Sainsbury’s report identifies four ‘bin-fluences’ contributing to Britain’s food waste cycle

Sainsbury’s report identifies four ‘bin-fluences’ contributing to Britain’s food waste cycle
Sainsbury’s report identifies four ‘bin-fluences’ contributing to Britain’s food waste cycle

 

London, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new report by Sainsbury’s, studying the food waste patterns of 5,000 people, has identified the four ‘bin-fluences’ contributing to Britain’s food waste cycle. This report identifies the behaviours that lead to UK households wasting seven million tonnes of food each year.

  • Brits make a conscious effort to save money with 74% turning off lights – but we’re still in the dark about the real cost of food waste
  • Despite the increased prominence of food waste as an issue, only 3% feel there’s a stigma attached to binning food
  • Findings emerge as Sainsbury’s prepares to hand out one million free fridge thermometers in a bid to help the nation Waste less, Save more

Of this 7 M tonnes of waste, 4.2 million tonnes are completely avoidable, meaning households could save money while saving the environment. But while food waste has a direct impact on household expenditure, the report finds that people want to change their habits, but fail to see the value of saving food compared to other money-saving habits that have become the norm.

Click here to view the full report

Three quarters (74%) of us now actively turn lights off when we leave a room to save money and over half (55%) admit to turning down the heating. A third (32%) have even changed energy suppliers to keep the household bills down. Collectively though, these changes would save £305 a year, less than half of the £700 spent on wasted food by a typical family each year.

The report also reveals that, despite the growing profile of the issue, only 3% of people feel there is a social stigma attached to wasting food.

Reflecting on Sainsbury’s biggest ever report into household food waste, Sainsbury’s CEO, Mike Coupe, comments: “We know our customers are concerned about food waste in their own homes, which is why we’ve committed £10 million to help tackle the issue as part of our Waste less, Save more programme. Wasting food has become so normal there is now no stigma attached to throwing food away. This report identifies the four behaviours that drive household food waste and, now we know these, we can focus our efforts on helping people actually change their behaviour.

“The report also shows that people are cost-conscious and making concerted efforts to turn off lights and minimize energy use. However, people are still overlooking the much bigger savings that could be delivered by simply throwing away less food, and hopefully our campaign will help people waste less food and save more money.”

The four behaviours identified in the report that drive household waste are:

BIN-FLUENCE 1: AWARENESS

The report finds that people are not aware of the potential savings they would make with simple behaviour changes such as meal-planning or writing a shopping list. 70% of us don’t believe that list-writing could save us money, and yet those who do write a list spend £145 less on food annually.

In addition, the majority of Britain’s shoppers believe that only 10% of their monthly food budget will be spent on avoidable food waste, which equates to £400 per year. However, in reality this figure is £700 for the average family.

BIN-FLUENCE 2: BEHAVIOUR

When it comes to food waste in the UK, people think they know what they’re doing. However, the report found a disconnect between the knowledge people claim to have and their actual behaviour.

95% of people claimed to be confident in freezing food, while 74% believe they are confident cooking meals from leftovers. And yet, nearly two fifths (37%) of people admit to not using their leftovers, despite those who do saving £260 per year.

Meanwhile, other money-saving habits have become the norm, with 74% of people turning the lights off when they leave a room, promising a potential saving of just £15 per year. A third of us have even changed energy supplier, saving an average of £200 a year, which is three and half times less than the annual cost of a family binning food.

BIN-FLUENCE 3: ROLE MODELS

Despite the prevalence of food bloggers, chefs and foodie social media stars, when it comes to food waste we are lacking high-profile role models. Four in ten (40%) people admitted they do not know who to look to for guidance on how to reduce their food waste.

What’s more, this figure grows steadily as it moves to younger generations; while only 12% of over 65s wish they knew more about managing and cooking food, nearly half (47%) of those aged 18-24 admit a lack of knowledge in the kitchen, demonstrating a need to inspire younger people when it comes to reducing food waste.

BIN-FLUENCE 4: SOCIETY

Over the years, food has become more accessible, and more experimental.  This cultural shift is much more prominent in those under 35, with more than half (55%) of Millennials identified as ‘living-to-eat’ rather than ‘eating-to-live’. This falls to a third (33%) amongst those over 35.

But desire to explore the latest foodie trends is also contributing to food waste. 86% of us admit to buying ingredients for one specific recipe, knowing they will struggle to use it elsewhere.

Sainsbury’s CEO, Mike Coupe, continues: “In January this year, we launched Waste less, Save more with a year-long trial to uncover the best ways of helping communities cut food waste. While we’re still only half way through this, we’re delighted with the progress so far and have already learnt some important lessons. So this weekend we’ll be giving away one million free fridge thermometers to help our customers keep their food fresher for longer, cutting waste and saving money. This is the first of what I hope will be a number of practical solutions we’ll be delivering, working closely customers and their communities, to help them make the most of their shop and ultimately save money.”

Richard Swannell, Director at WRAP, comments: “It’s great that people are switching off lights, I hope these new insights from Sainsbury’s helps switch more people on to the issue of reducing food waste. Wasting food costs £700 a year for the average family, that’s money that could be spent on everyday essentials. Both Sainsbury’s and WRAP, through its Love Food Hate Waste campaign, want to change the current status quo and help people see the benefits in shopping smarter, and making the most of their food”.

The report on household food waste comes as Sainsbury’s prepares to roll out learnings fromWaste less, Save more, an ambitious £10 million initiative designed to help tackle food waste in the home. After a nationwide search, the market town of Swadlincote in South Derbyshire was selected as a trial town, where Sainsbury’s pledged a £1 million investment to test a range of pioneering initiatives in a bid to cut the town’s food waste by 50%.

From Wednesday 7th September, Sainsbury’s will also launch its first ever Waste less, Save more advertising campaign, designed to help homes across the country save and store food more efficiently. As part of the campaign, one million fridge thermometers will be given out to ensure family’s fridges are at the right temperate to prolong the life of fresh food.

Press Enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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EROSKI aumenta un 10% las ventas de alimentos frescos de origen local en el País Vasco en el primer semestre del ejercicio

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Las ventas de EROSKI de alimentos frescos de origen local han crecido un 10% durante el primer semestre del ejercicio en el País Vasco. Un crecimiento debido en gran medida a la extensión del modelo comercial ‘contigo’ desarrollado por la cooperativa que apuesta firmemente por los alimentos frescos locales como base para una alimentación más saludable. Este modelo de consumo impulsa, además, un tejido productivo agroalimentario local altamente diversificado como elemento clave para la sostenibilidad del sector y su contribución a la economía, la cultura y el paisaje del entorno de cada una de sus tiendas.

EROSKI colabora con 277 pequeños productores agroalimentarios del País Vasco, a quienes realiza unas compras anuales de 175 millones de euros a través de acuerdos a medio-largo plazo que aportan estabilidad para un sector agroalimentario sostenible y altamente diversificado. En el conjunto de sectores económicos del País Vasco, EROSKI colabora con casi 2.000 proveedores, con unas compras anuales que superan los 600 millones de euros, siendo más del 60% compras agroalimentarias.

“El consumidor valora cada vez más los alimentos procedentes de su entorno más cercano y las nuevas tiendas ‘contigo’ ofrecen una propuesta especialista en alimentos frescos locales. Los consumidores vuelven a entender que la disponibilidad de producto sea mucho más cambiante a lo largo del año para alinearse con las temporadas locales de producción, y esta especialización en los alimentos frescos locales es ya un distintivo de las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación” señala Asun Bastida, directora comercial para Productos Locales de EROSKI.

Crecen un 20% las ventas de frutas, verduras y hortalizas

La frutería es una sección muy protagonista de esta nueva generación de tiendas EROSKI, con una importante especialización en frutas, verduras y hortalizas producidas en el entorno más cercano a cada uno de los establecimientos de la cooperativa. Durante la primera mitad del ejercicio EROSKI ha incrementado el volumen de ventas de frutas, verduras y hortalizas locales del País Vasco un 20%.

“La nueva generación de tiendas EROSKI buscan sorprender al cliente con la calidad de los frescos locales de temporada, dinámica que tiene una gran importancia en la sección de frutería, tratando de vivir con el cliente cada una de las campañas. La acogida por parte del consumidor no puede ser más positiva, con muy buenos resultados de la campaña de hortaliza de verano” destaca Bastida.

Éxito de los nuevos mostradores de carnicería

A través de las sucesivas remodelaciones en su red comercial, EROSKI ha extendido el mostrador de carnicería en sus tiendas de nueva generación para ofrecer una atención más personalizada al cliente. Una remodelación en su propuesta al consumidor que se traduce en un incremento del 10% de las ventas de carnicería en el País Vasco durante los primeros seis meses del presente ejercicio.

Este aumento está impulsado especialmente por el acuerdo de colaboración alcanzado por EROSKI, la Fundación HAZI, organismo certificador de Eusko Label, y la cooperativa Harakai – Urkaiko, para impulsar la promoción y comercialización de la carne de vacuno certificada por la IGP Euskal Okela con la marca propia EROSKI Natur Euskal Okela.

Un éxito que EROSKI y Harakai – Urkaiko, cooperativa de baserritarras que aglutina más del 60% de la producción ovina en el País Vasco, han extendiendo también al cordero lechal Eusko Label.

Esta apuesta de EROSKI por la producción local de alimentos también se ha extendido a las granjas avícolas. Tras lograr un aumento de la producción de huevo en Euskadi que garantizase el abastecimiento de todas sus tiendas, desde el pasado año los huevos de marca propia EROSKI comercializados en País Vasco son 100% de producción local.

Redescubrir la pesca local

La pesca que cada día entra en los puertos vascos tienen siempre un espacio reservado en las tiendas de nueva generación EROSKI. “Es una gama de pescado muy variada y no siempre igual, porque nos adaptamos a lo que cada día entra en los puertos más cercanos a nuestras tiendas. Con ello damos respuesta a una nueva sensibilidad del consumidor que otorga gran importancia a la frescura y la proximidad del producto, así como a una alimentación más saludable y sostenible”, señala Asun Bastida.

Campañas muy importantes para la flota vasca como el bonito, la anchoa o el verdel son las claves para la sostenibilidad de las flotas de pesca de bajura. Durante el primer semestre del ejercicio, el volumen de ventas de pescado procedente lonjas del País Vasco ha crecido un 10% en EROSKI.

Primer grupo de distribución alimentaria del País Vasco

EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo y líder de la distribución alimentaria en el País Vasco. Cuenta con una red comercial en Euskadi de 21 hipermercados y 225 supermercados, además de 15 gasolineras, 78 oficinas de viajes, 61 perfumerías iF, y 20 tiendas de equipamiento deportivo FORUM SPORT. Cuenta en el País Vasco con más de 680.000 Socios Clientes y más de 9.800 trabajadores, de los cuales, en torno al 70% son socios cooperativistas.

EROSKI firmó en 2013 un Convenio con el Gobierno Vasco para impulsar los alimentos del sector agroalimentario y pesquero de Euskadi. Desde entonces, ha desarrollado conjuntamente con el sector un amplio número de iniciativas en agricultura, ganadería y pesca, así como en la producción alimentaria local como el desarrollo de productos de marca propia en huevo, sidra, txakoli, vino de Rioja Alavesa, queso de pastor D.O. Idiazabal Artzai-Gazta…

Además, EROSKI fue el primer distribuidor firmante del Acuerdo NIREA, una iniciativa del sector agroalimentario vasco que aboga por mantener el ecosistema y promover un desarrollo del medio rural y litoral sostenible reconociendo la aportación que éste realiza al desarrollo económico y social de Euskadi.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642 comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

Kimco Realty acquisitions: remaining 85% interest in four-property joint venture portfolio for $170.7M; Kentlands Market Square for $95M

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today (9/6/2016) announced the acquisition of the remaining 85% interest in a four-property joint venture portfolio for a gross price of $170.7 million, which includes the assumption of $103 million in mortgage debt. Simultaneous with this acquisition, the company prepaid $26 million in mortgage debt associated with the acquired portfolio. The portfolio includes Perimeter Expo in Atlanta, Ga., Cranberry Commons in Pittsburgh, Pa., Cypress Towne Center in Houston, Texas and Doc Stone Commons in Stafford, Va. All four assets are located in major metro markets where Kimco already has a significant presence, and the acquisition furthers the company’s stated goal of reducing joint venture exposure.

Additionally during the third quarter, Kimco acquired Kentlands Market Square, a 251,000-square-foot, Whole Foods-anchored open-air shopping center located in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for $95.0 million. In addition to the high-volume Whole Foods, the property is anchored by national tenants such as PetSmart, Michaels and Starbucks, and is one of only two shopping centers located in the “downtown” commercial district of the Kentlands, an affluent, master-planned, suburban community in Gaithersburg, Md., a northwest suburb of Washington D.C. The center boasts excellent demographics including a three-mile population of 106,931 and median household income of $99,177.

Kentlands Market Square, which is currently 69.1% occupied, offers a multitude of near-term lease up and long-term redevelopment opportunities, with the surrounding community eager to see the center restored to its original vision of a walkable, “live-work-play” town center. There is also the additional potential for mixed-use development and densification at the site.

ABOUT KIMCO
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2016, the company owned interests in 537 U.S. shopping centers comprising 86 million square feet of leasable space across 36 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition and disposition opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as it may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings filed with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

Contact:
David F. Bujnicki, 1-866-831-4297
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Independent grocers urges Members of Congress to protect debit card swipe fee reform

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep 6, 2016), more than 400 merchants from across the country sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to protect debit card swipe fee reform, also known as the Durbin Amendment that was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  Nearly half of the signatories were independent grocers who joined this effort to voice concern over the potential negative impacts that a repeal of the Durbin Amendment would have on their businesses.

The letter, addressed to Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Randy Neugebauer calls for Congress to maintain the reforms passed as part of the Durbin Amendment and preserve increased competition in the debit market.

Greg Ferrara, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs of the National Grocers Association (NGA) stated: “As a founding member of the Merchants Payments Coalition, we are grateful for the number of NGA member companies that took action on this issue. The independent supermarket industry plays a vital role in America’s economy and when nearly 170 Main Street Grocers stand with other retail organizations and companies to tell Members of Congress about the direct benefits the Durbin Amendment has had on their businesses and the communities they serve, Congress listens.”

The Durbin Amendment has brought increased competition in the debit routing market and helped cut down the price-fixed fees that the largest U.S. banks charge merchants for purchases made on debit cards.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax:  (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

CBRE receives Uptime Award for its Global Workplace Solutions Maintenance Excellence program

Los Angeles, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today (September 6, 2016) announced its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Maintenance Excellence program was selected as the Best Work Execution Management Program in Uptime Magazine’s annual Uptime Awards™. CBRE is the first facility management services company to receive an Uptime Award.

Developed with Lean Six Sigma methodology, and internal and external expertise, CBRE’s Maintenance Excellence program is an example of how the company’s Enterprise Facilities Management (EFM) platform organization develops and manages programs, standards, and infrastructure to deliver successful client outcomes in facility management.

“We are proud to be awarded another milestone achievement in our industry,” said John Murphy, GWS COO, CBRE. “CBRE is committed to building advantages for our GWS clients and ensuring they have access to premier workplace solutions.”

CBRE manages approximately 5.2 billion sq. ft. of corporate facilities and property worldwide. Engagements often span multiple geographies, asset types and services.

“This recognition really celebrates the Maintenance Excellence program’s ability to improve outcomes for our clients – risk, cost, productivity, safety, and uptime. We are excited to continue to further develop the initiative,” said Matt Werner, President, GWS EFM, CBRE.

Uptime® Magazine awards the best asset management, reliability and maintenance programs from across the globe through its annual Uptime Awards™ program, which received more than 70 entries this year. As a result of receiving this recognition, CBRE will accept the award and will make a presentation about its program at the International Maintenance Conference in December.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

Paradies Lagardère honored during AMAC’s 2016 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference

ATLANTA, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, was awarded the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Strategic Partner Award during AMAC’s 2016 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio, August 19 through 23.

This award honors corporations that demonstrate diversity inclusion within its corporate structure of procurement and employment. Nominees are industry leaders in supplier diversity, best practices and fostering business capacity with its diverse partners, and support of AMAC’s goals and mission.

Paradies Lagardère works with approximately 90 Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) partners throughout North America.

“Paradies Lagardère is honored to receive the AMAC Strategic Partner Award,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “Our organization fully embraces diversity, which contributes to our highly-engaged workforce. People and relationships are at the heart of everything we do, and Paradies Lagardère’s success is built on treating people with integrity and respect.”

Additional details:

The AMAC Catalyst Awards honor members who have made outstanding contributions to furthering the goals of AMAC. AMAC’s mission is to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Eerste BP tankstation met Albert Heijn to go winkel open

Eerste BP tankstation met Albert Heijn to go winkel open
Eerste BP tankstation met Albert Heijn to go winkel open

 

Zaandam, Netherlands,, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag is de eerste Albert Heijn to go op een BP tankstation in Nederland geopend. Bij BP tankstation De Vink aan de A20 bij Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel vinden klanten een Albert Heijn to go winkel met een breed aanbod van vers eten en drinken voor onderweg én thuis. De komende maanden worden nog eens vijf Albert Heijn to go’s geopend op BP tankstations verspreid over het land. Het gaat hier om een proef, waarvoor de twee partijen een exclusieve relatie voor de tankstation branche in Nederland zijn aangegaan.

De inrichting en het aanbod van de Albert Heijn to go op de BP tankstations zijn helemaal toegespitst op de wensen van de weggebruiker. Met meer dan 1.300 producten biedt de winkel het vertrouwde Albert Heijn to go assortiment, aangevuld met producten die populair zijn onder automobilisten. Al deze producten kunnen snel en gemakkelijk bij de scan&go-kassa’s worden afgerekend. Uiteraard kan de klant er ook nog steeds terecht voor car care producten, zoals Castrol motorolie en ruitensproeiervloeistof. Om extra gemak te bieden, is er bovendien een bol.com afhaalpunt waar klanten hun bestelde pakketje kunnen afhalen.

BP klanten blijven op de zes proeflocaties gewoon sparen voor FreeBees. Die krijgen zij hier op BP brandstofaankopen én Albert Heijn to go producten. Daarnaast kan met de Albert Heijn to go Koffiespaarkaart voor gratis koffie worden gespaard.

Ruben Beens, verantwoordelijk voor de retailactiviteiten van BP in Nederland: “Wij zien een sterk toenemende vraag van onze klanten naar etenswaren voor directe en latere consumptie. Samen met Albert Heijn to go ontwikkelden wij een concept met zeer gevarieerde producten om aan deze behoefte te voldoen. Albert Heijn to go is in dit segment de marktleider en heeft een goede reputatie op het gebied van product-innovatie met een continu wisselend aanbod van lekkere en gezondere etenswaren voor onderweg en thuis. In combinatie met BP’s toonaangevende producten en diensten bieden wij de weggebruiker hiermee alles wat hij nodig heeft op goed bereikbare locaties met ruime openingstijden.”

Jan-Willem Dockheer, general manager Albert Heijn to go: “Wij spitsen onze winkels altijd toe op de locatie om goed aan te sluiten op de behoefte van klanten die daar komen. Dat hebben we ook gedaan bij de winkel op BP tankstation De Vink. Vanaf vandaag kunnen automobilisten hier op elk moment van de dag terecht voor goed en lekker eten. Van salades en water met verse munt en framboos tot verse cappuccino met biologische melk, croissants en een goede bal gehakt.”

Opening Albert Heijn to go winkels op overige BP tankstations
Na BP tankstation De Vink worden de komende weken Albert Heijn to go winkels geopend op de volgende vijf BP tankstations:

  • BP Coentunnel, langs de A8 bij Oostzaan (opening 19 september)
  • BP Ypenburg, Laan van Hoornwijck, Rijswijk (opening 26 september)
  • BP Nieuwe Hemweg, Nieuwe Hemweg, Amsterdam (opening 3 oktober)
  • BP De Kroon, langs de A27 bij Nieuwegein (opening 10 oktober)
  • BP Koerhuis, Zutphenseweg, Deventer (opening 17 oktober)

Deze tankstations worden twee weken voorafgaand aan de openingsdatum gesloten om de benodigde werkzaamheden uit te voeren. Klanten worden hierover op de stations geïnformeerd.

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

Source: Albert Heijn

Miraclesuit launches capsule collection of vintage and classic styles

Miraclesuit launches capsule collection of vintage and classic styles
Miraclesuit launches capsule collection of vintage and classic styles

 

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Miraclesuit®, the leader in ladies fashion control swimwear, continues to raise the bar in full body comfort control for over 2 decades. Due to high customer demand, Miraclesuit has released a capsule of their most beloved silhouettes from years past.

Exclusive to Miraclesuit.com, this limited vignette of chic silhouettes and crafted designs range from feminine, sporty and glam to take swim couture to a continuous level of unique beauty – while never letting it go out of style. Bold stripes, unique color-blocking and distinct florals create these sleek looks and pay direct homage to Miraclesuit’s heritage.

“We are excited to re-launch this heritage edition of Miraclesuit to our loyal customers. Each suit is specifically designed to make each woman feel sexy and confident on the beach or in the pool. Along with this fantastic selection of classics, Miraclesuit.com offers free shipping and returns on every order,” shared Colleen Mack, Director of Merchandising at Miraclesuit.

Shop the Miraclesuit Classics collection, available now at www.miraclesuit.com/miraclesuit-classics.html .

ABOUT MIRACLESUIT®
Miraclesuit is the only luxury swimwear collection that promises to make you look 10 lbs. lighter in 10 seconds®. Miraclesuit swimwear can be found in most specialty and better department stores as well as select online sites world wide. For more information, visit http://www.miraclesuit.com . Connect with Miraclesuit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @miraclesuitswim.

Contact:
Sandra Davidoff
Mainstream Swimsuits, Inc.
212-730-9555 ext: 014

Source: Miraclebody/GLOBE NEWSWIRE

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Michael Bublé’s new fragrance for women, By Invitation sold out more than 21,000 units in less than 24 hours during HSN debut

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Singer Michael Bublé had fans swooning when he appeared on HSN last week, to debut his exciting new fine fragrance for women, By Invitation. The two piece set, featuring the 3.4 fl. oz Eau de Parfum Spray and the 1 fl. oz purse spray, sold out of more than 21,000 units in less than 24 hours. Additionally, Michael’s upcoming album Nobody But Me, available later this year, was available for presale and sold nearly 6,000 units with little on-air promotion. The international superstar launched his first ever fragrance with the leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer and shared his inspiration for the fragrance and how it came to market.

“While we’re beyond pleased with Michael’s visit, his success on-air was no surprise! Michael’s loyal and engaging fan base follows him wherever he goes; from the concert stage to the studios of HSN,” said Alicia Valencia, SVP Beauty Merchandising, HSN. “We’re thrilled that his fan base aligns so well with our customer demographic, which resulted in a sell-out visit. We are eager to work with Michael and the team at Elizabeth Arden on a return visit during the holiday season.”

“It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s in every note I sing and every song I write. The idea was to create a special ‘invitation’ to fans into my new world of fragrance. I’m inviting women to enjoy a beautiful scent that represents my personal taste and imagination. By Invitation is what I’d call ‘love in a bottle,’” commented Bublé.  “It was an amazing experience, sharing my fragrance and story, with my fans and HSN customers,” Bublé noted about his time at HSN.

Described as “a floral oriental gourmand, encompassing the iconic flowers of love,” By Invitation is an elegant fine fragrance that’s enlightened with a fresh fruity accent. Starting with tempting top notes of red fruits and bergamot with added heart notes of lily of the valley, wild jasmine and spicy inflections of peony,By Invitation wraps with a warm base of sandalwood-musk and addictive vanillas.

“HSN has proven time and time again, to be a successful launch partner for our celebrity and designer fragrances,” said Tamara Steele, SVP, US Prestige Beauty Group at Elizabeth Arden.  “From the pre-show promotion to the social media engagement, to the on-air execution, we look to HSN to deliver an exceptional experience for fans and customers alike.”

Michael Bublé’s new studio album, Nobody But Me is scheduled to be released on October 21st on Warner Bros./Reprise Records. It is his first studio album in three years.

About HSN:
HSN is a leading direct-to-consumer live content retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 94 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website – HSN.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 38 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI). For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fragrance Dynamics:
By Invitation has been developed by Fragrance Dynamics in conjunction with Michael Bublé appointing Karine Dubreuil-Sereni as the perfumer.  Fragrance Dynamics is a new company based in the UK whose founder, Mike Edwards was responsible for some of the industry’s biggest fragrance successes. He began his career in the fragrance industry in 1982 with Le Jardin de Max Factor and more recently One Direction and Cristiano Ronaldo fragrances. www.fragrancedynamics.com

About Karine Dubreuil-Sereni:
Karine Dubreuil-Sereni is a perfume creator. Working for multiple fragrance houses for many years, Karine has composed a variety of renowned and top selling perfumes such as Eclat d’Arpège, Gucci Envy Me, Mûre et Musc, Extrême and Womanity.  A native of Grasse, France, Karine is as passionate about fragrances as she is opera and classical music (Karine is a soprano).

Contact:

Brad Bohnert
brad.bohnert@hsn.net

Source: HSN, Inc./GLOBE NEWSWIRE

H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel partner to develop technologies to recycle textiles

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today it is possible to mechanically recycle single fibre fabrics such as denim jeans and wool sweaters. However garments are very often made from a blend of different fibres to improve fit, style, comfort and longevity.  Used apparel of blended or unknown materials are either discarded in landfills, or downcycled into insulation, carpeting, and other low value applications.

H&M Foundation is working with HKRITA to develop a series of research projects with a contribution of Euro 5.8 million. HKRITA will conduct the research and work to commercialize the outcomes. The Innovation and Technology Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government will provide additional substantial research funding and support.

“This is one of the biggest and most comprehensive efforts ever for textile recycling. The overall aim for us as a Foundation is to protect the planetary boundaries and work to ensure living conditions. We want to develop at least one ready technology to recycle clothes made from textile blends into new clothes. This would be a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles in the fashion industry.” says Erik Bang, Project Manager at H&M Foundation.

“HKRITA is very excited about the work in this series of applied research projects.  We look forward to providing practical solutions to a pressing local and global challenge.  We are grateful to partner with H&M Foundation for making our work possible. Sustainability is one of our key research focuses. We aim to develop technologies that are scalable and commercially viable.” says Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.

The exact financial contribution from H&M Foundation is determined by the surplus from H&M’s global in-store garment collecting program, which is donated to H&M Foundation. Half of this donation is allocated to research on textile recycling. To date the H&M Foundation has donated EUR 1.6 million to HKRITA.

The H&M Foundation, which initiated the global innovation challenge Global Change Award in 2015, had been looking for a world leading research institute to accelerate research on textile recycling, and found HKRITA to be the perfect match. H&M Foundation is the initiator and main funder of the research project 2016-2020 and HKRITA is co-funding. HKRITA, a publically funded applied research center, is the leader in practical and useful research in the textile and apparel area.

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel was established in 2006 and is a publicly funded applied research center. It’s one of five applied research centers sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. HKRITA engages in applied mid- and down-stream research to support the textile and apparel industries, to drive sustainable improvements, and to drive improvements for society.

The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission, aims to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of our economic activities. The Government hopes that, through the ITF, Hong Kong companies could be encouraged and assisted to upgrade their technological level and introduce innovative ideas to their businesses.

H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Clean water, Strengthening women and Protecting the planet. In addition, the H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the H&M Foundation. For further information, visit hm.com/hmfoundation

For more information, please contact:
Yan Chan
Director
Business Development
HKRITA
+ 852 2627 8171
yanchan@hkrita.com

Malin Björne
PR & Communications responsible
H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75
malin.bjorne@hm.com

Source: H&M

HSN and Serena Williams to present Serena’s Fall Signature Statement Collection at KIA STYLE360 New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN and the multi-faceted tennis legend, fashion icon and successful businesswoman, Serena Williams are returning to KIA STYLE360 New York Fashion Week on Monday, September 12, 2016 to present Serena’s Fall Signature Statement Collection.  The DIAMONDS UNLEASHED for SERENA WILLIAMS exclusive collection will also be unveiled on the runway accompanying Serena Williams’ new fall collection.

Adding to the excitement, HSN will offer an unparalleled viewing and shopping experience, allowing customers to watch and purchase items from the show at home using virtual reality technology.  HSN, which continues to transform the way designers bring their collections to market, will give viewers at home front row access, offering a 360-degree view of the show from HSN’s handset and tablet apps.

“I’m eager to share with my fans, this season’s collection; it’s truly been a labor of love,” said Serena Williams. “From the high-end couture pieces, to the everyday casual apparel, this collection embodies my definition of style.”

“We’re excited to present live from New York Fashion Week, Serena Williams Signature Statement Fall Collection,” said Bill Brand, President of HSN. “This year’s live 360-degree view of the show, paired with the ability for customers to immediately shop all of the runway looks, will provide viewers with an unrivaled retail & entertainment experience.“

The Fall collection embodies Novel Romance: a modern statement on classic knit dressing with a focus on a variety of textures including cables, ribs and heather effects. The result is a sophisticated and sexy collection that is modern and powerful, yet undeniably feminine.

Also featured at the show is Serena’s trend forward jewelry collection in collaboration with world-renowned jewelry designer, Kara Ross. The DIAMONDS UNLEASHED for SERENA WILLIAMS Collection consists of goldtone, silvertone and hematite, bronze-plated pieces such as a diamond accent bangle, a diamond accent knuckle corset ring and a double band choker, all designed exclusively in partnership with CanadaMark, Dominion Diamonds Corp.  Serena, who is one of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED’S distinguished brand ambassadors, worked in tandem with Kara Ross to create a collection that inspires women’s empowerment and supports the next generation of women.

“I had a great time developing the collection with Serena Williams. She is bold and not afraid to take risks, and the DIAMONDS UNLEASHED for Serena Williams collection encompasses this perfectly. Authentically beautiful, statement accessories that can be worn every day or for special occasions, the collection is sleek and polished and for the woman who knows exactly what she likes. Serena is beautiful, strong, multi-faceted and brilliant- all of the qualities found in a strong woman- and a diamond from DIAMONDS UNLEASHED,” said Kara Ross, Founder of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED

All runway looks will be available immediately on HSN.com, including jewelry from Kara Ross and footwear from Charles David, Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, and more.

Serena’s latest line will include 42 pieces, such as Faux Shearling Coats, Sweater Knits, and a Limited Quantity Couture Collection. Price points start at $29.90 for a Belt to $699.90 for a Dramatic Lace Dress (part of the couture collection). Serena’s Fall Signature Statement Collection will offer quality fashion at an affordable price point.

The Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection Fashion Show will take place on Monday, September 12th at 3:00 pm at KIA STYLE360 located at 639 West 46th Street. The live stream, “Serena Williams Front Row Event” will begin at 2:45 pm EST on all of HSN’s digital platforms.

Catch Serena Williams on HSN on Tuesday, September 13th to present her Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection live as part of HSN’s Fall Fashion Edit.

For more information about the Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection visit HSN.com or join the conversation @HSN on Facebook and Twitter

About HSN:
HSN is a leading interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 94 million households in the US 24/7 and its website – hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 38 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI). For more information, please visit www.HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT:
Tiffanie Davis
tiffanie@brandlinkcommunications.com

Source: HSN, Inc./ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Fast Retailing’s Annual Report 2015 wins Grand Award at the Annual International ARC Awards for the second consecutive year

Fast Retailing's Annual Report 2015 wins Grand Award at the Annual International ARC Awards for the second consecutive year
Fast Retailing’s Annual Report 2015 wins Grand Award at the Annual International ARC Awards for the second consecutive year

 

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.’s English-language Annual Report 2015 was granted a Grand Award for the second consecutive year at the Annual International ARC Awards, the world’s largest annual report contest held in the United States. This year, Fast Retailing was awarded Gold for Chairman’s Letter and Silver for Photography, and was also selected from among a group of nominated finalists to receive the prestigious Best of Chairman’s Letter International Grand Award.

The ARC offers Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honors awards across a range of annual report categories, including Overall Excellence, Cover Design, Chairman’s Letter and Interior Design. The reports are evaluated on a specific set of factors, including how succinct and crisp the overall corporate message is, the persuasiveness of the text, the clarity and readability of financial data, the originality of the cover and interior design, and the level of cohesion and consistency of the whole report. Judging is extremely strict, with any report that fails to achieve the required minimum score labeled as “non-applicable”. Winning a Gold Award is even more challenging, and requires the winning candidate to earn over 90 out of a possible 100 points for all the categories. Only 5% of prize-winning reports ever achieve that score.

The International ARC Awards contest is an annual report competition held by MerComm, Inc., an independent awards organization located in the United States. The organization is free from the influence of specific industries, advertisers, or sponsors, with reviews and evaluations carried out in a fair manner by judges from a variety of countries and industries. The competition’s near 200 judges work in such fields as the financial industry, private corporations and production industries. This year marked the 30th year of competition, with 2,124 entries from 32 countries. (See ARC’s own reporting of the event: “ARC Awards – the world’s largest annual report competition – announced the Grand Award winners” http://www.mercommawards.com/arc.htm)

Fast Retailing’s Annual Report 2015 is available on the company’s website.

Japanese: http://www.fastretailing.com/jp/ir/library/annual.html
English: http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/ir/library/annual.html

Source: FAST RETAILING CO., LTD.

London & Cambridge Properties appoints amateur racing driver Neil Harrison as legal counsel

London & Cambridge Properties appoints amateur racing driver Neil Harrison as legal counsel
London & Cambridge Properties appoints amateur racing driver Neil Harrison as legal counsel

 

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Recruitment at leading commercial property company London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) has gone into overdrive with the appointment of a second amateur racing driver as legal counsel.

Neil Harrison, from Worcester, joins fellow amateur racing driver Richard Honick in LCP’s legal department, and will be based at the company’s head office on the Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford.

He will work closely with the main legal team at the company’s Millbank Tower offices in London, and will support LCP’s asset managers, providing legal and strategic advice on their property schemes, and liaise with external lawyers.

Neil moves to LCP from the Oxford office of Knight’s Professional Services Limited, where he worked in the real estate asset management team. He has 10 years’ experience as a solicitor, having worked as legal counsel for Birmingham-based Farmfoods Limited and as trainee solicitor and associate solicitor at MFG Solicitors in Worcester.

In his spare time, Neil races old Formula three cars and is hoping take part in historic racing next season when a family member completes the rebuilding of an historic Formula One car.

Neil said he was keen to join LCP because it offered a rare opportunity to combine in-house legal work while dealing with a diverse property portfolio.

“It offers the best of both worlds, so I’m delighted to join the company and use my in-house and professional services experience to support the asset managers,” he said. “With LCP undergoing an ambitious expansion and acquisition programme, it is an exciting time to join the company.”

Nick Burgess, managing director of LCP, said: “We expanded our in-house legal services department into our West Midlands office last year, and we’re very pleased to welcome Neil and believe his legal and real estate expertise will be an asset for the company.”

If you have any media enquiries please email:  kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London and Cambridge Properties

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Currys PC World research: todays young Brits strive to be YouTube sensations and travel bloggers

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today’s youngsters strive to be YouTube sensations and travel bloggers, research by Currys PC World reveals.

The cross-generational study into the nation’s passions and aspirations found that while older generations of Brits dreamt of being teachers, scientists, footballers and doctors, youngsters of today have different ideas.

Popular career choices for young Brits include becoming a writer, a YouTube sensation, an artist, a travel blogger or an entrepreneur, according to the study of 1,515 teenagers and adults.

Category Director for Computing at Currys PC World, Phil Samuels, comments: “Generations of today have so many more options and opportunities than older age groups and the internet and development of technology has aided that growth. You can forget a briefcase, notepad and travelling to the office every day – our research reveals that over half (52 per cent) of under 30-year-olds think that laptops and tablets are going to be the most helpful items when starting a career – which isn’t surprising when YouTube sensations, bloggers and entrepreneurs are some of the top career choices.”

A staggering 92 percent of the youngsters do not wish to follow in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents, the poll revealed. Similarly, more than a fifth (21 per cent) of those under 30 cited You Tubers as the biggest influence in their lives, more so than their grandparents (18 per cent), siblings (18 per cent) and celebrities (16 per cent).

While a startling number of the top 20 young Brits’ dream jobs are those which would allow them to be self-employed or work from home, this is in stark contrast to what older generations’ dream jobs were, with doctors, teachers and scientists forming much more traditional roles.

Top 20 jobs across different generations:

Position Young Brits’ Dream Jobs Older Generations’ Dream Jobs
1 Writer Teacher
2 YouTube sensation Scientist
3 Artist Footballer
4 Photographer Sportsman
5 Fashion designer Doctor
6 Entrepreneur Musician
7 Travel blogger Pilot
8 Model Artist
9 Film maker Hairdresser
10 Singer Singer
11 Musician Secretary
12 Computer programmer Air hostess
13 Make-up artist Actress
14 Footballer Banker
15 Actress Driver
16 Doctor Lawyer
17 Sportsman Shopkeeper
18 Food blogger Sales assistant
19 Police Officer Builder
20 Chef Model

The younger generation are also more relaxed in terms of their futures. Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) said they were willing to give something a try but change careers if they’re not happy. Additionally, when it comes to financial security, the majority are more care-free than their parents’ generation, claiming other factors such as finding the right job were more important than money.

Interestingly, more than half (51 percent) of those aged between 18-30 are planning on turning their passion into a career.

When it comes to the older generations, 43 per cent admitted there were not as many opportunities as there are today, while 31 per cent said aspirations weren’t as high when they were young. Nearly half (43 per cent) of those aged 50 plus said they didn’t believe “they could be anything they wanted to be” while 15 per cent felt pressured to follow a certain path.

Almost three in ten (29 per cent) said career horizons were narrower because they didn’t have the internet, while 23 per cent said their own parents placed too much emphasis on being financially secure. A further seven per cent said they were encouraged to get married rather than concentrate on building a career. However, a quarter (25 per cent) of those aged 30 plus have now given up their jobs to follow a passion.

Psychologist, Emma Kenny, says: “In today’s fast-paced, always-on world, the boundaries between work and personal life are becoming increasingly blurred. So it’s of no surprise that the younger generations feel more confident that they can turn their passions into careers – this wouldn’t have been as easy a few decades ago but with technological advancements, people are able to connect across the globe, simply with a laptop or tablet. Studies have shown that when people are happier and in a job they’re passionate about, they’re more likely to be successful because they are doing something they well and truly love.”

Currys PC World has a great range of tech perfect for helping people get started in following their passions. Visit www.currys.co.uk/getstarted

Notes to editors:

The research of 1,515 teenagers and adults in the UK was conducted in August 2016.

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact the Currys PC World press office: M&C Saatchi PR /curryspcworld@mcsaatchi.com / 0207 544 3600

Source: Dixons Carphone

MANGO launches new digital project with Camille Rowe, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Alma Jodorowsky in three short films

MANGO launches new digital project with Camille Rowe, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Alma Jodorowsky in three short films
MANGO launches new digital project with Camille Rowe, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Alma Jodorowsky in three short films

 

Barcelona, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The short film is the format chosen by MANGO for its new digital project, featuring the collaboration of the model and actress Camille Rowe, the creative director and model Julia Restoin Roitfeld and the actress, model and singer Alma Jodorowsky. Each one stars in a story about a journey inspired by aspects of their personality and in turn interprets the values of MANGO: modernity, femininity and positivity.

The first will be launched on 13 September, with Camille Rowe as the protagonist. The film, set in Marfa, transports Camille to the 30s alongside the legendary Bonnie and Clyde, who inspire the theme of the short film. The story of Bonnie Parker, a heroine of Camille, awakens her spirit of adventure and leads her to go on a road trip through the Texas desert. The mixture of French and American cultures and her bohemian, carefree and unconventional spirit make her the ideal ambassador to reveal the modern version of the MANGO woman.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld will star in the second one, whose plot will be revealed in October. This film will reveal what femininity means to her and how it is a part of her life, her passions and her environment. Julia is influenced by her considerable experience in the world of fashion, photography and creative directing, after having worked with top designers. Having grown up under the wing of a maternal figure so influential in the world of fashion has influenced the way she sees femininity.

Finally, Alma Jodorowsky will star in the third and final chapter of this mini-series, which can be seen in November, whose theme is positivity. Alma has worked as a model and an actress, both in film and on stage. She has starred in films such as Blue is the warmest colour and, more recently, Kids in Lovealongside Cara Delevingne. She is also part of the electronic duo Burning Peacocks, in which she is also a lyricist. Being the daughter and grand-daughter of artists, creativity and art are part of her DNA and are reflected in her charismatic, positive and fresh image.

MANGO was founded in 1984 and is today one of the leading fashion groups in the world. Based in its city of origin, Barcelona, the company has an extensive store network of 800,000 m2 in 110 countries.From its “El Hangar” Design Centre in Palau-solità i Plegamans, every year it designs 18,000 garments and accessories for wearing the season’s trends. The company, which owns the MANGO Woman, Man, Kids and Violeta lines, closed 2015 with sales of 2.327 billion euros, representing a 15% increase on 2014 and an EBITDA of 170 million euros. More information at www.mango.com

Video BTS Camille Rowe: https://we.tl/JEARrUOGKF

Contact:
Email: press@mango.com
Tel:. +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

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MIGROS THAYNGEN FEIERT 60. GEBURTSTAG

MIGROS THAYNGEN FEIERT 60. GEBURTSTAG
MIGROS THAYNGEN FEIERT 60. GEBURTSTAG

 

Gossau, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Vom 15. bis 17. September feiert die Migros Thayngen ihr 60-Jahr-Jubiläum. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren von zahlreichen attraktiven Angeboten.

Seit 60 Jahren begrüsst die Migros ihre Kundschaft in der Filiale Thayngen. Das heutige Team umfasst neun Mitarbeitende. Im vergangenen Jahr durften Filialleiterin Silvia Egli und ihre Mitarbeitenden rund 83‘000 Kundinnen und Kunden bedienen.

Kunden schätzen Migros im Dorf
Dass die Migros-Filiale zentral gelegen in die Schaffhauser Gemeinde integriert sei, werde sehr geschätzt, sagt Silvia Egli. „Die Kunden begrüssen es, dass es eine Migros im Dorf hat.“ Gerade auch nach der Aufhebung des Mindestkurses hätten viele Leute ihre Haltung dadurch unterstrichen, dass sie weiterhin hier einkauften und nicht ins nahegelegene Deutsche ausgewichen seien. Detailhandelsfachfrau Silvia Egli startete ihre Migros-Karriere in Stein am Rhein und ist seit drei Jahren für die Geschicke der Migros Thayngen verantwortlich. Zwischendurch sammelte sie in den Filialen Unterstadt, Breite und Neuhausen als stellvertretende Filialleiterin Erfahrung und durchlief parallel dazu verschiedene Weiterbildungen, um sich auf ihre Führungsposition vorzubereiten.

Attraktionen für die Kundschaft
Von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 15. bis 17. September, wird in der Migros Thayngen gefeiert. Die Kundinnen und Kunden dürfen sich auf folgende Angebote freuen:

  • Fünffache Cumulus-Punkte an allen Eröffnungstagen
  • Am Donnerstag: Workshop im Alphornblasen
  • Am Freitag: Kinderschminken
  • Am Samstag: Polizei Thayngen steht Red und Antwort und gewährt einen Blick in ihre Einsatzfahrzeuge
  • An allen drei Tagen jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr: Bratwurst vom Grill inkl. Mineralwasser für 2.50 CHF

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 92
071 493 27 89
christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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EFR reopens Paris Lecourbe BP service station with Carrefour Express store marking their 20 years of partnership

EFR reopens Paris Lecourbe BP service station with Carrefour Express store marking their 20 years of partnership
EFR reopens Paris Lecourbe BP service station with Carrefour Express store marking their 20 years of partnership

Paris, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 31 August 2016, the EFR (European Forecourt Retail) Group is reopening its Paris Lecourbe BP service station with a brand-new Carrefour Express store. The opening of this new convenience retail outlet is the culmination of 20 years of active partnership, serving customers of both brands. It also marks a new milestone in the roll-out of stores located in high-traffic areas.

Opening of a new Carrefour Express store in central Paris
The partners are reopening the newly-overhauled Paris Lecourbe BP service station – located in the capital’s 15th arrondissement – with a new BP visual identity. And the store has now been converted into a Carrefour Express store. Over a 123 m² sales area, the mini supermarket stocks a wide range of some 2900 Carrefour and national brand daily-use products. These include grocery products, fruit and vegetables, ready-to-cook/eat products, snacks and home maintenance products. Open 24 hours a day, this new store will help to stimulate the local economy. A long-term partnership designed to serve customers. This opening marks 20 years of active collaboration between Carrefour and EFR

The first 8 à Huit store – incorporated into a Nice service station – was opened in 1996. Since then, the two companies have worked closely together and were the first to open a convenience store at a motorway site. Now in France, more than 100 EFR Group service stations have links with the Carrefour Group (under the Carrefour Express, 8 à Huit and Proxi banners) – either in town centres or at motorway service stations.

Alongside Carrefour’s opening of its first City store at Orly airport in 2015, this initiative once again illustrates the retailer’s unique multi-format approach and is evidence of its desire to move closer to high-traffic areas.  As far as the EFR Group is concerned, it is continuing with its policy of rolling out an expanded selection of high-quality services across its networks through partnerships with leading brands.

Serving customers
EFR and Carrefour are both committed to meeting customers’ specific requirements on a day-to-day basis. Stores located at urban service station sites have a range of convenience products for modern, city-dwelling customers, while those at motorway service stations have a range that is better suited to customers on the move.

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: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

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Carrefour opens its 30th hypermarket in Romania at the brand-new Park Lake shopping centre in Bucharest

 

Romania, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Located in the brand-new Park Lake shopping centre right in the centre of Bucharest, the hypermarket offers customers an innovative shopping experience in a modern environment, a wide range of services and a broad selection of products.

This is Bucharest’s 11th Carrefour hypermarket and the 30th in the country as a whole.

With a sales area of 7800 m², it employs 350 people and is open from 8 AM to 10 PM, Monday to Sunday.

Particular emphasis has been placed on fresh produce: items are made on-site in our own laboratories, fruit and vegetables are of high quality and products are showcased. A number of particularly appealing departments – such as home & decoration, IT, textiles, beauty and sports accessories – supplement the store’s food offering. It also features a wide range of services, such as banking, ticket purchases for shows, home delivery and a children’s play area.

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: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

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Lego­-like innovative, ecofriendly, extralarge cardboard blocks for children launch on Kickstarter

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ITALY, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Edo is thrilled to announce the launch of Kickstarter campaign for their innovative, ecofriendly, extralarge cardboard blocks. The blocks can be used by kids to bring ideas to life.

Whether kids want to build a fort or a car, Edo blocks make it easy for them to build lifesized creations.

The oversize cardboard blocks will be available in two sizes to accommodate various construction concepts. Kids can put together two or more blocks to create longer bricks pieces. The blocks are also art-ready, allowing kids to further their imaginations by coloring or painting on each block.

Edo blocks are durable and can support weight up to 100 pounds. The blocks are made of recycled material and are 100% recyclable. Their colors are nontoxic, offering a safe, eco-conscious way for kids to play. Edo blocks offer fun play for kids ages 2 and up.

In addition, Edo blocks can even be used as functional building materials. The blocks can be used to build a table, nightstand, bookshelf, and more.

The team at Edo is launching their innovative play blocks on Kickstarter, and the company hopes to raise funds for manufacturing and shipping while increasing awareness for their products.

The Edo Kickstarter campaign is live now and early birds deals start at $28 for a collection of 25 blocks.

More information can be found here: http://www.playedo.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

METRO GROUP’s planned demerger into two independent and stock-listed retail companies underway

Düsseldorf, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  After the successful completion of the analysis phase, the planned demerger of METRO GROUP into two independent, strong and stock-listed retail companies is taking concrete shape: the necessary details with regard to corporate law, tax law and the respective capital structure of the two entities were clarified. Today (5 September 2016), the Management Board of METRO AG, after completion of the reviews, has decided to start with the preparations required for a demerger of METRO GROUP. The Supervisory Board approved the plans on the occasion of an extraordinary meeting held on Monday. Effective from 30 September, the group will be split into two organizationally separate entities on a pro-forma basis.

“In the past months we have intensively analysed the planned split of our group into two strong and focused trading companies”, said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “Now, we are creating the first important prerequisites and will implement the according actions. With the organisational separation, we are taking the first major step towards creating a leading international Wholesale and Food Specialist as well as the European market leader for Consumer Electronics products and services. The developments of the past few months have confirmed our belief that these two entities with hardly any operational overlaps and synergies will be even more successful when operating independently”.

Technically, the group split is achieved by spinning off and separate the Wholesale and Food business (METRO Cash & Carry and Real) as well as other related entities and business activities such as logistics, IT and real estate. The remaining group activities will essentially comprise the roughly 78% majority shareholding in Media-Saturn as well as other affiliated companies.

At the same time, the following key personnel decisions for both new entities are intended: Jürgen B. Steinemann is to retain his mandate as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG for the future Wholesale and Food Specialist Group and Jürgen Fitschen, member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG since 2008, is to assume the office of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the future Consumer Electronics company. For the positions of Management Board of the Wholesale and Food Group following proposals have been made:

· Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Olaf Koch, as already communicated
· Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Christian Baier, currently CFO METRO Cash & Carry
· Chief Operating Officer (COO): Pieter Boone, currently Member of the Management Board of METRO AG, responsible for METRO Cash & Carry
· Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO): Heiko Hutmacher; currently Member of the Management Board and CHRO of METRO AG

Following proposals have been made for the Management Board of the Consumer Electronics unit:

· Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Pieter Haas, as already communicated
· Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Mark Frese; currently Member of the Management Board and CFO of METRO AG
· Chief Legal and Compliance Officer (CLCO): Dieter Haag Molkenteller, currently Group Director Legal Affairs & Compliance METRO AG

All Management Board positions have to be approved by the respective Supervisory Boards, the actual confirmation is under the usual reserve of the annual general meeting or relevant supervisory board.

In parallel, METRO GROUP defined the business strategies for the two future entities and also developed clear capital and tax structures for them. The demerger concept was already aligned with the tax authorities. It is expected, that both groups will maintain the “investment grade” rating. An increase in the capital stock of METRO AG is not planned. To strengthen the capital base of the Consumer Electronics company, a 10% shareholding in the Wholesale and Food business is envisaged. In the same way, almost all existing financial liabilities of the group are to be assumed by the Wholesale and Food company. “The new capital structure will give both entities the necessary stability and scope for further growth. Both companies will be endowed with sufficient liquidity”, said Olaf Koch.

In late March 2016, the Management Board of METRO AG had announced that it would examine a split of the group into a Wholesale and Food Specialist company and a company focused on Consumer Electronics products and services as the logical next step in the transformation of the group. Both companies are to be managed as separately listed stock corporations with their own distinct profile, management and Supervisory Boards. The underlying conviction is that, by focusing on their respective industry and customer segment, both companies will be able to develop larger growth perspectives. Both companies stay based in Düsseldorf.

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, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

For more information, visit www.metrogroup.de

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

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

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: Metro Group

Sainsbury’s to introduce Argos digital concessions in its stores by Christmas

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Following its recent acquisition of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos and Habitat, Sainsbury’s will introduce Argos digital concessions to more than 20 additional stores by Christmas, bringing the total number of Argos concessions to over 30.

  • 30 Argos digital stores to be open in Sainsbury’s stores by Christmas
  • Five Mini Habitat stores planned to open in Sainsbury’s stores
  • Customers can shop across three high street brands and over 90,000 products in one store
  • 195,000 colleagues now work for Sainsbury’s following its acquisition of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos and Habitat

Argos digital stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets gives customers access to over 90,000 products under one roof, as the combination of Sainsbury’s and Argos creates one of the UK’s leading food and non-food retailers.

The Argos digital stores will offer customers a choice to either buy instantly in-store via tablets, or to reserve online for easy same-day collection. The Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s will range in size from around 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet.

Sainsbury’s will also introduce five Mini Habitat concessions within Sainsbury’s stores over the coming months. These concessions, which will range from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet in size, will sit alongside and complement Sainsbury’s own homeware and cookware ranges. Building on its reputation for affordable, well designed products for the home, Mini Habitat stores will include over 600 products – all designed in-house by the Habitat design team in London – with a range of price points across furniture, upholstery, lighting, homewares and textiles.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc, said: “This is the start of an exciting new phase for Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat. I am delighted to be able to quickly capitalize on the benefits of our combined group by opening more Argos digital concessions in our stores and introducing the Mini Habitat format to our customers. Being able to shop across all three brands under one roof will make our customers’ lives even more convenient and offer them incredible choice.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “Argos is one of the UK’s leading digital retailers. We know customers value the convenience of shopping for Argos products whenever and wherever they want and we are pleased to be quickly rolling out twenty more digital concessions in Sainsbury’s stores before Christmas. Habitat is a fantastic brand and we know customers will value the opportunity to shop the stylish ranges in Sainsbury’s stores.”

Clare Askem, Managing Director of Habitat, said: “Sainsbury’s offers the Habitat brand significant growth potential. We’ve seen our brand evolve rapidly over the last few years and the opportunity to create a network of local stores to support our multi-channel business strategy is a really exciting prospect. I’m confident that our brand will connect with Sainsbury’s shoppers and make Habitat more accessible to shoppers both on the high street and online.”

For more information on the acquisition please click here.

Press Enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

Marks & Spencer announces proposals to make significant changes to its UK Head Office structure

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer announces today (05 Sep 2016) that it will be entering in to consultation with its employees with regards to proposals to make significant changes to its UK Head Office structure. The proposals have been developed by M&S following a detailed review of the organization and an analysis of its processes and do not impact on M&S store employees.

The proposals are centred on plans to reshape and redefine the organisation by reducing the number of Head Office roles by a net reduction of c.525 roles and also reduce the number of roles permanently based in central London by c.400, across IT and Logistics, as part of the retailer’s strategy to work more simply and more efficiently. The net reduction would be achieved through a combination of fewer contractors, natural attrition and redundancies for M&S employees.

Should the proposals go ahead they would deliver significant cost savings. It is expected that annualized operating cost savings would be c.1% of the UK cost base. Cost growth guidance for the current year remains unchanged at c.3.5%. There would be a non-underlying cost of c.£15 m which includes the changes to the senior management team that have already taken place.

Steve Rowe, M&S CEO, said: “M&S has to become a simpler and more effective organisation if we are to deliver our plans to recover and grow our business.

“It is never easy to propose changes that impact on our people, but I believe that the proposals outlined today are absolutely necessary and will help us build a different type of M&S – one that can take bolder, pacier decisions, be more profitable and ultimately better serve our customers.”

“We remain committed to investing in store staffing and improving our customer experience and therefore our store colleagues are not affected by this proposal.”

The review highlighted that M&S has become too complex and inefficient and today’s proposals aim to address this by removing duplication, driving accountability and establishing clear, consistent processes; which in turn will strip out unnecessary costs. M&S has used the basis of the review to reshape and redefine the organisational structure in line with its strategy.

M&S will be entering in to collective consultation with its employees with regards to these proposals via its network of independently elected employee representatives, the National Business Involvement Group, which will give careful consideration to any alternative proposals.

Notes to Editors: 

  • The proposed reduction in roles would comprise existing vacancies, c.260 M&S roles and c.200 contractors
  • M&S employs over 3,500 people working across its seven UK Head Offices
  • M&S employs over 71,000 people in its UK stores and supporting customer service functions. These roles are not affected by the proposed changes.

For further information, please contact: 

Investor Relations:

Fraser Ramzan: +44 (0)20 8718 4625

Helen Cox: +44 (0)20 8718 8491

Corporate Press Office: +44 (0)20 8718 1919

Out of hours calls: +44 (0)20 8718 2000

Source: Marks & Spencer

EROSKI suma 23 hipermercados de nueva generación

EROSKI suma 23 hipermercados de nueva generación
EROSKI suma 23 hipermercados de nueva generación

 

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha invertido 6,4 millones de euros este ejercicio para transformar otros siete hipermercados a la nueva generación de tiendas según el modelo comercial “contigo” con el que está remodelando su red comercial para adecuarse a las nuevas expectativas del consumidor. Las reformas de hipermercados realizadas este año han generado 74 nuevos puestos de trabajo.

La cooperativa continúa así con sus planes de expansión de sus tiendas de nueva generación que ofrecen una mayor libertad de elección al consumidor, profundizan en la especialización en frescos, abren las tiendas a los productos locales producidos en su entorno más cercano y establecen una relación más personalizada con el cliente. Con las remodelaciones ejecutadas este ejercicio, EROSKI suma ya 23 hipermercados de nueva generación en su red.

Los hipermercados transformados en 2016 están situados en Bizkaia (Zalla y Txurdinaga), Gipuzkoa (Ordizia, Eibar, Urbil y Urola), Galicia (Noia). Se suman a los transformados en años anteriores en Álava (Boulevard) y Bizkaia (Abadiano, Artea, Ballonti, Berango, Bilbondo, Gernika y Leioa), Cantabria (Castro Urdiales), Gipuzkoa (Zarautz, Garbera, Tolosa y Arrasate), Navarra (Iruña y Tudela) y Tarragona, siendo este último además el primer hipermercado franquiciado EROSKI.

Creación de 258 puestos de trabajo

Con una inversión total de 23 millones de euros, la transformación de estos hipermercados ha generado 258 nuevos empleos. En su conjunto, son 3.316 personas las que trabajan en estos hipermercados reformados que han recibido 30.200 horas de formación para ofrecer una atención más personalizada al cliente y avanzar en la autogestión de equipos para adecuar cada tienda a las expectativas concretas de sus clientes y al contexto competitivo. “El modelo comercial ‘contigo’ se distingue por ofrecer a los clientes un trato más personalizado y para ello estamos destinando una gran cantidad de recursos y tiempo al fortalecimiento de nuestra cultura cooperativa interna para situar al Socio-Cliente en el centro de toda nuestra actividad” indica la directora general de Red Comercial de EROSKI, Rosa Carabel.

Esta atención personalizada tiene además un claro reflejo en la incorporación de nuevos mostradores para la venta asistida de carnicería, pescadería y charcutería, y en el desarrollo progresivo del programa EROSKI Club con nuevas capacidades para una mayor adecuación de las ofertas y promociones a las expectativas de cada Socio-Cliente. En su conjunto, Grupo EROSKI cuenta con más de 7 millones de Socios Clientes, usuarios de sus tarjetas Eroski, Caprabo, iF y Forum Sport.

Tiendas especializadas en frescos

Las tiendas de nueva generación EROSKI profundizan en su especialización en frescos, aumentando las referencias comercializadas, siendo muchas de ellas alimentos locales de temporada, especialmente en fruta, hortalizas y pesca.

“Los productores locales tienen un renovado protagonismo en el modelo ‘contigo’ porque cada una de nuestras tiendas es una plataforma abierta para la comercialización de los alimentos producidos en la zona, impulsando así un sector agroalimentario más sostenible y ampliamente diversificado. En 2015 hemos realizado 680 nuevas incorporaciones, hasta ofrecer un total de 21.064 alimentos producidos en los entornos más cercanos de nuestras tiendas”, ha señalado la directora general de Red Comercial de EROSKI, Rosa Carabel.

La propuesta de frescos de la tienda “contigo” es ahora más cambiante y se alinea con las temporadas locales de producción. Estas secciones tienen un peso superior al 25% en las ventas en hipermercados, con notables crecimientos de dos dígitos gracias a la implantación de las innovaciones de este modelo “contigo”. Las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación crecen, en su conjunto, un 7% en ventas.

Los productos dietéticos y biológicos también ven aumentado su espacio, configurando espacios que agrupan todas las nuevas tendencias para una alimentación más saludable. Además, esta sección se completa con una amplia gama de productos específicos para intolerancias alimentarias (gluten, lactosa…) o productos adecuados para una alimentación baja en grasas, azúcar o sal.

A este compromiso con la salud también se suma una renovada sección de Perfumería – Parafarmacia más amplia, atendida por personal con formación especializada que ofrece una completa atención al cliente para el cuidado personal.

Asimismo, la transformación de los establecimientos al nuevo modelo comercial tiene también su reflejo en la amplitud de surtido, especialmente en secciones como aceites y pastas, chocolates, cafés e infusiones o cuidado personal para aumentar la libertad de elección de los consumidores y dar nuevas respuestas a las expectativas de los clientes.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642 comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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BRC – KPMG: sales in August 2016 declined 0.3% against a 0.1% increase in August 2015

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “A month of extraordinary achievement for Team GB certainly produced a feel-good effect and consumer confidence was up on July, but that generally didn’t translate into extra sales. Consumers were enticed towards leisure and outdoor activities rather than shopping, although Food did post its strongest performance in more than two years; fuelled by demand for picnic, barbeque supplies and celebratory drinks.

“Care should be taken in reading too much into August’s lacklustre performance. As we’ve seen in the last couple of months, data portending the health of the economy paint a volatile picture. The fact is that so far little has directly changed for the UK’s consumers as a result of the referendum, so it’s the pre-existing market dynamics that are still driving sales. The slowdown in real wage growth in the first half of 2016 and strong competition will continue to weigh on trend growth in total sales; whilst holiday timings, promotional and seasonal activity will contribute to fluctuations month on month.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG
“In contrast to July, August’s retail figures illustrate somewhat of a U-turn of retail fortunes. Like-for-like sales were down 0.9 per cent on this time last year – painting a disappointing picture given previous signs of encouragement.

“Sales of women’s fashions performed particularly poorly, despite widespread promotions. The warmer weather made it almost too hot to shop and dissuaded shoppers from looking at the newly arrived autumn products. Despite this, jewellery sales continued to benefit from international shoppers taking advantage of the weaker pound. Whilst for those at home, some of whom may have opted for a staycation given the exchange rate, the warmer weather put wine and barbeques firmly on the menu – much to the delight of food and drinks sellers.

“With the Bank holiday weekend and ‘back to school’ sales largely falling in next month’s figures, it’s unsurprising that children’s fashion and footwear haven’t yet experienced an uplift. Given the volatility of retail sales in the past few months, no doubt retailers will be hoping for a smoother ride in the lead up to Christmas.”

Food & Drink sector performance, Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive, IGD. “A strong August for sales under mainly blue skies completed a good summer for grocery retailers, with the best underlying three-month growth for more than two years. “Although 51 per cent of shoppers feel that the next 12 months is a time for them to play it safe in financial terms, this does not seem to be curtailing overall spending on everyday items like food and groceries.”

For Media Enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
British Retail Consortium
Tel:  0207 854 8924
Email:  Zoe.Maddison@brc.org.uk

Source: British Retail Consortium

BRC – KPMG: UK online sales of Non-Food products grew 6.2% in August

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Online echoed the performance of total sales this month, with growth slowing to just 6.2 per cent, well below the 12-month average of 11.1 per cent. People’s attention on screens turned to watching the Olympics rather than browsing, resulting in the lowest growth for online non-food sales since March 2013.

“Online as a proportion of total non-food retail sales remains above 20 per cent, contributing positively to total non-food sales growth, while store sales registered a decline. Today’s figures are a reflection of a month of lower sales growth across the board as people focused their energies on outdoor leisure activities rather than shopping.

“The fact that online continues to be the key driver of sales growth is both testament to and a driver of innovation in the industry. Despite continuing uncertainty and swings in consumer confidence since the referendum retailers continue to invest in optimising their digital platforms, which have already become an integral part of the customer journey.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG
“While online sales were a more positive affair than the high street overall, e-channels experienced the slowest growth so far this year with non-food online sales up just 6.2% in the month.

“Health and beauty was the standout category as consumers stocked up on sun cream ready for exotic holidays abroad and Britain’s very own August scorcher. The warmer weather also encouraged parents to order outdoor toys online, helping to keep the kids out of mischief during the school summer break.

“In contrast, women’s footwear experienced negative growth in the month with shoppers reluctant to consider new Autumn collections in the summer heat. No doubt the category will improve as the weather cools in the coming months.

“With the summer holidays now coming to an end, ‘back to school’ marks the next opportunity for online retailers to grab the attention of shoppers.”

For Media Enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
British Retail Consortium
Tel: 0207 854 8924
Email: Zoe.Maddison@brc.org.uk

Source: British Retail Consortium

BRC – NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX: Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.0% in August, from the 1.6% decline in July

LONDON, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Shop prices continued their record run in deflationary territory. Lower prices this August compared to last were driven by a combination of continuing promotional activity, softening oil prices and a global supply glut of wheat weighing on food prices.

“The devaluation of sterling in wake of the referendum will put upward pressure on shop prices. But that’s likely to take several months to properly feed through, given that retailers won’t feel the brunt of the cost increases until existing contracts with foreign suppliers come to an end. Even then, retailers will have to make a decision about when and how much to pass onto consumers. Given the strength of competition in the market, and if the economy softens in line with predictions, any pass through may be more limited than implied by the exchange rate movement. As far as they can, retailers will endeavour to mitigate impacts by looking for productivity gains in their own businesses, rather than compromising on the value they are offering to consumers.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen
“Lower prices than a year ago across most channels with further price cuts by Supermarkets has been good news for shoppers and helped to keep consumer spend buoyant over the summer. Competition for discretionary spend is likely to intensify as we head towards the end of the year, so retailers will be keen to keep prices low and promotions sharp.”

For Media Enquiries:
British Retail Consortium
Tel:  0207 854 8924
Email:  zoe.maddison@brc.org.uk

Source: British Retail Consortium

Whole Foods Market names three new global vice presidents: Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, Martin Tracey and Brooke Buchanan

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today (Sept. 6, 2016) welcomes three new global vice presidents. Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, Global Vice President of Marketing, Martin Tracey, Global Vice President of Team Member Services, and Brooke Buchanan, Global Vice President of Communications, joined their respective teams today.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sonya, Martin and Brooke to our senior leadership team,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “They are accomplished leaders who bring deep retail and consumer experience, valuable perspective on both internal and external communications strategy and will play an integral role in supporting the company’s culture of innovation and team member empowerment as we continue to grow and evolve.”

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk
As Global Vice President of Marketing, Sonya Gafsi Oblisk will lead the company’s marketing, advertising and brand development efforts, including digital, brand marketing and customer relationship strategies. Oblisk brings more than 15 years of experience in retail, consumer products and affinity marketing, including an eight-year tenure at Wal-Mart where she most recently served as Vice President of Marketing for Sam’s Club.

Martin Tracey
As Global Vice President of Team Member Services (HR), Martin Tracey will have strategic responsibilities for the end-to-end team member experience including recruitment, compensation and benefits, talent analytics, learning and development and payroll operations for more than 87,000 team members. In his most recent role at Starbucks, Tracey was responsible for leadership development, talent analytics, and organizational development as Chief Talent Officer and Vice President of People Development.

Brooke Buchanan
As Global Vice President of Communications, Brooke Buchanan will lead Whole Foods Market’s public relations, internal communications and government affairs efforts. Buchanan has previously served as Vice President of Communications for Theranos, Vice President of Public Relations for Williams-Sonoma and held multiple senior positions at Wal-Mart. Prior to her corporate experience, she spent over eight years in political and government communications.

The new vice presidents are based at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Netherlands: Ah.nl renovated and expanded its Home Shop Center in De Meern

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ah.nl has renovated and expanded one of its national distribution facilities, the Home Shop Center (HSC) in De Meern, doubling its floor space so it can soon double the number of orders that can be processed here. The expansion included the addition of an adjacent building and the construction of a new production hall in the 10,800 square meter property. In addition, they installed a new 3,000 square meter cold storage area, to make it possible to expand their fresh range. The De Meern HSC employs over 500 associates, and the expansion creates employment opportunities for approximately 200 more people.

Patrick Daniels, Sr. Director Operations AH Online said, “The number of customers doing online grocery shopping with ah.nl continues to grow. The expansion of the Home Shop Center in De Meern means we will be able to deliver around 25,000 more orders to customers per week.” The renovated HSC was officially opened on Sunday.

Media Contact:

Email: media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation award of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation today (September 1, 2016) announces the award of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Awarded at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.

A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org. Grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle to benefit adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs will be available on January 2, 2017.

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

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

Source: Dollar General

Albert Heijn bespaart fors aantal kilometers bij thuisbezorging

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Met de toevoeging van een extra distributiepunt (HUB) in Den Haag en de uitbreiding van de locatie in Amsterdam kan Albert Heijn in die gebieden bij nog meer klanten de boodschappen thuis bezorgen. Bovendien wordt per jaar ongeveer 300.000 kilometer bespaard.

Voor het thuisbezorgen van de boodschappen maakt Albert Heijn gebruik van drie landelijke distributiecentra en een aantal HUB’s. Een HUB is een plek aan de rand van de stad waar de online bestelde boodschappen met een grote vrachtwagen worden afgeleverd. Vanaf daar rijden kleinere bezorgauto’s de stad in.

Bestellingen van klanten in Den Haag worden op dit moment vanuit het distributiecentrum in Rotterdam bezorgd. Met de opening van de HUB in Den Haag kan Albert Heijn het groeiend aantal klanten in deze regio nog beter bedienen en rijden de bezorgauto’s minder kilometers. In Amsterdam wordt de bestaande HUB verplaatst naar een nieuwe locatie met meer ruimte, waardoor meer bestellingen vanaf die locatie in de stad thuisbezorgd kunnen worden. Ook dit leidt tot een vermindering van het aantal kilometers dat afgelegd wordt.

Albert Heijn wil thuisbezorging steeds milieuvriendelijker maken. Eerder dit jaar introduceerde Albert Heijn in Amsterdam daarom de bezorgfiets en een volledig elektrische bezorgauto. Het toevoegen van de nieuwe HUB in Den Haag en de uitbreiding van de HUB in Amsterdam zijn een volgende stap in de vermindering van de CO2 uitstoot.

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

Source: Albert Heijn