Carrefour Taiwan opens Tainan XiMen store — its 23nd Market’s store

Taiwan , 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Taiwan opened its 23nd Market’s store : Tainan XiMen store in the south region of Taiwan. These new store openings take Carrefour Taiwan’s total number of store up to 86th stores.

Tainan XiMen store is a 1 level store with total sales area 370 sqm. It provides wide range of fresh and grocery items and selected best non-food items.

To make it more convenient for our customers, Tainan XiMen store will open for 24 hour. It also provides cafeteria area and free WIFI so our customer can take break and enjoy a cup of coffee or ice cream after shopping.

Group Communications : Tel: +33 (0) 1 41 04 26 17



Source: Carrefour

Tesco to pay its dairy farmers 28.71 ppl for their fresh milk for the three months from 1st August

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today confirmed that for the three months from 1st August, it will pay its dairy farmers 28.71 ppl for their fresh milk, through the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG). This will be an increase of 0.02ppl from the previous quarter.

The move follows the introduction of the Fair For Farmers Guarantee, which pledges that every pint of milk sold at Tesco is 100% British and provides customers with information on the fair price they pay their dairy farmers.

The Fair For Farmers Guarantee promises that:

  • Every farmer is paid fairly for every pint of milk
  • Every pint is 100% British
  • Every cow is well cared for

Tesco sources all of its fresh milk from over 600 British farmers, who make up the TSDG. Set up in 2007 to address the uncertainty faced by British dairy farmers caused by volatility in the markets, it has continued to be integral to the way the retailer has created fair and sustainable partnerships with producers, growers and farmers across British Agriculture.

Tesco’s Commercial Director for Fresh Food Matt Simister said:
“For almost a decade we have worked with our dairy farmers to provide the best possible quality milk, produced to the highest standards for customers. Through the direct long term partnerships with our producers and the Fair For Farmers Guarantee,  shoppers can been confident that every pint of own-brand milk they buy from Tesco, fosters a better future for hundreds of British dairy farmers.”

“Because we use an independent price tracker to calculate the current costs of feed and  fuel for our farmers every quarter, we are able to reflect the changes in our farmers’ real costs so that they are not left disadvantaged.”

TSDG Farmer and Committee Chairman James Stephen said:
“Tesco‘s Fair for Farmers Guarantee and their long- term commitment to work with us directly through the TSDG, gives us a level of certainty so that we can plan for the future.  This is vital if we want a truly sustainable future for the British dairy industry.”

Since its establishment, the pricing mechanism of the groups has ensured that Tesco continues to pay a price for the milk that is buys, that reflects at least the cost of production for dairy farmers. The guaranteed price is reviewed every quarter to ensure that it correctly corresponds with the current market conditions for producers, helps farmers to budget, invest and plan for the future. Calculated by the independent consultancy-Promar – the price paid by Tesco reflects the average cost of production of all members of the sustainable dairy group.

The price, which is always agreed in collaboration with farmers from the group, is completely independent from the retail price for milk.  Customers can be assured that every pint of own-brand milk they buy from Tesco supports a TSDG farmer, helping to deliver a sustainable future for the British dairy industry.

The new price covers all Tesco own-brand fresh & filtered milk (1, 2, 4, 6 pint and 1 and 2 litre – excluding organic milk); single, double & extra thick double cream (150, 300, 600 ml) products and mature & extra mature cheddar.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701


Tesco to pay its dairy farmers 28.71 ppl for their fresh milk for the three months from 1st August
Tesco to pay its dairy farmers 28.71 ppl for their fresh milk for the three months from 1st August

Source: Tesco

Belk CEO Tim Belk retires; Lisa Harper succeeds

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Belk, Inc. today announced that Tim Belk will retire as chief executive officer of the company in July 2016. He will continue to serve on the Belk Board. Lisa Harper, who previously served as chief executive officer of Hot Topic, Inc., will succeed Tim Belk as CEO, effective July 5, 2016

“After managing through the ownership transition and filling a number of key management positions, I’ve decided this is an opportune time for me to retire as CEO of Belk,” said Tim Belk. “It has been an honor to continue my family’s legacy by serving the company over the past 35 years. I would like to express my gratitude to the thousands of associates, both current and former, and the customers who have helped create the company Belk is today. Their commitment to and passion for our company has been incredible.”

He added, “I also appreciate the partnership we’ve developed with Stefan Kaluzny and Sycamore Partners. Their vision and expertise will carry the company forward to even greater success. A North Carolina native who worked on the selling floor at Belk as one of her first jobs, Lisa Harper brings more than two decades of experience across the retail industry. I am confident she will be a dynamic leader who will carry forth our values, our brand, and our focus on our customers. I look forward to working with Lisa during a transition period in July and in my continued role as a board member.”

Stefan Kaluzny, chairman of the Belk, Inc. Board of Directors and managing director of Sycamore Partners, said, “Tim’s vision and passion as a leader were among the qualities that first attracted us to Belk, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on the Board. We are excited for the company’s next chapter, and we believe Lisa will position Belk for future success as we build on the company’s legacy and continue to deliver its Modern. Southern. Style.”

Tim Belk has served as CEO of the company since 2004. He joined the company in 1981 as a management trainee, and has served in a variety of roles, including buyer, store manager, divisional merchandise manager for men’s and boys, senior vice president of human resources, and president of stores and real estate. He led the company through the acquisitions of Parisian, Proffitt’s and McRae’s.

About Lisa Harper
Harper served as CEO of Hot Topic from March 2011 until June 2016. She will continue to serve on the Hot Topic Board of Directors, which she joined in June 2008.

Harper served as CEO from 2001 to 2006 and Chairman from 2002-2006 of the Gymboree Corporation, a publicly traded company operating a chain of specialty retail stores for children and women. She also held various creative, merchandising and design positions at Gymboree and, before that, held similar positions with several other clothing retailers, including Limited Too, Esprit de Corp., GapKids, Mervyn’s, and Levi Strauss.

Harper is a native of Durham, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and offer a wide assortment of national branded and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About Sycamore Partners
Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm based in New York specializing in consumer and retail investments. The firm has more than $3.5 billion in capital under management. The firm’s strategy is to partner with management teams to improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their businesses. The firm’s investment portfolio currently includes Aeropostale, Belk, Coldwater Creek, Dollar Express, EMP Merchandising, Hot Topic, the Kasper Group, MGF Sourcing, Nine West Holdings, Talbots and Torrid.

For further information:

Jessica Graham
vice president
communications and community relations

SOURCE: Belk, Inc.

Carrefour Group announces the appointment of Mathilde Rodié as Director of Financial Communications and Investor Relations

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —Mathilde Rodié has been appointed Director of Financial Communications and Investor Relations of Carrefour Group. Her nomination takes effect on September 1, 2016.

Previously Director of Investor Relations, she succeeds Alessandra Girolami, who has decided to leave the Group to pursue her career in another sector.

About Carrefour
As a multi-local, multi-format, and omni-channel retailer, Carrefour employs more than 380,000 people worldwide. With 12,100 stores in more than 30 countries, the group generated revenues of €104.4 billion under banners in 2015. Carrefour is a partner for daily life. Every day, it welcomes more than 13 million customers around the world. Carrefour is committed through its actions to sustainable and responsible trade. The Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility worldwide approach is built on three pillars: fighting against waste in all its forms, protecting biodiversity and working alongside the company’s partners.

For more information:, @CarrefourGroup on Twitter

Group Communications : Tel: +33 (0) 1 41 04 26 17

Source: Carrefour

Eperium becomes Intershop Platinum Partner

Amsterdam 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eperium has been appointed Intershop Platinum Partner at the annual Partner Executive Event. Eperium was founded sixteen years ago and took the strategic choice to work with Intershop back in 1999. This made Eperium the first Intershop Business Partner in the Netherlands. Since then, Eperium has progressed to supplying more than 70 comprehensive Intershop projects in the Netherlands and beyond. Examples include  Telegraaf, NS, TomTom, PLUS supermarkets, Pearle, Hoogvliet and Xerox. Now Eperium has 185 employees and has become a specialist in e-Food, B2B wholesale and retail.

“We are very proud to be one of the five Intershop business partners in the world to have Platinum status. This crowns our many years of cooperation with Intershop,” said Gertjan Schaefers, director of Eperium.

“We congratulate Eperium on its brand new status as a Platinum Partner! This clearly shows Eperium’s ability to realize the Intershop’s vision of omni-channel commerce solutions for B2B and B2C and implement them on any scale required,” said René Verspuij, Partner Manager at Intershop. “Eperium has shown in-depth insight into the possibilities of Intershop Commerce Suite and now has extensive experience with our solutions and delivering satisfied Intershop customers.”

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

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


Intershop Public Relations

Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop

CarMax celebrates the opening of its new store in Westborough, MA

RICHMOND, Virginia , 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, officially opened its store in Westborough, MA, located at 170 Turnpike Road. The new store will stock more than 300 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought approximately 50 new jobs to the area.

In celebration of the Westborough store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to the Worcester County Food Bank. Westborough CarMax associates selected this nonprofit for its mission to distribute approximately 5.8 million pounds of food to more than 130 partner agencies in Worcester County.

The CarMax Foundation is also providing a $10,000 grant to Community Harvest Project to support educational programs that engage youth at risk for hunger. This grant will serve more than 1,000 youth through the Community Harvest Project’s nutrition education programs – Sprouting Minds, Farm Camp and Kindergarten Initiative. This grant also came at the recommendation of Westborough CarMax associates.

“At CarMax, we truly care about the communities where our associates live and work,” said Dan Macias, location general manager of the Westborough CarMax. “We are excited to join this community and look forward to getting more involved locally.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 161 superstores in 81 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contacts
Beth Singer
CarMax Public Relations
Twitter: @CarMax

Source: Carmax

DDR Corp. closed disposition of six assets totaling $58 million during the second quarter of 2016

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today announced that it closed on the disposition of six assets totaling $58 million at 100% ownership during the second quarter of 2016.

During the second quarter, DDR sold three operating assets for $45 million and three land parcels for $13 million, aggregating $58 million at the Company’s share. DDR has an additional 21 operating assets and seven land parcels under contract for sale, representing an expected total price of $505 million at the Company’s share. Year-to-date, DDR has sold $282 million of assets at the Company’s share. No acquisitions closed during the quarter.

David J. Oakes, president and chief executive officer of DDR, commented, “I am pleased to report continued progress toward our full-year disposition guidance of $600 to$800 million, as the vast majority of the assets under contract for sale are expected to close in the third quarter. We also continue to find certain attractive acquisition opportunities in line with our original guidance, however, we remain very selective and focused on redeploying the majority of the net proceeds into further strengthening our balance sheet and lowering debt to EBITDA.”

About DDR Corp.
DDR is an owner and manager of 349 value-oriented shopping centers representing 113 million square feet in 37 states and Puerto Rico. The Company’s assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at

Safe Harbor
DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.  For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.

There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; redevelopment and construction activities may not achieve a desired return on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our capital recycling strategy; and the finalization of the financial statements for the three months ended June 30, 2016.  For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.


Wegmans Food Markets alerts consumers to fraudulent Facebook post

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is alerting consumers to a scam that involves a fraudulent Facebook post bearing the company’s name. The company became aware of the scam during the night on June 29 when a customer questioned the validity of the post.

The Facebook post shows the image of the Wegmans logo with a false claim that the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary by giving away a free $100 voucher for use in its stores. This giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans.

Valerie Fox, Wegmans media relations coordinator, said, “We’re actively working to have this fraudulent post removed from Facebook. We urge consumers not to click it, share it, or provide any personal information.”

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:
Valerie Fox
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Source: Wegmans

Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses

Northern California, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s 43 stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada, will donate 5 percent of their Wednesday, July 20, sales to fund Local Producer Grants given to 13 small businesses in the region.

The Whole Foods Market Local Producer Grant, presented by Working Solutions, is designed to support the growth of businesses bringing innovative, high quality natural products to the marketplace. Recipients are selected by Whole Foods Market’s regional buyers because they offer best-in-category quality, present an ingredient in a new way, and/or show a strong commitment to a mission or environmental cause. Additionally, recipients’ products must meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards.

This year’s grant recipients are:

The grants will follow a Community Giving Day on July 20. With Community Giving days, Whole Foods Market donates 5 percent of sales from a given day to a cause that supports the local community or economy. Five percent of the 43 stores’ total sales from July 20 will be donated to Working Solutions, a nonprofit microlender committed to helping San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership. Working Solutions offers both capital and free business consulting to all borrowers. The organization administers the Local Producer grants following Whole Foods Market funding, and remains available as both an additional funding resource and an educational resource for winners.

“We are proud to be partnering with Whole Foods Market on the Local Producer Grant Program for this third year,” said Emily Gasner, Working Solutions CEO. “We’ve helped distribute over $400,000 in grant funds to nearly 80 businesses; these dollars have helped past grant recipients grow their businesses in many ways: from new packaging to organic certification to repairing broken equipment. We are thrilled to complement our own mission of providing affordable small business loans and personalized business consulting with the grants provided through Whole Foods Market and the 5% Day program.

Whole Foods Market has long been committed to supporting local producers. This is the third year for the grant program. In 2007, the company founded the Local Producer Loan Program, which provides short term, low-interest loans for capital expenditures for small food producers. To date, the Local Producer Loan Program has loaned more than $20 million to small businesses nationwide. For more information on Whole Foods Market’s support of local vendors, visit


Beth Krauss


Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses
Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses

Source: Whole Foods

Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin completes rehabilitation

Paris, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jean- Michel Gault, Klépierre Deputy CEO and Executive Board Member, and Alain Dinin, Nexity’s Chairman and CEO, inaugurated the new Magasins Généraux de Pantin on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, following 28 months of rehabilitation. The inauguration was attended by Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly; Elisabeth Guigou, MP for Seine-Saint-Denis and Chairman of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee; Gérard Kern, the Mayor of Pantin and departmental councilor for SeineSaint-Denis; and Gerard Cosme, President of Est Ensemble. Rémi Babinet and Mercedes Erra, founding co-chairmen of BETC, the building’s tenant, were also present, as was Isabelle Clerc, chief real estate investment officer for AG2R La Mondiale, which now owns Les Magasins Généraux.

The living memory of the industrial activity of the Ourcq canal in the 1930s, Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin have just been completely rehabilitated by Nexity’s commercial property division for Klépierre, which had owned the building since March 2012 before transferring ownership to AG2R La Mondiale on June 8, 2016. This is unquestionably a new lease on life for this building, which had gone from its initial vocation as a warehouse to industrial wasteland and coveted hot spot for the best street artists(1). The extremely strong personality of the building, a sort of ocean liner moored on the banks of the Ourcq Canal, called for an ambitious project.

The architect Frédéric Jung worked to preserve the original history of this building by keeping most of the concrete structure and all of its external walkways. Of the building’s original 27,000 sq.m., just 19,000 sq.m. of space was retained in order to make room for interior patios that bring natural light to the workstations furthest away from the facades and to create a hanging garden with tall-stemmed trees. Workspaces are designed for Flex-Office organization and numerous common areas have been fitted out to meet specific user needs.

The ad and creative agency BETC has signed a lease for all of the office space and was a key participant from the outset in the definition of this project. Its 800 employees will move in over the summer.

The building is composed of: – 17 184 sq.m. of office space, restaurants, archives, and meeting rooms – 1 094 sq.m. of storefront retail space to be occupied as of the fall of 2016 by Bellevilloise and Augustin Legrand – 206 underground parking spaces on two levels – Facilities for building users: a fitness room, a rest area, the hanging garden, a photo studio, etc.

The rehabilitation of Les Magasins Généraux de Pantin is part of a 47,000 sq.m. urban renewal project made up of offices, housing, and retail shops that corresponds to 65 % of building permits for the Port de Pantin ZAC located along the Ourcq Canal at the harbor basin level.

The Millésim company and its chairman Jean -Pierre Richard advised Klépierre, Nexity and BETC on the completion of this transaction.

(1) The most remarkable street art was removed prior to project commencement and given to Pantin’s City Hall.


Nexity offers the widest range of advice and expertise, products, services and solutions for private individuals, companies and local authorities, so as to best meet the needs of our clients and respond to their concerns. Our business lines – real estate brokerage, management, design, development, planning, advisory and related services – are now optimally organized to serve and support our clients. As the benchmark operator in our sector, we are resolutely committed to all of our clients, but also to the environment and society as a whole. Nexity is listed on the SRD and on Euronext’s Compartment A Member of the indices: SBF 80, SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small and CAC All Tradable Ticker symbol: NXI – Reuters: NXI.PA – Bloomberg: NXI FP. ISIN: FR0010112524


Blandine Castarède
Head of Communication and Brand Strategy
+ 33 (0)1 85 55 15 52

Anne Gindt
Press Contact
+ 33 (0)1 85 55 10 54


A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 22.1 billion euros on December 31, 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe – and is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website:


Delphine Sacleux
Marie- Antoinette Agency
+331 55 04 86 40

Juliette Kandel
Marie- Antoinette Agency
+331 55 04 86 43

Source: klepierre

MPPA increases stake in to 10%

Lippo Village, Tangerang , 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia, which operates Hypermart, Smartclub, Foodmart, Boston and FMX, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an additional share purchase option of for Rp12,065 per share in all cash transaction valued at Rp99.8 billion. The Company’s total shares have raised to 15,728,152 or equals to 10%.

With the acquisition, MPPA hopes to benefit from wider access to e-commerce as its development will remain strong this year. The Company views e-commerce in Indonesia is an enormous market and will continue to grow.

The investment and partnership with is a new opportunity to foster O2O e-commerce components that encourage the sale contribution in the future. The relationship will improve MPPA’s position as the leading multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia, as well as contribute to a sound financial outlook going forward. MPPA takes advantage to secure a new opportunity to display and market the Company’s exclusive brand throughout Indonesia via e-commerce.

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)
PT Matahari Putra Prima one of Indonesia largest retailers employs more than 13,000 associates who serve customers in 110 Hypermarkets (Hypermart), 23 Supermarkets (Foodmart Primo/Fresh), 50 Minimarket/ Convenience stores (FMX), 105 Health and Beauty format stores (Boston) and 1 Wholesale (SmartClub). As of 31 March 2016, MPPA operates 289 stores in 68 cities throughout Indonesia.

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: The Charter Award concerning the environmental standards from Ecolabel & Green Label Indonesia by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia, 2015 Indonesia WOW Brand by MarkPlus Inc, 2015 Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian Brands by Millward Brown, 2015 Indonesia Best eMark Award by SWA & Telkom University, and 2015 Top 10 Retailers Certificate of Distinction by Retail Asia.

For further information, please contact:


Source: MPPA

MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training rolls out platform updates for automotive repair shops

Enhancements include improved course navigation, recommended learning tracks and new tools for technicians

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training, the online training and ASE test prep resource from MOTOSHOP® Technology ToolsSM – a product portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) – is rolling out significant platform updates that make accessing and completing online training easier, more flexible and customizable for automotive repair shops.

All MotoSKILL customers have access to Web-based, on-demand training content covering basic automotive systems for service technicians, advanced diagnostics, ASE test preparation, management courses for shop owners and specialty courses covering hot topics such as working with hybrid or diesel vehicles. New streamlined navigation allows users to search MotoSKILL’s 145 training courses with greater efficiency, and an improved learning management system allows participants and shop managers to efficiently view and track progress through courses.

MotoSKILL now also provides knowledge assessments to recommend future learning tracks or additional courses based on a participant’s training assessment scores. Users can easily print personalized certificates of course completion and review results directly by accessing MotoSKILL – from any device at any time in any location.

“We are committed to delivering flexible online training solutions that help keep automotive shops ahead of the industry’s needs on a schedule that makes sense for the shop,” said Jad Dunning, Advance Vice President and General Manager of MOTOSHOP Technology Tools. “The enhancements rolled out and the MotoSKILL support team will ensure more quality training reaches more shops and technicians, when and where they need it.”

To learn more about ASE Test Prep Training or other automotive training and shop management courses from MotoSKILL, visit For more information on the full set of products from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit

About MOTOSHOP Technology Tools
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools is a comprehensive set of trusted, innovative technologies offered by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. MOTOSHOP builds technology solutions to address the full spectrum of automotive shop needs. The MOTOSHOP product line includes MotoREV Shop Marketing®, MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, MotoSHOP Shop Management System®, and MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training, each designed to help automotive industry professionals grow their businesses. For more information on the suite of technology services from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 23, 2016 Advance operated 5,086 stores and 125 Worldpac branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at

Media Contact:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Attn: Media Relations Department
2635 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27604
Tel: 919.573.2608

Source: Advance Auto Parts