Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20

Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20
Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — From loose leaf tea lemonade to fruity, organic lemonade drinks, Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer U.S. customers a variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20.

Teavana® specialty retail locations offer a trio of caffeine-free loose leaf tea lemonades that are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They can be brewed and enjoyed alone or blended with other teas to create customized flavors.

From loose leaf tea lemonade to fruity, organic lemonade drinks, Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer U.S. customers a variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20.

Teavana® specialty retail locations offer a trio of caffeine-free loose leaf tea lemonades that are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They can be brewed and enjoyed alone or blended with other teas to create customized flavors.

Blueberry Lemonade Herbal Tea – This tea features sweet blueberries, strawberries and cranberries balanced with tart citrus lemon highlights. Blueberry Lemonade blends well with Berry Kiwi Colada Herbal Tea, Monkey Picked Oolong Tea and Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea.

Summer Lemonade Herbal Tea – Well-balanced citrus with the perfect amount of sweet, makes the ultimate summer iced tea. This tea blends well with Emperor’s Clouds and Mist® Green Tea, Mango Black Flavored Tea and Berry Kiwi Colada Herbal Tea.

Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea – Tangy lemon notes and lemongrass with sweet pineapple and vibrant hibiscus add a pink hue to a classic revival. For a refreshing variation of Hot Pink Lemonade, try blending with Beach Bellini Herbal Tea, Limeade Twist Herbal Tea or Monkey Picked Oolong Tea.

Lemonade Tea Sampler – Try all three caffeine-free lemonade teas in this sampler kit that includes two ounces each of Summer Lemonade Herbal Tea, Blueberry Lemonade Herbal Tea and Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea. The sampler is currently available online at Teavana.com.

Juice Meets Lemonade
Evolution Fresh offers a ready-to-drink bottled lemonade beverage that features cold-pressed organic fruit and is available at Starbucks® stores across the U.S.

Organic Strawberry Lemonade – Sweet strawberries and tangy lemons join together in this balanced blend.

For creative ways to enjoy the taste of lemonade, Evolution Fresh collaborated with lifestyle bloggers from Peaches to Pearls and Eat Drink Shop Love to create two recipes featuring Organic Strawberry Lemonade – one for kids of all ages and the other specifically for adults.

Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushie

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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John Lewis reveals services and brands that will be available in its new Chelmsford shop

London, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today revealed the services and brands that will be available in its new Chelmsford shop, with fashion and beauty taking the lead.

Opening on the 29 September, John Lewis Chelmsford is the anchor shop at the brand new Bond Street development. In addition to over 65,000 products, the shop will bring together some of the best services that John Lewis has to offer; from a Kuoni travel concession to its renowned Home Design Service and a new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo, allowing customers to enjoy a glass of prosecco or Benugo’s signature coffee whilst they shop.

It will have the largest beauty hall out of all of John Lewis’s small full-line department stores at 7,900 sq ft, with 14 premium beauty counters including M.A.C, Charlotte Tilbury and Nars. Chelmsford will also feature fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Whistles, Finery and John Lewis’s new own-brand luxury womenswear label Modern Rarity. More information on these services and brands can be found below.

Laura Rawstron, Branch Manager at John Lewis Chelmsford, said: ‘Fashion and beauty will be John Lewis Chelmsford’s forte and I am excited to announce the brands that will make the shop a key destination for shoppers in Essex. We’ve carefully curated brands that we know the Chelmsford community will enjoy and very much look forward to opening the shop on the 29 September.’

Key services and brands include:

Fashion
Fashion fans will be tempted with our new own-brand luxury womenswear label, Modern Rarity, offering 90 items from its AW16 collection of soft earthy tones designed for layering and creating beautiful silhouettes. Other brands to feature at John Lewis Chelmsford include Ralph Lauren, Finery, Mulberry, Michael Kors, Whistles, Trilogy, REISS and Diesel. When it comes to stylish accessories, Michael Kors and Mulberry handbags will also be on offer.

For those who want expert fashion advice for a special occasion or wardrobe makeover, John Lewis’s Personal Styling team will offer three levels of personal styling to choose from, including the Style Express and Style Experience options, through to Style Profile which analyses everything from your personality to body shape in order to advise on your ideal colour pallette and new wardrobe.

Beauty
John Lewis Chelmsford’s beauty hall is 7,900 sq ft, the biggest out of all of our small full-line department stores. Situated on the ground floor by the main entrance of the shop, there will be 14 premium beauty counters offering a whole host of brands including Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C, Nars, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Lancome, Liz Earle, Urban Decay and YSL.

Community Matters
Community Matters is our charitable giving scheme that runs throughout our shops. Every three months John Lewis Chelmsford will select three community groups to help. Customers will then be directly involved in deciding how much each nominated group receives, by using a token to vote for the organisation they’d like to support. The first three charities to receive support will be The Lovely Lily-Mae Organisation, Farleigh Hospice and Chelmsford City Mencap Football Club.

Additional Services
Customers can enjoy dining in John Lewis’ Place to Eat Cafe in addition to the Benugo Cafe:Bar. Other services include a Home Design Service, nursery advice, a Kuoni travel concession and a Bureau de Change which will offer 60 different currencies.

These services and brands were revealed during a construction tour of the shop this week, which is now entering the final weeks of internal fit-out and has provided over 300 retail jobs.

Throughout the construction process, the project has:

  • Laid enough ceramic floor tiles throughout the shop to cover the entire footprint of the Rio ‘Maracana Olympic Stadium’
  • Installed enough FSC plywood sheeting that when stacked on top of each other,  would be higher than the statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio
  • Used enough plasterboard to fill 20 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • Utilised enough paint to colour all the lines around the Rio Olympic running track 750 times
  • An Olympian would need to run 31 marathons to reach the same length of cables used within the building.

Notes to editors
John Lewis
– John Lewis 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) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

Lowe’s reports of 3.7 percent net earning increase for quarter ended July 29, 2016 from same period last year

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today reported net earnings of $1.2 billion for the quarter ended July 29, 2016, a 3.7 percent increase over the same period a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased 9.2 percent to $1.31 from $1.20 in the second quarter of 2015. For the six months ended July 29, 2016, net earnings increased 14.0 percent from the same period a year ago to $2.1 billion, and diluted earnings per share increased 20.5 percent to $2.29.

The second quarter results include a loss on a foreign currency hedge entered into in advance of the company’s acquisition of RONA, inc. (RONA), which decreased pre-tax earnings for the second quarter by $84 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.06.  The six month period includes a net gain on the settlement of the foreign currency hedge, which increased pre-tax earnings by $76 million and diluted earnings per share by $0.05.

Sales for the second quarter increased 5.3 percent to $18.3 billion from $17.3 billion in the second quarter of 2015, and comparable sales increased 2.0 percent. For the six month period, sales were $33.5 billion, a 6.4 percent increase over the same period a year ago, and comparable sales increased 4.4 percent. Comparable sales for the U.S. home improvement business increased 1.9 percent for the second quarter and 4.4 percent for the six month period.

“We delivered solid results for the first half of the year, in line with our expectations,” commented Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “We believe we are well positioned to capitalize on a favorable macroeconomic backdrop for home improvement in the second half of this year as we continue to execute on our strategic priorities to provide better omni-channel experiences, deepen our relationships with professional customers, and drive productivity and profitability.

“I would like to express my appreciation for our employees’ unwavering commitment to serving customers, enabling us to provide inspiration and support whenever and wherever they shop and positioning Lowe’s as the project authority in our industry,” Niblock added.  “We are also very pleased to welcome RONA’s talented team into the Lowe’s family following the completion of the acquisition on May 20, 2016.”

Delivering on its commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, the company repurchased $1.2 billion of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $251 million in dividends in the second quarter. For the six month period, the company repurchased $2.4 billion of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $506 million in dividends.

As of July 29, 2016, Lowe’s operated 2,108 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico representing 211.9 million square feet of retail selling space.

A conference call to discuss second quarter 2016 operating results is scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 17) at 9:00 am ET.  The conference call will be available by webcast and can be accessed by visiting Lowe’s website at www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Lowe’s Second Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call Webcast.  Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call. A replay of the call will be archived on Lowes.com/investor until November 15, 2016.

Lowe’s Business Outlook

The company is updating its Fiscal Year 2016 Business Outlook to reflect the impact of the acquisition of RONA, which was completed in May 2016.  There have been no other changes to the Business Outlook presented below.

Fiscal Year 2016 — a 53-week Year (comparisons to fiscal year 2015 — a 52-week year; based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted)

  • Total sales are expected to increase approximately 10 percent, including the 53rd week
  • The 53rd week is expected to increase total sales by approximately 1.5 percent
  • Comparable sales are expected to increase approximately 4 percent
  • The company expects to add approximately 45 home improvement and hardware stores.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales (operating margin) are expected to increase approximately 50 basis points.1
  • The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 38.1%.
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $4.06 are expected for the fiscal year ending February 3, 2017.

1 Operating margin growth excludes the net gain on the settlement of the foreign currency hedge entered into in advance of the company’s acquisition of RONA, as well as the impact of the non-cash impairment charge the company recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015 in connection with its decision to exit its joint venture with Woolworths Limited in Australia.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those regarding the acquisition by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of RONA, inc. and the expected impact of the transaction on Lowe’s strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts.  Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multi-family housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. In addition, we could experience additional impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities that are accounted for under the equity method. With respect to the acquisition of RONA, potential risks include the effect of the transaction on Lowe’s and RONA’s strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; our ability to integrate personnel, labor models, financial, IT and others systems successfully; disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management; hiring additional management and other critical personnel; increasing the scope geographic diversity and complexity of our operations; significant transaction costs or unknown liabilities; and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events, or otherwise.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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.

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s

Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana

Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana
Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to historic flooding that has swept through Louisiana, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to those impacted by the flooding. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program at its Louisiana stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.

“It’s devastating to see the people of Louisiana, including many of our own employees, once again facing an historic flood event,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “As families begin the difficult recovery process, we want them to know Lowe’s will work closely with the Red Cross and our other partners to support them every step of the way.”

Lowe’s has shipped more than 50 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area, and Lowe’s employees across the region have been working around the clock to help people affected by flooding that began Friday. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and the company’s national disaster relief partner, the First Response Team of America, will help with relief efforts in Baton Rouge and other impacted communities. Lowe’s employees from surrounding stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and East Texas also will travel to the hardest-hit areas to support Lowe’s stores and assist communities in need.

On Sunday, the president declared a major disaster in Louisiana, where flooding has impacted tens of thousands. More than 10,000 people have stayed at Red Cross and community shelters across the state, and more than 850 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing relief and bringing comfort to affected residents.

“We appreciate Lowe’s significant contribution toward the massive disaster relief efforts being undertaken in Louisiana, which is now our largest response since Hurricane Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross. “With support from partners like Lowe’s, the Red Cross is working to meet the urgent needs of affected Louisiana families.”

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.

Lowe’s has teamed up with partners to provide disaster aid to Louisiana communities for more than a decade. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lowe’s contributed $650,000 and employees helped restore 10 firehouses across the city. To mark the storm’s 10th anniversary last year, Lowe’s partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize New Orleans’Gentilly neighborhood. And in 2014, Lowe’s volunteers distributed hundreds of hurricane kits to prepare low-income homeowners in St. John Parish for hurricane season.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s

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Disney Pixar characters celebrated with 29-piece limited-edition capsule collection available at Forever 21

Los Angeles, California, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest fashion retailers in the world, announces today the launch of a limited-edition Disney Pixar capsule collection including women’s, men’s and kid’s clothing and accessories.

The 29-piece collection celebrates classic characters from Disney Pixar animated films including Finding Dory, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story. The collection is comprised of on-trend, contemporary loungewear pieces with beanies, bodysuits, bomber and denim jackets, cropped t-shirts, tote bags, sweaters, and sweatpants that feature character portraits of Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Nemo, Woody, Mike Wazowski, and more alongside tongue-in-cheek phrases that play off of the characters and their beloved stories including “Buzz Worthy,” “Go With the Flow” and “Monster Crew.”

The collection is highlighted in an episode of Destination: Disney Style; the five-part original series that takes viewers on a trip around the globe to explore the unique ways Disney characters are interpreted through fashion. The video follows Lauren Riihimaki of YouTube’s LaurDIY as she delves into everything about the collection from the design process and inspiration, to collection favorites and more, giving viewers an exclusive look into the capsule collection and how it came together. The Destination: Disney Style episode featuring LaurDIY and the Disney Pixar capsule collection will air on the Disney Style YouTube channel on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

The Disney Pixar capsule collection from Forever 21 will launch in Forever 21 stores globally and on Forever21.com beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

HASHTAG: #DisneyPixarxF21

LINK TO VIDEO ON DESTINATION: DISNEY STYLE: https://www.youtube.com/user/disneysstyle

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT:

Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

Source: Forever 21

Forever 21 2016 Pre-Fall Collection now available in stores globally

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Forever 21, one of the largest independent and most recognized fashion retailers in the world, launches its 2016 Pre-Fall Collection.

This season is all about celebrating your individualism through fashion that tributes the ‘70s and ‘90s with an updated eclectic twist. The women’s collection features styles including flared denim, retro bomber jackets, mini-dresses, oversized faux fur jackets and ‘70s inspired boots. Whether your style is more grunge or prep, the men’s collection allows your uniqueness to shine through, with distressed denim pants, ‘90s denim jackets, ripped tops, retro bomber jackets, button-up shirts, basic t-shirts and slouchy sweaters. The Forever 21 Pre-Fall Collection provides on trend styles for an exceptional value.

AVAILABILITY: Forever 21 Pre-Fall Collection will launch globally in stores and online at Forever21.com beginning Friday, July 22, 2016.

HASHTAG: #F21xMe

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT:

Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

Source: Forever 21

Forever 21 2016 Back To School Collection tributes the ‘70s and ‘90s with an updated eclectic twist

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Forever 21, one of the largest independent and most recognized fashion retailers in the world, launches its 2016 Back To School Collection.

This season is all about celebrating your individualism through fashion that tributes the ‘70s and ‘90s with an updated eclectic twist. The women’s collection features styles including flared denim, retro bomber jackets, mini-dresses, oversized faux fur jackets and ‘70s inspired boots. Whether your style is more grunge or prep, the men’s collection allows your uniqueness to shine through, with distressed denim pants, ‘90s denim jackets, ripped tops, retro bomber jackets, button-up shirts, basic t-shirts and slouchy sweaters. The Forever 21 Back to School Collection provides on trend styles for an exceptional value perfectly timed for the new school year.

AVAILABILITY: Forever 21 Back To School Collection will launch globally in stores and online at Forever21.com beginning Friday, July 22, 2016.

HASHTAG: #F21xMe

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT:

Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

Source: Forever 21

Rite Aid announces availability of flu shots at its pharmacies nationwide

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today the availability of seasonal flu shots at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of Rite Aid’s nearly 4,600 convenient pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

“Immunizations play a key role in a person’s overall health and wellness year-round, but this is especially true when it comes to protecting oneself from the flu,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 immunizing pharmacists and thousands of locations across the country, getting a flu shot at Rite Aid is a convenient and easy way for people to make sure that they are protected.”

Rite Aid pharmacies offer a number of vaccine options that may include the trivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against three strains of the flu: the influenza A H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the influenza A H1N1; a high-dose influenza vaccine for people age 65 and older, and a quadrivalent vaccine which protects against an additional influenza B virus. Upon request, Rite Aid pharmacists can administer an intradermal flu shot, which uses a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, 18-64 years of age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it is available because it takes up to 14 days to develop full protection against the flu. While the CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over six months, certain groups of people are at greater risk for complications from the flu. These groups include: people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, those with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, those with kidney and liver disorders, heart disease patients and those with compromised immune systems.

Added Konrad, “We also encourage people to use flu season as an opportunity to review their immunization history and need for other vaccinations. Rite Aid pharmacists can review a person’s immunization history and make recommendations for additional vaccinations based on the individual’s unique needs.”

Additional Immunization Needs

Receiving the annual flu shot also presents an opportunity to review other immunization needs. Subject to state regulations, Rite Aid pharmacists are able to administer vaccines that protect against tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), as well as pneumonia, and shingles at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12, and the CDC recommends a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) booster be administered every 10 years. The CDC also recommends a pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and older and the shingles vaccine for people aged 60 and older. To better understand personal immunization needs, customers can visit Rite Aid’s Vaccine Central at www.riteaid.com/vaccinecentral, to complete an immunization evaluation, track their personal immunization history, and find other educational resources on immunizations.
Shield Your Workforce Against the Flu

To help employers fight the flu, Rite Aid will once again have a team dedicated to planning and implementing onsite workplace flu clinics staffed by certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid is also able to offer employers a voucher program, in which employees would receive a flu shot voucher to use at any Rite Aid pharmacy. In addition, immunizations against other vaccine preventable diseases are also available for employees, subject to state regulations. For more information, employers can visit www.shieldmyworkforce.com  or call 1-800-622-2106.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

The Rite Aid Foundation announces $50,000 donation to American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area to help flood victims

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area to help the victims, families and communities across the greater Baton Rouge area that were affected by the historic rainfall and flooding over the weekend.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this weekend’s devastating rainfall and the flooding that followed,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “As cleanup begins and rebuilding gets underway, we hope that our donation to the American Red Cross helps make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most.”

Rite Aid operates 61 stores in Louisiana, including 11 in the greater Baton Rouge area. The Company employs nearly 1,000 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $27 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: RiteAid

Lens Technology commits to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy; advancing China’s transition to new green economy

Beijing, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (August 17, 2016) announced a significant commitment by major supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy. This unprecedented commitment, combined with zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites, furthers Apple’s efforts to help manufacturers lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste in China, helping to advance China’s transition to a new green economy.

Lens Technology has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple’s industry-leading supply chain clean energy program announced last year. Lens is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects.

Apple is working with suppliers to help transform the environmental landscape in China, and is proud to announce all 14 of its final assembly sites in China are now compliant with UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation. The UL standard certifies all of their manufacturing waste is reused, recycled, composted, or, when necessary, converted into energy. Since the program began in January 2015, the sites have diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills.

“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We congratulate Lens for their bold step, and hope by sharing the lessons we’ve learned in our transition to renewable energy, our suppliers will continue to access clean power projects, moving China closer to its green manufacturing goals.”

“Our power purchase agreement is the first of its kind in southern China and we hope it will serve as an example for other companies looking to transition to cleaner, more economical sources of power,” said Lens CEO Zhou Qunfei. “We’re pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy, and proud to source from local Hunan wind farms to power our facilities in Changsha.”

Lens’ manufacturing with Apple currently includes two facilities in Changsha, Hunan province. Wind energy will cover 100 percent of the energy consumed producing Apple products at Lens facilities by 2018, avoiding nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to the energy use in 380,000 Chinese homes.

Through its clean energy program, Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years, avoiding over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020. Foxconn committed in October to construct 400 megawatts of solar, starting in Henan province, by 2018. The manufacturer is now well on its way to constructing the first 80 megawatts of that commitment.

Earlier this year, Foxconn final assembly sites at Guanlan and Taiyuan were the first in China to receive UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation. With the recent addition of 12 manufacturing sites, all of Apple’s final assembly production in China is now zero waste compliant.

“We applaud innovative companies, like Apple, that are leading by actively reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing operations,” said UL president and CEO Keith Williams. “Achieving zero waste is an extensive effort that requires close coordination across all facets of a company’s operations, especially when the commitment is global.”

Apple has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in China and the US, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.

Learn more about Apple’s environmental efforts at apple.com/environment.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contact:

Carolyn Wu
Apple
carolyn_wu@apple.com
+86 108 525 5952

Alisha Johnson
Apple
alisha_johnson@apple.com
(669) 227-3364

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

Source: Apple

Apple opens its 10th New York City retail store at the World Trade Center

 

Apple opens its 10th New York City retail store at the World Trade Center
Apple opens its 10th New York City retail store at the World Trade Center

 

New York, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple’s 10th New York City retail store opened this morning in the World Trade Center’s bustling transportation hub. Thousands of customers have already visited Apple World Trade Center, which draws inspiration from the surrounding Santiago Calatrava-designed structure to create a seamless space.

“We’re honored and humbled to have a small and supporting role in the rebirth of the World Trade Center,” said Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We look forward to serving all who visit, live and work in this remarkable community.”

The store’s 270 employees include native New Yorkers as well as staff who join from 49 different Apple stores.

Contact:

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

Apple Media Helpline

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

Source: Apple

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Meijer’s top-selling items this back-to-school season

Meijer's top-selling items this back-to-school season
Meijer’s top-selling items this back-to-school season

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer remains a destination for students’ back-to-school needs this season as families across the Midwest shift their focus from beaches and bonfires to paper and pencils in preparation for the fast-approaching school year.

Top-selling items this back-to-school season include notebooks, crayons, pencils and washable glue sticks. But the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer also expects to sell the following classroom and dorm room essentials:

  • 3.8M pounds of paper – the same weight as 21 blue whales
  • 1.6M pounds of apples
  • 1M pairs of socks
  • 1M individual washcloths
  • 300,000 sticky notes
  • 175,000 sets of sheets
  • 75,000 pillows

Parents and students are also purchasing supplies in bulk, knowing kids will need more glue sticks, pens, pencils and markers throughout the school year and are being more active in donating classroom supplies to help teachers. Rather than making multiple shopping trips throughout the year, customers are instead leveraging sales and buying two to three of each item or opting for the larger count packages.

To view an infographic that features additional fun Back-to-School facts, please go to http://newsroom.meijer.com/Media/Default/images/Meijer-School-web.jpg.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings.

Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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PREIT completes sale of Washington Crown Center in Washington, PA for $20 million

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) announced it has completed the sale of Washington Crown Center in Washington, PA.  The property was sold for $20.0 million.

“We remain committed to crafting a strong portfolio of assets that are well-positioned for the future,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “This commitment has been evident in our disposition program as well as our remerchandising and redevelopment successes and has resulted in improved operating results including strong renewal spreads, margin improvement and same store NOI growth.”

Washington Crown Center, located in Washington, PA, is anchored by Bon-Ton, Macy’s, Gander Mountain and Sears.  As of June 30, 2016, the property generated sales per square foot of $313 and non-anchor occupancy of 87.4%.

PREIT, through continued execution of its robust transformation agenda, has generated proceeds in excess of $660 million and has driven sales to new levels, reaching $460 per square foot excluding Washington Crown Center.

The Company is currently marketing Beaver Valley Mall, in Monaca, PA, as part of its continued portfolio optimization and capital allocation prioritization plan.

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

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors: our substantial debt, stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our 2013 Revolving Facility, our 2014 Term Loans and our 2015 Term Loan; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill, including such losses that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our ability to identify and execute on suitable acquisition opportunities and to integrate acquired properties into our portfolio; our partnerships and joint ventures with third parties to acquire or develop properties; our short- and long-term liquidity position; current economic conditions and their effect on employment, consumer confidence and spending and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties;  general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment; changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants;  our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain estimated sale prices; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales;  increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities which could be subject to delays or other risks and might not yield the returns we anticipate; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; and potential dilution from any capital raising transactions.  Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: 

Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
heather.crowell@preit.com

SOURCE PREIT

AH sportweken: Albert Heijn en NOC*NSF brengen Utrecht en omgeving in beweging

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn en NOC*NSF starten vanaf maandag 22 augustus met de AH Sportweken in Utrecht en omgeving. In ruim 41 Albert Heijn filialen (Bunnik, De Bilt, Houten, IJsselstein, Nieuwegein, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, Vianen, Zeist) kan er worden gespaard voor gratis sportlessen bij lokale sportclubs. In totaal hebben honderden (sport-)clubs zich aangesloten om Utrecht en omgeving in beweging te krijgen: van tennis tot bootcamp, en van zwemmen tot handbal. In totaal kunnen consumenten drie weken sparen voor de gratis proeflessen. Per volle spaarkaart kunnen er zeven gratis proeflessen worden gevolgd.

Samen sportparticipatie bevorderen
Albert Heijn en NOC*NSF sloten eerder deze maand een 4-jarige samenwerking met als gezamenlijke missie om sportparticipatie te bevorderen. De eerste stap in de samenwerking zijn de AH Sportweken in Utrecht en omgeving. Erik Lenselink, manager sportontwikkeling NOC*NSF: ‘Ruim een kwart van de inwoners van Utrecht sport helemaal niet. Voor deze groep is dit een unieke mogelijkheid om een aantal sporten uit te proberen. Mensen die al wel sporten kunnen eens een andere sport uitproberen. En natuurlijk hartstikke leuk om dit samen met familie of vrienden te doen; gezellig, gezond en het leidt tot plezier. Ook mooi om te zien dat zoveel sportclubs enthousiast meedoen en heel graag hun deuren openzetten. En aan de sportclubs die nog niet meedoen doe ik de oproep zich snel voor de actie aan te melden op www.sport.nl/AH.’ Werner van Vessem, manager marketing communicatie Albert Heijn: ‘We willen graag bijdragen aan een gezonde manier van leven en bewegen hoort daar ook bij. We zijn dan ook zeer blij met deze samenwerking met NOC*NSF. We hopen middels de AH Sportweken Utrecht en omgeving op een laagdrempelige manier met heel veel verschillende sporten en sportclubs kennis te laten maken, zonder daarbij direct vast te zitten aan een abonnement of lidmaatschap.’

Hoe werkt de spaaractie?
De spaaractie voor gratis sportlessen gaat vanaf 22 augustus van start bij 41 Albert Heijn filialen in de regio Utrecht. Klanten kunnen de komende drie weken sparen voor zeven gratis proeflessen bij een sportclub naar keus. Bij iedere 10 euro aan boodschappen wordt er een sportzegel aangeboden. Proefsporters kunnen de sportpas verzilveren t/m 6 november 2016. Deze spaaractie geldt voor Albert Heijn filialen in Bunnik, De Bilt, Houten, IJsselstein, Nieuwegein, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, Vianen, Zeist.

Source: Albert Heijn

Chick-fil-A announces opening date of its third freestanding restaurant at the Portland area in Vancouver, Washington

ATLANTA, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced today the grand opening date of its third freestanding restaurant in the Portland area. The restaurant, located at 719 SE 164th Avenue in Vancouver, Wash. is set to open Thursday, September 15. Formally named Chick-fil-A at Cascade Park, the restaurant will be independently owned and operated by local resident John Dombroski.

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

Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196

Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com

Twitter @ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A

Screwfix LIVE event returns to Farnborough Exhibition Centre, Farnborough from 30 September – 2 October 2016

LONDON, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Football legend Chris Kamara will be opening this year’s Screwfix LIVE event, which returns to Farnborough Exhibition Centre, Farnborough for three days only from 30 September – 2 October 2016.

Registration for the industry-leading free event is open at www.screwfixlive.com.

Now in its fourth year, Screwfix LIVE brings together lots of top suppliers and products making it the must visit show. Set to attract thousands of people, the event will feature the latest product innovations, demonstrations, competitions and on-stand offers and deals.

As well as accessing exclusive show deals and offers, visitors on Friday 30 September can also meet Chris Kamara.  While all visitors can take on Screwfix’s football challenge, ‘Back of The Van’ for the chance to win instant prizes.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix comments: “Every year we come back with a bigger and better show than the previous year – Screwfix LIVE 2016 will be no exception!

“This year, more than 135 leading trade brands have confirmed their attendance, showcasing everything from power and hand tools, to plumbing, electrical, workwear, landscaping and decorating products, plus much, much more. Screwfix LIVE gives our suppliers and customers the opportunity to meet and discuss their products and new innovations, while sharing experiences, knowledge and provide feedback so that we can continually improve to give the customer what they need.

“Screwfix LIVE really does offer something for everyone, from the chance to meet Chris Kamara, to the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive show deals plus, lots of fun and games for all the family!  Don’t miss out on this great event – register now to make sure you get your free gift.”

To register to attend Screwfix LIVE this September, visitors should go online to www.screwfixlive.com.

Press information: For more information, please contact:

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

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

Source: kingfisher

ascena retail group to present at Oppenheimer’s 16th Annual Consumer Conference in Boston

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) will be presenting at Oppenheimer’s 16th Annual Consumer Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 10:25 am ET.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available at http://www.ascenaretail.com. A replay of the webcast presentation will be available shortly after its conclusion and until July 22, 2016.

About ascena retail group, inc.
ascena retail group, inc.(NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and over 4,800 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.comlanebryant.com, cacique.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, Catherines.com, shopjustice.com

Contact:

ascena retail group, inc.
Stacy Turnof
VP, Investor Relations
551-777-6928
stacy.turnof@ascenaretail.com

ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski
Partner
203-682-8229
jp@icrinc.com

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

The birth of Diebold Nixdorf: A global leader to drive the connected commerce

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, USA and PADERBORN, Germany , 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf begins a new era today – leading the financial and retail industries with the innovation necessary to advance in a highly interconnected, changing world.

“I am excited to announce the birth of Diebold Nixdorf, a global leader driving connected commerce with the expertise to handle the ’always on’ needs of banking and retail consumers,” said Andy W. Mattes, chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “Over the past months, the integration planning teams have made great progress and are ready to hit the ground running. We are eager to work together with our customers to bridge the physical and digital worlds of currency and consumer transactions through the best services, software and technology portfolio in the industry.”

Diebold Nixdorf is providing a glimpse into its future with a new brand identity and website —www.DieboldNixdorf.com.  The names of the two companies’ founders comprise the primary logo, a word mark with a progressive color scheme nodding proudly to a history of innovation. Another element to the new Diebold Nixdorf brand is a secondary mark, designed with a sense of convergence and collaboration with a clear sight to the digital landscape. This mark boldly represents Diebold Nixdorf in various digital properties and mobile applications, which are becoming increasingly vital in connected commerce.

“Diebold Nixdorf is committed to realizing transformative opportunities for our customers that are personalized and secure, data-enriched, seamless and collaborative,” Mattes concluded. “By leveraging talent and innovation from our combined organization, we are strongly positioned to help our financial and retail customers address global consumer transaction trends across all touchpoints.   It’s a new era for our organization, and we’re better prepared than ever to partner and collaborate with our customers on solutions that fit their needs, now and in the future.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Please refer to the Diebold, Incorporated press release dated Aug. 15, 2016: “Diebold completes Wincor Nixdorf acquisition” http://bit.ly/2biaDgp  for related information.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this communication regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These include statements regarding management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or forecasts for the future including, without limitation, the business combination with Wincor Nixdorf. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of Diebold and involve risks and uncertainties; consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industries in which the combined company operates may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this document. In addition, risks and uncertainties related to the acquisition include, but are not limited to, the ability to successfully integrate the businesses of Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf, the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any governmental and regulatory approvals that could reduce anticipated benefits or cause the parties to abandon the business combination, risks associated with the impact of the business combination agreement, the contemplated domination and profit and loss transfer agreement and any related litigation may have on the business and operations of the combined company, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the acquisition, and the risk that the acquisition could have an adverse effect on the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with its suppliers, and on its operating results and businesses generally. These risks, as well as other risks are more fully discussed in Diebold’s reports filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Any forward?looking statements speak only as at the date of this document. Except as required by applicable law, neither Diebold nor Wincor Nixdorf undertakes any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact(s):

Michael Jacobsen, APR
Media Relations
Email: michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +1 330.490.3796

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: stephen.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Andreas Bruck
Media Relations – Germany
Email: andreas.bruck@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49151 1512 3018

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Research: NCR Corporation leads Europe in self-checkout (SCO) technology

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NCR) leads Europe in self-checkout (SCO) technology, according to research published by strategic research and consulting firm RBR. NCR, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, continues to lead in the shipments of SCO across key markets within the region including the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Russia.  NCR also holds the top position in SCO shipments in all global regions tracked by RBR.

According to RBR’s “Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2016” report, NCR also saw an increase in its shipments of electronic point-of-sale (EPOS) technology – and holds the #2 position worldwide.

The European retail customer is changing – they expect choice, they’re always connected and they want to define their own shopping journey. Leading retailers are looking to enable digital engagement and offer flexible shopping options, including self-checkout, to meet customer demands and sustain a positive brand value.

“NCR’s Retail technology helps retailers transform their business and redefine the customer experience,” said Michael Bayer, president, NCR Retail Solutions. “Through our store transformation solutions we help retailers reimagine the store as the hub of the shopping experience and deliver rich, frictionless and personalized services across every channel.”

RBR expects SCO shipments to grow across all of Europe through 2021, while EPOS will see its growth come from Central & Eastern European markets.

The study is based on in-depth primary research with retail technology vendors throughout 53 countries, and it was complemented with extensive secondary research.

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.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company will hold Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

QATAR, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company has announced that they will hold their Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting of Al Meera at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 31 August 2016, at La Cigale Hotel, La Crillon Hall 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Sadd Area. If there is no quorum, the second meeting will be held on Sunday 4th September 2016 at 6:30 pm. If there is no quorum, the third meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 6:00 pm in same place.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve the Amendments of the Articles of Association of the company to comply with the provisions of the Commercial Companies Law no. 11 for the year 2015.

Contact:
Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

Every Boston and Metrowest project on DonorsChoose.org received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org

BOSTON, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that every Boston and Metrowest project posted on DonorsChoose.org received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students campaign, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every project listed on DonorsChoose.org in Boston and the Metrowest community. With a donation of $437,624 Staples helped 255 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 27,000 students across 96 schools.

For example, Mr. Shull at Quincy Upper School will receive core school supplies like pencils, erasers, highlighters, folders and more in addition to a MacBook Pro for his Speech Therapy students. His students will use the MacBook Pro to shoot and edit films like “How to Ace a Job Interview” and to write journalism articles. Projects like these will help his students develop language, content, writing skills and advance their computer skills at the same time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boston residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning at 2PM EST on August 16 and running through August 17, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Boston classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store near City Hall (located at 1 Washington Mall) and in the surrounding area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:
Kristine Houston
508-253-8468
Kristine.Houston@Staples.com

Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

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Every Boston and Metrowest project on DonorsChoose.org received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org
Every Boston and Metrowest project on DonorsChoose.org received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org

 

Source: Staples, Inc.