Costa Express attains the ISO14001 International Standard for its commitment to sustainable practice

Costa Express attains the ISO14001 International Standard for its commitment to sustainable practice
Costa Express attains the ISO14001 International Standard for its commitment to sustainable practice

London, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Costa Express, the UK’s leading self-serve coffee bar, has been awarded the ISO14001 International Standard due to its commitment to sustainable practice. This standard provides an approach to environment management as well as all the practical tools to implement and respond to changing environmental conditions.

Measures have been applied across every aspect of Costa Express. The machines themselves now have insulated boilers to make them more efficient and reduce energy usage, meaning energy savings of around 400 watts per day. New boilers are being supplied with the insulation as standard, whilst older boilers are all being upgraded to fit the insulation. This will improve the overall life of the boiler and achieve long term energy savings.

Costa Express has also assessed the current water usage of machines, optimising the amount of water required for use. The team are looking at how best to minimise the amount of water required to run and clean the machines.

The Costa Express fleet which supplies the machines uses telematics to enable the planning team to route the field teams effectively. They are also working to reduce maintenance callouts to lessen the environmental impact of the vehicles and encourage efficient driving by measuring fuel economy.

“Costa Express has worked tirelessly to integrate sustainable decision making in every part of the business” said Nicola Stopps, CEO of Simply Sustainable, who supported the implementation of the standard.

“Costa Express is committed to proactively managing its environmental impact” said Murray McGowan, Managing Director at Costa Express, “Progress can only be demonstrated through effective measurement, which is why we hold ourselves to rigorous standards based on quality measurements and insights. These not only benefit the environment, but also reduce costs and improve efficiency within Costa Express.”

Costa Express is the UK’s leading self-serve coffee bar. Since its launch in 2011, it has demonstrated phenomenal growth and today boasts over 5,500 machines, serving over 80 million cups of coffee every year, across 9 international markets. This puts Costa Express on track to deliver its target of 8,000 machines by 2020.

Costa Express is part of Costa Coffee, the UKs favourite coffee shop chain with over 45 years of coffee making expertise. Costa Coffee operates over 3,000 coffee shops across 32 international markets. Just like in stores, Costa Express uses the Costa’s original Mocha Italia recipe roasted in Old Paradise Street, London, with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified™ coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials. Our innovative self-serve coffee bars expertly combine high-quality coffee and fresh milk with leading technology, making it the quickest, easiest and most efficient way to ensure coffee lovers enjoy a delicious cup of barista-style Costa Coffee on the go.

Costa Express is committed to sustainable practise and in June 2016 attained the ISO14001 International Standard. This standard demonstrates a systematic approach to environment management and a framework by which to implement and respond to changing environmental conditions.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to Costa, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 56 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

About Simply Sustainable
Simply Sustainable was founded in 2010 and is the UK’s fastest growing sustainability consultancy, offering top class practical advice; generated from the substantial ‘in-house’ corporate experience of all our consultants.

Our consultants are able to take a practical and business-focused approach to help organisations build sustainability into their operations. We work collaboratively with our clients to achieve lasting improvements in their sustainability performance to help maximise long-term growth.

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Costa Coffee achieves £10 million fundraising milestone for the Costa Foundation to relieve poverty in coffee-growing communities

Costa Coffee achieves £10 million fundraising milestone for the Costa Foundation to relieve poverty in coffee-growing communities
Costa Coffee achieves £10 million fundraising milestone for the Costa Foundation to relieve poverty in coffee-growing communities

LONDON,, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 14,000 Costa team members across the UK as well as customers and suppliers, have come together to help Costa Coffee achieve a £10 million fundraising milestone for the Costa Foundation.

The Costa Foundation is an independent charity that aims to relieve poverty in coffee-growing communities. Its mission is to improve the life chances of children by providing them with the opportunity for a quality education. Since its launch in 2007 the Costa Foundation has supported 56 much needed school projects across nine countries – building or extending school buildings and providing essential facilities and equipment including connecting water supplies and supplying computers.

The biggest Costa Foundation project is in La Palma, Colombia, which has suffered decades of civil conflict. The ongoing issues have seen as many as 80% of the community displaced, having left their homes and families to seek temporary shelter in part of the jungle. To assist residents in re-building their lives back in La Palma, the Costa Foundation has built a community school with up to 10 classrooms, which will aim to serve both adults and children and provide local support and stability.

The Costa Foundation also provides funding for extracurricular citizenship lessons in HIV/AIDS awareness, gender equality, environment, sports and public speaking. These lessons have enabled forced marriage to be completely abolished in two communities in Ethiopia where the Costa Foundation operates, helping to challenge the traditional viewpoint that a girl is considered “ready” for marriage once she reaches puberty.

Dominic Paul, Managing Director at Costa, said: “It is amazing to see our passionate team across the UK come together to reach this target with the support of our customers and suppliers. At Costa we strive to be an integral part of the community and the Costa Foundation has a tremendous impact on the lives of people living in coffee growing areas, improving social and economic welfare through education. We are extremely proud that we can contribute £10 million to make a real difference to these communities.”

Fundraising activities include around 140 people hiking Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon to achieve the iconic Three Peaks Challenge, as well Foundation Fortnight, taking place between 22nd August and 4th September 2016, an annual event where stores across the UK and Ireland participate in fundraising activities showcasing the Costa Foundations work and the importance of the charity.

The Costa Foundation currently funds facilitates and benefits communities in areas including Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Uganda.

For further information about the Costa Foundation or to read more case studies, please visit

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified™ coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education.Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 56 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities. Find out more about the Costa Foundation at:

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Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment

Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment
Baskin-Robbins announces launch of its new mobile app featuring special mobile offers and mobile payment


CANTON, MA, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins’ guests now have a cool new way to enjoy their favorite frozen treat as Baskin-Robbins today launched its new mobile app for iPhone and Android users. In addition to money-saving deals, ice cream fans can use the app to pay for their favorite flavored ice cream treats, frozen beverages and ice cream cakes with a Baskin-Robbins card and send virtual Baskin-Robbins cards to friends and family by text or email. To celebrate the launch, guests will receive a mobile offer for a free regular 4 oz. scoop of their favorite ice cream when they download the app.

The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices. The app has a variety of interactive features, including:

  • Access deals and coupons: App users will receive various mobile coupons and deals; including deals that are only available through the app.
  • Purchase and reload Baskin-Robbins cards: Guests can add existing Baskin-Robbins cards, purchase new virtual Baskin-Robbins cards directly from the app and add money to an existing card.
  • Purchase and send Baskin-Robbins Cards to friends and family: The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App allows guests to gift the joy of ice cream by purchasing virtual Baskin-Robbins cards and sharing them with friends and family to make someone’s day a bit sweeter. Baskin-Robbins cards can be sent in denominations between $2 and $100.
  • Current and upcoming promotions and events: App users can stay informed on various Baskin-Robbins promotions and events throughout the year, including the current Flavor of the Month.
  • Locate the nearest Baskin-Robbins shop: A detailed store locator makes it easy to find directions and information about local Baskin-Robbins locations, including shop hours, online cake ordering availability, product offerings and more.
  • Browse the menu and sort frozen treats by nutritional preferences: The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App allows guests to easily browse the menu, including the brand’s classic and new ice cream flavors and frozen treats and sort by nutritional preferences. Guests can also view nutrition facts for some of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, sundaes, frozen beverages and desserts.

The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is powered by Tillster, the leading provider of restaurant digital ordering and customer engagement products and services, and was designed by DigitasLBI, a global marketing and technology agency, to feel seamless with Baskin-Robbins’ brand voice and in-store marketing.

“At Baskin-Robbins, we take pride in delighting guests with our wide variety of ice creams and frozen treats and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the guest experience and to further connect with our customers,” said Weldon Spangler, Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “We are excited to introduce our new mobile app to guests nationwide, which includes a range of features including special mobile offers, mobile payment and information about our products. We hope guests will celebrate our launch by downloading the app and enjoying a free regular scoop of their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor on us.”

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins guests can enjoy dessert inspired by breakfast with Baskin-Robbins’ new August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Milk ‘n Cereal, which features cereal milk-flavored ice cream with OREO® cookie pieces, frosted corn flake cereal pieces, and a frosted corn flake cereal ribbon. To help guests celebrate throughout the summer, Baskin-Robbins is also offering a range of other delicious OREO® desserts, including a newOREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake and its new Polar Pizza, an ice cream treat that can be eaten like a pizza, in four featured flavor varieties including OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream. The new OREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake serves 12-16 people and features chocolate-flavored frosted cake topped with OREO® Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. The OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream Polar Pizza features a double fudge brownie crust with OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream, topped with crushed OREO® cookie pieces and drizzled with marshmallow and fudge topping.

Finally, Baskin-Robbins is inviting guests to donate $1.00 to The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) during their in-store visits throughout August as part of its Community Cones program. Funds raised will support local and national non-profit organizations that are focused on improving children’s health and providing food for the hungry.

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

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

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


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

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Bolla Oil selects NCR as technology partner to support its goal in providing luxurious in-store customer experience

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intent on providing a luxurious c-store experience featuring gourmet food and beverages, executives at Bolla Oil Corp. realized they needed a technology provider to support this goal by delivering a smooth customer experience. Executives quickly found NCR was the right technology partner for the job.

Bolla operates convenience stores across the New York City, Long Island and New Jersey markets. New Bolla locations will feature elegant, full service coffee bars, hand-crafted custom sandwiches and spacious dining to create an upscale dining experience. Bolla will use NCR’s integrated POS solution to manage forecourt and in-store transactions and provide centralized system management. Retail Data Systems (RDS), a reseller of NCR hardware and software and a long-time partner of Bolla facilitated the process to find a POS solution that would best serve the needs of their growing brand.

“Technology plays a critical role in helping us deliver the luxurious, overall experience our customers deserve,” said Harry Singh, Bolla Oil president and CEO. “NCR’s solutions allow us to observe forecourt and in-store performance in real-time and make faster analyses on key areas from fuel pricing to merchandise performance.”

To create an easier transition from the forecourt to the dining area, Bolla will rely on NCR’s kitchen production and customer self-service software. Customers will receive the benefit of controlling their order and transaction as they do at the pump, while the system will suggest upsells based on previous purchase behavior.

“By integrating all fuel and food options into a single NCR solution, Bolla can provide a top-level experience not only from the forecourt to inside the store, but also from location to the next. This will help the team create brand consistency across their footprint, one customers will look forward to returning to time and time again,” said Michael Bayer, president, NCR Retail.

The first Bolla Oil gourmet experience store opened in 2007 in Brooklyn, NY. Bolla now has 16 Gourmet delis and plans to open 6 more sites in 2016 including 4 delis.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, hospitality, entertainment, gaming, public sector, telecom carrier and equipment organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR ( is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia.

About Bolla Oil
Bolla Oil Corp is a recognized leader in the wholesale fuel distribution, construction, real estate and gas station/convenience store operations in the New York and New Jersey regions. Beginning its operation in 1989, Bolla has grown to over 100+ locations and continues to focus on growth opportunities in all its primary businesses.

About Retail Data System
Retail Data Systems is the largest provider of point-of-sale hardware and software in North America. Founded in 1950, RDS now operates over 25 offices serving customers across the nation providing complete point of sale technology.

Our list of industry leading POS hardware and software products provide a variety of solutions for companies large and small. For more information, visit

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Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

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Tacoma Glassblowing Studio selects NCR Silver to streamline business operations

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — When she needed to streamline her business operations, the owner of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio decided to purchase a mobile point-of-sale (POS) system to access reports and gain sales insight – and NCR Silver was an obvious choice.

Jeannine Sigafoos also was drawn to the customer service included with the mobile POS system from NCR Small Business. With 24/7 access to U.S.-based support, she knew the transition from an outdated card processor would be an easy, beneficial one for Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.

“If I ever have an issue, day or night, the customer service team is always standing by,” said Sigafoos. “They made the system setup painless, and continue to provide guidance and support even for the smallest questions I have.”

She also chose NCR Silver for its back office capabilities, relatively low pricing and flexibility with processors. Her team, who teaches glassblowing classes and sells handcrafted artisan pieces, needed a convenient system that could manage sales.

NCR Silver functionality helps the company track inventory, compare monthly sales and make smart decisions about purchasing. Sigafoos and her team also use the system’s email marketing features to alert customers on special events and promotions.

“Small businesses need to use powerful, yet uncomplicated, technology to optimize operations and engage customers,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager at NCR Small Business. “From keeping processing costs low to offering nonstop support, we aim to make the transition to mobile POS as simple – and productive – as possible.”

To learn more about NCR Silver’s features, visit, or call 1-877-630-9711. NCR Small Business provides live, 24/7 U.S.-based customer support for NCR Silver users. NCR Silver mobile POS runs in the cloud, uses consumer-friendly technology, works on Apple® devices running the latest iOS, and offers a POS solution catered to franchises as well.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.


Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver

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Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770 299 5100

Source: NCR

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt adopts NCR Silver Pro Restaurant Edition as its cloud-based POS system

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking to gain a competitive edge in the crowded frozen yogurt market, the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt team adopted NCR Silver Pro Restaurant Edition as its cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) system.

Before switching to the system, Zoyo’s corporate stores used a cumbersome POS system that required extensive training and expensive software updates. Now, they have a scalable solution that all employees can quickly learn and use.

NCR Silver Restaurant Pro Edition provides advanced options for multi-site food service businesses. Users can split checks, keep up with table availability, and create tabs to make payments more flexible. Zoyo managers use it for integrated customer loyalty, event-based promotions and more.
Zoyo also uses NCR Silver Console, an add-on service that manages employee scheduling, provides up-to-date sales information, and tracks inventory.

“Before NCR Silver, we waited until the end of the week to view sales numbers, then held a meeting to discuss inventory and promotional activities. By the time we acted on it, the data was already old,” said Robert Schiller, president and CEO of Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt. “Now, we can view sales trends any time, on-site or remote. This helps us make smarter decisions every day.”

Since being founded in 2010, the Phoenix-based business has opened 21 franchise and corporate stores in Arizona, Texas, Indiana, Michigan and Georgia.

To learn more about NCR Silver’s features, visit, or call 1-877-630-9711. NCR Small Business provides live, 24/7 U.S.-based customer support for NCR Silver users. NCR Silver mobile POS runs in the cloud, uses consumer-friendly technology, works on Apple® devices running the latest iOS, and offers a POS solution catered to franchises as well.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.
Twitter: @NCRCorporation; @NCRSilver

News Media Contact:

Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770 299 5100

Source: NCR

NCR Corporation again presented with Supplier Performance Award by the United States Postal Service

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, announces that is has been recognized for excellence by the United States Postal Service (USPS) through its Supplier Performance Award program. The award was presented on June 29 at the 2015 Supplier Performance Awards Ceremony and Reception at the USPS Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.

This is the second time NCR has won this prestigious award in recognition of its role in helping the USPS improve supply chain management and provide its customers with a better experience and new services in Post Offices across the United States.

“For 135 years, NCR has worked at the intersection of consumer expectations and business process, uniting the two through innovative software, brilliant device technology and amazing consumer experiences. I am exceptionally proud of our 20 year partnership with the USPS; working together we have been able to make everyday customer interactions easier, deliver value and enable better experiences,” stated NCR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Nuti. “Our relationship with the Postal Service is a true partnership with mutual dedication to high quality service, innovation and productivity.”

NCR has been a technology partner to the USPS for more than two decades, providing it with a wide range of software, hardware and services, to enable faster and more efficient consumer interactions.

”NCR is truly honored to receive the Supplier Performance Award from the U.S. Postal Service. This award reflects NCR’s dedication to the USPS mission by delivering superior customer service, solutions and software to help operate and support Post Offices nationwide,” stated Stan Ratcliffe, president of NCR Government Systems. “NCR takes great pride in its long-standing partnership with the USPS, and we hope to build on our partnership for many years.”

One particular area of merit cited in the presentation of NCR’s award was improvements in efficiency and availability realized by the USPS through NCR’s service desk. This managed service helps the USPS rapidly resolve technical issues, pinpoint improvement opportunities across the entire enterprise and take immediate corrective action.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contact:

Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770 299 5100

Source: NCR Corporation

Bon-Ton stores unveil favorite fall styles and trends

Bon-Ton stores unveil favorite fall styles and trends
Bon-Ton stores unveil favorite fall styles and trends


MILWAUKEE, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Be inspired by what’s new and now in fashion this season and refresh your wardrobe as we unveil some of our favorite trends.  These trend-right fall styles can be found in store or online at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores this fall.

Blouse Party
The BLOUSE has never been a more important piece to your wardrobe until now!  Feminine details including lace, pleating, tie necks, pussycat bows and smocking details take this look to the next level. Off the shoulder, cold shoulder and every type of sleeve treatment imaginable are key this fall.  And don’t forget the peasant, this is not just your ordinary peasant top from years past, updated with beautiful prints, fall florals, rich colors, and lots of details like lace-up’s and crochet treatments give a fresh new update to this all-time favorite silhouette.

Vintage Vibes
This season’s 70’s trend is BOHO CHIC with a modern take on this throwback look for fall!  Long peasant dresses, suede skirts and lace up tops are all must have items!  The classic boho look is updated with new twists on the maxi dress and tops with fringe and lace details. Update your wardrobe with brocades, embroideries, shearling or fur found in this mixed media trend.  These details are this season’s essentials and perfect with a floor length frock or peasant top. Step out with a suede stacked bootie and fringe cross body bag to complete the look.

Boy Meets Girl
MENSWEAR inspired looks–whether it’s a matched suit or a great structured menswear pant with a white, crisp white button-up shirt and oxford shoe, this look is essential this season.  Herringbones, glen plaids and stripes are key.  Style a casual look by mixing a great blazer with a boyfriend jean, or keep it simple with a houndstooth A-line skirt or sheath dress.  The longer sleeveless jacket is also a staple with this trend and works perfectly with the must-have blouse for the fall season.  Pattern colors are primarily black, grey and cream so for some feminine appeal, add a splash of color with a statement ring, bold block heel or tassel clutch.

Plaid, please
Plaid dresses, plaid shirts, plaid outerwear, plaid accessories, plaid everywhere — we are loving this trend! It’s the season of plaid and we are taking them to the next level.  Pair plaid with ladylike details such as lace-ups, cold shoulders, peplums and sheer flowing fabrics.  Accessorize with a plaid skinny scarf or make a bolder statement with a plaid wool coat this season, either way you wear it, you’ll be trend-right.  Colors include everything from traditional red, black and ivory to the neutrals of black and grey and updated denim friendly blues.

Status Symbol
Show your love for your favorite brands in style.  LOGO’s larger than life are everywhere from Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Under Armour and everywhere in between.  These streetwear silhouettes include leggings, tees, sweatshirts, caps, sneakers, jewelry and handbags.

Options are endless in denim for fall with updated fabrics, color and washes, silhouettes and details.  Denim dresses, jackets, shirts and jeans are on everyone’s shopping list. Key trends include destruction, release hems, fray hems, high cuffs, ankle lengths, skinnies and boyfriends.  Double your denim look by pairing a denim jacket with your favorite jeans for a fresh modern look or pair your denim shirt with a flirty skirt for a new daytime fashion statement.

In September, the fall 2016 trends come to life on the runway with New & Now fashion shows held in 12 cities. Registration grants shoppers access to head to toe looks created by expert stylists, plus exclusive offers, a chance to win prizes and a complimentary beauty makeover.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:BONT), with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s,Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.


Christine Hojnacki
VP Public Relations
cell 262.378.9354

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.


Motor Fuel Group to purchase the Bolton-based forecourt operator, Synergie Holdings Limited

Hertfordshire, England, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) announces that it has signed an agreement to purchase the Bolton-based forecourt operator, Synergie Holdings Limited.

The transaction is scheduled to close early September, 2016.

Commenting on the agreement, Jeremy Clarke, chief operating officer at MFG said: “We are delighted with this exciting transaction. The signing of this agreement supports our stated objective to become the UK’s most dynamic and profitable independent forecourt operator.”

Synergie has a network of 19 forecourts situated throughout the north-west of England, many of them offering strong convenience and ‘food to go’ offers.

This acquisition will bring the total number of stations that will be owned by MFG to 395, making MFG the second largest independent forecourt operator in the UK.

Jeremy Clarke continued: “This acquisition is just a part of our exciting 2016 programme. We are already well into an extensive shop rebranding programme following the signing of a new shop supply agreement with Booker Retail Partners and are also embarking on a significant development programme increasing retail space and introducing new ‘food to go’ offers at key locations throughout our forecourt estate.”


Phone:+44 (0) 1727 898 890
Fax:+44 (0) 1727 852 318

Source: Motor Fuel Group

eBay and American designer, editor and stylist Rachel Zoe to create limited edition backpacks

eBay and American designer, editor and stylist Rachel Zoe to create limited edition backpacks
eBay and American designer, editor and stylist Rachel Zoe to create limited edition backpacks


Rottendorf, Germany, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jul 29, 2016), eBay announced a partnership with renowned American designer, editor and stylist Rachel Zoe to create limited edition backpacks. Through eBay’s “Summer of Choice” campaign, Americans have been able to vote on the things they want most, unlocking incredible deals on fashion, tech and home essentials. Shoppers are now invited to take to the polls again to weigh in on new “Americana” prints that Rachel Zoe designed exclusively for eBay. The prints will be featured on a selection of backpacks, the quintessential accessory for those headed back to school or work, with all proceeds benefitting charity.

“We know that our shoppers want choice – including access to the newest looks from today’s hottest designers,” said Hal Lawton, SVP of eBay North America. “eBay is making it even easier for people to shop incredible items from style icons like Rachel Zoe – delivering in-demand merchandise at extraordinary value, directly to their fingertips.”

Back to School and Work in Style
The limited edition backpacks with Rachel Zoe prints will be sold exclusively on eBay beginning September 9 at 8 a.m. PST, at a price point of $45, with free shipping included. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Save the Children, Rachel’s philanthropic organization of choice, through the eBay for Charity platform.

“One of the best parts of my job is empowering people to make choices that reflect their personal style. This is why I was so excited to design two exclusive prints for eBay’s Summer of Choice campaign, which gives shoppers the chance to vote for their favorite,” said Rachel Zoe, Creative Director of Rachel Zoe Collection. “I am equally thrilled that with this initiative we are able to give back to children in need—with each backpack purchased, 100% of the proceeds will support Save the Children, a cause that is very close to my heart.”

Deals for Days
In addition to the exclusive inventory from Rachel Zoe, eBay will be releasing new mobile deals to close out the summer season. Head to to vote on deals for popular events and holidays:

  • Olympics: Voting begins on August 14; Deal released on August 17
  • Labor Day: Vote and have the deal released the week of August 29

Back to School: Voting begins on August 30; Backpacks released on September 9

eBay by the Numbers

  • eBay, Inc. has 164 million active buyers
  • Most are backed by eBay Money Back Guarantee
  • 80% of merchandise sold on eBay is new
  • 1 billion listings at any given time
  • The majority (65%) of items on eBay ship for free (reflects U.S, UK and DE)

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume.

About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.

About Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe is a distinguished designer, editor, author, stylist, TV personality and entrepreneur renowned for her effortless take on glamour. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to the fashion savvy as Creative Director of the Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and jewelry lines. Zoe is the Editor-in-Chief of online style destination, The Zoe Report, reaching over 13 million worldwide. The Zoe Report recently launched Box of Style, a subscription service filled with over $300 of coveted fashion, beauty and lifestyle items for $100, all handpicked by Rachel and her team. She started her career as a world-renowned stylist revolutionizing the styling business and inspiring future generations of stylists. Zoe is committed to philanthropic organizations both locally and globally, serving as an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children and on the Board of Directors for Baby2Baby. In addition to being recognized as an avid philanthropist, Zoe has been on countless most influential lists from virtually every domestic and international fashion and financial publication. Rachel and her husband, Rodger Berman, run their lifestyle brand all while being parents to two young boys, Skyler and Kaius.

If you’re a member of the press with editorial inquiries, please contact our Media and Press Team:

Source: eBay


USDA FSIS: Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. recalls frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., an Austin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 5,677 pounds of frozen shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may be mislabeled and contain chicken, as well as egg, soy or shrimp, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 26-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” with a packaging date of May 7, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of May 7, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 98377 0.
  • 11-oz. boxes, containing plastic trays, labeled, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” with a packaging date of July 11, 2016, “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 11, 2017 and UPC code 0 37363 00612 7.

Due to a packaging error, the products labeled as, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” may contain a chicken piccata product, which contains chicken, egg and soy, ingredients not declared on the label. These products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection, as shrimp products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The products labeled as “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” may contain a shrimp scampi product, which contains shrimp, an ingredient not declared on the product label. These products bear the establishment number “1009A” within the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to distributors in the southern U.S.

The problem was discovered after the firm received customer complaints.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury, illness or allergic reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the firm’s consumer hotline, at 1 (877) 482-5426. Media with questions about the recall can contact Richard Price, Vice President of Operations, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., at (512) 218-3514.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

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

EDITORS NOTE:  This release is being reissued as an expansion of the July 13, 2016 release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 4,225 pounds of shrimp scampi product. This expansion includes an additional 1,452 pounds of meat lasagna product, for a total of 5,677 pounds of product.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

RioCan announces 2Q2016 financial results

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN)

RioCan’s HIGHLIGHTS for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 were:

  • During the quarter, RioCan completed the sale of its U.S. operations. With the proceeds from the sale, RioCan has reduced its Total Debt to Total Assets ratio (net of cash, on a proportionate basis) to a historically low 38.0% as at June 30, 2016, from 46.3% as at December 31, 2015;
  • On June 1, 2016 RioCan entered into a new $1 billion unsecured operating credit facility (“Operating
    Facility”), which replaced RioCan’s secured operating credit facilities;
  • The new Operating Facility, together with the debt repayments from the sale of the U.S. portfolio enabled RioCan to grow its unencumbered asset pool as at June 30, 2016 to $5.4 billion, or 256% of the Trust’s unsecured debt;
  • As expected due to the sale of RioCan’s U.S. operations during the quarter, Operating Funds From Operations (“Operating FFO”) for the Second Quarter was lower by $1 million, or 0.9% at $135 million as compared to $136 million for the same period in 2015. On a per unit basis Operating FFO was $0.42 per unit as compared to $0.43 per unit for the second quarter in 2015, representing decline of 2.9%. However, RioCan’s Canadian or continuing operations produced solid results;
  • On a continuing operations basis, Operating FFO increased $8.8 million, or 8.1% to $118 million in the
    Second Quarter as compared to $109 million the second quarter of 2015;
  • Same Store Net Operating Income (“NOI”) turned positive in the three months ended June 30, 2016 (“Second Quarter”). Canadian same store NOI increased 0.8%, or $1.1 million in the Second Quarter compared to the same period in 2015;
  • RioCan’s concentration of annualized net rental revenue in Canada’s six major markets as at June 30,
    2016 increased to 75.7% from 74.4% as at June 30, 2015;
  • RioCan’s AFFO payout ratio for the twelve months ended June 30, 2016 improved to 89.9% as compared to 94.5 % for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015;
  • Committed occupancy improved 200 basis points in Canada, to 95.1% at June 30, 2016 from its lowest point in the prior year of 93.1% at June 30, 2015;
  • After the quarter end, RioCan acquired CPPIB’s interest in four properties at an aggregate purchase price of $352 million, and since September 30, 2015 RioCan has acquired, net of dispositions, an interest in more than $1.1 billion of income producing properties in Canada; and
  • In RioCan’s development portfolio RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamond corp (collectively, “The Well JV”) entered into a binding agreement to sell the residential component of The Well to Tridel Builders Inc. and Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP. This agreement will reduce the financial exposure to the project, and is expected to enable the partners to develop The Well in a single phased development.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) today (July 29, 2016) announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.

“During the past quarter we achieved three very significant milestones in the history of the Trust. Through the sale and repatriation of our capital from our very successful venture into the U.S., we reduced our leverage to its lowest level in our history,” said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “I am quite satisfied with our growth in Operating FFO in our Canadian operations and expect it to grow over the next two years. Our recently announced acquisitions, completions in our ongoing development programme, and lease up of current vacancies lead me to be confident about RioCan’s Canadian growth in the near term. Over the long term, our urban development and intensification strategy will be the key contributor to our future Operating FFO growth. Our ability to achieve all of this without materially increasing our leverage from its current historical low level is a direct result of our strategic move into and out of the United States, and the significant new capital creation resulting from that profitable strategy.”

Financial Highlights

All figures are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. For further information about RioCan’s results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, this earnings release should be read in conjunction with our unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements (“Consolidated Financial Statements”), as well as, management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 together with our 2015 Annual Report.

RioCan’s Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Consistent with RioCan’s management framework, management uses certain financial measures to assess RioCan’s financial performance, which are not generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) under IFRS. For full definitions of these measures, please refer to the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” in RioCan’s June 30, 2016 Management’s Discussion and Analysis. As a result of the recently completed sale of its U.S. operations, we have reported our former U.S. geographic segment performance as “discontinued operations” with comparative income statement amounts adjusted to reflect this change, unless otherwise noted.


Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia J. Devine
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973

Source: RioCan

Cold Stone Creamery® launches nationwide fundraising campaign in support of nonprofit organization Best Buddies® International

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® ( is partnering with Best Buddies® International and hosting a nationwide fundraising promotion during the month of August in all domestic Cold Stone Creamery stores to support the organization. Best Buddies is a nonprofit that is dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Beginning August 1, customers can purchase a Best Buddies sticker, designed by renowned artist Keith Haring, for a minimum donation of $1 each. Keith Haring was an artist, philanthropist, and friend of Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. Haring incorporated his incredible energy and vibrant style into the now iconic Best Buddies logo. One hundred percent of proceeds from the stickers will be donated to the Best Buddies International organization.

“Cold Stone Creamery is honored to work together with Best Buddies and help support their mission to end the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands™, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery. “Customers have the chance to share the message of friendship and empowerment when they purchase a Best Buddies sticker along with their favorite ice cream Creation™.”

In addition to the nationwide fundraising program, Cold Stone Creamery will be implementing a jobs program later this fall. This integrated employment program will pair members of Best Buddies with their local Cold Stone Creamery store. There, they will receive professional handson training in the art of creating the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®.

Cold Stone Creamery is also working on a mentoring program in which members of Best Buddies will have the chance to shadow an employee at the brand’s corporate headquarters and training center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Cold Stone Creamery®
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 27 countries.

About Best Buddies®
International Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit

For more information about Best Buddies, please visit, or


Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

Carphone Warehouse announces pre-order for Samsung Galaxy Note7 from the 16th August

London, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Samsung Note returns to the UK for the first time in two years this summer, with its Galaxy Note7 model.

The device boasts a number of exceptional features, from its fast wireless charging to water resistant stylus. As well as this, there’s now a layer of biometric scanning with the addition of an Iris Scanner.

Following on from the popularity of the Galaxy S7’s curved edge, the Galaxy Note7 offers this as well, and in addition, has a screen which, even when locked, can be typed on using the stylus pen.

In addition to the Galaxy Note7, customers can also now pre-order the new Gear VR headset, which boasts wider field of view, has backward capability complete with USB and Micro USB connectivity. Customers pre-ordering the Galaxy Note7 will also receive the new Gear VR if and will receive the device 3 days early.

Please visit the Carphone Warehouse website now to register your interest now:

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

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

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

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

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


Dixons Retail switchboard on 0844 800 2030
Carphone Warehouse switchboard on 0370 111 6565

Source: Dixons Carphone

Sports Direct announces purchase of 234,052 of its ordinary shares from Citigroup Global Markets Limited on 02 August 2016

Shirebrook, UK, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sports Direct announces that on 02 August 2016 it purchased 234,052 of its ordinary shares from Citigroup Global Markets Limited (acting as the Company’s broker) at a price of 281.8 pence per share. The purchased shares will all be held as treasury shares.

Following the above purchase, the Company holds 43,152,267 ordinary shares as treasury shares. The total number of ordinary shares in issue (excluding shares held as treasury shares) is 597,450,102.


Dave Forsey, Chief Executive

Matt Pearson, Acting Chief Financial Officer

T. 0344 245 9200


Keith Bishop
T. 0344 245 9200

Source: Sports Direct International plc

SASCO starts experimental operation of two new sites at the campus of King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saudi Automotive Services Co. (SASCO) announces on August 2, 2016 the start of experimental operation (45 days) of the two new sites (SASCO Plus) in King Salman Road at the campus of King Khalid International Airport – Riyadh.

The first site covers 20 thousand square meters area while the second site covers 10 thousand square meters area , both contains mosque, fuel services and c-store (SASCO Palm), in addition , many local and international restaurants, coffee shops and ATM services, first site include also a hotel under designing.

The Investment volume for the first location reached is about 34 million riyals (without the hotel) and the second location is about 24 million riyals (financing through bank facilities signed with local banks), it is expected to contribute on those sites to increase sales and profits of the company, the financial impact will occur on the third quarter of 2016. Note that there were no any related parties.

The company has been contracted with General Authority of Civil Aviation at King Khalid International Airport to construct and operate these two new strategic sites at king Salman Road- Riyadh.

Riyadh- Al-Ahsa Street
B.O. Box: 51880 Riyadh 11553
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel +966 11 206 8855 Fax +966 11 206 8833

Source: Saudi Automotive Services Co.

7‑Eleven is giving away 1 million 7-Select® Single-Serve Chips with purchase of any 7-Select bottled beverage

Dallas, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is giving away 1 million single-serve bags of 7-Select® private brand chips through Sunday, Aug. 7

7Rewards® members can purchase any 7-Select bottled beverage and scan the 7‑Eleven mobile app to receive a FREE 2.25 oz. or 2.5 oz. bag of 7-Select chips at participating 7‑Eleven stores, while supplies last.

To participate in the One Million Chip Free-For-All customers must be a registered 7Rewards member and use 7‑Eleven’s mobile app, available in the Apple App Store or Google Play. The member’s unique, scannable barcode and digital punch card are located on the app’s home screen for easier use.

7-Select chips come in a variety of flavor-forward combinations. Try some of the new flavors like Smoked Gouda Kettle, Sundried Tomato Kettle, Sriracha Kettle, Hot Italian Sausage, Wasabi Soy, Prime Rib and Spicy Guacamole.

Featured 7-Select beverages eligible in the “One Million Chip Free-For-All” include all 7-Select bottled water including cases, plus sweet and unsweet take-home iced teas, 7-Select Go!Smart™ coconut water, 7-Select juices and new premium beverages like:

7-Select PURE Water – 7‑Eleven’s private brand premium water with added electrolytes and minerals is pure, great tasting, refreshing and hydrating.

7-Select GO!Smart Organic Teas – These delicious teas are brewed with premium ingredients including organic tea leaves and sugar. They are available in a range of caffeine levels to make the drink the perfect better-for-you option. 7-Select sweet and unsweet iced teas are also eligible for the chip giveaway.

7-Select Premium Sodas Crafted by Jones Soda Co. – This unique beverage line brings new, energizing and refreshing craft sodas to 7‑Eleven. Sweetened with real cane sugar, the craft sodas are available in five bold flavors : Bluesberry Smash, CocoLocoLiliNut, Twisted Citrus, Tropical Slam Rambutan and Fruit Loose.

For more information on 7‑Eleven’s 7-Select® chips and premium beverage line, including where to find and purchase these products throughout the country, visit https://www.7‑

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses approximately 59,800 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries, including 10,700 in North America. Known for iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as its popular pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑, via the 7Rewards customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

For more information, please contact:
7‑Eleven, Inc. Corporate Communications

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven

Lowes Foods opens its newest store at Morganton Road in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Located at 1740 Old Morganton Road in Southern Pines, the store will include special areas called Lowes Foods Originals, which include: Chicken Kitchen, SausageWorks, Dry Aged Beef, Pick & Prep, The Beer Den, The Cakery, Sunmill Wines and the Community Table. The store also offers the newly updated Lowes Foods-To-Go online personal shopping service, a bulk foods section, an expanded baby care area and a fuel center.

“We are thrilled to share our new Southern Pines store with the entire Moore County community and the many people who visit the area. The store represents the latest innovations in our journey to completely reimagine the grocery shopping experience,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said. “Like all of our stores, this new store is very focused on supporting all things local while providing exceptional attention to our guests. Our commitment includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with more than 200 local farmers and featuring a wide assortment of unique local products found throughout the store.”

“We believe the Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping service and the fuel center will be particularly popular among people who are visiting the area to play golf, attend conferences or just relax and enjoy the beauty,” he added. “Guests can place their grocery order online using Lowes Food-To-Go, drive up to pick up their order, get fuel and be on their way within a matter of minutes.”

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

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

The Southern Pines store is among only a few Lowes Foods to feature Dry Aged Beef selections, which encourages shoppers to earmark their favorite cut of fresh beef while it is being carefully aged in the store. At the conclusion of the aging process, shoppers can pick up their special cut of beef full of flavor and ready for home cooking or grilling.

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

The Beer Den offers a large craft beer collection, including numerous North Carolina-brewed beers. Guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers direct from the tap. The Beer Den also offers hundreds of bottled craft beers, including the ability for beer lovers to create their own favorite six packs – perfect for a golf outing

The Cakery features frosting made with real butter and real cream and opportunities to join in The Cakery Walk. A whimsical bakery where being square is incredibly cool, The Cakery is focused on all things cakes. The Cakery features “Scrumptiouslyumptiously” delicious square cakes in all sizes that are assembled before your eyes, topped with icing made fresh in-store.

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

In addition to these new offerings, the store features a wide assortment of organics, Certified Angus beef, fresh pizza and Paninis, and a clip-your-own herb garden. Lowes Foods reopened its nearby Pinehurst store, located at 266 Central Park Avenue in the Olmstead Village Shopping Center, in mid-2015.

About Lowes Foods
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs approximately 9,000 people and operates 96 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional attention to our guests, with services like Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.

About Alex Lee, Inc.
Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs approximately 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets. In addition, Alex Lee is the parent company of Lowes Foods, which includes 94 full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as Just Save food stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC.

For more information, please visit


(336) 659-0180

Source: Lowes Foods

Office Depot, Inc. announces the appointment of Kristin Campbell to its Board of Directors

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (“Office Depot”, or the “company”) (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today announced that Kristin Campbell has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Additionally, Campbell will serve on the Audit Committee.

“We are excited to welcome Kristin to our board. Her executive leadership experience, including nearly two decades in the office products industry, brings valuable perspective to Office Depot as the company works to deliver long-term shareholder value,” said Roland Smith, chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc.

Since June 2011, Campbell has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. where she is responsible for legal, compliance and government relations. Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Campbell spent 18 years at Staples, Inc. where she was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Campbell has also practiced law at Boston-based firms Goodwin Proctor and Rackemann and Sawyer & Brewster.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP”. Additional press information can be found at: .

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


Investor Relations:
Richard Leland

Media Relations:
Karen Denning

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Weis Markets to open beer café in its Dorneyville store in Allentown, Pa.

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval on August 1 to open a beer café in its Dorneyville store located at 365 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown, Pa.

The 30-seat beer café sells beer for both on premise consumption and take-out. It offers nearly 850 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers, including beers brewed by Weyerbacher, Fegley’s Brew Works, and Sole Artisan Ales.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This is the eighth Weis Markets beer café to open in Lehigh Valley. The company currently operates beer cafés in 48 of its Pennsylvania stores.


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Weis Markets to convert five Mars Super Markets into Weis Markets locations in Baltimore County, MD

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (July 28, 2016) announced its schedule to convert five Mars Super Markets into Weis Markets locations. The stores will close at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and will reopen as Weis Markets at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, with more than 500 former Mars employees joining the new Weis Markets store teams. The acquired locations in Baltimore County include two stores in Dundalk and individual units in Essex, Arbutus and Carney.

“We are excited to steadily grow within Baltimore County and will make this transition as seamless as possible for the community and our new associates,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal is continuity; we will continue to offer a wide variety of local products carried in Mars stores. We are also thrilled that more than 500 Mars associates will join our Weis Markets family. We look forward to sharing our commitment of value, quality and customer service.”

The newly converted Weis Markets stores will add more than 3,000 Weis brand products which offer brand name quality at an affordable price. Weis Markets has a long-standing history with local farmers and will continue to partner with growers to provide shoppers fresh and affordable food including a wide selection of organic produce, baked goods, quality meats and fresh dairy items.

Weis Markets also plans to finalize the purchase of 38 Food Lion stores in September, six of which are located in the Baltimore region. Once those reopen as Weis locations, the Company will operate 15 stores in the Baltimore region, essentially tripling its presence in the community within a few months’ time.

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Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: or


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

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