New York, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jack Ma, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, has been named Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

In his new role as UNCTAD Special Adviser, Mr. Ma will champion
initiatives to make it easier for young entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly in developing countries, to participate in global trade, as well as raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Mr. Ma is an influential and respected pioneer of the internet era, innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said. “He brings a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, a thirst for learning, and a belief in a better world that make him a perfect match for UNCTAD. Together we will be able to reach out to communities that feel left behind in today’s global landscape with a message of hope and self-empowerment.”

Ma brings expertise, results and vision to the role. He created Alibaba in
1999, recognizing the power of the internet to level the playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Today there are more than 10 million small businesses in China operating on Alibaba’s marketplaces. His proposed concept of the “eWTP” (Electronic World Trade Platform), a way to bring small and medium-sized enterprises more fully into the global economy, was included in the official communiqué of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016.

“It is an honour to serve as UNCTAD’s Special Advisor on Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business,” said Mr. Ma. “I have devoted my career to helping entrepreneurs and have seen the social and economic
transformation that occurs when people are given the opportunity to
participate in the global economy.”

UNCTAD assists governments in developing countries to promote enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises and young entrepreneurs, so that they are able to compete in the global economy.

Jack Ma, who is also a United Nations Advocate for the Sustainable
Development Goals, is a Chinese entrepreneur, leading philanthropist, and
teacher. Mr. Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group,
the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world whose mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. He currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., one of Alibaba’s major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

He is also an active advisor to multiple governments and business institutions globally, including to former Prime Minister Karim Massimov of Kazakhstan, and member of the International Advisory Council to the Singapore Economic Development Board. In 2014, Mr. Ma was elected to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Ma graduated from Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute with a major in English language education.

UNCTAD Communications and Information Unit
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+41 79 502 43 11

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New York, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entrepreneurs and small business must be included in the e-commerce revolution, an exciting opportunity to create jobs and livelihoods all around the world, the UNCTAD Secretary-General said ahead of a meeting on small business and e-trade
( .

With the global economy now in its sixth sluggish year of growth, many are
hoping that e-commerce can generate the jobs and livelihoods that more
traditional work has been unable to provide. Last year the global market
for electronic commerce was worth around $22.1 trillion, up 38 percent
from 2013.

“E-commerce is a train that has left the station and is quickly gathering
speed,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said.

“The challenge is to get as many people aboard this train as possible, so
that e-commerce can usefully contribute to inclusive growth,” he added,
referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and goal 8 in

Dr. Kituyi was speaking ahead of a high-level conversation, entitled
“Empowering SMEs through e-Trade and Investment Facilitation” at the UN
Headquarters in New York on 20 September. Speakers at the event include:
Dr. Kituyi; Jack Ma, UN Special Advocate on the SDGs: Robert Azevedo,
Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Alicia
Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will also be speaking.

The conversation will look at ways to engage entrepreneurs and small
business in the e-trade revolution.

By connecting untapped markets through internet and mobile network
platforms, online commerce can allow entrepreneurs and small business to
produce and trade goods and services, source inputs, reach customers and
clients, and connect to global and regional value chains.

But a huge gap is opening up between countries and firms that are able to
exploit these opportunities and those that cannot. Existing platforms and
rules for global trade are skewed towards the interests of large
corporations, leaving few opportunities for small and medium-sized

The conversation takes place just two months after UNCTAD’s work on
e-commerce took a significant jump forward with the July launch of the
e-Trade for All initiative ( at the UNCTAD 14 Conference in Nairobi. The initiative brings together 15 international organizations and 22 private sector actors together, easing developing country access to cutting edge technical assistance and giving donors more options for funding.

The initiative also supports the December 2015 call by the UN General
Assembly to better use information and communication technology to achieve the SDGs.

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Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

LAKELAND, Fla, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Company today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 10,000 cases of Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other Eggo products are impacted by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The company has received no reports of illness to date but is taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods.


Recalled product was distributed to customers and retailers in 25 states (CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WI, WY). The affected product is:

Description UPC Code Size Better If Used Before Date
Kellogg’s ® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles  38000 40370 12.3 oz (10 ct) NOV21 17 and NOV22 17

The date code can be found on the side of the package. Images of the product can be found at

The recall is a result of routine tests that the company conducts which identified the potential for contamination. As soon as the company learned of a potential concern, it moved quickly to identify any foods that might be impacted and resolve the issue.

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers can call 1-800-962-1413, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET or by visiting


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Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes
Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes


Source: USFDA

Ferrara Candy Company recalls Brach’s® 5 ounce Almond Supremes with a best by date of 4/22/2017 due to peanuts and wheat contents

Ferrara Candy Company recalls Brach’s® 5 ounce Almond Supremes with a best by date of 4/22/2017 due to peanuts and wheat contents
Ferrara Candy Company recalls Brach’s® 5 ounce Almond Supremes with a best by date of 4/22/2017 due to peanuts and wheat contents


LAKELAND, Fla, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ferrara Candy Company has initiated a voluntary recall of Brach’s® 5 ounce Almond Supremes with a best by date of 4/22/2017 after discovering that some Brach’s® Almond Supremes packages may include Brach’s® Bridge Mix, a product that contains peanuts and wheat. No other Ferrara Candy Company products are affected.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. If you are a consumer and have purchased one of the affected products, please return the unopened product to your retailer for a full refund or replacement. If your package has been opened, you may still return the empty package to your local retailer for a full refund or replacement.

The affected product was distributed throughout retail stores in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Recalled items include:

Item: 39733
Description: Brach’s® Almond Supremes, 5oz
Item UPC: 11300 39733
Code Date: 6G23CC33102

After discovering the issue, Ferrara Candy immediately investigated and determined that the packaging error was caused by an incorrect roll of packaging film being accidentally loaded in one of its manufacturing facilities. Ferrara Candy has moved quickly to locate the potentially affected product and has currently retrieved over half of it. To date, only six bags of Brach’s® Almond Supremes have been found to include Brach’s® Bridge Mix, and to date no illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall are encouraged to speak with one of Ferrara Candy Company’s representatives regarding this issue by calling the Company during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, at 800-323-1768.

About Ferrara Candy Company

Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Ferrara Candy Company is a leading general line candy manufacturer, created by the merger of Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Inc. and Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. in 2012. The Company manufactures a robust portfolio of branded and private label confections that consumers love. For more information, please visit the company’s website,


Ferrara Candy Company

Source: USFDA


Mei Shun Noodle, Inc. recalls Rice Noodles due to undeclared salted shrimp and soy

Mei Shun Noodle, Inc. recalls Rice Noodles due to undeclared salted shrimp and soy
Mei Shun Noodle, Inc. recalls Rice Noodles due to undeclared salted shrimp and soy


LAKELAND, Fla,, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mei Shun Noodle, Inc. of Chicago, IL, is recalling its 12 ounce packages of 6毛FIVE branded Rice Noodles. During inspection by the Illinois Department of Public Health, we found that some of the product was mislabeled. The products may contain dried, salted shrimp and soy, which are not included on the label. These ingredients may cause an adverse reaction for persons allergic to shrimp and/or shellfish and soy. Shrimp and/or shellfish and soy allergic symptoms may include vomiting, stomach cramps, indigestion, diarrhea, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, swelling, weak pulse, or dizziness. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shellfish or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “Rice Noodles” were distributed in Chicago area retail stores only.

The product comes in a 12 ounce, Styrofoam package marked with the label “6毛FIVE Rice Noodles” on the top and was distributed between 8/16/2016 and 8/17/2016. These are freshly produced noodles. See sample product and label below.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Production of the product has since been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 12 ounce packages of “6毛FIVE Rice Noodles” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-312-842-6500 Monday through Friday 9 AM-5 PM CST.



Source: USFDA


Censea, Inc. recalls Headless Shell on Black Tiger Shrimp due to possible contamination of Salmonella

LAKELAND, Fla, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Censea, Inc. is recalling its A-PAC 8/12 count Headless Shell on Black Tiger Shrimp, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Product was distributed to wholesale, retail and restaurant locations in NY, NJ, MA, RI, CT, VA, KY, IL and TX.

The recalled product can be identified as follows:

Product Name: 8/12 Headless Shell On Black Tiger Frozen Shrimp
Origin: Vietnam
Case Pack: 6 x 4 pound block frozen (24 pound Master Carton) not labeled for retail sale
Brand: A-PAC
Date Code: 36009V

No other products or date codes are affected.

There have been no illnesses reported as a result of consuming these products to date, and the product is being recalled in an abundance of caution after testing by the Arizona Department of Health Services of this not-ready-to-eat product indicated the presence of Salmonella. Affected shrimp are raw and are must be fully cooked before consumption.

If you are in possession of this product you should discard it, but retain proof of purchase information (such as a purchase receipt or photo of the product packaging) and contact Censea for a full refund.

Contact: We have setup a hotline to deal with this issue. The phone number for the hotline is 888-312-5995 and it is available Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM Central Standard Time. You may also contact Aaron Breen by e-mail at


Recall Hotline

Source: US FDA




Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Luzern – Am 19. September öffnet der neu gestaltete Migros-Take Away Schweizerhof Luzern mit einem Aussenverkaufsfenster. Auch die Frische-Abteilungen des MM-Supermarkts sind fertig gestellt. Der Migros-Standort Schweizerhof an der Luzerner Hertensteinstrasse wird noch bis Mitte November auf allen drei Stockwerken vollständig modernisiert.

Gesunde und frisch zubereitete Verpflegung in Windeseile: Der Migros-Standort Schweizerhof bietet nach seinem Umbau alles, was des Hungrigen Herz‘ begehrt. Der Take Away wartet mit Neuigkeiten im Angebot sowie einem neuen Raumkonzept auf: Take Away-Einkäufe können neu an Subito-Kassen oder an der bedienten Supermarkt-Kasse bezahlt werden, was den Bezahlprozess beschleunigt. Wer es besonders eilig hat, findet beim neuen Aussenverkaufsfenster Richtung Hertensteinstrasse ein attraktives Angebot to go.

Integrierte Hausbäckerei und „Schoggiwelt“
Modernisiert, freundlich und hell präsentiert sich auch das Erdgeschoss und das Untergeschoss des MM-Supermarkts, wo das gesamte Angebot an Frischprodukten an seinem neuen Platz wieder erhältlich ist. In der neuen Hausbäckerei werden laufend frische Brote direkt vor Ort produziert und gebacken. Ein besonderer Auftritt hat auch Chocolat Frey, die in ihrer neuen „Schoggiwelt“ an den Eröffnungstagen Kundinnen und Kunden vom Schoggibrunnen naschen lässt. Probiert werden kann vom 19. bis 24. September so einiges: Auf beiden eröffneten Stockwerken zirkulieren Degustanten mit Produkten aus den Frische-Abteilungen und vom Take Away. Und am Samstag, 24. September, erhalten die ersten 2000 Kunden einen Gratis-Butterzopf.

Die Migros Schweizerhof
Die Migros ist am Standort Schweizerhof mit vier Formaten präsent: mit einem grossen MM-Supermarkt über drei Stockwerke (Non-Food im Obergeschoss, zur Zeit geschlossen), dem Migros-Take Away für den Sofort-Konsum im Erdgeschoss, dem Elektronik-Fachmarkt melectronics im Obergeschoss (zur Zeit geschlossen) sowie Räumlichkeiten der Migros-Klubschule im 3. und 4. Obergeschoss. Der gesamte Standort wird seit Ostern 2016 komplett modernisiert und feiert vom 17. bis 19. November Umbauabschluss.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier.

Genossenschaft Migros Luzern
Marisa Michlig
6036 Dierikon
041 455 73 50

Source: Migros


Migros Affoltern am Albis Neueröffnung

Migros Affoltern am Albis Neueröffnung
Migros Affoltern am Albis Neueröffnung


Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mit zahlreichen Aktionen, spannenden Attraktionen sowie 10 Prozent Rabatt feiert die Migros Affoltern am Albis am 22. und 23. September Neueröffnung.

Am späten Nachmittag des 21. September gehen die Lichter am Centralweg 3, in der Migros Affoltern am Albis, aus. Nach einer Bauphase von fast zwei Jahren ist der Neubau in unmittelbarer Nähe, an der Oberdorfstrasse 4, nun bezugsbereit. Filialleiter Daniel Voit und sein Team ziehen noch am selben Abend um und eröffnen am 22. September feierlich die neue Migros. Das fünfstöckige Gebäude beherbergt nebst Supermarkt verschiedene Gewerbe- und Büroflächen, 35 Mietwohnungen sowie eine Tiefgarage mit gut hundert öffentlichen Parkplätzen. Mit dem modernen Neubau gewinnt das Zentrum Oberdorf deutlich an Attraktivität und positioniert sich neu. Es bietet fortan ein vielfältiges Einkaufserlebnis und dient – auch dank der Überdachung – als Treffpunkt.
Viel Frische, Services und Nachhaltigkeit

„Die Vorfreude ist gross“, sagt Filialleiter Daniel Voit und fügt an, „und auch unsere Kundinnen und Kunden können sich freuen“. Die Verkaufsfläche von fast 1900 m2 präsentiert eine grosszügige Raumaufteilung, eine moderne Einrichtung und farbige Akzente. Das Frischeangebot ist prominent vertreten. Im Eingangsbereich
begrüssen Früchte und Gemüse die Kundinnen und Kunden. Eine Kaffeestation in Selbstbedienung steht in unmittelbarer Nähe zu Süssgebäck und knusprigem Brot. Zwei bediente Theken bieten Fisch und Fleisch an, während nebenan die Käseecke mit Spezialitäten lockt.
Neu stehen praktische Services wie PickMup oder Subito-Kassen mit Selfscanning und Self-Checkout auch in Affoltern am Albis zur Verfügung. Zudem punktet der Neubau mit der neuen Tiefgarage und den komfortablen Kundenparkplätzen, aber vor allem mit seinem Nachhaltigkeitskonzept: Stromsparende LED-Lampen liefern Licht, während eine Photovoltaik-Anlage auf dem Dach saubere Energie generiert. Die klimaneutrale CO2-Kälteanlage kühlt die Produkte und produziert genug Abwärme um die 35 Wohnungen mit Warmwasser zu versorgen. Mit der Eröffnungsfeier am 22. und 23. September – mit zehn Prozent Rabatt und vielen Attraktionen wie Glücksrad oder Kinderschminken – fällt der Startschuss einer für das Zentrum Oberdorf neuen Ära.
Wohnen und Arbeiten über dem Einkaufscenter

Über dem Einkaufszentrum der Migros warten noch Mietwohnungen verschiedener Grössen auf ihre Bewohner. Ab Plan sind bereits einige Einheiten vermietet. Die noch freien Wohnungen sind auf ersichtlich. Zudem steht nun eine Musterwohnung für Besichtigungen zur Verfügung. Ideal gelegen sind die Büroeinheiten im ersten Obergeschoss. Büroräumlichkeiten ab 200m2 werden angeboten. Die Grundrisse sind ebenfalls auf ersichtlich.

MM Affoltern am Albis
Oberdorfstrasse 4
8910 Affoltern am Albis
Öffnungszeiten: Mo bis Sa 8- 22 Uhr

Genossenschaft Migros Zürich
Francesco Laratta
Genossenschaft Migros Zürich
Mediensprecher Migros
8021 Zürich
058 561 64 62

Source: Migros





Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vom 29. September bis 1. Oktober feiert die Migros Sulgen ihr 20-Jahr-Jubiläum. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren von zahlreichen attraktiven Angeboten.

Seit 20 Jahren begrüsst die Migros ihre Kundschaft in der Filiale Sulgen. Das heutige Team umfasst 28 Mitarbeitende, davon drei Lernende. Im vergangenen Jahr bedienten Marco Campisi und seine Mitarbeitenden rund 284‘000 Kundinnen und Kunden. Diesen Erfolg führt der Filialleiter unter anderem auf das recht grosse Einzugsgebiet der 3600-Einwohner-Gemeinde Sulgen zurück. „Dies beschert uns viel treue Kundschaft.“

Viel Führungserfahrung
Marco Campisi zeigt sich seit September 2013 für die Geschicke der Migros Sulgen verantwortlich. Der Betriebswirt und gelernte Koch trat 2008 in den Dienst der Migros ein und übernahm nach einem 6-monatigen Trainee im Migros Seepark die Filialleitung der Migros Steckborn. Zwei Jahre später wechselte er an die Spitze der Migros Breite Schaffhausen. Der 39-jährige Italiener unternimmt in seiner Freizeit viel mit seinen zwei Kindern und reist sehr gerne.

Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren
Von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 29. September bis 1. Oktober, wird in der Migros Sulgen gefeiert. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren von fünffachen Cumulus-Punkten. Während des Eröffnungswochenendes wird ein Ballonkünstler vor Ort sein, der mit seinen kreativen Kreationen begeistert. Am Schokoladenbrunnen von Chocolat Frey kommen Freunde süsser Genüsse auf ihre Kosten. Jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr gibt es für nur 2.50 Franken eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Zudem darf sich die Kundschaft auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solang’s het.

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 92
071 493 27 89

Source: Migros


Kering awarded Gender Equality European & International Standard (GEEIS) label by The Arborus Fund and Bureau Veritas

London, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Arborus Fund, the leading provider of funding support for gender equality in the workplace in Europe and worldwide,  and Bureau Veritas have awarded Kering the Gender Equality European & International Standard (GEEIS) label, in recognition of the Group’s actions to promote equality between women and men at work.

Beyond the recognition of actions implemented, the purpose of the label is also to define the most appropriate ways of aiming to manage and promote gender equality in the workplace across the Group.

The GEEIS label, which was first introduced in Europe in 2010 under the name ‘GEES’, took on a broader international dimension in 2014 when the label’s reach was extended onto other continents. The certification was the brainchild of leading brands with a strong sense of corporate responsibility within Arborus, who sought a set of high-performance tools to manage their equality policies. It aims to disseminate a shared vision, stimulate new ways of thinking and implement actions designed to promote gender equality in Europe and beyond. In addition to the regulations that apply to each country, the objective is to establish a common standard for companies in order to make gender equality in the workplace a reality in terms of pay, promotion, skills development and diversity across all sectors.

The awarding of the GEEIS label is perfectly aligned with Kering’s drive to promote gender equality within the Group. Kering takes action through:

• its Human Resources policy, which aims to make the Group a benchmark employer for women;
• the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women;
• the film industry, particularly through the Women in Motion programme, which aims to support women in the film industry, giving their contribution greater visibility and raising awareness of the necessity for diversity in the sector.

As part of its Leadership and Diversity programme, launched in 2010, Kering has rolled out a number of initiatives to help women access all levels of management and more generally enjoy a culture of equality within the Group.

In the words of Béatrice Lazat, SVP of Human Resources at Kering: ‘Furthering equality between men and women is a top priority for Kering. This GEEIS certification shows us our efforts have paid off and been recognised. Beyond the label itself, which we are so delighted to hold, GEEIS enables us to identify areas in which we can continue to make progress.’

While Kering supports diversity in all its forms, it is particularly committed to gender equality in the workplace and taking practical steps to making that goal a reality. In 2016, with women representing nearly 31% of its Executive Committee and 64% of its Board of Directors, Kering is positioned as one of the most gender equal companies in the CAC 40.

GEEIS certification is valid for four years. A mid-term audit measures progress made and assesses the actions implemented by each company.

GEEIS certification assesses three broad dimensions:

• Management tools;
• HR and managerial practices;
• The global impact of European and international policies.

Kering Corporate France, Italy and the UK, along with the Group’s global policy to promote equality in the workplace, were carefully screened before achieving this global standard, thus paving the way for other entities within the Group in the years ahead.

About Kering
A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenue of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20

Floriane Geroudet
+33 (0)1 45 64 66 00

Social Media
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Source: Kering launches 25 brands of men’s clothing, footwear and accessories for autumn winter 2016

Liverpool,UK, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Shop Direct’s online luxury fashion retailer, has today (September 20, 2016) gone live with its premium menswear offer.

The etailer has launched men’s clothing, footwear and accessories for autumn winter 2016 with 25 brands, including the likes of Kenzo, Whistles, PS by Paul Smith, Hackett and Vivienne Westwood.

In what will be a first for the accessible luxury brand, is also close to signing up its debut concession partner.

Sarah Curran, managing director of, said: “We’re delighted to be launching our menswear offer with such a covetable range of brands. The appeal of is that we give women access to brands they may not otherwise be able to shop. And we know from months of market research that there’s an aspirational male customer who is crying out for us to do the same across men’s clothing, footwear and accessories.

“We’re also excited to be in advanced talks with brands keen to work with us on a concession model. Alongside our wholesale proposition, we see this as a huge opportunity. It will allow us to offer our customers greater width of range, including top tier products. And for the brands themselves, it provides the ability to really differentiate their product range. It’s a complete win-win and we look forward to announcing our first concession brand very soon.”’s menswear offer will target 26 to 45 year-old aspirational males, a high number of whom already shop with Shop Direct’s flagship brand,

Menswear customers of will benefit from the etailer’s proven successful content strategy – offering magazine-style editorial, fashion advice and product recommendations. Customers will also be able to draw on Shop Direct’s credit offer, which includes ‘Take 3’, to buy premium menswear brands. Take 3 allows shoppers to spread the cost of their purchases across three monthly, interest-free payments. also offers a credit account with a representative APR of 18.9%.

Alex Baldock, group CEO at Shop Direct, said: “’s success is built on attracting the luxury brands our customers tell us they want to shop, personalising their end-to-end shopping experience, and making the pieces they love accessible via our unique range of ways to spread the cost.

“Launching menswear on will enable us to democratise luxury for men as well as women. Men want the option to buy into premium brands as much as women and this will bring some of their favourite labels within reach.

“For spring summer 2017, we’ll be upping our roster of menswear brands to 35 and look forward to seeing the reaction from our customers.”


Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, with annual sales of almost £1.9 billion. Our digital department store brands are,, and We receive an average of more than 1.2 million website visits every day, with 62% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,300 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 5,800 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.


Shop Direct
Lauren Young
0844 292 3986

Helen Smith
0207 404 5959

Source: ShopDirect

Kantar Retail to hold its annual eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum on Oct. 5-6 in New York City

Boston, Mass., 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kantar Retail, the global Retail and Shopper Specialists, announced today (Sept. 19, 2016) that it will hold its annual eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum Oct. 5-6 in New York City.

The theme of this year’s event is how to bridge the two parallel areas of focus in today’s eCommerce space — engaging people digitally and driving ROI and profitability from digital marketing and commercial relationships.

The two-day session will provide insight into the underlying shifts in the disruptive nature of digital shopping, engagement, and connection; identify key trends in today’s digital landscape; and showcase best practices for better linking consumer engagement with commercial reality as a means of driving profitability and growth.

Keynote speakers for the eCommerce & Digital Strategy Forum will include:

  • Reid Greenberg, SVP of Digital and eCommerce at Kantar Retail
  • Gary Vaynerchuck, CEO/Founder of VaynerMedia
  • Bryan Gildenberg, Chief Knowledge Officer at Kantar Retail
  • Sri Rajagopalan, VP of eCommerce at Johnson & Johnson

Kantar Retail and industry thought leaders will provide attendees with valuable strategic insights into:

  • The underlying shifts in the disruptive nature of digital shopping, engagement, and connection
  • Key trends in the digital landscape today, with an emphasis on partnering strategies to sell through Amazon,, and other pure-play or brick-and-click retailers
  • Current practices to better link digital engagement with commercial reality to drive profitable growth and sell more cases

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • How to leverage the evolving online grocery landscape
  • How to shape digital teams, build digital and eCommerce muscle, and lay a solid groundwork to win in digital retail
  • How to build on the next level of the omnichannel commerce experience

Notes to editors:

About Kantar Retail

We are the Retail and Shopper Specialists. We are a leading retail and shopper insight, consulting and analytics and technology business and part of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP. We work with leading brand manufacturers and retailers to help them sell more effectively and profitably. At Kantar Retail, we track and forecast over 1,200 retailers globally and have purchase data on over 200 million shoppers. Among our market- leading reports are the annual PoweRanking® survey and the Digital Power Study. Kantar Retail works with over 400 clients and has 26 offices in 15 markets around the globe.

For further information, please visit or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact for Kantar Retail media queries in the U.S. and Canada:

Bill Daddi
Daddi Brand Communications
Office: +1 (646) 370 1341

Contact for Kantar Retail media queries in Europe:

Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
Office: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Source: Kantar Retail

Dunkin’ Donuts opens new location in Riverside, California; its 12,000th restaurant worldwide

Dunkin’ Donuts opens new location in Riverside, California; its 12,000th restaurant worldwide
Dunkin’ Donuts opens new location in Riverside, California; its 12,000th restaurant worldwide


CANTON, MA, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts today (September 20, 2016) opened its 12,000th restaurant worldwide, in the Greater Los Angeles area at 4922 La Sierra Avenue in Riverside, California. With this milestone location, Dunkin’ Donuts continues its steady and strategic westward expansion, opening more than 30 new restaurants in California with plans for about 300 new locations total to be developed in the state over the coming years.

“We now have 12,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants around the world, with tremendous opportunities for continued growth both domestically and internationally. We and our franchisees are proud of the fact that Dunkin’ Donuts has become part of the daily ritual of millions of people who depend on us for great coffee and other beverages, baked goods and sandwiches,” said Nigel Travis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dunkin’ Brands. “Looking ahead, we plan to keep growing and innovating, bringing customers the Dunkin’ Donuts products they love, as well as new offerings like our Cold Brew coffee and new Dunkin’ Mobile App, which allows members of our DD Perks Rewards Program to place their order in advance with On-the-Go Ordering.”

The new Dunkin’ Donuts location in Riverside is owned and operated by franchisee Parag Patel, who opened two Southern California Dunkin’ Donuts this summer in Villa Park and Yorba Linda. The Patel family has been a part of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee community since establishing their first Maryland location in 1989. Patel’s extensive experience in the restaurant industry and personal connection to Dunkin’ Donuts continues to inspire his West Coast expansion efforts as he plans to open about 20 new Riverside and Orange County locations in the coming years.

“Each new restaurant we open is just as exciting as the first. My family has a strong connection to Dunkin’ Donuts and we are honored that our newest location is the 12,000th Dunkin’ Donuts in the world. Most importantly, we are excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous coffee, baked goods and other delicious products, along with our fast and friendly service, to guests here in Riverside,” said Patel. “The Southern California community has been more than welcoming, and we look forward to sharing our love for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand with our new guests!”

Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to being an integral member of the communities it becomes a part of and focuses on supporting local causes dedicated to taking care of sick and hungry children. To help in this effort, the restaurant’s grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will include a $500 check presentation to both the Make A Wish Foundation: Orange County and The Inland Empire and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside. Local dignitaries from the community will also be invited to join the ceremony and welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to Riverside.

Additionally, the Riverside Dunkin’ Donuts is a DD Green™ Achievement location, designed with energy efficient and sustainable elements. The establishment features specialty lighting to reduce energy use, high-performance windows, low-flow faucets and more.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,900 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

NCR Corporation now runs and manages ING-DiBa Germany’s entire ATM network

AUGSBURG, GERMANY, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, announced today that it is now running and managing ING-DiBa Germany’s entire ATM network. NCR software solutions, data center provisioning and services are helping the leading German direct bank to dramatically simplify the management of its ATM network and increase the availability of its ATMs, thereby enhancing the efficiency of business operations, reducing costs and improving customer service.

ING-DiBa is the largest German direct bank with more than 8 million customers and 3,500 employees, and been voted “most popular bank” for several years in a row by the readers of the German business publication €uro. ING-DiBa supplies customers of their 1.5 million current accounts with cash services by operating 1,200 ATMs at petrol stations, in shopping centers, as well as large retail stores and hotels.

In the course of the transition, NCR software solutions have been deployed across the ATM network, and an NCR data center is at the heart of the new setup: NCR Top Client Server (TCS) was installed on ING’s ATMs, including both NCR and other units to connect them to the data center. The server application NCR Operate within the NCR data center handles and settles the ATM transactions, records and reports on the running of the ATM network while NCR Connections will provide web service capabilities to ING and NCR APTRA Vision monitors the network. ING-DiBa also uses NCR OptiCash to automate its ATM cash management.

The delivery of new transactions and services to the ATM network is now based on a service oriented architecture, enabled by NCR software solutions, data center provisioning and services, that allow ING-DiBa to introduce new services quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, NCR delivers a full spectrum of services ranging from field service and maintenance, to monitoring and incident management of the ATM network.

As ING-DiBa has grown over the last 50 years since launch, the complexity of the ATM network increased. Currently ING operates 19 different ATM solutions from various vendors and differing product generations. An upcoming change in data center providers was the ideal opportunity to re-evaluate the strategy. ING seized the opportunity to simplify the operation of its ATM network, consolidate service contracts, and move to the new modern service oriented architecture approach proposed by NCR.

“As we started the tender, we didn’t have a preferred solution in mind. Indeed, the complete outsourcing of our network was the preferred option, but not a definite goal,” said Joerg Johannsen, Manager of Cash Supply at ING-DiBa. “NCR was able to meet virtually all of our requirements and submitted such a well thought out offer with ideas and recommendations that the other options were soon discarded. The fact that NCR’s was able to automate the software transition ultimately influenced our decision.”

For the remote transition of the ATMs NCR had to modify the software so that also legacy systems with low memory, computing power and slow network connection could be upgraded and transitioned to the new platform. At the same time, NCR increased security measures on all systems. Cash management processes that took one employee at ING-DiBa about one hour every day are now handled with NCR OptiCash. This NCR solution automatically analyses and forecasts the individual requirements for each cashpoint in the network.

“Entrusting us with the management of its ATM network is a strong vote of confidence from ING-DiBa,” said Harald Heinz, Area Sales Leader for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at NCR. “This project allowed us to bring the strength and wealth of our expertise and experience to the table and submit a tailored concept for ING-DiBa. Our project team of software, hardware and service experts put the plan into action in the agreed time frame.”

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web site:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191

Source: NCR Corporation

PVH’s to support Save the Children’s Youth Employment Training and Early Childhood Care and Development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) today (Sep. 20, 2016) announced that it will be earmarking $1 million of its 2014 commitment to Save the Children to support programs in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years.

The investment comes as part of PVH’s recent business focus on the Sub-Saharan Africa region, including a woven shirt factory under construction in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park to be operated as part of a joint venture, sourcing in Kenya and branded product sales through various partners in the region.

PVH’s funding will support programs on Youth Employment Training and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD). Save the Children is supporting the national efforts to increase youth employment, entrepreneurship and skills development by implementing education and livelihood programs focusing on vulnerable young people. The organization is targeting disadvantaged children and youth aged 15-24 years old. Save the Children’s ECCD programs strengthen and sustain early learning and school readiness for children aged 4-6 years old.

“Our philanthropic mission is to support the needs of women and children around the world. We are working to drive positive impacts through our efforts to create a ‘best-in-class’ apparel manufacturing industry inEthiopia, improve access to high quality early childhood education and provide essential employment training,” said PVH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel Chirico. “Today’s children will be our future CEOs, employees and customers, and this investment allows us to better support Save the Children’s efforts to create lasting changes in the lives of children in need.”

“PVH has been a committed partner to Save the Children for more than a decade,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children “We are so grateful for their support of children from preschoolers to young adults.”

PVH & Save the Children

In December 2014, PVH announced a worldwide partnership with Save the Children supporting their programming with a multi million dollar commitment over five years from The PVH Foundation. PVH associates around the word are passionate about supporting the organization through a global Sponsor-A-Child program, associate volunteer site visits and other initiatives. PVH Chairman and CEO Manny Chirico also joined Save the Children’s Board of Trustees, furthering support of their efforts.

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH Corp. has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.

About Save the Children

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements in this press release, including, without limitation, statements relating to its plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation: (i) the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the Company may be considered to be highly leveraged and uses a significant portion of its cash flows to service its indebtedness, as a result of which the Company might not have sufficient funds to operate in the manner it intends or has operated in the past; and (iii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media / Investors:
PVH Corp.
Dana Perlman

Source: PVH Corp.

SPAR Hungary presented with Best Loyalty Programme Award for its SuperShop loyalty programme

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of its long-running SuperShop loyalty programme, SPAR Hungary was recently presented with a prestigious international brand award.

The Best Loyalty Programme Award is given to corporations that have established successful long-term relationships between loyal customers and their brand. The SuperShop programme, established back in 2012, has seen 2.7 million cardholders collect bonus points. The programme received the distinguished acclaim for its innovative services and range of offers that cover almost all daily customer needs.

The Award was presented by an international jury at the World Brand Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This is just one in a number of awards that have shown the industry-wide recognition of SPAR Hungary’s success.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR International releases Contact International 3 magazine

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amongst others, we feature the key themes arising from the 61st International SPAR Congress in Norway, where partners from 37 SPAR countries came together to share their annual highlights. We introduce the newly elected President of SPAR International, Graham O’Connor, and pay tribute to previous President, Leo Crawford, who led the SPAR worldwide organisation for the past 11 years. We also look back at the success of the 2016 European Athletics Championships, which marked 20 years of SPAR sponsorship.

To read these and other stories about SPAR worldwide, follow this link. Missed the previous two issues? No problem, the last page of the magazine includes a link to earlier editions.

The magazine is available in five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Italian). The link will automatically open the English language version. To switch between languages, simply click on the arrow next to the country flags on the menu bar.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Group now majority owner in newly created joint venture SPAR Brasil Serviços de Merchandising e Tecnologia S.A. in Brazil

White Plains, NY, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGRP), a leading global supplier of merchandising and other retail services, today (September 20, 2016) announced that it has taken a majority position in a newly created joint venture corporation acquiring ownership from The Interpublic Group (“IPG”) in Brazil of New Momentum and New Momentum Services (which were part of their In-Store companies). The new corporation is called SPAR Brasil Serviços de Merchandising e Tecnologia S.A., and together with the acquired New Momentum In-Store companies collectively will be called SPAR Brazil.

SPAR Brazil will be headquartered in Sao Paulo with a second office in Rio de Janeiro and will provide merchandising, in-store promotion and other marketing and retail services throughout Brazil’s 26 states. The acquired New Momentum In-Store companies will be consolidated subsidiaries of SPAR and are expected to add more than 20% to SPAR’s annual revenue.

This new acquisition adds South America to SPAR’s global coverage, which spans six continents and 50% of the world’s population with operations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

“The arrival of SPAR in Brazil is very important to the development of this sector,” said Jonathan Dagues, the former Managing Director of the New Momentum companies prior to their acquisition by SPAR and now CEO and President of each of the SPAR Brazil companies. “SPAR’s global experience and sector intelligence, combined with its superior technology, give us a decided edge in the market as Brazilian in-store merchandising and marketing efforts continue to develop.”

With the acquisition, SPAR continues to add new Fortune 500 brands to its existing client roster as these large, multinational companies value SPAR’s global footprint and superior technology. SPAR Brazil’s clients will benefit greatly from the SPARtrac® Global Retail Service Operations System, which provides the field management, reporting, tracking and productivity enhancements global clients in Brazil have been asking for.

Steve Adolph, International President of SPAR, commented that, “our new joint venture opportunity in Brazil is our first entry into the important South American market and it will serve as a foundation for further expansion throughout the region. Jonathan’s sector experience and strong leadership make him the best person to lead our expansion efforts and enhance our position as the leading global merchandising and retail service company.”

About SPAR Group, Inc.

SPAR Group, Inc., is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, value, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, toy, home improvement and electronics stores, as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied these project and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories “on the shelf” in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Australia, Mexico, Turkey and now Brazil. For more information, please visit the SPAR Group’s website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains “forward-looking statements” made by SPAR Group, Inc. (“SGRP”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “SPAR Group” or the “Company”), will be filed shortly in a Current Report on Form 8-K by SGRP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). There also are “forward looking statements” contained in SGRP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 (the “Annual Report”), which was filed by SGRP with the SEC, SGRP’s definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 19, 2016 (the “Proxy Statement”), which SGRP filed with the SEC on April 27, 2016, and SGRP’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including the Annual Report and the Proxy Statement, each a “SEC Report”). “Forward-looking statements” are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, “Securities Laws”).

The forward-looking statements made by the Company in this Press Release may include (without limitation) any expectations, guidance or other information respecting the pursuit or achievement of the Company’s corporate strategic objectives (growth, customer value, employee development, productivity & efficiency, and earnings per share), building upon the Company’s strong foundation, leveraging compatible global opportunities, improving on the value we already deliver to customers, our growing client base, continuing balance sheet strength, customer contract expansion, growing revenues and becoming profitable through organic growth and acquisitions, attracting new business that will increase SPAR Group’s revenues, improving product mix, continuing to maintain or reduce costs or consummating any transactions. The Company’s forward-looking statements also include, in particular and without limitation, those made in “Business”, “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Annual Report. You can identify forward-looking statements in such information by the Company’s use of terms such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “believe”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “continue” or similar words or variations or negatives of those words.

You should carefully consider (and not place undue reliance on) the Company’s forward-looking statements, risk factors and the other risks, cautions and information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Press Release, the Proxy Statement and the other applicable SEC Reports that could cause the Company’s actual performance or condition (including its assets, business, capital, cash flow, credit, expenses, financial condition, income, liabilities, liquidity, locations, marketing, operations, performance, prospects, sales, strategies, taxation or other achievement, results, risks, trends or condition) to differ materially from the performance or condition planned, intended, anticipated, estimated or otherwise expected by the Company (collectively, “expectations”) and described in the information in the Company’s forward-looking and other statements, whether express or implied. Although the Company believes them to be reasonable, those expectations involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors (many of which are beyond the Company’s control) that could cause those expectations to fail to occur or be realized or such actual performance or condition to be materially and adversely different from the Company’s expectations. In addition, new risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these matters or how they may arise or affect the Company. Accordingly, the Company cannot assure you that its expectations will be achieved in whole or in part, that the Company has identified all potential risks, or that the Company can successfully avoid or mitigate such risks in whole or in part, any of which could be significant and materially adverse to the Company and the value of your investment in SGRP’s Common Stock.

You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report (See Item 1A – Risk Factors) and any other risks, cautions or information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or other applicable SEC Report. All forward-looking and other statements or information attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly subject to and qualified by all such risk factors and other risks, cautions and information.

The Company does not intend or promise, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, risk factors or other risks, cautions or information (in whole or in part), whether as a result of new information, risks or uncertainties, future events or recognition or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable law.


SPAR Group, Inc.
James R. Segreto, Chief Financial Officer
(914) 332-4100


Dave Mossberg
Three Part Advisors
(817) 310-0051

Source: SPAR Group, Inc.

Bloomingdale’s marks Breast Cancer Awareness month with exclusive merchandise and exciting events to raise funds for a cure

New York, NY, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 12th year, Bloomingdale’s continues its commitment to support breast cancer awareness and treatment during the month of October. This year, the retailer again will support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation and invites shoppers to join in the fight with exclusive merchandise and exciting events that help to raise funds for a cure, in stores nationwide and on

“Each year Bloomingdale’s feels privileged to unveil our Pink Campaign in support of our longstanding partners the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation and the Marissa Acocella Marchetto Foundation and this year is no different,” said Tony Spring, Bloomingdale’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Alongside our loyal shoppers we provide support to these crucial organizations making substantial progress toward discovering a cure and improving the lives of breast cancer fighters, survivors and their families.”


Donald Robertson x Bloomingdale’s – Bloomingdale’s has once again partnered with world renowned career artist Donald Robertson to create one of his signature designs to support the fight against breast cancer. His exclusive illustration will be printed on super-soft heather grey Alternative Apparel sweatshirts available beginning September 26th at all Bloomingdale’s stores or online for $40 with $15 from each sale donated to BCRF. On October 8th, Donald Robertson will make an appearance at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship to meet with customers and sign their purchase of a Donald Robertson x Bloomingdale’s BCA sweatshirt. Additionally on the day of his in-store appearance, 100 prints of Robertson’s exclusive design will be on sale for $375 with $300 from each purchase donated to BCRF.


Give Pink, Get More – Bloomingdale’s card holders will have the opportunity to opt into this annual feel-good program from September 26th – October 31st for a $15 donation, 100% of which will benefit Bloomingdale’s charity partners. By joining Give Pink, Get More, shoppers will be mailed a gift card worth up to $250 – just in time for the holidays – to use at any Bloomingdale’s store and

The Little Pink Card – It’s the gift card that keeps on giving! Bloomingdale’s donates 10% of the value on your Little Pink Card, plus 10% of purchases made with this card above the original amount, to Bloomingdale’s charity partners. Donations will be on cards purchased 9/15 – 10/31/16 and redeemed by 12/31/16.

Pink Products Supporting BCRF – Many of Bloomingdale’s vendors support BCRF with the sale of limited edition or special products including: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Complex, Pink Perfection Color Collection, and Donald Robertson Limited Edition Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam; Clinique Great Skin Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion; La Mer The Lip Balm; Tory Burch EDP Rollerball; Lab Series Skincare for Men Age Rescue Face Lotion; Bobbi Brown Art Stick Duo; Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Blush EDP Spray to name a few. For the entire month of October, BCA pop-up shops will feature merchandise benefiting the cause in all Bloomingdale’s stores and online. For a full list of products benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness please visit


Pink Yoga – Shoppers are invited to their nearest Bloomingdale’s location on Saturday, October 8th, to kick off Bloomingdale’s October Pink campaign with a morning yoga class. A reservation fee of $10 will benefit the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation and The Carey Foundation which support survivors and their families with cancer-related costs such as transportation, child care, and adequate treatment. Attendees will receive a branded yoga mat and goodie bag of beauty samples and healthy treats. To reserve a mat, visit

Support Breast Oasis – Bloomingdale’s is proud to partner with Le Mystere in support of Breast Oasis, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting communities by providing women who may not be able to afford them with clean, certified, gently used bras. Shoppers are invited to donate their gently used bra at select Bloomingdale’s locations, and in return will receive 15% off a regular-priced Le Mystere purchase during the month of October. Learn more about Breast Oasis at

Paint the Town Pink – Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship has several visual moments planned in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month. On September 26th, the Third Avenue windows will debut seven artworks by Donald Robertson styled with the season’s hottest women’s fall trends. The windows on 59th street will feature photos of Bob Carey of the Tutu Project paying homage to both women and men affected by breast cancer. On October 11th, the Lexington Avenue windows will feature several little black dresses inspired by the book “The Little Black Dress”. Witty anecdotes by Marisa Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen: A True Story will accompany each style. During the entire month of October, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship will illuminate the facade of the building pink as a beacon of support to breast cancer awareness.


“Throughout our many years of presenting the Pink Campaign, Bloomingdale’s has proudly donated over $11 million towards breast cancer research and patient care,” said Anne Keating, Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events, and Corporate Philanthropy for Bloomingdale’s. “As we enter the campaign’s 12th year, we aim to surpass previous years’ contributions by offering meaningful and unique opportunities both in-store and online for our loyal customers to support the cause. This year’s campaign includes exclusive products and in-store experiences focusing on good health and the spirit of community.”

Since the inception of the Bloomingdale’s Pink campaign, over $11 million has been donated to breast cancer research and care. A portion of this funds BCRF research grants for the following five astonishing researchers, Dr. Titia de Lange, Head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, Leon Hess Professor, and Director of Anderson Center for Cancer Research at Rockefeller University in New York City; Dr. Joan Brugge, Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Ludwig Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA; Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, Director of the Weill Cornell Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Henry R. Erie, M.D. – Roberts Family Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City; Dr. Michael Press, Harold E. Lee Chair in Cancer Research at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA; Dr. Marc Lippman, Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor and Deputy Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, FL.

In addition, Bloomingdale’s also supports the work of The Carey Foundation and the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation, both of which offer financial support for survivors and families that are uninsured or under insured ranging from treatment, child care, and transportation. Bloomingdale’s was able to make significant donations to each organization through the Pink Campaign.

For more information on events at your local Bloomingdale’s, please visit

Customer Service: 1-800-777-0000″

Source: Bloomingdale

The Jean Coutu Group to release second quarter of fiscal 2017 results on October 5, 2016

Varennes, Quebec, 2016-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. announced today (September 20, 2016) that the release of results for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 will take place on October 5, 2016 at approximately 7:00 a.m. ET.

Financial analysts and investors are invited to attend a conference call during which the financial results will be presented.

Time and date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. ET

Dial number: 514-392-1478 or 866-225-0198

Conference call name: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the live or deferred broadcast on the Jean Coutu Group corporate website at A full replay will also be available by dialling 514-861-2272 or toll free at 800-408-3053 until November 4, 2016. The access code is 7278588 followed by pound sign (#).

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 420 franchised stores in Québec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, and employs more than 20,000 people. Furthermore, since December 2007, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Québec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
(450) 646-9611, Extension 1165

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.