Co-op home centre.

This initiative for Fort McMurray is the latest in a series that co-ops, members and customers have made to culminate in more than $750,000 for the relief and rebuilding effort. Co-op members and customers have donated more than $400,000 at their local co-ops to the Red Cross efforts. Local retail co-ops across Western Canada have given more than $160,000. FCL has also provided $100,000 directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray and had previously dedicated another $100,000 to the Red Cross as part of an ongoing agreement to annually pre-position funds and supplies in preparation for emergencies in Western Canada.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray
Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Source: COOP