World’s first Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet to debut at 2016 Eurobike Trade Show in Germany

Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., an industry leader in Bluetooth innovation for the motorsport and outdoor activities market, debuted today the world’s first Bluetooth and QHD Action camera integrated cycling helmet, exclusively to media, dealers and trade members at the 2016 Eurobike Trade Show in Friedrichshafen. Eurobike, which started in 1991, is the World’s leading trade show for the cycling industry. The show attracts 45,870 cycling enthusiasts on its public days along with 1,766 journalists from 39 different countries. The Sena booth will be located at Hall A4-807.

The Sena Smart Helmet for Cycling packs in today’s top of the line technology with the seamless functionality you need for your ride, all in a sleek and extremely lightweight design, equipped with a fully integrated Bluetooth communication system and QHD camera. Stay in touch with up to three riding companions, listen to music, monitor speed, cadence, and heart rate, while recording video all the way to the finish line.

The WiFi equipped helmet allows riders to easily capture and share both photos and videos from their adventures. The Smart Audio Mix feature gives the user the ability to record music from their smart phone, audio from the helmet’s microphone, as well as any audio from the intercom overlaid directly onto the video. Record up to 2 hours of QHD quality (1440p/30fps) video or FHD (1080p/60fps) video. The Sena Camera App will allow the user to preview video recordings and playback previously recorded videos through WiFi.

“Eurobike is a place where cycling enthusiasts come together from all over the world with one common interest, a love for cycling,” says Sena CEO, Tae Kim “It is the perfect place to unveil a revolutionary cycling innovation created with the cyclist in mind to enhance every ride from start to finish.” Cyclists will be able to enjoy their ride like never before with Sena’s new revolutionary helmet.

Eurobike opens its doors to the general public this Saturday, September 3 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday, September 4 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Cycling enthusiasts will get the unique opportunity to explore new products and innovations in the cycling industry. Tickets are available online at at Messe Friedrichshafen.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

FMI survey reveals that only 57% of American parents eat dinner with their children every night

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As families send their children back to school, some parents are forgetting the most important school supply: the family meal.  A recent consumer survey of American grocery shoppers, conducted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Rodale Inc., underscores the infrequency of family meals in the U.S. and the critical need for more.  The findings revealed that only 57% of parents eat dinner with their children every night.

“We already know the many benefits of family meals,” said Sue Borra, RD, executive director of the FMI Foundation.  “Just as notebooks and art supplies prepare our children for school, so does the family meal.  Academic research shows that kids and teens who eat meals with their family four or more times a week earn better test scores and perform better in school.”

However, 71% of parents in the survey say in their “ideal” world they would want to eat with their children every night.  Borra added, “With such busy lives, it’s easy to understand how American households struggle to make family meals a reality.”

The good news is that the survey also identified solutions.  For parents who did not eat dinner with their children nightly, the top-two recommendations were not surprising:  1) Serve more meals their kids enjoy (47%); 2) Ensure that everyone is home at dinner time (42%).

Parents also are looking to their grocery stores to provide solutions.  The top three requests were:  1) Provide more kid-friendly recipes in store; 2) Display foods together than can be combined for an easy meal; 3) Provide more ready-to-eat foods that kids like.

Food retailers are responding – not only with individual offerings at a local level, but as an industry too.  To help American families achieve the goal of one more meal at home each week, the food retailer industry has developed a website, It is filled with tools, tips, and meal-planning ideas to make it easier for families to have one more meal together per week – not just during National Family Meals Month, but all year long.  The website also includes links to numerous partners – primarily food retailers and manufacturers – also committed to helping consumers achieve their increased family meals goal.  In short, families can find support from their favorite local supermarket and food brands.

The FMI Foundation also is encouraging Americans to join the National Family Meals Month movement by pledging to one more breakfast, lunch or dinner at home per week.  Shoppers can post pledge photos, mealtime pictures, favorite recipes and shopping tips or even post a selfie wearing a favorite oven mitt with the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth.

A copy of the study is available here or by contacting

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute


Qatar International Islamic Bank selects NCR to monitor and manage its ATM network

QATAR, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB), one of the leading banks in Qatar, announced today (August 31, 2016that it has chosen NCR, a global leader in omni-channel technologies to monitor and manage QIIB’s ATM network for several years, helping the bank to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs.

In this context, a strategic agreement was concluded between QIIB and NCR, which comprised QIIB’s adoption of NCR’s innovative omni-channel solutions over the next three years.

In the signing ceremony, QIIB was represented by Mr. Jamal Abdullah Al-Jammal, Deputy CEO whereas NCR was represented by Mr. Hicham Yamout – General Manager of Qatar Branch. The signing ceremony was also attended by Mr. Zakaria Glaoui – General Manager of Personal Banking and Mr. Mohammad Said mubarek – Head the Alternative Channels from QIIB as well as Mr. Hady Maakaroun- Account Manager from NCR.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Jamal Al-Jammal said: “At QIIB, we are committed to provide the best banking solutions and technologies to our clients. We are happy today to sign this partnership agreement with a global company such as NCR. We have in fact a long history of effective cooperation with the company and today, we are taking this cooperation to a whole new level which will reflect on our clients and the quality of the services provided to them through a QIIB country-wide ATM network”.

Al-Jammal added: “Investing in technology is one of the most important successful solutions to increase efficiency and efficacy as well as meet requirements in line with the clients’ expectations. Furthermore, improving the level of security requires us to keep pace with the best technological innovations and solutions, thus, we believe that NCR is capable of providing distinguished ATM and network monitoring solutions, as contained in the memorandum of partnership that we signed today. In this context, we would like to thank all those who contributed to the conclusion of this partnership, whether QIIB or NCR Staff”.

By virtue of this agreement, NCR will provide QIIB with solutions to monitor and handle any problems, emergencies or necessary updates to the Bank’s ATM network in a fast and efficient manner as well as solutions to resolve problems remotely.

“Consumers today are demanding financial services when and where they want without delay. Delivering these services in a fast, efficient and secure way is a key factor in retaining customers,” said Hicham Yamout, NCR General Manager for Qatar. “Our association with QIIB for a long-term agreement reiterates their confidence in our solutions to deliver exceptional customer experience with highest levels of services uptime, security and reliability.”

About QIIB
QIIB was founded in 1990 as the second Islamic bank in Qatar and is currently the third-largest bank in terms of assets and market value. It began operations in 1991 and is listed on the Qatar Exchange. The Bank provides comprehensive banking services to its clients through a country-wide network of branches. The Bank also has diverse regional and international partnerships.

About NCR Corporation

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA with approximately 29,000 employees and does business in 180 countries.

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Media Contact:

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation

Baskin-Robbins introduces new customizable Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Baskin-Robbins introduces new customizable Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches
Baskin-Robbins introduces new customizable Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches


CANTON, Mass., 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins is introducing a delectable combination for ice cream and donut lovers with its new customizable Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. Available starting September 1 at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, guests can create a customized frozen treat by choosing their favorite ice cream flavor topped with hot fudge and sandwiched between a classic Powdered Donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins’ sister brand.

Guests can choose from Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors for their Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, including classics like Pralines ‘n Cream and Very Berry Strawberry, and the September Flavor of The Month, Pumpkin Cheesecake, which features pumpkin and cheesecake-flavored ice cream, tasty pieces of gingersnap cookies, and a delectable cinnamon cream cheese-flavored ribbon. Pumpkin Cheesecake can also be enjoyed in a cup, cone or as a milkshake.

“With our new Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches, we’ve brought together two of the most delicious sweet treats from our brands, cool ice cream from Baskin-Robbins and classic Powdered Donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, into one amazing dessert,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “The best part is that guests can customize their Donut Ice Cream Sandwich with any ice cream flavor, including our September Flavor of the Month, Pumpkin Cheesecake.”

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins’ new Mobile App allows ice cream fans to enjoy access to sweet deals, pay for their favorite ice cream treats, frozen beverages and ice cream cakes with a Baskin-Robbins card, and send virtual Baskin-Robbins cards to friends and family by text or email. Additionally, guests will receive a mobile offer for a free regular 4 oz. scoop of their favorite ice cream when they download the app. The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices.

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

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,700 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Sports Direct announces purchase of 40,279 of its ordinary shares from Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Shirebrook, UK, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sports Direct announces that on 31 August 2016 it purchased 40,279 of its ordinary shares from Citigroup Global Markets Limited (acting as the Company’s broker) on the London Stock Exchange at a price of 297.8 pence per share. The purchased shares will all be held as treasury shares.

Following the above purchase, the Company holds 44,096,565 ordinary shares as treasury shares. The total number of ordinary shares in issue (excluding shares held as treasury shares) is 596,505,804.

In accordance with DTR 5.6.1 of the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the Company is required to notify the market of the total number of voting rights and capital in the Company as at the end of each calendar month in which an increase or decrease has occurred.

The issued share capital of the Company is comprised of 640,602,369 ordinary shares of 10p each. As 44,096,565 of these ordinary shares are held as treasury shares, the total number of voting rights in the Company is 596,505,804. This figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

Dave Forsey
Chief Executive

Matt Pearson
Acting Chief Financial Officer

T. 0344 245 9200


Keith Bishop
T. 0344 245 9200

Source: Sports Direct International plc

Entenmann’s recalls select Little Bites products due to possible contamination of small plastic pieces

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entenmann’s is recalling select Little Bites products because they may be contaminated with small plastic pieces.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies – 5 pack

UPC: 7203001342

Best by: October 8, 2016/3098

Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins – 5 pack

UPC: 7203001353

Best by: October 8, 2016/3098

Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins – 10 pack

UPC: 7203002111

Best by: October 8, 2016/3098

Entenmann’s Little Bites Variety – 20 pack

UPC: 7203001799

Best by: September 24, 2016/3098

Schnucks customers may return any affected product to their nearest store for a full refund or exchange. Those with questions should contact Entenmann’s at 1-800-984-0989 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.


(314) 994-4400
(800) 264-4400

Source: Schnuck

Saffron Road recalls select Lemongrass Basil Chicken with Basmati Rice due to possible contamination of glass/hard plastic

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saffron Road is recalling select dates of Lemongrass Basil Chicken with Basmati Rice because the product may be contaminated with glass/hard plastic.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Saffron Road Lemongrass Basil Chicken with Basmati Rice

UPC: 85706300207

Sell By/Use By: 8/19/2017 and 10/29/2017

Schnucks customers may return any affected product to their store of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Those with questions should contact Saffron Road at 1-877-425-2587 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

This product is carried at the following Schnucks stores:


Crestwood9540     Watson Road    Crestwood, MO 63126

Webster Groves     8650 Big Bend Blvd.     Webster Groves, MO 63119

Kirkwood     10233 Manchester Road     Kirkwood, MO 63122

Des Peres     12332 Manchester Road     Des Peres, MO 63131

Clayton & Lindbergh     10275 Clayton Road     St. Louis, MO 63124

Lindenwood     1900 First Capitol Drive     St. Charles, MO 63301


Seven Hills (O’Fallon)     907 East Highway 50     O’Fallon, IL 62269

Champaign     109 North Mattis Road     Champaign, IL 61821

East State     6410 East State Street     Rockford, IL 61108

Roscoe     4860 Hononegah Road     Roscoe, IL 61073


Darmstadt     600 East Boonville-New Harmony Road     Evansville, IN 47725


(314) 994-4400
(800) 264-4400

Source: Schnuck

McDonald’s announces the retirement of its U.S. President Mike Andres; Chris Kempczinski to succeed

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) today (Aug 31, 2016) announces the retirement of U.S. President Mike Andres and the subsequent appointment of Chris Kempczinski, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Innovation, to lead the U.S. business effective Jan. 1, 2017.

“Mike has been relentless in his commitment to building a better brand,” said McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook. “From significant strides in food quality to meaningful customer initiatives like All Day Breakfast and forging an even stronger partnership between U.S. operators and the company, his commitment to our customers is unmistakable.

“As we thank Mike for his contributions, we are confident Chris is the right leader to build upon our U.S. progress and bring a new level of convenience and excitement to the restaurant experience,” Easterbrook added. “His proven track record of driving change is invaluable as we continue to transform McDonald’s into a modern, progressive burger company.”

Kempczinski will begin to focus his efforts on the U.S. business as he and Andres work together to ensure a smooth transition in the months ahead.

“With the strides we have made in the U.S. business this is the right time for me to retire,” Andres said. “I’m proud of the work we have done to put our customers first and enhance our menu so customers can feel good about eating the food they love at McDonald’s.”

Prior to joining McDonald’s last year, Kempczinski served in various strategy and operational positions with some of the world’s leading consumer companies, most recently as Executive Vice President, Growth Initiatives and President of International at Kraft Foods Group.

“I look forward to building upon the significant progress in the U.S., and continuing the innovation and collaboration among our owner-operators, suppliers and employees to take McDonald’s to the next level,” Kempczinski said.

McDonald’s also announces additional leadership changes today:

  • In addition to his current role as President of the International Lead Markets, Doug Goare will take on the role of Chief Restaurant Officer, overseeing a number of business functions managed by Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bensen who is retiring in September. In this expanded role, he will oversee supply chain, information technology, global restaurant operations, development and digital business functions. This streamlined structure further supports McDonald’s commitment to move quickly on customer-focused initiatives.
  • Lucy Brady has been named Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. She joins McDonald’s in September and will take on the role vacated by Kempczinski overseeing strategy development, planning and innovation to drive growth for the company. As a Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group she led several turnaround and strategic growth initiatives.

“I am confident we have the right leaders in place to accelerate our turnaround and further strengthen the McDonald’s brand,” Easterbrook said.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


Chris Stent

Terri Hickey

Source:  McDonald’s Corporation

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo to present at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today (Aug. 31, 2016) announced that Larry Merlo, the company’s president and chief executive officer, will be speaking to investors at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference on September 13, 2016, at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET.

An audio webcast of the event will be broadcast simultaneously on the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health website for all interested parties, and will be archived and available for a one-year period. To access the webcast or an archive of the event, visit

About CVS Health
CVS Health 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


Carolyn Castel

SOURCE: CVS Health Corporation

LuLu Group further expands in the Sultanate of Oman with the opening of its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq

LuLu Group further expands in the Sultanate of Oman with the opening of its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq
LuLu Group further expands in the Sultanate of Oman with the opening of its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq


Rustaq, Oman, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Group, region’s retail major has further strengthened its presence in the Sultanate of Oman by opening its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq in Al Batinah region.

The new Hypermarket which is also the 129th of the group was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of South Batinah in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities.

Yusuf Ali M.A., Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population. The newly opened hypermarket is also the 17th store of the group in the country.

Located in the prime area of Rustaq, the new store is spread an area of about 75,000 square feet. The new store will feature will feature complete retail offerings including full groceries line, home appliances, electronics, IT Products, Stationery, sports, life style and fashion brands and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket under one roof.

Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group said,” “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman, which clearly specifies that all our expansion strategies are fast progressing and are on track. It has been our policy to bring world class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities”.

“We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support, which have always remained driving forces for us to set our goals and work towards it, he added.


Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716

Source: Lulu Group


SSP America announces the opening of Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

LONDON, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (31-August-2016) the opening of Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal D.

Sophisticated and stylish, the full service, 1,300 square foot Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro has been created in collaboration with Houston’s preeminent restaurateur for over 50 years, Tony Vallone.  Commenting on the opening of the restaurant, the founder of the restaurant, Tony Vallone commented, “We have designed a wonderful sanctuary with in IAH routed in food and wine that everyone can enjoy. I am so proud to put my name behind this great project.”

Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, commented, “Tony Vallone is an icon within the Houston culinary scene, and his reputation is synonymous with dining excellence. SSP America is proud to have partnered with such a laurelled leader in bringing this concept to IAH.  At Tony’s, our shared passion for exceptional dining will be matched only by our unrivalled performance in the kitchen, original selections from the wine cellar, and peerless tableside service. Houstonians expect a memorable experience from Tony Vallone, and we promise to deliver.”

“The Houston Airport System is very excited to welcome Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro to George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” said Randy Goodman, Concessions General Manager for the Houston Airport System. “Tony Vallone is a name in Houston synonymous with world-class fine dining. Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro offers an extensive wine list at multiple price points and a menu that pays homage to the bistro-style art of small plates. It fits well with our efforts to provide our passengers with a wide variety of both world-class products and world-class service, and promote a world-class feel to a city and airport recognized for growth and innovation world-wide.”

Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro welcomes passengers from across the concourse with its impressive wine display and swank, focal point bar.  Ample, spacious seating can be found around the bar and at tables both inside the restaurant as well as just outside the entrance, for intimate café style, al fresco dining.  Elegant and stylish yet wonderfully approachable—the drinks scene at Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro is welcoming to all.

Tony Vallone is known throughout the Houston region for sourcing the finest ingredients and his wine cellar is legendary.  At Terminal D, passengers will find the same unyielding passion for quality.  From Italian Proseccos, Californian Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, Pinot Noirs and smooth Cabernet Sauvignons to French Marsanne and Argentinian Malbec—there’s truly something for everyone at Tony’s with glasses and bottles in all price ranges.

From the kitchen, a menu of bistro-style dishes has been created specifically to complement the wines.  From small plates of artisanal cheese to light salads and sandwiches filled with elevated ingredients—Prime Rib Sliders, Kobe Beef Sliders or a perfectly portioned Club Sandwich.  Refined, yet simple foodie fare paired with Tony Vallone’s hand-selected wines.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, welcoming nearly 43 million passengers.  IAH has also welcomed several new foreign flag carriers including All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand, and seen increased services to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2005, international travel at the gateway has increased by 53 per cent, growing from 6.9 million to 10.6 million in 2015.  The City of Houston is now the only city in the western hemisphere with nonstop flight service to all six inhabited continental regions.

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Source: SSP America

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the country’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for young people, today (August 31, 2016)  announced that it has met its goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth – the population of 16- to 24-year-old who are out of work and not in school – two years ahead of schedule. The coalition, formed in July 2015, is now aligning with the cross-sector goal of creating one million opportunities by 2021. The group will continue to capture and share new recruiting and human resources practices tailored to hiring, retaining and advancing Opportunity Youth.

“A first job is the way many young people start their path in America. The creativity and commitment of the coalition to use our collective scale and convening power have taught us all many lessons as we reach an initial milestone to hire more than 100,000 Opportunity Youth,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “But, this is not a victory lap; our work is far from complete. This is just the beginning as we accelerate our efforts to build a network to reconnect one million Opportunity Youth in the next five years. By continuing to expand our coalition and leveraging the power of technology and hiring events, we will invest in solutions that further support the young people of America who are our future workers, customers and citizens.”

To date, more than 100,000 young people have found jobs with participating companies and more than 3,000 on-the-spot job offers were received at a series of employer-organized Opportunity Hiring Fairs in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. In partnership with community leaders and elected officials, the innovative fairs help prepare young people for employment by teaching them interview techniques, resume-writing and advice regarding interview-appropriate clothing. The coalition is also building and sharing best practice models to engage young people in apprenticeships, internships, training programs and both part-time and full-time jobs.

“By using our scale and strengths, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation work to improve the lives of millions of people through creating economic mobility,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Through our Retail Opportunity initiative, we are working to not only advance our own 1.2 million associates, but elevate the entire retail sector. We are very pleased with the progress made to date through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and excited to continue working with other employers to hire, retain and build career pathways for opportunity youth.”

“It is encouraging and exciting to see companies rethinking traditional hiring practices in ways that benefit youth and provide business value to employers,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, and we look forward to continuing to work with these corporations committed to impact hiring. Together, we can grow these efforts to attract and retain qualified young people in a way that generates sustained impact, building a more inclusive economy that works for everyone.”

The latest companies to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative include Five Guys, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, MOD Pizza, PCC Natural Markets, Savers and Swiss Post Solutions.  The initiative is generously supported by Alaska Airlines, Arizona Community Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Endowment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy’s, Medina Foundation, Microsoft, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, The Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This work is supported by grants and led by The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and FSG.

“Improving life outcomes for Opportunity Youth is a moral imperative and economic necessity, and we are thrilled to see the terrific response to this national effort from employers, community leaders and the young people themselves,” said Melody Barnes, chair of Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. “We must stay the course and accelerate and deepen its efforts to provide opportunities to a million young people in the United States over the next five years so that we can make meaningful progress for this population.”

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions has served as an important intermediary for the initiative, leveraging its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, which supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 23 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute provides direct funding, leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and future cities.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is the nation’s largest employer-led coalition of private sector companies committed to supporting “opportunity youth” as they prepare for and secure employment. Opportunity Youth are the 5.5 million 16-24 year old in the United States who are out of school and not employed. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative members believe this population is an untapped pool of talent for employers in the country.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has grown to nearly 50 leading U.S. companies including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Five Guys, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, MOD Pizza, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, PCC Natural Markets, Pizza Hut,, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential Financial, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Services Group of America, Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Swiss Post Solutions, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, TOMS, Ulta Beauty, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

For more information on the funding organizations, employers and learning partners involved, please visit

Companies and other organizations interested in joining or learning more about the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative may email

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Carrefour Poland launches free mobile app for its customers

Carrefour Poland launches free mobile app for its customers
Carrefour Poland launches free mobile app for its customers


Poland, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 15 August, Carrefour Poland launched a free mobile app for its customers. It’s a next-generation loyalty programme which is being released as part of Carrefour’s digital development strategy.

With this app, Carrefour hypermarket and supermarket customers can access their store cards and get vouchers which are available once they have logged onto the app using their email address.

The app’s main aim is to register customers with the store’s loyalty programme and generate promotional discount vouchers which are easier to use than with more traditional channels. The app is intuitive, free and guaranteed to speed up the shopping experience.

All vouchers are included in the application and show a picture of the product and a description of the offer in question (the percentage discount, purchase terms and conditions, expiry date, etc.). Customers can choose the vouchers they want to activate themselves.

Once the voucher has been activated, it is automatically allocated to the card. The cashier merely scans the card in the phone, so the entire transaction is simple and fast.

Benefits for customers:
–    Promotional vouchers offering discounts of up to 50%
–    Easy to use, requiring only a minimum effort by customers to take advantage of the vouchers
–    Additional “push” communication – customers can be reminded about new vouchers, or reminded that vouchers are approaching their expiry date

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

. By phone:

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

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

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Source: Carrefour


Carrefour opens new supermarket in Warsaw

Carrefour opens new supermarket in Warsaw
Carrefour opens new supermarket in Warsaw


Warsaw, Poland, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 24 August, Carrefour opened a new supermarket in Warsaw. The new location – at 365, Aleja Wilanowska – is the seventh of Carrefour’s “city” concept stores. It employs 26 people and sells 12,000 different products in an area spanning 650 m².

“Wilanowska Express” is the second supermarket to open in the Warsaw region this August. Before the end of the month, a further three supermarkets under the Express banner will open in the capital. The store showcases fresh produce, featuring a wide selection of fruit and vegetables, plus a fresh fish counter and bread baked on-site, together with traditional cured meat products from the “Carrefour Nasza Wędzarnia” smokery. The store also has a wide range of healthy and special-diet foods, including organic, gluten-free, lactose-free, soya-based, sugar-free and low-fat products.

Customers can get freshly squeezed orange juice on site, or take advantage of the Carrefour Quality Line apple juice dispenser. Carrefour’s Quality Line products sold under the “Jakość z Natury” name (quality through nature) are particularly well represented, as well as regional “Reflets de France” and “Terre d’Italia” French and Italian products sold exclusively by Carrefour.

Customers will enjoy a friendly and comfortable store marked by natural colours and wood finishes. Its price image is highlighted by round prices displayed on signs hanging from the ceiling in each store department. Five checkouts – including three express checkouts – ensure that customers are able to pay for their items quickly and efficiently. Customers of the new store can also take advantage of programmes designed to help them save money while they shop:”Karta Dużej Rodziny” (“Large Family Card”) and “Karta Seniora” (“Senior Card”).

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail:

Source: Carrefour


Over 4,770 Carrefour Spain employees joined the 2016 Vuelta cycle race


SPAIN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 4,770 Carrefour Spain employees get involved during the 2016 Vuelta cycle race. Carrefour Spain is the main sponsor of the cycle race for the fourth year running, once again confirming its place as the only Spanish retail company capable of involving such a high number of volunteers in the sponsorship activity.

To raise the profile of the towns and cities through which this 71st Vuelta cycle race passes, Carrefour volunteers will do their best to again increase participation figures in each of the areas the race passes through. In order to do this, among other activities, they will perform the role of speaker in the caravan accompanying the cycle race, hand out merchandising and support regional product tastings, as well as carrying out tasks in areas specifically for children.

At the same time, Carrefour Spain has launched a series of initiatives to enable its employees to enjoy such exclusive experiences as accompanying the cyclists from one stage to the next by car and helicopter; running a race against time; access to VIP areas and interaction with the cyclists; handing over trophies and winner jerseys or taking part in the seven “Sprint Parties” held along the way. These are leisure activities promoted by Carrefour to reward the effort made by all employees taking part in the organization of the Vuelta cycle race while it is on.

The Vuelta cycle race and Carrefour Spain employees in figures:
> 662 employees in VIP and podium areas
> 336 volunteers to coordinate departure, finishing line and Parque Vuelta hospitality services
> Caravan with a team of speakers and hosts at all 21 stages
> Car and helicopter trips from one stage to the next
> Seven ‘Sprint parties’

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail:

Source: Carrefour


Walmart unveiled its annual top toy list, Chosen By Kids

Walmart unveiled its annual top toy list, Chosen By Kids
Walmart unveiled its annual top toy list, Chosen By Kids


BENTONVILLE, AR., 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — From the smallest to the tallest, Walmart polled hundreds of kids to find out just what they will be including in their letters to Santa this year. Today (Sept. 1, 2016), Walmart unveiled its annual top toy list, Chosen By Kids, including six exclusives such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey and Disney® Princess Carriage. The retailer also announced today the return of its popular layaway program, which opens on Sept. 2. Between Walmart’s layaway program, and their efforts to make shopping easier for customers no matter when and how they want to shop – in store, online, on a mobile device or a combination – the retailer is helping everyone up their “elf skills” this holiday.

“Santa may know who is naughty and nice, but we know what’s on their list,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys at Walmart U.S. “Santa’s workshop is hard to compete with, but we are confident our assortment hits the mark with kids of all ages – we have playsets, ridealongs, licensed merchandise even toys that fly. Our customers can count on us to bring the coolest toys at everyday low prices, online and in stores, and enough of them for even the last shopper of the season to take home something that is going to put a smile on a child’s face.”

Walmart will have more than 400 exclusive toys in addition to the six toys that are exclusives on the Chosen By Kids list. Some of these exclusives include Star Wars 3-3/4” Black Series collector figures, the Barbie Camping Collection and a FlipaZoo plush.

Chosen By Kids Top Toy List
It’s become a tradition at Walmart to have the real experts – kids – choose the top toys for the holidays. Hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years, were given the chance to play with some of the year’s hottest toys and pick their favorites. This one-of-a-kind playdate lead to this year’s Chosen By Kids list – the top 25 toys of the season, nearly a quarter of which are exclusive to Walmart. The nation’s largest toy store, thanks to their trusted focus group of kids, is sure to have plenty of these most coveted items at prices that will thrill even Jolly ole’ St. Nick, no matter if he is shopping in store or online.

Based on the Chosen by Kids list, Walmart has an idea of just who is asking for what …

The Boss: Your child can’t wait to start their own business? These toys are perfect for the little entrepreneur in your life. Top entrepreneurial toys include:

  • My Life As Food Truck – Walmart exclusive (coming soon)
  • Num Noms Lipgloss Truck
  • Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station
  • The Humanitarian: Kids love to take care of others and with these toys they can put their skills to the test. Toys that make this list include:
    • Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart
    • FurReal Friends® Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
    • Hatchimals (coming soon)
    • Little Live Pets Puppy

    The Dreamer: Playsets and toys that give kids the opportunity to create their own story and put their imagination to work. Frontrunners for imagination are:

    • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave – Walmart exclusive (coming soon)
    • Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset
    • Fisher Price® Imaginext® Bat Flight City
    • Fisher Price® Little People® Sit ‘n Stand Skyway
    • My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mega Lair Playset

    The Thrill-Seeker: For the thrill seeker, these toys allow kids to take an adventure right in their own homes. Topping the list of adventurous toys are:

    • Pie Face Showdown! Game – Exclusive to Walmart for a limited time
    • Razor PowerCore E100 Electric Scooter – Walmart exclusive
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey – Walmart exclusive
    • Fisher Price® Imaginext® Ultra T-Rex
    • Hot Wheels® AI Racing Playset (coming soon)
    • Nerf® N-Strike Elite® HyperFire® Blaster
    • Tyco® Terra Climber Remote Control Vehicle
    • Vtech® Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure

    Mr./Ms. Independent: Sibling not home to play? These toys are a perfect way to keep kids entertained for hours by themselves. Top independent toys include:

    • Disney® Princess Carriage – Walmart exclusive
    • Paw Patrol Zooming Marshall
    • Sky Viper Streaming Drone (coming soon)
    • Star Wars™ Electronic R2D2 (coming soon)

    The Chosen By Kids list is just the beginning of Walmart’s season-long celebration of toys. Beyond the top 25 toys, Walmart will have thousands of toys to choose from available both in Walmart stores and on

    Layaway Arrives in Time to Stock Up on the Season’s Hottest Toys
    Walmart’s layaway program begins Sept. 2 allowing customers to get a head start on holiday shopping. This popular service offers customers the opportunity to stay on budget, keep gifts hidden until the holidays or pay over time. Customers can find all of the top toys available to reserve through the layaway program, along with thousands of other items in Walmart stores.

    There is no opening fee for customers to start a layaway account and they only need to put down 10% (or $10, whichever is greater). Walmart has kept its minimum threshold again this year. Customers can put items as low as $10 on layaway with a $50 minimum basket. Customers have until Dec. 12 to pay off their account.

    Toys are Just the Beginning
    In addition to working with kids to test and review the top toys, Walmart engaged adults to test and review other popular categories like home, apparel and electronics. This year, video games and consoles are also expected to be hot items for the holiday. One of the most coveted gifts of the season for teens and children at heart – the Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Bundle.

    Throughout the holiday season, Walmart is committed to making shopping easier for their customers creating ways for them to shop anytime and anywhere online, through mobile devices, and in stores. Customers can take advantage of Walmart’s convenient pickup service on hundreds of holiday items where they can buy online and pick their items up as soon as the same day in Walmart store for free.

    For more information on Walmart’s Chosen By Kids list, visit

    About Walmart
    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,539 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Investor Relations contact:
Steve Schmitt
(479) 258-7172

Media Relations contact:
Randy Hargrove
(800) 331-0085

Source: WalMart Stores, Inc.


Amazon Restaurants announces free one-hour delivery to Prime members in Houston

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Aug. 31, 2016) announced that Prime members in Houston can now enjoy free one-hour delivery from popular restaurants, including Carrabba’s, El Tiempo Cantina, Max’s Wine Dive, P.F. Chang’s, Thai Gourmet, The Hay Merchant and many more. Using the Prime Now mobile app or visiting the new Prime Now website, Houston customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their delivery courier travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

“The thriving and diverse restaurant scene in the Bayou City can now be conveniently delivered to your door for free delivery with no menu markups through Amazon Restaurants on Prime Now,” said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants. “We take care of mealtime so our customers have more time to go out and enjoy the things they love.”

Once an order is placed, Amazon delivery partners deliver the food in an hour or less. Prime Now Restaurant Delivery offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups or hidden service fees and delivery on all orders is free. If a customer finds a restaurant item on Prime Now that is priced higher than the regularly-priced item on the restaurant’s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund that customer the price of the item.

“Great customer service and satisfaction is what El Tiempo Cantina Family of Restaurants strives for every day, so partnering up with Amazon Restaurantsis right up our alley,” said Domenic Laurenzo, executive chef and president of El Tiempo Cantina family of restaurants. “We look forward to many years of a great partnership of delivering up delicious food with fast, friendly, consistent service with total satisfaction.”

Participating Houston restaurants include:

  • Abdallah’s Bakery
  • AL Quick Stop
  • Amazon Grill
  • Ambassador
  • Ambrosia
  • Américas River Oaks
  • Anejo
  • Bawarchi Biryani Point Indian Cuisine
  • Beaver’s
  • Bite Macarons
  • Bombay Pizza Co.
  • Burger Palace
  • Cafe Panda Garden
  • Café Pita
  • Canopy
  • Carrabba’s
  • Cavatore Italian Restaurant
  • Chuan’s Chinese Restaurant
  • Churrascos River Oaks
  • Collina’s Italian Cafe
  • Common Bond Cafe & Bakery
  • Corner Table
  • Crave Cupcakes
  • Crave Sushi
  • Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen
  • Dak & Bop
  • Demeris Bar-B-Q
  • Dessert Gallery Bakery and Cafe
  • dgn Factory
  • Dish Society
  • Drexel House
  • El Tiempo Cantina
  • Empire Cafe
  • Express Rolls
  • Federal American Grill
  • Fellini Caffé
  • Frank’s Americana Revival
  • Freshii
  • Fusion Taco
  • Grace’s
  • Gusto Gourmet
  • Happy Fatz
  • Harvest Express
  • Harvest Organic Grille
  • The Hay Merchant
  • Heights Asian Cafe
  • Hugs & Donuts
  • Hyderabad House
  • Indika
  • J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge
  • Juan Mon’s International
  • Kam’s Fine Chinese Cuisine
  • Latin Bites
  • Laurenzo’s Restaurant
  • Luna Pizzeria
  • Max’s Wine Dive
  • Mia’s Table
  • Michiru Sushi
  • Midtown BBQ
  • Muscle Maker Grill
  • Myth Kafe
  • Nara Thai Express
  • Panda Garden
  • Pepperoni’s Pizza
  • Peska Seafood Culture
  • Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • Piola
  • Pizza L’Vino
  • Ragin’ Cajun
  • Ragú & Pesto
  • Rainbow Lodge
  • Saigon House
  • Salento
  • Sammy’s Wild Game Grill
  • Samurai Noodle
  • Shade
  • Shanghai River Restaurant
  • Shiva Indian Restaurant
  • Southern Goods
  • Stoked Tacos
  • Sud Italia Ristorante
  • Tango & Malbec
  • Taquerias Arandas
  • Texas Tamale Company
  • Thai Gourmet
  • Thai Lanna
  • Thai Pepper
  • The Burger Joint
  • Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
  • Vietopia Restaurant
  • Weslayan Café
  • Your Pie
  • Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe

Prime members can download the Prime Now app or visit the Prime Now website to enter their zip code and see if the service is available in their area. In zip codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

To learn more about Amazon Restaurants or to download the Prime Now mobile app, visit For restaurants interested in working with Amazon Restaurants, please visit

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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Nordstrom Rack to open at The Village at Totem Lake in Kirkland, Washington

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Aug. 31, 2016) its plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Village at Totem Lake in Kirkland, Washington. The approximately 35,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2017. The property is owned by CenterCal Properties, LLC.

Nordstrom Rack at The Village at Totem Lake will be located conveniently along Interstate 405, and is also easily accessible via NE 124th Street, a major east-west thoroughfare. The new store will join Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Ross, state-of-the-art Lux Theater, fashion retailers, several experiential restaurants, high-end residential and more.

“When we opened our first Nordstrom Rack in the lower-level of the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom back in 1973, we could never have imagined we’d someday serve our Seattle-area customers with six stores,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We look forward to offering our eastside customers a more convenient location, so they can spend more time shopping and less time fighting traffic.”

This will be the seventh Nordstrom Rack in Western Washington. The company also operates six Nordstrom stores: Downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Northgate, Alderwood, Southcenter and Tacoma Mall.

“We are pleased to be working with Nordstrom Rack and other fine retail, dining, and entertainment destinations,” said CenterCal president Jean Paul Wardy. “The residents will enjoy this new space, which revitalizes the area and transforms it into a modern gathering place where community members can live, work and play.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

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 332 stores in 39 states, including 120 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 204 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 NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

About The Village at Totem Lake
The Village at Totem Lake is a 1 million square foot mixed-use Whole Foods and luxury theatre-anchored center along with retail, residential and state-of-the-art amenities.  This newly reimagined lifestyle center will completely redevelop the 40-year old shopping center into a modern destination while retaining several of its legacy tenants. The lush streetscape, village commons and park will be the new community gathering places where people can relax or attend a variety of special events.

The first phase including Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Ross, fashion retailers, cafes, and restaurants is scheduled to open in fall 2017. For updates visit

About CenterCal Properties LLC
CenterCal Properties, LLC, founded in 2004 by Fred Bruning and Jean Paul Wardy, is a full-service commercial real estate company in the business of investing, developing, leasing, and managing its projects.  CenterCal excels in, and is best known for, creating destinations throughout the western United States with a unique strategy of “place-making,” which emphasizes the importance of developing spaces with a sense of community.

Bruning and Wardy’s creative vision and passion for development, coupled with CenterCal’s internal expertise, is evident in the properties the company owns and operates today. Those include Bridgeport Village, Cascade Station, Nyberg Woods and Nyberg Rivers in Oregon, Valley Mall and The Trails atSilverdale in Washington, Station Park in Utah, The Village at Meridian and Treasure Valley Marketplace in Idaho, Blackhawk Plaza in Northern California, and The Collection at Riverpark and Plaza 183 in Southern California. Projects currently under development include The Village at Totem Lake and The Terminal at Ballard in Washington, Canyon Corners in Park City and Mountain View Village in Riverton, Utah, The Veranda in Concord, The Waterfront in Redondo Beach and 2nd and PCH in Long Beach, California.  For more information on all of CenterCal’s properties, please visit

Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250

Mickey Marraffino
CenterCal Properties LLC
(310) 563-6900


SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

METRO GROUP appoints Michael Wedell to take over management of newly created function Corporate Communications and Public Policy

Düsseldorf, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Effective 15 September, METRO GROUP is combining its functions Corporate Communications and Public Policy under one roof. The current Group Director Corporate Public Policy of METRO AG, Michael Wedell, is taking over the management of the newly created function Corporate Communications and Public Policy.

Wedell joined METRO GROUP in 2009 as the founding director of the group’s representative office in Berlin and has been responsible for the representation of group’s global interests and foreign affairs since 2014. As before, Wedell is reporting to Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of Metro AG. Rüdiger Stahlschmidt, currently Director External Communications of METRO AG, will be heading Corporate Communications within the new function Corporate Communications and Public Policy, taking on responsibility for internal and external communications. As such, he will report to Michael Wedell.

With the merger of functions, communications with the relevant target groups are to be linked more closely and allow intensified and more efficient cooperation. Bundling the political, external and internal communications is of particular importance for the strategic positioning of the group and will enhance a clear approach to all stakeholders.

Michael Wedell, who before joining Metro gathered experience with the economy, politics and media, is succeeding Peter Wübben who is leaving the company on his own initiative at the end of September.

Rüdiger Stahlschmidt started his career at METRO AG in 2008 as a spokesman and headed METRO AG’s press department effective 2010 before moving up to his current position as Director External Communications in 2013.

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. More information on

Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

Source: Metro Group

The Hennessy Very Special Edition bottle by internationally-renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell

The Hennessy Very Special Edition bottle by internationally-renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell
The Hennessy Very Special Edition bottle by internationally-renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell


PARIS, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kaws, Futura, Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGuiness… Every year Hennessy invites guest artists to create a new Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition bottle. In 2016, internationally-renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell took on the challenge.

Scott Campbell is a tattoo artist whose reputation has grown far beyond his native Louisiana. Recognized the world over for his mastery of tattooing and a unique style inspired by calligraphy, Scott Campbell developed his art in a realm seemingly distant from that of cognac. Yet the meeting between Hennessy and the artist has revealed affinities between the time-honored craftsmanship that informs their respective creative processes.

Invited to Cognac to discover the storied Cognac house and its history and values, Scott Campbell saw firsthand the unique process that goes into making cognac. He realized that there was an essential natural parallel between creating a prestigious cognac and the art of tattooing, namely the emphasis on craftsmanship.

“The fact that all of Hennessy’s barrels are still made by hand is incredible, and really resonates with me. There are flaws in it and there are characteristics that come from the human hand that make it unique and personal. It’s the same thing with tattooing: it’s magic because it can’t be mass-produced, it’s one for one, made by hand, and it has imperfections brought by the human hand that make it more perfect than perfect,” shares the artist, who was also amazed to see that Hennessy has a calligrapher hand label each cognac barrel.

Before creating a tattoo for someone, Scott Campbell always explores who they are and their personal story. “Working with Hennessy, it’s like the oldest person I’ve ever tattooed – it’s 250 years old and I discovered all that history.” Inspired by the audacious drive and spirit of conquest that define the Hennessy, the artist has adorned the bottle of V.S with powerfully symbolic designs, including wings that evoke freedom and three stars, a nod to the very first rating system for cognac, invented by Maurice Hennessy back in 1865. The result is a truly unique bottle that explores the world of the tattoo artist while revealing the personality and deep tradition of Hennessy.

The Hennessy Very Special Edition bottle by Scott Campbell has been sold since July in the United States and will be available worldwide by the end of 2016.


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

Source: LVMH


H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers are some of the five disruptive ideas that shared the first €1 million Global Change Award grant in 2015. The challenge is designed to spur early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, with the aim of protecting the planet and our living conditions. On September 1st, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award.

Initiated by H&M Foundation in 2015, the first Global Change Award received more than 2,700 applications from 112 countries. How the €1 million grant was shared between the five winners was up to the public to decide through an online vote at

“After seeing so many fantastic innovations from around the world with the potential to transform the fashion industry, we have been very eager to open up the next round of the Global Change Award. I am also honored to welcome some new members to the expert panel like Dame Ellen MacArthur, who besides making solo sailor history in 2005, has immense knowledge about the transition to a circular economy,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H&M.

Making the fashion industry circular is not just about recycling. To encourage ideas from a broader scope Global Change Award 2016 has three categories open for applications: Circular business models covering ideas on how to reuse, repair, share, digitalize or extend the life of products. Circular materials looking for ideas on new fibers, recycling techniques, leather substitutes etc and Circular processes aiming to find new methods around chemicals, water and dyeing, as well as 3D printing, demand-driven manufacturing etc.

“By bringing together innovators to develop positive solutions, the Global Change Award is a great example of the approach needed to create change, and help shift the fashion industry towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy. I am excited to join the expert panel to help find the next five innovations that can be truly game-changing,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Other members of the expert panel to help identify the best innovations for Global Change Award 2016 include Amber Valletta, Ellis Rubinstein, Rebecca Earley, Franca Sozzani, David Roberts (new), Lewis Perkins (new), Vikram Widge (new) and Johan Kuylenstierna (new). Besides the grant, the winners also get access to a one year Innovation Accelerator organized by the H&M Foundation, in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It is designed to help ensure the innovations can stand on their own as quickly as possible, and to maximize their impact on the industry.

By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas, the Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – creating fashion for a growing population, while improving its impact on the environment. H&M Foundation initiated the challenge to speed up this process for the entire fashion industry, and neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The aim is to influence the fashion industry as a whole.

Information about the Global Change Award, how to apply and press material are available at

Read and download a booklet with facts about the Global Change Award.



  • Rebecca Earley: Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre
  • Johan L. Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for Stockholm Environment Institute (New)
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur: Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (New)
  • Lewis Perkins: President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (New)
  • David Roberts: Founder of Exponential Leadership, Chairman in 1Qbit Information Technologies Inc. (New)
  • Franca Sozzani: Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia
  • Vikram Widge: Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group (New)
  • Amber Valletta: Supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer


2016.09.01 – 2016.10.31       Apply at

2016.11.01 – 2017.03.27        Expert panel screening and selection

2017.03.27 – 2017.04.02       Public online vote

2017.04.05                                Grand Award Ceremony, Stockholm, Sweden

2017.04.06 – 2018.04.06      One Year Innovation Accelerator


The winners of the Global Change Award 2015 are currently taking part of the one year Innovation Accelerator and are making great progress. Watch films with each winner on the Global Change Award YouTube channel.

  • Make waste-cotton new – Conversion of waste-cotton into new textile (FINLAND)
    Successfully completed trials for a scalable solvent recycling strategy needed for further upscaling. Started to develop a prototype product from cotton waste.
  • The Polyester Digester – Using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile (U.S)
    Securing partnerships with major polyester producer and chemical companies to test technology and improve cost efficiency versus virgin materials.
  • 100 percent citrus – Creating new textile out of citrus by-products (ITALY)
    Expanded their R&D team with key competencies and working with major brands to assess fibre quality for large scale commercial collaborations.
  • An online market for textile leftovers – A marketplace for upcycling production spill (ESTONIA)
    Developed a prototype of technology to prove the concept and value proposition for both brands and factories. Launched a pilot in China in June 2016.
  • Growing textile fiber under water – Utilizing algae to make renewable textile (THE NETHERLANDS)
    Invited by the local government in Nanjing to the City Expo to proceed with talks on launching a pilot project in China. The mutual aim is to find a “playground” for the algae project to start a miniature supply chain as a show case in 2017.

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The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by non-profit H&M Foundation in 2015. By catalyzing early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions. An expert panel annually selects five winners that share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The global public is invited to distribute the €1 million grant between the five innovations through an online vote. The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, April 2017. This is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. The H&M Foundation is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million, EUR 123 million). For further information, please visit

Malin Bjorne
PR & Communications responsible
H&M Foundation

+46 (0)70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

H&M included in Fortune’s On the Cusp list

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As one out of seven companies, H&M is included in Fortune’s On the Cusp list. H&M’s vision of becoming 100% circular is honored by Fortune which also notes that H&M has already reduced its environmental footprint.

Fortune writes;

“…H&M, which has already reduced its environmental footprint, has the size, scale, and cachet to change the clothing industry’s planet-punishing style.”

“We want to be a change-maker and lead our industry towards systemic change, in a way that is healthy and prosperous for our planet. This involves using resources in a sustainable way by taking a circular approach as well as addressing the climate impacts of the fashion industry through the use of renewable energy”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00

Source: H&M

SPAIN: Zara opens flagship store on calle Compostela 3, one of A Coruña’s prime shopping streets

SPAIN: Zara opens flagship store on calle Compostela 3, one of A Coruña's prime shopping streets
SPAIN: Zara opens flagship store on calle Compostela 3, one of A Coruña’s prime shopping streets


Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow, 1 September, Zara is opening a global flagship store on calle Compostela 3, one of A Coruña’s prime shopping streets. The establishment is located in a building that epitomises the city’s aesthetics – characterized by broad windows and balconies – having carried out meticulous refurbishing and conservation work.

The new store devotes 2,400 square metres to shop floor space divided over five floors that will showcase all of Zara’s collections for women, men and children. The building has another two storeys earmarked to storage and staff quarters. In all, the property comprises a floor area of 4,900 square metres over six floors with access onto calle Compostela and calle Sánchez Bregua, effectively turning the store into a new ‘enclosed’ alleyway which will bring life in both these city centre districts together.

Architectural approach

The plans, overseen by local architect Elsa Urquijo, focused on capturing the essence of the city, its light and its hallmark aesthetics, combined with the four trademarks that define Zara’s architectural philosophy: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability. The façades have been preserved impeccably, highlighting their materials and the city’s eye-catching verandas and balconies. Inside, the calle Compostela entrance stands out for its imposing atrium, some seven metres tall, which welcomes the store’s visitors, beckoning them to explore its diaphanous and light spaces. The materials predominating the entire shopping area are the stone and wood that characterize Galician architecture, albeit nuanced subtly by the light filtering in from outside at each level through the building’s impressive balconies.

The building’s structure, rather than leaning on the ground, ‘hangs’ from a steel truss placed at the top which rests on a solid structure running around the perimeter. This complex architectural solution enables the preservation in the subsoil of the architectural remains of part of the old town wall that dates to the eighteenth century, a conservation effort undertaken in close collaboration with the local cultural heritage authorities. The place where part of the wall runs under the flooring on the store’s ground can be intuited by the shift in the texture of the stone paving.

The store fittings, custom-designed for this new flagship establishment, are conceived of to add to the sensation of lightness and brightness that imbues the whole project. And so, along the walls the garments are hung from simple linear metallic structures, while the central fittings stand out for their blocks of solid stone and wood in pale tones that play with the light that filters into the shop’s interior all day long through the various balconies.

Eco-efficient store, LEED Gold certification

The new store has been built to the most stringent green building standards, these sustainability criteria applying to its actual construction as well as its commercial operations, implying water and energy savings of 30% and 40% with respect to conventional stores, respectively. The building specifications were designed with a view to achieving Gold LEED certification. This US green building certificate is widely considered the most stringent sustainable architecture standard in the world.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex


Inditex deploys mobile payments across all of the Group’s Spanish stores

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex is enabling mobile payments across all of the Group’s Spanish stores from 1 September. This new customer service will be available both within the online apps of Inditex’s eight retail concepts and in the form of a Group-wide app called InWallet which users can download from the platforms corresponding to their operating systems.

In the Inditex Group apps (corresponding to Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe), the tool is featured under the name of Wallet and allows end-to-end management of online and offline purchase records, facilitating elimination of hard-copy receipts.

As Inditex’s chairman and CEO Pablo Isla announced at the Annual General Meeting held last July, the service has been developed entirely by Inditex’s Technology Centre staff and is designed to enhance the customer shopping experience and significantly simplify the registration, purchase and returns processes.

Customers can start to use Wallet whithin the online apps of any of the Inditex retail brands by introducing the payment cards they wish to associate with the account and to select one as their preferred or default option. They can also download the InWallet app, common to all the Group’s formats. From that point on, each time they carry out a transaction, the application will instantly generate a QR code with which to manage payment in a safe environment.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex

Forever 21 collaborates with Justin Bieber and Bravado with exclusive 8-piece capsule collection

Los Angeles, California, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the largest independent and most recognized fashion retailers in the world, has announced its collaboration with global superstar Justin Bieber and Bravado, the industry leader in music merchandise, with an exclusive 8-piece capsule collection in celebration of Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.

The Forever 21 x Justin Bieber Purpose Tour Collection will launch on on Monday, August 22, and in stores on Monday, August 29, 2016. Prices in the collection range between $17.90 and $34.90.

The limited edition women’s collection features concert merchandise styles with oversized t-shirts, tanks, hoodies and sweatpants with “Purpose Tour,” “Justin Forever” and “Bieber” inscribed scripts as well as images of Justin Bieber.

“We are pleased to partner with Justin Bieber and Bravado to celebrate one of the most influential musicians of this generation,” said Linda Chang, Forever 21 Vice President of Merchandising. “This collection will give our customers and Justin Bieber fans access to one of the most in-demand merchandise lines in the world.”

Recently featured in the New York Times Style section as one of the hottest trends in street fashion, The Purpose World Tour merchandise collection is seamlessly incorporated into Justin’s on-stage wardrobe, along with custom pieces made specifically for the tour.  The collection has been heralded by streetwear and fashion blogs, and eagerly snatched up by fans since its introduction earlier this year.

Justin Bieber’s latest album Purpose opened at #1 in over 100 countries around the world, and has gone on to sell over 8 million copies globally. Purpose shattered global streaming records and has yielded three consecutive #1 singles in the US – “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself.” Justin recently wrapped the North American leg of his Purpose World Tour with two sold out shows at Madison Square Garden. The tour continues with shows in Japan, followed by an extensive European beginning in early September.

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


Forever 21 Public Relations


Forever 21 collaborates with Justin Bieber and Bravado with exclusive 8-piece capsule collection
Forever 21 collaborates with Justin Bieber and Bravado with exclusive 8-piece capsule collection


Source: Forever 21

Toys“R”Us® to feature American Girl shop-in-shops in select stores and to carry American Girl’s Truly Me™ line of dolls

Middleton, WI, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — American Girl®, a premium brand for girls and subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), today (August 31, 2016) announced a multi-year partnership with the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. The collaboration will make Toys“R”Us® the first and only U.S.-based retailer to feature American Girl shop-in-shops in select stores, and the exclusive retail partner to carry American Girl’s popular Truly Me™ line of contemporary 18-inch dolls, doll outfits and accessories. The move marks the first time the company has extended such a broad assortment of its doll product outside of its existing channels.

The inclusion of American Girl product at Toys“R”Us stores is in addition to American Girl’s 20 proprietary U.S. stores and its online shop, This expansion also comes on the heels of the launch of American Girl’s newest doll and content line, WellieWishers™, designed for girls ages 5 to 7 years.

“For years, girls and their families have been asking for more immediate and convenient ways to shop for and experience American Girl,” says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl. “Partnering with a top retailer like Toys”R”Us allows us to meet our customers where and when they want to shop and to take our timeless life lessons to even more girls. We’re excited about increasing access to our brand by inspiring and connecting with more families in more places than ever before!”

From Sunday, September 4 through Saturday, September 10, American Girl’s new WellieWishers product line will begin hitting shelves at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. Following in late October, Toys“R”Us will debut an American Girl shop-in-shop in 97 select locations across the country. Ranging in size up to 700 square feet, each shop-in-shop will feature an exclusive selection of American Girl’s signature Truly Me 18-inch dolls, doll outfits and accessories, plus WellieWishers. Additional Toys“R”Us stores will open shop-in-shops in 2017.

“We are focused on finding new, exciting ways to bring our stores to life, and are thrilled to be launching this exclusive American Girl shop-in-shop in nearly 100 Toys“R”Us locations across the country just in time for the holiday season,” said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The American Girl experience is something that our customers won’t want to miss and reinforces our position as the leading retailer for all consumers’ toy needs.”

American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT,, a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, experiences, and entertainment to empower and unite girls of all ages. Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, WellieWishers™, and the classic historical character line BeForever™. American Girl’s mission is to help build girls of strong character—a goal that has already earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of their parents and educators. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on, and in its experiential retail stores nationwide. Select American Girl product is also sold via Toys“R”Us. Outside of the U.S, American Girl products are sold at specialty boutiques with Indigo™ and Chapters™ in Canada and with El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City. To learn more about American Girl or request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005 or visit,, or

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 871 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and 250 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

Media Contact:
Julie Parks
American Girl

Meghan Sowa

Source:  Toys“R”Us

Whole Foods Market to hosts nationwide Cheese Night to celebrate Alpine-style cheeses on September 13

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sept. 13, Whole Foods Market is hosting a nationwide Cheese Night to celebrate Alpine-style cheeses. Stores will offer samples and will have an expert or Certified Cheese Professional on hand to talk about the characteristics and flavor profiles of Alpine-style cheeses.

Generally, Alpine-style cheeses are nutty and salty with flavors of hay and/or caramel. Most pair well with white wines like viognier, reisling, or pinot grigio. Some of the cheeses customers will find on Sept. 13 include:

  • Kaltbach Le Gruyère: Made in Switzerland, this cheese is matured for 12 to 16 months and is washed regularly with brine. Flavors are complex, ranging from caramel, nuts, notes of mushroom, hay and fruit, and crunchy, salty granules add an extra boost of flavor.
  • Emmentaler: This famous cheese – the Swiss with the holes – has been in production for 400 years in the valley of the Emme. It has a buttery, delicate and nutty taste.
  • Le Marchel: Handmade in the mountains of Vaud by Jean-Michael Rapin and his sons since 1992, La Marchel has the distinctive aroma of hay, and herbs impart a very rustic and savory flavor.
  • Pavino: Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, this Alpine-style cheese is made in Wisconsin but stands up to any made in the Alps. It is nutty, fruity, and robust with a sweet milky finish, and is also sprinkled with crunchy salt crystals.
  • Kalthbach Alpine Extra: Aged in caves located on the edge of the Wauwiler Moos area in the canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, this award-winning, raw-milk, semi-hard cheese offers a tangy aroma and complex flavor.

Joe Kaulbach, who oversees the cheese program for Whole Foods Market Northern California and Reno, explains the origin of this popular style: “Imagine, hundreds of years ago: small families are scattered across the rural Alps. One family has four cows; another has eight, another has 20. The cows are all roaming in the mountains; the families all need their cows milked and need to make cheese. So, traditionally the men went up into the mountains, built a hut, lit a fire from surrounding firewood, and put a copper cauldron on it. They would make ‘cooked pressed cheese,’ which was a new style of cheese in the 13th century: they’d cook the curds, press them into a form, and make wheels. At the end of the summer–and this still happens today–the cheese makers come down from the mountains with their cheese and their cows in a gorgeous pageant called the Transhumance. Then, they send the cheese to market. This is what provides their living for the year.”

Alpine-style cheeses melt better than any other cheese and are great for cooking.

Related recipes:

Swiss Family Sandwich
Turkey, Tomato, and Emmentaler Breakfast Sandwiches
Pizza with Le Gruyère and Prosciutto
Classic Le Gruyère Fondue
Celery Root and Potato Gratin
Butternut Frittata with Sage and Gruyère

San Francisco stores are also teaming up with Sur La Table to invite customers to cook with Alpine-style cheeses. The companies are giving away a Le Creuset fondue set, Swissmar Swivel Raclette Grill (an eight-person device!) and Breville panini press via the @wholefoodsmarketsf Instagram account. Users can follow the channel and tag a friend on relevant posts to enter to win.


Beth Krauss

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open its new store at Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sept. 28, 2016

CHICAGO, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new 18,000 square foot store, located at 832 W. 63rd St. in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around Englewood with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

“At Whole Foods Market, we have a deep passion for fresh, flavorful, natural and organic foods. We are thrilled to open a store for the Englewood neighborhood and surrounding communities,” says Peter Aliu, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Englewood. “Whether looking for high-quality meats and poultry or everyday pantry staples, residents from the health conscious to devoted food enthusiasts will find what they’re looking for.”

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Englewood neighbors beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m.

The Whole Foods Market experience is about the joy of eating and living well in good health. Whole Foods Market invites shoppers to touch, taste, and experiment with a wide variety of natural and organic foods free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. Much more than a grocery store, Whole Foods Market is a community partner, a trusted resource for nutrition and health and a community-gathering place.

When Whole Foods Market first opened its doors in 1980, a simple mission was set: to provide a simpler alternative to the conventional grocery options available at that time. That mission still rings true today as Whole Foods Market remains a uniquely mission-driven company with a purpose of not only to generate profits but to create value for all major stakeholders, all linked interdependently by a passion for natural and organic foods and respect for the planet.

“Whole Foods Market is more than a grocery store. It is a driving force that is changing the way people think about what ingredients are in their food and where their food comes from,” says Aliu. “We strongly believe that food in its purest state – free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, colorings and trans fat – is the best tasting and most nutritious food available. The spirit and principles that first drove people to shop a tiny natural and organic foods store still apply today.”

Whole Foods Market’s commitment to transparency and environmental responsibility is evident in the many programs available to shoppers to help them know what is in their food, where it came from and how it impacted the environment including:

  • Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards for food prohibit artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated fats. The Whole Foods Market Quality Standards team works with researchers and industry leaders to decide which food ingredients are approved for Whole Foods Market food products.
  • Whole Foods Market helped pioneer the organic movement and offers an extensive, ever-growing variety of organic products. Whole Foods Market helped to develop and continues to work closely with the USDA on U.S. organic standards that make it easier for Americans to trust the meaning of the organic label.
  • The Whole Foods Market Responsibly Grown rating system uses well-regarded scientific input to rate fresh produce and flowers based on farming practices that impact our environment and human health. The program bans the use of eight of the most hazardous neurotoxins allowed in US agriculture; rewards growers for organic certification and sustainable farming practices; and helps shoppers make more informed produce and floral choices. The Responsibly Grown system addresses these areas of sustainability: pest management; farmworker welfare; water conservation and protection; soil health; ecosystems and biodiversity (including pollinator protection); waste reduction; and air, energy and climate.
  • All of the beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Whole Foods Market meat department comes from farms that have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating program. That means shoppers can learn how the animal was raised for the meat they are buying. In addition to species-specific standards, general animal welfare standards ensure animals have enough space to perform their normal behaviors and that prohibit confinement or tethering that prevents freedom of movement.
  • Whole Foods Market has the highest quality standards for seafood in the grocery business. Whole Foods Market was the first U.S. retailer to offer wild-caught seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship. In addition, each store clearly labels seafood with the country of origin and whether the fish is fresh or previously frozen, farm-raised or wild-caught, and also indicates the sustainability status of everything sold in the fresh case. Also, Whole Foods Market is the only national grocer to completely stop selling red-rated wild-caught seafood. This commitment means that wild-caught seafood is sourced from areas with the best-managed fisheries. Responsibly Farmed seafood provides a consistent, high quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein raised by farmers who are leaders in environmentally responsible aquaculture. Whole Foods Market’s farmed seafood standards were created after intensive, multi-year processes that included extensive research on fish and mollusk farming, review of all the best available science, consultation with the top scientists and environmental organizations, and visits to farms worldwide.
  • The Whole Trade® Guarantee ensures that products including chocolate, coffee, produce and flowers are grown according to strict criteria for ethical trade, earth-friendly farming and the highest quality.
  • In January 2008, Whole Foods Market was the first national grocer to eliminate disposable plastic grocery bags.
  • Using USDA-approved third-party organic certifier California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), Whole Foods Market was the nation’s first national certified organic grocer after the National Organic Standards were launched.

Whole Foods Market hired approximately 90 Team Members for Whole Foods Market Englewood.


Allison Phelps

Source: Whole Foods Market

SUPERVALU INC. to present at Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference in New York City

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) will participate in next week’s Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference in New York City. President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Gross and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Bruce Besanko will address investors at approximately 11:20 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

A live webcast of this event will be available through the SUPERVALU website at (click on microphone icon). A replay will be archived on SUPERVALU’s website by going to the “Investors” link and clicking on “Presentations and Webcasts.”

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit

Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist

Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson


Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary

Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary
Geek Squad City celebrates its 10th anniversary


Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — About 15 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky, a small but highly productive “city” is inhabited entirely by geeks. Geek Squad Agents, that is.

And today (August 30, 2016), it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Geek Squad City boasts the largest concentration of Agents in the world, serving as the hub for repairs sent in from Geek Squad Precincts in Best Buy stores across the United States. More than 900 highly trained Agents fix computers and tablets for millions of clients each year, and there’s also a team that specializes in bringing lost data back to life. The goal: to reunite you with your device as quickly as possible.

Geek Squad City first opened its doors in August 2006 with about 230 employees. By the end of the year, it had grown to nearly 400 people – 98 of them “charter members” who still work there today.

The facility was dubbed a city because of its sprawling size. It spans nearly a quarter-million square feet, and its population swells to more than 1,000 Agents during peak seasons.

Devices are repaired in the building’s Downtown, where there is a row — or avenue — devoted to each product manufacturer. The common repairs involve motherboards, screens and hard drives. Most jobs are completed the same day they arrive.

The facility also houses a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of Geek Squad. The museum contains memorabilia including an Agent uniform and a custom Geekmobile designed by West Coast Customs.

The head of Geek Squad City operations is, of course, referred to as the mayor, and the rest of the management team is the City Council.

“It’s amazing to me how quickly our Agents can hit the screws, take these units apart, diagnose the issue and repair it,” said Mayor John Archer. “Everything in this building has a certain artistry to it, and I really appreciate the culture that’s been built here.”

Source: Best Buy