ShopRite of Newark to train 21 students as part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment program

Newark, New Jersey, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 21 students who will work in the ShopRite of Newark this summer as part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment program will train with mentors and rotate through different departments as they prepare for potential careers in retail.

There are so many different parts to the supermarket business –- everything from customer service to merchandising, inventory control, food service, logistics, communications and health and wellness — and we look forward to teaching young people about those industry opportunities, Jerry Manley, director of operations for the ShopRite of Newark, told those who gathered for the press conference Wednesday at City Hall.

“We also hope to share our enthusiasm and love for the business with young people, because we also think it’s important to inspire people to do what they are passionate about,” added Manley.

“This is vastly more than giving kids a paycheck and keeping them off the street for the summer,” noted Mayor Baraka. “We are preparing our youth for success in college and in the workplace and teaching them life skills to help them thrive in whatever career they choose.”

A total of 2,700 young people will be employed in Newark this summer through the Summer Youth Employment Program, a unique public private partnership between local businesses, universities, hospitals and banks. The mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program was also recognized by the White House as one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs programs in the country.


Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Shoprite

Ray-Ban announces sponsorship agreement with Ferrari S.p.A.

Silverstone (UK), 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of fashion, luxury and sports eye wear and owner of the iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, announces a sponsorship agreement with Ferrari S.p.A..

Ray-Ban, the most popular eye wear brand in the world, signed a high-profile agreement as sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari, to be unveiled during the Formula One weekend in Silverstone, UK. As part of the sponsorship, the Ray-Ban logo will appear on SF16-H Ferrari’s Formula One car liver

Throughout its more than seven-and-a-half decades, Ray-Ban has been instrumental in pushing boundaries in music, art and film, as an internationally recognized symbol of movie stardom and accessory to cultural icons everywhere. The brand has had a distinct and lasting influence on international culture and lifestyle and represents undisputed successes through its heritage, excellence and global recognition. Tradition, innovation and fearlessness are the key elements that set the roots of the brand since 1937. With this sponsorship, the Ferrari racing red and the RayBan red merge into one single color putting the champion eye wear brand in a prime position in Formula One.

Leonardo Del Vecchio, Luxottica Group’s Executive Chairman said: “We are celebrating today a breakthrough partnership. We are honored to become part of the Ferrari family – a brand that perfectly reflects and embodies the same characteristics that give Ray-Ban its icon status: authenticity, cultural relevance and excellence”.

Luxottica Group S.p.A. 
Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of over 7,200 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2015, Luxottica posted net sales of approximately Euro 9 billion and approximately 79,000 employees.

Additional information on the Group is available at

Alessandra Senici
Group Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4870

Marco Catalani
Group Corporate Media Relations Senior Manager
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4470

Source: Luxottica

Por quinto año consecutivo Eroski patrocina en exclusiva el Concurso Internacional de Fuegos Artificiales de San Fermín

PAMPLONA, España, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI colabora, un año más, en la celebración de las fiestas de San Fermín. La cooperativa renueva así su apoyo a esta emblemática festividad navarra organizando diversas iniciativas dirigidas a que pequeños y mayores disfruten de los festejos. Por quinto año consecutivo la cooperativa patrocina en exclusiva el Concurso Internacional de Fuegos Artificiales de San Fermín, que celebra su decimoséptima edición. Además, nuevamente sus clientes podrán participar en el hipermercado EROSKI de Pamplona en la votación popular para el galardón que, en el marco del concurso, otorga el público.

Asimismo, EROSKI colabora en la organización de actividades lúdicas y de ocio dirigidas a los más pequeños durante los días de fiesta en el parque infantil y juvenil “Menudas fiestas” en la plaza de la Libertad, referente para las familias durante los San Fermines. El espacio patrocinado por EROSKI contará con una zona de juegos (hinchables, rocódromo, balancines…), camas elásticas y talleres (globoflexia, pintura, pintacaras…).

Sorteos para disfrutar y sumergirse en las fiestas

La cooperativa ha organizado un variado programa de sorteos dirigidos a sus clientes para que puedan disfrutar de las fiestas. En esta iniciativa han participado el hipermercado y los 26 supermercados de EROSKI en la comarca de Pamplona. Los ganadores han sido dados a conocer el pasado fin de semana. En total la cooperativa ha sorteado 76 bonos que incluyen actividades que van desde el disfrute del txupinazo en un balcón de la plaza del ayuntamiento hasta entradas a partidos de pelota o al circo, pasando por encierro desde el balcón con desayuno o cenas con vistas a los fuegos.

EROSKI en Navarra

La red comercial de EROSKI alcanza los  130 establecimientos en Navarra: 83 supermercados, 2 hipermercados, 17 oficinas de viaje, 4 gasolineras, 1 óptica, 2 tiendas FORUM SPORT y 21 Perfumerías iF, además del supermercadoonline, con servicio  a domicilio en el 100% del territorio.

Forman parte de la cooperativa 148.000 Socios Cliente. EROSKI en Navarra alcanza los 1.922 trabajadores, de las que 1.077 son socios, lo que otorga a Navarra un peso muy importante dentro de la estructura cooperativa, siendo navarro uno de cada ocho socios de la cooperativa matriz.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:

944 158 642

Source: Eroski

The Container Store® announces partnership with U.S. Fund for UNICEF during “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign

Retailer accepting donations in-store and online to help raise funds for UNICEF’s education programs for children around the world

DALLAS, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Container Store® (NYSE:TCS), the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products, today announced the launch of its partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF during the retailer’s “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign. Between now and September 5th, The Container Store customers can make a monetary donation in-store or online, with the goal of raising $250,000 to support UNICEF’s work to ensure that no matter where they live, every child has access to a quality education.

“We are proud to partner with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF during this time of year when organizing busy family lives and preparing children for back-to-school is on our customers’ minds,” said Melissa Reiff, CEO, The Container Store. “We know that a quality education is perhaps a child’s strongest barrier against poverty and every donation counts to help make an impact on a child’s school experience. We look forward to teaming up with our wonderful customers to help improve the lives of children around the world during our summer sale campaign.”

According to UNICEF:

  • Just $1 can provide 8 children with pencils and notebooks.
  • $6 can provide self-learning materials for a child who can’t attend school because it’s unsafe.
  • $20 can provide a double-sided chalkboard, two dusters and 100 chalk sticks.
  • $209 can buy a School-in-a-Box for 40 students to carry on classes during an emergency.

“As families in the United States prepare to send their children back to school in the Fall, we urge them to keep in mind the 124 million children and adolescents around the world who have never had the chance to attend school or who have been forced to drop out,” said Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are grateful to The Container Store team for their commitment to help UNICEF support every child’s right to learn and reach their full potential.”

To promote the “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign and partnership in support of UNICEF, The Container Store will include messaging throughout its campaign communications, which includes direct mail, customer emails, social media and online marketing. For more information about The Container Store and UNICEF’s partnership, visit The Container Store’s culture blog


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first.UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

About The Container Store

The Container Store (NYSE: TCS) is the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products and the only retailer solely devoted to the category. The company originated the concept of storage and organization of retailing when it opened its first store in 1978. Today, the retailer has 80 store locations nationwide that each average 25,000 square feet. The Container Store has over 11,000 products – many of them multifunctional – to help customers save space and, ultimately, save them time. Since its inception, the retailer has nurtured an employee-first culture and couples its one-of-a-kind product collection with a high level of customer service delivered by its highly trained organization experts. The Company has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For® 17 years in a row. Visit for more information about store locations, the product collection and services offered and the retailer’s new lifestyle blog, Container Stories ( To find out more about The Container Store’s unique culture, Foundation Principles and devotion to Conscious Capitalism, visit the retailer’s culture blog at or read Chairman & co-founder Kip Tindell’s book UNCONTAINABLE: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives (available at The Container Store, and anywhere books are sold).


Casey Shilling

Source: The Container Store

Erin Condren’s line of products now available on and at all Staples stores across the country

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today the expansion of Erin Condren’s line of stylish organization products to and more retail locations.

Customers looking for the latest in bold and inspiring organization solutions can now find Erin Condren’s line of products ( for the first time on and at nearly 500 Staples stores across the country. In addition to the Erin Condren desk sets, teacher planners, and notebooks that are now available to Staples customers, the expansion of products also includes exclusive-to-Staples Erin Condren 18-month LifePlanners™ that reflect her signature style of bold, trendsetting color patterns and inspirational messages.

“The expansion of Erin Condren’s line to and additional retail stores will give even more of our customers the opportunity to enjoy her inspirational solutions for their work and home,” said Liz Haesler, senior vice president and general merchandising manager, Staples. “Erin Condren’s collection of beautiful and bold organization products reflect our customer’s desire for stylish organization options for their personal life, home office and work spaces.”

“It’s such a thrill for me to offer and design a special assortment of my stylized products to more Staples customers,” said Erin Condren Founder & Chief Style Officer. “My motto has always been ‘let’s get it done so we can have some fun.’ This happy, colorful collection of organization solutions is designed to inspire people to get organized and stylized!”

Highlights from Erin Condren’s collection now at Staples include:

  • LifePlanners and planner accessories: In exclusive-to-Staples patterns and colors, Erin Condren’s LifePlanner includes daily, weekly, and monthly views and can be customized with a number of accessories.
  • Teacher’s Lesson Planner: Brings color and organization to the classroom, with 40 weeks of lesson planning, 12 monthly double-page calendar spreads, double-page checklists, reusable sheet protector, plan for it pouch, keep it together folder and dry erase board inside covers.
  • Carry-all clutches: Bold colors and inspirational quotes printed on stretchy neoprene cases make it the perfect bag for the LifePlanner, tablet, cell phone and accessories.

Erin Condren’s collection of LifePlanners, planner accessories, notebooks, teacher planners, markers, carry all-clutches, desk sets, pads and memos retail from $2.99-$64.99. To shop Erin Condren’s organization solutions, visit the Staples store locator or shop (

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art e commerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, break room snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

About Erin Condren
After finding herself a stay-at- home mom to twins, balancing cabin fever and a fluctuating sleep schedule, Erin Condren began designing and printing custom note cards from her home office to give as gifts for family and friends. With the launch of an official website in 2005,, her products spread like wildfire. Since then, it has evolved from just note cards and stickers to LifePlanners™, TakeNote™ notebooks, accessories and so much more. All items ship from two state-of-the-art printing facilities in Los Angeles and Austin. With features on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” “E! News” and countless magazines and celebrity endorsements, Erin Condren’s paper business aims to make every day stylized, organized and personalized.

Staples, Inc.

Kaitlyn Reardon, 508-253-4272

Source: Staples, Inc.

Kroger recalls Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream due to undeclared peanuts

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has recalled Kroger Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream (48 oz, tub) sold in its retail stores because the product may contain peanuts not listed on the label.  Kroger initiated the recall when a supplier, Grain Craft, indicated a raw ingredient may have become contaminated with low levels of peanut residue.

People who are allergic to peanuts could have a severe reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to peanuts, there is no safety issue with the product. No customer illnesses have been reported at this time.

All stores operating under the Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, JayC, King Soopers, City Market, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s names, stores located in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming no other Kroger locations in Louisiana or Texas are included.

Kroger has removed this item from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Kroger is recalling the following item:

Product UPC Codes Size
Kroger Deluxe S’mores
Ice Cream
0001111001399 Sell By May 20, 2017

Sell By: May 23, 2017

48 oz

Customers allergic to peanuts who have purchased the above product should not consume it and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS.

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


Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)


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

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Miu Miu unveils new kind of private club in Paris

Milano, Italy, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 3rd, 2016 Miu Miu will unveil a new kind of private club in Paris. Transforming an historic location into a contemporary salon of the imagination, the miumiu-club Paris will bring a new sense of occasion to Paris Couture Week, for one night only.

Miu Miu will reinterpret and revive the ornate private residence of Hotel de la Paiva on the Champs-Elysees into clubrooms including a cinema, restaurant and show house for a presentation of its Croisiere Collection. Mixing histories, layers of cultural meaning and Miu Miu’s underlying spirit of female empowerment, the-miumiu-club Paris will deceive the senses in a merging of the new collection with new encounters.

Members will be able to view, for the first time, the new Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign and video; sample cuisine by Margot Henderson; listen to a renowned string quartet, Dirty Pretty Strings, and DJ sets by Paul Simonon, Plastiscines, Kate Moss and Katie Grand; watch a showcase of all eleven of the auteur series Miu Miu Women’s Tales and experience the Croisiere collection up close.

The building’s history is an ironic and colorful backdrop for a club celebrating the many facets of the Miu Miu woman. It was built in the mid-1800s, commissioned by the infamous courtesan Esther Lachmann (known as La Paiva) for her private residence. Legend has it La Paiva was once pushed out of a cab by a customer into the Champs-Elysees, and vowed she would one day build a house there.

The exquisite rooms of Hotel de la Paiva radiate with extraordinary details. It is famed for its painted ceiling of Day chasing Night away by Paul Baudry (the painter responsible for the ceilings in the Grand Foyer of the Opera Garnier) and its magnificent staircase, carved from Algerian yellow onyx. A Napoleon III style bathtub also in yellow onyx has taps set with precious stones. La Paiva is said to have taken baths of milk, lime-blossom, and even champagne in it.

La Paiva held some of the most tantalizing and decadent soirees of the age in the lavish mansion. Her circle included members of the literary, artistic, political and intellectual elite, including Gustave Flaubert and Emile Zola. Since 1904, Hotel de la Paiva has been home to the Travellers Club, a gentlemen’s club (10 years ago women began to be admitted), partial to travel and backgammon.

the-miumiu-club Paris is an evolution of exclusive Miu Miu Clubs held in London, Shanghai, LA, and Macau. the-miumiu-london, held for three days at the Cafe Royal in 2012, was a new kind of members club, celebrating the many facets of the Miu Miu woman. In 2011 Miu Miu took over the iconic Park Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai with a 1940s-themed multi-sensory experience. That same year Miu Miu flew to LA, where a film noir cinema club was created for the premiere of Muta – the second of the Miu Miu Women’s Tales. Lancaster House, an extraordinary private palace in London, was transformed into a temporary Miu Miu dining club in 2010. At Miu Miu’s club on the Peninsula of Macau in 2008, guests experienced a fashion show, dinner and Crazy Horse cabaret performance.

Press contact:

Source: Prada Group


EOS Group acquires debt collection service provider Contentia in France and Belgium

Hamburg, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 1 July 2016, the international EOS Group acquired 100% of the shares in debt collection service provider Contentia in France and Belgium. The EOS Group already has a successful debt collection company in each of the two countries.

“With the takeover of Contentia, EOS is reinforcing its position as one of the leading providers of receivables management on the French and Belgian markets,” says Dr Andreas Witzig, Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors with responsibility for Western Europe.

The products and customer segments of EOS and Contentia complement one another perfectly. EOS Credirec in France and EOS Aremas in Belgium specialise in the banking and consumer finance segments. Having Contentia as its partner will enable EOS to extend its range of services, for example with a view to expanding collections in the utility, healthcare and telecommunications segments. But it is not just in the local markets that this additional area of business represents an important gain for EOS. “Thanks to our international network, customers worldwide will benefit from the diversification of our services in France and Belgium,” says Dr Witzig.

Contentia is one of the top three debt collection companies on the French and Belgian markets and has an excellent reputation. The sale to the EOS Group opens up real opportunities for growth for Contentia and boosts the company’s competitiveness. “As part of the EOS Group, Contentia will have access to new markets and can increase its market share,” explains Eric Platiau, Chief Executive of Argosyn, the company selling Contentia. The sale follows the company’s decision to withdraw from the debt collecting business, which is neither a core activity nor a strategic growth area for the financial services provider.

EOS is a member of the Otto Group and Otto Group also holds the majority in Argosyn. Until now, however, the two companies have been working independently of one another. With Contentia as part of the EOS Group, the debt collection companies can implement a common strategy in the relevant markets.


Cornelia Claußen
Public Relations Consultant
Tel.: +49 40 2850-1685

Laya Moghaddam
Senior Public Relations Consultant
Tel.: +49 40 2850-1997

Source: EOS

X5 Retail Group N.V. announces that Moody’s rating agency upgrades its outlook to positive from stable

Moscow, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces that Moody’s rating agency has changed the outlook on the Company’s Ba3 corporate family rating (CFR) and the Ba3-PD probability of default rating (PDR) to “positive” from “stable”.

The agency stated that the main factors supporting the positive outlook on X5’s Ba3 rating are the Company’s resilience to industry cycles, which is proven by healthy operating results with market-leading revenue growth and a gradually improving financial profile.

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 31 March 2016, X5 had 7,397 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 6,636 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 486 Perekrestok supermarkets, 91 Karusel hypermarkets and 184 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,462 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2015, revenue totaled RUB 808,818 mln (USD 13,268 mln), Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 59,413 mln (USD 975 mln), and net profit for the period amounted to RUB 14,174 mln (USD 233 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:

This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forwardlooking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as of the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further details please contact:

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456

Source: X5 Retail Group

Shop Direct appoints Sasha Berson as group strategy and customer director

Liverpool,UK, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct, the UK’s second largest pure play online retailer, has recruited Groupon’s EMEA chief marketing officer and vice president to the new executive board level role of group strategy and customer director.

Sasha Berson will join Shop Direct in September, with a remit to turbocharge the company’s progress on its journey to become a world class digital retailer by releasing the full potential of its wealth of customer data.

Berson has more than 20 years’ professional experience, including senior leadership positions in data-driven marketing and strategy. During his time at Groupon, he established regional marketing strategies across more than 20 territories. Prior to that, he was at eBay, where he ran online and mobile marketing for eBay Europe and led marketing activities in the company’s expansion into Russia, China and Latin America. Earlier in his career, he worked at Bain & Company and Credit Suisse, and holds an MBA from Harvard.

Commenting on Berson’s appointment, CEO of Shop Direct, Alex Baldock, said:

“As the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, we hold a deep and rich set of data on our customers’ browsing and buying habits. When combined with the financial services data that comes from being one of the country’s biggest non-bank consumer lenders, we’re in a unique position to build the world’s most personalised shopping experience.

“Sasha’s arrival marks the next step forward for us in terms of understanding the power of our data and how we invest in it to drive commercial advantage and deliver an outstanding customer experience. It’s an important hire for us and I look forward to working with him.”

Sasha Berson said:

“I am delighted to be joining Shop Direct at such an exciting time in its development. The group is leading the industry in delivering an ever more personalised shopping experience to customers, and is well on its way to achieving its ambition of becoming a world class digital retailer. I’m looking forward to being part of its next chapter.”

As well as having a specific focus on the customer agenda, Berson will also take over deputy CEO Gareth Jones’s strategy remit when he arrives at Shop Direct in September. Jones will leave the business in December after seven years.

Commenting on Jones’s departure, Alex Baldock added:

“Gareth joined Shop Direct in 2009 and his leadership has played a big part in our success.

“He led the removal of the catalogue and migration of our legacy brands last year. He’s made huge strides with innovation, from our award-winning eCommerce test and learn experimentation programme and our mobile-first approach, right through to our groundbreaking personalisation journey. He’s championed our digital talent agenda and recruited some excellent people. And he’s taken on new challenges, including the launch of Very Exclusive, shaking up the industry to democratise luxury, and managing the move to Webhelp for our customer service centres.

“Gareth has certainly made a big impact here, and will leave big shoes to fill. When it comes time to say goodbye at the end of the year, I’ll gratefully wish him every future success.”

Gareth Jones said:

“During my time at Shop Direct, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best people in retail and I’m extremely proud of the business we’ve built.

“After seven years with Shop Direct, now is the right time for me to explore other opportunities and do something different for me and my family. I look forward to watching the group’s future achievements and wish Alex and the team great success for the future.”

As well as continuing to head up the strategy and customer teams at Shop Direct until Berson joins in September, Jones will also maintain responsibility for trading, marketing, eCommerce and Very Exclusive until a replacement is appointed to the executive board in this role.


Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, with annual sales of £1.8 billion. Our digital department store brands are,, and We receive an average of 1.2 million website visits every day, with more than 60% of our sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,100 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 48 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 5,800 stores across the UK, providing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.

Contact Information:
Lauren Young
07919 228622

Dave Lafferty
07552 283266

Press contacts:
Phone: 0844 292 4799

Source: ShopDirect

Costco Wholesale Corporation reported $11.33 billion net sales for the month of June

ISSAQUAH, WA , 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: COST) today reported net sales of $11.33 billion for the month of June, the five weeks ended July 3, 2016, an increase of three percent from $11.03 billion during the similar period last year. The five-week June reporting periods included 34 selling days in both years for the U.S. and Canada.

For the forty-four weeks ended July 3, 2016, the Company reported net sales of $98.51 billion, an increase of two percent from $96.33 billion during the similar period last year.

Comparable sales for the five-week and forty-four week periods ended July 3, 2016, were as follows:

5 Weeks 44 Weeks
U.S. 0 % 2 %
Canada 1 % -4 %
Other International -3 % -4 %
Total Company 0 % 0 %

Comparable sales for these periods excluding the negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange were as follows:

5 Weeks 44 Weeks
U.S. 2 % 4 %
Canada 7 % 9 %
Other International 2 % 4 %
Total Company 3 % 5 %

Additional discussion of these results is available in a pre-recorded telephone message. The recording can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 57699328). This message will be available today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Costco currently operates 708 warehouses, including 496 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 90 in Canada, 36 in Mexico, 27 in the United Kingdom, 25 in Japan, 12 in Korea, 12 in Taiwan, eight in Australia and two in Spain. Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea andTaiwan.

Certain statements contained in this document and the pre-recorded telephone message constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements.

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic and international economic conditions, including exchange rates, the effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels, breaches of security or privacy of member or business information, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, capital spending, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (generally including health care costs), energy and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions, and other risks identified from time to time in the Company’s public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements, except as required by law.

Costco Wholesale Corporation:

Richard Galanti

Jeff Elliott

David Sherwood

Source: Costco