BILLA Nachhaltigkeit: Mit Herz und Hausverstand unterstützt BILLA den Verein OTELO und hilft bei der Integration von jungen Asylwerbern

Villach / Wiener Neudorf, Austria, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auch heuer ruft BILLA seine Mitarbeiter wieder dazu auf, sich im Zuge der österreichweiten BILLA Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative ehrenamtlich zu engagieren. Das Team der BILLA Filialen in Villach und Umgebung unterstützt im Rahmen dieser Initiative das Integrationsprojekt „Get Connected“, welches mit dem ehrenamtlichen Verein OTELO FreiRaum in Villach ins Leben gerufen wurde, mit Lebensmitteln und informiert jugendliche Asylwerber über das Unternehmen BILLA als potenziellen Arbeitgeber.

Der Verein OTELO FreiRaum in Villach wurde im Februar 2015 auf Initiative der Stadt Villach und Bürgermeister Günther Albel gegründet und bietet Jugendlichen einen offenen Raum um sich auszutauschen, kreativ zu sein und voneinander zu lernen. Nach dem Einsetzen der Flüchtlingskrise im Sommer 2015 wurde damit begonnen auch vermehrt jugendliche Asylwerber in die Arbeit des Vereins einzubinden. Da sich bei BILLA der Begriff „Nachhaltigkeit“ nicht nur auf Maßnahmen zum Umweltschutz beschränkt, sondern auch das Zusammenleben der Menschen in Österreich miteinbezieht, wurde BILLA schnell zu einem verlässlichen Partner. Peter Lex, BILLA Regionalmanager und Mitorganisator der OTELO Initiative zur Integration von jugendlichen Asylwerbern, sieht die Unterstützung Jugendlicher als besonders wichtige Integrationsmaßnahme: „Die Jugendlichen Asylwerber kommen nach Österreich und besitzen keinerlei soziales Sicherheitsnetz. Umso wichtiger ist es, die Jugendlichen untereinander zu vernetzen und ihnen Perspektiven für die Zukunft aufzuzeigen. BILLA ist einer der größten und attraktivsten Arbeitgeber des Landes und wird hier seiner Verantwortung gerecht.“

BILLA hilft beim Einstieg in ein neues Leben
Die Gestaltung der Treffen im OTELO Freiraum richtet sich nach dem Bedarf der anwesenden Personen. Um den fremdsprachigen Menschen die Landessprache Deutsch näherzubringen, werden die Treffen in deutscher Sprache durchgeführt. Bei der Verpflegung der Teilnehmer unterstützt BILLA den OTELO Freiraum mit einer monatlichen Kaffee- und Lebensmittelspende im Rahmen von 2kg Fairtrade Bohnenkaffee und unterschiedlichen Lebensmitteln wie Obst, Süßwaren und Knabbergebäck, deren Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum zwar bereits überschritten wurde, die aber noch genießbar sind. Neben den Lebensmittelspenden steht außerdem der Besuch von BILLA Mitarbeitern im OTELO Freiraum im Fokus, bei dem den jugendlichen Asylwerbern das Unternehmen BILLA nähergebracht und über Berufe im Handel informiert werden soll. Bei Bedarf und Interesse der Jugendlichen wird zusätzlich angedacht Schnuppertage und weitere Informationsveranstaltungen zu organisieren. Mit der Unterstützung von jugendlichen Asylwerbern zeigt BILLA, dass Nachhaltigkeit nicht nur die Produktion von Lebensmitteln und unseren Umgang mit den natürlichen Ressourcen beinhaltet, sondern auch von Mensch zu Mensch gelebt werden kann.

Der BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award für Mitarbeiter Engagement
Nachhaltiges und soziales Engagement wird bei BILLA großgeschrieben. Einerseits zeigt sich das durch die Nachhaltigen Wochen bei BILLA, die jährlich im September stattfinden. Andererseits wird mit dem BILLA Nachhaltigkeits-Award jedes Jahr auch das nachhaltige Engagement der Mitarbeiter gefördert. Dieser interne Preis wurde vor vier Jahren ins Leben gerufen, damit sich Mitarbeiter verstärkt mit dem Thema Nachhaltigkeit auseinandersetzen und sich auch persönlich damit identifizieren können. Dabei kann jede Region ein eigenes Projekt einreichen, das meist direkt mit den Kunden und Mitarbeitern zu tun haben. Die Projekte, die im Zuge dieser Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative eingereicht werden, zeichnen sich vor allem durch ihren Einsatz in den Bereichen Soziales, Umwelt und Grüne Produkte aus. Leitprojekte, die sich aus dieser Aktion entwickelt haben und flächendeckend in ganz Österreich umgesetzt wurden, sind beispielsweise „Lehrlinge führen Filiale“ oder auch eine stromsparende Zeitschaltuhr. Im Fokus der jährlichen Aktion steht auch heuer wieder das Engagement der BILLA Mitarbeiter, die ihre tägliche Arbeit in rund 1.050 BILLA Filialen österreichweit mit Herz und Hausverstand erfüllen.

Bildtext zum übermittelten Bildmaterial: Bild (1): (v.l.n.r.) Ali Reza Hossaini, Peter Lex (BILLA Regionalmanager), Akbari Nazir Hussain, Sabrina Duregger (Ehrenamtliche), Reza Gholani (BILLA Lehrling), Isabella Lex (Ehrenamtliche) mit gespendeten BILLA Produkten. Bild (2): Teilnehmer des Get Connected Vernetzungstreffens beim Palatschinkenkochen. Bild (2): Teilnehmenr des Get Connected Vernetzungstreffens für jugendliche Asylwerber.

Credits: BILLA AG/ Dusek, Abdruck zu PR-Zwecken honorarfrei.

Über BILLA
BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder www.billashop.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis:
Team Media Relations REWE International AG
Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf
Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265
E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

Source: REWE Group

Harris Teeter to open new store at Bowie Marketplace, Bowie, MD on October 4

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Bowie Marketplace location on Tuesday, October 4 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.

“Harris Teeter is thrilled to be joining the Bowie community,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are looking forward to getting to know our Bowie 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:                        Bowie Marketplace 15501 Annapolis Road Suite 400 Bowie, MD 20715

Grand Opening Date:           Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

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

Store Hours:                              24 hours/7 days a week

Store Square Footage:          52,000

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 and burgers • 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 and Organic Foods • Expanded Specialty Foods •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

www.harristeeter.com

Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). The regional grocery chain employs approximately 30,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Source: Harris Teeter

Kingfisher announces half year financial results ended 31 July 2016

LONDON, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales up 2.7% and retail profit up 8.7%, in constant currencies. Underlying pre-tax profit of £436m, up 13.5%. Good early progress on ONE Kingfisher

Financial highlights

% Total Change % Total Change % LFL* Change
2016/17 2015/16 Reported Constant currency Constant currency
Adjusted sales* £5,749m £5,382m +6.8% +2.7% +3.3%
Retail profit* £464m £410m +13.1% +8.7%
Underlying* pre-tax profit £436m £384m +13.5%
Adjusted* pre-tax profit £418m £384m +8.9%
Underlying basic EPS 14.2p 12.3p +15.4%
Adjusted basic EPS 13.6p 12.3p +10.6%
Half year dividend 3.25p 3.18p +2.2%
Net cash* £898m £435m n/a

*Throughout this release ‘*’ indicates first instance of a term defined in the Glossary (section 5).
A reconciliation to statutory amounts is set out in the Financial Review (Section 4).

  • Total adjusted sales in constant currencies up 2.7% (UK & Ireland* +3.1%; France* +0.3%; Other International* +7.5%)
  • Retail profit in constant currencies up 8.7% (UK & Ireland +8.8%; France +1.6%; Other International +34.2%)
  • Underlying pre-tax profit of £436m, up 13.5% driven by UK and Poland profit growth and £17m favourable FX movements on the translation of non-sterling retail profits
  • Returned £317m of cash to shareholders year to date (£157m dividend; £160m buyback)
  • Net cash of £898m including significant working capital timing benefits

ONE Kingfisher

Good early progress and on track with first year strategic milestones:

  • Unified & Unique Offer
    • Implementing first unified ranges; sales are encouraging and cost of change in line with expectations
    • New ONE Offer & Supply Chain organisation (OSC) global functions and roles started from early June; initial set up costs lower than anticipated
  • Digital
    • Unified IT platform now in all B&Q stores (ahead of plan) with back office & supply chain underway; first Castorama France pilot store on track for Q3
  • Operational efficiency
    • B&Q store closures 80% complete: 52 to date of the 65 planned; 50 lease exits secured
    • Goods Not For Resale* (GNFR) benefits delivering earlier than plan: £12m in H1; raising FY guidance from up to £20m to up to £25m

No change to 5 year transformation cost* guidance of c.£800m:

  • Updated cost guidance for FY 2016/17: transformation P&L costs of c.£60m; transformation exceptional costs of up to £10m

Statutory reporting:

2016/17 2015/16 % Change Reported
Statutory sales* £5,749m £5,492m +4.7%
Statutory pre-tax profit £427m £386m +10.6%
Statutory post-tax profit £321m £318m +0.9%
Basic EPS 14.1p 13.6p +3.7%

Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, said: “It has been a productive first half. We have delivered a good ‘business as usual’ result with both sales and profit growth. Performance has been driven by Poland and the UK, especially Screwfix, and a stable profit performance in France. This has been achieved alongside managing the start of our ambitious transformation plan, based on creating a unified company where customer needs come first.

“In the UK, the EU referendum has created uncertainty for the economic outlook, even though there has been no clear evidence of an impact on demand so far on our businesses. In France we remain cautious on the short term outlook.

“Looking longer term, we are starting to build solid foundations to enable us to deliver our five year transformation, which is our key growth driver. We are making good progress on our strategic milestones for this first year and we are on track. The level of transformation activity will increase significantly, however given the expertise and energy of our colleagues we continue to feel confident about the challenges ahead.”

Contacts:

Investor Relations
+44 (0) 20 7644 1029

Media Relations
+44 (0) 20 7644 1030

Teneo Blue Rubicon
+44 (0) 20 7260 2700

This announcement can be downloaded from www.kingfisher.com or viewed on the Kingfisher IR iPad App. We can be followed on Twitter @kingfisherplc with the half year results tag #KGFHY.

Kingfisher American Depository Receipts are traded in the US on the OTCQX platform: (OTCQX: KGFHY) http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/KGFHY/quote

Our next announcement will be the Q3 trading update (sales only) for the period ended 31 October 2016 on 22 November 2016.

Source: Kingfisher

DeCA announces grand prize winner of the “Kellogg’s Win Groceries for a Year! Richmond Racing Sweepstakes”

 

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jodi Boulier has always wanted to see a NASCAR race in person. The spouse of a retired soldier is also a loyal patron of the Fort Lewis Commissary at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

On Sept. 10, Boulier’s race wish and her commissary loyalty collided when she won free groceries for a year and a trip to Virginia for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond’s International Raceway (RIR).

As the grand prize winner of the “Kellogg’s Win Groceries for a Year! Richmond Racing Sweepstakes,” Boulier and her family were flown to Richmond for the weekend, given access passes to watch the race at RIR with driver Greg Biffle’s pit crew and awarded $6,000 in Commissary Gift Cards – the equivalent value of free commissary groceries for a year.

“I get to shop free for a year. This helps big time,” said Boulier, whose husband, Ronald, is a retired Army sergeant first class. “We’ve got diapers to buy for grandkids, so that’s going to help a lot.

Boulier won the grand prize after purchasing participating Kellogg’s products and having her Commissary Rewards Card scanned, which automatically entered her in the sweepstakes.

Contests like this are part of the ancillary benefit of giveaways and special promotions provided to commissary patrons through DeCA’s industry partners, said Marye Dobson, the agency’s program manager for the Commissary Rewards Card.

“This promotion was only available for patrons like Jodi who used their Commissary Rewards Card,” Dobson said. “Besides the savings and convenience of digital coupons, the card gives our shoppers access to promotions and contests that also help them maximize their benefit.”

During the military appreciation event held at RIR before the race, hundreds of active duty military members, retirees, veterans and their families enjoyed free food, drinks, music, a race car simulator, giveaways of Commissary Gift Cards, and NASCAR and Kellogg’s merchandise freebies. They also heard from Biffle, driver of the No. 16 “Cheez-It Ford Fusion,” who spoke about the race, his career and his appreciation of the military.

When specifically asked about military commissaries, Biffle was quick to give the benefit a shout out: “I know how important the support of a pit crew is to the success of a driver. Likewise, the commissary provides our military and their families’ invaluable service and support as they successfully serve our great country.”

On the day before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the NASCAR event at RIR had a pronounced air of military participation in prerace activities:

  • Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello delivered the oath of enlistment to about 24 delayed enlistment program members.
  • The United States Marine Corps Band, “The President’s Own,” performed the National Anthem, while more than 50 soldiers from the Fort Eustis, Virginia, NCO Academy unfurled a gigantic U.S. flag, and an honor guard from Fort Lee, Virginia, posted the colors.
  • T-38 planes from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, performed a flyover.
  • Army parachutists landed on the infield carrying massive U.S. flags.

As the fans filled the stands, and pit crews rolled out race cars bearing colorful sponsors, the look of excitement on Jodi Boulier’s face was as bright as the flames shooting from the stage with the introduction of each driver. She had been waiting for this moment all day.

“I’m looking forward to the race; I’ve never been to one,” she said hours before the race during the military appreciation event. I’ve only seen [NASCAR] on TV, and I want to see how fast they go around.”

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

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

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Klépierre successfully issued 15-year, 600 million euro bond maturing September 29, 2031

Paris, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre announces that it successfully issued today (September 19, 2016) a 15-year, 600 million euro bond maturing September 29, 2031. The bond was priced at a 60 bps margin above the swap rate which translates into a coupon of 1.25%. Oversubscribed three times, the notes were placed quickly after launch with long term, high-quality global investors. Investors from France, the UK and Germany represented 73% of the allocated book.

This bond features the lowest coupon ever for a long dated (more than 15-year) Euro bond issue by a REIT sector company, illustrating in favorable market conditions, Klépierre’s strong credit quality and business profile.

Barclays, CA-CIB, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Société Générale acted as active bookrunners for the new issue.

Meanwhile, the same day, Klépierre launched a cash tender offer on two outstanding bonds:
 a EUR 500 million euro bond issued by Klépierre SA maturing in September 2019 and offering a 2.75% coupon (FR0011321405);
 a EUR 500 million euro bond issued by Corio N.V. maturing in February 2021 and offering a 3.25% coupon (XS0896119384).

The offer period for both tendered bonds is expected to end on September 26, 2016. JP Morgan, RBS and Société Générale are acting as active bookrunners in the tender offer.

These transactions support the Group’s financing strategy, which aims to reduce its financing costs while lengthening its average maturity schedule. Assuming current market conditions, the net cost of debt should decline below 2.0% by 2017.

ABOUT KLÉPIERRE

A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at 22.6 billion euros at June 30, 2016 and comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries in Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling (56.1%) stake in Steen & Strøm, Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam. Klépierre is included in the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and GPR 250 indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, and Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe, and is ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions underscore Klépierre’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy. For more information: www.klepierre.com

AGENDA: October 26, 2016 third quarter 2016 revenues (press release after market close)

INVESTOR RELATIONS:

CONTACTS:
Vanessa FRICANO
+ 33 (0)1 40 67 52 24
vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com

Julien ROUCH
+33 (0)1 40 67 53 08
julien.rouch@klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Lorie LICHTLEN
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 13 01
lorie.lichtlen@bm.com

Camille PETIT
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 12 98
camille.petit@bm.com

*** This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com

Source: Klépierre

Auchan Retail launched new drugstore concept in Russia, “Lillapois Beauty”

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On August 19, Auchan Retail launched in Russia its new drugstore concept, named “Lillapois Beauty”. It is a perfect adaptation for the Russian customers of the concept launched in 2014 in Italy.

In a sales area of 200 sqm dedicated to health, beauty and hygiene, more than 7,500 products of cosmetics, make-up and perfum are proposed for the great pleasure of the customers.

One of the most entertaining areas of the store is the “Make-Up Studio”, where a make-up professionnal gives make-up lessons to customers and discloses its best advice to use the in-store products.

Source: Auchan Holdings

Apple joins global renewable energy initiative RE100

Cupertino, California, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016) joined global renewable energy initiative RE100, reaffirming its commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy worldwide and pledging to work with the initiative to drive clean energy into the manufacturing supply chain.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, announced the membership today during remarks at Climate Week in New York City, and shared additional progress the company is making toward its clean energy goals.

“Apple is committed to running on 100 percent renewable energy, and we’re happy to stand beside other companies that are working toward the same effort,” said Jackson. “We’re excited to share the industry-leading work we’ve been doing to drive renewable energy into the manufacturing supply chain, and look forward to partnering with RE100 to advocate for clean-energy policies around the world.”

Apple is already powering its operations in the US, China and 21 other countries with 100 percent renewable energy; and, in 2015, powered 93 percent of its operations around the world with renewable energy.

The company continues to invest in high-quality, clean energy projects to help it meet and maintain its goal, and Jackson announced today that Apple has completed construction on its latest renewable energy project — a 50-megawatt solar farm in Arizona. Apple worked with local utility Salt River Project on the solar array, which will provide renewable power to Apple’s global command data center in Mesa, Arizona. That’s equal to the energy use of over 12,000 Arizona homes.

Jackson also shared significant updates on the company’s work to help its manufacturing partners make the same transition to clean power that Apple has, announcing renewable energy commitments from major suppliers.

On the heels of Apple supplier Lens Technology’s clean energy commitment announced last month, Solvay Specialty Polymers, which supplies Apple with antenna bands for iPhone, also made a new commitment, pledging 100 percent renewable energy for all Apple production. This covers 14 manufacturing facilities across 8 countries by the end of 2018.

Catcher Technology, one of Apple’s largest aluminum enclosure suppliers, also is targeting 100 percent renewable power for its production of Apple goods by the end of 2018, leading to an emission reduction of nearly 600,000 metric tons a year.

Altogether, Apple suppliers’ commitments to-date will represent over 1.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy used in the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018, equal to the amount of electricity consumed by over 1 million Chinese homes.

Press Contacts:

Alisha Johnson
Apple
alisha_johnson@apple.com
(669) 227-3364

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

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Apple joins global renewable energy initiative RE100
Apple joins global renewable energy initiative RE100

 

Source: Apple

Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store

San Francisco, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just days after the release of iOS 10, iPhone and iPad users are already livening up their conversations with new, animated stickers from thousands of apps on the App Store — all available right from within Messages. Discover, download, and launch new stickers by tapping on the App Store icon right from within Messages. Simply tap to send a sticker or tap and hold to peel and place a sticker directly on top of a message bubble, photo or another sticker. You can even touch and hold on the sticker to adjust its size.

Available for the first time with iOS 10, here’s a selection of some of the first sticker packs launching in the App Store for iMessage.

Press Contacts:

Jacqueline Roy
Apple
jacqueline_roy@apple.com
(408) 862-4386

Catherine Anderson
Apple
catherine_anderson@apple.com
(669) 227-0491

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

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Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store
Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store

 

Source: Apple

Chipotle Mexican Grill announces the appointment of Jim Slater as managing director in Europe

DENVER, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has announced the appointment of Jim Slater as the company’s managing director in Europe. Based in the U.K., Slater has made a career of building successful European brands, including Costa Coffee, Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Sunderland Association Football Club. As managing director at Chipotle, Slater will oversee the strategy, development and growth of Chipotle’s European business.

“Jim not only believes in our commitment to change the way people think about and eat fast food, but he also celebrates our vision of building teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle founder, chairman, and co-CEO. “We have great confidence in his abilities and expertise, and believe his leadership will help us enhance and grow our business in Europe.”

Slater most recently served as the managing director of Costa Coffee in the U.K. and Ireland, overseeing 2,200 stores and more than a billion dollars in sales. At Costa, he was instrumental in the efforts that resulted in Costa becoming bigger in the U.K. than Starbucks, Nero, Pret a Manger and Eat combined. He and his team won Marketing Society’s “Brand of the Year” award in 2011, and became The Times’ “Brand of the Decade” in 2014. Slater laid a classic blue-chip career foundation with Mars, Kraft and Diageo before joining the soccer team he supported since childhood, Sunderland AFC, as commercial and marketing director in 1998.

“Chipotle’s commitment to better food from ingredients raised and grown with respect for animals, farmers and the environment is consistent with how many Europeans eat and the brand is one that really resonates with customers here,” said Slater. “Looking at the success of Chipotle in the U.S., I know the company has tremendous opportunity in Europe and I look forward to continuing to develop the Chipotle brand in these markets.”

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
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 Chipotle.com.

Contact:

Chris Arnold
303.222.5912
carnold@chipotle.com

SOURCE: Chipotle

Attention students: Chipotle Mexican Grill announces free drink promotion with food purchase during September

DENVER, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sept. 19, 2016), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) announced a promotion to help make heading back to school a little easier. During the entire month of September, high school and college students with a valid ID can enjoy free fountain soft drinks or iced tea with any in-store entrée purchase.

“It can be tough when the end of the summer collides with the reality of heading back to school,” said Chris Arnold, communications director at Chipotle. “We’re filling – and refilling – students’ cups at all Chipotle locations to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.”

Transactions that include the free student drink will still count toward Chiptopia, Chipotle’s loyalty program that rewards customers who make multiple paid visits to Chipotle each month with free food when transactions total at least six dollars.

The student drink promotion is open to high school (including home schooled students), undergraduate or graduate college students who present a valid ID. This promotion includes fountain soft drinks and iced tea and excludes any bottled drinks (Izze, Nantucket). Free drinks are limited to one per person, per visit, and are only valid with in-store orders.

For more information, please visit Chipotle.com/septemberfreedrink.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
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 Chipotle.com.

Contact:

Chris Arnold
303.222.5912
carnold@chipotle.com

SOURCE: Chipotle

US Foods unveiled its Fall Scoop lineup from all-natural items and grass fed beef to decadent desserts

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep 19, 2016 ), US Foods unveiled its Fall Scoop lineup featuring 25 items that will inspire chefs everywhere to reimagine classics and create new dishes this season. From all- natural items and grass fed beef to decadent desserts, the “Steak Your Claim” Scoop has something for every restaurant. This launch also signals the national rollout of US Foods Tipping Point™, a server training program designed to increase customer satisfaction, check averages and tips.

“Product innovation is at the core of our business and over the last 5 years, we’ve introduced more than 400 unique and high quality products to help chefs and restaurateurs create crave-worthy dishes while saving time and labor in the kitchen,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “With this Fall Scoop, we continue this tradition with must order items like beef marrow bones and pumpkin spice latte ice cream, as well as business solutions that address everything from inventory management and food cost control to server training.”

The 25 items in the Fall Scoop lineup run the gamut from succulent entrée options and accompaniments to simple sides and seasonal desserts.

Center of the Plate Perfection

Of diners who eat beef and pork, 91 percent eat beef at least once a week. To satisfy this craving, US Foods is introducing three new items from its exclusive Stock Yards™ brand. The All Natural Canoe Cut Beef Marrow Bones are great for sharing as an appetizer over garlic crostini and are pre-brined and pre-cut to save chefs time and cut operator food costs. The additional Stock Yards newcomers will help meet the growing demand for grass fed beef, the All Natural Grass Fed Ribeye Steak and All Natural Grass Fed Sliders. Both are 100 percent domestic and grass fed and grass finished and carry the clean labels diners seek today.

Seafood lovers can choose from the Chef’s Line™ Seared Yellowfin Tuna Slices, which are rubbed with pepper and garlic and ready-to-eat, as well as two shrimp varieties from Harbor Banks™, the Breaded Stuffed Shrimp and Grits and the Breaded Stuffed Shrimp Southwest Style.

Showstopping Sides

The new product line has plenty to offer alongside, or on top of, all the season’s best foods. The Chef’s Line™ Parmesan Peppercorn Compound Butter can be used at any stage of cooking to elevate entrees and sides. Just like all Rykoff Sexton™ products, the new Fire Grilled Artichokes and Caramelized Sliced Onions are of the finest quality and versatile. Also versatile are the Chef’s Line™ Natural Chip and Natural Fry, which are made without artificial ingredients, flavors or colors and are ready to be customized.

Sweet Finishes

No fall menu would be complete without the seasonal flavors of pumpkin and sweet potato. The Chef’s Line™ Rustic Pumpkin Sweet Potato Tart is filled with candied orange zest, warm spices and topped with praline-pecan streusel. For those looking for something more indulgent, the Devonshire Premium Campfire S’More Lava Cake finished with a toasted marshmallow topping fits the bill.

Star Servers

Also making its debut in Fall Scoop is the national launch of Tipping Point™, a US Foods program that caters to the often under-recognized but highly critical restaurant employees: the wait staff.

Tipping Point is designed to empower restaurant servers by helping them with pointed sales techniques that increase check averages, raise overall tips and engagement among servers and ultimately help operators increase their restaurant sales.

The Tipping Point kits are paired with US Foods items that naturally increase check averages. With US Foods Tipping Point, independent restaurants across the country now have access to specialized server training that is typically only seen in chain restaurants. To learn more about tipping point, visit www.usftippingpoint.com.

For more on the full Fall Scoop lineup, visit www.usfoods.com and join the conversation on social media with #Scoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

Lisa Lecas
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

Macy’s and DreamWorks invites customers to #gethappy with Trolls-inspired products this fall

Macy’s and DreamWorks invites customers to #gethappy with Trolls-inspired products this fall
Macy’s and DreamWorks invites customers to #gethappy with Trolls-inspired products this fall

 

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This fall, Macy’s stores nationwide will be the center of happiness, as the retailer invites customers to #gethappy through a multifaceted entertainment collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, celebrating the upcoming animated feature film Trolls. Before debuting in U.S. theaters on Friday, Nov. 4, Trolls will take over Macy’s with a host of exclusive and Trolls-inspired products across all categories, promotional efforts, as well as inclusion within Macy’s signature national fashion and iconic holiday events, among other exciting activations that will create magical experiences for customers.

“We can’t wait to kick-off Macy’s hair-raising collaboration with DreamWorks Animation for the launch of the animated feature film Trolls,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s chief merchandising officer. “This collaboration truly exemplifies our ability to create unique experiences for Macy’s shoppers as we incorporate Trolls exclusive product across apparel, accessories, cosmetics and home, and punctuate the product with in-store celebrations, visual merchandising, advertising and signature entertainment events. This fall, Macy’s stores will be the hub of Trollsfun and happiness.”

“The world of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is a unique and vibrant celebration of color, texture and personality, and Macy’s has done an outstanding job of bringing it to life across categories and signature events,” said Jim Fielding, DreamWorks Animation. “From the exclusive products to fabulous in-store events and innovative promotional efforts, Macy’s will be at the heart of Trolls happiness this fall. We can’t wait to celebrate with Macy’s shoppers and see them add a little extra sparkle to their lives.”

The Trolls at Macy’s campaign was previewed last week at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, the company’s fashion and music kickoff to New York Fashion Week™. Live from the stage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden®, Fashion’s Front Row featured the world premiere of Betsey Johnson xox Trolls, an exclusive collection inspired by the DreamWorks Animation feature. The show, hosted by E!’s Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, featured sensational fashion presentations of the fall season’s must-have looks and musical performances by Ariana Grande and Flo Rida. The show aired nationwide on E! last week and is now available to stream at eonline.com.

Beginning in mid-September, Macy’s is offering a vibrant assortment of Trolls-themed product that includes flashy clothing, hair-raising accessories, whimsical housewares, and cheerful tech items. Pajama sets are adorned with hearts, rainbows, and flourishes certain to produce sweet dreams. T-shirts, sweaters and jackets are emblazoned with witty sayings and puns, in addition to fanciful imagery and playful color combinations. The iconic Troll hair finds itself on accessories galore, with bags, shoes, rings, hats, and even pens embellished with the brightly-hued manes. Macy’s has also tapped legendary fashion designer Betsey Johnson, an originator of the bold, over-the-top, exuberant fashion aesthetic, to create Betsey Johnson xox Trolls. The larger-than-life collection offers head-to-toe Trolls glamour with flamboyant jewelry, sleepwear, handbags and fabulous accoutrements, including mugs, pins, notebooks, and even umbrellas! The range of apparel and accessories is blissfully cheeky, boasting brilliant colors, dazzling sparkle and fun silhouettes, all rendered beautifully for a collection that will leave fashion lovers smiling with glee.

In late September, the whimsy of DreamWorks’ Trolls will be showcased at select stores nationwide with playful window and in-store displays, including a massive visual presentation at Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square inNew York City. The iconic Macy’s bag-shaped sign on the 34th Street corner of the world-famous department store will feature a hair-raising takeover by the rambunctious Trolls characters, who will be seen peeking out from inside the bag, as well as adorning the exterior. This marks the first time that the signature store sign has been used to promote a partnership of this kind.

Promotional support for Trolls at Macy’s will include a comprehensive advertising campaign featuring print/outdoor, social, digital, in-store and online marketing. From Trolls co-branded shopping bags to an online hub at macys.com/Trolls, where shoppers can browse and shop the Trolls-inspired assortment, get behind-the-scenes content, and more, Macy’s will invite customers to #gethappy this fall via a variety of touch points. The broadcast campaign will see Macy’s and Trolls taking to the airwaves in mid-October, when a combination animated and live action television spot debuts. Helmed by famed music video director Nigel Dick, the commercial features Macy’s exclusive Trolls-inspired fashions in a lively commercial focused around music and dance.

Macy’s will also bring a special part of beloved Trolls character, Poppy, to life, producing a $750,000 emerald and diamond replica of her Celebration Crown. The one-of-a-kind piece, created by Rare Featuring Gemfields, contains 51 carats of Zambian emeralds and 10 carats of diamonds, all set in 18 karat gold. The crown, available for purchase by appointment and on view from Oct. 3 through Oct. 16 at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City, captures the spirit and wonder of the film in a celebration of joy and happiness. For more information on Poppy’s Celebration Crown, visit macys.com/trollscrown.

As the frenzy of the film’s release kicks into high gear, Macy’s associates nationwide will also have the opportunity to #gethappy and show their Trolls colors as they don colorful wigs and apparel for Macy’s Trolls day on Saturday, Nov. 5, celebrating the film’s release weekend.

Rounding out the over-the-top happiness, Trolls will take to the skies of New York City, as the characters debut a new giant helium balloon in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Taking flight in the annual spectacle on Thursday, Nov. 24, the new Trolls giant balloon will be a multi-character spectacle featuring Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond hitching a ride down the streets of Manhattan on Caterbus. As it makes its way down the route, the Trolls giant character balloon is sure to delight the more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide to NBC-TV for the 90th anniversary celebration; which airs in all time zones from 9 a.m. – Noon.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Feature Animation (DWA) is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). Its 20-year feature film heritage includes many beloved characters and animated franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar,Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. DWA’s 32 feature film releases have generated more than $13 billionat the global box office, garnered numerous awards and fueled a robust consumer products business.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Orlando Veras
646-429-7450
orlando.veras@macys.com

Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

DreamWorks Animation
Seth Fowler
818-695-3719
seth.fowler@dreamworks.com

Source: Macy’s

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Accessible dermatological information care and treatment through new skin care answers platform launched by Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The average wait time for patients looking to see a dermatologist in the U.S. is nearly 29 days, and in some areas, can exceed several months.1 To help meet the growing need for skin care resources and accessible care and treatment, Walgreens today (September 19, 2016) is launching a new skin care answers platform available through Walgreens.com and the Walgreens mobile app.

The platform (Walgreens.com/skincareanswers) features informational resources and content, and will also enable visitors to obtain extended skin care, including the Dermatologist On Call teledermatology service available through Iagnosis, which offers online dermatology consultations with U.S.-based, board-certified specialists.

Greg Orr, Walgreens vice president of digital health, said, “More than 2 million people visit our digital channels each day, and this is another way we can help address access challenges by giving our customers more convenient channels and resources to meet their health care needs.”

The skin care platform includes:

  • DermatologistOnCall®, the nation’s largest teledermatology-focused telehealth network offered by Iagnosis, for online dermatology scheduling and consultation
  • Information about common skin conditions such as acne and eczema from content partner and the leading source of health care information, WebMD
  • Basic skin and product recommendations through Walgreens Pharmacy Chat, which offers live online chat conversations 24/7 with members of Walgreens pharmacy staff

“This is another example of combining innovation and convenience to deliver tools and services that help deliver quality and affordable care to our customers anywhere, anytime,” said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens chief medical officer. “The teledermatology offering and collaboration is a natural extension of some of the services we already provide and can serve as a resource for screening and potential early diagnosis of a variety of skin conditions.”

Iagnosis’ DermatologistOnCall network of dermatology specialists can provide diagnoses and personalized treatment plans for more than 3,000 medical conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, typically within 24 hours of the patient submitting their online visit. Patients who have created an online profile may upload photos of their skin condition via the private and secure platform, receive relevant answers to medical questions and select to receive care from a provider licensed in their state. The cost per online consultation is $59.

“We are very excited to announce this relationship with Walgreens, which has shown innovative leadership in embracing telehealth applications that deliver a high clinical quality standard to its customers,” said Dave Zynn, chief executive officer of Iagnosis. “Consistently, 98 percent of Dermatologist On Call patients say they’d recommend the service to a family member or friend, and we look forward to serving Walgreens customers as they look for solutions that support their health and well-being.”

For more information, visit: http://walgreens.com/skincareanswers.

About Walgreens

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

About Iagnosis

Iagnosis, Inc. is focused on delivering faster healthcare treatment to patients through web-enabled solutions. Its flagship product, DermatologistOnCall®, is best-in-class for helping board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. offer patients convenient 24/7 online and mobile access to affordable, high-quality skin, hair and nail medical care. Iagnosis has been recognized in the industry for its innovation and high patient satisfaction ratings, and the company actively partners with physician practices, health systems, retailers, and other organizations to provide comprehensive and personalized care solutions to patients. Visit www.iagnosis.com for corporate information.

1 IBISWorld Industry Report OD4168 Dermatologists in the U.S., July 2015

Contacts:

Walgreens
Alyssa Bronikowski
(847) 315-8144
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreen

Source: Walgreens

Sequential Brands Group and Alibaba Group announce Martha Stewart to headline Alibaba’s inaugural Tmall Super Kitchen event

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) and Alibaba Group Inc. (NYSE:BABA) announced today  (Sept. 19, 2016) that Martha Stewart will headline Alibaba’s inaugural Tmall Super Kitchen event on September 20, 2016, in Shanghai, China.

Martha Stewart’s keynote address will be broadcast live on Alibaba’s media network which includes Youku Tudou, as well as live streamed on the Tmall and Taobao ecommerce apps. During her presentation, Martha will share her philosophy on how to live a better, fuller and longer life, as well as provide the tools to curate and maintain one’s home.

“There is a tremendous amount of demand for know-how and inspiration in the home and lifestyle space today among the rapidly developing middle class in China and Southeast Asia. I am thrilled to join the brilliant team at Alibaba to help inspire the next generation of Chinese consumers,” said Martha Stewart.

The Tmall Super Kitchen exhibition will bring together approximately 1,200 of Alibaba’s best houseware partners including Fissler, Le Creuset, World Kitchen, De’Longhi, Kenwood, Villeroy & Boch, Lagostina, Duralex, Riedel, Monbento, and WOLL, among many others. This consumer event is part of the two-week nationwide Tmall Global Home Festival in China created and hosted by Alibaba.

“We are honored to have Martha Stewart join us for our inaugural Super Kitchen event. Martha Stewart has forever changed the way Americans think and feel about their homes. As one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle authorities, her namesake brand influences millions of consumers through its trusted content and practical, useful and affordable products.  Her involvement in Alibaba’s Super Kitchen event will help educate and stimulate Chinese consumers, who want high quality home products and healthy lifestyle choices for their families,” said Michael Evans, Alibaba Group President.

Martha Stewart and Alibaba will work together on opportunities for future collaboration. Alibaba operates one of the world’s largest ecommerce businesses, with more than 430 million average annual users. Alibaba’s Mobile Taobao, a business to consumer app, attracts user engagement across e-commerce, digital media, travel, social and local services. Its 150 million daily active users launch the app an average of 7.2 times per day, spending more than 20 minutes each day browsing an average of 19 products.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. It is the largest retail commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help merchants, brands and other businesses that provide products, services and digital content to leverage the power of the Internet to engage with their users and customers.

Media Contacts:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Jaime Cassavechia
+1 212 518 4771 x108
jcassavechia@sbg-ny.com

Alibaba Group
Robert H. Christie
+1 917 860 9410
bob.christie@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group; Alibaba Group Inc./globenewswire

HSN, Inc. launches an augmented reality design app across its home and lifestyle brands Frontgate and Ballard Designs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) announced today (Sept. 16, 2016) the launch of an augmented reality (AR) design app across two of its home and lifestyle brands within the Company’s Cornerstone portfolio – Frontgate and Ballard Designs.  This experiential mobile technology, powered by augmented commerce leader Cimagine, allows users to virtually place desired objects in their own homes, and engage with more than 1000 home décor and furnishings.

With the launch of this visual design solution on both Frontgate and Ballard Designs’ digital platforms, HSNi will be one of the first retailers with a fully functioning AR app for tablets and mobile devices.  The easy-to-use app utilizes the device’s camera to scan the room, then overlays the product in a realistic, 3D immersive experience, showing the size, color and aesthetic of the furniture in that specific room.

The app also allows the user to select and visualize more than one product in the room and share the virtual design with others and crowd source design ideas.  The free app for smart phones or tablets is available for download at Frontgate and Ballard Designs.

“We remain committed to delivering excellent customer experiences—including offering great product presented in a compelling way,” said Judy Schmeling, President of Cornerstone Brands. “By leveraging the power of technology, we are able to offer a differentiated and immersive shopping experience allowing consumers to engage virtually with our brands.”

“This is the technology’s largest national rollout in the U.S.,” said Yoni Nevo, CEO of Cimagine. “We couldn’t be happier to have Frontgate and Ballard Designs as our nation-wide launch partners.  We expect this new visually creative design functionality to enhance their customers’ shopping experience and increase sales.”

About Cornerstone
Cornerstone is comprised of interactive, aspirational home and apparel lifestyle brands including Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements. Cornerstone operates separate e-commerce sites for all the brands, distributes approximately 325 million catalogs annually, and has 14 retail and outlet stores.

Frontgate is a leading home luxury multichannel retailer with catalog, ecommerce and retail operations. In September 1991, we mailed our very first catalog to 300,000 households. And though we’ve enjoyed robust growth since then, our core commitment to providing our customers with beautifully thoughtful, timeless products that hold long-term value has stayed the same. In fact, it is the single largest cornerstone on which we’ve built our business.

Ballard Designs’ style offers a unique curation of all periods and provenance of home furnishings and decor with a distinctive European influence. The multi-channel retailer reinterprets classic designs in a contemporary way, so pieces feel at once fresh and timeless. Ballard’s designers constantly travel the world in search of new trends in fashion, color and style that they translate into exclusive products shoppers can’t find anywhere else. Today, Ballard Designs offers more than 500 customizable pieces — from finish to fabric.

About HSN, Inc.
HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI) is a $4 billion interactive multichannel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise among its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone. HSNi offers innovative, differentiated retail experiences on TV, online, via mobile devices, in catalogs, and in brick and mortar stores. HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer which offers a curated assortment of exclusive products combined with top brand names, now reaches approximately 94 million homes (24 hours a day, seven days a week, live 364 days a year). HSN.com offers a differentiated digital experience by leveraging content, community and commerce. In addition to its existing media platforms, HSN is the industry leader in transactional innovation, including services such as HSN Shop by Remote®, the only service of its kind in the U.S., the HSN Shopping App for mobile handheld devices and HSN on Demand®. Cornerstone comprises leading home and apparel lifestyle brands including Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill®, Grandin Road® and Improvements®. Cornerstone distributes approximately 325 million catalogs annually, operates seven separate digital sales sites and operates 14 retail and outlet stores.

About Cimagine Media
Cimagine is the leader in commercial Augmented Reality (AR), enabling top enterprises to harness the power of AR for accelerating business.  Cimagine’s easy-to-use augmented reality (AR) platform allows for individual consumers to see how products will look and fit in their own home with the touch of a button on their mobile phone or tablet and for B2B sales forces to effectively demonstrate products as they would look in the customer’s premises. Cimagine was named as one of the Israeli companies to watch by Forbes for providing an effective AR solution to engage consumers and boost sales. For more information, please visit http://www.cimagine.com.

Contacts:
Brad Bohnert
727-872-7515
brad.bohnert@hsn.net

Source: HSN, Inc./globenewswire

Stein Mart, Inc. declares quarterly dividend of $0.075 per common share

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) announced today (Sept. 16, 2016 ) that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.075 per common share, payable on October 14, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 29, 2016.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. Stein Mart currently operates 282 stores across 31 states and has plans to expand over the next year. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores this year to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

For more information:
Linda Tasseff Director
Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639
ltasseff@steinmart.com

Source: Stein Mart, Inc./globenewswire

Overstock.com announces the appointment of Vidya Jwala as SVP, demand fulfillment

Overstock.com announces the appointment of Vidya Jwala as SVP, demand fulfillment
Overstock.com announces the appointment of Vidya Jwala as SVP, demand fulfillment

 

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has named Vidya Jwala as senior vice president of demand fulfillment, responsible for overseeing the e-commerce leader’s sourcing, merchandising, supply chain and customer-care businesses.

Jwala joins Overstock from Walmart, where, as vice president of merchandising and operations, he focused on merchandising planning, category management, pricing and costing. Prior to Walmart, he served in leadership roles at the Tractor Supply Company, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Jo-Ann Stores, LLC.

“Vidya brings the knowledge and data-driven approach needed to scale our sourcing and supply chain efforts,” said Overstock President Saum Noursalehi.

Noursalehi noted that Jwala combines experience with nationally known retailers and expertise in business intelligence, analytics and data science to Overstock’s global scale multi-channel e-commerce platforms, including B2B operations, assortment planning, global sourcing and supply-chain optimization.

“We’ve made a tremendous addition to our leadership team by hiring Vidya,” said Overstock CEO Patrick M. Byrne.

Jwala received a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, 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. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include 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 O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co)

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on August 4, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Kirstie Burden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

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Kohl’s to hire more than 69,000 associates nationwide this holiday season

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) anticipates hiring more than 69,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to ensure customers have a seamless omnichannel shopping experience no matter how they choose to shop. Positions are available at the more than 1,100 stores in 49 states, Kohl’s distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country and at Kohl’s credit operations.

“The holidays are an exciting time to join the Kohl’s team. Whether you’re looking to start a career in retail or make extra money for the holidays, Kohl’s is a great place to work with a culture of appreciation and opportunity,” said Ryan Festerling, Kohl’s executive vice president of human resources. “Our seasonal associates help deliver amazing products, incredible savings and an easy experience to Kohl’s customers in our stores and online.”

Seasonal associates play an important role in ensuring customers find Kohl’s easy to shop during one of the most important shopping times of the year. Store associates stock merchandise and assist customers on the sales floor and at the point of sale. They also help fill buy online, pick up in store orders from Kohls.com, as well as fulfill Kohls.com orders designated to ship from stores direct to Kohl’s customers. At Kohl’s distribution centers, associates make sure our amazing products arrive at Kohl’s stores and also help fill online orders for Kohls.com. E-commerce fulfillment center associates pick and ship orders for Kohls.com customers, helping holiday gifts get to their destination. Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of customer service functions, including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.

Hiring began in August and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Hiring levels at specific locations vary depending on the business needs of each facility. For information about employment opportunities with Kohl’s, please visit KohlsCareers.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including 2015 earnings guidance. Kohl’s intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A in Kohl’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl’s filings with the SEC.

About Kohl’s

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

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

Contacts:
Jen Johnson
Kohl’s
262.703.5241
Jen.Johnson@Kohls.com

Ale DesJean
Kohl’s
262.703.2985
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com

Source: Kohl’s

CVS Health expands its drug abuse prevention efforts among young people with two prevention education programs

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (Sept. 19, 2016) announced it will expand its commitment to preventing drug abuse among young people through investments in two prevention education programs. The CVS Health Foundation will launch a new partnership with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online. CVS Health is also renewing its successful Pharmacists Teach program, which connects CVS pharmacists to local high school students in their communities to discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Entering its second year, the program has already reached more than 100,000 students across the country.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we care deeply about preventing drug abuse among young people and we are proud of these unique programs that will make a meaningful difference for so many teens and their families,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “We have seen tremendous enthusiasm from our CVS pharmacists, who have volunteered to speak to more than 100,000 students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse as part of our Pharmacists Teach program, which will continue into this new school year. And, we are pleased to expand on our abuse prevention efforts with a new program to reach young people digitally through our partnership with DoSomething.org.”

Launching this fall, the CVS Health Foundation’s campaign with DoSomething.org, an organization focused on empowering young people to take action to address meaningful social causes, will activate youth to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse. The text message experience will counter the perception that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs, teach behaviors that guard against abuse, prepare young people to confront their peers about abuse and challenge the misconception that prescription drug abuse and misuse is normal. The campaign is designed to reach millions of young people through text, email, social media, youth-focused marketing and PSAs.

“DoSomething.org is committed to giving young people ways to take action on important issues that they care about,” said Aria Finger, CEO at DoSomething.org. “We’re thrilled that CVS Health is making it a priority as a company to address such an important issue and that we’re partnering to equip young people with the tools they need to talk to their friends and family members about the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers.”

CVS Health is also continuing the Pharmacists Teach program it launched last fall into the 2016-2017 school year. Through this program, school administrators and teachers across the country can work with the company to arrange for local CVS pharmacists to speak to high school-aged students. The Pharmacists Teach presentation, developed in coordination with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, educates students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and teaches them that one choice can change everything in their lives.

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 https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Mary Alfieri
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9811
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

USDA FSIS: Gallo Meats LLC. recalls sausage, beef and lamb products produced without benefit of federal inspection

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gallo Meats LLC., a Colville, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 82 pounds of various sausage, beef and lamb products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection although a mark of inspection was applied to the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Sept. 17, 2016).

The Italian sausage, beef and lamb items were produced on various dates between April 20 and July 27, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 12-16 oz. cryovac packages of “HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGE” with a pack date of 04-20-16.
  • 12-16 oz. cryovac packages of “GROUND LAMB” with a pack date of 06-07-16.
  • 12-16 oz. cryovac packages of “BEEF FLANK STEAK” with a pack date of 07-22-16 or 07-27-16.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 09334” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were sold to consumers in Washington state.

The problem was discovered on Sept. 14, 2016 when FSIS inspectors observed product that was marked with the USDA mark of inspection that was not produced during FSIS inspection.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

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

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

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Kim Gallo, Vice President, Gallo Meats LLC at (509) 684-3448.

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

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

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

CAPREF to give face lift to Burbank Town Center

Dallas, TX, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The owner of the Burbank Town Center has been making minor renovations to the interior of the retail center to revitalize the facility, but soon CAPREF Manager LLC will be giving it a face-lift on its Magnolia Boulevard side.

The Burbank City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday use of an easement at the city’s public right-of-way in front of the mall to allow CAPREF to construct an outdoor escalator leading up to the second floor. Additionally, the property owner will be making sidewalk improvements at Magnolia and San Fernando Boulevard.

The easement, which spans out about 5 feet into the sidewalk, was needed to allow the mall’s owner to build the escalator, said Scott Plambaeck, a senior planner for the city.

The overall project on the Magnolia side of the mall will entail improving the façade by converting a portion of the second-floor frontage into an outdoor dining area that can also be a public gathering spot, said Lance Taylor, a director at CAPREF, on Thursday.

“We’re going to take most of the existing food court tenants and move them down to the first floor,” he said. “Then we’re trying to find new restaurants that are more of the sit-down type and will be located at that dining terrace.”

Taylor added that though the City Council has allowed his company to improve the sidewalks and granted the use of the easement, CAPREF still needs the appropriate permits to begin construction on the façade and escalator. He said he expects to receive the permits and start construction around the end of this month.

CAPREF, which also owns the Glendale Marketplace in Glendale, the Paseo Colorado in Pasadena and the Strand in Huntington Beach, is spending about $60 million in improvements to the Burbank Town Center to update the mall to modern standards and expectations.

With the advent of online retail digging into the profits of brick-and-mortar stores at the mall, Taylor said the Burbank Town Center needs to become more than a place to shop.

In addition to the construction of the outdoor escalator, CAPREF will be making more improvements to the mall’s interior, including updating the flooring, adding more seating and creating a more modern-looking space.

“The mall looks like it’s 30 years old and, when you walk in there, you feel like you’re in 1985,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, by spending the capital that we’re spending to upgrade and refresh the mall, we’ll be able to attract a little more national credit and bring some more entertainment venues.”

CAPREF will be doing updates to the interior during the fall and will slow down during the holiday season. Taylor said that construction at the mall will ramp up in January and that the entire renovation is expected to be complete in November 2017.

Contact:

Tel: +1 (214) 561 8800
Email: cypress@cypressequities.com

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CAPREF to give face lift to Burbank Town Center
CAPREF to give face lift to Burbank Town Center

 

Source: Cypress Equities

 

 

London & Cambridge Properties appoints Andrew Barrett as new retail director

London & Cambridge Properties appoints Andrew Barrett as new retail director
London & Cambridge Properties appoints Andrew Barrett as new retail director

 

London, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), the leading investment and property management company, has announced the appointment of a new retail director.

Andrew Barrett joined LCP in 2005 as an asset manager, based at its head office in the West Midlands, with responsibility for a portfolio of retail and industrial premises in areas including Wolverhampton, Spennymoor and St Helens.

Now, as a member of the company’s senior management team, Andrew will play a central role in ensuring sustainability and income generation for the retail properties within LCP’s property portfolio.  He will also manage and develop relationships with retailers.

He said: “LCP is a great company to work for and continuously demonstrates a dynamic and pro-active approach to property management. Its investment programme in the retail property market continues to grow and is something I am keen to play a significant role in, so I had no hesitation in accepting the role and am looking forward to the new challenges ahead.”

Nick Burgess, managing director of LCP, said: “Andrew’s considerable experience and extensive knowledge of the retail property market means he will be a welcome addition to the senior management team, whilst we continue to grow our retail portfolio.”

Media Enquiries:

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

Source: London and Cambridge Properties

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Alibaba Group names Gao Xiaosong as Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group today (September 19, 2016) announced that Gao Xiaosong, current Chairman of Alibaba Music, has officially taken up the role of Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee. Gao will be focusing on the international expansion of the Group’s entertainment sector in his new role. With media and entertainment a strategic growth area for Alibaba, the Committee under Gao is set to drive the Group’s global entertainment development while enhancing the resource coordination between the different businesses in this sector.

As part of the reshuffle, Song Ke, current CEO of Alibaba Music, will replace Gao as Chairman of the unit and lead the division in developing the music and performance business alongside other innovative initiatives. Yang Weidong, President of Youku Tudou Inc. will become acting CEO of Alibaba Music in addition to his current role at Youku. His appointment, with dual responsibility, is expected to bring greater synergies between Alibaba Music and the other entertainment related businesses.

Earlier this year, on June 15, Alibaba Group announced the establishment of the Alibaba entertainment and digital media sector, which consists of Alibaba Picture, Alibaba Music, Alibaba Sports, UC, Youku Tudou, Alibaba Games, Alibaba Literature and digital media. This new sector is significant within the Double H (Health and Happiness) future strategy that the Company has envisioned.

“Mobile media and entertainment business is central to Alibaba Group’s future growth strategy. With music being a crucial pillar of the Group’s digital entertainment strategy, the appointment of Gao Xiaosong will help drive our business development in this sector particularly in exploring international partnerships. This progress will help us towards achieving our vision of becoming central to the everyday lives of our customers,” said Yu Yongfu, head of Alibaba Entertainment and Digital Media business.

Gao Xiaosong has been popular within China’s entertainment sector since 1994. In addition to being a famous songwriter, music producer, film director and talk show host, Gao also previously founded and run several music labels and production houses. He had also held positions with a few major Internet companies before he joined Alibaba Music Group in 2015.

Media Contact:

Haili Cao
Alibaba Group
haili.chl@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

ascena retail group announces financial results for fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 30, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA) (the “Company”) today (Sep. 19, 2016) reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 reflected a 53-week fiscal year for the Company, and as a result, the Company’s fourth quarter GAAP results for Fiscal 2016 reflect a 14-week period, while non-GAAP adjusted results reflect a 13-week period comparable to the prior year 13-week period. Additionally, the Company’s non-GAAP adjusted financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended July 30, 2016 exclude acquisition and integration expenses, and non-cash expenses associated with the purchase accounting adjustments of ANN’s assets and liabilities to fair market value. The Company’s non-GAAP adjusted financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended July 25, 2015 exclude a $306 million impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset related to Lane Bryant, and an expense of $51 million related to Justice pricing lawsuits.

For the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016, the Company reported GAAP earnings of $0.07 per diluted share compared to a loss of $1.98 per diluted share in the same period of Fiscal 2015. The increase was driven by the acquisition of ANN, which closed during the first quarter of Fiscal 2016, along with prior year items including the impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset at Lane Bryant and the expense related to the Justice pricing lawsuits. For the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016, the Company reported non-GAAP adjusted earnings of $0.08 per diluted share which excludes the purchase accounting expenses and acquisition and integration costs associated with the acquisition of ANN, as well as the estimated impact of the 53rd week.

For full year Fiscal 2016, the Company reported a GAAP loss of $0.06 per diluted share as a result of acquisition and integration costs, and the effect of non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, all of which were related to the acquisition of ANN. The Company reported a loss of $1.46 per diluted share in the same period of Fiscal 2015 primarily due to the previously discussed charges for the Lane Bryant impairments and Justice pricing lawsuits. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings for the 52-week period ending July 23, 2016 were$0.60 per diluted share, which excludes the aforementioned ANN items and the estimated impact of the 53rdweek.

David Jaffe, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena retail group, inc., commented, “Fiscal 2016 was a challenging year for ascena, characterized by a highly competitive selling environment and significant store traffic headwinds. While we are seeing good customer demand during peak periods, off-peak demand has been inconsistent, and fourth quarter financial performance fell well below our expectations.”

Jaffe concluded, “Aside from the challenging business trend we’ve seen, I’d like to highlight progress in four key areas of our business that I believe lay the foundation for stronger future performance. First, we were pleased by the Justice turnaround. The Justice team delivered full-year operating margin in the middle of the guidance range we provided last September. Second, our integration of ANN continues to progress well, and we remain ahead of plan with our synergy and cost savings workstreams. Third, the new ascena omni-channel platform went live at Justice in the fourth quarter, and the early reads on demand growth have significantly exceeded our expectations. And finally, we continue to make progress with our enterprise transformation work, and we are currently moving forward to address identified opportunities.”

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Net Sales and Comparable Sales

On a GAAP basis, Net sales for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016 were $1.812 billion compared to $1.170 billion last year, with the increase driven by the acquisition of ANN, which was not included in the prior year. Fiscal 2016 also includes Net sales of approximately $82 million associated with the 53rd week. Comparable sales at the legacy ascena brands (excluding ANN) were down 4% for the quarter based on the comparable 13-week period. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, Net sales were $1.731 billion.

For investors:
ascena retail group, inc.
Stacy Turnof
551-777-6928
Vice President of Investor Relations
stacy.turnof@ascenaretail.com

James Palczynski
203-682-8229
Partner
jp@icrinc.com

For media:
ascena retail group, inc.
Catherine Fisher
551-777-6725
Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
catherine.fisher@ascenaretail.com

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

Debenhams announces 170% sales increase in Kitchen Aids this September as Great British Bake Off get Brits inspired to baking once again

London, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — There is no ‘soggy bottom’ on sales of cook and bakeware at Debenhams this September – the return of the top-rating show, Great British Bake Off has fuelled a 170% sales increase in Kitchenaid’s as the British public get inspired to get baking once again.

Whilst presenters Mel and Sue have voted ‘not to follow the dough’ with the planned channel change for the show, the British public can’t get enough of the baking bug.  Kitchen scale sales are up 20% and baking gadgets including pastry brushes, whisks and spatulas are up 30%.  Whilst increases in ‘baking from scratch’ utensils are gaining favour, it is the sleek designed labour-saving kitchen gadgets which is creating the cherry on top of the store and online sales.

Director of Homes, Steve Lightfoot says, “The influence of Great British Bake Off is amazing – as soon as Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry entered the kitchen product was flying off the shelves.  Customers have definitely got the baking bug and are kitting out their kitchens with the latest gadgets.”

Popularity of the show is also evident in licensed goods.  Debenhams’ exclusive The Great British Bake Off kitchen range is also experiencing a halo effect.  The range is selling twice as fast as other gift food ranges with the hero product being the Star Baker apron.

The range which includes mugs, cake stand, timers, cake tins, tea pot with tea cup and fridge magnets with prices ranging from £7 to £15 is literally selling like hot cakes across all stores.

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear. It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Stephen Jones, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

For further information:
Christine Morgan Director of PR Manager
Christine.morgan@debenhams.com
Tel: 0203 549 6420

Source: Debenhams

EROSKI alcanza nuevos acuerdos con empresas lácteas locales para impulsar un sector lácteo más sostenible

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha dado un nuevo impulso a su compromiso con la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo que rubricó hace un año con la firma del Acuerdo para la Estabilidad y Sostenibilidad de la Cadena de Valor del Sector Lácteo impulsado por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. A través de su adhesión la cooperativa se comprometió, entre otros aspectos, a valorizar la leche y los productos lácteos estableciendo medidas para mejorar la percepción de valor de la leche entre los consumidores. También adquirió el compromiso de promover una mayor estabilidad en las relaciones entre todos los agentes de la cadena en favor de la sostenibilidad del sector o la colaboración activa en una mejor identificación y conocimiento por parte del consumidor del origen de la leche y los productos lácteos, entre otros aspectos.

EROSKI basa la relación con sus proveedores lácteos en la confianza y la articula con acuerdos estables en el tiempo, aportando estabilidad en los volúmenes comercializados a los ganaderos para la sostenibilidad de toda la cadena de valor láctea. A la comercialización de leche de producción local con su marca propia EROSKI en Galicia, Baleares y Cataluña, se suma ahora el lanzamiento de nuevas referencias de leche de producción local en Navarra y el País Vasco con el mismo objetivo y con el sello PLS de Producto Lácteo Sostenible.

Desarrollo de nuevas gamas de leche local de marca propia

Así, EROSKI y la Sociedad Agraria de Transformación SAT “Valle de Karrantza”, que agrupa a más de 30 pequeñas explotaciones ganaderas de tradición familiar, han presentado recientemente el acuerdo alcanzado para la comercialización con marca EROSKI de leche producida en el País Vasco en las tiendas de la Comunidad.

En Navarra, EROSKI y la cooperativa SAIONA han presentado también la semana pasada la leche de producción local que comercializarán con marca EROSKI en sus tiendas de la Comunidad foral.

En el caso de Galicia, a comienzos de este año VEGALSA-EROSKI lanzó una nueva marca de leche CAMPOBUENO 100% gallega, cuyo origen está certificado por el Laboratorio Interprofesional Galego de Analise do Leite (LIGAL), y que vino a sumarse a la Leche de Galicia que ya comercializada con su marca EROSKI envasada por el grupo lácteo gallego CELTA.

En Cataluña la comercialización de la leche local catalana marca propia EROSKI se desarrolla desde el pasado mayo y se estima que alcance los 4 millones de litros anuales. Y en Baleares, EROSKI prevé vender 570.000 litros anuales de leche 100% balear con su marca propia gracias al acuerdo estable que mantiene con ganaderos lácteos de las Islas.

En paralelo, la cooperativa trabaja actualmente, junto a sus proveedores, en el desarrollo de nuevos alimentos lácteos de mayor valor añadido como leches especiales, quesos…

EROSKI mantiene en sus establecimientos una estabilidad de precios de venta finales de la leche con el objetivo de posibilitar unos precios sostenibles en toda la cadena de valor de la industria láctea, desde el consumidor hasta las ganaderías vacunas en origen. “estamos comprometidos con nuestros proveedores lácteos a fijar el precio de la leche en función de la evolución de los precios de la leche en origen”, ha manifestado Beatriz Santos, directora comercial de Alimentación de EROSKI.

Implantación destacada en tienda y campañas promocionales

Además, en línea con la apuesta que las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación realizan por los productos locales la cooperativa ha cambiado su implantación en los lineales de sus establecimientos, agrupando toda la oferta de leche local para facilitar al consumidor su identificación con una nueva comunicación. A ello se suman campañas promocionales que facilitan el conocimiento al consumidor.

“En EROSKI estamos fuertemente comprometidos con la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario local, lo que incluye el sector lácteo. Impulsamos un modelo productivo altamente diversificado colaborando con pequeños productores agroalimentarios locales que superan el 50% de nuestros proveedores. Hemos desarrollado diversas iniciativas y alcanzado acuerdos que certifican nuestro compromiso con el desarrollo económico, el empleo y la calidad medioambiental de nuestros paisajes. Un compromiso con el sector primario muy palpable en las tiendas EROSKI de nueva generación donde el cliente tiene una amplia libertad de elección y donde los productos locales se han convertido en grandes protagonistas”, ha indicado Beatriz Santos, directora comercial de Alimentación de EROSKI.

Fundación EROSKI también impulsa la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo local

La Fundación EROSKI también se suma a este objetivo por la sostenibilidad del sector lácteo local impulsando acciones formativas sobre la importancia de los productos lácteos para una alimentación saludable a través de suPrograma Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos Saludables de su Escuela de Alimentación en el que solo el curso pasado han participado 123.000 escolares de 1.330 colegios de Educación Primaria de toda España.

Además, en la revista EROSKI Consumer, en su versión impresa y digital se han publicado más de 12.000 artículos sobre la leche de vaca (artículos, infografías y recetas). Los más recientes, publicados en 2016, han abordado temas diversos de interés para el consumidor como los beneficios de la leche de vaca para los niños, cuánto aguanta la leche abierta en la nevera, cómo usar la leche para aligerar las recetas saladas, los postres con leche más ricos para los días de calor, los mejores batidos con leche para el verano, mitos sobre la leche desnatada, entre otros.

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

Source: Eroski

 

COGAMI (Galician Confederation of Persons with Disability) to manage Pull&Bear’s maiden ‘for&from’ store in Ferrol

COGAMI (Galician Confederation of Persons with Disability) to manage Pull&Bear's maiden ‘for&from' store in Ferrol
COGAMI (Galician Confederation of Persons with Disability) to manage Pull&Bear’s maiden ‘for&from’ store in Ferrol

 

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pull&Bear thus debuts in Inditex’s workforce integration programme, ‘for&from’, for people with physical, mental or intelectual disabilities, having inaugurated its first store associated with this endeavour in Ferrol today (16/09/2016). The establishment, located at no. 82, calle Real in this Galician town, will be managed by COGAMI (the acronym in Spanish for the Galician Confederation of Persons with Disability), through its  special job centre, Integratex, and staffed with five people with different kinds of physical or intellectual disabilities. Pull&Bear’s maiden ‘for&from’ store boasts Brooklyn Beckham as its sponsor, under the slogan Jump barriers and be in the right place

During the store’s inauguration event, the president of COGAMI, Anxo Queiruga, highlighted the sustainability of Inditex’s ‘for&from’ initiative from both the social and economic standpoints.

With this new opening, the Group platform for the workplace integration of persons with disability has 11 stores across eight Spanish cities, three of which in Galicia: Allariz (Ourense), Culleredo and Ferrol (A Coruña).

The Pull&Bear ‘for&from’ store in Ferrol will sell prior-season items at discounted prices under a franchise regime. The staff with disabilities will receive ongoing professional training and support from both COGAMI’s experts and Pull&Bear’s sales teams.

90 jobs for persons with disabilities

Inditex’s ‘for&from’ programme got underway in Palafolls (Barcelona) in 2002 and today gives work to 90 people with some form of physical, mental or intelectual disability across the platform’s 11 existing stores operated under the various Group brands.

Today there are four ‘for&from’ stores in Galicia: two in Allariz, Ourense (Massimo Dutti and Tempe); one in Culleredo, A Coruña (Tempe); and the new Pull&Bear store in Ferrol. The ‘for&from’ store network is rounded out with six other stores in Catalonia: three in Palafolls, Barcelona (Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Oysho); one in Manresa, Barcelona (Stradivarius), one in Llagostera, Girona (Massimo Dutti) and the last in Igualada, Barcelona (Massimo Dutti); there is also one Tempe store in Elche, Alicante. All the stores are managed by charitable organisations specialised in integrating differently-abled people, such as COGAMI, Moltacte, APSA, Fundació Molí d’en Puigvert and APSA, among others.

In addition to demonstrating its ability to improve the quality of living of people with disabilities since it was created, the ‘for&from’ programme constitutes an important source of financing for Inditex’s partner charities. After an initial donation by Inditex for the store’s construction, the model becomes self-sustaining for the social entities via the money earned from the products sold. In 2015, the ‘for&from’ platform posted turnover of €5.3 million and a net profit of over €470,000 which has been reinvested in full in the projects run by the network’s partner charities.

COGAMI

COGAMI has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities in Galicia for the last 26 years and sees this work as the way to achieve social equality. It currently has 12 social economy initiatives underway that employ over 800 people. Additionally, it runs a job orientation service that provides individual attention to more than 4,000 people every year, shares advice on accessibility and gives awareness briefing sessions in a bid to normalise disability in every aspect of society.

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

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
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comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

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