Second round of the METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars starts in Berlin on 12 September

Berlin, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars is entering its second round. This time, more than 600 start-up teams from 65 countries have submitted an application for one of the ten coveted spots at the METRO Accelerator in Berlin, a roughly 20 per cent increase on last year’s submissions. On 12 September, the top ten start-ups will commence their work in Berlin and further develop their digital solutions for ‘Hospitality 2.0’ in a three-month programme. In December, they will present their solutions to potential investors. Throughout this period, the start-ups will be supported by mentors from the industry and by METRO, who will contribute its infrastructure, network and know-how.

“Following a highly successful start of the accelerator last year, we are now looking forward to new, fresh ideas. The innovations developed by the start-ups support our customers and the entire hospitality sector in their efforts to become more digital and to grow further,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “As a global retailing company, we are closely following the trends surrounding Hospitality 2.0 and speeding up the digitalisation process with our accelerator program. At the same time, we are promoting networking and making new services and solutions accessible to our customers.”

METRO Accelerator in demand around the world
Over a period of three months, founder teams from all over the world who develop digital solutions for the hotel, restaurant and catering (Horeca) sector had the opportunity to apply for the METRO Accelerator. The number of applications received rose again in 2016. More than 600 start-ups from 65 countries supplied an application – among others, from international start-up hotspots such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and France. “The quality of the applications was high. Many companies already have established products in the marketplace and generate sales, and some of these companies are already profitable. This shows that the METRO Accelerator has established itself as an attractive platform and driver for Hospitality 2.0,” said Jens Lapinski, Managing Director of Techstars and responsible for the METRO Accelerator. “This year, the top ten start-ups exclusively include companies that have already successfully launched their product on the market and that METRO and Techstars can assist in effectively scaling up their business.”

Looking for an idea & execution
Not only is the business idea important in the selection of the ten participants who will be assisted in Berlin over a period of three months in Berlin by an industry mentor and will benefit from the infrastructure, network, access and know-how provided by METRO. The applicants must also be able to work as a team and as entrepreneurs to establish their ideas in the marketplace. “We are looking for innovative ideas with a strong entrepreneurial basis. The determining factor is the combination of an idea, a founder team, a network and the ability to market the product,” stressed Alexander Zumdieck, Managing Director of METRO and responsible for the METRO Accelerator.

For the choice of the best start-ups, around a dozen experts from a variety of functions at METRO formed a roughly 20-member committee together with top-level mentors and experts from the American partner company Techstars. Each expert provides a personal appraisal of the people and the business idea of the start-ups. After several selection rounds, the ten participants were selected from the final 20 applicants after a series of personal interviews.

Further information on the process and details of the programme can be found at, and on Twitter at @MetroAccel.

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. For more information, visit

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to the market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of startup programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster™. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding,and beyond. For more information, visit


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Nordstrom declares quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Aug. 17, 2016) that its board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share payable on September 13, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 29, 2016.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Nordstrom, Inc.
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Dan Evans

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Amazon announces new Original children’s album, Dream Too Much from Evanescence lead vocalist Amy Lee

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Aug. 17, 2016) announced a new Amazon Original children’s album, Dream Too Much, from Amy Lee—the GRAMMY award-winning co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. The album, which features 12 newly recorded songs, including seven originals and five popular covers, will be available for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan starting on September 30 to exclusively stream and enjoy on Prime Music, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, the album will be available for all customers to purchase and download in MP3 format in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Japan—pre-order for the digital album is available starting today

Joining Amazon’s growing library of original children’s and family music exclusively streaming on Prime Music, Dream Too Much is a collection of 12 songs that encourage children and families to sing along together. Inspired by Lee’s son and her own musical upbringing, the album features guest appearances by several family members, including backing vocals by her siblings, and instrumentals by both her father and uncle. The album’s title track, “Dream Too Much,” is available today for all Amazon customers to enjoy in advance of the album’s release—customers who pre-order the digital album will automatically receive an MP3 download of the first single to enjoy. For more information, customers can visit

“Our focus when developing originals is to provide unique collections that Prime members can’t find anywhere else,” said Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. “Amy Lee’s versatility as an award-winning rock vocalist gave us an opportunity to rethink traditional children’s music and create an album that can be enjoyed by every member of the family—we can’t wait for Prime members to listen.”

“This album is very personal to me. My husband and I had our first baby in 2014 and he has been the center of the inspiration for this children’s album,” said Amy Lee. “Every song on this album has a story – whether it’s an original for our son based on his favorite things or a song my dad used to sing to me when I was a little girl. I can’t begin to tell you how fulfilling this project has been and how proud I am to unveil it to listeners on Prime Music.”

The full track listing for Amy Lee’s Dream Too Much:

  • “Stand by Me”
  • “Dream Too Much”
  • “Bee and Duck”
  • “I’m Not Tired”
  • “Little Bird”
  • “Alice”
  • “Rubber Duckie”
  • “Hello, Goodbye”
  • “Donkey and Chicken”
  • “The End of the Book”
  • “If You’re a Star”
  • “Goodnight My Love”

Prime members can listen to the entire album at no additional cost to their membership on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos Players, the Web and more—songs can also be downloaded for offline listening on mobile devices. To find out how to listen, visit In addition to exclusively streaming on Prime Music, and digital download availability, customers can also come to to purchase the physical CD of the album, Dream Too Much—physical pre-order is available today A full-length video featuring animated interpretations of every songs is currently in the works and will premiere in the fall on Amazon Prime.

To watch a short video of Amy Lee discussing the album, visit:

Prime members can listen to the album’s title track by visiting:

About Amazon Music
Prime Music offers Prime members unlimited ad-free access to more than a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations as part of their Prime membership. Prime members can listen to the entire collection at no additional cost to their membership on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos Players, the Web and more, with tracks available to download for anytime, anywhere listening. To find out more on how to listen, visit Prime members and customers also have access to tens of millions of tracks to purchase and download in MP3 format in the Amazon Music store at

More to Prime
Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S., that includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 27 metro areas and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas. In addition to fast, free shipping, members have access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than one million songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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Craftsman® brand hosts Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Craftsman Club, the brand’s free membership community that gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, projects, expert tips, shop talk and amazing live events, will turn 25 in October 2016. To celebrate, America’s most trusted tool brand is partnering with NBC Sports® to reward its members with legendary prizes through the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes offers incredible rewards, giving 25 winners a VIP trip to the AAA Texas 500 in Dallas on November 6; one of these lucky 25 winners will win a 2017 Chevy Silverado® 1500 and be presented with the new vehicle live on NBC®.

“For 25 years, Craftsman Club members have been at the core of the Craftsman brand, inspiring us with their endless pursuit of a job well done and their limitless pride in their local communities,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore®, Craftsman and DieHard® brands. “The Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes is our way of thanking our members and celebrating this milestone with them, whether they’re new to the Craftsman Club or an existing member.”

Now through October 16, Craftsman Club members can enter the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for free by visiting and completing the online entry form. Live before the AAA Texas 500, winners will participate in a special giveaway ceremony where one individual will drive home with the new truck, loaded with a Craftsman full size deep crossover truck box.

In addition to entering the sweepstakes, members can play the Craftsman Club 25th Anniversary Daily Instant Win Game for a shot at winning a Craftsman 5-Drawer Tool Center, or $40 in Shop Your Way points towards the purchase of Craftsman tools at Sears or To view official sweepstakes rules and to learn about additional ways to earn Sweepstakes entries, visit

The Craftsman brand is no stranger to racing, also serving as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws® Sprint Car and Late Model Series. In addition to increasing the payout for winning drivers, the Craftsman brand has shown up at World of Outlaws tracks all across the country to give Craftsman Club members special perks like free tickets, Craftsman gear and chances to win great prizes.

Founded in 1991, the Craftsman Club is a one-stop shop for professionals, hobbyists and weekend warriors to show off their work to fellow makers, get inspirational project ideas and seek and give advice. To see how Craftsman Club is celebrating its anniversary all year long, visit or follow #CraftsmanClub25th.

About the Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For more than 89 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club® which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at For more information, visit


Larry Costello
Sears Holdings – Craftsman Brand

Patrick Roach
Zeno Group for Craftsman

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The Home Depot® Foundation announces relief grants of $700,000 for disaster assistance in Louisiana

ATLANTA, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot® Foundation today (Aug 17, 2016) announced relief grants totaling $700,000 for disaster assistance in Louisiana and other Gulf communities impacted by recent flooding.

The financial contributions include $500,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) as part of the company’s previous $1 million donation to the ARC, an additional $100,000 to Team Rubicon and $100,000 to Operation Blessing. The grants were made in addition to donations of product and other supplies already underway.

Local stores have also been assembling “Team Depot” employee volunteers to assist with relief and cleanup efforts, and will continue to do so.

“Although our local stores have been providing immediate assistance, we’re committed to the long-term recovery of the communities impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation.

In addition to The Home Depot Foundation’s financial support, The Home Depot’s operations, supply chain, HR and merchandising teams have assembled a disaster response task force to move badly needed water, meals and other supplies into the region for local residents and the company’s associates.

Team Rubicon, which is a long-standing partner of The Home Depot Foundation, is also using a local Home Depot store as its base camp while assisting local residents.

Through its Homer Fund employee assistance program, The Home Depot Foundation is also providing emergency funds to associates who themselves have been affected by the tragedy.

About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to veteran causes, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 26,700 homes for veterans.

To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit


IR Coordinator: 770-384-2871

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CVS Health announces availability of opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone without prescription at all its Pharmacies in Colorado

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Colorado that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Colorado pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Colorado, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Colorado can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Colorado can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

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

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NRF: families only halfway done although back-to-school shopping started earlier this year

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Although back-to-school shopping started earlier this year, families are slowly tackling their supplies lists. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 has completed almost half (48 percent) of their shopping as of early August, slightly down from last year (50 percent).

“It is evident that many families are still considering price and value when shopping for their back-to-school and college needs,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Shopping early and often is a trend we have seen from many budget-conscious consumers over the last few years. In the weeks ahead, parents will take advantage of the aggressive deals that retailers will offer as they get ready to welcome the fall season merchandise.”

According to the survey, only 13 percent of families with children in grades K-12 have completed their shopping lists. However, 22 percent of families have yet to start their shopping, up from last year’s 20 percent.

For the first time, the survey asked consumers which back-to-school items they still needed to complete their shopping list. According to the survey, 77 percent need to buy school supplies, followed by clothing (70 percent) and shoes (57 percent).

When searching for the perfect deals, 48 percent of parents are influenced by coupons, up from 43 percent last year and the highest in the survey’s history. Families will also take advantage of in-store promotions (39 percent) and advertising inserts (33 percent) to complete their shopping lists. For those who started shopping early, half (50 percent) of their purchases were influenced by coupons, sales and/or promotions.

Taking a deeper dive into classroom needs, the survey found that 64 percent of supply purchases for back-to-school are influenced by school requirements. In addition, 45 percent of parents buying electronics were influenced by their schools.

When it comes to where consumers will finish their shopping, 53 percent will head to discount stores, 51 percent to department stores, 39 percent to clothing stores and 37 percent to office supply stores. More will shop online this year, 31 percent compared with 27 percent last year, the highest in the survey’s history.

When asked what payment method families will use most often to complete their purchases, 49 percent will use their debit cards while 29 percent will use their credit cards. Cash (21 percent) and checks (2 percent) will hardly be used as primary forms of payment, reaching the lowest levels ever in survey history.

Similar to back-to-school shoppers, college students and families with children in college have completed almost 48 percent of their shopping, slightly down from 49 percent last year. According to the survey, only 15 percent of consumers have completed their shopping lists, compared with 19 percent at this point last year.

“When it comes to big spending events such as back-to-school and back-to-college, families are being very savvy in how they tackle their lists,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “Families are slowly completing their shopping this season while taking advantage of expected promotions that will continue through Labor Day, and spreading their budget as necessary.”

Consumers were asked for the first time which back-to-college items are still needed to complete their shopping lists. According to the survey, 61 percent still need to purchase school supplies, followed by clothing (50 percent) and personal care items (33 percent).

The survey found college consumers will likely complete the rest of their shopping at discount stores (42 percent, lowest in survey history), followed by department stores (42 percent, highest in survey history) and online shopping (40 percent, also a survey high).

Coupons and promotions are helping consumers with back-to-college purchases: 42 percent of college consumers say they are using coupons to complete their shopping list. A few more college shoppers will take advantage of in-store promotions (32 percent), followed by advertising inserts (29 percent). For those who have already made back-to-college purchases, half were influenced by promotions (50 percent, up from 48 percent last year).

Debit/check cards are the most preferred method of payment for college shoppers, with 44 percent using them. Credit cards continue to make gains, with 36 percent of respondents using them to complete their purchases.

The survey asked 6,915 consumers about both back-to-school and back-to-college shopping plans. It was conducted August 2-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role retail plays in driving innovation.

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Intershop Communications AG and Microsoft announce development of innovative cloud-based e-commerce offering

Jena, Germany, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG and Microsoft have today announced the development of an innovative cloud-based e-commerce offering. This means that the Intershop Commerce Management will provide customers with a leading e-commerce technology as a scalable solution in Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Microsoft will simultaneously support Intershop in seamless integration with existing cloud-based Dynamics NAV industry partner solutions. Such a solution is highly attractive to growth-oriented small to medium-sized companies in particular, who want to boost their online sales. The benefits of this approach include easy and fast e-commerce project implementation, flexible solution scalability, usage-based billing, very low capital commitment, and extremely high reliability – without needing to supply proprietary IT resources. With regard to international sales, the application and data can be hosted wherever they are regionally required. All enterprises can achieve an ROI (Return on Investment) within the shortest time, by opening up new sales channels in this way.

In conjunction with the Synaptic Commerce architecture geared for extensibility, further successive cloud-based solutions will be provided for Intershop Commerce Management and Dynamics NAV, designed to offer industry-specific solutions.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, Intershop Communications AG CEO, sees huge potential in the collaboration: “The joint offering of Intershop and Microsoft based on the Azure platform provides a combination of leading, proven technology and extreme flexibility at minimal investment costs. Which systems our customers prefer to integrate for their individual solution, the regions in which they want to make this sales channel available, and the volume to be run on it – all of the above, companies can choose freely according to their requirements and sales strategy. Overall, in this solution, small to medium-sized companies discover a series of answers to challenges they currently face.”

“Intershop customers will in future therefore benefit from the scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure and the global Microsoft cloud platform, the strengths of which are already proven in the e-commerce field with its high demands on time-to-market speed, availability, and scalability in both directions,” says Peter Jaeger, Senior Director Developer Experience (DX) and Microsoft Germany Board Member.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


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L Brands, Inc. announces 2Q2016 results

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today (Aug. 17, 2016) reported 2016 second quarter results.

Second Quarter Results
Earnings per share for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016 , were $0.87 compared to $0.68 for the quarter ended Aug. 1 , 2015.  Second quarter operating income increased 1 percent to $408.2 million compared to $402.9 million last year, and net income was $252.4 million compared to$202.5 million last year.

The reported results above include certain significant items as detailed below:

  • In 2016:
    • A pre-tax gain of $108.3 million ( $0.24 per share) related to a cash distribution from Easton Town Center; and
    • A pre-tax charge of $35.8 million ( $0.08 per share) related to the early extinguishment of the company’s July 2017 notes

Excluding the significant items above, adjusted second quarter earnings per share increased 3% to$0.70 compared to $0.68 last year, and adjusted net income increased 1% to $204.7 million compared to $202.5 million last year.

The company reported net sales of $2.890 billion for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016 , an increase of 5 percent compared to net sales of $2.765 billion for the quarter ended Aug. 1 , 2015.  The company reported a comparable sales increase of 3 percent for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016 .

At the conclusion of this press release is a reconciliation of reported to adjusted results, including a description of the significant items.

2016 Outlook
The company stated that it expects 2016 third quarter earnings per share to be $0.40 to $0.45 .  It expects to report full-year earnings per share between $3.79 and $3.94 , which includes a net$0.09 per share from year-to-date significant items as detailed in the attached reconciliation of reported to adjusted results.  Excluding these items, the company expects to report full-year adjusted earnings per share between $3.70 and $3.85 , versus its previous guidance of $3.60 to $3.80 .

Earnings Call Information
L Brands will conduct its second quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 18.  To listen, call 1-866-363-4673 (international dial-in number: 1-973-200-3978).  For an audio replay, call 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 33156271) (international replay number: 1-404-537-3406 (conference ID 33156271)) or log onto  Additional second quarter financial information is also available at

L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,052 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at,, and

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the second quarter earnings call or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the second quarter earnings call or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of supplier and distribution facilities in central Ohio ;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the second quarter earnings call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


L Brands:
Investor Relations:

Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704

Media Relations:
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072

Source: L Brands Inc

The Children’s Place declares quarterly dividend

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE),the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The continuation of the quarterly dividend is a further reflection of our confidence in our ability to execute on our strategic initiatives and our continuing commitment to return excess capital to shareholders. The Children’s Place has a profitable business model which generates strong cash flow. Since 2009, we have returned over $710 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases,” concluded Ms. Elfers.

The Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share to be paid October 6, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 16, 2016.  Future declarations of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to approval by the Company’s Board of Directors based on a number of factors, including business and market conditions, the Company’s future financial performance and other investment priorities.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of July 30, 2016, the Company operated 1,064 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at, and had 123 international points of distribution open and operated by its 6 franchise partners in 16 countries.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Robert Vill
Group Vice President
(201) 453-6693

Source: The Children’s Place, Inc.

Wegmans offer employer on-site flu clinics to provide flu shots to employees

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With fall right around the corner, employers may see an increase in absenteeism as employees battle illness this flu season. According to, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, equating to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. While it’s impossible to eradicate the flu from the workplace, the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program can help employers minimize the impact of seasonal flu on their workforce with its employer on-site flu clinics.

Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with simple online scheduling for employees to sign up for a flu shot timeslot, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered throughout all of Wegmans’ market areas, and provide flu shots to employees 18 years and older.

“Protecting our employees from the flu is important to us,” said Mike Stojkovic, Director of Wellness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “The Wegmans Pharmacy team provides convenient, friendly service ensuring our employees get the care they need.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu vaccine is the best way for individuals to protect themselves from seasonal flu. Yet, three out of every five people in the United States report not being vaccinated.

“Employers can help boost vaccination rates among their workforce by offering an on-site flu clinic, which gives employees easy access to the flu shot at little to no cost, and without leaving the office,” said Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager. “Even if an on-site flu clinic doesn’t make sense for an organization, employers play an important role in educating their employees on the importance of an annual flu shot and the resources available to them in their community.”

The flu vaccination for the 2016-2017 season is also available at all Wegmans Pharmacy locations. Customers can stop by the store pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered by insurance in full.

“Millions of Americans come down with the flu every year, and by offering the employer on-site flu clinics and the flu vaccination in our pharmacies, we’re making it easy for those in our community to protect themselves from seasonal flu,” said Pompo

For more information about the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program, contact Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager, at

Wegmans Pharmacy ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Supermarket Pharmacies” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2015.  The study was based on 14,914 total responses.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  

Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Source: Wegmans

Southeastern Grocers to work with American Red Cross to support Louisiana flood victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fl, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As communities across Louisiana and Mississippi struggle through historic flooding, Southeastern Grocers would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to those fighting during this flood, working in recovery and to those who have lost loved ones.

Southeastern Grocers’ 4,400 Winn-Dixie associates in Louisiana are working hard to keep as many stores in the region open as possible to serve customers. Beginning Wednesday, August 17th, and lasting through August 23rd, all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys customers will be able to contribute to the flood relief efforts in stores throughout the entire footprint in the Southeast. With every dollar donated by customers, Southeastern Grocers will match this through the Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Winn-Dixie has been a part of the Louisiana community for 60 years. During that time, the strength and resilience of the community has been tried time and time again, and we are proud to have the people of Louisiana as our customers, our associates, and our neighbors, as their bravery and perseverance has been an inspiration as we begin our recovery efforts.”

“We are encouraging all our customers across the Southeast to rise up and support the great states and communities of Louisiana and Mississippi. We will continue to work tirelessly on the ground and with the American Red Cross to direct all available resources to help the people affected by the flooding.”

Anna Trefethen, Vice-President for the Southeast and Caribbean Division of the American Red Cross said, “Southeastern Grocers plays an integral role in helping communities when disaster strikes across the Southeast. We are extremely grateful for the support of their stores, employees and customers here in Louisiana and across the Southeast. Our response to this disaster is only made possible when partners like Southeastern Grocers step forward and respond.”

Winn-Dixie operates 47 stores in the state of Louisiana. As of Tuesday, August 16th, all stores are open for business, with the exception of three that took significant impact from the flooding. Every effort is being made to quickly and safely re-open the following stores: • Winn-Dixie Store 1490 – 2004 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526 • Winn-Dixie Store 1591 – 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, LA 70785 • Winn-Dixie Store 1467 – 13555 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 79816

Updates on stores can be found via social media and the Winn-Dixie Facebook and Twitter pages.

Customers may also go online to donate at the follow web addresses:

All customer contributions go directly to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and are used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of the flooding.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit, and


Joe Caldwell Manager
Corporate Communications

Source: Southeastern Grocer

Whole Foods Market to open its newly relocated Wynnewood, Pennsylvania store on Sept. 14

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®, will open the doors on its newly relocated Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, store on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The new store includes an additional 19,549 square feet of retail space and enhancements for shoppers, including a full-service juice and coffee bar, a significantly expanded hot and cold prepared foods section, and an in-store restaurant called Table and Tavern. The store also boasts convenient underground parking and a large surface lot.

“I cannot wait for our long-time Wynnewood shoppers to be able to enjoy everything about this new store,” said Alison Marcantuno, the store’s team leader. “We’ve worked really hard to keep what’s special about our existing store, but we’ve updated it all and provided a lot more elbow room and significantly more parking.”

In keeping with Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, every product in the store will be free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. Shoppers will find the same highly trained butchers, bakers, fishmongers and customer service team members they’ve come to rely on –– but in a brand new store, featuring:

  • Larger selection across all departments – meat, seafood, grocery and produce – with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced products;
  • Full-service gourmet juice and coffee bar open at 7 a.m. daily;
  • A scratch bakery, featuring eight breads made daily and artisanal biscuits baked in hearth ovens;
  • Lunch and dinner options from chef-driven hot and cold prepared foods areas, including custom sandwiches, hand-tossed and wood fired pizzas, made to order ramen, and fresh sushi;
  • Destination dining at Table and Tavern, the fast-casual in-store restaurant with an eclectic menu, including sous vide cooking techniques, and a pub with craft cocktails, draft beer, and wine by the glass.

The community is invited to join team members for a traditional bread-breaking ceremony in front of the new store, located at 15 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA, 19096, at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 14. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Follow news about this store through social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Annie Cull

Source: Whole Foods Market

Rite Aid and EnvisionRx announce availability of Rx90 program focused on improving medication adherence and health outcomes

CAMP HILL, Pa. and TWINSBURG, Ohio, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains, and EnvisionRx, the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) division of EnvisionRxOptions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid, announced today the availability of Rx90, a new program focused on improving medication adherence and health outcomes for consumers with chronic conditions.

Rx90, now available for EnvisionRx clients, gives consumers the option to fill their 90-day prescriptions at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacy locations around the country. For the same price, consumers also have the option to have their medications delivered through EnvisionPharmacies’ mail service.

Other benefits of Rx90 include:
Integrated care and clinical support from Rite Aid pharmacists and EnvisionRx
Targeted, disease-specific communications
The largest 90-day retail maintenance medication network (over 12,000 total pharmacies)
Reduced copays that provide most members with 15-30 days of free coverage

In addition to providing consumers with improved pricing, more convenient options on how to fill their 90-day maintenance medications and additional clinical support, the collaboration between Rite Aid and EnvisionRx helps to address rising health care costs. According to a 2014 Towers-Watson study of employer provided health care, the consumer’s share of health care costs, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, has grown from 34.4% in 2011 to 37% in 2014, an average increase of about $100 more a month.

“Rite Aid is excited to work with EnvisionRx to bring an innovative pharmacy solution for consumers, health plans and employers to market,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Rx90 is a great example of how our pharmacies and PBMs can collaborate to achieve our shared goal of improving the patient experience and care, while reducing and managing healthcare costs.”

Using client-specific data and its own research, EnvisionRx is also able to provide health plans and employers with recommendations on customizing their benefit design, communications, and clinical strategies to meet their individual needs. Rx90 will help plan sponsors better control drug spend and reduce costly medical expenses associated with increased visits to physicians and emergency rooms, as well as extended hospitalizations.

“In today’s market, plan sponsors and their members need a PBM that truly provides more flexible, affordable options to control the costs of chronic care. Rx90 and our technology platform give plan sponsors another way to customize their prescription drug benefit plan and put actionable, cost saving information in the hands of their members,” said Frank Sheehy, EnvisionRxOptions CEO.

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

EnvisionRx is a division of EnvisionRxOptions, a health care company with a visibly different approach to managing pharmacy benefits. As a full service provider, Envision leverages its core PBM services including Mail, Specialty and Compounding Pharmacies; Part D Medicare insurance plans; and cash savings programs, to help employers and health plans of all s provide more affordable and effective prescription drug coverage for their members. Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, EnvisionRxOptions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. For more information, visit


Matt Schroeder

Ashley Flower

Source: Rite Aid

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announces plans for accelerated growth and financial expectations beyond 2017

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — At its 2016 analyst meeting in Las Colinas, Texas, J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today presented a three-year plan for accelerated growth and outlined its financial expectations for improved performance beyond 2017.

“Since becoming CEO a year ago, the team and I have made considerable progress balancing the art and science of retail by improving our execution in omnichannel, marketing, store operations, supply chain and merchandising,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney.  “There is still much work to do, but I am confident that our focus on sales growth, new technology and expense management will continue to accelerate our turnaround and create shareholder value.”

Building Value and Differentiation Through Private Brands, Home and Beauty
JCPenney is committed to providing customers with compelling merchandise and exclusive shopping experiences that create lasting loyalty.  To deliver on its value proposition to shoppers, the Company will drive private and exclusive brand penetration up to 70 percent of total merchandise sales by 2019.  This target will be achieved by eliminating labels that are no longer relevant and expanding popular existing brands to additional categories. To further differentiate JCPenney from brick-and-mortar and online competition, the Company will maximize opportunities in three specific merchandise strategies:

  • Special Sizes: Growing the special sizes offering by leveraging in-house design and trend teams to deliver quality plus size, petite and big & tall apparel that meets the lifestyle needs of various ages and diverse body types.
  • Home Refresh: Revitalizing the JCPenney Home store to entice customers seeking to update their homes, including rolling out major appliance showrooms to nearly 500 locations and, testing Empire Today flooring in three markets and adding Signature Design by Ashley® to the furniture assortment in select stores and
  • Beauty Experience: Pursuing additional growth in Women’s beauty by expanding the number of Sephora inside JCPenney locations, accelerating The Salon by InStyle renovations, rejuvenating center core and emphasizing fine jewelry.

Powering a Swift and Nimble Omnichannel Experience
JCPenney is advancing its omnichannel execution to connect with customers how, when and where they prefer to shop.  A major component of this strategy is mobile, which is the Company’s single greatest touch point with digitally-savvy shoppers.  Bolstering this approach is a newly redesigned JCPenney app that enables customers to locate items, apply coupons and access their JCPenney Rewards more easily.  Shoppers can also complete their purchases with a variety of convenient shipping and pickup options, resulting in over 50 percent of online orders stemming from or leading to an in-store experience:

  • Ship to any JCPenney store: Given the Company’s history of operating catalog service desks, JCPenney is one of the few retailers today to offer the option of shipping an online order to any one of its 1,000 stores nationwide;
  • Same-day pickup in stores: Over 150,000 items on are eligible for same-day pickup at any JCPenney store within four hours of the order being placed;
  • Faster home delivery: In 2017, the Company will offer a standard delivery turnaround of two business days or less to over 95% of the U.S. population.

To efficiently fill orders, JCPenney has made significant investments in state-of-the-art systems that support an enterprise-wide fulfillment strategy to minimize markdowns and improve customer service. In addition to a network of three direct logistic facilities, 250 stores are now capable of filling orders with store inventory and shipping directly to customers. This added fulfillment option allows the Company to meet customer demand for a particular style, color or size, while delivering orders faster than ever.

Financial Outlook
In light of these sales and profit enhancing initiatives, the Company also provided financial performance estimates for the 2017-2019 period, as follows:

  • Compounded annual comparable sales growth anticipated to be 3.0 %;
  • Gross margin is expected to improve 75-100 basis points;
  • Additional SG&A expense leverage of 215-240 basis points;
  • Net income is expected to be between $450-500M by 2019;
  • Earnings per share of $1.40-1.55 by 2019.

Ellison added, “Although we’ve sharpened our priorities for the next three years, our strategic framework remains the same. The entire team – from stores to supply chain to the home office – is squarely focused on delivering an unparalleled omnichannel experience, powerful private brands and increased revenue per customer. Under this framework, we are taking market share, outpacing competitors and improving the long term profitability of our business.”

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

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings and cash flows.  Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms including EMV chip technology, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all.  There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations.  Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-K for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc

Dollar General to serve as the title sponsor of the Mobile, Alabama bowl game

Mobile, Alabama, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 17, 2016), bowl officials announced Dollar General will serve as the title sponsor of the Mobile, Alabama bowl game.

Played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, the Dollar General Bowl will feature teams from the Mid-American and Sun Belt Conferences.  The 2016 Dollar General Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. CST and broadcast live on ESPN.

“Dollar General is excited to serve as the title sponsor of the Dollar General Bowl this December,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We know how passionate many of our customers are about college football and look forward to present Dollar General’s value and convenience message to a national audience in the days before Christmas.”

Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General Corporation is one of the country’s leading discount retailers with more than 13,000 company-owned, small-box retail locations in 43 states, 14 distribution centers and approximately 119,000 global employees.  The company was founded in 1939 and ranked #139 on the Fortune 500 list in 2016 with $20.4 billion in fiscal year 2015 net sales.  Dollar General provides everyday low prices, value and convenience to customers on products most used and replenished from America’s most trusted brands and its private, 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed brands.

“We are excited to have Dollar General who has such a large national and localized presence support Mobile’s biggest event of the year. Our bowl holds the record for the highest-scoring game in college football bowl game history. We are looking forward to another great bowl game,” said Jerry Silverstein, Dollar General Bowl president.

The 2016 Dollar General Bowl is made possible through the company’s partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

“Football has been a part of Mobile’s history and culture for decades. Gridiron greats such as Ben Roethlisberger, LaDainian Tomlinson, Walter Payton, Dan Marino and Brett Favre have all competed in our very own Ladd Peebles Stadium. I want to thank Dollar General for embracing this proud tradition in our city. Dollar General has long had a presence in Mobile as an employer and retailer. We’re excited to take that partnership to another level,” said Mobile, Alabama Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Pepsi Co. For more information on Dollar General, please visit

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit, contact the Bowl office at 251-635-0011, visit the DG Newsroom or contact the Dollar General media team at

Source: Dollar General

Meijer to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen during its “Meijer Mania”

Meijer to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen during its during “Meijer Mania”
Meijer to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen during its during “Meijer Mania”


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Midwest retailer Meijer is getting ready to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen as they head to campus this fall during widely-popular shopping parties dubbed “Meijer Mania.”

The annual Back-to-College events celebrate incoming students in style during a night of fun – complete with a DJ, photo booth and interactive contests – while helping them collect their last-minute dorm and classroom essentials. The retailer kicks off the Meijer Mania events this week and will host a total 22 events at 20 colleges across the Midwest through early September.

“Our Meijer Mania events provide new students the opportunity to shop for their first living spaces away from home and share a fun-filled bonding experience with classmates,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of promotions and sponsorships at Meijer. “We are pleased to partner with so many colleges and universities to help ease the transition of moving into a new living environment for these students.”

Meijer began throwing in-store parties for incoming college freshmen more than 10 years ago to give students a chance to get to know their peers in a fun atmosphere, and introduce the Meijer brand to those who may not have grown up shopping at the Midwest supercenter – some of whom may learn how to pronounce the retailer’s name for the first time, Cooper said.

In total, an estimated 40,000 students – about 1,700 freshmen per event – will bus from campus to their local Meijer store for a night of festivities. Typically, a DJ will get the crowd pumped up while students participate in interactive games and contests, snap pictures in the photo booth, and stock their carts with snacks and school supplies. Meijer also provides samples and coupons, and occasionally hosts big-ticket giveaways.

One of retail’s leading shopping seasons, Back-to-School and College is a $75 billion industry, according to the National Retail Federation. Meijer Mania events help spread out the spending during a time when college students and their families are busy preparing for the school year.

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 electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings.

For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


Joe Hirschmugl

Source: Meijer



Publix Super Markets launches its first blog site — The Publix Checkout,

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets extended the company’s online social presence earlier this month with a soft launch of the company’s first blog site for engaging with customers — The Publix Checkout,

Blog posts will range in topic from delicious recipes, community initiatives and sustainability ideas to holiday entertaining, health and wellness and more. Visitors to the blog can comment on posts or share them on social media sites.

“As a retailer passionately committed to serving our customers, our social media presence has always been about engaging with our customers where they are and extending our in-store service online,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “Having a blog provides us a fresh and inspiring way to connect socially with customers, taking them beyond the aisles and showing them we’re more than just a grocery store.”

The company launched its social media presence in July 2011 debuting on Facebook and currently has 2.6 million Likes. Twitter followed in February 2013 with @Publix and @PublixHelps to offer customers brand content and customer service. In the Fall of 2015, Instagram and Pinterest were added to the company’s social media lineup providing platforms for Publix customers to discover the company’s expertise and services while allowing for engagement in fun and unique ways. Instagram has more than 52,000 Followers and Pinterest nearly 22,000.


Phone: 800-242-1227

Source: Publix

7‑Eleven opens its 60,000th store

7‑Eleven opens its 60,000th store
7‑Eleven opens its 60,000th store


IRVING, TEXAS, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the largest convenience retail chain in the world, recently celebrated the opening of its 60,000th store.

7‑Eleven® started out as Southland Ice Company in Oak Cliff, Texas, 89 years ago in 1927. In 1946, with stores open from 7 am to 11 pm, the name was changed to 7‑Eleven. Stores started staying open around the clock in 1971.

7‑Eleven expanded into Canada in 1969 and Mexico in 1971 as part of joint ventures. In 1974, 7‑Eleven expanded to Japan with Seven-Eleven Japan, which became the parent company in November 2005. Since then, 7‑Eleven has opened stores in Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia and UAE through Area License and Master Franchise Agreements. The first 7‑Eleven store in Vietnam is expected to open in Spring 2017, expanding the company’s operations to 18 countries.

“The 7‑Eleven story is amazing and inspiring; we started as a small local ice house and have grown over the years store-by-store, community-by-community, and country-by-country into an iconic global brand,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven president and chief executive officer. “We will continue to grow by staying focused on the constantly changing convenience needs of our customers and by staying committed to the communities we serve.”

Last year, 7‑Eleven opened one store every 2.5 hours, approximately 4,000 stores. 7‑Eleven will continue growing worldwide by opening stores that are close and convenient for every customer—everywhere.


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Store count by country as of July 2016

Store Count Store Count Store Count
Japan 18,860 Malaysia 2,016 Sweden 185
United States 8,378 Mexico 1,874 Norway 156
Taiwan 5,057 Canada 504 Indonesia 179
Thailand 9,278 Philippines 1,760 Denmark 186
South Korea 8,238 Singapore 455 UAE 2
China (including Hong Kong and Macau) 2,244 Australia 628 Total 60,000

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

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven

Best Buy celebrates turning 50 with a 50-hour sale featuring 50 Black Friday-like deals on latest technology

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy is turning 50, and to celebrate, we’re throwing a birthday bash for you, our customers. The party kicks off tonight with a 50-hour sale featuring 50 Black Friday-like deals on the latest technology.

Find great prices on everything from MacBook Pro computers and 4K UHD TVs, to headphones and activity trackers during this first-of-its-kind sale. The Best Buy 50-Hour Anniversary Sale starts at 10 p.m. Central Time today and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. The can’t-miss offers are a lead up to the 50th anniversary of the company, which opened its first store on Aug. 22, 1966.

Nearly all of these deals are available both in-store and on, so you can shop how, when, and where you want. Shop on and you can also get free, two-day shipping on almost everything included in the sale.

The sale comes just in time for back-to-school shoppers, but students and their parents can save big, anytime, at

Deals included in the Best Buy 50-Hour Anniversary Sale:

  • Save $150 on select MacBook Pro computers
    • Students can save an additional $150, for a total savings of $300 with Best Buy’s Student Deals program
  • Save $400 on a 65-inch Samsung 4K UHD TV
  • Save $180 on Beats Studio wireless on-ear headphones
  • Get an iPhone 6s starting at $1 or an iPhone 6s Plus starting at $99.99 with two-year activation on Sprint or Verizon Wireless (Save $200) – or get a $200 gift card with purchase of iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus and activation with an AT&T Next plan
  • Save up to 70 percent on LEGO Dimensions, Skylanders and amiibo
  • Save $50 on Garmin Vivosmart HR activity tracker
  • Get “Destiny” and your choice of two other select games for free with purchase of the PlayStation 4 “Call of Duty” bundle
  • Get a $50 gift card with purchase of a Swagtron T1 self-balancing scooter(online only)

All product offers are available while supplies last. For complete details, visit

Source: Best Buy

BILLA frisch gekocht Kids: Neuer Look für Österreichs beliebtestes Kundenmagazin für die kleinen Kunden

Wiener Neudorf, Austria, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BILLA frisch gekocht Kids erstrahlt in neuem Look. Wie gewohnt wird auch in Zukunft Kochen für und mit Kindern im Fokus des Magazins stehen.

Kinderleichte Rezepte – Kochen mit Kids
Seit Jahren bietet das BILLA frisch gekocht Kids jeden Monat eine Vielzahl an Rezepten mit denen Kindern der Spaß an der Vielfalt des Essens vermittelt werden sollen. „Die neue Optik rückt die Themen Lebensmittel, Ernährung und den Spaß an ausgewogenem Essen noch stärker in den Fokus“, erläutert BILLA Marketingleiterin Stephanie Schubert. Außerdem wird das Nachkochen der – gewohnt kinderfreundlichen Rezepte – durch Kochen nach Bildern noch besser gestaltet. Von wissenswerten Informationen rund um Lebensmittel, bis hin zu lustigen und kreativen Ideen – was man aus den unterschiedlichsten Zutaten alles zubereiten kann – bietet das Magazin eine bunte Auswahl an Inhalten, die Kindern die Wertewelt der Lebensmittel näherbringen sollen. Neben kinderleichten Rezepten möchte BILLA die Kleinsten künftig noch mehr an die bunter Welt der Lebensmittel und Themen wie Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz heranführen. Die erste Ausgabe des überarbeiteten BILLA frisch gekocht Kids ist ab 18. August in allen BILLA Filialen erhältlich und für BILLA Vorteils-Club Mitglieder ab sofort gratis.

Die bunte Welt der Lebensmittel
Nachhaltiges Handeln und hochwertige Lebensmittel sind Kernanliegen für BILLA, das wird auch im frisch gekocht Kids künftig noch spürbarer sein. „Nachhaltigkeit ist nicht nur heutzutage ein wichtiges Thema. Es ist ein Anliegen für die Zukunft, das wir unseren Kindern mit auf den Weg geben müssen. Wir müssen ihnen die Wichtigkeit hochwertiger Lebensmittel näher bringen und das wollen wir auch seit Jahren mit unserem frisch gekocht Kids“, so Schubert weiter. So werden den Kindern nicht nur die besten Rezepte präsentiert, sondern auch wichtige Themen der Nachhaltigkeit behandelt. Fragen wie, „Wo kommt der Apfel eigentlich her?“, „Wie kannst du Schmetterlinge schützen“ oder auch „Wie funktionieren eigentlich Windräder“, sollen bei den Kleinen das Bewusstsein für die Natur, den Umweltschutz und nachhaltige Lebensmittel stärken. Was sie gelernt haben, können die Kids dann in kleinen Rätseln und Denkspielen noch einmal spielerisch vertiefen Zudem macht sich Robert Steiner, rasende Reporter für das Magazin auf, um den Kindern die unterschiedlichsten Themen näher zu bringen.

Österreichs erfolgreichstes Kundenmagazin
Das frisch gekocht Kids Magazin von BILLA wird mit dem Relaunch über den RG Verlag veröffentlicht und erscheint zehnmal jährlich, zeitgleich mit dem frisch gekocht Magazin. Beide Magazine sind in jeder BILLA Filiale erhältlich und ab sofort für Mitglieder des BILLA VorteilsClubs gratis. Mit dem neuen Look für frisch und frisch gekocht Kids wird BILLA bei Kundenmagazinen auch in Zukunft Maßstäbe setzen.

Bildtext zum übermittelten Bildmaterial: Das Cover der aktuellen frisch gekocht Kids-Ausgabe Credits: BILLA AG, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

Über BILLA BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten. BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der rund 1.050 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht. »Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand Mehr Infos unter: oder Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter


Team Media Relations
REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf
Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265

Source: Rewe Group

PetSmart announces the opening of its new concept store in Oceanside, New York — the PetSmart Pet Spa

PHOENIX, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart is pleased to announce the grand opening this Saturday of its new concept store, the PetSmart Pet Spa in Oceanside, New York. The new store by North America’s largest pet specialty retailer features innovative elements aimed at offering an enhanced pet lifestyle customer experience and is intended to test out various ideas for consideration within PetSmart’s 1,460-plus and growing store chain.

The new PetSmart Pet Spa store, located at 529 Atlantic Ave, features a heavy emphasis on pet services and has a unique, modern design with approximately 7,400 square feet of space – a smaller footprint than PetSmart’s typical stores, which average about 18,000-20,000 square feet. According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent more than $60 billion on their pets last year, including on services such as grooming, and the new store is intended to draw and gain insights from this important trend.

The store features a first for PetSmart stores, a self-service dog wash where pet parents can bond as they personally bathe their pups. Pet parents can also choose from a range of grooming services where pets receive hands-on care by academy-trained, certified stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best. The store’s pet food collection includes a refrigerator/freezer section and is focused on pinnacle natural nutrition – high-protein, grain-free, organic and raw food including such brands as Blue Buffalo®, Natural Balance®, Nature’s Variety® Instinct®, Only Natural Pet® and Wellness®. Also featured is prescription pet food for a range of pet health needs fromRoyal Canin Veterinary Diet®. A high-end capsule collection of pet essentials such as collars, beds, leashes, toys and pet gift ideas rounds out the product assortment.

A coffee bar-lounge area provides complimentary coffee and comfortable seating for pet parents, while pets receive grooming services, or for a break after the energetic fun of a self dog wash. A pet hospital operated by PetSmart partner Banfield® is adjacent and among the largest of its kind at a PetSmart store.

“In order to innovate at retail, you have to try new concepts and that’s really what the PetSmart Pet Spa in Oceanside, New York, is all about,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Like any spa, our Pet Spa store is intended to provide the amenities and comforts to enhance one’s lifestyle, but this time with your pet. This first-of-its-kind PetSmart store allows pet parents to bond with their dog using our unique self-service dog wash or hang out in the comfort of the coffee bar, while pets are being groomed by our talented associates. We are eager to see consumer reaction to the Pet Spa concept, learn from our Oceanside customers and apply that learning going forward.”

Store Details Include:

  • Modern Pet-Lifestyle Design – the first thing customers will see when they walk in the door of the PetSmart Pet Spa is an overall modern aesthetic and a circular “concierge” desk featuring a bakery case chock full of baked dog treats.
  • Self-Service Dog Wash – three self-service dog wash bays give pet parents an easy solution to bathe and bond with their pet, especially after a day at the beach, which is just a few miles away. The washing stations feature wall-mounted washing and drying equipment and an array of complimentary shampoos and conditioners that address a range of needs from de-shedding to skin sensitivities.
  • Grooming Salon – the grooming salon is positioned directly next to the self dog wash area with fun header signage above: “lather, rinse, repeat…or leave the styling to us.” The salon features a completely new and unique layout with five grooming stations anchored by a large circular column with wide, easy-to-maneuver table top spaces for the PetSmart grooming staff – all of whom are academy-trained and undergo 400 hours of certification training. A bathing area with stainless steel tubs allows for washing the pups and a movable kennel area with high-velocity no-heat dryers comfortably air-dry pups after a comforting hand-towel drying. Stools just outside the windowed grooming space allow pet parents to observe their pets as they receive their services. Near the salon is an expanded collection of at-home pet grooming supplies from popular human brands like CHI®, Burt’s Bees®, as well as pet brand, Furminator®.
  • Coffee Bar-Lounge Area – seating for 12-plus and complimentary single serve beverages from MARS DRINKS including pressure brewed espresso, fresh-ground coffee, real-leaf teas, hot chocolate, cappuccinos, lattes and more.
  • Retail Space – features high-end pet essentials including collars, leashes, beds, toys and great pet gift ideas, as well as all-natural, wholesome pinnacle pet food – a rapidly growing segment among PetSmart shoppers and pet parents.
  • Banfield Pet Hospital – is adjacent to the Spa space and shares the same front door and includes its own check-in desk and waiting area. This pet hospital is among the largest inside a PetSmart store and includes surgical rooms, x-ray rooms, a feline room, comfort room and kennels.

Grand Opening Festivities
To celebrate the grand opening of the PetSmart Pet Spa, PetSmart is having a grand opening event this coming Sat., Aug. 20, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Pet parents are encouraged to attend and bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun!

The first 50 shoppers will receive a mystery gift card (values range from $5 up to $50) and all shoppers will receive free giveaways such as t-shirts, pet treat samples, pet toys and discount coupons on services and products featured in the new store.*

What: PetSmart Grand Opening celebration
When: Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 9 a.m.
Where: PetSmart, 529 Atlantic Ave.

*All grand opening giveaways available while supplies last.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,, and – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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Golin for PetSmart Inc.:
Danielle Bickelmann

PetSmart Media Line: 623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

The Defense Commissary Agency’s 2015 Best Commissary Award winners announced

FORT LEE, Va, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency’s 2015 Best Commissary Award winners are Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida; U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy, and Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

“These commissaries deserve our highest praise,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA Director and CEO. “They worked hard throughout last year and their dedication to our customers and our patrons is evident throughout their stores, so it’s very fitting that we recognize their excellence with these awards.”

To win, a store has to exceed DeCA’s normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales.

The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who championed quality-of-life issues for the military community.

The awardees and runners-up by category are:

  • Director’s Award for the Best Superstore
    • First Place: Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
    • Second Place: Pearl Harbor Commissary, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  • Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States
    • First Place: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana
    • Second Place: Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
  • Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the Unites States
    • First Place: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida
    • Second Place: Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California
  • Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy
    • Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany
  • L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
    • Second Place: Naval Station Rota, Spain

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Commissary

Commissary starts this year’s fall case lot sales

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart military shoppers know the commissary has the lowest prices in town. And the really smart ones know that for a few days twice a year, stateside commissaries take savings to another level with their Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales.

The sales take place each spring and fall, offering savings as much as 50 percent over the stores’ already low prices. This year’s fall sales are now starting, as each store hosts individual two- or three-day case lot sales during one weekend between mid-August and the end of September. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating.

Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

“This year’s sales recognize the Defense Commissary Agency’s 25th birthday celebration,” said Sallie Cauthers, marketing and mass communication specialist at the Defense Commissary Agency headquarters. “The actual 25th DeCA birthday celebration is Oct. 1. This special ‘parking lot’ sale is leading up to this event.” The agency was formed in 1991 in a money-saving consolidation of the commissary systems of each of the armed services as the Cold War wound down.

The sales offer big discounts in case formats similar to commercial club stores. However, commissary case lot events also offer additional “mix and match” packages of similar items in bulk-size cases. These include grocery items such as barbecue sauces, canned tomatoes, beans, certain pasta meals, cereals, snacks, water, tea and juices.

Customers will have a large variety of on-sale items to choose from, including products in the following categories:

  • Fruit snacks, pudding snack packs, granola bars, fruit bars, pastries, peanut butter and popcorn
  • Water and flavored water, teas, juices, juice mixes, sodas, sports drinks and breakfast drinks
  • Frozen pizza and sausage links
  • Chilled items to include cheeses, yogurt and yogurt mix
  • Prepackaged meats such as lunchmeat, bacon and pork loin
  • Pet supplies to include bagged and canned food, treats and cat litter
  • Pasta, barbecue and pasta sauces, spices, rice, oriental noodles and bowls, chili mix and condiments
  • Cookies, brownies, pancakes and muffin mixes; oatmeal
  • Canned fruit, vegetables, soups, tuna and chili
  • Sandwich, storage and freezer bags; paper products and cleaning supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry detergent
  • Health and beauty care including diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner, soaps, shaving gels and body lotions

Patrons can find their local commissary’s sale dates by visiting

According to Cauthers, case lot sales are just one way DeCA continues to deliver an amazing value to the military 25 years after its establishment. “The benefit lives on today, continuing to serve our men and women at 238 stores around the world.”

Note: For a video about case lot sales, go to DeCA’s YouTube page at:

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source: Commissary

AmRest Central to develop, own and operate Pizza Hut restaurants in Central and Eastern Europe

Wroclaw, Poland, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announced signing on August 15th, 2016 the Master Franchise Agreement (“MFA”) and Development Agreement (“DA”) (collectively: the “Agreements”) with Pizza Hut Europe Sarl (US Branch) (“PH Europe”).

The Agreements determine the rights and license to develop, own and operate Pizza Hut restaurants in chosen countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The provisions of the Agreements will apply from October 1st, 2016.

According to the MFA AmRest, as a master-franchisee, will have the right to grant to third parties the license to operate Pizza Hut Express and Pizza Hut Delivery restaurants (subfranchise), while ensuring a certain share of restaurants is operated directly by the Company.

Upon entry into force of the Agreements AmRest will be required to open and operate Pizza Hut Express and Delivery restaurants in accordance with the development schedule that sets the minimum number of openings in the subsequent years of the Agreements’ term.

The Company’s intention is to significantly increase the presence of Pizza Hut locations in the markets defined in the Agreements through opening of approximately 300 restaurants of this brand within next 5 years.

In order to facilitate the growth of scale of Pizza Hut business, PH Europe will introduce an incentive mechanism reducing franchise fees incurred by AmRest in accordance with the MFA, which will be activated if the Company meets certain development obligations specified in the DA.

“The agreement with PH Europe is an important step in the history of AmRest and another proof of the trust given to us by Yum! Company, the owner of Pizza Hut brand and our long-term business partner” – said Wojciech Mroczyński, member of the Management Board responsible for the strategy of AmRest. “Obtaining the privilege of master-franchisee is a milestone in the development of AmRest, that will help us to significantly accelerate the pace of growth in the European market and strengthen the Company’s position in Casual Dining segment” – added Mroczyński.

AmRest history started in 1993 with the opening of first Pizza Hut restaurants in Wrocław Market Square. Currently the Company’s portfolio includes 78 restaurants of this brand in three countries: Poland, Russia and Hungary.

Dynamic development of Pizza Hut brand in Central and Eastern Europe will contribute to strengthening AmRest’s leadership position of restaurant operator in the region and is expected to drive the value creation for the Company’s shareholders.


Dorota Surowiec
IR Manager
+48 71 386 1235


AmRest became the master-franchisee of Pizza Hut brand in CEE
AmRest became the master-franchisee of Pizza Hut brand in CEE


Source: AmRest Holdings SE

Amazon announces Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan to debut on Amazon Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Aug. 16, 2016) announced it has green lit Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from Paramount and Skydance Television, to debut on Amazon Prime Video. The one-hour, 10-episode dramatic series is slated to star John Krasinski (13 Hours, The Office) as Jack Ryan and is projected to shoot in the US, Europe and Africa. Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero, a character with a star-filled Hollywood history, having been previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan follows an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. Set to executive produce are Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Almost Human), who wrote the pilot based on a story he and Cuse developed. The series follows Ryan (Krasinski) as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. Jack Ryan is set to be co-produced with Paramount and Skydance Television, executive produced by Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form (Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), as well as Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross, along with Mace Neufeld (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Lindsey Springer.

“We’re excited to add the Jack Ryan global franchise to our robust originals pipeline,” said Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios. “Our customers will enjoy a compelling adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series, further raising the bar for the quality level of storytelling that has made Prime Video a leading destination for content.”

Amazon Original Series are available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at, at no additional cost to their membership—Prime members can also download select titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit

In addition to streaming or downloading thousands of titles on Prime Video, Amazon Prime members enjoy fast, free shipping, unlimited access to more than a million songs with Prime Music, unlimited secure photo storage with Prime Photos, and more—customers can enjoy a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime today.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV episodes, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Chi-Raq and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of certain content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign up for Prime or to find out more, visit:

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

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Source:, Inc.