Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace

London, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s plans to grow its business in China and develop its partnership with Alibaba by doubling the number of its products that are available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace.

  • Sainsbury’s steps up groceries trial in China after successful launch
  • Number of products available on Alibaba Tmall Global site doubled
  • British breakfast and afternoon tea are customer favourites
  • Exclusive Super  Brand Day sales partnership agreed for ‘8.8’ (8 August), to extend new Sainsbury’s products to millions in China

The move to accelerate its presence in China comes after a successful first phase of growth and less than a year into the trial. Sainsbury’s will now sell over 100 Sainsbury’s branded products across four categories – British Breakfast, Drinks, Organic and Baby – on the Tmall Global marketplace. There are plans for further ranges to be added in the autumn.

Online Chinese sales are dominated by key promotional sales events and Sainsbury’s and Alibaba are pleased to announce that Sainsbury’s will be the only international retailer to have a Super Brand Day on Tmall during the important annual 8.8 Tmall Global Shopping Festival event (8thAugust).

John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “Chinese online shoppers are increasingly demanding high quality international products. Many customers also want to replicate tastes and occasions that they have enjoyed or heard about through international travel. Products to make a British breakfast and English afternoon tea have therefore proved hits and top-selling lines to date include Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Granola with raisins, honey and nuts, tea, shortbread and UHT milk.

“Our trial with Tmall has enabled us to learn a lot about China’s huge digital market, including the importance of sales events such as Singles’ Day and 8.8. Alibaba’s expertise in the rapidly growing Chinese digital consumer market will be a huge asset to us as we grow and develop our business in China and we look forward to working with them on this exciting opportunity.”

Amee Chande, Managing Director for Alibaba Group, UK/Ireland & Nordics: “Alibaba are proud to be providing Sainsbury’s with the online platform to build brand awareness, directly engage a new audience and meet the evolving food and lifestyle demands of the Chinese consumer. As one of the most prominent British retail brands, Sainsbury’s is a key addition to our ecosystem and our collaboration is introducing the large and growing Chinese consumer class to a new range of products to enhance their daily lives.”

For corporate press enquiries please contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
call 020 7695 7295

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Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace
Sainsbury’s to double its products available on Alibaba’s Tmall Global online marketplace

 

Source: Sainsbury

Sainsbury’s stores debuts The Tu athleisure range

London, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The popular trend of sportswear worn as regular every day wear – known as ‘athleisure’ – is coming to more than 170 Sainsbury’s stores this week (7 August).

The Tu athleisure range will also be available online and is an example of Sainsbury’s driving forward with its strategy to grow its non-food business, maximise retail space and offer customers great choice across quality products that are great value.

Athleisure is the growing trend for people to wear activewear and sport-inspired fashion throughout the day and it can be seen in cafes and on the school run, as well as in the gym.  The market is estimated to be worth $194bn worldwide*, and is growing in importance as the boundaries between workplace, home and leisure pursuits are increasingly blurred.   Launched just in time for the Summer of Sport, Sainsbury’s ‘athleisure’ range has doubled in size and will appeal to anyone who wants to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle, as well as to those who just want to look good.

James Brown, Director of Non-Food Trading at Sainsbury’s, said: “Men and women of all ages are embracing the concept of more casual dressing.  There is definitely a trend towards people wearing sport-inspired fashion throughout the day because it fits in with the way people live their lives these days.  We’ve designed our ‘athleisure’ range to be stylish, comfortable and great quality and it’s a growing part of our clothing offer this year because we believe it’s exactly what our customers want to buy.”

“Shopping for clothing in supermarkets has become firmly established, and our strategy of offering customers high street style at supermarket prices in an attractive, department store-style setting has helped us to increase our market share.  Over 8 million customers bought clothing from us over the past year and clothing at Sainsbury’s is heading towards a £1bn business.  We are now the sixth largest clothing retailer by volume, up from seventh place last year.”

For corporate press enquiries please contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
call 020 7695 7295

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Sainsbury’s stores debuts The Tu athleisure range
Sainsbury’s stores debuts The Tu athleisure range

 

Source: Sainsbury

TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership initiative to support retail-specific startups

LONDON, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership has joined forces with TrueStart, Europe’s only independent retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, to find and fund the products, services and technologies which will define how we live in the future.

The Eureka Initiative – a partnership between TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership – will enable startups within TrueStart’s own accelerator programme, The Collection, to gain exposure to the Partnership’s market-leading retail capabilities, with the aim of bringing the best ideas to commercial reality.  It will build on the spirit of experimentation upon which the John Lewis Partnership was founded and nurture never-seen-before products and services – from the drawing board to customers via the shop floor and website.

One startup that will benefit from the Eureka Initiative is TrueStart-backed, Photospire.  A technology platform that enables retailers and brands to create real-time, personalized video content for its customers, Photospire is in discussions with the John Lewis Partnership regarding activation activities that target the brand’s customers with product recommendation videos tailored to individual customers.

Tom Athron, Group Development Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘The John Lewis Partnership began life as a brave entrepreneurial experiment. By collaborating with TrueStart we will be supporting the future growth of our company by partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs and fast tracking their ideas. I firmly believe that all businesses focused on growth in a rapidly changing world will need a few eureka moments to thrive.’

Matt Truman, CEO at True Capital, the retail and consumer sector-specialist private equity firm which owns TrueStart, said: ‘TrueStart looks to work with genuinely disruptive businesses that have the potential to inform real change in the retail sector. I am delighted to welcome the John Lewis Partnership on board as our latest strategic partner. By joining forces we can lean on our joint expertise to ensure that the retail industry keeps innovation at its core, transforming the fashion, home and technology sectors in these rapidly changing times.’

Ger O’Meara, Co-Founder and CEO of Photospire, said: ‘Working with the John Lewis Partnership will allow us to use real-time data and tell a story to each of its customers in a targeted, personalized and engaging way. Having access to the right people was only possible because of the partnership between TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership. This is the very definition of ‘accelerator’, and highlights the value of TrueStart and its retail network.’

The Eureka Initiative between the John Lewis Partnership and TrueStart will complement the highly successful incubator currently run by John Lewis, JLAB, which aims to deliver a broader range of new products and services across the department store portfolio and has already uncovered technology-based solutions to some of John Lewis’s operational challenges.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 350 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,500 staff are Partners in the business.

About TrueStart
TrueStart (www.truestart.co.uk) is Europe’s only retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund. TrueStart adds value to the startup businesses by providing access to its comprehensive retail and consumer network, mentorship, investment support, and 4,300 ft of dedicated office space in its retail innovation hub in London.

TrueStart is backed by True Capital (www.truecapital.co.uk), the retail and consumer sector specialist investment firm.

General enquiries:
For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve
Senior Communications Manager (Corporate), John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 592 6887
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk

Kim Visser
Head of Marketing and Communications, Truestart
Telephone: 0203 740 6943
Email: kim.visser@truecapital.co.uk

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign

PARIS, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulgari has launched the new campaign #RaiseYourHand to support the Save the Children charity. Bulgari and Save the Children have had a global philanthropic partnership for the past seven years. An impressive lineup of artists and personalities have raised their hands to support this eminently worthy cause.

In 2009, Bulgari began helping vulnerable children through support for Save The Children, a charity that works around the world to protect the rights of thousands of children and sustainably improve their living conditions in 120 countries. This year the House has deepened its commitment with the launch of the #RaiseYourHand campaign.  Numerous personalities have agreed to raise their hands to show their support for the cause partnered by Bulgari in a series of photos and a film shot under the artistic direction of  Fabrizio Ferri.

The raised hands wear pieces from a new jewelry collection created specially by Bulgari to raise funds for Save the Children. The collection includes a necklace and ring inspired by Bulgari’s signature B.zero I, as well as a new sterling silver and black ceramic bracelet. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the bracelet is donated directly to Save The Children.

In the course of this seven-year partnership Bulgari has raised over $50 million for the charity, helping a million of beneficiaries around the world thanks to improved services and infrastructures, notably in education. The #RaiseYourHand campaign emphasizes the importance of giving children a healthy start and bringing them opportunities to thrive and achieve.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign
Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign

 

Source: LVMH

Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Charles J. Orlando — author, relationship expert, and popular Facebook and TV personality — today announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, California. During the event, Orlando will be discussing his research about the top issues people face when trying to find healthy, happy love in today’s technology-centric world, and offering the blueprint for finding and maintaining a successful relationship. He will also sign his latest book, The Pact: Goodbye, Past. Hello, Love!

Orlando has spent the last 15 years examining the issues couples and singles face as they connect and relate to each other — specifically looking at the intersection where love and technology collide. His real-world research and keen insights into modern-day relationship dynamics are the keys to his success — including 1.4 million followers on Facebook, a thriving coaching business with clients around the world, and a new television show coming soon.

In his third book, The Pact: Goodbye, Past. Hello, Love!, Mr. Orlando identifies the critical issues that prevent people from finding and keeping relationships that are happy and healthy. Leveraging thousands of inquiries from clients and followers across the globe, Orlando has uncovered the 10 critical lessons people need to address for their love lives to thrive. He offers these lessons in the simplest of terms, and presents the reader with a clear path to stop their destructive patterns, release past toxic relationships, change their partner selection process, and dramatically improve their self-esteem and self-worth.

“Blunt, brilliant and filled with tough-love truths and sound, sensible advice, The Pact is Skinny Bitchfor your relationship,” said Jenna McCarthy, author of Everything’s Relative. “Whether you’re single, searching or struggling in your current situation, The Pact will show you how to kick the past to the curb and find the love you deserve.”

“The Pact is the modern love seeker’s bible,” said John Gray, Ph.D., bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. “Charles’ insight into modern relationships is remarkable, and it’s all based on his research, his experience, and his real-world relationship laboratory on Facebook. Kudos to Orlando for his insights into why so many people aren’t finding happiness in their relationships.”

Barnes & Noble at The Grove will host Charles J. Orlando on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 7pm – 9pm PDT. At the start of the event, Orlando will present and discuss the issues that plague couples and singles searching for love and happiness. Following a Q&A session, Orlando will sign copies of The Pact: Goodbye Past, Hello Love! and take photos.

The book signing will be a wristbanded event, and one wristband per book will be issued to customers who purchase from The Pact from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning August 24 at 9am.

More information is available on the Barnes & Noble at The Grove Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/1718932335035870 or by calling Barnes & Noble at The Grove at 323-525-0270.

More about Charles J. Orlando can be found on his website at http://charlesjorlando.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/charlesjorlando

About Charles J. Orlando

Charles J. Orlando is a relationship expert, TV personality, and bestselling author of The Problem with Women…is Men® book series and The Pact: Goodbye, Past, Hello, Love!. He has worked with tens of thousands of singles and couples to help the discover answers to key questions that commonly plague modern-day romance. Charles’ approach to research is unique, and he frequently goes undercover in the worlds of dating, marriage and infidelity — most recently on the cheater’s website AshleyMadison.com

His experience went viral — appearing on the homepages of MSN.com and Yahoo! — and is being developed as a feature film and TV series. Charles is an active member of Mensa (“the High IQ Society”), is a contributing expert for a variety of print and online publications, and is a regular guest on CNN, BBC, and Fox News for his insights into relationship dynamics.

Read more about Charles at charlesjorlando.com

Media Contact:
Company Name: Charles J. Orlando
Contact Person: Carrie Branch
Email: carrie@charlesjorlando.com
Phone: 415-578-5518
Address: 333 S Grand Avenue Suite 450
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Country: United States
Website: http://charlesjorlando.com

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Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

EROSKI alcanzó los 77,63 millones de euros en facturación de producto local en 2105 en Baleares, lo que supone un ligero incremento respecto al año anterior

Palma de Mallorca, España, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ofrecer un producto fresco y de calidad a nuestros clientes, y apoyar a los productores locales son dos de los objetivos básicos de EROSKI. Para reforzar esta apuesta, EROSKI lanza, como cada año, la campaña “Productes de Sa Nostra Terra”. Además de otros acuerdos y campañas, la cadena de supermercados quiere impulsar los artículos producidos, fabricados y envasados en Baleares.

Durante el pasado año la facturación de estos productos locales ha superado los 77 millones de euros en Baleares, incrementando otro año más las cifras de venta de años precedentes, ha remarcado Alfredo Herráez, director de EROSKI en Baleares. Esto supone un 0,18% más que el año anterior.

De hortalizas sembradas y recolectadas en Baleares, EROSKI ha vendido más de 15.000 toneladas, lo que ha supuesto más de 27 millones de euros, un 3,71% más que el año pasado. En cuanto al pescado, las capturas locales ya suponen casi más de un cuarto del total de las ventas de pescadería, alcanzando las 280 toneladas vendidas. De forma similar, la ternera balear supone el 34% de todo el vacuno al corte, alcanzando una facturación de más de 4 millones de euros, a los que habría que sumar, los 11.500 corderos nacidos y criados en Baleares.

En charcutería también se han incrementado las ventas. Además de los 60 millones de sobrasada IGP de Mallorca, se han comercializado las variedades de Ibiza y Menorca. Mientras, del queso DO Mahón se han vendido 230 toneladas. Esto hace ascender la facturación total en productos de charcutería balear a los 5 millones de euros en toda la región.

También se ha hecho un esfuerzo en dar a conocer las mejores bodegas y vinos, de gran calidad, amparados en diversas denominaciones de origen. Más de 350.000 litros de caldos de las islas, entre DO y Vinos de la Tierra, se han vendido en 2015.

Otro sector por el que EROSKI apuesta es el aceite y las aceitunas DO de Mallorca, de los que se comercializan 8 referencias del primero y 4 del segundo. Además, este año se ha realizado una campaña específica de apoyo a estos productos y se espera un incremento del consumo del 8%.

Finalmente, y hablando del sector lácteo, éste año se han rubricado importantes acuerdos con los productores cuyos resultados esperamos ver muy pronto, y también se ha firmado, a través de la Asociación de Cadenas de Alimentación (ACAIB), un convenio con la Conselleria de Medi Ambient, Agricultura i Pesca del Govern de les Illes Balears, con el objetivo de promocionar y fomentar el consumo de los productos lácteos de Baleares.

Además de las 230 toneladas de queso DO Mahón ya mencionadas, apuntar que entre leche UHT y leche fresca de las islas se han vendido 537.066 litros.

Un año más, en EROSKI queremos agradecer el esfuerzo a todos los productores locales, que nos permiten ofrecer a nuestros clientes unos productos de “Sa Nostra Terra” con los más elevados estándares de calidad y a muy buen precio.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:

944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

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EROSKI alcanzó los 77,63 millones de euros en facturación de producto local en 2105 en Baleares, lo que supone un ligero incremento respecto al año anterior
EROSKI alcanzó los 77,63 millones de euros en facturación de producto local en 2105 en Baleares, lo que supone un ligero incremento respecto al año anterior

 

Source: EROSKI

Lowe’s announces plans for new direct fulfillment center in Robertson County, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd joined Lowe’s today to announce the company will locate a new direct fulfillment center in Robertson County. The home improvement company expects to invest approximately $100 million and create up to 600 jobs in Coopertown, northwest of Nashville.

Lowe’s direct fulfillment center will cover some 1.1 million square feet – the equivalent of 22 football fields under one roof. Plans call for it to be operational by the third quarter of 2018, initially employing approximately 400 people and growing to 600 employees by 2022. One of the most technology driven and sophisticated operations the company has built, the center will ship parcel packages directly to Lowe’s customers and stores nationwide.

“We’re continually working to make doing business with Lowe’s easier for customers. Investing to build a new direct fulfillment center – the first of its kind for Lowe’s – allows us to offer customers more products online, consolidate multiple parcel shipments and ship purchases directly to customers faster and more efficiently,” said Brent Kirby, Lowe’s chief supply chain officer. “The Nashville area was chosen due to its existing large shipping hubs, access to interstate roadways and well-skilled workforce.”

Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement company in the world. The company was founded in 1946 and today Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 retail locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico and 285,000 employees.

“We appreciate Lowe’s for choosing Tennessee and Robertson County as the location for its new fulfillment center and creating 600 jobs for our state,” Gov. Haslam said. “Lowe’s joins more than 16,000 transportation, logistics and distribution establishments operating throughout the state. We welcome Lowe’s to Tennessee and thank the company for bringing us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee’s geographical location is in the heart of the U.S. with easy access to markets around the world, which makes our state the perfect location for a company like Lowe’s to locate its new fulfillment center,” Commissioner Boyd said. “I want to thank Lowe’s for choosing Robertson County for its new operations and for creating these jobs for our state’s growing workforce.”

Local leaders and partners expressed gratitude to Lowe’s for choosing Robertson County as the home for the company’s new fulfillment center.

“We are thrilled that Lowe’s has chosen Coopertown and Robertson County for this amazing new facility,” said Margot Fosnes, president & chief economic development officer,Robertson County Chamber of Commerce. “It is gratifying to see the confidence in our workforce and our community’s ability to support and provide a positive environment for their operations. We look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with Lowe’s in Robertson County.”

“Robertson County is proud to welcome Lowe’s to our community. This is the culmination of many months of hard work by so many people,” Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley said. “The prospect of 600 new jobs in our county is exciting. Beyond that is the hope that this will be a prelude to further economic expansion in the western portion of our county. We believe this could be the catalyst that opens up the entire I-24 corridor to new life and opportunity. We are grateful to Lowe’s for having the faith in our region to bring this enormous investment into our collective future.”

“The Town of Coopertown is thrilled to be chosen as the site for this new, state of the art distribution facility for Lowe’s,” Coopertown Mayor Sam Childs said. “We believe the investment and confidence that Lowe’s has placed in our town will put us on the map and spur additional growth and development within our community.”

“TVA and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Lowe’s on its decision to locate in Coopertown, Tennessee, and create hundreds of new job opportunities in the community,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “We are privileged to partner with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, city of Coopertown and Robertson County to help foster Lowe’s success at its new operations location.”

Coopertown and Robertson County are represented by Sen. Kerry Roberts and Rep. Sabi “Doc” Kumar.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter:@tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Contact:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

IKEA voluntarily recalls CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR due to undeclared Hazelnuts

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR 14.1 oz. (400g) are being recalled due to undeclared Hazelnuts. “All Best Before Dates”, Sold from April 30, 2015 to July 25, 2016.

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IKEA had samples analyzed and found them to contain hazelnut. People allergic to hazelnuts may have a severe to life-threatening reaction after consuming the CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR products.

Products have been distributed nationwide at IKEA retail stores. There has not been any complaints or reported incidents in the United States to date. The recalled CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR does carry an advisory statement, which identifies that the CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR may contain tree nuts.

Consumers are encouraged to return the affected products to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund, proof of purchase is not required. If you have any questions or concerns please call Customer Service toll free 1-888-966-4532 (24/7) or www.IKEA-usa.com

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

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IKEA voluntarily recalls CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR due to undeclared Hazelnuts
IKEA voluntarily recalls CHOKLADKROKANT BREDBAR due to undeclared Hazelnuts

Source: IKEA

CVS Health and Adapt Pharma to make opioid overdose-reversing drug NARCAN Nasal Spray affordable for patients without insurance at CVS Pharmacies

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Adapt Pharma (www.AdaptPharma.com) today announced a new partnership that will make the opioid overdose-reversing drug NARCAN (Naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray more affordable for patients without insurance at CVS Pharmacy locations. Through this partnership, CVS Pharmacy patients purchasing NARCAN Nasal Spray without insurance will receive a $35 discount coupon to purchase the medication, reducing the out-of-pocket cost by nearly 25 percent. NARCAN Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved, ready-to-use nasal formulation of naloxone for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose. NARCAN Nasal Spray is available in a convenient box containing two units (each unit delivers a concentrated 4mg dose of active medication-naloxone hydrochloride- in a .1ml mist) for immediate use if the need arises.

“Having a ready-to-use dose of naloxone in a nasal spray device makes administration of this life-saving medication quick and easy for friends and families of loved ones struggling with addiction in an emergency overdose situation,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Health. “Through this partnership with Adapt Pharma, NARCAN Nasal Spray will be more affordable for CVS Pharmacy patients who don’t have insurance. CVS Health is dedicated to helping communities address and prevent prescription drug abuse, which is why we have worked to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone for patients. Using a physician’s standing order or collaborative practice agreement, we have eliminated the need for patients to obtain a prescription for naloxone in 31 states across the country.”

“This partnership is an important milestone in increasing access to FDA-approved naloxone formulations across U.S. communities. We are encouraged by the progress marked by CVS Pharmacy’s decision to improve affordability of NARCAN Nasal Spray, especially within states with standing orders, which allow patient access to this opioid overdose treatment without physician-written naloxone prescriptions,” saidSeamus Mulligan, Chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma. “NARCAN Nasal Spray was designed with communities in mind, specifically breaking down barriers to a medication that has been proven, intuitive and ready-to-use by those most likely to encounter an overdose emergency, the friends, loved ones and caregivers of patients susceptible to opioid-related overdose. Now these community members will be able to access the first and only FDA-approved, ready-to-use nasal spray version of naloxone in thousands of CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide.”

CVS Health’s naloxone program establishes a standing order with a physician, which permits CVS Pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. By August 2016, CVS Health will make this life-saving medication more accessible to CVS Pharmacy patients in 31 states: Arkansas, California, Colorado,Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana,New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland,North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia and Vermont.

CVS Health’s commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse also includes drug abuse prevention education, outreach and access to safe medication disposal. Patients visiting CVS.com can find recently launched drug abuse prevention resources for themselves and their families. The company has also launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already been part of the program.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 600 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 43 metric tons of prescription drugs. Members of the community can use a zip code locator at CVS.com to find the disposal unit closest to them.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Adapt Pharma
Adapt Pharma is a privately-held pharmaceutical company committed to positively impacting the lives of patients. Adapt Pharma’s strategy is to identify, evaluate, selectively acquire and enhance the value of late stage development, and FDA approved, pharmaceutical products. Adapt Pharma’s company headquarters is in Dublin, Ireland and its U.S. headquarters is in Radnor, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.adaptpharma.com.

Media Contact:

Carolyn Castel
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-5717
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com

Adapt Pharma Media Contact:

Thom Duddy
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
(484) 532-5470
Thomas.Duddy@adaptpharma.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Asda’s monthly Income Tracker: revealed UK household enjoyed extra £12 a week on average in June, compared to the same period last year

LEEDS, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families across the UK welcomed another rise in spending power in June, with average discretionary income once again reaching £201 a week, according to Asda’s monthly Income Tracker.

The latest figures revealed that families enjoyed an extra £12 a week (6.2%) on average in June, compared to the same period last year. The increase marks the 20th consecutive month of double-digit growth in spending power, with total average discretionary income remaining at a record level since the Income Tracker began in 2008.

Looking at data from across the UK, the latest figure showed that growth remained above £10 per week in all but two areas, as year-on-year growth ranged from £8 in Northern Ireland to £18 per week in the East of England over the course of Q2 2016.

Contributing to the boost to Britain’s bank accounts was the continued momentum of the labour market. Unemployment across the UK reached its lowest level (4.9%) since July 2005 – down from 5.6% in June last year.

While discretionary income rose overall, the rate of growth in spending power slowed slightly, falling below 7% for the first time in two months. Part of this can be attributed to a rise in consumer price inflation, which reached its highest rate since late 2014 (0.5%).

Transport costs also provided upward pressure on overall levels on inflation, following an increase in the cost of airfares for flights within Europe, as well as a rise in the price of petrol (2.3p per litre) and diesel (2.6p per litre) between May and June.

While essential item inflation remained in negative territory at -0.1%, the falling cost of food and drink helped to ease pressure on purse strings, with prices declining by 0.4% between May and June. In addition to this, larger household expenses such as mortgage interest payments – which fell by 0.2% over the same period – also provided some respite for UK families.

Taking a look across the nation, Welsh households saw the fastest growth in gross income (2.8%) in the second quarter of the year. In further good news, those in the North East welcomed a sharp decline in unemployment in the latest quarter which subsequently saw household income levels boosted by 2.2%. These factors helped raise spending power in these areas significantly, equating to an additional £15 per week in Wales and an extra £11 per week in the North East.

In contrast, there was a sharp fall in spending power growth in the West Midlands, falling from 7.5% to 5.4% between the first and second quarter of the year, attributed largely to a cooling across the region’s labour market in recent months.

Further insights from Asda’s Income Tracker highlighting movements in income levels across the nation revealed that:

  • Households in London saw slower rates of spending power growth compared with the national average, however average discretionary income across the capital (£272) remained well above other UK regions
  • Strong growth in the East of England continues to narrow the gap with London, with the region seeing positive growth (£18 per week) for the third consecutive quarter
  • Scotland’s spending power grew 5.1% on the same period last year, with discretionary income reaching £200 per week
  • Households across Northern Ireland experienced the smallest uplift in income in the latest quarter, with discretionary income reaching £103 a week

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said: “Whilst the latest data shows a slight slowing in spending power growth, we continue to see a picture of broad increases in discretionary incomes across the country.

“In the uncertain economic environment the UK now faces, the gains in spending power seen in recent years cannot be understated. Whilst consumers have understandably lost some confidence in recent weeks, improved finances should provide some support in navigating the uncertain outlook.”

An Asda spokesperson said: “While a rise in consumer price inflation and transport costs influenced the overall growth in consumer spending power, families across the UK continued to enjoy some buoyancy in their bank balances last month thanks to a continued fall in essential items and steady levels of wage growth.

“Building on this, record levels of unemployment throughout Britain should boost confidence, and it’s pleasing to see that this particular trend has led to upward swings in income growth across the regions and the home nations, as evidenced by the changes seen in the labour markets of the North East of England and Wales.

“With June”s Income Tracker continuing on the positive incline we have been used to over the last year and a half, it remains to be seen how recent events will affect disposable income in the coming months.”

Source: ASDA

Maxima Bulgaria acquires 12 stores from the German retail chain Penny Market

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maxima Bulgaria, one of the companies of Maxima Grupė, acquired 12 stores, which previously belonged to the German retail chain Penny Market. This year they will become a part of T Market chain. After the transaction, the company’s chain in Bulgaria will increase from 48 to 60 stores. In the acquisition, reconstruction and fitting out of the new stores, the company has invested 7.6 mill. euros. More than 200 new jobs will be created.

“The retail sales market in Bulgaria is very competitive. We can see even international chains unable to withstand the competition and retreat, whereas T Market is becoming increasingly popular in Bulgaria. The shoppers appreciate the format of our shops due to small prices, constant quality of products, regularly updated assortment and good supply of local produce”, tells the CEO of Maxima Grupė Alvydas Šustikas.

Maxima Bulgaria has bought three and leased nine stores, previously owned by the German retail chain Penny Market, which is leaving the Bulgarian market. The taken over shops were chosen in consideration of their location, possibility to attract new customer flows and suitability of premises for the T Market store format.

As a result of the acquisition, Maxima Bulgaria will expand the geography of its operations and the extended network will cover the majority of the country. New stores will be opened in Sophia and 11 smaller cities, where T Market has not operated before.

The transaction has already been approved by the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition. Maxima Bulgaria plans to invite the shoppers to the renovated stores in September-October.

In consideration of the buyer needs, Maxima Grupė is expanding the neighbourhood store network in Bulgaria. Here, a policy of low prices and beneficial promotions is pursued and the best quality and price ratio is offered. The stores are established in convenient, densely populated and easily accessible locations near the shoppers’ homes. Each store offers an assortment of 4,500–7,000 different product names, with the major part of them being products of local producers.

Last year, Maxima Bulgaria celebrated its tenth anniversary of operations in Bulgaria. In 2015, its annual turnover increased by 10.4 % to 72.4 mill. euros excl. VAT. Last year, Maxima Grupė invested 2.3 mill. euros in the development and support of business in Bulgaria. The investments were focused on the launching of four new stores and renovation of the existing stores.

Maxima Grupė is a holding company founded in 2007. It controls retail trade companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria. Currently, the Group owns 532 stores Maxima X, Maxima XX, Maxima XXX, Aldik, and T Market: 233 in Lithuania, 149 in Latvia, 74 in Estonia, 48 in Bulgaria, and 28 in Poland. Companies of the Group employ more than 31,000 people.

Press Contact:
Giedrius Juozapavičius
Corporate Affairs Manager | Maxima Grupė
+37065915118
Giedrius.Juozapavicius@maximagrupe.eu

Source: Maxima Grupė

 

The Macerich Company announces financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Macerich Company (NYSE Symbol: MAC) today announced results of operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which included net income attributable to the Company of $45.2 million or $.31 per share-diluted for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to net income attributable to the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 of $14.4 million or $.09 per share-diluted. For the quarter, funds from operations (“FFO”) diluted was $160.3 million or $1.02 per share-diluted compared to $151.0 million or $.89 per share-diluted for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. A description and reconciliation of EPS per share-diluted to FFO-diluted is included in the financial tables accompanying this press release.

Results and Capital Highlights

  • Mall tenant annual sales per square foot for the portfolio were $626 for the year ended June 30, 2016 compared to $623 for the year ended June 30, 2015. On a same center basis sales per square foot were $644 for the year ended June 30, 2016 compared to $629 for the year ended June 30, 2015.
  • The releasing spreads for the year ended June 30, 2016 were up 16.1%.
  • Mall portfolio occupancy was 95.0% at June 30, 2016 compared to 95.5% at June 30, 2015.
  • On July 11, 2016, the Company completed an accelerated share repurchase (“ASR”) program resulting in the retirement of 5.1 million shares of the Company at an average cost of $78.91.

“During the second quarter we continued to improve our operating margins and to deliver strong releasing spreads. These were the key drivers to our positive earnings and FFO increases and exceptional same center net operating growth of 6.5% during the quarter.” said Arthur Coppola, chairman and chief executive officer of Macerich.

Share Repurchase Program
The Company has used a portion of the proceeds from joint ventures that were completed in October 2015 and January 2016 to complete a total of $1.2 billion of share repurchases under the Company’s authorized share repurchase program.    During a period from November 13, 2015 to January 19, 2016, the Company repurchased 5.11 million shares of Macerich common stock at an average share price of $78.26.  From the period of February 18, 2016 to April 19, 2016, the Company retired 5.08 million shares at an average price of $78.69.  The Company’s third $400 million ASR program was completed on July 11, 2016 and retired 5.07 million shares at an average price of $78.91.  The total shares repurchased under all three ASR programs was 15.3 million shares at an average price of $78.62.

Financing Activity
The Company closed on a $375 million loan on The Shops at North Bridge on May 27, 2016.  The loan is a 12 year fixed rate loan with an interest rate of 3.68% and a portion of the proceeds were used to pay off the prior loan of $189 million that had an interest rate of 7.50%.

In addition, the Company has arranged for a $225 million loan at The Village at Corte Madera.  The term is 12 years and the fixed interest rate is 3.50%.  Closing is expected in August 2016.

On July 6, 2016, the Company amended and extended its $1.5 billion line of credit.  The new maturity of the facility is July 2020, extendable to July 2021at the Company’s election.  The facility is expandable to $2.0 billion.  At the Company’s current leverage level the borrowing rate is LIBOR plus 1.33%.

2016 Earnings Guidance
Management is revising its previous EPS guidance and is reaffirming its previous estimate of diluted FFO per share guidance for 2016. A reconciliation of estimated EPS to FFO per share-diluted follows:

2016 range
Diluted EPS $3.83 – $3.93
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization 3.07 –   3.07
Less: gain on sale of dispositions 2.85 –   2.85
Diluted FFO per share $4.05 – $4.15

Details of the guidance assumptions are included in the Company’s Form 8-K supplemental financial information.

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

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

Investor Conference Call
The Company will provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of its quarterly earnings conference call.  The call will be available on The Macerich Company’s website at www.macerich.com (Investors Section).  The call begins August 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. To listen to the call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call in order to register and download audio software if needed. An online replay at www.macerich.com(Investors Section) will be available for one year after the call.

The Company will publish a supplemental financial information package which will be available at www.macerich.com in the Investors Section.  It will also be furnished to the SEC as part of a Current Report on Form 8-K.

Note:  This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements which can be identified by the use of words, such as  “expects,” “anticipates,” “assumes,” “projects,” “estimated” and “scheduled” and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. Stockholders are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to vary materially from those anticipated, expected or projected.  Such factors include, among others, general industry, as well as national, regional and local economic and business conditions, which will, among other things, affect demand for retail space or retail goods, availability and creditworthiness of current and prospective tenants, anchor or tenant bankruptcies, closures, mergers or consolidations, lease rates, terms and payments, interest rate fluctuations, availability, terms and cost of financing and operating expenses; adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other things, competition from other companies, retail formats and technology, risks of real estate development and redevelopment, acquisitions and dispositions; the liquidity of real estate investments, governmental actions and initiatives (including legislative and regulatory changes); environmental and safety requirements; and terrorist activities or other acts of violence which could adversely affect all of the above factors.  The reader is directed to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which discussion is incorporated herein by reference. The Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events unless required by law to do so.

Contact:

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

SOURCE: Macerich Company

BRC Global Standards publishes third issue of its Global Standard for Storage and Distribution

LONDON, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has published the third issue of its internationally recognized BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution on 1 August 2016, and audits against Issue 3 will begin on 1 February 2017.

Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.

Issue 3 of this Standard has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group including retailers, food service companies, industry trade associations, independent experts and certification bodies, and builds upon the experience from the previous issue. In revising the Standard, the current requirements have been developed to ensure that they are robust enough to meet the industry needs. Where applicable, requirements have been aligned with those that feature in the other Global Standards to ensure consistency and confidence throughout the entire supply chain.

What’s new in Issue 3?
The development of Issue 3 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the logistics industry and the industries it serves. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the logistics industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.

The focus for Issue 3 is:
 continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process
 grading system to increase recognition for better performing companies
 unannounced options – full and 2 part to give even more confidence to customers that standards are constantly being applied
 greater consistency with the requirements of the other BRC Global Standards
 vehicle and load security
 more robust requirements for own-label wholesalers to reduce their exposure to fraud
 increased supplier approval requirements
 focus on companies providing contracted services in areas that have traditionally resulted in recalls and withdrawals (e.g. label and packing management)

Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Scheme Manager, said:
“The development of Issue 3 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite on improving product security and reducing vulnerabilities in the supply chain. A big thank you to all the members of the working group as well as those that provided feedback on the various drafts of the Standard.”

The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline. BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts:
+44 (0)20 7854 8980

Source: BRC

NGA applauds President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill

Arlington, VA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) issued today the following statement applauding President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill that creates a national labeling standard for food products made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Larkin said: “We appreciate President Obama taking action and signing into law this important bill that creates a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. With this new law, consumers will have access to more information and the confidence that the label they are reading contains the same information from coast to coast.

“NGA is proud to have been a part of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, a coalition that brought together over 1,100 entities that represent our nation’s food supply system, to advocate for a commonsense solution for the confusing and harmful patchwork of state labeling disclosure laws. We will continue to work on behalf of the independent supermarket industry throughout the rule making process at USDA to ensure implementation of this law is aligned with Congressional intent.”

Media inquiries:

Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org.

Source: NGA

NGA announces co-location of two educational programs exclusively designed for independent supermarket operators

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the co-location of two educational programs exclusively designed for independent supermarket operators. NGA’s Financial Management and Technology Conference will meet in conjunction with Trading Partner Business Sessions Program this October 4 – 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.

Sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding LLC, the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings will provide attendees with four days of educational sessions pertaining to financial and technological issues and high level networking opportunities.

“Our members continue to provide us with feedback on the importance of enhanced trading partner relationships and staying ahead of the curve of technology and financial solutions. Given this feedback and the steady growth of each event, we believe the synergies between the two platforms will allow for independent supermarket operators to take full advantage of the educational programming and networking opportunities that the Fall Leadership Meetings have to offer. We have been very pleased with the support this event has received from our industry partners at First Data and FMS,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for independent grocers. The unique presence of the Fall Leadership Conference and Trading Partner sessions combined with the always popular, Financial Management and Technology Conference makes this a must attend learning and sharing event for the independent grocer.  FMS is proud to be a long-standing key sponsor of this event,” stated Bob Graybill, CEO of FMS.

“Independent grocers and the wholesalers that serve them play an important role in the supermarket industry. At First Data, we strive to serve this segment with cutting-edge technology that facilitates secure and efficient commerce. We’re excited to join NGA and FMS in sponsoring this unique event that brings together key industry players to strengthen business relationships and foster deeper industry collaboration,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data.

Registration for these programs is now open. For more information, visit www.ngafall.com.

Media inquiries:

Please email communications@nationalgrocers.org.

Source: NGA

Whole Foods Market announces second East Liberty store in Pittsburgh

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, announced today that it has signed a lease for a second East Liberty store in Pittsburgh.  The new store will be part of the East Liberty Marketplace development at the intersection of Penn Avenue and South Euclid Avenue. There are currently stores in East Liberty and Wexford with a South Hills location anticipated to open in early 2017.

“We love the East Liberty community and are as committed to this neighborhood today as we were in 2002 when we first opened in the area,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market mid-Atlantic regional president. “This larger building will broaden our footprint, offer more parking and allow us to create new opportunities to surprise and delight our expanding base of shoppers in Pittsburgh.”

“We are delighted to have Whole Foods anchoring our new development,” said Larry Gumberg, President of LG Realty Advisors, Inc. which is developing East Liberty Marketplace. “The commitment of Whole Foods Market to East Liberty and Pittsburgh has been remarkable, and we could not have asked for a better partner” said Zach Gumberg, also of LG Realty Advisors, Inc., who is leading the development effort.  The developer plans to start construction in the first quarter of 2017 on East Liberty Marketplace. No opening date has been set for the new Whole Foods Market store.

Contact:

MAPR@wholefoods.com
Annie Cull
301.998.6872

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market signs new lease for 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location at Buckhead area in Atlanta

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced with its third quarter earnings that it has signed a new lease for a 365 by Whole Foods Market™ location in Atlanta. The store will be located in the Buckhead area and will feature a simple, affordable and convenient grocery-shopping experience that offers the same high quality standards that Whole Foods Market pioneered.

“As we continue to expand the 365 by Whole Foods Market footprint nationwide, we’re targeting communities where our fresh approach to grocery shopping will make the most impact,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’ve seen a very positive response thus far with our first two stores and look forward to bringing this concept to the Atlanta area.”

This is the second location announced in Georgia; a Decatur location was announced in May. 365 by Whole Foods Market opened its first store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles in May 2016 and a second store in Lake Oswego, Oregon, earlier this month.

365 by Whole Foods Market stores provide a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience. The Atlanta store, like other 365 by Whole Foods Market locations, will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s enjoyable and convenient for shoppers.

More details on store opening timing and Friends of 365 partners will be announced closer to opening. For the latest updates, visit www.365bywfm.com.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market announces Dallas-Fort Worth as the newest test market for its rewards program

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced on its quarterly earnings call today that Dallas-Fort Worth is the newest test market for the company’s rewards program. Shoppers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can now register for the program online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/rewards.

“The rewards program is really about showing appreciation for our customers,” said Matt Nitowski, Global Executive Director of Customer Connection Marketing at Whole Foods Market. “We are excited to bring customers a program that they’ve been asking for and that celebrates their love of good food.”

The grocer’s first rewards pilot launched in Philadelphia in 2014, and once this market test is complete in Dallas-Fort Worth, Whole Foods Market intends to roll out this rewards program nationally.

The program offers a number of rewards, including 10 percent off your first purchase as a new rewards member, a one-time offer for 15 percent off the department of your choice, and select free products. The more customers shop at Whole Foods Market stores, the more rewards are unlocked.

Three lucky DFW-area shoppers who sign up for the rewards program before Aug. 31 will win free groceries for a year.

For more information, including a full list of participating stores, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wfm-rewards.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market becomes the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macklowe Properties announces a partnership with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) that will bring in the high-end grocery brand as the first commercial tenant at the residential redevelopment of One Wall Street. Whole Foods Market will occupy 44,000 square feet over three floors; two for shopping and one for back of house operations, with public entrances on Broadway, New Street, and Exchange Place. The store is currently anticipated to open in late 2018.

“Macklowe Properties and our partners are excited to welcome Whole Foods Market to One Wall Street,” said Chris Brill-Edwards, executive vice president of Macklowe Properties. “Whole Foods’ core values of health, wellness and convenient lifestyle will shape not only our residents’ lives but also those of the community.”

Whole Foods Market’s arrival will make a welcome addition to a Downtown area, which has experienced a surge of new residential, commercial and retail development in recent years, yet currently is limited in its grocery offerings.

“We’ve long enjoyed serving the downtown community at our TriBeCa location, but look forward to expanding our reach and bringing Whole Foods Market closer to home for area residents, workers and visitors,” said Christina Minardi, Regional President for Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Our growth in the area will provide Downtown Manhattan with greater access to the highest quality food, service, community partnership and convenience that the 10 current neighborhoods we serve around New York City have come to enjoy.”

The 155,000-square-foot retail component of One Wall Street, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will feature a stepped modern glass addition with 22-foot ceilings. A full renovation of the Ralph Walker-designed Art Deco tower will include a restoration of the iconic three-story Hildreth Meier-designed Red Room into a jewel box-like showroom.

“Whole Foods Market will be a game-changing anchor for One Wall Street and contribute greatly to the retail renaissance taking place in the new Downtown,” said Peter Whitenack Managing Director of RKF, the leasing agent for One Wall Street. “We are now seeing the results of more than a decade of rebuilding, reinvesting and reimagining, and fully expect that Whole Foods Market will attract more, high caliber brands seeking to establish a presence Downtown and the Broadway corridor, in particular.”

Credit for renderings is DBOX for Macklowe Properties.

Contact:

Michael Sinatra
michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
jv@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

X5 Retail Group announces the opening of its 8,000th store in Russia

Orenburg, Russia, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the opening of its 8,000th store in Russia. The milestone opening is a new Karusel hypermarket in Orenburg (149/2 Turkestanskaya St.).

The nearly-5.5 thousand sq m store has selling space of 3.5 thousand sq m, was custom built for X5, and is owned by the Karusel chain. The building features a modern air conditioning and cutting-edge shopping space lighting systems. Twenty checkout aisles will enable higher throughput in busy times. The opening of the new hypermarket has created 189 new jobs.

The store offers 19,500 SKUs, with a large proportion of fresh and ultrafresh categories, including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and dairy, in its food selection. Over 90% of the hypermarket’s food products are manufactured in Russia. Local producers account for more than 15% of the product mix, and in some categories (meat products, bakery and confectionery) their share reaches 50–95%. In particular, Karusel offers products by Demetra, Khlebnaya Karusel, Stepnye Prostory, Novotroitsk Meat Processing Plant, Orenburg Bakery Plant, Tashlinsky Trade House, Torty, Sordes, and others. In addition, the new hypermarket boasts a broad selection of household goods such as dishes, toys, cleaning products, clothes, footwear, and much more.

This is the second Karusel hypermarket in Orenburg and the Orenburg region. X5 Retail Group is also represented in the Orenburg region by more than 180 Pyaterochka stores and 5 Perekrestok supermarkets, providing over 2,000 jobs to local residents.

For further details please contact:

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-8888 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

Source: X5 Retail Group

Apple Williamsburg celebrates grand opening with thousands of customers

Brooklyn, New York, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of customers turned out Saturday for the grand opening of Apple Williamsburg, the first Apple store in Brooklyn. Customers began queuing Friday on Bedford Ave before midnight, and when the store opened at 10 a.m. Saturday the line stretched around the block.

Press Contacts:

Nick Leahy
nleahy@apple.com
(408) 862-5012

Apple Media Helpline:

media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the billionth sold iPhone

Cupertino, California, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

Press Contacts:

Trudy Muller
tmuller@apple.com
(408) 862-7426

Alex Kirschner
alexkirschner@apple.com
(408) 974-2479

Apple Media Helpline:

media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple

Morrisons launches one of its biggest price crunches on 1,045 every day products

Bradford, England, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons will today launch one of its biggest price crunches with an average of 18 per cent being cut from the price of 1,045 every day products – including hundreds of core grocery and dairy items.

The British supermarket will cut the price of family essentials such as British meat (beef, pork and poultry), seasonal fruit and vegetables and toiletries by as much as 56 per cent – as part of its on-going commitment to offer good quality, great value fresh food for its eleven million customers.

  • Morrisons is British farming’s biggest supermarket customer and the second largest producer of British fresh food in the world. This helps the supermarket to offer good quality, great value on local, seasonal produce whatever the economic weather.
  • EXAMPLE PRICE CRUNCH PER STORE DEPARTMENT
    • Bakery, cakes and desserts – average 18 per cent
    • Beers, wines, spirits and tobacco – average 16 per cent
    • Essential grocery – average 17 per cent
    • Dairy and provisions – average 18 per cent
    • Frozen food – average 16 per cent
    • Health, beauty and baby – average 27 per cent
    • Household and pet food – average 22 per cent
    • Meat, poultry and oven fresh – average 12 per cent
    • Fruit, vegetables and salad – average 17 per cent
    • Seafood – average 16 per cent
  • Andy Atkinson, Morrisons Customer and Marketing Director, said: “We are constantly listening to our customers and know they are concerned about whether food prices will go up following the Brexit vote, especially on imports. Morrisons is unique as a food-maker and shopkeeper, and unlike the rest of the industry manufactures food, both in our own food processing plants and our 500 stores. We are British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, which means we can better control our prices, and this latest round of crunches demonstrates our commitment to offering the best possible value to our customers this summer.”

Media enquiries call: 0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Dollar General expands operations with completed purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE:DG) announced today it has completed the purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General stores into the purchased sites by October 2016 and entering one new market as part of the purchase. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base. We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our customers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

Communities served by the newly-relocated stores will enjoy a fresh DG16 layout with additional sales floor square feet, complete with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce, all designed to make shopping easier for customers. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of these locations.

The acquisition includes the following stores previously operated under the Walmart Express banner:
City State Address
Ashford AL 18 APPLE WAY
Gurley AL 6361 HIGHWAY 72 EAST
New Hope AL 10188 HIGHWAY 431 SOUTH
Coal Hill * AR 1531 E HIGHWAY 64
Mulberry AR 3500 MULBERRY HIGHWAY 64 W
Interlachen FL 1113 S.R. 20
Alma GA 1041 S US HIGHWAY 1
Ashburn GA 155 WEST WASHINGTON AVENUE
Donalsonville GA 907 MARIANNA HIGHWAY
Lakeland GA 142 S. VALDOSTA ROAD
Pearson GA 290 ALBANY AVENUE WEST
Pelham GA 398 BARROW AVENUE SW
Columbus KS 705 N HIGH SCHOOL AVENUE
Hillsboro KS 605 ORCHARD DRIVE
Rose Hill KS 120 WEST ROSEWOOD STREET
Clinton LA 9181 HIGHWAY 67
Independence LA 515 3RD STREET
Kentwood LA 920 AVENUE G
Belmont MS 410 2ND STREET
Calhoun City MS 519 W VETERANS AVENUE
Mantachie MS 2795 HIGHWAY 371 N
Nettleton MS 7104 WILL ROBBINS HIGHWAY
Sardis MS 420 E LEE STREET
Broadway NC 112 N MAIN STREET
Carthage NC 945 MONROE STREET
Coats NC 511 N MCKINLEY STREET
Four Oaks NC 6043 US HIGHWAY 301 S
Liberty NC 632 W SWANNANOA AVENUE
Pikeville NC 303 S. GOLDSBORO STREET
Princeton NC 509 DR. DONNIE H. JONES BLVD W
Red Springs NC 908 E. 4TH AVENUE
Richfield NC 139 N HIGHWAY 49
Snow Hill NC 905 SE 2ND STREET
Stedman NC 7670 CLINTON RD
Yanceyville NC 1593 NC HIGHWAY 86 N
Luther OK 19250 E HIGHWAY 66
Okemah OK 124 E. COLUMBIA STREET
Stroud OK 1600 WEST HIGHWAY 66
Wewoka OK 2325 SERAN DRIVE
Gray Court SC 9032 HIGHWAY 14
Dover TN 934 HIGHWAY 79

* – denotes a new Dollar General store location. All other locations are relocations of existing Dollar General stores.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contacts:

Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Media Hotline:
877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dollargeneral.com

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation to report 2QFY2016 financial results ended July 29, 2016 on August 25, 2016

GOODLETTSVILLE, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) plans to report its financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended July 29, 2016, on Thursday, August 25, 2016. In connection with the announcement, Todd Vasos, chief executive officer, and John Garratt, chief financial officer, will host a conference call on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET.

If you wish to participate, please call (855) 576-2641 at least 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin. The conference ID is 53436019. The call will also be broadcast live online at www.dollargeneral.com under “Investor Information, Conference Calls and Investor Events.” A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, September 8, 2016, and will be accessible online or by calling (855) 859-2056. The conference ID for the replay is 53436019.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contacts:

Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Matt Hancock
615-855-4811

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital reopens following renovation funded by Macey’s Food Stores

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital on Monday will reopen as a redesigned refuge for patients, families and staff — thanks to generous gifts from the community.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive in Salt Lake City (north entrance)

VISUALS: Four-year-old Dash Johnson, a patient at Primary Children’s whose family spearheaded the garden’s renewal project, will help cut the ribbon to open the garden. Dash will be joined by other patients as the garden’s first official visitors. Patients, donors, and hospital leaders will tour the garden, which includes more than 1,000 new plants and trees and legacy monuments, including the Butterfly Angel statue, a commissioned 5-foot bronze.

STORY OF THE ANGEL GARDEN: The garden renovation was funded by a generous gift from Macey’s Food Stores. Pendleton Design Management donated gardening design and labor, as well as future garden maintenance. Night Vision donated the lighting design and installation.

“We know miracles happen each day at Primary Children’s—and as your local grocer, we are humbled to help the children and families at Primary Children’s,” said Darin Peirce, division manager Associated Retail Operations.  “Macey’s Food Stores are happy to help make the renovation of the Angel Garden possible, as we know that some of the best medicine is found in nature where children can feel the sunshine, hear birds chirping, enjoy the beautiful pond and get a breath of fresh air.”

For nearly two decades, the Angel Garden has provided Primary Children’s patients, parents, and staff a place of solace, healing, and calm. Located near the hospital entrance, the garden includes lighting that can be programmed to change colors with holidays and seasons and a water feature mimicking a mountain stream and pond. The Angel Garden is medically safe, and includes wheelchair-accessible pathways and electrical outlets for medical devices. It also maintains its legacy monuments, including the Celebration of Life plaque, Memorial Tree, and centerpiece Butterfly Angel statue.

“We’ve all experienced the healing power of nature,” Primary Children’s CEO Katy Welkie said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be reopening the Angel Garden for our patients, parents, and staff to serve as a refuge in their individual storms of life.”

The original garden was created with support by donations from actress Roma Downey and the cast and crew of the 1990s TV program, “Touched By An Angel,” which was filmed in Utah and in which Downey starred. The garden’s renewal follows the reconstruction of the hospital entrance.

CONTACT:  

Jennifer Toomer-Cook
Primary Children’s Hospital
801-631-3484
Jennifer.Toomer-Cook@imail.org

Source: AFS

Wincor Nixdorf AG reports 10% increase in Net sales during first nine months of its current fiscal year

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having completed the first nine months of its current fiscal year, Wincor Nixdorf AG remains on a clear path of growth and is reaping the rewards of its restructuring program more rapidly than originally projected. Net sales increased by 10%, taking the figure to €1,938 million (previous year: €1,768 million).

Operating profit (EBITA) before non-recurring items amounted to €155 million (€75 million). After non-recurring items EBITDA was up at €146 million (€40 million). Profit for the period, which takes into account transaction costs incurred to date in respect of the business combination between Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf, stood at €89 million (€25 million). In presenting its results for the third quarter, Wincor Nixdorf also set out in more concrete terms its guidance for the full fiscal year 2015/2016. Net sales are expected to grow by approximately 6%.

Operating profit (EBITA) before non-recurring items is likely to total €190 million. Non-recurring items are expected to amount to between €0 and plus 30 million, consisting of restructuring expenses on the one hand and positive effects from M&A activities on the other. “Overall, we can look forward with confidence,” said CEO & President Eckard Heidloff. “Wincor Nixdorf has done its homework, and plans for the business combination with Diebold are progressing well,” he went on to explain. “Together, we are looking to create a powerful new IT company that is an innovative and reliable partner to both retail banks and retailers in these dynamic times.”

Having exceeded the minimum acceptance threshold as part of its takeover bid for Wincor Nixdorf shares, Diebold requires regulatory approval from antitrust authorities in eleven countries before the transaction can be successfully concluded. By the end of the third quarter it had received official authorizations from ten countries; regulatory approval from the anti-cartel authority in Poland was still outstanding. Wincor Nixdorf and its US counterpart Diebold remain confident that the business combination will be concluded during the summer months of 2016. Integration planning is already underway at all levels within the two companies to ensure smooth assimilation as soon as the business combination has been finalized.

Net sales: slight increase in Banking, strong growth in Retail
The Banking segment saw net sales increase by 1% to €1,164 million in the first nine months of the fiscal year (€1,149 million). After non-recurring items, Banking segment EBITA reached €99 million; this figure includes €9 million in expenses from non-recurring items. Excluding expenses from non-recurring items, Banking segment EBITA rose by €56 million to €108 million (€52 million). This corresponds to growth of 108%. Net sales generated in the Retail segment were lifted by 25%, taking the figure to €774 million (€619 million) for the reporting period. EBITA recorded by the Retail segment, which includes non-recurring items that offset each other, rose by €24 million year on year to €47 million in the reporting period (€23 million). This corresponds to growth of 104% in the Retail segment.

Growth in all regions after first nine months
In Germany, net sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year were 5% higher year on year at €425 million (€404 million). Germany contributed 22% (23%) to total net sales at Group level. In the third quarter of the fiscal year, net sales generated in Germany increased by 13% year on year to €143 million (€127 million). Net sales generated in Europe (excluding Germany) over the first nine months of the fiscal year were up 11% at €906 million (€817 million). This region contributed the largest part of total net sales for the Group at 47% (46%). In the third quarter, net sales in the region covering Europe (excluding Germany) stood at €293 million (€263 million), which corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 11%.

Asia/Pacific/Africa saw net sales rise by 3% to €355 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (€346 million). Thus, the Asia/Pacific/Africa region contributed a share of 18% (20%) to total net sales for the Group. Third-quarter net sales in Asia/Pacific/Africa rose by 4% to €116 million (€112 million). The region encompassing the Americas saw net sales increase by 25% in the first nine months of the fiscal year, taking the total to €252 million (€201 million). As a result, the proportion of Group net sales generated in the Americas was 13% (11%). In the third quarter, net sales in the region were up 33% at €77 million (€58 million).

Net sales up for Hardware and Software/Services
In the first nine months of the fiscal year, net sales attributable to the Hardware business rose by 17% to €851 million (€726 million). Net sales from Software/Services increased by 4% to €1,087 million (€1,042 million).
The share of total net sales generated by the Hardware business was lifted to 44% in the period under review (41%). Correspondingly, the proportion of total net sales from Software/Services fell to 56% (59%).

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

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — You turn on your computer, only to find that you’re locked out of all of your files — everything from work documents to family photos. There’s an ominous message on the screen demanding that you pay a fee to regain access.

That nightmare scenario has become all too real because of ransomware, a type of computer virus that cybercriminals around the world are using to scam money out of unsuspecting individuals and businesses. It’s nasty stuff, and it’s on the rise.

To learn more about it and how to prevent it, we talked to Geek Squad Agent Matt Dockery from our data recovery team at Geek Squad City in Kentucky.

What is ransomware?
Agent Dockery: Ransomware is basically an advanced form of malware that changes the file extension (e.g., .jpg, .doc, .pdf, .xls, etc.) of every affected file on your computer to a random extension with a very heavy encryption. Then they leave a note that essentially says, “Your computer is infected. If you go to this random site and pay us money, we may unlock your files for you.”

These viruses can be hidden within spam and phishing emails, pop-up ads, downloads from unsecured sites, torrents — pretty much anything you can download into your computer. Even things people wouldn’t normally think about, like browser cookies, can allow the malware creators to track what you’re doing and target specific pop-up ads for you.

When I first started seeing ransomware infections as an agent in a store precinct several years ago, they were very simple things that you could just go into the computer’s registry and delete. Now, they’re advancing to the point where they can lock your computer. They can even infect your phone, tablet or smart TV. Windows and Android devices seem to be more susceptible to these types of infections, but Apple OS devices are not immune.

How can I prevent it from happening to me?
Agent Dockery: The best way to avoid it is to keep up-to-date antivirus software and internet security on any device that you’re using, whether it’s your computer, your tablet or your smartphone. I recommend that people set their antivirus software to automatically update twice a day, because some of these variants of the ransomware will change on a daily basis or even every couple of hours.

Never click on links or open attachments from email addresses you don’t recognize, and be sure to delete your cookies after you’re done browsing. The longer a cookie sits, the more information it can gather about you and the more time it has to be used against you. I have my browser set to auto-delete every bit of browsing history every time I close the browser.

What should I do if it happens to me?
Agent Dockery: Definitely do not give scammers any financial information because that will put you at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud. If people kidnap your dog and hold it for ransom, you’re not going to trust them with your credit card information. Don’t expect them to be honest people if their life’s work consists of trying to steal other people’s data.

The easiest way to get rid of ransomware is to bring your device to a Geek Squad precinct. The software we use is very good at getting rid of some of that stuff because it works outside of the infected operating system. Online support can sometimes help with that, but it’s hit or miss. It really depends on the severity of the ransomware.

The most surefire way to get rid of one of these viruses is to do a complete factory restore to get everything back to the original, out-of-box settings, so my biggest recommendation is to keep your data safe in case this happens to you. Regularly backing up your data on external media, such as a flash drive, external hard drive or the cloud, will prevent you from losing your crucial data. Clouds are probably your safest bet, just because they are less likely to fail. In data recovery, we deal with broken hard drives and broken flash drives that were people’s backups.

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Best Buy's Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware
Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers tips on how to deal with Ransomware

 

Source: Best Buy

DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, unveiled today its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore. Located in Terminal 2, this Wines and Spirits Duplex is inspired by the heritage of craftsmanship in the wine, spirits and tobacco worlds and boasts three unique DFS in-store concepts – the Wine Reserve, the Cigar Room and The Whiskey House.

Designed by award-winning interior designer, Masamichi Katayama and spanning two floors at 15,520 square feet, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex by DFS brings customers an interactive and engaging shopping experience, allowing them to sample from and explore DFS’ broad assortment of over 900 products from over 240 wines, spirits and tobacco brands.

Philippe Schaus, CEO and Chairman, DFS Group, said, “We are thrilled to unveil our latest Wines and Spirits Duplex in Singapore with our partner Changi Airport. Here at DFS, we continually aspire to deliver the most engaging and exciting experiences for travelers, whether they are at the airport or downtown. We’re confident that through this unique blend of high-end design, carefully curated assortment, exceptional service and interactive experiences we have created another wines and spirits store of a quality and richness that can only be found at DFS.”

As guests enter the first floor of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, they will encounter the Wine Reserve, featuring over 350 products from the world’s top wineries from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Australia, USA, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal. For the curious and connoisseurs alike, the Wine Reserve is the perfect place for discovery with tastings from the enomatic machine featuring 12 different wines.

The Cigar Room greets customers with a wide assortment of the world’s finest cigars from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. A range of limited-edition accessories make perfect gifts for cigar-lovers, including a collection in special travel sizes catering to travelers as well as cigar humidors and cigar cases.

For the whiskey lover, DFS’ Wines and Spirits Duplex offers a world of choices with 179 single malts, 68 blended Scotch whiskies, 30 American whiskies as well as leading Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hibiki and Suntory Chita and Kavalan from Taiwan. And, with the largest assortment of single malt whiskies offered by any travel retailer in the region, the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex builds on DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s reputation as the travel retailer of the year, as awarded by Whisky Magazine in 2015.

The upper level of the duplex introduces the all new Whiskey House concept, an intuitive and experiential whiskey shopping experience where guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of over 100 different whiskies from across the globe. Based on flavor profiles, the Whiskey House’s staff will design individual sampling experiences for guests to demystify the selection process and make choosing your favorite whiskey a simpler, more engaging and refreshing experience.

In addition to the Whiskey House, the upper level hosts seven individually branded boutiques from Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, Remy Martin, The Dalmore and The Macallan, all tailored to reflect the unique essence, culture and character of each brand. Throughout the year, guests can enjoy visits from master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors as well as tailored tastings from the brands inside the boutiques.

To celebrate the launch of the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex, DFS will be hosting a first-of-its-kind Whiskey Festival. From July 27 to September 10. The Whiskey Festival will showcase a series of events on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each weekend, a different whiskey brand will bring the festival to life with guest appearances from their brand ambassadors, special master classes and food pairing sessions. At the same time, three complimentary whiskey cocktails representing Scotland, U.S. and Japan will be available for sampling throughout the festival at the Whiskey House at DFS’ Terminal 2 duplex and The Long Bar by Raffles at DFS’ Terminal 3 duplex.

“As Asia Pacific’s largest assortment of single malt whiskies in travel retail, we wanted to bring an interactive experience that reflects our customers’ passion and fascination with whiskey to the Terminal 2 Wines and Spirits Duplex. From the Whiskey House to the Whiskey Festival, we’re excited to unveil for our customers a space where they can build their knowledge, expand their palette, discover new brands and fall in love again with the classics,” said Brooke Supernaw DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines and Tobacco.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said “The opening of the second Wines and Spirits Duplex at Terminal 2 marks the fruition of an ambitious and game changing transformation that Changi Airport had set out to achieve together with DFS. The new duplex represents the positively surprising retail experience which we endeavor to deliver to our passengers, one that allows shoppers to discover, interact and enjoy. We hope it is something for them to look forward to every time they are at Changi Airport.”

THE WHISKEY FESTIVAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF BRAND APPEARANCES

July 29 & 30:             Craigellachie featuring Ziggy Campbell, Global Brand Ambassador

Aug 5 & 6:                 The Macallan featuring Randall Tan, Brand Advocate and Keith Nair, Brand Trainer

Aug 12 & 13:             Maker’s Mark featuring Gordon Dundas, Global Brand Ambassador

Aug 19 & 20:             House of Hazelwood featuring Jay Gray, Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia

Aug 26:                       Beam Suntory Japanese whiskies featuring Mike Miyamoto,Global Brand Ambassador

Sep 2 & 3:                  Glenfiddich featuring Matthew Fergusson-Stewart, Brand Ambassador for Asia Pacific

Sep 9 & 10:                Bruichladdich featuring Richard Gillam, Brand Ambassador

Time and Venue:       (a)        3 – 5pm at The Whiskey House at Level 2, Terminal 2 Duplex

Media Contact:

press.enquiries@dfs.com

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DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore
DFS Group unveiled its second Wines and Spirits Duplex store at Changi Airport, Singapore

 

Source: DFS Group

Albert Heijn reduceert suiker en introduceert Friswijzer

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Steeds meer consumenten gaan bewuster met suiker om. Daarom heeft Albert Heijn zijn assortiment onder de loep genomen en zijn we gestart met een flinke suikerreductie” aldus Marit van Egmond, directeur merchandising & sourcing Albert Heijn. “De eerste stap die we zetten is een suikerreductie van 10 tot 40% in meer dan honderd populaire eigen merk producten. De vernieuwde producten liggen eind 2016 in de schappen. Eind 2017 zijn deze producten hierdoor tweehonderdvijftig miljoen suikerklontjes lichter. En dat is pas het begin. Ook introduceren we a.s. maandag bij het frisdrankschap de Friswijzer. Met duidelijke informatie over de hoeveelheid suiker, wijze van zoeten en calorieën.”

Suikerreductie op eigen merk producten
Om stap voor stap suiker te reduceren selecteerde Albert Heijn honderd eigen merk producten die vaak door gezinnen worden gekocht. In producten zoals yoghurt, vla, ketchup en koekjes wordt suiker tussen de 10 en 40% gereduceerd. Ook worden er de komende weken nieuwe producten toegevoegd, zoals AH Griekse yoghurt voor kinderen, een variant zonder toevoeging van suiker en AH 100% fruittoetje.

Bewuster kiezen
Informatie zoals de hoeveelheid suiker en de wijze van zoeten worden steeds relevanter voor klanten. Frisdrank kan veel suiker en dus veel calorieën bevatten. Om klanten daarvan bewust te maken, laat de Friswijzer bij het schap in een oogopslag zien hoeveel calorieën de frisdrank bevat. De kleuren van geel (geen suiker) tot donker oranje (hoog in suiker) geven aan hoeveel calorieën en suikers er in frisdrank zitten. Klanten kunnen ook zien op welke wijze de drank gezoet is: met suiker, met gebruik van kunstmatige zoetstoffen of door het toevoegen van zoetstoffen van natuurlijke oorsprong.

In het schap vind je ook nieuwe varianten dranken zoals bruisend water met smaak waaronder een aardbei/munt en een bloedsinaasappel variant. Het suikergehalte in eigen merk frisdrank zal de komende jaren ook stap voor stap worden verlaagd met minimaal 10 procent.

Persfoto’s

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

De woordvoerders van Albert Heijn zijn: Anoesjka Aspeslagh en Els van Dijk.

Source:  Albert Heijn