Wegmans Food Markets announces influenza vaccine for 2016-2017 flu season is now available

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season is now available at all Wegmans Food Markets locations. At Wegmans, receiving the flu vaccination is as easy as picking up a few items for dinner – just stop by the store pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.

Each year, millions of Americans come down with the flu and hundreds of thousands of them are hospitalized. Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that for the 2013-2014 flu season, the vaccine prevented approximately 7.2 million illnesses and 90,000 hospitalizations. In an effort to continuously improve prevention of seasonal flu, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year.

“By offering the flu vaccination in our pharmacies, we’re making it easy for our customers to protect themselves from the seasonal flu, while also improving immunization rates in the communities we serve,” says Katie Niles, Wegmans pharmacist and pharmacy clinical wellness services manager.

Wegmans pharmacists, certified through the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program, started administering flu shots in 2010, and since then the number of customers visiting the pharmacy for an immunization has grown between 30 and 40 percent each year. Last flu season, Wegmans administered more than 75,000 flu vaccinations.

Wegmans pharmacies in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland offer the flu vaccine for kids and adults, as well as high dose for seniors. In New York and Massachusetts, the flu vaccine is available for adults 18 years and older and high dose for seniors.

The Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program offers onsite flu clinics for employers interested in giving employees a quick and easy way to protect themselves from the flu, without leaving the office. Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with online scheduling for employees to sign up for a flu shot timeslot, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered in all Wegmans’ market areas. For more information, contact Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager, at Brian.Pompo@wegmans.com.

In addition to the flu vaccine, Wegmans locations throughout the company’s six-state footprint offer an array of immunizations. Due to state regulations, customers should visit Wegmans.com to see which vaccines are available in their state. Depending upon the state, customers may receive immunizations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), herpes zoster (shingles), human papillomavirus (HPV), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningococcal (meningitis), pneumococcal disease (pneumonia), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

“We’re helping our customers and employees live healthier, better lives by giving them access to immunizations that protect them from serious illnesses that could lead to hospitalization and additional medical costs,” said Niles.
Wegmans pharmacy employees can also assist customers who need help determining their insurance policy’s coverage.

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

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze

Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze
Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze


SCOTTSVILLE, NY, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Stokoe Farms Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest will honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze. The three-acre maze is the image of the heart-shaped “Wegmans Veggies” logo surrounded by a “corn”ucopia of vegetables.  Farm guests are welcome to explore the maze from September 17th through October 30th.

“Stokoe Farms is over 200 years old, so we know the hard work and dedication it takes to create such an enduring legacy,” said Suzanne Stokoe, sixth Generation Farmer.  “We wanted to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary for the accomplishment that it is.  The Wegman family has done a great deal for the Rochester community, and this is a fun way to recognize the family’s contribution and heritage.”

For the opening weekends of September 17-18 and September 24-25, Wegmans and Stokoe Farms are offering $2 off the regular $14 ticket price when customers use their Shoppers Club Card at any “That’s T.H.E Ticket” location found at all Wegmans service desks. Stokoe Farms is also donating $1 to Foodlink for every ticket purchased for the September 17-18 weekend.

“This has been an incredible year, celebrating our 100th anniversary with our customers and the community,” said Wegmans President Colleen Wegman, “We can’t thank Stokoe Farms enough for honoring us in this fun, unique way, and giving us the opportunity to continue celebrating with our customers this fall.”

Stokoe Farms is a Pumpkin Patch & Christmas tree farm located just 20 minutes south of the Rochester airport.  The farm welcomes guests to enjoy more than 35 activities including hay rides, bounce pillows, a picture maze with Maize-o-poly maze game, a straw fort, farm animals, a barnyard barrel train, a spider web, pedal karts and so much more.  Great fun for all ages, because…”The Best Traditions Begin Here.”

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

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Julie Izzo Niedzwick
Stokoe Farms marketing director

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


Taubman Asia and Shinsegae Group opens Starfield Hanam shopping center in Hanam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Excited crowds gathered for the grand opening of Starfield Hanam shopping center today (09/09/2016) in Hanam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Developed by Taubman Asia and Shinsegae Group, the center was opened after a ceremonial ribbon cutting featuring Taubman Centers, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Robert S. Taubman, René Tremblay, president Taubman Asia, Yong-Jin Chung, group vice chairman of Shinsegae Group, Jing-Soo Lee, deputy mayor of Hanam, Hyun-Jae Lee, National Assembly member and other special guests.

Starfield Hanam is nearly 100 percent leased and occupied with almost 300 stores and restaurants. The 1.7 million square foot center is anchored by Korea’s number one department store brand, Shinsegae, and offers everything from fast fashion to luxury items through a unique collection of domestic and international retailers, as well as an incredible variety of dining and entertainment destinations.

“Starfield Hanam is Taubman Asia’s first ground-up development in South Korea and we could not be more thrilled with this center,” said Taubman. “Together with our partner Shinsegae, we have created an unparalleled destination that has exceeded all expectations.”

“South Korea’s first ‘shopping theme park’ is a new business model for the country, integrating the brick and mortar shopping experience with E-Mart distribution,” said Yong-Jin Chung, vice chairman of Shinsegae Group. “We carefully curated the selection of stores and services to benefit our customers and satisfy their diverse needs.”

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Starfield Hanam’s collection of international luxury brands includes Balenciaga, Burberry, Bvlgari, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada, Saint Laurent and many more. Fast fashion favorites are also well-represented including Cos, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Uniqlo and Zara to name a few.

With 110,000 square feet of dining options, there is something for every palette. Gourmet Street, on the ground level, has 17 restaurants and cafes while the Eatopia food court offers more casual fare with 18 kiosks specializing in well-known local artisan eats. The food court features indoor/outdoor seating with views of the Han River and Gumdan Mountain. A sampling of the restaurants that opened today include Devil’s Door, Everest, Hanwoori, Phoenix Yumcha, Pyeongyang Myeon-Ok and Vecchia e Nuovo.

Starfield Hanam also offers showrooms by BMW, Genesis, Hyundai and Harley Davidson. Tesla will be opening soon.

Another key component of the overall Starfield Hanam experience is entertainment. The eleven-screen Megabox cinema, a Sports Monster sportsplex offering everything from rock climbing to basketball and a 112,000 square foot Aquafield indoor/outdoor water park provides fun-filled experiences when shopping is complete.

For more information about Starfield Hanam, please visit www.taubman.com or the center’s website at www.starfield.co.kr.

About Starfield Hanam
Starfield Hanam, located in scenic Hanam, South Korea just east of Seoul, is the largest western-style shopping center in the country at nearly 1.7 million square feet. Anchored by Shinsegae department store, the center offers approximately 300 stores, restaurants, and a variety of sports and entertainment venues. Conveniently connected to the Misa road, which is linked to the Greater Seoul freeway network, Starfield offers approximately 6,200 parking spaces and access to bus transportation routes.

About Taubman Asia
Taubman Asia is a subsidiary of U.S. Mall operator Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) – a leader in the shopping center industry. Taubman Asia is the platform for Taubman Centers’ expansion into China and South Korea and focuses on owning, managing, and/or leasing high-quality and sustainable retail real estate projects inAsia that leverage Taubman’s strong retail planning design and operational capabilities. The company opened CityOn.Xi’an (Xi’an, China) and Starfield Hanam (Hanam, South Korea) in 2016 and will open CityOn.Zhenzghou (Zhengzhou, China) in 2017. For more information about Taubman Asia, visit taubmanasia.com.

About Shinsegae Group
Shinsegae Group is a retail company group with 33 subsidiary companies and has recorded sales of KRW 20 trillion and the total asset amount of KRW 29 trillion in 2015. Shinsegae Group has been leading the new trends in Korean retail with the first department store, the first discount retailer and the first premium outlet in South Korea. Shinsegae Group has two big businesses, Shinsegae department store and E-mart. Shinsegae department store operates 11 stores and E-mart operates 157 stores in South Korea and 10 stores in China,Vietnam and Mongolia, following the first store in 1993 (as of August 2016).

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.


Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director, Investor Relations

Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications

Moonjin Park
Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing
82-2-6137-5016 (South Korea),

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

ShopRite celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program with calendar of events

KEASBEY, NJ, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —  ShopRite, operating more than 260 supermarkets throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, announced today (September 8, 2016) that it will officially celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program with a series of events, giveaways, health and wellness workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. The event kicks off September 10th and runs through the 19th at participating store locations. Event calendars are available at: http://www.shoprite.com/health-events/.

Ten years ago, ShopRite launched its in-store Registered Dietitian program to help shoppers make healthier food choices in the aisles. Today, with more than 130 Registered Dietitians servicing nearly 140 locations across the Northeast, ShopRite’s experts in health and wellness provide complimentary services such as one-on-one consultations, supermarket tours, support groups, weight management classes, cooking classes, product samplings and much more.  Additionally, ShopRite’s in-store Registered Dietitians work in the communities they serve by partnering with hospitals, doctors, libraries, schools, universities and non-profit organizations to conduct free workshops and seminars.

“When ShopRite launched its in-store Registered Dietitian program a decade ago, the idea of having a full-time health professional offering nutritional advice in the supermarket aisles was practically unheard of,” said Natalie Menza, Health & Wellness manager, and the first corporate dietitian hired by ShopRite.  “We are extremely proud of the difference that our Registered Dietitians have made in the lives of our shoppers.  Whether assisting with weight loss goals, changes in nutritional needs, helping to better understand food labels or simply finding a gluten-free option of their favorite snack, ShopRite’s goal is to educate and inspire our customers when it comes to their health and wellness needs – and we’re honored to be doing that within the communities we serve.”

ShopRite dietitan Jessica Guarnieri, right, helps a customer, Linda, read the nutrition label. Linda lost more than 45 pounds with the help of her ShopRite dietitian.

Members of the media are invited to attend the anniversary celebration, which will include photo and interview opportunities with the dietitians. For more information on how ShopRite is celebrating the 10thAnniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program, contact your local store or visit www.ShopRite.com.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Karen Meleta
Phone: 732-906-5356
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications


ShopRite celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program with calendar of events
ShopRite celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its in-store Registered Dietitian program with calendar of events


Source: Shoprite

ShopRite opens newest full-service supermarket at Whitman Plaza in Philadelphia

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite today (Sept. 1, 2016)) cut the ribbon on its newest full-service, state-of the-art supermarket in Philadelphia, Pa.

Located at 330 Oregon Ave., the 60,000-square-foot ShopRite of Whitman Plaza will be operated by the Colligas Family and their Colligas Family Markets, LLC. The family’s new store features a large selection of freshly prepared foods, international and domestic cheeses, an in-store café, catering and store dietitian. Customers will also find a wide variety of fresh produce and natural and organic products – all at ShopRite’s low, everyday prices.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined the family for the morning ribbon cutting and shoppers lined up outside the store in anticipation of the store opening.

“We are honored to be part of this community and serve South Philly neighborhoods with our ShopRite store, and we look forward to continuing our purpose of providing our customers with an exhilarating, pleasurable experience in our new, expanded ShopRite on Oregon Avenue,” said Jennifer Colligas-Moyer.

The new space was extensively renovated and includes a fresh bake shop with store made special occasion cakes; meat cut to order by trained butchers; seafood department stocked with same-day catches; cheese, prepared foods and catering departments, and grab-and-go meals such as sandwiches, heat and eat entrees, hot bar, salad bar, Asian cuisine and Sushi.

Associates will be able to take advantage of new, expanded break and training rooms and an on-site dietitian will be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours or meal planning to customers and associates.  The convenient online ShopRite from Home® service will also be available to customers in a greatly expanded space convenient for store pick-ups or delivery. Store associates personally shop ShopRite from Home online grocery orders and customers can pick up their groceries at the store or have them delivered to their doorstep. The new store, which is outfitted with the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies in refrigeration and lighting, will also compost to reduce waste.

The ShopRite of Whitman Plaza will employ more than 300 full- and part-time workers and will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store location at 29 Snyder Ave. closed on Sunday Aug. 28 and reopened Thursday, Sept 1 in the new location at 330 Oregon Ave., immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Karen Meleta
Phone: 732-906-5356
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications


ShopRite opens newest full-service supermarket at Whitman Plaza in Philadelphia
ShopRite opens newest full-service supermarket at Whitman Plaza in Philadelphia


Source: Shoprite

NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch
NEW ZEALAND: New World opens new supermarket at Woolston, Christchurch


Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christchurch’s newest supermarket opened its doors today (09 September 2016), bringing a new look for Woolston, a better shopping experience for east Christchurch, and dozens of new jobs.

New World Ferry Road has been built beside the existing site at the eastern end of Woolston shops, and was officially opened this morning by Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson.

Owner-operator Greg Boock says after a year of construction the store is now in “fantastic shape,” and he’s pleased to be able to open it up to shoppers for the first time.

“The store has a great feel when you walk in,” Boock says. “There’s triple the retail space that we had before, meaning wider and longer aisles, and we have the latest designs in the deli, butchery and seafood sections, for those wanting a personal touch when buying specialty foods.”

“At the front end we have eleven checkouts in total, including five that are self-service; and outside there’ll be 114 carparks once the old store is demolished, which is triple what we had before.”

Additional employment has been created too: the total number of new roles is 50, of which 24 are full-time and 26 part time. In addition, 12 existing staff have been given extra hours.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to retain and recruit the best staff for the new store. I’m also proud to be playing a vital role in the rejuvenation of Woolston, and confident the new store will bring more shoppers to the village, and help them see Woolston as a suburb where they can live.”

Foodstuffs South Island’s General Manager of Property and Retail Development, Roger Davidson, says New World Ferry Road is the first of three new Foodstuffs stores opening in the South Island this year, the others being PAK’nSAVE Queenstown, and Four Square West Melton.

“Seeing stores like Ferry Road finally open to shoppers is one of the most satisfying parts of my job,” Davidson says. “I’ve had a walk-through already and it really is a wonderful store: modern, bright and eco-friendly, with energy-efficient lighting, ozone-friendly refrigeration, and facilities for waste minimization, which is a strong focus for Foodstuffs right now.”

Boock adds that it’s heartening to be able to contribute to Christchurch’s regeneration: “So much is being done to rebuild this city and once again make it the best place in New Zealand to live and raise a family. Rebuilding the CBD is a major aspect of that, and so are investments like this – locals want to see their suburbs being modernized too, and I’m delighted to be able to play a part in that.”

For further information, interview requests or additional photos, please contact:

Louise Nolan
022 6922 752

Source: Foodstuff


PHILIPPINES: SM reached out to more local investors during its retail investor seminar

PHILIPPINES: SM reached out to more local investors during its retail investor seminar
PHILIPPINES: SM reached out to more local investors during its retail investor seminar


Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) reached out to more local investors as it underscored Philippine corporate growth.

SM, with subsidiaries SM Prime Holdings and BDO Unibank, recently concluded retail investor seminar in partnership with CitisecOnline.com in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Manila which drew thousands.

“Investor education is very important to SM and we do our part by going around the country to share the long-term growth plans of the group. Historically, foreign investors dominated our minority investor base who gained immensely from the strong share price performance of SM and its listed subsidiaries. We want to encourage more local investors to likewise gain from the business acumen of the Sy family,” Cora Guidote, SM Senior Vice President for Investor Relations said.

Since listing in the stock market in 2005, SM’s share price grew by a compounded annual growth rate of 17.4%. As a result, market capitalization grew to PHP 819.1 billion as of end-August from PHP 127.2 billion in 2005, reflecting the support of investors, particularly those of foreign institutional funds over the last 11 years.

A PHP 10,000 investment, bought during IPO would be PHP 46,920.82 if sold as of December 2015, notwithstanding cash dividends declared during those years.

SM has earmarked between PHP 70 to PHP 80 billion every year in an aggressive expansion bid in the Philippines, fueled by the local economy’s strong momentum. Supporting this capital commitment, SM posted an 11% growth in consolidated net income of PHP 15 billion in the first six months of the year.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117


The Defense Commissary Agency salutes the entire Air Force community on their 69th anniversary

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sixty-nine years ago on Sept. 18, men and women of the Army Air Forces stopped wearing Army green and started sporting Air Force blue.

On that date, W. Stuart Symington – formerly the Assistant Secretary of War for Air – was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Carl A. “Toohey” Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the Air Force eight days later.

The Defense Commissary Agency, soon to observe its own 25th anniversary on Oct. 1, is proud to salute the entire Air Force community on their anniversary and continue its delivery of the commissary benefit.

For those who called blue skies home, the process of becoming an independent service became law with the passage of the National Security Act of 1947 on July 26. The law created the National Military Establishment – later renamed the Department of Defense – with three branches: the Army, the Navy (which included the Marine Corps) and the newly-formed Air Force. Before then, the Army had been responsible for land-based aviation operations, while the Navy and Marine Corps controlled sea-based and amphibious aviation activities.

The Navy and Marines continued their air operations, but the Army Air Forces was disbanded, the Air Force inherited its mission and bases, and took on responsibility for long-range land-based air operations. This major reorganization of the United States’ armed forces set the tone for military strategy during the Cold War.

Along with the Army Air Forces’ runways and flight operation facilities, the Air Force inherited all sorts of additional assets, including the base commissaries. Although their stores were still supplied for a time by the Army Quartermasters, the Air Force immediately went into the commissary business. The stores proved especially important to military families living overseas with the occupying forces in Japan and Germany.

For many years, all military installations ran their own commissaries, with some assistance from the various service headquarters. In the postwar years, the Armed Forces Commissary Regulation of 1949 standardized terminology and some methodology for the commissaries of military services.

To help cover the stores’ expenses, the Department of Defense ordered an across-the-board 2-percent surcharge on commissary purchases, beginning in 1952. This was gradually increased until it reached the current level, 5 percent, in 1983. Today, funds generated by the surcharge pay for some supplies and equipment, construction, renovation and maintenance of commissary structures.

In the early years following the service’s formation, Air Force base commanders were responsible for their bases’ commissaries. Shelf stocking and commodity purchasing decisions were made at store-level. There was little standardization, no uniformity, no continuity of operations and no career path for commissary workers – civilian or military.

This began to change in the early 1970s. Policy and guidance came from the Supply Support and Services Office at Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon, while professional assistance came from the Air Force Commissary Stores Branch in the Air Force Services Office in Philadelphia, part of the Air Force Logistics Command.

The commissary benefit’s importance in recruitment and retention increased with the creation of the all-volunteer military in 1973. In 1976, the formation of the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS) centralized guidance and control for all Air Force commissaries – 181 at the time – in one agency, headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. AFCOMS managed Air Force commissaries until the creation of the Defense Commissary Agency, which centralized all the services’ commissaries in 1991.

Today, DeCA provides the commissary benefit for all the military services, saving individual authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually when compared with prices in civilian supermarkets.

Since 1947, millions of Americans have worn the Air Force uniform, and have established a superb record of valor, sacrifice and distinguished service from the Korean conflict to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, nearly 70 years later, members of the Air Force community, along with their peers in the other armed services, as well as members of the Reserve and National Guard, may shop at any of DeCA’s 238 commissaries at U.S. military installations around the world.

Note: For a video related to the Air Force, go to DeCA’s YouTube page at :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anwj5Q001uw.

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

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

Source: Commissary

Product launch: Z3 Technology’s 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera now available for order


LINCOLN, NE, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Z3 Technology, LLC, a leading provider of embedded video compression systems, and Sony Electronics Inc., an international leader in image sensors camera technology, are announcing the availability the Z3Cam-4KTM, a 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera. The Z3Cam-4K brings clarity and detail to high movement and low light conditions with optimized 4K technology. This unit captures stunning video with 20x optical zoom with integrated auto focus. The Z3Cam-4K provides crystal clear images for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications while adding the ability to broadcast and analyze your video around the world.

The Z3Cam-4K is the first 4K video system capable of encoding and streaming 4K H.265/HEVC video with ONVIF integration for easy camera management. The innovative Z3Cam-4K has multiple options for your IP transmission. The system can output both H.265/HEVC and H.264 video over IP in 4K resolutions. It can also send a simultaneous HD stream. Camera control can take place remotely with VISCA control commands sent over IP to the Z3Cam-4K from a comm port on your PC. Where seeing sharp lines is key, Sony’s 4K noise reduction algorithm provides the highest quality imaging fit for virtual reality imaging and high detail data analytics.

“Sony is privileged to work with Z3 on providing the 4K optics and image capture subsystem integrated into the Z3Cam-4K. With fast auto focus, 20x optical zoom and electronic image stabilization we expect this new camera to be deployed widely in demanding commercial and industrial 4K applications,” saidJohn Monti, Director, Sony Visual Imaging Solutions.

“The Z3Cam-4K camera provides high quality, low bit rate video to be streamed over IP networks at 4K resolutions,” Aaron Caldwell, CEO Z3 Technology said. “In the past the bandwidth requirements for 4K were too high for many of our customers to make the switch to 4K. The Z3Cam-4K solves this dilemma by taking advantage of state of the art H.265 compression technology that uses very low power and low bandwidth. Z3 is excited to be collaborating with Sony to offer the industry this 4K H.265 IP camera solution to allow 4K imaging to be sent around the world with no distance limitations.”

Z3Cam-4K Features:
H.265/HEVC and H.264 encoded video
4K (Ultra-HD) and HD resolutions
High sensitivity image processor
20x optical and digital zoom
Integrated auto focus zoom and optional manual focus
Visibility enhancer ICR (Day and Night)
Noise reduction algorithm for high frequency and high detail areas
GigE interface for IP output
IP control and configuration
Supports Sony VISCA camera control over IP and ONVIF Profile S
Microphone input
Composite output
Device recording options via USB 2.0 interface
Network recording options over IP
PoE power or DC power

The Z3Cam-4K is now available for order. For additional information on the Z3Cam-4K or OEM electronics only options, contact sales@Z3technology.com or visit Camera Solutions at www.Z3technology.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Barnes & Noble reports sales and earnings for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016

New York, NY, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today (September 8, 2016) reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Total sales for the first quarter were $913.9 million, declining 6.6% as compared to the prior year. Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and BN.com, declined 6.1% to $881.7 million for the quarter.  Comparable store sales declined 6.0% for the quarter, softer than the Company’s expectations, due in large part to lower traffic and the challenging retail environment.  NOOK sales, which include digital content, devices and accessories, declined 24.5% to $41.0 million for the quarter.

Retail incurred an operating loss of $7.4 million during the quarter, which includes severance charges and consulting fees of $7.9 million resulting from Retail’s cost reduction initiatives.  NOOK incurred an operating loss of $14.0 million, which includes severance and transitional costs of $7.2 million related to the previously announced outsourcing of certain NOOK services and the closure of its California and Taiwan offices.

The consolidated first quarter net loss from continuing operations was $14.4 million, or $0.20 per share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $7.8 million, or $0.27 per share, in the prior year.  Excluding the charges noted above, the consolidated first quarter net loss from continuing operations would have been $5.0 million, or $0.07 per share.

Retail generated EBITDA of $17.6 million, inclusive of the Retail charges noted above.  Excluding the charges, Retail EBITDA would have been $25.5 million, a decline of $19.8 million versus the prior year, primarily as a result of the sales decrease.

NOOK EBITDA losses were $7.9 million, which includes the NOOK charges noted above.  Excluding the charges, NOOK EBITDA losses would have been $0.7 million, improving $16.6 million as compared to a year ago, due primarily to the Company’s cost rationalization efforts.

On a consolidated basis, the Company generated first quarter EBITDA of $9.6 million.  Excluding the charges noted above, consolidated EBITDA would have been $24.7 million, or $3.2 million lower than the prior year.

Return of Capital
During the quarter, the Company returned $20.8 million in cash to its shareholders, including $11.1 million in dividends and $9.7 million through share repurchases.  The Company acquired approximately 830,000 shares at an average price of $11.73 during the quarter under its share repurchase program.

The Company remains focused on executing its previously announced strategic initiatives to increase sales and reduce expenses.  Given the softer than expected sales results to date, and the expected continuation of the challenging retail environment, the Company now expects fiscal 2017 comparable store sales to decline in the low single digits.

Although the Company is reducing its comparable store sales expectations, through its expense reduction initiatives, it continues to expect full year consolidated EBITDA to be in a range of $200 million to $250 million.  Retail EBITDA is expected to be in a range of $240 million to $280 million, excluding the impact of any charges related to its cost reduction initiatives and costs associated with the recent CEO departure.  NOOK EBITDA losses are expected to decline to a range of $30 million to $40 million, including previously announced transitional costs.

Conference Call
A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET on Thursday, September 8, 2016, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report fiscal 2017 second quarter results on or about December 1, 2016.

Financial Tables
Download financial tables related to the sales and earnings for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016:

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The NOOK Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK (www.nook.com) tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) and information relating to Barnes & Noble that are based on the beliefs of the management of Barnes & Noble as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of Barnes & Noble. When used in this communication, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “forecasts,” “projections,” and similar expressions, as they relate to Barnes & Noble or the management of Barnes & Noble, identify forward-looking statements.

Such statements reflect the current views of Barnes & Noble with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including, among others, the general economic environment and consumer spending patterns, decreased consumer demand for Barnes & Noble’s products, low growth or declining sales and net income due to various factors, including store closings, higher-than-anticipated or increasing costs, including with respect to store closings, relocation, occupancy (including in connection with lease renewals) and labor costs, the effects of competition, the risk of insufficient access to financing to implement future business initiatives, risks associated with data privacy and information security, risks associated with Barnes & Noble’s supply chain, including possible delays and disruptions and increases in shipping rates, various risks associated with the digital business, including the possible loss of customers, declines in digital content sales, risks and costs associated with ongoing efforts to rationalize the digital business and the digital business not being able to perform its obligations under the Samsung commercial agreement and the consequences thereof, the risk that financial and operational forecasts and projections are not achieved, the performance of Barnes & Noble’s initiatives including but not limited to its new store concept and e-commerce initiatives, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, potential infringement of Barnes & Noble’s intellectual property by third parties or by Barnes & Noble of the intellectual property of third parties, and other factors, including those factors discussed in detail in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in Barnes & Noble’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2016, and in Barnes & Noble’s other filings made hereafter from time to time with the SEC.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Barnes & Noble or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. Barnes & Noble undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this communication.

Media Contact:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Investor Contact:
Andy Milevoj
Vice President,
Investor Relations
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3489

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Colombia: Ara stores open in Chía and Soacha; with plans to end the year with 40 stores in the country

Lisbon, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ara’s arrival in the centre of the country – where it should end the year with approximately 40 stores – will begin with the opening of its first two stores, in Chía and Soacha, on September 10th.

Expansion into Bogotá and nine municipalities in Cundinamarca follows on from the positive reception Ara stores have earned in Colombia’s Coffee Region and on the Caribbean coast, where it already has 171 stores and more than two thousand employees.

In Bogotá, as in the two regions where the company already operates, Ara stores will offer a wide product range adapted to the needs of local consumers, who, alongside their familiar brands, will also find a variety of Ara Private Brand products.

Ara’s Private Brand range, produced by Colombian suppliers (94%), already accounts for more than a third of total sales and has been a source of differentiation for Ara in the Colombian market. With a dynamic programme of launches and in a country where Private Brand penetration is still low,54 new products were included in the permanent range in the first six months of this year alone.

Strong and highly attractive weekly promotions combined with a good quality/price relationship are, along with the quality of fresh produce and Private Brand products, factors much appreciated by Ara’s customers.

Under its partnership with the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar), Ara plans to expand its support for the “Community Mothers” (“Madres Comunitarias”) project into this third region of operations. In the coffee-producing and Caribbean coast regions more than four thousand children are currently supported with food baskets containing dairy products, fruit and proteins.

With the start of operations in Bogotá and Cundinamarca, a major centre of development that is home to more than 10 million consumers, the Ara store chain will employ a total of approximately 2,500 people, thus continuing to contribute to employment growth and socioeconomic development in Colombia.

About Ara
Ara is a brand inspired by the joy of the Colombian people and the colours and rich biodiversity of the country that offers “Happiness at the Best Price. With a value proposal based on low prices, quality Private Brand products, strong promotions and a major neighbourhood presence, the chain began trading in March 2013 with the opening of its first distribution centre and store number 1, in the city of Pereira in Colombia’s coffee-producing region.

Source: Jeronimo Martins

Fnac opens new Fnac Connect store in Aubière with plans to open 10 Fnac Connect stores by the end of 2017

A Ivry, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fnac has announced the opening, on September 9, of a new Fnac Connect store in Aubière, on the outskirts of Clermont-Ferrand. As a forerunner in the retail of connected objects, and one of the main smartphone and phone accessories retailers in France, Fnac strives to strengthen its leading position in these markets with the opening of around ten new Fnac Connect stores by the end of 2017.

The Aubière store launches Groupe Fnac’s partnership with the holding SEDADI, owner of the WELCOM’ brand, which specializes in telephony and has 53 stores in central France. This brand, which is under contract with the operators Bouygues Telecom and Coriolis, has extensive experience in sales of mobile contracts, phones and accessories. The Fnac Connect store will be installed on the premises of the current WELCOM’ Aubière store, with a surface area of 136 sq.m. and will employ a team of five employees.

The Fnac Connect concept was launched in 2014 on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, before being rolled out in the form of dedicated areas in all Fnac stores. More recently, it has been exported to Spain with the opening of a store in Bilbao.

Fnac Connect is entirely devoted to telephony and connected objects. Fully designed for a unique and enjoyable customer experience, these stores offer the widest range on the market (connected watches and bracelets, camera drones, headsets and speakers, accessories for the connected home, etc.), in addition to a highly extensive selection of stylish and trendy accessories. Customers have the freedom to access selfservice products, and demonstration areas allow them to discover their uses as well as the latest innovations.

About Groupe Fnac – www.groupe-fnac.com: Groupe Fnac is a retailer of entertainment and leisure products and consumer electronics. A leader in France and major player in the countries where it operates (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Qatar, Ivory Coast), Groupe Fnac had a multi-format network of 205 stores (including 125 in France) at the end of June 2016, plus e-commerce sites, including Fnac.com, ranked France’s third most visited e-commerce site (approximately 10 million unique visitors/month). A standard-setting omni-channel retailer, Groupe Fnac posted consolidated revenue of €3.876 billion in 2015 and employs 14,100 people.

Press contacts:
Laurent Glépin
+33 (0)1 55 21 54 13

Alexandre André
+33 (0)1 55 21 54 46

Source: Fnac

USDA FSIS: ground beef products recall by The Paradise Valley Market, Inc. (Carnival Supermarket) due to possible E. Coli O157:H7 Adulteration

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Paradise Valley Market, Inc. (Carnival Supermarket), located at 870 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista, Calif., is voluntarily recalling approximately 35 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Sept. 8, 2016).

The lean and extra lean ground beef was produced and sold only on Sept. 1, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 20-lbs. of 15% lean ground beef product. The product would have been packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top.
  • 15-lbs. of 7% extra lean ground beef product. The product would have been packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received notification that a product sample collected at the firm  tested positive for E. coliO157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company issued the voluntary recall over concerns that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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

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

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume product that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can call Sandy Young, Vice President of J. Waltcher Communications, at (619) 296-7140.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

– Fish: 145°F
– Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
– Ground meat: 160°F
– Poultry: 165°F
– Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Jeremy J. Emmert
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

Violeta by MANGO celebrates curvy women with new campaign video

Violeta by MANGO celebrates curvy women with new campaign video
Violeta by MANGO celebrates curvy women with new campaign video


Barcelona, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Violeta by MANGO is launching a digital project this season that celebrates curvy women, to prove that fashion can be worn by all sizes. The chosen format is a video in which the stars discuss the fashion industry, clichés about curves and the difficulties they experience finding flattering garments that adapt to curvier body shapes.

The four women have plenty of character: the multi-talented actress Rossy de Palma, the muse of the fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and film director Pedro Almodóvar; the acclaimed model Alessandra García, the daughter of the Cuban-born actor Andy García; the famous Spanish model Lorena Durán, who has participated in several fashion campaigns; and the TV presenter Tania Llasera. The last of these will also star in a series of videos to be published on mango.com throughout the AW16 season. In the videos she will offer styling tips and advice on how to achieve flattering outfits and combine different garments from the Violeta by MANGO collection.

This diverse selection of ambassadors demonstrates that size, style or age is not a barrier to wearing the latest fashion trends in a sexy and comfortable way. Something all four have in common is that they are women from the world of fashion, art and performance who feel comfortable with themselves and who are convinced that beauty standards need to be based on a positive image of the body.

The campaign video is related to a competition which customers can enter if they cannot find their size in fashion stores, by using the hashtag #WeAreVioleta on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Each week, entrants will have the chance to win a total Violeta by MANGO outfit.

Violeta by MANGO offers fashion garments up to UK size 26 and aims to dress women who want to wear the latest fashion and feel attractive and sexy when doing so. The secret to the success of the brand, launched in January 2014, lies in the care taken in the technical pattern cutting for each size and in being able to offer a high quality collection for any moment of the day, with garments designed to be comfortable, feminine and modern. The main markets of the brand are Spain, France and Russia.

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

Source: Mango


Office Depot partners with Pocket Points, an app that rewards college students who stay off their phones

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today (September 8, 2016) announced it is the sole national school and office supply retailer with Pocket Points, an app that rewards students for refraining from using their phones during class and offers savings with retailers

College students are more distracted than ever, spending 20 percent of class time using digital devices for unrelated activities, according to a 2013 University of Nebraska-Lincoln study.

“Office Depot’s exclusive partnership with Pocket Points furthers our commitment to finding new and innovative ways to help students utilize technology to succeed in the classroom,” said Diane Nick, senior vice president of marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “This is a win-win for users of the app and our company to reach students on this popular platform. In addition to helping students maintain good classroom habits throughout the year, Office Depot wants to provide them with access to savings on the gear they need to succeed.”

When students open the app on campus and lock their phones, they start earning points that can be redeemed directly through the app or online to save money on school and dorm supplies online at officedepot.com.

“Pocket Points and Office Depot have formed a partnership in providing the tools for students to succeed. Our team is elated to be working closely with a company of Office Depot’s caliber. Pocket Points’ mission has always been to provide value to students and merchants. This partnership will enhance the experience on all fronts,” said Mitch Gardner, co-founder and chief operations officer of Pocket Points.

Office Depot will be available in 45 of Pocket Points’ markets including but not limited to: Auburn University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Pennsylvania State University and Texas A&M University.

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

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

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

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

About Pocket Points
Founded in 2014 at Chico State University, Pocket Points has quickly become the “Must-have” mobile application for college students. By creating a rewards platform that influences students to lock their phones in class, Pocket Points has created a Win-Win-Win product. Students, businesses, and teachers have all become major advocates of the mobile app, which has enabled Pocket Points to grow organically. The positive reinforcement method has resonated with High School and College students, as a more effective way of influencing desired outcomes. The team is continuing to open up additional schools and merchants, with the goal of enabling more users the ability to benefit from the application.

Julianne Embry

Sarah England

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Hudson’s Bay Company announces the appointment of David J. Schwartz as General Counsel and EVP

Toronto, ON, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company today (Sept 8, 2016 ) announced the appointment of David J. Schwartz as General Counsel and Executive Vice President. Mr. Schwartz will lead the company’s global legal organization across banners, and will drive initiatives critical to HBC’s strategic plan. The appointment is effective Friday, September 30th, and Mr. Schwartz will report to HBC’s CEO Jerry Storch, be a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team, and serve as corporate secretary to its Board of Directors. Mr. Schwartz succeeds David Pickwoad, the company’s General Counsel who is leaving HBC to pursue other opportunities.

“HBC’s worldwide legal organization is critical to our global business and how we execute against our strategic plan. David Schwartz’s extensive legal and regulatory affairs experience in international retail, spanning real estate, intellectual property, litigation, regulatory compliance and securities makes him the best candidate to lead our global legal function,” said Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Jerry Storch. “We are grateful to David Pickwoad for his leadership at HBC over the past six years, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Mr. Schwartz joins HBC after 15 years with Toys “R” Us, where he served as General Counsel for over a decade. He began his tenure at Toys “R” Us as Vice President, Corporate Counsel in 2001, was named Deputy General Counsel in 2002, and appointed General Counsel in 2003. Prior to Toys “R” Us, Mr. Schwartz was a corporate partner at Anderson, Kill & Olick, P.C.

Mr. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and an MBA from Columbia University Business School. He is a member of the New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Bars.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off-price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 470 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.

In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Media Contact:
Andrew Blecher SVP
Corporate Communications &amp Public Relations
Hudson’s Bay Company
P: 646.802.4030

Jen Vargas
VP, Corporate Communications
Hudson’s Bay Company
P: 646-802-2952

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Catch Every Kid initiative launches to promote childhood immunizations throughout Washington state

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep. 8th, 2016) kicks off Catch Every Kid, Group Health Foundation’s effort to promote childhood immunizations throughout Washington state. The campaign is asking parents to vaccinate their children, encourage discussions with friends and neighbors about the importance of vaccinating children, and to donate to the Foundation so more kids have access to vaccinations.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Chicken Pox, and Pertussis, can be prevented if children under the age of six receive immunizations. Children at the age of 11-14 should receive booster shots to continue the immunity from earlier childhood vaccinations and HPV vaccination to ward off cancer later in life.

“The CDC tells us that rates for vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. have decreased by 99 percent since vaccines were introduced,” says Kevin Sullivan, chair of the Foundation board of directors. “However, here in Washington, nearly one third of children miss one or more recommended vaccinations. We’re on a mission to close the gap, to catch every kid and make sure no child falls through.”

Bartell Drugs and Cliff Avril, a professional football defensive end, have joined with Group Health to promote awareness around childhood vaccinations and provide an easy way for those who wish to donate so that others might also have the same opportunity to receive vaccinations. With any purchase at Bartell Drugs, consumers can now give an Honorary Safety $2 donation at point of purchase. In addition, Group Health and Bartell Drugs provide convenient and affordable access for all to vaccinations through CareClinics.

“Bartell Drugs has been committed to keeping our customer healthy for more than 125 years. We are honored to be a part of this campaign and protecting the children in our communities,” says John Lewis, director of CareClinic Operations. “The convenience and value of the clinics, and the professional medical services available through our Group Health certified health providers, are an excellent way for parents in our community to vaccinate their children. With the optional donation at checkout, they can help vaccinate even more children.”

One goal of the Group Health Foundation is making childhood immunizations accessible to families who cannot afford them, and helping families understand why it’s important to vaccinate. Through donations by individuals in Washington, the Foundation has been able to help nearly 17,000 children receive more than 33,000 vaccines. Equally important, the public has received information vital to understanding the importance of immunizations to the community.

“Vaccines save lives.  It’s really that simple.” says Diana Birkett Rakow, president of the Foundation. “The HPV shot can prevent cancer later in adult life by simply immunizing a pre-teen. Some people think the HPV vaccine is about sex and it’s not.  It is important for parents to hear the facts whether from their health care provider or their neighbor. We can all be advocates for our children’s’ health.”

According to Rakow, Catch Every Kid is about giving parents, caregivers, and community members a chance to protect the children of Washington. She adds, “kids trust their parents and caregivers to catch them when they fall; immunization is part of meriting their trust by catching them before they fall.”

For more information about Group Health Foundation or to make a donation, please visit http://grouphealthfoundation.org/.

4025 Delridge Way SW, #400
Seattle, WA 98106

Source: Bartell Drugs

Stater Bros. Charities to provide new badges and cap pieces to the San Bernardino Police Department’s elite Honor Guard unit

San Bernardino, California, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Charities is pleased to support the San Bernardino Police Department’s Honor Guard by providing new badges and cap pieces which identify participating officers as members of the elite Honor Guard unit.

The San Bernardino Police Department Honor Guard is a group of officers who donate their time to respectfully represent the San Bernardino Police Department and the City of San Bernardino at various events throughout the year, including funerals, memorial ceremonies, academy graduations and opening ceremonies at local community events.

“The San Bernardino Police Department’s Honor Guard is a group of dedicated officers who finance the special equipment they use for the unit out of their own pockets.” said Detective Dennis Houser of the San Bernardino Police Department’s Investigations Bureau-Homicide Unit.  “The addition of the new badges and cap pieces signify the honor and respect the unit holds for the city of San Bernardino and the event in which they are participating. We are very grateful to Mr. Jack H. Brown and the entire Stater Bros. ‘Family’ for their assistance with this project,” he concluded.

“Stater Bros. has and my family has a long history of support for the San Bernardino Police Department,” stated Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets.  “My mother, Rose Brown, served sixty (60) years in the San Bernardino Police Department Reserves.  During the 100th Anniversary of the San Bernardino Police Department in 2005, she retired as the longest-serving reserve police officer in the history of San Bernardino.  She passed away at age 91 in 2011, and I want to continue our support of the great San Bernardino Police Department,” Brown added.

To request the services of the San Bernardino Police Department’s  Honor Guard please contact Dennis Houser at (909) 384-5626.

About Stater Bros. Charities:  Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, and help for our nation’s veterans.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information go to staterbros.com.

About Stater Bros. Markets:
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 169 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $85 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. Stater Bros. is proudly celebrating 80 years of serving Southern California Families.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.

About San Bernardino Police Department: One of the premier law enforcement agencies in the Inland Empire of California, the San Bernardino Police Department is recognized at the state and national levels for award winning community-oriented policing programs.  The Department continually strives in its commitment to the prevention of crime, the identification and apprehension of those who violate the rights of others, the preservation of peace within the community, and a safe environment for its citizens.  The primary endeavor of SBPD is to provide the most efficient and effective use of available resources, in order to afford its residents the most desirable of municipal police services.  For more information, go to ci.san-bernardino.ca.us.



Source: Stater Bros. Markets

Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program to provide more than $1 million to schools in metro-Milwaukee area during the 2016-2017 school year

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today (September 8, 2016 ) announced more than 480 schools in the metro-Milwaukee area will take more than 1,200 field trips this school year courtesy of the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program. The program will provide more than $1 million for field trips for schools in Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties during the 2016-2017 school year.

“As students across southeastern Wisconsin head back to class, the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program supports area teachers’ continued efforts to provide experiential learning opportunities to their students without the added cost,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of communications. “We are proud to offer students the opportunity to learn and grow with field trips to several organizations that we partner with who provide exciting, best-in-class educational experiences.”

Now in its fourth year, the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program allows school groups to visit Kohl’s partner organizations including, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Discovery World, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Kohl’s grants cover field trip expenses such as admission fees, transportation, substitute teacher fees and materials required for the experience. Grants valued up to $1,000 each were provided to eligible schools on a first-come, first-served basis March 7 through March 18, 2016. For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program visit www.Kohls.com/fieldtrip.

Since the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program started in 2013, Kohl’s has granted more $4.2 million in field trips to more than 840 schools throughout the Milwaukee area. For more information on Kohl’s philanthropic efforts, visit corporate.kohls.com.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Jen Johnson
Kohl’s Department Stores

Ale DesJean
Kohl’s Department Stores

Source: Kohl’s

Kohl’s enhances its in-store and online toy assortment this holiday season

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announces an enhanced in-store and online toy assortment this holiday with even more of the hottest brands and products across the most popular toy categories of the season. This includes a retail partnership with American Girl, a premium brand loved by girls of all ages, to carry the 2016 Girl of the Year products and new WellieWishers line in more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores across the country. With one-of-a-kind exclusives, new trusted brands and expanded gifts, Kohl’s and Kohls.com is the destination this holiday for must-have toys.

“Customers can rely on Kohl’s for an impressive selection of the season’s most wanted toys and iconic national brands that are sure to deliver memorable moments for families this holiday,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief merchandising and customer officer. “With exciting new brands like American Girl hitting our shelves, Kohl’s offers gift-givers an incredible value on the most coveted toys that top children’s wish lists.”

Only at Kohl’s
New this year, consumer-favorite American Girl has partnered with Kohl’s to be the select carrier of its popular 2016 Girl of the Year Lea doll and related accessories. The assortment includes tropical-inspired doll outfits, accessories and girls’ apparel that reflect Lea’s travel and adventure themes. The 2016 Girl of the Year products will be available in-store only in more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide starting Monday, October 3 through the end of the year, or while supplies last. Prices will range from $24 for accessories to $120 for the doll and book. The Lea collection items available at Kohl’s include:

• 2016 Girl of the Year Doll and Accessories
• 2016 Girl of the Year Lea Doll and Book
• Lea’s Rainforest Hike Outfit and Accessories for Dolls
• Lea’s Mix-n-Match Swim Set for Dolls
• Lea’s Beach Accessories for Dolls
• Lea’s Beach Picnic Set for Dolls
• Lea-Themed Girls’ Apparel and Accessories
• Lea’s Dress for Girls
• Lea’s Rainforest Dreams Pajamas for Girls
• Lea’s Adventure Tee for Girls

Top New Toys
Customers can find the most sought-after brands and toys with the company’s strong assortment of new merchandise. For the first time, toys ranging from fun-loving WellieWishers dolls and accessories from American Girl to innovative STEM products by Meccano and Fisher-Price that combine learning science, technology, engineering and math, all while having fun, will be available at Kohl’s and Kohls.com/toys. Top new merchandise includes:

• American Girl WellieWishers dolls (Available in-store only)
• BB8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero
• Razor Hovertrax 2.0
• Fisher-Price Code-A-Pillar
• Magformers Rainbow 30-Piece Set
• Y-Volution Y-Fliker Air A1 Scooter
• Funko POP! Five Nights at Freddy’s Collectibles
• Playskool Mr. Potato Head Marvel Iron Man vs. Spider-Man with Hulk Pieces (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck
• Squinkies Squinkieville Club House
• Lion Guard Figure 5-Pack
• Nerf Modulus

Amplified Tech Assortment
For kids of all ages, interactive products are back and better than ever. The new and expanded tech toy collection now includes a deeper selection of industry-leading brands and enhanced technology options. Find favorites such as Furby Connect, Skyviper drones and Zoomer pets. Count on Kohl’s for these tech toys:

• Furby Connect (Available at Kohls.com only)
• Skyviper drone HD Streaming Drone
• Razor Powercore E90 Electric Scooter
• Spin Master Zoomer Chimp
• Spin Master Meccano Meccasaur
• Spin Master Hatchimals
• World Tech Mini Orion (Available at Kohls.com only)
• WowWee CHiP the Robot Pup
• WowWee Coji The Coding Robot
• Star Wars The Force Band by Sphero
• Sphero Spider-Man App-Enabled Connected Toy

Hottest Licensed Properties
Gift giving is made even easier this year with a new in-store destination that brings together key categories inspired by the most popular shows and movies. Merchandise celebrating coveted entertainment properties, such as Disney TSUM TSUM, Trolls and Shopkins, will come together in one space with character toys, apparel, accessories and sleepwear. Action figures, games, masks and lightsabers will also be carried along with all new exclusives revealed on Friday, September 30 when Star Wars: Rogue One product arrives at Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com. Find must-have favorites and collectibles including:

• Disney TSUM TSUM Plush and Collectibles
• Trolls Poppy’s Hair Salon (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Shopkins Sweet Spot
+ Shoppie Doll (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Star Wars Mashters of the Galaxy from Playskool Mr. Potato Head (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Marvel Captain America Magnetic Roleplay Set (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Funko POP! Marvel Captain America 75th Anniversary Collectibles (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Paw Patrol Lookout Playset (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Pegga Pig School and Bus Playset (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Barbie Puppy Mobile (Exclusively at Kohl’s)
• Hot Wheels Mega Garage (Exclusively at Kohl’s)

Incredible Savings
On top of offering the best toys of the season, Kohl’s makes it easy to save this holiday. Customers who sign up for Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards® will find extra savings every time they shop. Members earn one point for every dollar they spend, no matter how they pay, with no limit on points earned and no cost to join. They also receive a $5 reward for every 100 points in addition to other exciting benefits, like guaranteed savings offers, chances to earn bonus points and more. Only at Kohl’s, customers can earn $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent in store or online during Kohl’s Cash promotions. Best of all, there is no limit to how much customers can earn, and they can use it to save on a future purchase.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls) Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls) Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls) YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lisa Hellman

Molly Verette

Source: Kohl’s

HHS and Walgreens to distribute more than $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers for uninsured Americans this flu season

Washington, D.C & Deerfield, Ill., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with Walgreens, will help provide more than $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers this flu season to improve flu immunization rates among uninsured Americans. Through the initiative, which is in its seventh year, Walgreens has provided more than $50 million worth of vouchers to communities across the country.

HHS and Walgreens are distributing vouchers through a variety of outreach efforts, local events and community and faith-based organizations nationwide.

“Since 2010, this partnership has helped us make substantial strides in addressing disparities in flu vaccination coverage by providing free flu shots for more than 1.4 million people,” said J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. “As the flu season approaches, our continued collaboration will help protect hundreds of thousands of people from influenza, which can make chronic health problems worse or lead to hospitalization or even death.”

Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations, said: “We’re proud to continue to grow our collaboration with HHS and to be working together to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve. We know that cost can be a barrier for some people when it comes to vaccinations and other preventive care. And by providing access to flu shots at no cost for those who are eligible, we can make a significant impact by protecting more people throughout the flu season.”

Individuals who are eligible can call 866-994-6757 to find the nearest location where flu shot vouchers may be available. Each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duane Reade pharmacies in New York and Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations, and is subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher.

About Walgreens
Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. To find out more HHS and the services it provides, please visit: www.hhs.gov


call: 847-315-2921.
email:  media@walgreens.com

Source: Walgreens

SSP to open its first Ed’s Easy Diner at London’s Liverpool Street Station

LONDON, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is set to open its first Ed’s Easy Diner at London’s Liverpool Street Station. The new restaurant is scheduled to open this month.

Launching over a quarter of a century ago Ed’s Easy Diner welcomed its first customers in London’s Soho, bringing a flavour of 1950’s America to the capital. With its shiny chrome fittings, red and white signature colour scheme and neon signage Ed’s quickly became a must-visit on the itinerary of locals and tourists alike. To the classic Diner experience – a quick bite, reliable food, sassy service and customers always remembered – Ed’s added fun and nostalgia.

“We are pleased to welcome Ed’s Easy Diner to Liverpool Street as part of another major Network Rail retail development,” said Hamish Kiernan, Commercial Director at Network Rail. “Ed’s is one of the fastest growing Casual Dining formats in the UK and their franchise partnership with SSP is a perfect combination to drive operating success in the more complex station environment. We believe Ed’s will be a welcome addition to our Liverpool Street portfolio, providing locals and station users a unique US-style diner experience.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK was similarly upbeat about the prospects for the new Diner. “Ed’s is a much-loved brand that has a truly unique personality and a stand-out style that captures the imagination. It will be the perfect complement to the wide choice of bars restaurants, cafes and shops that visitors to Liverpool Street will be able to enjoy.”

CEO of Ed’s Easy Diner, Andrew Guy comments: “We are delighted to be embarking on the expansion of Ed’s and our first station opening, working with experienced partners SSP. Dwell time at train stations is certainly increasing and with a daily footfall of 180,000 people, we’re confident the Liverpool Street Diner will be a success. Together with SSP, we’ll aim to open 10 more Diners by the summer of 2020 in UK stations, airports and visitor attractions.”

In addition to Ed’s Easy Diner, SSP will also open a new Mi Casa Burritos, and, as previously announced, a Leon restaurant. The company currently operates 12 units in Liverpool Street and the brands it operates include M&S Simply Food, Delice de France, The Pasty Shop, Camden food co., The Merchant, Whistlestop, and Starbucks. The company opened its first unit at the station in 2000.

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Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574

Source: SSP America

Neue VOI Migros-Partner Leimbach öffnet der seine Türen

Neue VOI Migros-Partner Leimbach öffnet der seine Türen
Neue VOI Migros-Partner Leimbach öffnet der seine Türen


Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 8. September öffnet der neue VOI Migros-Partner Leimbach seine Türen. Der Quartierladen bietet alles für den täglichen Gebrauch.

Leimbach, das Stadtzürcher Quartier am Fuss des Uetlibergs, erhält einen neuen Quartierladen. Nach dem Umbau öffnet die ehemalige Migros Leimbach als VOI Migros-Partner am 8. September ihre Tore. VOI steht für einen modernen Laden mit einer attraktiven Auswahl für den täglichen Bedarf. Der Kleinladen um die Ecke ist freundlich und kundennah. «Einige der Mitarbeitenden leben selbst im Quartier Leimbach und kennen die Kundschaft sogar persönlich», sagt Filialleiterin Joka Savic und fügt an: «Wir freuen uns, wenn wir treue Migros-Kundinnen und -Kunden auch bei uns begrüssen dürfen». Die VOI-Quartierläden werden in Partnerschaft mit der Migros Zürich von selbständigen Unternehmern geführt.

Ein vielfältiges Sortiment zu Migros-Preisen
Der neue VOI Leimbach verfügt über ein breites Angebot an beliebten Migros-Produkten. Dazu zählen mehrmals täglich frisch gebackene Backwaren, Molkereiprodukte, ein buntes Sortiment an Früchten und Gemüse, Fleisch und Charcuterie, Tiefkühlprodukte, Getränke aller Art sowie Haushaltwaren. Und das alles zu Migros-Preisen. Abgerundet wird das Sortiment mit diversen Markenartikeln sowie einem Kiosksortiment mit Lotto, Toto und Losen. Wie im Migros-Supermarkt profitieren Kundinnen und Kunden auch bei VOI von Aktionen und Cumulus- Angeboten. Während der Eröffnungstage vom 8. bis 10. September wird ein Rabatt von zehn Prozent gewährt.

VOI Leimbach
Ankenweid 10, 8041 Zürich, www.voi-migrospartner.ch
Öffnungszeiten: Mo–Fr 7.30–20 Uhr, Sa 7.30–18 Uhr

Genossenschaft Migros Zürich
Herr Francesco Laratta
Pfingstweidstrasse 101
8021 Zürich
058 561 64 62

Source: Migros


Equity One, Inc. to release its 2016 third quarter earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New York, NY, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY), an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, announced today that it will release its 2016 third quarter earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 after the market close. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Equity One’s senior officers will conduct a conference call to review the 2016 third quarter earnings.

Stockholders, analysts and other interested parties can access the earnings call by dialing (888) 317-6003 (U.S.), (866) 284-3684 (Canada) or (412) 317-6061 (international) using pass code 9742418. The call will also be webcast and can be accessed in a listen-only mode on Equity One’s web site at www.equityone.com.

If you are unable to participate during the live call, a replay will be available on Equity One’s website for future review. You may also access the telephone replay by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S.), (855) 669-9658 (Canada) or (412) 317-0088 (international) using pass code 10090857 through November 10, 2016.

As of June 30, 2016, the company’s portfolio comprised 122 properties, including 97 retail properties and five nonretail properties totaling approximately 12.2 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 14 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.9 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. As of June 30, 2016, the company’s retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 96.3% and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, the company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA. To be included in the company’s e-mail distributions for press releases and other company notices, please click here or send contact details to Investor Relations at investorrelations@equityone.com.

Equity One, Inc.
410 Park Avenue, Suite 1220
New York, NY 10022

For additional information:

Matthew Ostrower
EVP and  Chief Financial Officer


Walmart Foundation announces funding for 10 Workforce Development Boards through The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a next step in an effort to increase economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in the U.S., the Walmart Foundation today (Sept. 7, 2016) announced 10 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) across the country will receive funding from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership). The Partnership selected 10 WDBs to collectively form and implement new models of career services specific to retail—models that will serve as best practices for the approximately 550 WDBs in the U.S. that already provide services, such as career coaching, soft skills training, specialized skills training and referrals to other resources.

The funding is part of a $10.9 million grant the Walmart Foundation made to The Partnership in March 2016. The two-year grant program is the largest investment to date as part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s Opportunity initiative, which aims to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors by working with nonprofits, educational institutions and government agencies to make it easier for frontline workers to move faster into middle skills roles.

According to the National Retail Federation, the retail industry supports one in four American jobs—a total of 42 million.

“The advancement of our nation’s workforce is imperative and investments made by the Walmart Foundation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership in our national network of WDBs will create a significant ripple effect that will help boards across the country make informed, smart decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies that align with the needs of their local retailers,” said Ron Painter, president of the National Association of Workforce Boards. “The models this network creates will advance the nation’s workforce by supporting incumbent workers, fulfilling employer needs and empowering thousands of working Americans to climb the economic ladder.”

A paper authored by the Harvard Business School, Accenture and Burning Glass refutes the retail sector’s reputation as a dead-end industry, explaining how entry-level jobs can lead to supervisory roles or parallel pathways within adjacent sectors with high occupational demand and high wages.

“As one of the largest provider of jobs for the American workforce, the retail industry presents many opportunities for workers to grow and thrive,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Through our work with The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, we are helping ensure that retail workers have the skills, training and education needed to build long-lasting careers.”

“The need to provide career pathways for workers to advance in the retail sector is a national challenge,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO of The Partnership. “The Partnership is excited to work with Workforce Development Boards from across the country to demonstrate the great strides we are making to implement new models and strategies focused on growing the retail workforce.”

The 10 WDBs receiving funding from The Partnership will provide a variety of services to job seekers, including:
· Job readiness training customized to the retail sector, including helping jobseekers acquire the “soft skills” that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.
· Specialized skills training.
· Job placement assistance, resume writing assistance and interviewing skills workshops.
· Post placement services to promote job retention.
Among the services the WDBs will offer employers are:
· Serving as a point of contact for retail employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities, including career tracks such as sales, customer service, logistics, operations, merchandising/buying and management.
· Incumbent worker training.
· Customized recruiting and candidate pre-screening and assistance in writing job descriptions for new positions.
· Employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates.
The 10 WDBs selected by The Partnership to receive grants in the first year of the two-year grant program include:

Workforce Development Board Grant Amount Estimated Number of People Who Will Benefit
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Millersville, Md. $200,000 200 participants
Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc., Monticello, Minn. $300,000 200 participants
Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, Los Angeles, Calif. $400,000 325 participants
Denver Workforce Development Board,
Denver, Colo.
$422,652 325 participants
Metro North Regional Employment Board, Cambridge, Mass. $400,000 200 participants
Center of Workforce Innovations (Northwest Indiana Workforce Board),
Valparaiso, Ind.
$387,421 200 participants
Philadelphia Works, Philadelphia, Pa. $399,430 325 participants
San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, Calif. $400,000 325 participants
The WorkPlace, Bridgeport, Conn. (Southwestern Connecticut Regional Workforce Development Board) $400,000 200 participants
Workforce Snohomish, Everett, Wash. $314,180 200 participants

In addition to providing greater opportunities for retail workers in these communities, this work will have large-scale impact for potentially thousands of workers as key learnings and new models for training and development are shared and may be implemented by WDBs across the U.S.

In February 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years to strengthen the skills of the broader U.S. workforce, by funding programs to create career paths in retail and related industries and training thousands of workers outside of Walmart. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working with outside experts to develop a system of industry-recognized curricula and credentials for workers so they can gain new skills, training and education to grow their careers. To date, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given grants totaling $39 million as part of this Opportunity initiative.

For more information about the Walmart Foundation’s grant to The Partnership, visit http://workforceboard.org/about-us/funders-and-partners/grants/wal-mart-foundation-grant/. To learn more about Walmart’s Opportunity initiative, visit http://corporate.walmart.com/opportunity.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspire our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Call: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 8 for less than $90

Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 8 for less than $90
Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 8 for less than $90


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 8, 2016) announced the all-new Fire HD 8, the next-generation Fire HD tablet designed from the ground up for all-day entertainment. With an 8” widescreen HD display and quad-core processor, Fire HD 8 now offers an incredible 12 hours of battery life, 50% more RAM for faster performance, and 2x the on-device storage, plus support for up to 200 GB of additional storage via a microSD card—all for only $89.99. Fire HD 8 also introduces Alexa, the cloud-based voice service, for the first time on Fire tablets—just press and ask—Alexa can play music, launch games, read audiobooks, and more—coming soon.

“We believe in a different approach to tablets—providing premium products at non-premium prices—and customers love it. In fact, we’ve seen Fire tablet sales more than double year-over-year as a result,” said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Fire Tablets. “The all-new Fire HD 8 packs more battery life, more storage, faster performance, plus Alexa—all for less than $90.”

Fire HD 8 delivers access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games, as well as exclusive features like X-Ray, ASAP, Second Screen, Underground, and On Deck. With its 8” HD display and portable size, Fire HD 8 is the perfect tablet for entertainment.

For only $89.99, the all-new Fire HD 8 includes:

  • High-definition display—8” widescreen (1280 x 800) HD display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) for bright, vivid image quality.
  • Fast performance—With a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM—50% more RAM than the previous generation Fire HD 8 for faster performance when playing games or launching apps.
  • 2x more storage—With options for 16 GB or 32 GB, and support for up to 200 GB of expandable storage via microSD.
  • All-day battery—4,750 mAh battery for up to 12 hours of mixed use battery life for a full day of power.
  • Incredible reliability—As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 8 is 2x more durable than the iPad Mini 4—and costs $300 less.
  • Front- and rear-facing cameras—Video chat with friends and family with the front-facing camera, take and share photos, and save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.
  • Dolby Audio—Fire HD 8 stereo speakers are custom-tuned for immersive, high-quality sound.
  • Fire OS 5—Includes a user interface that replicates the look and feel of a magazine, making browsing and searching for your content easier than ever—now with support for Comixology and Twitch.
  • Alexa—Simply press and ask to enjoy music, listen to audiobooks, ask questions, shop, find news, hear the weather, and more on your Fire tablet.
  • Amazon Underground—A one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of premium apps, games, and even in-app items are 100% free—including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs, and more.
  • On Deck—For Prime members, On Deck automatically keeps your Fire tablet current with popular Prime movies and TV shows, as well as Amazon Original Series. For customers that aren’t yet Prime members, On Deck downloads first episodes of Amazon Original Series—so you always have something great to watch.
  • World’s best content ecosystem—Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games—with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.
  • Amazon-exclusive features—ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Family Library, Amazon FreeTime, Prime Video downloads, Blue Shade, Word Runner, and more.
  • Screen sharing—Let an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen, available 24×7, 365 days a year—for free.
  • Four fun color options—Black, magenta, blue, and tangerine.

Introducing Alexa on Fire Tablets—Coming Soon

It just got even easier to enjoy endless entertainment on your Fire tablet with Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that is the brain behind Amazon Echo. When connected to Wi-Fi, simply long-press the home button and ask Alexa to play your favorite song, open a game, or read you the latest audiobook—Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want. Plus, you can ask Alexa for the news, weather, jokes, questions, and more—Alexa provides natural-language responses, combined with on-screen information on the tablet’s display. Third parties can publish Alexa skills, so you can ask Alexa to play music from services including Pandora and Spotify, and turn off the light or adjust the temperature on compatible smart home devices.

Alexa will be available on the all-new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire and last year’s Fire HD 8 tablets via a free over-the-air software update in the coming months. Because Alexa is cloud-based, it gets smarter over time, meaning more Alexa capabilities for Fire tablets will be delivered in subsequent updates.

The Fire Family

The all-new Fire HD 8 is available for pre-order beginning today with 16 GB or 32 GB of memory starting at $89.99 at www.amazon.com/firehd8. Fire HD 8 comes in four fun color options: black, magenta, blue, and tangerine and starts shipping September 21.

Protective covers are also available for Fire HD 8 in black, magenta, blue, and tangerine and can stand in both portrait and landscape orientations, starting at $29.99.

The all-new Fire HD 8 is the latest to join the Fire tablet family, which includes:

  • Fire—Starting at $49.99, Fire—Amazon’s best-selling tablet ever—offers a 7” IPS display, quad-core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage, plus expandable storage options, and 7 hours of mixed use battery life. Fire is available in black, magenta, blue or tangerine colors at www.amazon.com/Fire.
  • Fire HD 10—With a beautiful 10.1” HD display, Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s largest and thinnest tablet yet, featuring a powerful quad-core processor running at up to 1.5 GHz, 5MP rear-facing camera and HD front-facing camera, and with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, plus expandable storage. Perfect for watching widescreen entertainment, Fire HD 10 is available with a black or a silver aluminum enclosure starting at $229.99 at www.amazon.com/FireHD10.
  • Fire Kids Edition—Built especially for kids (and their parents) Fire Kids Edition comes with a Fire tablet, a kid-proof case, one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited with access to 13,000 videos, books, educational apps and games, access to 20,000 hand-curated and age-appropriate websites and YouTube videos, plus a two year worry-free guarantee—all for only $99.99. Fire Kids Edition is available at www.amazon.com/FireKET.

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

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Walgreens Boots Alliance updates on its pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corporation

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today (8 September 2016 ) provided the following update on its pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD).

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid remain actively engaged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its review of the pending acquisition. As a result of the progress of these discussions with the FTC staff, Walgreens Boots Alliance is exploring potential divestiture remedies to address certain issues raised in those discussions.

In order to expedite that process, Walgreens Boots Alliance now expects that the most likely outcome will be that the parties will be required to divest more than the 500 stores previously communicated, but still continues to expect that fewer than 1,000 stores will be required to be divested.  In addition, the company continues to believe that the acquisition will close in the second half of calendar 2016.

Taking into account its current expectation of store divestitures, Walgreens Boots Alliance continues to expect that the acquisition will be accretive to its adjusted earnings per share in the first full year after closing of the transaction. The company also continues to expect that it will realize synergies from the acquisition in excess of $1 billion, to be fully realized within three to four years of closing. These synergies have been updated where practicable and, as previously disclosed, are expected to be derived primarily from procurement, cost savings and other operational matters.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical statements, which include, without limitation, those regarding our pending agreement with Rite Aid and the transactions contemplated thereby and their possible effects and estimates of and goals for future financial and operating performance, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “pending,” “potential”, “likely,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “continue,” “synergy,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated. These include, but are not limited to, the outcome of legal and regulatory matters, including with respect to the outcome of discussions with the Federal Trade Commission and otherwise in connection with the pending acquisition of Rite Aid; the number of stores divested in connection with the pending acquisition of Rite Aid and the terms, timing and consummation of such transactions; our ability to realize synergies and achieve adjusted earnings per share and other financial, tax and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated; the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, risks associated with acquisitions, including those relating to our ability to satisfy the closing conditions and consummate the pending acquisition of Rite Aid and related matters on a timely basis or at all; the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses; and those other risks and uncertainties described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 31 May 2016, which are incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2920

International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Premiala Launches Its BBQ Grill Cleaning Brush on Amazon EU


Australia, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the launch of their Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush in late August 2016, Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware today announced they have released it on Amazon EU, with retail operations having commenced on Amazon UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Premiala commenced retailing its Stainless Steel Meat Injector on Amazon in the UK in November 2015, and continental Europe in February 2016.

“We were heartened by the response Amazon shoppers have given our Meat Injector since we launched”, Premiala Marketing Manager Rachel Carder said today, “so we’re excited to be able to share this new product with Amazon shoppers. This is one way we’ve answered the call of many customers who have been seeking additional Premiala products, so we’re really excited for Amazon EU to be our launch platform for our Stainless Steel Grill Brush”

Premiala’s Grill Brush is constructed from 100% stainless steel to ensure rust-free performance, using high-nickel 201 and 304 grade materials for the bristles and brush structure respectively. It’s designed to appeal to buyers who like premium quality tools which are built to last as opposed to disposable products. It consists of three cleaning heads which allow it to quickly clean a large grill area. At 45cm long, it is not a small brush, but appears solidly built and effective. The brush also comes with a loop of stainless steel in the end of the handle for hanging on a hook, as well as a storage bag and an easy-grip handle.

The brush is available for purchase from Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. More information on Premiala’s Stainless Grill Brush is available from Premiala’ website.

About Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware:
Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware aims to provide premium quality BBQ and kitchen tools to home and professional users. It believes better health and well-being can be achieved by using premium tools, by providing superior results and greater user satisfaction while working.


Greg Carder
General Manager
Premiala Ltd

Belvedere Vodka launches #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign encourages people to join the fight against AIDS



Belvedere Vodka launches #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign encourages people to join the fight against AIDS
Belvedere Vodka launches #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign encourages people to join the fight against AIDS




Paris, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belvedere Vodka has launched its new campaign in support of (RED), which the luxury vodka house has partnered for the past five years. Belvedere’s #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign encourages people to join the fight against AIDS, raising funds through the sale of a (BELVEDERE)RED limited edition bottle designed in a collaboration with music star John Legend and South African artist Esther Mahlangu.

Belvedere continues its partnership for (RED), the organization founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage people in the fight against AIDS through collaborations with the world’s most iconic brands. Over the past five years Belvedere Vodka, a member of the LVMH Group, has raised enough funds to provide 30,000 HIV-positive women with access to treatment that stops the transmission of HIV to their babies.

For this new #MakeTheDifference campaign – anchored in the values of unity, security, support and change – Belvedere has teamed with two talented artists. Music star John Legend has brought his face and voice dedicating his new song “Love Me Now” to the campaign, while South African artist Esther Mahlangu has designed a vibrant artwork, featured on the (BELVEDERE)REDlimited edition bottle. “Belvedere is delighted to continue the (BELVEDERE)REDcampaign with the help of these passionate artists, who are as dedicated as we are to spreading awareness and being a part of the change to end the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Together, we can Make The Difference.” said Charles Gibb, President of Belvedere Vodka.

Filled with hope and an unstoppable spirit for change, the (BELVEDERE)REDbottle has been designed by Charles Gibb, who drew inspiration from the traditional painting style of her native Ndebele people.  Her powerful and colorful symbols are joined by the signature of campaign ambassador John Legend, who commented: “I was so excited when I saw Esther’s design for the bottle: I think it’s beautiful and it marries her esthetic with the esthetic of Belvedere, it connects it to the culture and to the people we’re trying to help.”

Belvedere proudly donates 50% of its profits from every bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED sold to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The campaign will get maximum visibility in 35 countries, including strong digital activations, targeted efforts in on-premise establishments as well as retail stores.


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Source: LVMH


EROSKI aumenta un 12% las ventas de alimentos frescos de origen local en Aragón en el primer semestre del ejercicio

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Las ventas de EROSKI de alimentos frescos de origen local han crecido un 12% durante el primer semestre del ejercicio en Aragón. 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 cercano a cada una de sus tiendas. En el conjunto de sectores económicos de Aragón, EROSKI colabora con 430 proveedores con un volumen de compras anual de 113 millones de euros.

“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 que es ya un distintivo de las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación” señala el responsable regional de EROSKI en Aragón, Fernando Pérez Oteiza.

Excelente acogida de los productos lácteos aragoneses

En la primera mitad del ejercicio destaca el crecimiento del volumen de ventas de productos lácteos de origen local que ha aumentado un 40% por la introducción en las tiendas EROSKI de nuevos yogures y quesos de elaboración artesana local. Incrementos similares se han producido en la gama de huevos de producción local con la introducción de nuevas referencias de huevos camperos de corral. “El consumidor valora cada vez más los productos frescos locales por su alta calidad y por la mayor sensibilidad hacia lo autóctono, en una búsqueda hacia la autenticidad”,puntualiza Pérez Oteiza.

EROSKI dedica espacios destacados a los productos autóctonos, en especial las frutas, verduras y hortalizas de temporada de los productores locales. Durante los primeros seis meses del presente ejercicio las ventas de frutas y verduras aragonesas han crecido un 20%. “La nueva generación de tiendas EROSKI busca 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. Hemos ampliado las referencias de productos locales especialmente en esta sección con una acogida muy positiva, tal y como refleja el crecimiento de las ventas”, apunta el responsable regional de EROSKI en Aragón.

EROSKI en Aragón

EROSKI mantiene una red comercial en Aragón de 98 establecimientos: 61 supermercados, 1 gasolinera, 5 oficinas de viajes, 28 perfumerías iF, y 2 tiendas de equipamiento deportivo FORUM SPORT. Supone más de 150.000 Socios Clientes y 1.229 trabajadores en Aragón.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski