GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP, the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties in the United States, released its annual sustainability report which reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business and showcases the impacts of its efforts. The company’s sustainability strategy includes programs in areas such as operations and efficiencies, development and property management, community engagement, and workplace development and training.

“Sustainability is not just a buzzword or isolated program for GGP, it is at the core of our values and is embedded into every part of our business,” said Shobi Khan, chief operating officer at GGP. “We consistently strive to improve the efficiency of our properties and work side-by-side with each tenant to reduce our footprint and make substantial impacts to better the environment around us.”

Among the many highlights from 2015 sustainability initiatives, GGP made tremendous headway in the company’s five areas of focus:

  • Reduced overall carbon footprint by 23,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide; the equivalent of removing nearly 5,000 cars off the roads in the U.S.
  • Through the utilization of smart irrigation technology, reduced water consumption at properties by more than 64 million gallons; the equivalent of nearly 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • Diverted over 54,300 tons of waste from landfills that could have otherwise filled more than 4,500 garbage trucks
  • Reduced electricity consumption by approximately 215 million kilowatt hours, which is enough electricity to power all of the home in Coral Gables, Florida for one year
  • Anticipated savings of approximately 44.5 million kilowatt hours per year by updating 500 inefficient roof-top common area heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units with high-efficiency units

For a second consecutive year, GGP is recognized for making ecological, economic and social initiatives an integral part of its business with the highest possible real estate sustainability honor – a prestigious Green Star – by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Furthermore, the company’s solar generation projects currently underway will rank GGP among the top 10 U.S. companies by solar capacity, according to 2015 Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) rankings.

“It is encouraging to see the progress of GGP and the broader commercial real estate sector as sustainability issues are becoming increasingly important for retailers and the end-consumer,” said Nils Kok, chief executive officer of GRESB. “Sustainability initiatives are directly reducing expenses and will lead to more competitive positioning of assets over the next couple of years.”


Lindsay Kahn
GGP Public Relations Manager


GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report
GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report


Source: GGP

Whole Foods Market announces the opening of its newest store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 26

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest store on Tuesday, July 26 at 9 AM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (238 Bedford Ave.). The highly anticipated Williamsburg store will be Brooklyn’s second Whole Foods Market location, featuring a vast selection of new and exclusive goods from favorite local vendors. Opening day will kick off with the company’s traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:45 AM followed by an array of tastings, vendor samplings, sales, and giveaways!

In line with Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the local community, the Williamsburg store has named the Brooklyn Public Library as the 5% Community Giving Day Partner. The Brooklyn Public Library will receive 5% of the store’s sales from opening day to benefit the library’s eco-learning programs before the 2018 opening of its Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center. Additionally, Whole Foods Market Gowanus will also be donating 5% of its sales on July 26th to the Library.

To give shoppers something more to be excited about, Whole Foods Market Williamsburg is partnering with Brooklyn-based natural colorist and fashion designer Audrey Louise Reynolds to giveaway a custom, one-of-a-kind tote bag to the first 250 shoppers on opening day. Dubbed as the “fashion world’s artisanal fabric dyer” by The New York Times, Reynolds will also be launching her line of sustainable dyes (ALR Dyes) within the store’s Whole Body department.

Social media savvy shoppers should keep an eye on the store’s various channels (@wfmbrooklyn) for giveaways with local favorite, PINTRILL. Whole Foods Market Williamsburg has partnered with the pop-culture savvy pin company to create two pins featuring an Avocado Toast and a Kale Tattoo made exclusively for the store opening. To purchase these pins, simply visit or the company’s flagship location in the area.

At 51,000 square feet, Whole Foods Market Williamsburg will be providing local residents with a vast and unparalleled selection of high quality natural and organic goods, in addition to a variety of unique dining and first-to-market store innovations. All products meet the retailer’s strict quality standards.

“Having lived in and around Williamsburg for the last decade, I’m thrilled to be opening a Whole Foods Market in the neighborhood my family and I call home,” said Store Team Leader, Sam Baris. “The team has put a lot of thought and hard work into creating a store that really caters to the diverse community, and we hope that’s apparent in everything from the store’s design and prepared food offerings to each and every single product on shelves.”

Whole Foods Market recently announced the vast variety of in-store venues that will make up the “WFM Food Hall.” Specifically, shoppers can expect to find some of New York City’s most beloved and up-and-coming favorites such as Luke’s Lobster’s Tail Cart, No. 7 Veggie, and East Coast Poke. Neighborhood favorite OddFellows Ice Cream Co. will be offering shoppers a rotating menu of its seasonal flavors served from its signature ice cream cart. Paying homage to Williamsburg’s storied roots, the retailer is also introducing a new venue concept called N4—a restaurant and tap room offering an all-natural take on the traditional Jewish delicatessen. N4 will feature an array of exclusive wines on draft from Red Hook Winery, craft cocktails featuring New York state liquors, and menu items such as Fried Matzo Balls, Pastrami Hash & Egg, and Portobello Pastrami.  The store will also offer, Layered, a breakfast and snack concept focused on vegan and paleo options, and classic prepared food offerings including pizza, sushi, coffee, juice and other daily chef-made creations.

In addition, every department will be featuring an unrivaled selection of premium and locally sourced goods and first-to-market innovations. For a full list of product exclusives, go here.

  • Grocery: With so many amazing local producers in Brooklyn, it’s no wonder that this store is filled with new and exclusive products such as an all-butter, ready-to-bake frozen pie crust from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, artisanal waffle cones from The Konery, Vista Hermosa corn tortillas made fresh daily at Tacombi Flatiron, and freshly milled flours available in the Bulk section from Brooklyn Bread Lab and Maine Grains.
  • Produce: There will be a variety of ways to improve the way you shop for produce at the Williamsburg store. Baldor Specialty Foods will launch a digital kiosk giving shoppers the opportunity to special order unique culinary items typically only available to the metro area’s top chefs. Gotham Greens will be introducing fresh pesto, available in both classic and vegan varieties, plus fresh Thai and Purple Basil. Gotham Greens will also introduce “Ugly Greens,” greens and herbs that are slightly imperfect on the outside and perfectly delicious on the inside. To help further reduce food waste and generate additional revenue for farmers, the store will be introducing an “Imperfect Produce” program, offering customers the opportunity to purchase select “cosmetically-challenged” produce at a lower price.
  • Bakery: The Williamsburg store will house an in-store bakery creating breads, cakes, pastries and more! In addition, it will be a new home to Roberta’s array of baked goods and pastries, including a sunflower spelt loaf and their incredibly popular and delicious sticky buns.  The store will also be using flour provided by the Brooklyn Bread Lab to create a variety of new and exclusive items.
  • Meat: Shoppers can rest assured knowing that all meat sold in stores were raised to the retailer’s strict standards and have been certified to the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System. Get to know the skilled butchers behind the counter who can cut to order and help you choose the best meat for your occasion based on your budget. As a special feature to this location, shoppers can expect a full and expanded variety of ready-to-cook meat items.
  • Seafood: Whether you’re interested in sustainably caught wild seafood or Responsibly Farmed, Whole Foods Market’s fishmongers have the freshest, highest quality seafood. Fans of ceviche will be pleased to know that they can choose their choice of fish and the store’s knowledgeable fishmongers will add the marinade.
  • Specialty: In addition to some of the finest cheeses sourced locally, domestically and from around the world, the Williamsburg location will be offering five new cheeses from Crown Finish Caves, based out of Crown Heights. Beer aficionados can rejoice as Brooklyn Brewery will be launching a special “West coast-style” IPA called Area 291 specifically for this opening. Transmitter Brewing will also be launching a hoppy, Belgian-style ale called WF-1 that will be packaged in single, 25 oz. bottles with a cork. Coffee enthusiasts can enjoy the exclusive “Williamsburg” blend from local favorite Toby’s Estate, roasted specially for preparation as a cold brew.
  • Whole Body: The department will feature a variety of products sourced from local vendors including fun food pun cards designed by artist Jenny Acosta, as well as additional personal care and beauty items with top-of-the-line natural and organic ingredients, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and baby care items.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels:  and Twitter & Instagram @wfmbrooklyn


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market and PBS KIDS to bring “Wild Kratts” inspired products to stores across the U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas , 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is partnering with PBS KIDS’ top-rated show, “Wild Kratts,” to bring series-inspired products to stores across the U.S.

Beginning this month, Whole Foods Market will offer a variety of new products, including: Wild Kratts Organic Creature Crackers, Wild Kratts Creature Power Multi-Vitamin Gummies, Wild Kratts Foaming Body Wash, Wild Kratts Bubble Bath and Wild Kratts Insulated Lunch Totes. These back-to-school products will be easily recognizable to fans and will include images of “Wild Kratts” characters Aviva, Chris, Martin—and some of their animal friends. Items in the “Wild Kratts” line will range in price from $3.99 to $9.99.

“We are very excited to be partnering with a brand like ‘Wild Kratts,’ which is dedicated to getting children excited to learn about animals and their habitats,” said Brianna Blanton, brand manager for Whole Foods Market’s store brands. “Our goal is to bring the contagious energy of this animal-centric show to our shelves for our young shoppers and their families to enjoy.”

In “Wild Kratts,” Chris and Martin Kratt travel the world on creature adventures and teach viewers about the unique animals they encounter. They explain basic physics, biology and chemistry topics while developing observation and investigation skills.

“The partnership between Wild Kratts and Whole Foods Market is a truly natural one.” Says Chris Kratt, creator, producer and co-star of Wild Kratts and co-founder of The Kratt Brothers Company. “Whole Foods Market is a leader in delivering the kind of wholesome, healthy products that can sustain any active ‘creature adventurer’ young or old!”

“Wild Kratts” is a favorite among 6- to 8-year-olds in 180 countries and is broadcast in 18 different languages. In 2016, the TV series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program,” which was its fifth Emmy nomination since the show debuted in January 2011. “Wild Kratts,” produced by The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group, airs daily on PBS.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dubbed “the fashion world’s artisanal dyer,” by The New York Times, Audrey Louise Reynolds is making her sustainable dyes available for purchase for the first time ever at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg (238 Bedford Ave.), opening Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00AM. ALR Dyes, which Reynolds’ makes by hand in her Red Hook, Brooklyn studio will come in orange, yellow, pink, grey, and ecru.

“I am overjoyed to be making my natural dyes available to the public,” said Audrey Louise Reynolds, designer and owner of ALR. “It’s a process that I’ve always loved and I’m so excited to see what people create with my colors whether it be families, budding fashion designers or home décor enthusiasts.”

In addition to selling her dyes, Reynolds has created a custom, one-of-a-kind tote bag that will be given away on opening day to the first 250 shoppers at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg. The bags, which are Fair Trade Certified, are unique in their make-up and craftsmanship, with each one treated with sustainable and natural ingredients to soften, texturize and color the recycled cotton. Reynolds begins the process by washing the tote bags with mineral and ocean water. The bags are then hand dyed in rainwater and a mix of ALR pigments. No two will be alike, and their individuality will be further solidified when each one is hand-signed, stamped and numbered by Reynolds herself.

Outside of Whole Foods Market, fans of Reynolds’ designs can find her signature hand-dyed t-shirts available for purchase at any of Bird’s three Brooklyn boutiques. In conjunction with the new store opening, both Bird and Whole Foods Market are committing to donate a percentage of sales to the Brooklyn Public Library. Specifically, 5% of sales from Whole Foods Market Williamsburg and Gowanus on July 26, and all proceeds from sales of a special-edition t-shirt by ALR, available at Bird, will be donated. The partnership will be highlighted with a special book and floral ALR, Whole Foods Market, and Brooklyn Public Library window display at Bird’s Williamsburg location (203 Grand St.).


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market


Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

JCPenney launches new back-to-school multimedia marketing campaign

PLANO, Texas , 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season, JCPenney has curated the best assortment of trend-right apparel, shoes and accessories so every kid can start the new school year with a look that’s #SoWorthIt. “So You. So Worth It” is the inspirational tagline behind the Company’s new back-to-school multimedia marketing campaign, debuting July 24. And to help make back-to-shopping even easier, the Company has launched a redesigned JCPenney mobile app which offers a simplified shopping experience, as well as expanded its ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store Same Day’ option to all stores nationwide. Over 150,000 items on are now available for same-day pick up at any JCPenney store, giving customers a head start on their back-to-school shopping lists.

“Back-to-school represents a fresh start and an opportunity for Mom to prepare her kids for the new school year ahead. She wants her kids to feel confident and the key to doing that is to let them be themselves. At JCPenney, we have the styles and trends that allow kids to best express their personalities – and all at budget-friendly prices,” said Mary Beth West, chief customer and marketing officer for JCPenney. “Our marketing campaign and promotions will be aimed squarely at the modern American mom, who will be planning multiple shopping trips to take advantage of great savings, must-have styles and convenient digital experiences that make JCPenney worth shopping the entire back-to-school season.”

JCPenney continues to emphasize customer value by offering a range of promotions throughout the popular back-to-school shopping period. The retailer is kicking off the season with its “Power Penney Days” this week, showcasing a variety of $3, $5, $7 and $9 deals on key items, along with various “buy one, get one” for a penny offers on brands found only at JCPenney.

On July 22 and 23, JCPenney shoppers will be greeted with an envelope containing a coupon worth $10 off $10, $20 off $20, or $100 off $100 or more purchase, while supplies last. Additionally, on July 23 and Aug. 7, JCPenney store associates will surprise and delight customers by giving away a limited quantity of colorful, “penny” notebooks. The notebook will include a back-to-school checklist that highlights all the clothing and gear kids need, along with a coupon that Mom can use up to six times throughout the season.

Kids ages 12 and under can take advantage of $10 haircuts now through the end of August at all jcp salons and the Salon by InStyle. To complete the back-to-school look, eyeglasses for kids ages 16 and under are available for $39.99 at all JCPenney optical locations.

Hot trends for teen girls heading back to school include Victorian lace, corduroy skirts, varsity sweaters and babydoll dresses while teen guys will see plaids, hoodies, jogger pants and moto jackets dominate their new school year style. The back-to-school shop on features these top looks and more in an easy-to-shop format. To provide even more shopping inspiration, JCPenney has created “Outfits You’ll Love,” found on, featuring eight stylish pieces that can be mixed into two week’s worth of outfits for each school-age group.

JCPenney is the ultimate shopping destination when it comes to back-to-school trends, with the styles and brands that students want and the quality and value Moms deem #SoWorthIt. Here are just a few examples:

  • Denim must-haves: A new school year is synonymous with a new pair of jeans and JCPenney has the latest denim trends including flare, skinny, destructed, high-waisted, patchwork and jegging to get the school year started in style. With top brands such as Levi’s®, The Original Arizona Jean Company® and Total Girl®, kids and teens will find the brands, sizes and fashion to fit their personalities.
  • Always active: For kiddos on the move, JCPenney has a huge assortment of active wear from key brands including Xersion™, City Streets® and Nike®. Xersion and Nike are now available for preschoolers in select JCPenney stores and, allowing even the youngest students to dress just like the big kids.
  • New kicks: JCPenney has the shoes to help any kid put their best foot forward with popular brands such as Nike, Converse® and Vans®. Brand new this year, Xersion athletic shoes for boys and girls are perfect for playing kickball during recess or just hanging out with friends.
  • Special sizes: Complementing the vast selection of plus and husky sizes for kids available in stores and at, JCPenney is expanding its new juniors plus size assortment for the new school year. Teen girls who are seeking the latest trends to fit curvier figures will find even more fashion and athleisure choices in juniors plus apparel from Decree®, Arizona and City Streets.
  • School uniforms: JCPenney continues to be the year-round headquarters for school uniforms, offering polos, pants, shorts, skirts, sweaters and more from IZOD® and Arizona in stores. A vast selection of special size uniforms can be found in stores, with an expanded selection at from IZOD, Arizona and French Toast®.
  • Dorm shop: For college-bound students, the Dorm Shop at JCPenney has everything they need to make a dorm room feel like home, such as extra-long bedding from Home Expressions™ and IZOD, small appliances from Cooks by JCPenney Home™ and Keurig® and colorful décor.
  • Inspire imagination: The Disney® shop inside JCPenney helps little ones get a magical start to the new school year. Lunchboxes, backpacks and pencil boxes feature some of Disney’s most popular characters from Finding Dory, Frozen, Sofia the First, Cars and Toy Story, to name a few

JCPenney is connecting with millions of tech-savvy teens as the exclusive retail sponsor of Full screen Live’s annual “Girls Night In” national tour. Featuring some of YouTube’s top fashion, performance and lifestyle gurus, Alisha Marie, Niki & Gabi DeMartino, Alyson Stoner and Jessie Paege, these popular vloggers have a combined fan base of over 20 million followers. During the 24-city national tour, the girls will perform an interactive variety show with games, sketches, contests, musical and dance performances, and even custom JCPenney styling sessions with lucky members of each audience. JCPenney stores in Phoenix, Denver and Seattle will host three events where a Girls Night In star will participate in a Q&A session, discuss fashion trends and showcase her favorite back-to-style looks, found only at JCPenney. During the last stop, the Girls Night In social media stars will take over the JCPenney Snapchat account giving followers exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

JCPenney is expanding its 20-year partnership with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) this back-to-school season by donating $1, up to $250,000, for every pair of Arizona jeans sold now through Sept. 2. This donation will support the Y’s academic achievement programs, which helps kids across the country reach their full potential. JCPenney will also host a back-to-school community event at a local Y branch in Los Angeles, offering an Arizona denim bar, complimentary haircuts, optical exams, entertainment, games and more. Separately, JCPenney Cares, a 501(c)3 public charity, will support the Y with an additional $250,000 donation.

For store b-roll and a Spanish version of this release, please visit:

For back-to-school trend images, please visit the Back-to-School 2016 look book:

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every shopping experience is worth the customer’s time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, customers will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

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PREIT announces the grand opening of Primark at its Willow Grove Park Mall in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced the grand opening of Primark, a leading European fashion retailer, at its Willow Grove Park Mall in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove, PA. This is the second Primark location in the Philadelphia region and the fifth in the Northeastern United States.

Primark is one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, offering up-to-the-minute styles at value-for-money prices. This new location will occupy 58,300 square feet space previously occupied by Sears  on the second and third floors of the southwest side of the mall. Focused on fashion, value and customer service, the retailer’s newest store will feature 59 fitting rooms and 47 registers, recharge areas, as well as a trend room, elevating the shopper experience for PREIT’s Willow Grove Park customers with added convenience and innovative experiences.

With a range of fashion products – including womenswear, menswear, children’s apparel, home goods and beauty products – Primark Willow Grove is a leading example of PREIT’s commitment to diversifying its tenant mix and welcoming contemporary anchor stores to its portfolio.

“Retailers like Primark, delivering fashion and value that is limited to the brick-and-mortar format, are in high demand in today’s retail environment, meeting the evolving needs of consumers.  New anchors, along with a unique roster of retailers, diverse dining, entertainment and experiential offerings are the keys to success in today’s mall setting,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “By capitalizing on our concentration in sought-after markets, like Philadelphia, our properties attract new and exciting merchants, of which Primark’s second Philadelphia location is a prime example.”

As consumer shopping behaviors continue to fuel the evolution of the mall, PREIT is differentiating the shopper experience by bringing new, diversified tenants to its properties. Over the past several years, the company has focused on strategic anchor redevelopment, enhancing its portfolio quality with the addition of niche retailers and “retailtainment” offerings.  Earlier this year, PREIT executed a lease to bring DICK’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream to its Viewmont Mall in Scranton, PA, as well as Round 1 Entertainment – offering billiards, ping pong and bowling – at its Exton Square Mall. Additionally, the company announced the development of a LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, marking one of nine locations in the country and the only one in the state.

A grand opening for Willow Grove Park Mall’s Primark store will be held this morning. Primark currently has 312 stores in 11 countries.

PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., the company owns and operates over 25 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect PREIT’s current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Important factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by PREIT’s forward-looking statements include those discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”  PREIT does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241


CBRE awarded the 2016 Digie award for the “Best Use of Automation for Property Management” for its CORE Asset Services operating platform

Los Angeles, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE was awarded the 2016 Digie award for the “Best Use of Automation for Property Management” by Realcomm, a worldwide research and event company focused on real estate technology, for its CORE Asset Services operating platform.Using the CORE platform, Property Managers can quickly assess and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and operational data for their clients in order for clients to facilitate timely and strategic decision making. Unique within the industry, CORE can function across markets around the world.

“CORE is a true game-changer for the way that our team does business and creates a huge advantage for our clients,” says Mary Jo Eaton, Global President of Asset Services and Valuation & Advisory Services (VAS) for CBRE. “This important piece of technology brings together many of the missing pieces of how a property manager does their daily work and gives us access to this important data—allowing us to be more forward-looking and proactive with our clients. We are thankful to have been recognized with a prestigious Digie award for this technology.”

The Digie Awards are designed to give credit to those who endeavor to transform the industry into a 21st Century Digital Model and are given out annually at the Realcomm | IBcon 2016 conference, an event focused on next generation technologies and their influence on transforming the commercial real estate industry.

For more information about this technology, please visit

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

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

Source: CBRE

Best Buy features comedian Adam Devine in its new back-to-school ad campaign

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy has launched a new back-to-school ad campaign that features comedian, actor and producer Adam Devine in a series of educational and humorous TV, digital and social spots.

Each element highlights a common scenario students face, and shows how to navigate awkward and difficult college tasks. Devine often partners with Best Buy Blue Shirts to demonstrate how easy it is to enjoy the best in tech for every situation.

“I hope our approach on how to tackle the tough college stuff helps show how easy Best Buy makes tech for families,” Devine said. “It’s a fun twist on the usual laundry list of back to school essentials for what can often be a challenging time for both parents and students.”

In addition to a variety of online videos, digital and social media ads, the new campaign will give college students the opportunity to use ”Adamojis” in texts and on social media. ”Adamojis” will be available for download at the App Store starting Wednesday, July 20.

The “How to College With Adam Devine” spots can be viewed at

Students can get great deals on all of their back-to-school necessities when they register at They will receive exclusive monthly coupons for everything from MacBooks, laptops and computers to dorm essentials like compact refrigerators, microwaves and TVs.


Best Buy features comedian Adam Devine in its new back-to-school ad campaign
Best Buy features comedian Adam Devine in its new back-to-school ad campaign

Source: Best Buy


PetSmart to host The Secret Life of Pets -themed in-store event on July 23

PHOENIX, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the tail of the record-setting box office launch weekend success of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’The Secret Life of Pets, PetSmart, the exclusive pet-specialty retailer for the film, is bringing to life the adventures of Max and his friends with a free, open-to-the-public event this Saturday, July 23, from noon until 4 p.m. local time in all stores across North America.

As the exclusive pet retailer for the film, PetSmart carries the exclusive The Secret Life of Pets pet product collection featuring a range of toys, beds and apparel. PetSmart worked with Illumination Entertainment and NBC Universal Brand Development to create an innovative multi-channel shopping experience where pets from the movie “take over” PetSmart stores,, social media and other digital channels in fun and engaging ways.

With the character store takeover, the in-store event on July 23 will feature a scavenger hunt event where fans will search via signage for The Secret Life of Pets main character Max. Kids can help find Max by using stickers to mark off treasure map clues with a little help from Max’s friends from the movie — Gidget, Buddy, Chloe, Leonard and more. Participants can find Max and earn a special prize* when they have all 10 stickers on their treasure map. The scavenger hunt also has a strong educational component to teach kids fun facts about various pets and pet care.

“Scavenger hunt type challenges and games have exploded in popularity, and we are pleased to bring this fun experience inspired by the lovable The Secret Life of Pets friends in our stores,” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “With the characters everywhere in our stores, we know fans of all ages will have fun roaming and looking for their favorites from the movie and winning fun prizes.”

Kids will also receive character masks, coloring sheets and the first 30 kids that participate in the in-store celebration event will receive an additional special prize!* This in-store event will be held 12 – 4 p.m. local store time.** Attendees can learn more, RSVP and invite others using this Facebook eventhosted by PetSmart.

*All event giveaways available while supplies last.
**At participating PetSmart locations. Check your local store for availability.

About The Secret Life of Pets
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

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,, and – 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.

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About Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films. Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Mefranchise, which includes Minions, the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013. In all, Illumination’s films, which also include 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed more than $3.2 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent.

Upcoming films include Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly, which arrives in theaters in December 2016;Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell and Trey Parker, which is set for June 2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, that is set for November 2017. In addition, Minion Rush (800 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Minion Mayhemattracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

About NBCUniversal Brand Development
NBCUniversal Brand Development (NBCUBD) drives expansion of the company’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, kids and family content, and consumer experiences globally. Along with franchise brand management, NBCUBD includes three lines of business: NBCUniversal Consumer Products, Universal Kids & Family Productions, and NBCUniversal Games and Digital Products. NBCUniversal Brand Development is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart

PetSmart Media Line

Source: PetSmart

New Chick-fil-A restaurant in Vancouver, Washington to open for business in late summer 2016

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Local resident and entrepreneur John Dombroski has been named franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Vancouver, Wash. With the restaurant slated to open for business in late summer 2016, Dombroski will oversee day-to-day activities of the business, employing more than 100 full- and part-time team members, cultivating relationships with Vancouver schools, organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving local guests.

Dombroski recently moved to the Vancouver area with his wife, Aubrey, and three young children to open the franchise. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dombroski originally had dreams of becoming a pilot but found his way to Chick-fil-A after an eye condition prevented him from completing pilot training.  Beginning as an hourly Chick-fil-A team member in Pensacola, Fla., it took him less than five years to work his way up to owning his own restaurant.

“We feel completely at home here,” Dombroski says.  “Aubrey and I are beyond excited for the opportunity to open our own Chick-fil-A restaurant in such a beautiful place with a terrific community. We look forward to introducing Chick-fil-A to Vancouver and to serving our customers great food with remarkable hospitality.”

The restaurant, formally named Chick-fil-A at Cascade Park, will be located at 719 SE 164th Avenue and is the third of three locally owned Chick-fil-A restaurants to open in the Portland area this year. Chick-fil-A, which earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame, is known for its menu of fresh, hand-crafted food and offers a variety of options for guests of all ages. Signature items include a hand-breaded, boneless chicken breast sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries and hand-spun milkshakes. The restaurant uses only premium ingredients and makes many of its menu items from scratch in the restaurant each day, including hand-chopped salads and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Chick-fil-A at Cascade Park will partner with regional farmers and suppliers to source as many locally- and regionally-grown ingredients as possible. In fact, the restaurant will source all of its bread from Portland-based Franz Bakery, which also supplies bread to Chick-fil-A restaurants in Washington. Chick-fil-A sources all potatoes used to make hash browns and Waffle Potato Fries from the Columbia River Basin – buying more than 438 million pounds of potatoes last year alone. Additionally, all of the apples used to supply Chick-fil-A’s West Region restaurants are grown in the Pacific Northwest, sourcing more than 2.25 million pounds of apples from the region each year. Chick-fil-A is also collaborating with national and regional poultry suppliers to ensure it serves chicken raised without antibiotics in all its restaurants nationwide by 2019. Among other locally-based giving initiatives, Dombroski will partner with a local food bank to donate surplus food to those in need multiple times a week.

Chick-fil-A at Cascade Park will create approximately 100 new full-and part-time jobs, with team member hiring taking place now. Chick-fil-A is known for developing and retaining young talent, offering a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, promotions that lead to management roles, the opportunity to earn college scholarships, respect for work-life balance (with Sundays off) and competitive wages. Over the years, the restaurant company has provided more than $30 million to help team members of franchisees pay for college. Interested candidates can apply at

The Vancouver Chick-fil-A is one of more than 90 new restaurants the chain plans to open across the country in 2016, creating more than 8,000 new jobs. Last year, Chick-fil-A reported an increase in the number of new restaurants initially planned for the year and record-setting annual sales of more than $6 billion, the 48thconsecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at

Corporate Media Hotline:
(800) 404-7196
Twitter: @ChickfilANews


New Chick-fil-A restaurant in Vancouver, Washington to open for business in late summer 2016
New Chick-fil-A restaurant in Vancouver, Washington to open for business in late summer 2016


Source: Chick-fil-A

Week three of the Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble celebration will include the massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles

New York, NY, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that week three of the Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble ( celebration will include the massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles, which will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, and feature Funko, Diamond Select Toys, and more.

In addition, on Saturday, July 23, at 7 PM, Barnes & Noble customers are invited to their local store to celebrate DC and be the first to get a free Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic while enjoying giveaways, activities and cosplay.

Plus, customers can receive a special buy 2 get the 3rd free offer on all DC Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24.

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

One of the most anticipated releases of the year, the launch of the Comic Convention Collectibles at Barnes & Noble is a can’t-miss moment for collectors and pop-culture fans. Customers should get to their local store as early as possible on July 21 as these collectibles will sell out fast!

Additionally, starting July 21, customers can purchase any POP! and get a free “Get Pop-Cultured” poster designed by famed artist and designer Becker. This is an exclusive poster specially designed for Barnes & Noble. This exclusive offer is available in stores only, while supplies last.

DC: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM
On Saturday, July 23, at 7PM, Barnes & Noble customers are invited to their local store to celebrate DC, home to popular Super Heroes and Super Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash, as well as the Suicide Squad as seen in the feature film opening August 5. Customers will be the first to get a free Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic, while supplies last, and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay.

Plus, customers can receive a special buy 2 get the 3rd free offer on all DC Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24.

Other exciting giveaways available at the event, while supplies last, will include a sampler of the new DC Super Hero Girls universe, including sneak peeks at the DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis Original Graphic Novel and the Supergirl at Super Hero High Middle Grade Reader Novel. Stores will also feature the ever-popular DC Entertainment Graphic Novels Essentials and Chronology 2016, plus posters and bookmarks. Customers should contact their local Barnes & Noble for more details.

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

* Of equal or lesser value. eBooks not included. While supplies last.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Kroger: Marlene Stewart to succeed Bill Breetz as Houston division President

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Houston division President Bill Breetz, and the promotion of Marlene Stewart to succeed him. Ms. Stewart currently serves as president of the company’s Dillons division.

Colleen Juergensen will succeed Ms. Stewart as president of Dillons. Ms. Juergensen currently serves as vice president of merchandising of the Smith’s division.

Kroger also announced the promotion of Pam Matthews to serve as president of the company’s QFC division. Ms. Matthews currently serves as vice president of operations for Kroger’s Delta division. She succeeds Dennis Gibson, who was recently named president of the King Soopers/City Market division.

“Kroger has an exceptionally strong team of leaders who are fueling our growth and improving our connection with customers,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Marlene, Colleen and Pam bring unmatched depth and experience to their new roles. They will help Kroger continue to make a difference for our customers, associates, and communities – and by doing so create value for our shareholders.”

Bill Breetz to Retire After 44 Years of Service

Bill Breetz will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective August 26.

“Bill’s extraordinary career demonstrates a passion for people and a passion for results. He leads by caring deeply about associates and developing future leaders,” said Mr. McMullen. “Bill’s leadership has contributed to Kroger’s success and growth. The entire Kroger family thanks Bill for his many contributions over the years and wishes he and his family all the best in retirement.”

Mr. Breetz began his Kroger career in 1972 as a bagger in Louisville, Ky. After earning a degree at the University of Louisville in 1977, he joined the management training program and was named a co-manager in Cincinnati. He served in several leadership positions through the years, including store and district management and vice president of merchandising for the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division. In 2000, Mr. Breetz was promoted to executive vice president of Kroger’s Southwest division with responsibility for Operations in Dallas. In 2001, he assumed responsibility for operations in Houston as well. He was named president of the Southwest Division in 2002, and president of the Houston Division in 2015.

Mr. Breetz has been active in a variety of community organizations throughout his career, most recently supporting the Houston Food Bank, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Boy Scouts of America, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other local charities. Mr. Breetz and his wife, Jo Ann, have three children and three grandchildren.

Marlene Stewart Promoted to President of Houston Division

Marlene Stewart, currently president of the Dillons division, succeeds Mr. Breetz as president of the Houston Division, effective August 28.

Ms. Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the company’s Cincinnati division, where she worked full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She went on to serve in many leadership roles in Cincinnati, including store and district management, training and merchandising. In 2005, Ms. Stewart was named director of operations for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division before being named vice president of operations in 2007. She was named vice president of merchandising in the company’s QFC division in 2011. She was named to her current role in 2015.

Colleen Juergensen Promoted to President of Dillons Division

Colleen Juergensen, currently vice president of merchandising at the Smith’s division, succeeds Ms. Stewart as president of the Dillons division, effective August 28.

Ms. Juergensen began her Kroger career with the Dillons division in 1981. She served in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility including store manager, zone manager, and director of advertising. In 2008, Ms. Juergensen was promoted to Dillons vice president of operations. She was named vice president of operations of Smith’s in 2012, and to her current role in 2015.

Pam Matthews Promoted to President of QFC Division

Pam Matthews, currently vice president of operations for the Delta division, has been promoted to president of the QFC Division, effective August 1. She replaces Dennis Gibson, who was recently named president of the King Soopers/City Market Division.

Ms. Matthews began her career with the company’s Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, Ore, in 1980.

Throughout her 25-year career with Fred Meyer, she held a variety of leadership roles in store management, Corporate Brand development, and merchandising. Ms. Matthews also served as director of deli/bakery merchandising and director of floral merchandising and procurement at Kroger’s general offices in Cincinnati before being promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Central division in 2006. She was named vice president of merchandising for the Delta Division in 2014 and to her current role in 2015.

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 Click List 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.


Cincinnati/Dayton Division
(Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana)
Patty Leesemann

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Diebold declares third quarter cash dividend of 28.75 cents per share on all common shares

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The board of directors of Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) today declared a third quarter cash dividend of 28.75 cents per share on all common shares. The dividend is payable on Wednesday, Aug. 3 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Wednesday, July 27.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered nearCanton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at or on Twitter:

Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen
+1 330 490 3796

Investor Relations
Steve Virostek
+1 330 490 6319

SOURCE: Diebold, Incorporated

Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH and WATERBURY, VT, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN,) The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that more than 300 million Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods were sold in the first year since being made available at retail outlets nationwide, with sales totaling nearly $220 million in IRI retail scanned data. IRI Market Advantage, a market research company focused on the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, reported the results and included Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods on its list of Rising Stars in Food & Beverage.

According to IRI’s April 2016 report, New Product Pacesetters: Harvesting the Fruits of Innovation Done Right, over 10,000 new CPG products hit retail shelves each year with generally less than 10 new products capturing more than $100 million in their first year of sales and only half of those reaching the $200 million mark.

“We were extremely pleased with the successful launch of Dunkin’ Donuts varieties in K-Cup pods. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee consumers had been requesting this launch for quite some time and, as shown by consumer repeat rates, they are continuing to embrace the ability to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods wherever they shop for groceries,” said Steve Oakland, The J.M. Smucker Company Vice Chair and President U.S. Food and Beverage. “The momentum behind the brand remains strong and we are excited to expand our K-Cup portfolio by bringing consumers two new offerings, including Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice, two varieties that are consumer favorites.”

“The success of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods speaks directly to consumers’ love for the Dunkin’ brand and the great tasting, consistent experience they get from their Keurig brewing system,” said Mark Wood, Keurig Green Mountain’s Chief Business Development and Partner Officer. “The wide availability of Dunkin K-Cup pods has created new Dunkin’ fans, making it possible for them to enjoy their beloved Dunkin’ brand with Keurig quality and convenience.”

“The launch of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods in the retail channel went much more quickly than we expected and was very well received by retailers and consumers as evidenced by these remarkable sales results,” said Paul Carbone, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Financial Officer. “We are delighted that through our partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain that in our first year of sales we were able to get hundreds of millions of cups of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the hands of new and existing customers.  As we continue into the second year of our partnership with the Smucker Company and Keurig, we look forward to continuing to build Dunkin’ Donuts’ brand equity and to reinforce our brand’s overall coffee leadership.”

In support of the goal to drive its coffee leadership, the companies also announced that this summer two new K-Cup® pod varieties – Dunkin’ Dark® and Pumpkin Spice – would be available at grocery stores and retailers nationwide. Dunkin’ Dark coffee features a bold, rich taste with the signature smoothness expected from Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. New Pumpkin Spice offers a seasonal blend of favorite fall flavors including pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Both K-Cup® pod varieties are made with 100% premium Arabica coffee, and will be available at select retailers throughout the U.S. beginning this month.

In addition to retail outlets, Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods are also made available for sale online at and, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods are available in several varieties, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf®, French Vanilla and Hazelnut. Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut, Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® pods are available exclusively at retailers nationwide and select varieties are available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee, visit or, or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

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

About The J. M. Smucker Company
For nearly 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®,Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®,Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles ‘n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit

The J.M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Pillsbury® is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC and Dunkin’ Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder LLC.

Dunkin’ Donuts® brand is licensed to The J.M. Smucker Company for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores.  This information does not pertain to Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants. Keurig® and K-Cup® are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. used with permission.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is reimagining how beverages can be created, personalized, and enjoyed, fresh-made in homes and workplaces. We are a personal beverage system company revolutionizing the beverage experience through the power of innovative technology and strategic brand partnerships. With an expanding family of more than 70 beloved brands and 445 beverage varieties, our Keurig® hot beverage system delivers great taste, convenience, and choice at the push of a button. As a company founded on social responsibility, we are committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through our work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, thriving communities, and a water-secure world. Keurig is a private business owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co.

Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200


Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research
Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

Source: Dunkin Donuts

Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season

DALLAS, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that every Dallas teacher-led project posted on received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every teacher-led project listed on in Dallas. With a donation of $185,155, Staples helped 212 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 33,000 students in the community.

For example, Mrs. Hatcher at W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy will receive nine Kindle Fires for students in her Advancement Via Individual Determination program. Many students in this program will be the first in their families to attend college and don’t have internet access in their homes. The Kindle Fires will give her students instant internet access in class in order to access information such as college and career research projects, information for tutorials and taking virtual tours of college campuses.

Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on and thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams.”

Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than $400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms, Staples is committed to supporting in order to help teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”

Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.

“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of “Staples’ million dollar donation to will go a long way to helping educators across the country, like those supported today in Dallas.”

Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers
Katy Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at, with proceeds funding projects. Beginning in early August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.

Dallas residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning July 19 and running through July 21, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Dallas classroom projects on The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store in the Preston Forest Shopping Center (located at 11700 Preston Road, STE 720) and in the surrounding area.

Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the Snap.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy Perry
Now through September 10, 2016, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at

One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.

Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit for official rules.

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, breakroom 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 Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at over 70 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.


Kristine Houston

Carrie McElwee


Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season
Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season

Source: Staples, Inc.

Zalando 2Q2016: group revenues up to by 24-26% vs 2Q2015

BERLIN, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, grew group revenues in the second quarter of 2016 to EUR 909-924 million or by 24-26% (Q2 2015: 733 million), according to preliminary figures. Zalando expects to achieve an adjusted EBIT of EUR 68-88 million, corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin of 7.5-9.5% (Q2 2015: EUR 30 million, 4.1%). In the first half of 2016 Zalando achieved revenues of EUR 1,705-1,720 million (H1 2015: EUR 1,377 million), growing by 24-25%. Adjusted EBIT for the first half year 2016 is expected to come in at EUR 88-108 million, a margin of around 5.7% at the mid-point of the range (H1 2015: EUR 59 million, 4.3%).

Rubin Ritter, member of the Management Board, said: “Zalando had a very strong Q2. We delivered on our ambitious growth target and saw our profitability increase substantially. The operating leverage of our business has developed strongly while we continue to push forward with growth investments into our customer proposition and platform initiatives.”

As a result, Zalando reiterates its full year guidance of strong revenue growth at the upper end of the 20-25% growth corridor and increases full-year adjusted EBIT margin guidance to 4.0-5.5%.

All figures reported herein are preliminary and unaudited. Full financial disclosure for the second quarter and first half-year 2016 will be published on August 11, 2016.

Zalando ( is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract over 160 million visits per month. In the first quarter of 2016, around 62 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 18.4 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

René Gribnitz
VP Communications
+49 30-209685002

Source: Zalando




SPAR International partners with conglomerate Max Group LLC to open its first stores in Mongolia

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR, the world’s largest food retail voluntary chain, has announced a new partnership with conglomerate Max Group LLC, to open its first stores in Mongolia. The partnership, which will see up to 60 SPAR-branded multi-format stores in Mongolia by 2020, was made at an official signing ceremony which took place during the visit of the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

Max Group is one of Mongolia’s leading retailers operating the existing chain of Max Food Supermarkets.  The new partnership will see these stores transfer to the SPAR brand, and the opening of new SPAR supermarkets from 2017 onwards. The Netherlands-based SPAR International reported global retail sales in 2015 of €33 billion from over 12,100 stores across four continents. Mongolia brings to 43 the number of countries where SPAR has operations globally.

Prime Minister Rutte was visiting Mongolia to attend the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit and to promote trade with the Netherlands in the region. Speaking at the signing of the contracts between SPAR and Max Group, the Prime Minister Rutte, said, “It is greatly encouraging to see a company like SPAR, which started as a partnership of Dutch retailers and wholesalers more than 80 years ago, helping bring retail best practice to the Mongolian marketplace.”

SPAR International Managing Director, Tobias Wasmuht said “SPAR is delighted to be launching in Mongolia in partnership with the Max Group.  We see Mongolia as a dynamic and rapidly developing consumer market with a growing demand for modern world class food retail. We are highly confident that we can build on our strong presence in the region by leveraging our scale with the SPAR operations in neighbouring Irkutsk, Russia and Inner Mongolia, China. This collaboration combined with our modern retail formats, supply chain and international sourcing as well as investing in the training and development in people locally will act as a significant support structure for the growth and development of SPAR in Mongolia. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands who were instrumental in facilitating the partnership between SPAR and the Max Group.”

Max Group LLC is a family business established in the 1990s which has a wide variety of operations and business interests including supermarkets, fast food restaurants, department stores, real estate, precious metal mining and is the country’s largest dairy producer and milk bottler. Max Group LLC already employs over 2,500 people in Mongolia. Max Group President, Ganbaatar Dagvadorj said “Bringing the words leading retail chain, SPAR, to Mongolia is not just beneficial to Max Group it is a big opportunity for Mongolia as well and I am very excited about this partnership. Max is dedicated to bringing the SPAR’s commitment to excellence in fresh, passion for quality, outstanding service and exceptional value to consumers in Mongolia.”


Telephone:+31 20 626 6749

Source: Spar-International

Kmart brings back No Money Down Layaway this school year

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This school year, students are giving Kmart high marks for its ridiculously awesome selection of character backpacks, brightly printed lunch box kits, graphic tees, new exclusive Risewear™ gym shoes and more, all while parents are thrilled that they can budget better thanks to the return of No Money Down Layaway.

Parents are already planning for back to school shopping this year while their kids soak up the rest of summer, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation. That’s why Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and customers, whether they shop in-store at Kmart, online or use the Kmart Mobile App.

“This year, Kmart has kids and parents covered,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “Kmart’s No Money Down layaway gives parents the option to plan ahead, while offering all of the stuff students love – from hot trends such as emoticons and favorite characters, to geo prints and big florals that make campus dorm rooms bold and bright.”

It’s Back: No Money Down Layaway
This year, Kmart is bringing back its famous No Money Down Layaway to help give parents peace of mind while the whole family continues to enjoy the last days of summer vacation. Parents can get a head start on shopping while staying on budget by putting all the hot, must-have school-year essentials on layaway for $0 down in-store and just a penny online NOW. Plus, members get $10 off a storewide layaway purchase of $50 or more. Layaway is available in-store, through the Kmart mobile app and online at And with ‘Layaway and Go’ through the Kmart mobile app, simply scan items with your smartphone while in store to add to any layaway order. This way, all you have to do is pick up your items at Kmart and you will be ready to go for the first day of school.

Class is in Session
Follow Kmart’s back-to-school guide for genius deals on supplies, gear and apparel for every grade*:

Trendy Totes
All new gear that helps them make a bold statement:

  • Select fashion backpacks on sale for $10, reg. $12.99**
  • TMNT™ and other character backpacks on sale for $15, reg. $17.99-19.99**
  • Kids’ H2O lunch boxes or ZAZA totes on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99**
  • 5-pc. backpack sets on sale for $12, reg. $19.99***
  • Kids’ lunch sack or Hi-Top Munchsak® on sale for $4.99, reg. $6.99***
  • Yak Pak® backpacks on sale for $20, reg. $29.99****
  • Character lunch kits on sale for $7.99, reg. $9.99****

Show Off Your Style
Swag that shows off their personality, because when students look good, they feel good:

  • Girls’ Basic Editions separates on sale from $3.99-$5.99 reg. $5-$7.99**
  • Girls’ Basic Editions leggings on sale for $5.99, reg. $7.99**
  • Select girls’ Piper Faves an Route 66 denim on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99-14.99***
  • Boys’ Basic Editions tees on sale for $4.99, reg. $5.99**
  • Boys’ short sleeve woven shirts or shorts on sale for $7.99, reg. $9.99***
  • Boys’ Basic Editions chino or cargo pants on sale for $9.99, reg. $12.99***
  • Route 66 kids’ screen tees on sale for $4.99, reg. $7.99***
  • Select kids’ Everlast sport footwear on sale for $14.99, reg. $21.99-24.99***
  • Boys’ Risewear Loop shoe for $29.99

Must-Have School Supplies +
Pencils, sharpeners, scissors, glue and more that keep kids on point and prepared:

  • BOGO 50% off Crayola colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolor paints++
  • Wescott® animal-shaped pencil sharpener for $1.49
  • Wescott ring eraser (2 ct.) for 99¢
  • 2-in-1 cupcake pencil sharpener and eraser for 99¢
  • Dixon® No. 2 pencils (8 ct.) on sale for 20¢, reg. 99¢**
  • Elmer’s school glue, white (4 oz.) on sale for 50¢, reg.99¢**
  • Crayola crayons (24 ct.) for 25¢
  • Solid-color poly folders for 20¢
  • Wescott scissors (2 ct.) for 25¢

Back-to-campus has never felt more like home with bright colors and bold prints:

  • Cruz black futon on sale for $99.99, reg. $159.99**
  • Essential Home complete twin/full bed sets on sale for $34.99, reg. $49.99**
  • 20% off Chindi rugs, reg. $14.99-49.99***
  • Essential Home 8-pk. hangers or mini crates on sale for $1, reg. $1.49-1.99***
  • Essential Home 8-pk. washcloth on sale for $1.99, reg. $3.99***
  • BOGO 50% select bath accessories, reg. $5.99-19.99***++
  • Emoticon puff pillows – heart eyes, wink, monkey, crying and nerd — for $5.99+++
  • Storage ottomans on sale for $19.99, reg. $29.99**
  • Large stacking crates on sale for $3.99, reg. $4.99**
  • Essential Home decorative storage on sale for $9.99, reg. $15.99**

Don’t Forget: FREEBIE Saturday
To help kids get ready for the first day of class, Kmart is offering a special back to school emoticon coloring portfolio***** as part of FREEBIE Saturday. Stop by your local Kmart on Saturday, July 30 to pick one up.

For more information, visit

*Offers valid in-store and online at Members get $10 in points for every $35 spent on apparel, footwear, school supplies, backpacks and electronics from July 17– August 17, 2016 (Points valid for 14 days, $100 point maximum per member).

** Offer valid July 17– July 23, 2016.
*** Offer valid July 24– July 30, 2016
**** Offer valid July 30– August 6, 2016
*****Available at participating stores for kids 12 and younger while supplies last.
+ Prices may vary by store
+ +Valid on select products of equal or lesser value.
+ ++ Available online at and in select Kmart stores

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.


Sara Weitz

Andrea Abate
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)

Source: Kmart

McDonald’s will award five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — To continue being part of the solution to close the education gap for Hispanic students in the U.S., Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), with the exclusive support of McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators, will award five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, increasing McDonald’s annual contribution to half a million dollars annually.

This year’s five scholarship recipients are: Darinelle Merced-Calderón, Archer, Fla.; Gianfranco Filice, Gilroy, Calif.; Helena Silva-Nichols, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Jackson, Fresno, Calif.; and Elizabeth Manero, Hamilton, Va.

For the first time, this year all five RMHC/HACER National Scholarship recipients will also be paired with a McDonald’s mentor who will offer support and guidance throughout the students’ college years, fostering continued growth and success.

“The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute applauds McDonald’s for the addition of its first-ever Hispanic student mentorship program, which ensures that scholarship recipients will have the academic and moral support that is key to college success,” said Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and former judge for the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship. “As longstanding educational partners, we are proud to support McDonald’s and RMHC in its unparalleled commitment to the education of our U.S. Hispanic youth.”

“I am incredibly grateful to receive the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, which is giving me the chance to pursue my dreams of a post-secondary education,” said Gianfranco Filice, one of this year’s five scholarship winners. “With the help of this scholarship, I hope to continue to grow into an impact-driven and results-oriented leader at Stanford University.”

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship was founded in 1985 by McDonald’s owner/operator Richard Castro of El Paso, Texas, with the support of RMHC, McDonald’s Corporation and local McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators throughout the country. Castro, a former educator, established the scholarship after noticing increasing school drop-out rates among Hispanic students due to financial difficulties. He called upon his fellow owner/operators and the community at large to help remove the financial barrier of attending college.

In 2008, the national scholarship was added, offering four $100,000 awards to Hispanic students. Last fall, McDonald’s increased its annual donation to RMHC, adding a fifth RMHC/HACER National Scholarship to the existing four $100,000 awards.

“We are so proud of our RMHC/HACER winners and want to make sure they are armed with everything they need for success,” explained a champion of the program Ana Madan, member and Vice Chair of the McDonald’s Hispanic Owner Operator Association and one of the 45 percent of women and People of Color who make up McDonald’s Owner/Operator community. “Knowing they are often the first to go to school and leave home, providing a support system for them will make the transition into school and the business world a bit easier for them. We are very excited to have such wonderful students to mentor and look forward to seeing them grow throughout their career.”

To date, more than $31 million in local and national RMHC/HACER Scholarship monies have been awarded to more than 17,800 students. RMHC/HACER, which stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources, counts on the support of RMHC, McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators and other donors for its local scholarships.

“At RMHC, we understand the importance of education and are committed to providing resources to students so they can reach their full potential,” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of RMHC. “With the support of McDonald’s, we’re able to provide hardworking, determined Hispanic students across the country opportunities to continue building promising futures.”

It is fitting that HACER means “to do” in Spanish. National scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. The rigorous selection process includes a completed application, essay and interviews with a distinguished panel of judges representing academia, business, media, RMHC and McDonald’s. Past scholarship recipients have attended prestigious universities, including Stanford University and Harvard University, and continued on to pursue careers in the medical, engineering and business fields, among others.

College-bound high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the upcoming 2017 RMHC/HACER Scholarship. Applications become available in October 2016 and awarded students are notified in the spring to coincide with college acceptances.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together. For more information, visit, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook ( Global).

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants., or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and @MeEncanta and Facebook and


Lainey Garcia
McDonald’s USA

Source: McDonald’s USA

The Save Mart Companies: voluntarily recall of PF Chang’s Home Menu

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following PF Chang’s Home Menu Meals products are being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution due to the potential presence of foreign material contamination in a sauce ingredient:

Product Name & Size UPC Size Lot Code Best By Date
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Signature Spicy Chicken
3100067023 22oz 5006616500 6/8/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Signature Spicy Chicken
3100067023 22oz 5006615200 5/26/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Mongolian Style Beef
3100067000 22oz 5006617400 6/17/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Mongolian Style Beef
3100067023 22oz 3100067000 6/1/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Beef with Broccoli
3100067001 22oz 5006616100 6/4/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Sweet & Sour Chicken
3100067006 22oz 5006616000 6/3/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
General Chang’s Chicken
3100067007 22oz 5006616000 6/3/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Garlic Chicken with Dan Dan Noodles
3100067008 22oz 5006616500 6/8/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles
3100067010 22oz 5006616700 6/10/2017

The Save Mart Companies has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased any of the above listed products with matching UPC and impacted date codes may bring the unused portion to the store where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions should contact ConAgra Foods for product replacement or questions at 800-252-0634, 9am to 7pm CDT, Monday through Friday, or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Foodmaxx

Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars

Seattle, Washington, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Theo Chocolate of Seattle, Washington is voluntarily recalling 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate was distributed to retail stores in AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, FL, MI, MT, ND, NH, OR, NJ, NY, PA, TX, WA, and WI.

The Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars have the affected lot 3037431 and the expiration date 05/2017 and they are found on the back side of the bar.

Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars are wrapped in a white paper envelope, weighs 3 oz., UPC is 8 74492 00170 4, and stored at room temperature. (See front label below.)

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated after the firm received a consumer complaint and discovered that the actual product inside the wrapper was milk salted almond bar and it contains milk. This product was mis-labeled as Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate and did not reveal the presence of milk.

This voluntaryrecall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk are urged not to consume this product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Theo Chocolate at 1-206-632-5100 x1001 from 8:30am until 5:30pm PST, Monday-Friday.


Theo Chocolate
1-206-632-5100 x1001

Dennis Macray
1-206-632-5100 x1001


Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars
Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars


Source: USDA

Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Faribault Foods, Inc. of Faribault, MN, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. This voluntary recall covers one specific production code and was distributed under the following labels:

  • Hyvee No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • La Preferida Low Sodium Black Beans (Frijoles Negros Bajo En Sodio)
  • Our Family No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Sprouts No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Mrs. Grimes No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Kuner’s No-Salt-Added Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)
  • HEB Black No-Salt-Added Beans (Frijol Negro Sin Sal)

The voluntary recall is limited to the production code of 15 ounce product manufactured at the facility located in Faribault, MN with can code “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX.” To locate the production code, consumers should look at the bottom of the can. No other production codes, sizes or brands of Faribault Foods, Inc. products are affected by this recall.

No injuries have been reported. This has been determined to be an isolated incident. We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of plastic and/or metal that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the plastic and/or metal was an ink pen that entered the product stream. Faribault Foods, Inc. is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after one consumer reported finding a partial ink pen in one container.

Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead return them to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement.

The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this recall. We are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.

For consumer support and product questions please call 1-888-201-6440, Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm CST or email

Consumers and Media Contact:
Ken Sevcik


Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans
Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans


Source: USDA

Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31

CANTON, Mass.,2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, will end National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note by offering guests a special deal on their favorite ice cream flavors on the last day of the month. On Sunday, July 31st at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide, guests can enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for just $1.31.* Baskin-Robbins’ “Celebrate 31” promotion celebrates the brand’s “31 flavors” heritage of offering a different ice cream flavor for every day of the month.

Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavors, including Pralines ‘n Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip and Jamoca® Almond Fudge, as well as seasonal flavors like Summer Breeze Cheesecake, S’more the Merrier, Berry Fruitful Greek Frozen Yogurt and Watermelon Splash. To honor the United Service Organization’s (USO) 75th anniversary, guests can also enjoy USO Patriot Pop, which features cherry, lemon and blue raspberry-flavored ices and is available for a limited time only.

“National Ice Cream Month is all about celebrating the joy that ice cream brings to our guests and people across the country, one scoop at a time. That’s why we’re excited to end our favorite month of the year with a sweet deal for our guests on July 31st as part of our ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “We hope our guests come in and enjoy a scoop of ice cream with their friends and family as we continue our National Ice Cream Month celebrations.”

In addition, Baskin-Robbins recently announced a new addition to its frozen dessert menu with its Polar Pizza, an ice cream treat guests can eat like a pizza. Polar Pizza is available in four delicious featured combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream,Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Guests also have the option to create a customized Polar Pizza by combining a tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie crust with their favorite ice cream flavor and any combination of fun toppings.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

* Offer valid on July 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Excludes sundaes. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200


Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31
Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Accenture research: retailers’ inflexible operating models are hindering their ability to be competitive and achieve growth

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) shows that retailers’ inflexible operating models are hindering their ability to be competitive and achieve growth. The findings highlight the need for retailers to become more agile – constantly learning about their customers and flexing to deliver relevant, engaging and useful interactions with consumers.

The research, Increasing Agility to Fuel Growth and Competitiveness, surveyed 700 executives across 13 industries in nine geographies about the challenges and opportunities associated with creating cost-competitive operating models and reinvesting in growth. Accenture also polled retail industry analysts on the industry environment and retailers’ performance, as well as their view of these challenges and opportunities.

The research found that the majority of retailers (88 percent) are focused on getting leaner to free up the funds necessary to reinvest in growth. When it comes to reinvesting those cost savings, most retailers see investing in digital and entering new markets as keys to driving growth. This is consistent with where industry analysts see growth opportunities. Just over half of retailers (52 percent) strongly feel their businesses are investing in innovation in order to gain a competitive advantage with primary areas of focus being expanding into new geographies (cited by 60 percent), digital technologies (54 percent) and enhancing customer experiences (52 percent).

“The retail industry is evolving faster than ever, and there are tremendous opportunities for retailers to increase adaptability and competitiveness,” said Courtney Spitz, managing director in Accenture Products’ Retail Practice. “It is encouraging that the majority of retailers are willing to use new business models, including partners for business services, shared services, and digital solutions, to drive value and growth. Digital – when part of the overarching business strategy – can simultaneously enhance flexibility and reduce operating costs as well as contribute to growth in new markets and channels.”

Opportunities to Achieve Growth
According to Accenture’s research, retailers see inflexible operating models as a core challenge, with only 17 percent (compared to 25 percent of other industry respondents) saying they have an agile operating model that can adapt to consistently deliver on strategy and execute activities that drive value for the organization. Barriers to advancing their operating models, according to retail executives surveyed, include technology (cited by 46 percent), the cost of the effort (42 percent) and experience to lead the transformation (42 percent).

The research also reveals that retailers are further challenged when it comes to executing cost reduction programs and prioritizing growth investments. Only 38 percent of retail executives surveyed said their companies are prioritizing reinvestment of cost savings in alignment with the business strategy, indicating they are likely weakening efforts and slowing progress.

How to Become an Adaptive Retailer
In order to achieve the adaptability necessary to spur and sustain growth, Accenture recommends retailers take the following three actions:

  1. Rethink the operating model: Digitizing operations and ensuring operating models are fully digital-centric will help enable adaptive retailing, reducing the lead time from product planning to sales, and in turn fuelling growth. Taking it a step further, operating in the cloud will grant businesses access to additional information and technologies.
  2. Make “digital inside” a key element of the business strategy: Digital should be infused in retailers’ core business strategy to help reduce operating costs and increase agility. Digital enhances retailers’ ability to gain and use customer insights to other personalized omni-channel experiences that seek to address customer needs. To be digital inside, retailers should embed analytics everywhere, enable talent with digital tools and adopt multi-speed IT, among other tactics.
  3. Gain everyone on board: Success boils down to leadership support, change management and governance. Retail businesses need to make sure leadership is aligned – from using data to support business decisions, to fully communicating the business strategy, value drivers and anticipated outcomes. Retailers should also organize a dedicated transition team throughout the transformation to becoming an adaptive retailer.

Accenture conducted quantitative and qualitative research across 700 executives in 13 industries and nine geographies to analyze the challenges and opportunities associated with creating cost-competitive operating models and reinvesting in growth. In parallel, Accenture interviewed 65 industry analysts across these industries to understand what external stakeholders measure, value and expect from the companies they cover.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at


Aleks Vujanic
+ 44 7500 974 814

Source: Accenture

Ross Stores opened 24 Ross Dress for Less® and seven dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores nationwide during June and July

DUBLIN, Calif. 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores today announced the opening of 24 Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and seven dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores across 15 different states in June and July. These new locations are part of the Company’s 2016 expansion plans to add approximately 70 Ross and 20 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations throughout the year.

Jim Fassio, President and Chief Development Officer, commented, “These recent openings reflect our ongoing strategy to expand our store base across both new and existing markets. The 31 new locations include the addition of ten stores in our newer Midwest market, with four of those locations in our newest state of Wisconsin. Over the longer-term, we continue to see expansion opportunities across all of our markets, and remain confident in our ability to grow to 2,000 Ross Dress for Less and 500 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations over time.”

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2015 revenues of $11.9 billion. Currently, the Company operates Ross Dress for Less, the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,317 locations in 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also currently operates 185 dd’s DISCOUNTS in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at

Connie Kao
Vice President
Investor & Media Relations
(925) 965-4668

SOURCE: Ross Stores, Inc.

Schnucks warns customers of recalled ConAgra Foods’ select P.F. Chang’s frozen meals due to possible contamination of small metal fragments

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods has recalled select P.F. Chang’s frozen meals because the products may contain small metal fragments which could be embedded in the sauce contained in frozen meals. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries from consumption.

Schnucks customers are urged to check their freezers for:

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sweet & Sour Chicken

22 oz.

UPC: 31000-67006

Best By: 6/3/2017

 P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken

22 oz.

UPC: 31000-67023

Best by: 5/26/2017

Customers may return any unused product to their nearest Schnucks for a full refund. Those with questions should contact Con Agra Foods at 1-800-252-0634 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon

Source: Schnuck

Starbucks expands its comprehensive health care offering for all eligible U.S. partners (employees)

The expanded health care offering will provide more choice, cost savings and dedicated support while the company continues to fund approximately 70 percent of premium costs

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on its long history of providing industry-leading benefits, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced it will expand its comprehensive health care offering for all eligible U.S. partners (employees). The enhanced benefits give Starbucks partners more choice, cost savings opportunities and personalized support to help them easily and successfully select the best health care plan for their needs.

A new online benefits platform designed and delivered by Aon (NYSE: AON) will help Starbucks partners choose from as many as six national and regional carriers and five coverage levels based on their budgets and preferred insurance carrier. With an innovative plan design, Starbucks is able to deploy a unique private exchange model that will ensure any cost savings achieved will go right back to its partners.

Starbucks will continue to fund approximately 70 percent of the premium costs and cover 100 percent of preventive care services. Eligible partners in the U.S. could save up to $800 annually by moving to a health insurance plan that better meets their individual needs. The potential savings are even more for partners who select family coverage, with the opportunity to save $2,600 annually.

Related: History of Partner Benefits at Starbucks

“Providing industry-leading benefits for eligible full- and part-time partners is a cornerstone of who we are as a company,” said Ron Crawford, Starbucks vice president of Global Benefits.  “Much like a travel site, our partners will be able to navigate an easy to use online platform to choose between more insurance carriers and coverage levels at more competitive prices to help them find the right plan for their own needs.”

Along with more options and cost savings, partners will have access to Healthcare Advocates – a team of individuals dedicated to working directly with partners year-round to help them choose and then get the most out of their health care plans.

A message to partners from Scott Pitasky, Starbucks chief partner resources officer

Starbucks has offered comprehensive benefits, including affordable and comprehensive health care to eligible part-time and full-time partners, since 1988 and currently employs over 160,000 partners in the U.S. Last fiscal year, Starbucks invested over $280 million in health care benefits and made over $64 million in matching contributions to the 401(k) Plan for eligible full- and part-time partners. Since the company started offering equity to partners in 1991, it has shared more than $1 billion in value in the form of stock with partners.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100


Starbucks expands its comprehensive health care offering for all eligible U.S. partners (employees)
Starbucks expands its comprehensive health care offering for all eligible U.S. partners (employees)


Source: Starbucks

Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip

BELGIUM, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This 3rd edition of Summerdrive is marked by the desire to reach out even further to the customer, in particular by offering more delivery possibilities with the new application, Bip Bip. To do so, Summerdrive has hired a dozen people to simplify customers’ life this summer.

As in the two previous years, Carrefour Summerdrive is moving into the same premises (on the Knokke dyke, at the corner of Place Van Bunnen) and decorating them again with its emblematic fuchsia-coloured facade. From 11 July until the end of the summer, everyone who passes through Knokke can stock up with provisions in a few clicks from among a choice of 15,000 references. On the menu: spit-roasted chicken, ultra-fresh sushis prepared by the sushi masters of Carrefour Market in Knokke, which once again provides the stewardship of the pop-up drive.

Bip Bip, it’s the cocktail hour
To organise a last-minute cocktail or down a soft ice without having to budge from the beach, on 13 July Carrefour Summerdrive launched Bip Bip, its new application which lets you choose from among 400 references (soft drinks, wines, snacks, etc.). Once the order has been entered, delivery takes place within half an hour, by electric car, to wherever the customer wishes! This service is free of charge for orders of €10 and over.

3 ways to place an order for Summerdrive:
To do their other shopping, the Summerdrive customer has 3 possibilities, by going to the site, on which they choose Carrefour Market, place their order and indicate under comments:
– Summerdrive, if they want to collect their order themselves on the spot (from 17h30);
– Summerdrive and their address, for a delivery to be made to their home (between 17h30 and 20 h).

They can also place the order by going directly to Summerdrive (open from 11h) where terminals are available for that purpose.

Finally, two hostesses are also present on the beach, with an iPad at the disposal of holidaymakers, who can do their shopping with their feet in the sand.

100% ecological delivery
To ease of ordering is also added the pleasure of having one’s purchases delivered to the home.   That’s why Carrefour Summerdrive has been equipped with 3 electric cars (2 Renault Zoés and one Renault Twizzy) as well as 2 bikes with trailer. Any order placed before 16h30 is delivered between 17h30 and 20h the same day (an SMS is sent half an hour before the arrival of the delivery person) free of charge for any basket of at least €20. For purchases of less than €20, a €5 delivery charge is added.

A Carrefour lounge on the beach
Doing one’s shopping is really becoming a party this year.  Opposite Summerdrive, on the beach, a Carrefour lounge will feature events around the bar and will invite its customers, via a short competition, to spend the day in its family space (with deckchairs, children’s games, etc.).

Reductions and gifts
Plus, Summerdrive is granting a 5% reduction on all orders and offering the same promotions as Carrefour Market. In fact there will be 2 Summerdrive folders this summer. What’s more, a goody bag (worth €15) is on offer for every order of €20, as well as beach games for children.  As for payment, nothing has changed, it is always made on receipt or on collection of the order exclusively by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Bancontact).

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail:


Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip
Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip


Source: Carrefour Group

Waitrose to remove microbeads in its cosmetic products and to change the stems of its own label cotton buds to paper by September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retailer has pledged that by September 2016  no branded cosmetic products will contain microbeads. (The retailer’s own label range of beauty products has never contained any microbeads.)

One of the most commonly bought health and beauty items will also get a facelift in order to cut down on the use of plastics. Waitrose is the first supermarket to announce the change to stems of its own label cotton wool buds from plastic to paper this September – saving around 21 tonnes of plastic each year. The new stems will be biodegradable and made from an FSC source of paper. The additional cost will not be passed on to the customer.

Microbeads and plastic cotton bud stems are recognized as posing a serious threat to marine ecosystems by organisations such as Greenpeace, the United Nations and the Marine Conservation Society.

Tor Harris, Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and responsible sourcing, said: ‘Minimising our impact on the environment is a top priority and this is absolutely the right thing to do. Although the changes we’re making don’t seem dramatic, they are likely to have a positive impact for marine life. We know there’s more work to be done and we will continue to see how we can reduce plastics across our ranges.’

Dr Clare Cavers manages The Cotton Bud Project1, which aims to see brands and consumers switching from plastic to paper cotton buds for good: ‘This is an excellent example of a major supermarket chain taking a lead, and we hope that more companies will soon follow suit.’

Notes to editors

1 The Cotton Bud Project is run by Fidra, a charity based in East Lothian Scotland. Fidra seeks to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use these to contribute to a wider dialogue at national and international levels. Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no. SCO43895. Find out more at and

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, as well as specialist online shops including for wine and for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards


For further information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Office, Corporate
Telephone: 01344826774

Source: Waitrose

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Emart Company Ltd to create Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, today announced that it has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Company Ltd (a member of Shinsegae Group), South Korea’s number one hypermarket retailer. Together, they will create a Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boots branded stores will be opened in shopping malls, on high streets and within the outbound areas of Shinsegae department stores and Emart hypermarkets. The Boots stores will each feature an independent pharmacy and a range of Boots owned products and ‘exclusive to Boots’ brands as well as leading Korean brands.

“South Korea is considered a leading market for skincare and cosmetics products in Asia today.  We believe there is a significant opportunity to extend the reach of Boots own brands into this market and are thrilled to be doing so with Emart,” said Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Emart is the preeminent retailer in South Korea and their strong experience as well as their marketing expertise gives us great confidence in the long-term potential of this partnership.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the Boots brand, and offer pharmacy care as well as acting as a beauty and healthcare destination by also offering a wide range of both Korean and Boots product brands.” said Gab-Soo, Lee, CEO of Emart Inc.

The first stores are expected to open before the end of the first half of calendar year 2017 and will include Boots highly regarded and exclusive No.7 and Soap & Glory products.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

EMART Co., Ltd. is a value creation company that pursues a satisfying lifestyle for its customers while simultaneously reaching to enhance development in local communities ever since its first store opening in Changdong.

EMART has reached over 100 stores with its acquisition of Walmart in 2006, and as of July 2016 operates a total of 157 (including ten Traders stores) domestic stores. It also manages eight stores in China and 1 store in Vietnam, expanding hypermarket business from national to international market, becoming a comprehensive global retail company.

The company’s main progression focuses on Korea’s first and largest hypermarket ‘EMART’, Korea’s number one online mart ‘EMART mall,’ and its discount warehouse store ‘Traders’. In addition, it is recently expanding its domain into category killer specialty stores that will match new lifestyle trends.

With a deep base in retail hypermarket, EMART is diversifying its business into ‘Everyday retail’, convenience store ‘With Me,’ ‘Shinsegae TV Shopping’, ‘Shinsegae Food’, ‘Shinsegae L&B’, ‘Starbucks Korea’, ‘Shinsegae E&C’, ‘Shinsegae I&C’, ‘Shinsegae Chosun Hotel’, as well as operating foreign branches in China and Vietnam to enhance international business.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Media Relations
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

Laura Vergani
+44 (0) 207 980 8585

Walgreens Boots Alliance Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance