Keystone Capital Corporation selects t0’s blockchain-based trading technology

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — t0 announced that Keystone Capital Corporation, a securities broker dealer located in San Diego, Calif., has selected t0’s blockchain-based trading technology as part of its brokerage service’s support of a blockchain preferred share offering from, Inc.

It’s no secret that Overstock’s own financial technology subsidiary, t0, has been working on a blockchain version of Wall Street, and that Overstock desires to demonstrate its system by issuing a security of its own on the technology it is creating. Keystone Capital has aligned with us in this historic effort,” said CEO Patrick M. Byrne. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is the parent company of t0.

Under the license agreement with t0, Keystone Capital will provide brokerage services for market participants seeking to trade blockchain securities.  t0 technology will allow investors to create digital trading accounts with Keystone upon commencement of Overstock’s issuance subscription period, to be announced.

“Keystone Capital is a visionary company that grasped immediately the importance of the revolutionary technology we’ve built,” said Jonathan Johnson, chairman of’s board of directors and president of the company’s Medici cryptotechnology subsidiary. “It’s been a pleasure working with such a forward-leaning firm.”

For its part, Keystone Capital found the opportunity to participate in the world’s first blockchain-based public equities issuance to be an important step.

“We are very excited to be a part of this cutting-edge opportunity.  Everyone speaks about using blockchain technology, but very few are actually making it happen. We are also thoroughly enjoying working with such a talented group of technologists on the t0 team,” said Steven Capozza of Keystone Capital.

Medici, Inc. is’s majority-owned financial technology subsidiary, focusing on applying blockchain technology to solving important financial transaction problems, particularly in the area of securities settlement. made financial history in June 2015, as the first public company to issue a private security using blockchain technology. In December 2015, the SEC declared parent company,’s S-3 filing effective, giving the ability to issue blockchain shares in a public offering.

The securities described above will be offered by Overstock pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3, as amended, previously filed with and declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the SEC.  This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

t0 (pronounced tee-zero) is a majority owned subsidiary of, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception in October of 2014, has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. More information is available at

About, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name  Overstock ( and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

About Keystone Capital Corporation
Keystone Capital Corporation is an independent broker-dealer located in San Diego, California. For more than thirty years Keystone has been home to top industry professionals. Keystone conducts business by combining old-school business philosophies with superior technology and resources.  Keystone ( is a Member of FINRA, SIPC and Registered with The MSRB.  Check the background of this firm at

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Yum! Brands, Inc. announces nine new directors of Yum China Holdings, Inc.

LOUISVILLE, KY and SHANGHAI, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today ( September 15, 2016) announced the expected composition of the Board of Directors of Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”).

The nine new directors announced today, seven of whom are independent, are expected to serve on the Yum China Board of Directors following the completion of Yum China’s spin-off from Yum! Brands, which is expected to occur after the close of business on October 31, 2016.

As previously announced, Dr. Fred Hu, chairman and founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm that will make a strategic investment in Yum China, will serve as non-executive chairman of the Yum China Board once the distribution and the Primavera investment are complete. In addition to Dr. Hu, the Board will include:

  • Micky Pant, chief executive officer of Yum China.
  • Peter A. Bassi, former chairman and president of Yum! Restaurants International and current lead director for BJ’s Restaurant and Potbelly Sandwich Works.
  • Christian L. Campbell, owner of Christian L. Campbell Consulting LLC and former senior vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief franchise policy officer of Yum! Brands.
  • Ed Chan Yiu-Cheong, vice chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Company Limited.
  • Edouard Ettedgui, non-executive chairman of Alliance Française, Hong Kong and non-executive director of Mandarin Oriental International Limited.
  • Louis T. Hsieh, director and senior advisor to the chief executive officer, and former chief financial officer and president of New Oriental Education & Technology Group.
  • Jonathan S. Linen, director for Yum! Brands and Modern Bank N.A., former adviser to the chairman of American Express Company and former vice chairman of American Express Company.
  • Zili Shao, co-chairman of King & Wood Mallesons – China.

Yum China also expects to name one additional independent board member in connection with the spin-off.

“I am honored to lead the Yum China Board alongside such experienced and talented individuals,” said Dr. Hu. “My fellow directors bring proven track records of success in the food, service, finance, legal and other industries in China. We all also understand this market well, and I look forward to working collaboratively to build a strong business and create sustained value for Yum China shareholders.”

Mr. Pant said, “I am confident that this Board has the right mix of experience and knowledge of our industry and the evolving consumer trends in China to drive future success for Yum China. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my highly-qualified colleagues on the Board as we execute on our strategic plans to drive growth across our brands.”

Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Yum! Brands, said, “We’re pleased to have announced the composition of the Yum China Board of Directors as we near the completion of the separation. We are confident that these business leaders will offer the market insights and strategic vision required to enable Yum China to reach its full potential.”

About the Yum China Board of Directors

Peter A. Bassi served as chairman of Yum! Restaurants International from 2003 to 2005 and its president from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that position, Mr. Bassi spent 25 years in a wide range of financial and general management positions at PepsiCo, Inc., Pepsi-Cola International, Pizza Hut (U.S. and International), Frito-Lay and Taco Bell. Mr. Bassi currently serves as lead director and chair of the nominating and governance committee for each of BJ’s Restaurant and Potbelly Sandwich Works. He has been a member of each board of directors since 2004 and 2009, respectively. In addition, Mr. Bassi serves on the Value Optimization Board for the private equity firm Mekong Capital, based in Vietnam. Mr. Bassi served on the board of The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack from 2002 to 2009, and served on the board of Amrest Holdings (Poland) from 2012 to 2015.

Christian L. Campbell is currently owner of Christian L. Campbell Consulting LLC, specializing in global corporate governance and compliance. Mr. Campbell previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Yum! Brands from its formation in 1997 until his retirement in February 2016. In 2001, Mr. Campbell’s role was expanded to include chief franchise policy officer. In these positions, Mr. Campbell oversaw all legal matters at Yum! Brands and was responsible for the oversight of Yum! Brands purchasing as a director of YUM’s purchasing cooperative with its franchisees. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Campbell was a senior vice president and general counsel at Owens Corning, a leading global producer of fiberglass insulation and composite building materials. Prior to Owens Corning, he was vice president and general counsel for Nalco Chemical Company. In addition, Mr. Campbell was a founding director of Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (“RSCS”), a purchasing cooperative for Yum! Brands’ U.S. franchising partners, and he served on RSCS’s Board of Directors from its formation in 2001 until 2015.

Ed Chan Yiu-Cheong is currently a vice chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Company Limited and has been an executive director and vice chairman of CP Lotus Corporation since April 2012. Mr. Chan was regional director of North Asia of the Dairy Farm Group and a director of Dairy Farm Management Services Limited from November 2001 to November 2006. Mr. Chan was the president and chief executive officer of Walmart China from November 2006 to October 2011. Mr. Chan is also a non-executive director of Treasury Wine Estates Limited, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and an independent non-executive director of Link Real Estate Investment Trust, which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

Edouard Ettedgui currently serves as the non-executive chairman of Alliance Française, Hong Kong. Mr. Ettedgui also currently serves as a non-executive director of Mandarin Oriental International Limited, the company for which he was the group chief executive from 1998 to 2016. Prior to his time at Mandarin Oriental International, Mr. Ettedgui was the chief financial officer for Dairy Farm International Holdings, and he served in various roles for British American Tobacco, including business development director, group finance controller and group head of finance. Mr. Ettedgui has also held senior finance positions in seven countries at Philips International.

Louis T. Hsieh currently serves as a senior adviser to the chief executive officer and as a director of New Oriental Education & Technology Group. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hsieh served as that company’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2015 and president from 2008 to 2016. In addition, Mr. Hsieh serves as an independent director, member of the corporate governance committee and chairman of the audit committee for, Inc., and independent director and chairman of the audit committee for Nord Anglia Education, Inc. Previously, Mr. Hsieh also served as an independent director, member of the corporate governance committee and chairman of the audit committee for Perfect World Co., Ltd. and China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Fred Hu is chairman and founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm (“Primavera”). Dr. Hu has served as chairman of Primavera since its inception in 2010. Prior to Primavera, Dr. Hu served in various roles at Goldman Sachs from 1997 to 2010, including serving as chairman of Greater China at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Hu served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., where he engaged in macroeconomic research, policy consultations and technical assistance for member country governments including China. Dr. Hu also served as director of the National Center for Economic Research and professor at Tsinghua University. He is the author of several books and of numerous other publications in the areas of economics and finance and on China and Asian economies. Dr. Hu has advised the Chinese government on financial and pension reform, state-owned enterprise (SOE) restructuring, and macroeconomic policies. Dr. Hu is a trustee of China Medical Board and the co-chair of the Nature Conservatory’s Asia Pacific Council.

Jonathan S. Linen is a member of the board of directors of Yum! Brands, a position he has held since 2005, and of Modern Bank, N.A. Mr. Linen served as advisor to the chairman of American Express Company from January 2006 to August 2016. Prior to his role as advisor to the chairman, Mr. Linen served as the vice chairman of American Express Company since August 1993. Mr. Linen served on the board of directors of The Intercontinental Hotels Group from 2005 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Linen is a former director of Bausch & Lomb.

Micky Pant is expected to serve as the chief executive officer of Yum China. Mr. Pant has served as chief executive officer of Yum! Restaurants China since August 2015. Over the past decade, Mr. Pant has held a number of leadership positions at Yum! Brands, including chief executive officer of the KFC Division, chief executive officer of Yum! Restaurants International and president of Global Branding for Yum! Brands and president of Taco Bell International. Before joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Pant built a foundation in marketing and international business with Unilever and worked at PepsiCo, Inc. and Reebok International Ltd. Since December 2014, Mr. Pant has served as an independent director on the board of Pinnacle Foods, Inc., where he also serves on the audit committee.

Zili Shao has served as co-chairman of King & Wood Mallesons – China since April 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Shao held various positions with JPMorgan Chase & Co., including chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan China, vice chairman of JPMorgan Asia Pacific and chairman of JPMorgan Chase Bank (China) Company Limited. Prior to JPMorgan, he was a partner with Linklaters LLP, a global premium law firm. He held positions as Greater China managing partner and managing partner of Asia Pacific.

About Yum China Holdings
Yum China Holdings will become a licensee of Yum! Brands in Mainland China. It will have exclusive rights to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining brand, and Taco Bell, which is expanding globally but is not yet in China. It will also own the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. The new company will be well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It will have a strong capital position, no debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China has more than 7,200 restaurants in over 1,100 cities in China and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. The growth of consumption in China is being fueled by a new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven. The additional growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.

About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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ScriptSync now available at CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy as the service marks its 1st birthday

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) launched ScriptSync , a pharmacy service that prepares patients’ eligible prescription medications so they’re ready for pickup on the same day each month, at all of the company’s retail pharmacy locations just over one year ago. In the past year, more than one million patients have been enrolled in ScriptSync at CVS Pharmacy and preliminary results demonstrate that the service, on average, improves medication adherence by between five to 10 percent. In addition, ScriptSync is now available at CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy, making CVS Health the first national pharmacy provider to offer this type of service in retail and mail pharmacy channels.

“We are focused on helping patients save time while making it easier for them to take all of their medications as prescribed,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “With ScriptSync we can remove some of the biggest barriers to medication adherence, such as remembering to refill prescriptions and making multiple pharmacy trips each month. By aligning a patient’s prescription pickup schedule, we can improve convenience and drive adherence, and based on the high enrollment in ScriptSync, it is clear that our patients value this service.”

With the expansion of ScriptSync to CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy, plan members will be able to align their refills and have all maintenance medications delivered together by mail. ScriptSync has already been available to CVS Caremark members who fill prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy. In fact, nearly 30 percent of those enrolled in ScriptSync at retail are CVS Caremark members.

“At CVS Health, our goal is to deliver solutions that help improve health and lower costs for our customers, clients and members,” added Jonathan Roberts, executive vice president of CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) of CVS Health. “Improving medication adherence is a major priority for our PBM clients and a seemingly small enhancement like aligning prescriptions for delivery or once monthly pick up can make a tremendous difference for patients in convenience and outcomes.”

Preliminary results, which tracked enrolled patients’ average days with medication per month using pharmacy claims data, show that ScriptSync improves medication adherence. In addition, patients also report satisfaction with the service. Previously published research from the CVS Health Research Institute found that patients with multiple medications who align their medication refills were more likely to be adherent than patients who made numerous trips to the pharmacy.

Currently, CVS Pharmacy patients with multiple maintenance medications can sign-up for ScriptSync and work with their pharmacy team to identify which prescriptions to include and select a pickup date. Patients can opt to receive a call or text message when their order is ready. In addition, once enrolled, patients or their caregivers can manage their ScriptSync prescriptions 24/7 online at and soon patients will be able to manage their ScriptSync prescriptions via the CVS Pharmacy mobile app. There, patients can add or remove prescriptions, check the status of an order and modify their ScriptSync pickup date as needed.

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

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Christine Cramer
CVS Health
(401) 770-3317


Colruyt Boncelles reopens after months of renovation works

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Next Wednesday, 14 September, Colruyt Boncelles will reopen after months of work. The store, built on piles, was enlarged and completely redesigned. The result is a wider range, a brand new in-store butcher’s and a larger car park. Another new feature is a Collect&Go pick-up point where employees prepare shopping for customers.

A new generation store

Colruyt Boncelles has been transformed following the model for new generation stores. Store manager Jean-Louis Vandevenne: “Colruyt has designed this store to be more efficient and above all so that customers find it more enjoyable. Of course, we have favoured simplicity and the lowest costs, which is also what our clients expect from Colruyt.”

A brand new in-store butcher’s

The in-store butcher’s has been completely redesigned. Head butcher Frédéric Vanneste: “Customers have a better overview of our range of meat, cold cuts and salads. In addition, they can see our butchers at work in an open workshop, and can easily ask questions or place special orders.”

Collect&Go: Colruyt Group’s online shopping service

The new store now offers a Collect&Go pick-up point. The store manager: “Collect&Go is Colruyt Group’s convenient online shopping service. Clients send their shopping lists through or through the app, and we get their shopping ready in the pick-up point, for the day and time of their choice. It’s practical!”

Special open evening

From Wednesday 14 September, Manager Jean-Louis Vandevenne, Head Butcher Frédéric Vanneste and 41 employees will be on hand to welcome customers to the brand new Colruyt Boncelles.

Jean-Louis Vandevenne: “The evening before, on Tuesday 13 September, between 5 and 8 pm, everyone can come and discover the new store features. During this special open evening, we will serve drinks and snacks. Everyone is most welcome!”

Practical information:

Colruyt Boncelles
Route du Condroz 19
4100 Boncelles

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat: 08:30 – 20:00
Fri: 08:30 – 21:00

Open evening:
Tuesday 13 September
17:00 – 20:00

For more information, contact:
David Legrand
regional manager
02 360 10 40

Patricia Verdoodt
Colruyt Group Press Officer
0473 92 45 10


Colruyt Boncelles reopens after months of renovation works
Colruyt Boncelles reopens after months of renovation works


Source: Colruyt Group

Colruyt Group installs rubbish bins, PMD and smokers’ poles in Halle as part of ‘Joining hands for less street litter’ campaign

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the ‘Joining hands for less street litter’ campaign, Colruyt Group is starting a two-year test project to reduce litter in the vicinity of some of its headquarters buildings in Halle. Extra rubbish bins for general litter and PMD (plastics, metals, drinks’ containers) have been placed in four parking areas, plus several new smokers’ poles and bins for paper goods. The test is the second visible initiative in a wider campaign which runs until the end of 2020. This autumn, there will be a similar test in the parking areas of 11 Colruyt stores. Colruyt, Okay and Bio-Planet are also joining the Belgian Retail Clean-up Day in November.

In consultation with the town council
Colruyt Group will tackle the litter around the parking areas on Edingensesteenweg and Zinkstraat in Halle. This involves about a dozen ‘litter islands’ with at least two large bins for general litter and PMD. There will also be a number of smokers’ poles on Demesmaeckerstraat, as well as bins for paper goods. This initiative along the public thoroughfare was first discussed thoroughly with the town council.

The bins will be emptied every four weeks by the company EcoSmart, who will clear up any other litter at the same time and keep an accurate record of the quantity. “By doing so, we’ll have the correct data for evaluating the results and making any adjustments to the infrastructure before we roll the project out to other locations,” says project leader Goedele Daems.

Trying to change behaviour
Colruyt Group believes that it is possible to change behaviour through raising awareness and providing the appropriate infrastructure. That’s why, through the test projects, we will be looking at which types of rubbish bin work and which don’t, and where best to place them. We will also provide banners to make the locations highly visible and create internal communication to tell our staff about it and to raise their awareness.

“We’re beginning with our own company and leading by example, to inspire local residents and customers as well as our employees. A dynamic can develop through which, together, we can reduce litter and even actively clear it up. By doing so, we create a pleasant environment which remains clean and where people can dispose of their litter responsibly,” continues Goedele Daems.

A 5 year commitment
The test project will run for two years and is the second visible initiative in the ‘Joining hands against street litter’ campaign which Colruyt Group launched in 2015, and which runs until the end of 2020. The group is committed to tackling litter, together with employees, customers, hauliers, etc. In 2015, the retailer took action immediately with a clean-up involving some 200 employees who picked up almost 1.500 kg of litter in Halle.

The group was also the driving force behind the agreement between the business community and the Flemish government in early 2016. Amongst other things, the businesses committed themselves to giving additional support to the Flemish government’s litter policy with an investment of €9.6 million per year. In February 2016, a similar agreement was reached with the Walloon government, worth €3.9 million of extra investment. Through this, Colruyt Group is strengthening its social commitment and supporting the government in its fight against litter.

More information on

Patti Verdoodt
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10


Colruyt Group installs rubbish bins, PMD and smokers’ poles in Halle as part of ‘Joining hands for less street litter’ campaign
Colruyt Group installs rubbish bins, PMD and smokers’ poles in Halle as part of ‘Joining hands for less street litter’ campaign


Source: Colruyt Group

Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share

CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today (Sept. 15, 2016) declared a quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share to be paid on December 1, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 15, 2016.

Kroger today also announced an incremental $500 million share repurchase program, supplementing the current authorization, which has $392 million remaining as of September 14, 2016.

“Kroger’s share repurchase authorization reflects our Board of Directors’ confidence in our Customer 1st Strategy and our ability to create value for shareholders,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We are committed to delivering long-term growth investors can count on.”

In June, Kroger’s Board raised the quarterly dividend by 14 percent. Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.

Over the last four quarters, the company has returned more than $1.5 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends combined.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statements are indicated by the words “expect” and “continues.”  Our ability to continue to repurchase shares, fund dividends, and increase our dividend over time will be affected by our ability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our ability to generate expected operating results. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany

Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany
Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 14, 2016) announced that Alexa, Echo, and the all-new Echo Dot are now available for customers in the UK and Germany. Read the press release announcing Alexa in the UK: and in Germany:

“Millions of customers love Alexa, and we’re thrilled to introduce her to the UK and Germany,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services. “We’re also excited to expand the Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Voice Service, so developers and hardware makers around the world can create Alexa experiences for UK and German customers.”

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice—they’re always ready, hands-free, and fast. Alexa is the brain behind Echo and Echo Dot—just ask, and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, recite your calendar, check sports scores, control lights around your home, and much more. With far-field voice control, Echo and Echo Dot can do all this from across the room. Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter—plus, it is simple and free for developers to build Alexa skills and integrate Alexa into their own products. In the US, there are already over 3,000 skills available for Alexa.

Echo and Echo Dot will start shipping in the UK in the coming weeks. In Germany, Echo and Echo Dot are available by invitation for customers who want to help shape Alexa as she evolves—the devices will start shipping next month.

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

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Amazon launches all-new version of Echo Dot for under $50

Amazon launches all-new version of Echo Dot for under $50
Amazon launches all-new version of Echo Dot for under $50


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 14, 2016) introduced an all-new version of the groundbreaking Echo Dot for under $50, so you can add Alexa to any room in your home. Just like Echo, Echo Dot gives you access to all of Alexa’s capabilities—she can answer questions, play music, turn on the lights, set timers, give sports updates, check the weather, access over 3,000 Alexa skills, and much more. The all-new Echo Dot is available for pre-order at and will begin shipping next month.

“With the same high-quality array of seven microphones found in Echo, the all-new Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even when it’s noisy or music is playing,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. “And, at under $50, it is easier than ever to add Echo and Alexa to any or every room in your home.”

All-New Echo Dot—Just $49.99
Made for Any Room—All-New Hardware Design
Echo Dot has a new sleek and compact design, comes in either black or white, and is designed to disappear into any room in a house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers, ask for measurement conversions and recipes, and shop for tens of millions of Amazon products using just your voice.

With the same array of seven microphones found in Amazon Echo, Dot uses beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation to detect the wake word, Alexa, from across the room. The new Echo Dot features a more powerful speech processor, which delivers improved far-field speech recognition accuracy.

Connect to Any Speaker to Voice Control your Music
Echo Dot can directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to your home entertainment system. Then, use just your voice to control Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. Customers interested in purchasing a new Bluetooth speaker can take advantage of a special price when they purchase a bundle of select Bose speakers with an Echo Dot.

Turn on the Lights, Change the Temperature, and Start the Sprinkler with Just Your Voice
Use Echo Dot to turn on the lamp before getting out of bed, change the temperature without leaving your chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all with just your voice. Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, fans, thermostats, garages, sprinklers, and more from leading smart home providers including Philips Hue, ecobee, TP-Link, Insteon, WeMo, Lutron, TrackR, Luma, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, Samsung SmartThings and Garageio. Customers interested in creating a smart home can save up to $50 on bundles with Echo Dot and smart home devices from ecobee, Philips, and TP-Link.

ESP (Echo Spatial Perception)—Put an Echo or Echo Dot in Every Room
For customers who have multiple Echo devices within hearing distance, Amazon’s new ESP technology intelligently calculates the clarity of the customer’s voice and determines which Echo is best to respond to the request—instantly. This feature is smart—performance gets better over time, so ESP will continuously improve as you use Echo. In multi-Echo households, ESP resolves the problem of two Echo devices answering you at the same time. This new feature will be available as a free update for all Echo devices—including Amazon Echo and the first generation Echo Dot—starting in the coming weeks.

Alexa is Always Getting Smarter
Alexa—the brain behind Echo Dot—is built in the cloud, so she is always getting smarter. Alexa can play music, and provide information, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. The more you use Dot, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. Thousands of third party developers are also building skills for Alexa—there are already over 3,000 skills available that let you do even more with Alexa. You can order a pizza through Dominos, request a ride from Uber, read Audiobooks with Audible, find flight information with Kayak, get cocktail recipe suggestions from Patrón, and much more.

Pricing and Availability
The all-new Echo Dot is available in either black or white and will start shipping next month. You can pre-order starting today at

A single Echo Dot is available for $49.99. Otherwise, you can choose a six-pack for buy five, get one free, or a 12-pack for buy 10, get two free and easily Alexa-enable every room of your house.

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

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Source:, Inc.


Walmart highlight grants awarded to nonprofit organizations to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth and families

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new school year officially underway, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are highlighting 11 grants awarded to national nonprofits over the past year to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth and families. Totaling more than $33 million, the grants also increase access to fruits and vegetables through state and federal nutrition assistance programs, underscoring our commitment to helping ensure that every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are funding the following programs:

  • Chef Ann Foundation: $350,000 grant being distributed as101 grants to help schools increase fresh fruit and vegetable procurement, increase participation in the Department of Defense’s Fruit and Vegetable program at 50 schools and provide at least six hours of nutrition education and fruit and vegetable tastings to 35,000 children.
  • National League of Cities: $2 million grant to fund year-long meal programs that will provide 2.5 million meals to 32,000 school-aged children across the U.S. by leveraging the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
  • National Recreation & Park Association: $2.5 million grant to provide 18 million meals to 600,000 children and nutrition education to 150,000 children through its local park and recreation agencies.
  • Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom: $7.5 million grant providing funding to support 10.8 million federally reimbursed school breakfast meals through an expansion of the consortium’s state-based universal breakfast strategy.
  • Share Our Strength: $5.75 million grant to provide eight-week cooking courses and Cooking Matters at the Store shopping tours to 153,000 participants and to create and pilot a self-guided nutrition education application that aims to serve 25,000 people.

An additional $17.5 million in funding was also provided through grants to the following organizations, using the funds to provide meal programs for students and increase families’ access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.

· Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
· Children’s Hunger Alliance:
· Food Research and Action Center:
· Single Stop USA:
· Y-USA:
· Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to providing four billion meals between 2015 and 2020 to those who need them. We’re aiming to reach this goal through a combination of grants to charitable organizations and hunger relief programs, as well as through food donations from our Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers. To learn more about the Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitments to fighting hunger and providing nutrition education, visit

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

Source: Walmart

Ping Jian store: Carrefour Taiwan opened its 88th store in Taoyuan county


Taiwan, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sep 3rd , Carrefour Taiwan opened its 88th store : Ping Jian store in Taoyuan county. The store is especially designed with the integration of 3 dimensions: eco-friendly, digital application and customer experience. Many new concepts were implemented to create a unique shopping experience.

Ping Jian store is a store with 2 level, 363 car parking, sales area in total 6855 m2 and 1 level of restaurants and shopping mall. The store is built as a “Green building” by using LED lights and various green materials to save 25% of electricity power. The water recycle system will collect raining water for cleaning and gardening.

Eating in store experience was highlighted in Ping Jian store. All bakery and ready to eat was displayed with cover to ensure food safety.  In the fresh area, a professional pizza oven was firstly introduced to customers. Everyone can customize their own pizza with any ingredient. In the salad and soup bar, customer can customize their own salad, lunch box and pick up a hot soup. In front of the casher line, hamburger, shawarma, fried chicken and drinks in “Oh Bar” are made to take away. Ping Jian also launched Australia’s premium Wagyu Kobe Beef which attract hundreds of customers queue for tasting in the opening day.

Outside the cashier line, Customer can enjoy their food in a spacious rest area with nature and green outlook and beautiful aquarium which please kids a lot. In Ping Jian store, we provide many seats inside store and outside cashier line which not only provide comfort to customers but also increase the sales of ready to eat products. We even prepare a small table and chair for kids.

Customers could enjoy new shopping experience in different universe. In the bedding and furniture area, high quality assortment and atmosphere attract customers’ flow.  The crossing merchandise display in outdoor area make it easier for customers to find everything they need for sports, cycling, camping, hiking and jogging in one stop.

Digital technology was applied to upgrade customer’s shopping experience. For example, 3D Virtual fitting room in textile area brings customers brand new experience. Through searching products by different categories, users can try on different looks within seconds. The outfits fit customers’ body on the screen perfectly and users can view them at different angles and find an ideal match easily.

Group Communications : Tel: +33 (0) 1 41 04 26 17


Fondation Louis Vuitton unveils new permanent exhibition retracing the architectural journey behind Frank Gehry’s amazing building

Fondation Louis Vuitton unveils new permanent exhibition retracing the architectural journey behind Frank Gehry’s amazing building
Fondation Louis Vuitton unveils new permanent exhibition retracing the architectural journey behind Frank Gehry’s amazing building


Paris, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 14, the Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurated a new permanent exhibition retracing the architectural design process behind Frank Gehry’s amazing building. In conjunction with the event, Frank Gehry is taking part in a conversation with artist Daniel Buren that will be streamed live on the Fondation Louis Vuitton YouTube channel.

Less than two years after its inauguration, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has become a new architectural icon in Paris and a vibrant nexus of French culture and artistic creativity. With the instantly recognizable futuristic lines of its 12 glass sails, the building was conceived by architect Frank Gehry, who said: “I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolizes France’s profound cultural vocation.”

To showcase the creative process behind this stunning edifice, the Foundation Louis Vuitton has opened a new permanent exhibition, an “architectural journey” that explores how the Foundation developed. Prepared in collaboration with Frank Gehry’s studio in Los Angeles, the architectural journey proposes a unique visual experience, including video projections, as visitors discover the sole staircase where the steel structural walls have been left exposed. The successive landings present the different stages of the project, from the initial sketches to the final scale models, detailing the construction, materials, design, as well as the context that spawned this incredible building.

Frank Gehry will be on hand for the inauguration of the new permanent exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and for a conversation with artist Daniel Buren, who has created a striking colored temporary installation on the Foundation’s sails. Their discussion will be streamed live at 8 pm Paris time on the Fondation Louis Vuitton YouTube channel.


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

Source: LVMH


Luxury travel specialist Tully Luxury Travel expands its senior leadership team


TORONTO, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Tully Luxury Travel prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary year, it has announced two new appointments to its senior leadership team. Ms. Cathy Holler joins as Vice President, African Dreams, and Mr. Pat Lista joins as Vice President, Product & Contracting. Both bring 30 years of experience in the tourism industry.

Cathy Holler brings her visionary and strategic skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, extensive experience and connections in the luxury travel sector and broad knowledge of Africa. Her most recent positions include Vice President, Business Development and Product Innovation at Travcoa, Vice President, Member Sales & Service – USA & Canada and Vice President, Destination Sales, both at Virtuoso.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to join Mary Jean Tully and the amazing team at Tully Luxury Travel to lead their African Dreams division,” says Holler. “Since I was young, Africa has held a special place in my heart. To now be able to focus all of my expertise, energy and passion to promote travel to Africa is a dream come true!”

Pat Lista brings his extensive background in contract negotiations, sales, marketing, budgets and supplier relationships. A fluid thinker and passionate leader, Pat excels at finding innovative solutions to drive business forward and navigate teams through changing business models.

“I’m excited about this new and important chapter in my career, and happy to be working with a group of individuals whose professionalism is second to none. Everyone is striving towards the same goal: to provide the most exceptional service and travel experiences for our clients. The future is very bright.”

Two previous appointments, Julie Boucher, Vice President, Finance, and Judi Cohen, Director, Experiences, further demonstrate Tully Luxury Travel’s commitment to building a highly experienced and knowledgeable executive team.

“Our 30-year track record of success is the direct result of our very dedicated and diverse team,” says Jason Sarracini, Chief Operating Officer, Tully Luxury Travel. “I look forward to working alongside such accomplished individuals to map out our long-term strategy.”


SOURCE: Travel PR News

Walgreens Boots Alliance to release its 4Q and FY2016 earnings results on 20 October 2016

DEERFIELD, Ill, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2016 and fourth quarter earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, 20 October 2016, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 20 October 2016 through 27 October 2016, by calling +1 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or +1 404-537-3406 internationally, using replay code 80436129.

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 and related conference call and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2015, and our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending 31 May 2016, each of which is 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.


Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

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

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

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

IKEA completes solar panel installation atop its future Memphis store, opening late Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (09/14/2016) announced that solar panel installation is complete atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016. Once commissioned, the project will be the largest solar rooftop array in Tennessee.

The store’s 250,675-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.46 MW system, built with 4,424 panels that will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 297 cars or providing electricity for 205 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at

For the development, design and installation of IKEA Memphis’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Hannah Solar, an Atlanta-based full service, certified solar integrator dedicated to providing the very best in engineering, products, installation and servicing of solar arrays. Linkous Construction is managing the site work and building of the store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Memphis,” said Trisha Bevering, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Memphis is adding to this goal with Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This array represents the 44th solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 stores, with more locations planned.

Under construction on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway, the 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis, and its approximately 800 parking spaces, will open late Fall 2016. Until then, Memphis-area customers can shop at IKEA stores: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA Group announces total sales increased by 7.9% in FY2016

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For FY2016, IKEA Group total sales amounted to $37.6 billion (EUR 34.2 billion). Total sales translated into Euro increased by 7.1%. Adjusted for currency impact, total sales increased by +7.9%. Sales in comparable stores grew by 4.8%.

“IKEA Group had another good year and welcomed 783 million visits to our stores. In all of our meetings with the customers, we want to provide good quality products and inspiration for creating beautiful homes. Last year’s focus on the theme “It starts with the Food”, covering kitchen, cooking, eating, and the food-business, was a strong success and appreciated by the customers”, says Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO of IKEA Group.

China remains one of the fastest growing markets for IKEA Group, together with Australia, Canada and Poland. Germany, retained its position as the largest market, closely followed by the US, and showed another year of record growth. Expansion also continued at pace and plans are on track to open the first stores in India and Serbia during the coming year.

On a journey to become the world’s leading multichannel home furnishing retailer, IKEA Group is increasing its focus on integrating physical and digital commerce to enable customers to shop in ways that suits their needs. In addition, IKEA Group opened 12 new stores, and 19 Pick up and Order points during the last year, an effort that will be supported by developments of a flexible distribution network, ensuring accessibility and convenience for customers.

IKEA Group continues to work towards having a positive impact on people and the planet by motivating customers and co-workers to lead a more sustainable life at home. In FY16, a 15% growth in LED bulbs sold is in line with the ambition to, until the end of 2020, sell over 500 million LED bulbs to IKEA customers. Switching to LED light bulbs will save money as well as energy as they can last up to 20 years, and use up to 85% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

“In the coming year we will put even more effort in providing a great IKEA-experience for visitors across all channels. These efforts are only made possible by the engaged co-workers who have, as always, done an amazing job during the year”, concludes Peter Agnefjäll.

The IKEA Group Yearly Summary, which gives a full account of the performance for the year, as well as the IKEA Group Sustainability Report, will be published in December 2016. FY16 = Financial year 2016 encompasses the period between September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.

For further information, please contact:
Martina Smedberg
IKEA Group Media Relations

Mona Liss
IKEA US Corporate PR

Source: IKEA

Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning

LONDON, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 Sep 2016) Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning at M&S High Street Kensington, as part of the company’s headline sponsorship of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The extra special coffee morning kick started a season of coffee mornings which will be happening all over the country including thousands taking place on the official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September.

Joanna was joined by Sarah Hodge, a Macmillan Professional Occupational Therapist, Macmillan CEO Lynda Thomas and M&S Sparks members to enjoy coffee and cake. The group heard from Sarah on the importance of the partnership, which funds Macmillan professionals, before tucking into the very best of M&S’s sweet treats.

This is the seventh year that M&S has supported World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and during this time it has raised over £6 million for Macmillan. This year it is hoping to raise even more than last year’s total of over £2 million, through coffee mornings such as Joanna’s and through donating 10% from the sales of classic cakes and a selection of biscuits, cupcakes and cookie mixes sold throughout September.  M&S Cafés will also be donating 5p from every coffee and cake sold through the month – the perfect excuse for popping into your local store for a treat

Joanna Lumley, Plan A Ambassador said: “There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. It’s the reason that the work of Macmillan professionals like Sarah is so critically important and why I’m proud to work with M&S on this incredible partnership. I urge everyone to get involved, pop into M&S for a coffee & cake this month and Spark Something Good.”

Sarah Hodge, an Occupational Therapist for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan we believe no one should face cancer alone. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning encourages people to get together with family, friends or colleagues over coffee and cake, to raise money for people affected by cancer. It’s been great this morning to come together with Joanna and M&S customers to celebrate the huge difference that can be made through this partnership.”

For more information on World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and to get your free coffee morning kit visit or text SEPT to 70550.

To learn more about Macmillan’s partnership with M&S, visit

Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support 
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.  That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will. To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9 am–8 pm) or visit

About Spark Something Good 
Spark Something Good is M&S’ way of helping customers and colleagues make a real difference. Whether it’s getting involved in the community through Charity of the Year activity, Shopping old clothes or helping M&S’s efforts to beat cancer (with Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan). It encourages customers to join in and Spark Something Good. It is an important element of M&S’s Plan A programme – its sustainable business plan which focuses on protecting the planet through sourcing responsibly, reducing waste and helping communities.

For further information and images, please contact: 
Marks & Spencer
Daniel Himsworth
Marks & Spencer Press Office
07827 858655

Macmillan Cancer Support:
Janelle Butterfield
Macmillan Cancer Support

Source: Marks & Spencer

H&M group announces 7 percent sales increase in August 2016 compared to same month the previous year

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies in August 2016 compared to the same month the previous year. Sales development in August had a very good start. But sales were negatively affected in the second half of the month by exceptionally hot weather in most of the group’s markets.

Third quarter 2016

In the third quarter of 2016, i.e. during the period 1 June to 31 August, sales including VAT increased by 8 percent in local currencies compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Sales including VAT in the third quarter converted into SEK increased by 6 percent and amounted to SEK 56,802* m (53,420). Sales excluding VAT amounted to SEK 48,982* m (46,024), an increase of 6 percent.

The total number of stores amounted to 4,135 on 31 August 2016 compared to 3,675 on 31 August 2015.

The Nine-Month Report, covering the period 1 December 2015 – 31 August 2016, will be published on 30 September 2016 at 08.00 (CET). Percentage sales development for the month of September will be published
on 17 October 2016 at 08.00 (CET).

*The amounts are provisional and may deviate slightly from the Interim Report that will be released on 30 September 2016.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Only press enquiries:

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00

Source: H&M/globenewswire

CVS Health: opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone now available without prescription at all its pharmacies in Washington

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (Sept. 14, 2016) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available for patients without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Washington. Under a collaborative agreement with a physician in the state, CVS pharmacists can exercise prescriptive authority to dispense the medication. In addition to Washington, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. The company’s move to increase access to naloxone builds on its other efforts to reduce drug abuse, including prevention education and safe drug disposal.

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

“The impact of drug abuse has been felt by our families and friends across the state of Washington. It is a crisis that impacts people of every age, income level and race and involves prescription medications and illegal drugs,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “I commend CVS for making the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone available directly from a pharmacist, and for providing safe disposal options for unwanted medications. To address this epidemic we need the public and private sector working together on options such as this for our communities. Please visit to learn how to prevent and respond to an opioid overdose.”

Efforts to increase access to naloxone build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. CVS Health has joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Washington can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Washington can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

And, CVS Health has launched digital resources online at, giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention.

About CVS Health

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

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237


Macerich to release 3Q 2016 earning results and conference call on October 28, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Macerich (NYSE: MAC) Schedules Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Release

WHEN: Earnings Results will be released after market close on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  Management will hold a conference call at 11:00 am Pacific Time (2:00 pm Eastern Time) on Friday, October 28, 2016 to discuss quarterly results.

WHERE: Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call on the Macerich website at (Investing Section).

WHO: Arthur Coppola, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.

REBROADCAST: A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the live webcast in the Investing Section of the Company’s website at

In addition, an audio replay of the earnings conference call will be available by telephone beginning at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 28, 2016 and will be available until November 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time at toll free 1-877-870-5176, PIN 7700937 or International (toll) 1-858-384-5517.

ABOUT MACERICH: Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona,Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at


Jean Wood
Vice President
Investor Relations

John Perry
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations

Thomas O’Hern
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

SOURCE: Macerich

Chipotle Mexican Grill seeks to hire 5,000 new employees on its National Career Day on September 28, 2016

DENVER, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today (Sep. 14, 2016) announced its second-annual National Career Day, taking place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 during which it seeks to hire 5,000 new employees, topping its 2015 goal of 4,000.

Managers of each U.S. restaurant location will hold open interviews for up to 100 applicants from 8-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. on September 28. Interested candidates are invited to register for an interview at the Chipotle location of their choice by visiting

Chipotle currently employs more than 60,000 people, and people who are hired into entry-level crew positions have the potential to quickly be promoted into management positions. Over the last year, the company has promoted more than 11,000 people from hourly crew into management roles. Through National Career Day, interested applicants will have the opportunity to interview onsite with a manager and jumpstart their career with one of the nation’s fastest growing restaurant companies.

“We are constantly looking for great people to join our team. Regardless of your background or experience, you can succeed at Chipotle if you are willing to work hard to create an excellent guest experience, and have a passion for making the people around you better,” said Monty Moran, co-chief executive officer at Chipotle. “With the success of last year’s National Career Day, we hope to hire 5,000 new people during National Career Day to join our team and start their career at Chipotle. Working here isn’t just a job, but a career where employees learn how to make others better, run a successful business, master culinary skills, and most importantly, become true leaders, of teams of top performers.”

With a company culture that values character over experience (no experience is required to apply or be hired), Chipotle bases its hiring on a specific set of 13 Characteristics that indicate an applicant’s potential for success within the company. These traits include being conscientious, respectful, hospitable, high energy, infectiously enthusiastic, happy, presentable, smart, polite, motivated, ambitious, curious and honest.

Unlike most companies in the traditional fast food and fast casual industries, Chipotle offers all employees significant career advancement opportunities, as well as compensation and benefits above industry standard. By developing career skills internally, more than 90 percent of the company’s restaurant managers are promoted from within. The highest performing managers have the additional opportunity to be promoted to Restaurateur, which offers benefits such as a company car and six-figure earning potential. Many people have been promoted from crew or general manager positions to executive roles, or even officer roles, within the company.

Chipotle also offers a highly competitive benefits package to all employees, including paid sick leave and vacation time; tuition assistance; heavily discounted undergraduate and graduate classes and college programs through its partnership with Guild Education; health, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) matching program; employee stock purchase program; and the opportunity for twice-annual merit increases and an annual bonus. A full look at the career path and benefits can be found on Chipotle’s Career site:

For Chipotle’s first National Career Day, nearly 65,000 people registered for interviews and Chipotle extended job offers to more than 4,000 people throughout the week of National Career Day.

For more information and to register for an interview, please visit


Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 24 Chipotle restaurants outside the US and 14 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates four Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit

Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Auntie Anne’s® receives the Enduring Impact Gold Award at the second annual Franchising Gives Back awards

Auntie Anne’s® receives the Enduring Impact Gold Award at the second annual Franchising Gives Back awards
Auntie Anne’s® receives the Enduring Impact Gold Award at the second annual Franchising Gives Back awards


LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, received the Enduring Impact Gold Award at the second annual Franchising Gives Back awards dinner on September 12. The awards program, which was launched by The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation last year, recognizes the franchising industry’s best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs.

“We’re honored to receive the prestigious Franchising Gives Back Enduring Impact Award,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “This award is a testament to the dedicated service of our franchisees and their commitment to honoring the legacy of our founders. Auntie Anne and Jonas Beiler founded the company in 1988 with a strong desire to give back in the communities where they lived, and this tradition of giving back continues today with our Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership.”

The Enduring Impact Award recognizes a business with a longstanding commitment to their community that has been executing an outstanding charitable or community support program for at least five consecutive years.

Since establishing a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in 2011, Auntie Anne’s has raised more than $2.4 million for the organization through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canister donations, local event collaboration, and the company’s annual C.A.R.E.S. Golf Tournament. Each summer, guests can visit Auntie Anne’s to purchase a pretzel ribbon paper icon for $1 and show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer. In appreciation of the donation, guests receive a coupon for $1 off their next purchase. Auntie Anne’s donations have directly funded more than 48,000 hours of childhood cancer research and have helped ALSF fund more than 650 cutting-edge childhood cancer research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment, and develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 650 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

Media Contact:

Chas Kurtz
Public Relations Manager
(717) 435-1561

Source: Auntie Anne’s®:

FCL ranked first in SaskBusiness’ Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan for the fourth consecutive year

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth year in a row, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has placed first in SaskBusiness Magazine’s list of the Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan.

In 2015, FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion with net earnings of $539 million. Of that, $375 million was returned to the 200 local retail co-ops across Western Canada that are member-owners of FCL.

“While we have been impacted by the economic challenges in Western Canada, particularly in the energy sector, we have diverse businesses in a wide geographical area and that has helped us stay competitive. Co-op members are resilient and loyal and that stability allows us to bring a long-term approach to planning and creating sustainable growth,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda.

“Through these conditions, local retail co-ops in Saskatchewan and across Western Canada continue to serve communities big and small, while making new investments that strengthen our provinces.”

FCL is joined on this year’s Top 100 list by 19 retail co-operatives in Saskatchewan. Together, the retail co-ops included in the SaskBusiness list recorded combined sales of nearly $2.3 billion in 2015. A full list of these retail co-ops is shared below.

Economic impact

The number of co-ops on the Top 100 list highlights the substantial impact that the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) — comprised of local retail co-ops and FCL — has in Saskatchewan. Retail co-ops have returned almost $355 million to their members in Saskatchewan over the last five years, which is reinvested by these members in their communities. A total of $1.3 billion was returned by western Canadian co-ops to their members over the past five years.

Investments in Saskatchewan

FCL, on behalf of retail co-ops, has also made major investments in Saskatchewan and Western Canada over the last year, including:

  • Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP) — The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), a subsidiary of FCL, commissioned a $200-million environmental mega-project that allows it to clean and recycle all of its wastewater.
  • New fertilizer terminals — FCL invested $75 million to construct two new high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada, including one in Hanley, Sask., and another in Brandon, Man. Both facilities are expected to be fully operational in early 2017.
  • Co-operatives First — FCL committed $5 million over five years to support Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that is helping to inspire the next wave of co-operative development in rural and First Nation communities.
  • Co-op Community Spaces — A total of $1.5 million from the Co-op Community Spaces program was invested in 21 recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects in Western Canada.

Across the West, FCL and retail co-ops have reinvested $4.7 billion in their communities through capital investments since 2011.

Co-ops in the Top 100

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
19 Saskatoon Co-operative Retailing
Association Ltd.
29 Pioneer Co-operative Association Ltd. Swift Current
31 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Ltd. Prince Albert
35 Sherwood Co-operative Association Ltd. Regina
48 Lloydminster and District Co-operative Association Ltd. Lloydminster
55 Discovery Co-operative Association Ltd. North Battleford
65 Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. Yorkton
72 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Ltd. Moose Jaw
74 Prairie Co-operative Association Ltd. Melville
76 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Ltd. Weyburn
79 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Ltd. Meadow Lake
81 Pineland Co-operative Association Ltd. Nipawin
83 Prairie North Co-operative Association Ltd. Melfort
88 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Estevan
89 Delta Co-operative Association Ltd. Unity
90 Central Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Rosetown
92 Kindersley and District Co-operative
Association Ltd.
98 Borderland Co-operative Association Ltd. Moosomin
99 Southland Co-operative Association Ltd. Assiniboia

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Coop

NACS appoints Laura Genovese as education program manager

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Laura Genovese has joined NACS as education program manager and will manage and help deliver the association’s educational and performance-focused offerings, namely around the NACS Show.

Genovese joins NACS after six years of several account management roles at Potomac Management Resources, an association management and event planning firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to that, Genovese was an event planning and public relations intern at Linda Roth Associates in Washington, D.C.

Laura received her B.A. in communication with a concentration in public relations from George Mason University.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

Source: NACS

Darden Restaurants to release its fiscal 2017 first quarter financial results on October 4, 2016

ORLANDO, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE:DRI) plans to release its fiscal 2017 first quarter financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, with a conference call to follow at 8:30 am ET.  Gene Lee, CEO, and other senior management will discuss first quarter results and conduct a question and answer session.  For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call.

What: Darden Restaurants, Inc. Fiscal 2017 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

When: 8:30 am ET, Tuesday, October 4, 2016


How: Live over the Internet – Simply log on to the web at the address above or, to access via the telephone, dial 1-800-779-9102 and enter passcode 3833399 to join the call.

About Darden

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate $6.9 billion in annual sales.  Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and employing 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Our restaurant brands – Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit


Kevin Kalicak
(407) 245-5870

Rich Jeffers
(407) 245-4189

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Toys“R”Us® now accepting applications for part-time holiday jobs at stores and distribution centers nationwide

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — ’Tis the season to be hiring. While Saint Nick has his elves at the North Pole to help him prep for the big day, Toys“R”Us®, the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, is seeking some helpers of its own to ensure every kid’s holiday list is fulfilled. Today (September 14, 2016), the company announced it is now accepting applications for part-time holiday jobs at stores and distribution centers across the country (no red suit or elf ensemble required).

Click to Tweet: #HolidayHiring is underway at @ToysRUs! Learn more & apply now:

“Parents and gift-givers look to us during the holidays to deliver magic to the kids in their lives. There’s not a better time to be part of our company – it really is the most exciting time of year for our stores and distribution centers,” said Tim Grace, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Talent Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We’re looking for team members who want to become ‘holiday heroes’ and help us bring joy to kids everywhere.”

The seasonal hiring push will help ensure Toys“R”Us stores and distribution centers are fully staffed to meet customers’ needs and increased business demand throughout the holiday season. In-store positions include sales team members, cashiers and stock crew team members. Distribution center opportunities include warehouse operations, department managers, team coordinators and clerical specialists. Most holiday jobs are part-time, offering individuals flexible work schedules throughout the week.

This year, the company has enhanced its compensation packages, as well as introduced new seasonal incentives, to ensure it is highly competitive in local markets. Seasonal team members will also be eligible for the company’s team member discount – the perfect perk for the hottest toy-buying season.

Markets with the largest seasonal hiring needs include: 

  • New York, NY – more than 4,500
  • Los Angeles, CA – more than 2,700
  • Philadelphia, PA – more than 1,500
  • Chicago, IL – more than 1,200
  • Washington, D.C. – more than 1,000

Seasonal jobs can also be a great way to start a long-term career with Toys“R”Us for those seeking permanent employment. Every year, outstanding seasonal hires have the opportunity to become permanent team members. In recent years, 15-20 percent of the company’s holiday workforce has retained positions after Christmas, choosing Toys“R”Us to help further their careers.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply now at Jobseekers are also invited to take part in national hiring events at all Toys“R”Us stores and distribution centers on Monday, October 10 and Friday, November 11.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Rite Aid Corporation to release Q2 FY2017 financial results on Sept. 22, 2016

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) said today (Sept. 14, 2016) that it will release financial results for its Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter at 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Given the company’s pending merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), Rite Aid will not be holding a conference call. The text of the earnings release, along with the corresponding charts and supplemental information slides, will be made available immediately after the release in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at

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


Matt Schroeder

Susan Henderson

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits

New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits
New World celebrates spring with mini-collectables Little Garden seedling kits


Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World’s Little Shop was an instant hit in New Zealand in 2013. Kids of all ages flocked to collect mini grocery items encouraging play, swapping, and classroom learning across the country.

The promotion was so successful that New World continued to run a similar mini-grocery collectable promotion for the next two years. With this sort of success the obvious question is ‘What are you going to do next?’

It’s time for the reveal. The latest innovation in supermarket mini-collectables are now available at New World stores around the country, and parents may be relieved to hear there’s not a cartoon character in sight.

New World’s Little Garden new seedling kit collectables are a ground-breaking initiative aimed at teaching Kiwi kids (and adults) about how plants grow, where food comes from, and how to eat healthily.

To celebrate spring, New World supermarkets will be giving away Little Garden seedling kits. Shoppers will receive one free with every $40 spent in-store.

Each kit contains everything that’s needed to grow one type of vegetable or herb: seeds, soil and a pot. There are 24 seedling kits to collect, including 18 veges and 6 herbs, plus shopper will get the chance to buy a limited edition collector tray to keep them all in one place.

And helping to get all those Little Gardens growing is acclaimed landscape gardener, Xanthe White, who says the thought of many families discovering the joy of growing is “absolutely wonderful”.

“For those who haven’t gardened before, especially young kids, this is a fun and easy way for them to get started,” White says. “Even if you don’t have a backyard and can only grow in pots, now is the perfect time of year to get growing, and it’s amazing what you can grow even on a small balcony.”

“For experienced gardeners, meanwhile, Little Garden will be an amazing opportunity to have a play with some plants they mightn’t have grown before. Like a lucky dip for your vege patch!”

White says as well as being passionate about raising real seeds, she loves planting mental ones too: “The thing I love about Little Garden is that it’ll get people trying something new and give them the confidence to keep growing. The positive effects of New World doing that may well last a lifetime.”

Little Garden’s other major positive is that it is effectively zero-waste, as Stephanie Pyne, New World’s Retail Marketing Manager and architect of Little Garden, explains. “All the materials are either compostable or recyclable. The pots are made of wood pulp and peat, the soil tablets are coconut husk, and the collector trays and packaging are recyclable. We’re really looking forward to people of all ages participating in the promotion and growing their own Little Garden.”

In addition to giveaways in-store Miss Pyne also highlighted that over 1,000 Little Garden kits, with specially designed lesson guides, are being made available to primary and intermediate classrooms around the country.

Find out more about what’s growing on the Little Garden website.

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff


Harris Teeter to open its Kendrick Crossing, Gastonia, NC location on September 27

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Kendrick Crossing location on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Taste of Teeter sampling event. This event is a complimentary, in-store sampling of Harris Teeter’s most unique products. Store registers will be open for sales.

“We are thrilled about our return to Gastonia,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are looking forward to getting re-acquainted with our Gastonia neighbors, and we cannot wait for shoppers to see their brand new Harris Teeter.”

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection. Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Fast Facts:

Store Address: Kendrick Crossing

3350 Robinwood Rd.

Gastonia, NC 28054

Grand Opening Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Grand Opening Time: 5 p.m., ribbon cutting; sampling event immediately following

Store Hours: 24 hours/7 days a week

Store Square Footage: 53,000

Check-Out Lanes:    8 checkouts and 4 express checkouts

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Store Features and Departments:

Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and USDA Certified Very Tender Beef • Fresh Store made Sausage • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Fruit Bar • Salad Bar  •  Gift Basket Program • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Pizza • Party Trays • Home Meal Replacements • Natural Foods • Wine and Beer •  Build Your Own Six Pack • Two Lane Drive-Thru Pharmacy  •  Free Blood Pressure Testing  • Private, Professional Pharmacist Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Starbucks •Sit-down eating area • ATM

Source: Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter to debut Carolina Panthers’ Shaq Thompson’s “Shaq Staq” Signature Sub Sandwich on Sept. 20

Mathews. NC,, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —

What: Harris Teeter Unveils Carolina Panthers’ Shaq Thompson’s “Shaq Staq” Signature Sub Sandwich

Thompson to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:  Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time:   1 – 2 p.m.

Where: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter

6701 Morrison Boulevard

Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Tuesday, Sept. 20, Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Shaq Thompson will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Thompson’s sandwich, “Shaq Staq,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with the “Shaq Staq” which features BBQ chicken and bacon topped with yellow American cheese, lettuce, BBQ sauce and chipotle sauce on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes the “Shaq Staq” sandwich, a drink and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

The “Shaq Staq” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Thompson will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his signature sub sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce the “Shaq Staq” as Harris Teeter’s first Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2016-2017 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

Source: Harris Teeter

Natural Grocers to open new Salt Lake City store on September 27

LAKEWOOD, Colo., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Natural Grocers will open a new Salt Lake City store on Tuesday, September 27, bringing the total number of Utah stores to 5. The store will open at 8 a.m. and is located at 1033 East 2100 South.

In celebration of the September 27 grand opening, Natural Grocers will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:55 a.m. and the first 100 customers in line will be able to choose either a “Mystery” gift card, varying in amounts from $5 to $100, or a good4u prize from the grand opening giveaway table. Customers won’t know the amount of their gift card until they check out.

Natural Grocers will also celebrate grand opening month with an appearance from Sugar Todd, a current member of the US Speed Skating team who competed in the 2012 Single Distance Championships, the 2013 World Sprint Championships and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Grand Opening Celebrations

Opening day activities include:

  • 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Live performance by local band The Gorgeous Gourds
  • 8 to 10 a.m. – Rise and Shine, It’s Muffin Time!
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Paleo Wraps Tasting
  • Noon to 4 p.m. – Vendor demonstrations throughout the store

Month-Long Grand Opening Events

  • The new Salt Lake City Sugarhouse store will feature Natural Grocers’ good4u Grand Opening Nutrition Challenge Sweepstakes, which offers participants an opportunity to learn about healthy eating while earning prizes. The value of all prizes in the Sweepstakes is over $2,000.

All participants who attend the Nutrition Challenge classes will receive a $5 gift card, as well as be entered to win either $125 in good4u groceries or a $100 gift card to the store.  A list of healthy recipes that feed a family of 4 for only $25 or less per meal will be available at each class. The sweepstakes runs from September 27 – October 8. For official Rules and complete details, visit:

  • Members of the local community can visit the new store to learn how US speed skater Sugar Todd fuels her body and mind on October 8 from 3-4 p.m. Attendees can ask questions while learning how to make bean-free, Paleo-friendly hummus.

Natural Grocers provides the Salt Lake City community with fresh produce that is 100% USDA Certified Organic, as well as other healthy, Always AffordableSM organic and natural products. The stores feature a mix of national brands and a selection of locally produced products in a small, neighborhood market environment. The stores will also feature a Nutritional Health Coach and offer free nutrition education classes to the public. The store will be open seven days a week.

What to Expect from Natural Grocers

  • Highest quality organic and natural groceries, dietary supplements and body care products
  • Always AffordableSM pricing
  • Free science-based nutrition classes, health coaching, cooking demos and more
  • No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and harmful trans-fats
  • 100 percent USDA Certified Organic produce
  • Strict meat standards – raised without antibiotics, growth promoters or feed containing animal by-products
  • Pasture-Based Dairy Standard – dairy products that come exclusively from confinement-free dairies
  • Free Range Egg Standard – eggs that are not only cage-free, but are provided with sufficient space to move – both indoors and outdoors – and exhibit their natural behaviors
  • A Nutritional Health Coach (NHC) in every store
  • Knowledgeable staff offering world-class customer service
  • Support for local community organizations

Family-run Natural Grocers was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, along with nutrition knowledge to help support their own health.

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Natural Grocers video b-roll can be found here and here.

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