7‑Eleven celebrates the 50th birthday of Slurpee with FREE SLURPEE DAY on July 11

Dallas, Texas, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — America’s favorite frozen drink turns 50 this year, and 7‑Eleven, Inc. is celebrating its birthday – 7‑Eleven® Day, aka July 11, aka FREE SLURPEE DAY — in a BIG way. To celebrate Slurpee Fiftee and 7‑Eleven’s 89th birthday, participating stores will give away an estimated 9 million free small Slurpee® drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, Monday, July 11 (7/11), while supplies last.

Is one day enough to celebrate 7‑Eleven’s much beloved beverage?? No!!! That’s why the party continues seven more days with a once-in-50-year offer.

Here’s a Slurpee math problem: When does 7 = 11? Answer: When it’s Slurpee Week. To continue the summer fun, Slurpee fans who purchase seven Slurpee drinks July 12-18 and scan the 7‑Eleven mobile app will receive 11 Slurpee drinks FREE.

The FREE Slurpee offer will automatically appear in the “Scan and Save” section of the 7‑Eleven mobile app 24 hours after the seventh drink purchase. The 11 FREE Slurpee drink coupons must be redeemed by Aug. 31, 2016.

The 7‑Eleven mobile app (also free) is available via the App Store or Google Play. After downloading, customers can then register to become a 7 Rewards® member and take advantage of Slurpee Week.

7‑Eleven is introducing a Birthday Cake Slurpee flavor for its golden birthday. Described as a delicious frozen celebration for your taste buds, Fanta Birthday Cake is a combination of traditional birthday cake and vanilla ice cream flavors. Birthday Cake joins the recently released Sour Patch Redberry on the Slurpee machine, along with perennial favorites Wild Cherry and Coca-Cola. 7‑Eleven Day offers Slurpee-loving customers a chance to try new, featured and favorite flavors for free.

“Every year, 7‑Eleven Day gives us an opportunity to have some fun, say thank-you to our customers and celebrate our birthday Slurpee style,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “This year is a big birthday for Slurpee, and a big year. One day, even one week, isn’t enough so we began celebrating in January and plan to keep it up until the end of the year.”

7‑Eleven is also taking the celebration beyond the Slurpee machine with Slurpee-branded and flavored items throughout the store like birthday donuts, lollipops, cotton candy, marshmallow pops, candy straws, Pop-tarts, Chapstick, beach towels, socks, insulated beverage holders, T-shirts and Slurpee party pic packs, complete with selfie-stick. Selection may vary by store.

Every year, July 11 marks the day that the world’s No. 1 convenience retailer observes its birthday and other company milestones. 7‑Eleven introduced its iconic frozen carbonated beverage in 1966, and it was an immediate hit. The next year, the company’s advertising director coined the word “Slurpee” to describe the sound the drink made traveling through the straw. And a star was born.

Wacky flavor names and quirky radio spots created a drink craze among teens and young adults, the same demographic group that today makes up the drink’s biggest fans. Slurpee drinks enjoy worldwide popularity, with more than 7.4 billion Slurpee drinks slurped during its colorful history, enough for everyone on earth to enjoy one.

7‑Eleven, the first convenience store, began its run in 1927 when a Southland Ice Company employee began selling bread, milk and eggs on an ice dock in a Dallas suburb. Since that inauspicious start, “convenience” has become a big business. The small ice company has grown into a major international retailing chain with over 10,000 7‑Eleven stores in North America and more than 59,000 stores worldwide.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 59,500 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:

Call 1-800-255-0711
Monday thru Friday 8am – 6pm CT.

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7‑Eleven celebrates the 50th birthday of Slurpee with FREE SLURPEE DAY on July 11

Source: 7‑Eleven

PetSmart selects Manhattan Associates’ Enterprise Order Management Solution to power its omni-channel shopping capabilities

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) today announced that PetSmart has selected its Enterprise Order Management Solution (OMS) to enable PetSmart to deliver industry-leading, omni-channel shopping and engagement with enhanced fulfillment capabilities in support of PetSmart.com and its additional ecommerce platforms, such as Pet360.com and PetFoodDirect.com.

PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer in North America, with more than 53,000 associates and more than 1,450 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The company’s digital presence and omni strategy has become a key focus as it looks to better serve its customers and adapt to new shopping behaviors. The selection of Manhattan’s OMS is part of a large strategic initiative by PetSmart to significantly enhance PetSmart’s omni and digital capabilities, and to enhance the company’s additional ecommerce businesses. Manhattan’s OMS is due to be implemented in the fall of this year.

As a result of the implementation, Manhattan Associates will ensure PetSmart has a comprehensive, full-picture view of product inventory in ecommerce-dedicated warehouses, distribution centers and at the local store level. This allows PetSmart to get product packages to online shoppers when and how they want them, enabling new features, such as subscription and customized home delivery services.

“Our pet parents are passionate about the well-being of their pets and we want to be the trusted partner to pet parents everywhere by offering a range of ways to shop and engage with us how, when and where they wish – online, via phone, mobile and brick and mortar,” said Daphne Smith, senior vice president, digital, PetSmart. “As we deliver on our omni strategy, our product fulfillment capabilities are crucial, and Manhattan’s OMS is helping us with enhanced visibility of our product inventory so that we can deliver our product shipments most efficiently and effectively to our customers.”

Manhattan’s Enterprise OMS solution intelligently sources product inventory detail across a retailer’s network of distribution centers, suppliers and stores, making product available to sell through any channel. The solution also provides a single view of inventory and customer transactions across the retail enterprise, enabling every channel to work together to create a seamless customer experience.

“Digitalization of core processes has become a must-have for every retailer and PetSmart’s aggressive shift has been underscored by the selection of Manhattan’s OMS product,” said Jeff Cashman, senior vice president, business development, Manhattan Associates. “We’re looking forward to helping PetSmart achieve its omni-channel goals in order to continue to be the go-to-brand for pet owners.”

Recently presented with Manhattan’s 2016 Shipper of the Year Award, PetSmart and Manhattan have enjoyed a strong relationship, working together to drive supply chain efficiency and benefits for the past 16 years.

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About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates makes commerce-ready supply chains that bring all points of commerce together so you’re ready to sell and ready to execute. Across the store, through your network or from your fulfillment center, we design, build and deliver market-leading solutions that support both top-line growth and bottom-line profitability. By converging front-end sales with back-end supply chain execution, our software, platform technology and unmatched experience help our customers get commerce ready—and ready to reap the rewards of the omni-channel marketplace. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

Press Contact:
Amber Freeman
Manhattan Associates
678-597-6820
afreeman@manh.com

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Source: Petsmart

Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

Yeovil, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice. The Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, visited a Screwfix store in Edinburgh on 6 July to launch the guide.

The free booklet is available in Screwfix stores across Scotland and is entitled Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. The booklet was developed with national skills body – Skills Development Scotland – who pay a contribution towards the cost of training apprentices.

It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with the Minister for Employability and Training in response to research revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Graham Bell, Operations Director of Screwfix comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our 31 stores in Scotland now.”

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the Scottish economy, apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on the businesses and industry, bringing value to both employers and the economy. The Scottish Government has supported nearly 200,000 MAs since 2007 and we surpassed our target to deliver 25,500 modern apprenticeships in 2015/16. We are determined to keep growing the number of opportunities for people to secure a Modern Apprenticeship and by 2020 will be delivering 30,000 places.”

Chris Brodie, SDS, Lead Head of Key Sector Development from Skills Development Scotland said: “This guide sets out the simple steps you can take to hire an apprentice with the support of Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

“Three quarters of employers said that providing apprenticeships improved productivity, while nine out of ten employers would recommend apprenticeships to their industry. If you and your company are thinking about taking on an apprentice then the help is there.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

For more information, please contact:

Laura Westcott
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3768
laura.westcott@mccann.com

Hannah Montgomery
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3745
hannah.montgomery@mccann.com

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Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

 

Source: Kingfisher

Starbucks introduces Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — In neighborhood trattorias in Italy, dinner is often finished off with gelato affogato – a scoop of Italian ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso.

Starting today (July 7) customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages. For this beverage, a barista pours a shot of espresso over a finished Starbucks Frappuccino; the hot espresso mingles with the icy Frappuccino to create creamy pockets of coffee.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Starbucks will feature three Frappuccino blended beverages Affogato-style: Vanilla Bean, Caramel and Mocha, although any Frappuccino can be ordered Affogato-style with a shot of espresso poured on top.

In neighborhood trattorias in Italy, dinner is often finished off with gelato affogato – a scoop of Italian ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso.

Starting today (July 7) customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages. For this beverage, a barista pours a shot of espresso over a finished Starbucks Frappuccino; the hot espresso mingles with the icy Frappuccino to create creamy pockets of coffee.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Starbucks will feature three Frappuccino blended beverages Affogato-style: Vanilla Bean, Caramel and Mocha, although any Frappuccino can be ordered Affogato-style with a shot of espresso poured on top.

Last month, the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room brought customers Affogato-style cold beverages. Now, Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages will be available in participating Starbucks stores U.S. and Canada starting July 7 and throughout the summer.

Media Contact:

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

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Starbucks introduces Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages
Starbucks introduces Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages

Source: Starbucks

Marks & Spencer reports of 1.3% increase in Group sales during the 13 weeks to 2nd July

LONDON, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ —

 First quarter Total
Food sales1 +4.0% -0.9%
Clothing & Home sales1  -8.3% -8.9%
M&S.com sales (memo only) +0.5%
Total UK sales -1.1% -4.3%
International sales (constant currency)2 +0.7%
Group sales (reported) -0.4%
Group sales (constant currency) -0.9%

1 Timing of Easter had an adverse effect of 0.5% on Food and 0.8% on Clothing & Home sales growth.
2 International sales at reported currency were up 6.1%.

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive, said:

“A key part of our recovery plan for Clothing & Home is lowering prices and reducing promotions.  As a result, we ran fewer price promotions while continuing to lower prices to deliver real value to our customers, and moved the summer sale to July. We knew our actions would reduce total sales but we are seeing some encouraging early signs. Our Food business continues to strongly outperform a deflationary market, with LFL sales slightly down when adjusted for Easter timing.

“As highlighted in May, consumer confidence weakened in the run up to the EU referendum. While it is too early to quantify the implications of Brexit, we are confident that our strategic priorities and the actions we are taking remain the right ones to deliver results for our customers and our business.”

Group sales were down 0.4% in the 13 weeks to 2nd July.

Food sales rose by 4.0% with LFL sales down 0.9% of which 0.5% was due to Easter timing. We strongly outperformed the food market and continue to leverage our volume growth to reinvest in price. New Simply Food stores continue to perform ahead of our expectations.

Clothing & Home sales were down by 8.3% with LFL sales down by 8.9% in a weak market.  As planned, the summer sale began on 5th July, two weeks later than last year. We continued to reduce the number of promotional events during the quarter, including just one ‘cyber day’ compared with six last year.  We have repriced c.1,000 lines since January and are pleased with early results.  For lines repriced in Q4 we have seen strong sales growth.

International sales were up 0.7% at constant currency and rose 6.1% on a reported basis.

Full year guidance remains unchanged.  We continue to manage the business for the challenging market environment. We will update the market on strategy at our Interim results in November.

*First quarter sales in the current year are from 3 April 2016 to 2 July 2016 and are compared with 29 March 2015 to 27 June 2015, owing to last year’s 53 week financial year.

Statements made in this announcement that look forward in time or that express management’s beliefs, expectations or estimates regarding future occurrences and prospects are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements reflect Marks & Spencer’s current expectations concerning future events and actual results may differ materially from current expectations or historical results. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including failure by Marks & Spencer to predict accurately customer preferences; decline in the demand for products offered by Marks & Spencer; competitive influences; changes in levels of store traffic or consumer spending habits; effectiveness of Marks & Spencer’s brand awareness and marketing programmes; general economic conditions or a downturn in the retail or financial services industries; acts of war or terrorism worldwide; work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes; and changes in financial and equity markets.

For further information, please contact: 

Investor Relations:

Fraser Ramzan+44 (0)20 8718 4625
Helen Cox+44 (0)20 8718 8491

Corporate Press Office:
+44 (0)20 8718 1919

Out of hours calls:
+44 (0)20 8718 2000

Investors & Analysts Conference Call:

The call will be hosted by Steve Rowe and Helen Weir at 8.15am on Thursday 7 July 2016:

Dial in number:
+44 (0)20 3427 1903

Access Code:
8243108

A recording of this call will be available until 17 July 2016:

Dial in number:
+44 (0)20 3427 0598

Source: Marks and Spencer

IKEA installs three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Las Vegas, Nevada store

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2016-Jul-07 — /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.

Local Contact:
Laiyla Bass
(702) 396-4462, x 1336

Source: IKEA

IKEA issues voluntarily recall on products due to undeclared Milk, Hazelnuts and/or Almond

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA had samples analyzed and found them to contain milk, hazelnut and/or almond. Persons allergic to milk, hazelnuts and/or almonds may have a severe to life-threatening reaction after consuming the dark chocolate.

Products have been distributed Nationwide at IKEA retail stores. There has not been any complaints or reported incidents in the United States to date. IKEA of Sweden has had one reported complaint in Japan. The recalled chocolate products do carry an advisory statement, which identifies that the chocolate may contain milk and tree nuts.

Consumers are encouraged to return the affected products to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund, proof of purchase is not required.

If you have any questions or concerns please call:
Customer Service
toll free 1-888-966-4532 (24/7)
www.IKEA-usa.com

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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IKEA issues voluntarily recall on products due to undeclared Milk, Hazelnuts and/or Almond

@IKEA issues voluntarily #recall on products due to undeclared Milk, Hazelnuts and/or Almond http://goo.gl/yP9LZc

 

Source: IKEA

Wincor Nixdorf to take over the services of ameria GmbH’s Virtual Promoter, a digital shop window solution for brick-and-mortar retail businesses

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The technology company ameria GmbH, which focuses on software and technology development, has commissioned Wincor Nixdorf to take over the services for Virtual Promoter, a digital shop window solution for brick-and-mortar retail businesses. Wincor Nixdorf will be responsible for setup, startup and maintenance of the systems that are installed at ameria’s retail and industry customers around the world.

Virtual Promoter is an interactive, gesture-controlled shop window that revolutionizes the shopping experience at the stationary point of sale and is the connecting link between offline and online retailing. Its hardware consists of an interactive screen, two induction loudspeakers, a projection tower with two projectors, technology to control images, sound and online systems as well as a sensor for gesture control. The solution is designed and controlled centrally with the help of cloud software that both ameria and its customers can operate with standard IT programs. Thanks to the hardware and a projection film that is affixed to the window inside the retail store, an interactive image of a virtual person appears in the shop window, with the induction loudspeakers providing sound outside the store.

Virtual Promoter addresses passersby directly and thus attracts attention. People in front of the window interact with the virtual person via gesture control. The window pane can be used to present products and services, and the contents can be easily changed via the cloud. With their personal smartphone, passersby can order goods or reserve them in the store using a QR code or an app that leads them to the online shop. The digital shop window therefore serves as an extended shop floor that is ‘open’ around the clock. In addition, Virtual Promoter collects data about general traffic in front of the shop window as well as interaction rates and the time devoted to individual products.

“This order has demonstrated that our service portfolio also allows us to be successful in industries that are not among our traditional customers. In general, we want to use the service know-how from our banking and retail business to increasingly tap business potential in other industries in future,” says Wolfgang Künkler, who is responsible for Wincor Nixdorf’s business with product-related IT services.

About ameria
ameria digitizes the shopping experience at the stationary point of sale. Based on its technologies and the experience it has gathered in a large number of projects, the company from Heidelberg, Germany, provides integrated solutions from consulting and implementation all the way to the development of contents. With international customers from industry, retail and the service sector, ameria is driving the digital transformation forward. The flagship in its portfolio is Virtual Promoter, an interactive, gesture-controlled shop window that measurably increases attention, store traffic and revenues.

Contact:

Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail:info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf announces Asia Green Development Bank to be the first bank in Myanmar to offer EMV-based ATM transactions

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asia Green Development Bank Ltd. now accepts EMV-based VISA and MasterCard chipcard transactions in all its ATMs, becoming the first bank in Myanmar to offer the service, Wincor Nixdorf announced today.

EMV, or Europay MasterCard Visa, is a technical specification that facilitates interoperability between chip-based credit and debit cards and point-of-sale devices or ATMs. The key objectives of EMV are to reduce counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions, and to standardize all payment solutions on a singular specification recognized globally.

“AGD aims to provide enhanced customer experiences in the most secured environment for our customers. By implementing the global EMV standard, we are achieving a significant leap forward in protecting our cardholders against fraud.” said Htoo Htet Tay Za, managing director, Asia Green Development Bank. “Wincor Nixdorf has been a long term partner with the bank and we are confident they are able to help AGD successfully manage this EMV migration.”

Wincor Nixdorf, together with its local partners Myanmar Golden Rock Intl. Ltd and ACE Data Systems, implemented the EMV solution within a five-month timeframe. The solution encompasses three levels, including EMV Level 1 Hardware (Wincor’s EMV-compliant card reader), EMV Level 2 Software, and EMV Level 3 Back-End Integration.

“Wincor Nixdorf congratulates AGD Bank for running the first EMV compliant ATM network in Myanmar, therefore setting the pace for other banks to also ensure this security certificate,” said Karsten Kemna, Wincor Nixdorf Vice President for Asia-Pacific Banking. “We are thrilled to work with AGD through our local Myanmar partners to make transactions most secure for their cardholders. Wincor Nixdorf has been working extensively with various financial institutions across the globe for many years to help them transition to EMV, and we are continuously developing and promoting technologies that ensure safer transactions for the benefit of the end customers.”

About Asia Green Development Bank
Asia Green Development Bank Limited (AGD Bank) opened its head office and first branch in August 2010 in Nay Pyi Taw. AGD Bank aims to deliver banking excellence through inspired and outstanding customer service, while offering innovative products and services that meets clients’ requirements.
Today, AGD Bank has 53 branches throughout Myanmar and International Banking Division that operates international remittance services, foreign exchange and agent banking operations. Under the leadership of new managing director U Htoo Htet Tay Za, a new senior management team, and a strong Information Communications & Technology department, AGD Bank offers new products and services such as UnionPay Debit card and mobile money application to potential and existing clients.
AGD’s vision is to provide the vitally important banking infrastructure that will make a lasting and sustainable impact on this future, building the economic foundations for a progressive Myanmar.

Contact:
Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail:info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

FMI applauds Senate’s vote to invoke cloture and move forward with its consideration of the biotechnology labeling bill

ARLINGTON, VA , 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin applauding the U.S. Senate’s vote to invoke cloture and move forward with its consideration of the biotechnology labeling bill championed by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Sarasin said:

“FMI commends the Senate’s action, which clears the procedural path for an important vote on final passage of the bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow legislation on genetically modified food labeling later this week. We commend those 65 Senators voting in favor of moving this time-sensitive matter another step closer to final passage.

The development of one national GMO labeling standard is absolutely critical if we hope to avoid the consumer confusion that would emerge from a patchwork of differing state laws, conflicting definitions and divergent labeling criteria regarding biotechnology. The Roberts-Stabenow agreement offers the food industry an efficient, economical and orderly means of providing consumers with the accurate and accessible information they want. We and our partners in the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food praise this important action and encourage the Senate’s expeditious passage of the bill. We urge lawmakers in the House of Representatives to promptly consideration the legislation thereafter.”

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.

Contact:

2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Lowes Foods to build store in Lexington, its first in Columbia-area

Lexington Store to Include Local Emphasis, Original Concepts, and Exceptional Service

Winston-Salem, N.C., 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowes Foods, a Carolinas-based grocer with locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, will build its first Columbia-area store in Lexington. Columbia is the second new market for Lowes Foods as part of an overall company strategy to remodel all existing stores and expand into two-to-three additional markets by 2019.

“Our Lexington store will be very focused on supporting local, while providing exceptional attention to our guests,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said. “Our commitment to local includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with over 200 local farmers, and featuring a wide assortment of unique local products found throughout the store.”

Located at the Northwest corner of Charter Oaks Road and US 1, key features of the Lexington store will include special store areas called Lowes Foods Originals, which include: Chicken Kitchen, SausageWorks, Pick & Prep, The Beer Den, and the Community Table. In addition, the Lexington store will feature a wide assortment of organic options, premium aged beef, bulk foods, fresh baked L’Oven cookies, fresh pizza and paninis, and chef-inspired prepared foods. For the ultimate in locally grown products, Lowes Foods will feature a “pick your own herbs” section in the front of the store where you can clip a fresh sprig of rosemary or thyme for that recipe that calls for just a pinch. The store will also offer their Lowes Foods-To-Go online personal shopping service.

The Beer Den will feature a craft beer collection, including numerous South Carolina-brewed beers. Guests can purchase 64- or 32-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers direct from the tap. The Beer Den also will offer hundreds of bottled craft beers, including the ability for beer lovers to create their own favorite six packs.

The Chicken Kitchen will include a variety of prepared chicken, including wings, fried, and fresh-roasted chicken. “When hot chicken comes out of the rotisserie oven at Lowes Foods, our animated chicken chandelier signals the start of our special chicken celebration,” Lowe said. “Our Chicken Kitchen hosts will perform our own version of the Chicken Dance and invite guests to join in. It’s a lot of fun.”

If Willy Wonka had made sausage instead of chocolate, his famous factory would have been SausageWorks at Lowes Foods. SausageWorks features locally made pork, beef and poultry sausages in an unbelievable number of flavors, from the familiar crowd-pleasers to the “are they insane?” combinations.

A focal point of the new Lexington store will be Lowes Foods Community Table, where shoppers can gather to sample, enjoy and learn how to prepare local foods. The Community Table, which will be constructed of reclaimed wood, also will offer events such as recipe sampling, crafts for children, gluten free eating tips and more.

“Our Pick & Prep area is like having your own personal sous chef. It’s one of my personal favorites,” Lowe added. “Shoppers select their fruits or vegetables from our produce department. Next, our Pick & Prep hosts use their advanced knife skills to chop, slice or julienne them—however they are needed for recipes or snacks. Cooks can even customize their mix of Pick & Prep items for a recipe or pick up a prepared selection.”

The grocer, known for embracing all things local, will also be opening later this year in the Greenville area, following the announcement of coming to that market made in 2015.

About Lowes Foods, LLC

Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. Founded in 1954, Lowes Food Stores, LLC employs nearly 9,000 people and operates over 100 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers. Locally owned and operated Lowes Food, LLC is committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers. They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go, a personal shopping service as well an online meal planner that focuses on saving people time and money. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at www.lowesfoods.com or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.

About Alex Lee, Inc.

Founded in 1931 by Alex and Lee George, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs approximately 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets across the Southeastern United States. In addition, Alex Lee is the parent company of Lowes Foods, LLC, which includes full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, including Just$ave food stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC. To learn more, visit alexlee.com

Contact:

1381 OLD MILL CIRCLE
WINSTON – SALEM, N C 27103
(336) 659-0180

Source: Lowes Food

LCP to manage Erith Riverside Shopping Centre following its acquisition by Evolve Estates Ltd

London, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Erith Riverside Shopping Center becomes part of Evolve Estates Ltd’s growing UK investment portfolio that now stands at over £190m in value and includes over 60 properties.

Evolve Estates have purchased the long leasehold on the shopping center, the freehold of which is owned by the London Borough of Bexley.

The purchase comes just months after the London Borough of Bexley was successful in securing regeneration funding from the Greater London Authority for a number of projects to improve Erith town centre.

Sebastian Macdonald-Hall, Director of Evolve Estates says “We are excited for this opportunity to work with the local council as part of the regeneration of Erith town centre.  We are keen to make improvements to the tenant mix and want to actively manage the asset to improve the town center, which will benefit the local community and our business.”

Julian Diamond, LCP asset manager, said: “We have a close working relationship with Evolve Estates, and our wealth of experience in the retail property sector means we can manage Erith Riverside Center proactively to deliver benefits for the local community, the tenants, and for Evolve Estates.”

Gill Steward, Bexley’s Chief Executive, says “We are excited about Erith’s potential and the purchase of the shopping centre by Evolve is a positive step. We hope to work with them in the coming months and years as the regeneration program for the town gets into full swing.”

Ben Tyack, Director at Savills, who advised Evolve Estates on the Erith acquisition, says: “We were delighted to secure this asset on behalf of Evolve Estates in what was a competitive bidding process. There are still areas in London and the south-east with good growth potential into the medium term, this being a prime example.”

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London & Cambridge Properties

USDA updates its FoodKeeper App to include food storage information in Spanish and Portuguese

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that its popular FoodKeeper application has been updated to include food storage information in both Spanish and Portuguese. Now Spanish and Portuguese speakers can use the app to better understand storage recommendations for 400+ items covered by the tool, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more.

In the update posted to the Google Play and iTunes stores, users will find a new setting menu offering language options and the ability to display temperatures, weights and measures in Imperial or Metric units. In addition, improvements were also made to how the app syncs with the calendar of smartphones and tablets to reminder users to use food before it may spoil.

“The FoodKeeper app is a very handy and easy tool to use and it reflects USDA’s commitment to provide consumers with information and knowledge so they can make informed decisions,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This app empowers people to help meet our nation’s food waste reduction goals, and it also links to our virtual food safety resources that answer common questions about how to safely handle, prepare and store foods.”

By helping users better understand food storage, the application empowers the public to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of the food and beverages in their home. Better food storage should reduce food waste and reduce the frequency of users preparing and eating products that may be spoiled.

The FoodKeeper app was developed by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in partnership with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute. Since it was launched in April 2015, it has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Additional updates are planned for September, which will include information on product recalls and educational videos.

“These updates to the FoodKeeper are just one more example of FSIS’ commitment to serving diverse communities,” said Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety Al Almanza. “We want to make sure the valuable information the application offers is available to as many Americans as possible, which is why we are now offering it in additional languages.”

With the FoodKeeper application, each user can:

  • Find specific storage timelines for the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, depending on the nature of the product;
  • Get cooking tips for cooking methods of meat, poultry and seafood products;
  • Note in their device’s calendar when products were purchased and receive notifications when they are nearing the end of their recommended storage date;
  • Submit a question to USDA using the ‘Ask Karen’ feature of the application. ‘Ask Karen’ is USDA’s 24/7 virtual representative. The system provides information about preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products; and
  • Submit items not included in the database for consideration in future updates.

For those that do not have access to a smartphone, the FoodKeeper can also be access at FoodSafety.gov/FoodKeeper.

Throughout the month of July, at the height of summer grilling season, USDA is recognizing improvements made to the U.S. food safety system during the Obama Administration, which are some of the most significant updates made since the 1950s. USDA estimates new food safety standards implemented for meat and poultry will reduce illnesses by about 75,000 annually. USDA has tightened standards for the companies who process and prepare thousands of food products, upgraded technology and internal systems to track and report safety issues to regulators and the public in real time, and knitted together the federal agencies overseeing America’s food safety system to ensure standards are tough on behalf of the consumer, vigilant against emerging risks, consistent and coordinated. New consumer-facing tools, like the FoodKeeper app, allow Americans to further guard themselves and their family against foodborne illnesses. More information about these efforts can be found on USDA’s Medium page at  http://bit.ly/results-ch7.

Contact:

Food Safety Education Staff
Kristina Beaugh (202) 260-8572
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

USFA FSIS: ConAgra Foods recalls frozen chicken and beef entrée products that may be contaminated with metal

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods, a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,806 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The metal fragments range in size between 2 and 9 millimeters (mm) in diameter, and are curled, malleable and shiny. The metal fragments may be embedded in the sauce contained within the frozen entrée products.

The frozen chicken and beef entrée items were produced on June 13, 2016 and June 22, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Signature Spicy Chicken.” with “Use By” date of 6/08/17 and case code 5006616500.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Mongolian Style Beef.” with “Use By” date of 6/17/17 and case code 5006617400.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 233” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered July 1, 2016, when an establishment employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for sauce formulation during processing. The resulting sauce is a component in the frozen entrée products.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries 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 with questions about the recall can contact 1-800-252-0634. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Kristine Mulford, Manager of Communications, at (312) 549-5522.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.govor 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.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Dixons Carphone merges PC World, Currys and Carphone Warehouse brands in one central London store

  • Combines convenience, curated products and the connected world
  • The most innovative store yet will act as a lab to test new ideas and concepts

LONDON, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dixons Carphone plc (‘Dixons Carphone’), Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, today opens its new London flagship store on Oxford Street – which merges the PC World, Currys and Carphone Warehouse brands in one central London location.

Drawing on an in-depth understanding of customer needs, Oxford Street is designed with busy Londoners and visitors to London in mind, offering a carefully curated range of premium products with a focus on convenient take away items. It is the most up to date expression of what Dixons Carphone stands for as a company: technology, connectivity, service, knowledge and the widest, yet most relevant, range of products.

A number of new store concepts and features have been introduced at Oxford Street, including:

  • Digital feature wall, is the biggest screen on Oxford Street with over 20 sqm of LED screens delivering aspirational 4k content reflecting product categories, brands and offers through 4.3 million pixels
  • Curated product range, featuring premium 4K televisions, an improved interactive camera display, enabling customers to experience and compare cameras and new Dyson and Nespresso stores-within-a-store
  • Greater range of accessories and wearables, with a new Headphone Wall and Smart Watch Wall giving customers a more enjoyable and easier way to choose the right product
  • Focus on Services, with the first combined PC World Business and KnowHow consultation space, which is also fitted with charging points for customer convenience
  • Dedicated Multiplay offering, serving customers’ connectivity needs, including TV and broadband bundles, connected devices, and on-demand content, all in a dedicated space offering Multiplay expert advice

Oxford Street demonstrates the potential of high street locations to showcase a specialist range of products to customers in central locations. Oxford Street is a model for future high street 3-in-1 stores with successful elements also being rolled out to the wider estate.

Seb James, Group Chief Executive, Dixons Carphone, commented: “I’m very excited to be opening our new Oxford Street store, which brings together our latest thinking in Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse on the high street. Oxford Street is one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world and it seems apt that we are launching a flagship store here. We have designed a real destination store that’s full of innovation and technology firsts that I’m sure our customers will love.

The retail environment continues to evolve and we know that our customers are incredibly discerning, so we need to provide an exciting, engaging and connected shopping experience combined with competitive pricing and excellent service. We hope our customer will agree that Oxford Street provides all that and more and we look forward to helping them in store.”

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in 11 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Know how.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain.

Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

For more information about Dixons Carphone, please visit www.dixonscarphone.com, Currys & PC World, please visit www.currys.co.uk or www.pcworld.co.uk, and Carphone Warehouse please visit www.carphonewarehouse.com.

For further information:

Dixons Carphone Brunswick
Hannah Collyer, Head of Media Relations Rachael Layfield/Helen Smith
07834 256775 020 7404 5959

Source: Dixons Carphone

Hudson’s Bay Company announces the retirement of its Vice Chair Bonnie Brooks on December 31, 2016

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) today announced that Bonnie Brooks, Vice Chair, HBC will retire on December 31, 2016. Brooks’s retirement culminates an illustrious 40-year career in fashion retail and marketing, including more than eight years at HBC. From 2008-2012 she was the first female CEO and President of Hudson’s Bay during the transformation of the banner in Canada.

“It has been a privilege to work with the team at Hudson’s Bay Company, a true Company of Adventurers. We have seen tremendous change since I joined the Company, and I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished together. I look forward to watching the continued success of HBC,” stated Brooks.

Brooks’s career included 12 years at Holt Renfrew where she led the retailer’s merchandising and marketing functions, followed by 11 years in Hong Kong and the reinvention of the Lane Crawford department stores in Asia. In 2008, Brooks returned to Canada to join HBC as CEO and President of Hudson’s Bay, later becoming President of the Department Store Group in 2012 with the integration of Lord & Taylor. Publicly and professionally recognized for her many roles in fashion retail, she was the Parsons School of Design Honouree in 2013 in NYC and was awarded the Ivey Business Leader of the Year in Canada in 2014.

“Bonnie has been a very strong leader who, from day one, was integral to the reinvention of Hudson’s Bay,” stated Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, HBC. “We are extremely grateful for her contributions to the company and wish her well in her retirement.”

About Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world. In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena. HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Contact:

Hudson’s Bay Company
Tiffany Bourré
Director, External Communications
905-595-7184
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Citycon to release its Interim Report for 1 January – 30 June 2016 on Thursday, 14 July

Helsinki, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon will publish its Interim Report for 1 January – 30 June 2016 on Thursday, 14 July approximately at 9 am Helsinki time (Helsinki time is EET, which is CET +1). The report will be available on Citycon’s website immediately after publication.

Citycon’s investor, analyst and press conference call and live audiocasting will begin one hour later at 10 am Helsinki time. The audio casting can be participated by calling in and followed live on the following website: http://cloud.magneetto.com/citycon/2016_0714_q2/view

Conference call numbers are:
Participants from Europe +44 203 194 0552
Participants from the US +1 855 716 1597

The audio casting will be recorded and it will be available afterwards on Citycon’s website.

For further information, please contact:
Henrica Ginström
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom@citycon.com

Source: Citycon

Carrefour to help with the economic and social development of priority neighbourhoods

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 30 June in Nanterre, Yann Jounot, Préfet for the Hauts-de-Seine département, together withThierry Roger, Director of Carrefour France’s Employment Centre signed a regional agreement, binding them to a “Businesses and Neighbourhoods Charter”, designed to help young people from priority neighbourhoods establish a foothold on the job market. This partnership is in line with Carrefour France’s commitment and its various other initiatives that have established employment for young people as one of the priorities of its human resources policy.

Through this agreement, Carrefour will be helping with the economic and social development of priority neighbourhoods, implementing a targeted action plan over 2 years. It is in line with the initiatives that it has already implemented to train young people and provide them with employment, both through recruitment and training programmes (Professional Qualification Certificates for Butchers, Youth Employment Day, etc.), and by establishing employment links with the charity sector (the Apprentis d’Auteuil Catholic association, the Second Chance School etc.).

Carrefour, a major employer in the Hauts-de-Seine département

The retailer employees 558 people in the Hauts-de-Seine département in its hypermarkets and Carrefour Market supermarkets, as well as in its Carrefour Banque and Carrefour Voyage branches. In 2015, nearly 849 people were hired across the whole region, 68% of whom were young people under the age of 26.

At national level, 60% of all recruits are young people under the age of 26. In 2015, Carrefour helped 42,000 people get onto the job market, it trained 5500 people within the framework of apprenticeships or professionalisation contracts and hired 250 young graduates.

The “Businesses and Neighbourhoods” charter: joint initiatives to help young people in priority neighbourhoods onto the job market.

Under the agreement, Carrefour will be taking action in the following two areas:

  • Education and study advice in schools throughout the department, developing entrepreneurship, knowledge of economics and how companies work, and retail professions through addresses, coaching workshops and events. The retailer also undertakes to welcome secondary-school pupils and students selected by the regional educational authority for traineeships and work-study programmes, and to provide them with support.
  • Employments, integration and professional training, with the focus on employing and hiring young people from priority neighbourhoods by developing the support scheme for job-seekers, posting job adverts – particularly for work-study programmes – increasing the numbers of work-study contracts, welcoming job-seekers for work-taster periods, taking part in projects alongside local employment and professional integration bodies, providing disabled workers with study and professional advice (the ARPEJEH association set up to help young and disabled students achieve their goals) and holding regular recruitment sessions in partnership with the Hauts de Seine General Council for RSA recipients.

The Préfecture of the Hauts-de-Seine undertakes to help Carrefour select coordinators so it can honour its commitments, use its network of representatives for implementing this agreement, inform the retailer whenever any events are held which are likely to help it meet its aims (forums, recruitment days, etc.), present city-wide projects designed to help its priority neighbourhoods and promote the partnership that has been implemented across the whole region.

Contact:

. By phone: +33 (0)1 58 47 88 80

. By e-mail : presse_france@carrefour.com

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Carrefour to help with the economic and social development of priority neighbourhoods
Carrefour to help with the economic and social development of priority neighbourhoods

Source: Carrefour

Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Her Majesty the Queen today (Wednesday 6 July) officially opened Slessor Gardens which includes a project that was one of the first beneficiaries of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland.

Her Majesty visited the Garden in the city as part of the annual Holyrood Week of the official residence in Scotland. Part of the stunning grounds includes a garden created by Bonnie Dundee who were awarded £12,000 in the first round of the supermarket’s flagship local grant scheme – which has so far given £11.7million to good causes and community groups across Britain. The Bags of Help fund comes from money raised by each government’s 5p bag charge.

HM the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh met members of the team who delivered the project before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Slessor Gardens.

Keith Davis, Store Manager of Dundee Kingsway store, was delighted by the visit. He said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success across Scotland, England and Wales. To have Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh see first-hand the benefits of the Bags of Help initiative is absolutely fantastic. Tesco colleagues and those directly involved in the project are thrilled with the visit.”

Matt Davies, Tesco CEO, UK&ROI, thanked colleagues who were involved in the project:

“It’s great that so many colleagues in Dundee and across the country are getting behind the Bags of Help scheme – helping to put customers’ donations towards local projects.  This is one of the first projects to reach completion and I’m sure we’ll see many thousands more in the months ahead across the whole of the country.

“What makes this special is that it’s a project chosen by people working and living in the local community.

“Bags of Help only started last October across Scotland, England and Wales and our customers have already donated money to over 1100 projects and through the support of colleagues we hope help many thousands more in the future.”

The Slessor Garden runs from Dundee’s Caird Hall down to the edge of the River Tay next to the new flagship Victoria & Albert Design Museum.

It will provide an event space for concerts, exhibitions and markets and has been named after the Dundee missionary Mary Slessor.

Tesco teamed up with greenspace scotland and Groundwork UK to launch Bags of Help earlier this year. The initiative sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Groups are nominated or apply themselves before being shortlisted to a final three.

Customers then choose which local project they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store. Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across Britain. The Bags of Help Scheme builds on great work done with Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy that were supported through the bag levy contribution of customers until October 2015.

Bonnie Dundee bagged the top award in the city with Friends of Riverside Nature Park, receiving £10,000 and One World Centre, Y Garden also benefitting from an £8,000 award.

Groundwork UK chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:  “We’re delighted that Her Majesty will be visiting Slessor Gardens to see the excellent work by this group to create a community garden that brings neighbours together, protects wildlife and reconnects children with nature.

“It’s places like these that are the lifeblood of our communities and we’re sure that the Queen’s visit will be an experience that will live long in the memories of everyone involved.”

The customer vote for the next round of the scheme will take place in stores across the UK from 26th September – 9th October 2016

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    

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Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland
Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland

Source: Tesco