Whole Foods Market opens new store in Eugene, Oregon

EUGENE, Ore., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its doors in Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The 36,750-square-foot store, located in downtown Eugene, is the first Whole Foods Market in Lane County and the ninth location in Oregon.

The store will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and David Hauser, President and CEO of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, will join Whole Foods Market regional leaders, local suppliers and community partners to welcome shoppers. Doors open and shopping begins at 9 a.m.

“Long before we ever broke ground, we spent years working with members of this community and have known for quite some time that Eugene would be a wonderful home for a Whole Foods Market store,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Since we opened our first store in the Northwest in 1999, we’ve been sourcing local products from across Lane County and sharing them with our customers. We are grateful for the welcome we’ve received, paving the way for meaningful partnerships with area schools, producers and community organizations. It is through this important work, and listening to the community who has generously shared their perspective, we’ve been able to create a store experience that reflects what Eugene area residents tell us they want and need. We look forward to serving the people of Lane County.”

Located at 355 E. Broadway, the new store will provide an unmatched selection of high quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of locally sourced products and delicious dining options. Shoppers visiting the new Eugene Whole Foods Market can look forward to:

  • The Last Leg is a pizza eatery serving Northwest wine, beer and cider. Pizzas are made fresh daily, using organic dough and only the freshest and highest quality options. With seating for eight at the bar, The Last Leg has seven taps featuring local beer and cider including Hop Valley Experimental Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Eugene), Oakshire Brewing Pineapple Galaxy IPA (Eugene), Falling Sky Retrograde Red Ale (Eugene), Plough Monday Imperial Stout (Veneta, Ore.), Claim 52 Brewing Kolsch (Eugene), Sam Brown Filbert Brown (Eugene) and Wildcraft Cider Works Mirabell Plum Cider (Eugene).
  • Whole Foods Market has partnered with Eugene coffee roaster Wandering Goat Coffee Co. to run a full-service coffee cart inside the store, offering shoppers fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks, made with all-organic milk.
  • The Eugene store is the first Whole Foods Market location to have an Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt Bar. This Northwest-based Greek yogurt maker has developed something of a cult following for its handcrafted, creamy yogurt made from the freshest, seasonal ingredients. The company is also a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program recipient.
  • Local product offerings. On top of the more than 500 local products that shoppers already find in all Whole Foods Market stores in Oregon, products from 40 new Oregon-based vendors were added as a result of Whole Foods Market’s local producer fair held in April 2016. New local products include LaBrang Tea Traders and Pasta Gardner. The store will host a series of local vendor fairs during October, allowing Whole Foods Market shoppers the opportunity to meet the hardworking food producers who are selling their products in stores.
  • Partnerships with area colleges and universities that will create extra savings for students at the University of Oregon and Lane County Community College. Every Tuesday through the duration of the school year, students with a valid school ID will benefit from a 10 percent discount.
  • Top-notch customer service: 100 new team members were hired for this store, many from the local Eugene community and surrounding areas
  • Organic and Non-GMO verified choices. Clearly labeled products enable shoppers who want to know which foods are made without GMOs to do so. All 365 Everyday Value® food products are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to serving every community where it does business, the store’s Team Members will present a $2,000 check to the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.

Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Whole Foods Market, announced two Eugene schools as recipients of 2016 Garden Grants earlier this year: Prairie Mountain School and Stepping Stones. This brings the total to five Eugene K-12 school organizations that have received Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants since the program began in 2011. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to each school to support an edible educational garden. Other garden grant recipients include Edison Elementary in 2015, The Village School in 2014, and Eugene 4J School District in 2012.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market’s Eugene store can look forward to a full-service experience:

  • Quality Standards and Selection in the Meat Department – All products in the full-service meat department come from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Whole Foods Market’s animal welfare standards are industry leading and include the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards. Whole Foods Market’s Eugene store is proud to offer beef from Country Natural Co-Op ranchers.
  • An Industry-leading Seafood Team – Whole Foods Market’s quality standards for seafood lead the industry. All of the wild-caught seafood is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated either a green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Sarafina Center. The seafood department takes the hassle out of prepping seafood, and our in-store fishmongers will fillet whole fish, skin and debone fish, peel and devein shrimp, shuck oysters and, with 48 hours’ notice, smoke fish per customers’ requests. Whole Foods Market sources seafood from Northwest producers including Harmony Seafood, Lummi Island Wild, SeaBear, and Gerard and Dominique.
  • Highest Quality Produce – The Produce department offers locally sourced produce from growers such as Groundworks, Springhill, Redneck, Siri+Sons, Mustard Seed, Denison, Whitewater Ranch and Cascade Pacific Farms.
  • Prepared Foods Galore – A wide range of grab-and-go meal options will be available daily, including a taqueria venue, signature and made-to-order sandwiches and a self-service pizza station. A rotating hot bar, and a salad bar with plenty of organic vegetables and fresh-cut fruit makes mealtime decisions quick and convenient. Everything made and sold by our prepared foods team complies with our ingredient standards.
  • Bakery Department – One of the highlights of the new Eugene store is the bakery department, featuring local products including Shepard’s Grain flour. Sandwich bread and bagels will be made in-house daily. Shoppers can find handmade artisan bread from Eugene-based Metropol Bakery.
  • Specialty Department – Shoppers can find the finest local and organic artisan cheeses, a wide variety of pickles, olives, pates, fresh pastas, dips and nitrate-free cured meats. The Specialty department has sourced some of the finest cheeses from the region, including selections from Rogue Creamery, Willamette Valley and River’s Edge.
  • All Cage-free Eggs – Whole Foods Market has made a commitment to sell eggs that come from cage-free hens and will carry local, organic eggs from Deck Family Farms.
  • Food Rescue – Food for Lane County and Whole Foods Market will work together to collect and distribute food to Lane County food banks.
  • Whole Foods Market 5 Percent Days — To celebrate the Eugene store opening, Whole Foods Market has committed to a series of eight 5 Percent Days, with 5 percent of that day’s net sales going to a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization or community partner. The first 5 Percent Day will be on Wednesday, October 5, with proceeds going to Food for Lane County. Additional 5 Percent Days include:
    • Prairie Mountain School on October 12
    • Eugene Mission on October 19
    • The Village School on October 26
    • Greenhill Humane Society on November 2
    • Edison Elementary on November 9
    • Edison Elementary on November 16
    • The Stepping Stone on November 23

Store Information

Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 353 E. Broadway, Eugene, Ore.

Store Telephone: 541-434-8820

Web site: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/eugene


Ann Marie Ricard

Susan Livingston

425.457.0090 (mobile)

Source: Whole Foods Market

Rite Aid announces availability of naloxone at more than 440 pharmacies in Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont without prescription

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Sept. 27, 2016) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 440 pharmacies in Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 people die from an opioid overdose in the United States each day,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Rite Aid is committed to helping reduce the number deaths due to opioid overdoses and making naloxone available without a prescription at our pharmacies in Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont is an important action we can take in the fight against opioid abuse.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 13 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

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


Ashley Flower

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Sequential Brands Group top bring Martha Stewart Living brand of home products to Korea

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today (Sept. 27, 2016) that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Fang Brothers Group’s FB Living to bring the Martha Stewart Living brand of home products to Korea.

The first line of Martha Stewart Living bedding, bath and seasonal housewares will launch in Spring 2017 with bedding, bath towels and decorative pillows.  Kitchen cookware, dinnerware and storage are planned for Fall 2017.

Katherine Fang, CEO of FB Living said, “We are thrilled to partner with Martha Stewart to bring her beautiful line of Martha Stewart Living home products to the Korean market. There is no one else who has had such an influence on the way Americans think about their homes than Martha Stewart and we’re honored to be the team to introduce her brand, which is known for exceptional quality and style.”

Inspired by Martha’s personal collections and her Martha Stewart Living magazine, the new product offering in Korea will feature both classic looks and fun, modern designs, so customers can create homes that reflect their unique styles at an affordable price.

“Entering the rapidly emerging home furnishing market in Korea is another important and exciting step in our global growth strategy to expand the Martha Stewart brand in Asia,” said Sequential Brands Group CEO Yehuda Shmidman.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 87 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

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 FB Living Limited
FB Living is a member of the Fang Brothers Group. Fang Brothers Group was founded as a textile company in Hong Kong in the 1950s. The group has since expanded into related areas including manufacturing and retailing, making it a vertically integrated organization with a strong focus in the apparel, fashion and lifestyle industries. It has a network of offices and stores located in key cities across all continents including New York, London, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, etc. With further expansions and collaborations into both existing and new sectors, Fang Brothers Group is today a diversified group of companies engaged in the consumer, property development, electronic components, auto parts, and energy storage businesses with operations throughout different parts of the world.

Media Contacts:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Jaime Cassavechia
+1 212-518-4771 x108

FB Living Limited
Candice Lau
+852 2401-6408

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Wincor Nixdorf approves change of company name and domination and profit and loss transfer agreement with Diebold

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Paderborn on September 26, 2016, the shareholders of Wincor Nixdorf AG approved, with the requisite majorities, the conclusion of a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement with Diebold Holding Germany Inc. & Co. KG, the change of the company name to Diebold Nixdorf Aktiengesellschaft, and all other items on the agenda. The cash compensation under the terms of the approved domination and profit and loss transfer agreement amounts to €55.02 per Wincor Nixdorf AG share. The fixed recurring payment is €3.13 gross and €2.82 net per Wincor Nixdorf AG share.

The EGM was attended by 100 people in total. Overall, 24,722,805 shares constituting 74.876 percent of the company’s entire issued share capital (corresponding to around 83 percent of the share capital with voting rights) were represented at the meeting for the purpose of passing the aforementioned resolutions. This also included majority shareholder Diebold with a total of 22,876,760 shares, which corresponds to around 76.7 percent of the share capital furnished with voting rights. The outcome of voting with regard to the various items on the agenda can be accessed on the corporate website of Wincor Nixdorf (Investor Relations>General Meeting).

In addition, the company announced changes to the Supervisory Board as regards its shareholder representatives: Effective from the end of September 30, 2016, Ms. Zvezdana Seeger, Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem, and Mr. Hans-Ulrich Holdenried will step down from the Supervisory Board of Wincor Nixdorf. Mr. Andreas Mattes, Chief Executive Officer at Diebold, Mr. Christopher Chapman, Chief Financial Officer at Diebold, and Ms Elisabeth Radigan, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Diebold, were appointed to the Supervisory Board as new shareholder representatives effective from October 1, 2016.

Phone: +49 5251 / 693 30
E-Mail: info@wincor-nixdorf.com

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Auchan and Boulanger partner for negotiation of purchases of white, brown and grey household electrical goods

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The companies have entered into a partnership for the negotiation of purchases of white, brown and grey household electrical goods manufactured by national and international brands aimed at the French market.

This involves Auchan Retail granting Boulanger the mandate to negotiate on its behalf, beginning as of the start of negotiations on commercial terms for 2017 (excluding retailers’ own brands), which get underway in October 2016.

It will concern an estimated business volume of more than €2.1 billion excluding tax, which will make this purchasing partnership the second-largest in France from the moment it gets underway. A partnership that makes perfect sense from both a historical and cultural perspective, it will bolster the competitiveness of the banners concerned, in turn benefiting their customers, and is designed to make them leaders on their respective markets.

Denis Boschard, Director of Product Offerings and Supply, Boulanger : “This partnership made a lot of sense for everyone, particularly given our shared values and culture. Although the two banners specialise in their own distinct markets, Auchan’s and Boulanger’s teams share the same DNA and the same sense of customer service, qualities that will ensure the success and impact of our action.”

Jean-Denis Deweine, Product Director, Auchan Retail : “For Auchan Retail, this partnership confirms the importance of this activity sector in our brand model. It gives the partners of the new group an opportunity to strengthen their commercial leadership on each of their networks.”

Source: Auchan Holdings

Best Buy’s Mountain View store adds dedicated space to showcase latest technology from entrepreneurs and startups

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Silicon Valley is the heart of tech innovation, so it’s only fitting Best Buy would go there to open a new, one-of-a-kind store experience that showcases the latest technology from some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and startups in consumer electronics.

We’ve added dedicated space inside our new Mountain View Best Buy store (which opened Sept. 16 after relocating from its previous location in Sunnyvale) where customers can discover and learn about some of the newest tech products on the market. The space is divided into three sections: crowdfunded gadgets, wearable tech and audio.

The revamped store is part of our new Best Buy Ignite program, which aims to give our customers access to even more of the world’s newest tech products. We’re also adding a new section on BestBuy.com for startup products.

Here’s a quick look at some of the items on display at the Silicon Valley store, most of which are also available online.

Crowdfunded gadgets

The Ignite space features a selection of crowdfunded gadgets from startup companies, including:

  • Tangram Smart Rope, a jump rope that tracks your workout data, including jump count, calories burned, elapsed time and fitness goal progress.
  • Flic smart button, a small, wireless button that creates easy, one-touch access to stream music, control lights and other mobile functions without having to touch your phone.
  • RoBo 3D printer, which is made with a “unibody” design to eliminate common 3D printing issues, such as misalignment and inaccurate prints. At $179, it’s cheaper than most other 3D printers.
  • Zuli Smartplug, an outlet plug that can estimate your energy usage, communicate with your smartphone and even put your coffee maker on a schedule.
  • Noke Bluetooth padlock, which allows you to track its location, share access with friends and manage multiple locks.

Wearable technology

When you hear the Under Armour name, you probably think of workout clothes and basketball shoes. But the sports apparel giant is also an emerging player in the world of wearable technology.

The Ignite space features the Under Armour UA HealthBox, a smart fitness system that comes with everything you need to keep track of your overall health. It includes an activity tracker that monitors your steps, sleep quality and resting heart rate, a smart scale that measures your body weight and fat percentages, and a sweat-resistant chest strap that measures heart rate and automatically sends the data to Under Armour’s health and fitness app, UA Record.


The store also features some of the world’s newest and most advanced headphone technology, including:

  • Muzik, a smart and connected headphone that is designed to enhance user experiences in third-party apps and platforms. With programmable shortcuts, called “hot keys,” users can easily activate their favorite playlist, save or share their favorite tracks, or identify what’s playing with one touch.
  • Bragi, wireless smart earphones that combines a music player, activity tracker and smartphone into one device. You can listen to music without any device synced by using taps or swipes, and you can hook up your phone so you can answer calls or track your activity.

For customers outside of the Bay Area, other startup products can be found online and in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. Examples include the Anova precision cooker, Fizzics draft beer system, Keen Home smart vent, Petcube pet camera and Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Many stores also have the Mevo live event camera, SkyLab camera stabilizers and Prynt instant photo printer

Source: Best Buy

Best Buy launches new program that highlights the newest tech from startup companies, Best Buy Ignite

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — You come to Best Buy to see and try the latest and greatest technology, from 4K TVs to virtual reality. But we know there are also a lot of really cool, innovative products out there that aren’t yet on our shelves.

That’s why we’re launching Best Buy Ignite, a new program that gives customers access to even more of the newest tech from some of the most inventive entrepreneurs and startup companies in consumer electronics.

To learn more about Best Buy Ignite, we sat down with Patrick McIntyre, our vice president of strategy who works closely with the startup community.

Why is Best Buy Ignite significant for Best Buy?

Patrick: Best Buy Ignite is yet another step in our promise to help customers learn about and enjoy the latest technology. We know our customers want to see the best tech as fast as possible, and we’ll keep trying new things to deliver on our promise.

Has Best Buy worked with startups before?

Patrick: We’ve worked with startups before and will continue to do so. There are a lot of new, early-stage products in the market, and there are only going to be more. At Best Buy, we have the unique ability and resources — our website, our stores, our vendor relationships — to help showcase those products to consumers.

How will this benefit Best Buy shoppers?

Patrick:  Best Buy Ignite will help us bring even more innovative, new products to our consumers. So while shoppers won’t necessarily see a big difference in how we operate, they will have more opportunities to discover some of the coolest tech out there.

What gets you most excited about Best Buy Ignite?

Patrick: For me, this captures what I’ve loved most about Best Buy since my teens and 20s — going to the store to see and experience new things. We always have the coolest new gadgets, and now Best Buy Ignite should allow for an even more dynamic product lineup. And, to a degree, it brings the excitement of CES and Silicon Valley to Best Buy. That’s the kind of stuff you’re going to see even more of — cool, new products for our customers to enjoy.

Source: Best Buy

Harris Teeter to welcome shoppers to its Carolina Colours Towne Centre store on October 12, 2016

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Carolina Colours Towne Centre location on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and weeklong, in-store sampling.

This is the Company’s second location in New Bern, N.C. 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.

Store Address: Carolina Colours Towne Centre, 2032 Waterscape Way, New Bern, NC 28562

Grand Opening Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grand Opening Time: 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following

Store Hours: 6 a.m. – midnight, daily

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

Check-Out Lanes: 8 checkouts and 4 express checkouts

Store Features and Departments

Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • USDA Choice Certified Very Tender Beef • Expanded Service meat • Fresh store-made sausage and burgers •Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Fresh Lobster Rolls Made Daily • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Fruit Bar  • Salad Bar • Trail Mix Bar • Expanded Organic and Specialty Produce • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi •  Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program • Artisan Breads  • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Organic and Natural Foods • International Foods • Beer and Wine • Local and Craft Beer • Build your own 6-pack • Pharmacy  •  Free Blood Pressure Testing  • Private, Professional 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 • ATM • Starbucks • Sit-down eating area

Source: Harris Teeter

New reports reveal ecological sustainability and socioeconomic benefits of wild harvesting and farming of pythons

London, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three new reports published today (26 September 2016) by the Python Conservation Partnership (PCP), a partnership between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), reveal that the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and results in socioeconomic benefits for poor households in South-East Asia. Initially presented yesterday at the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the“Sustainable Management of the Trade in Reticulated Python Skins in Indonesia and Malaysia“, “Trade in Python Skins: Impact on Livelihoods in Viet Nam” and “Trade in Python Skins: Impact on Livelihoods in Peninsular Malaysia” reports represent the culmination of three years of scientific research and signify the completion of the research phase of the PCP.

The PCP has undertaken research projects since its creation in 2013 to measure the socioeconomic benefits of the trade in python skins in South-East Asia, as well as the sustainability of wild harvesting and the economic viability of python farming. The PCP has also supported training for those engaged in the trade and has tested methods to verify the source of pythons and improve the traceability of skins. Following the partnership’s first report published in 2014, on the feasibility of farming pythons – “Assessment of Python Breeding Farms Supplying the International High-end Leather Industry” – the peer-reviewed reports published today reveal the importance of the trade for the livelihoods of people in Malaysia and Viet Nam and offer detailed recommendations to improve the monitoring and management of the trade overall. Key findings include:

·          Wild harvest of pythons is ecologically sustainable in Sumatra, Indonesia;

·          Management of the trade through size limits, ongoing monitoring of harvested snakes and capacity development of key actors will contribute to sustainable trade; and

·          In both wild harvest and captive farming in Malaysia and Viet Nam, the trade improves livelihood resilience by giving poor households the opportunity to increase and diversify income.

In addition to these reports, the PCP has developed technical documents to be published later this year on using novel techniques to verify the provenance of python skins. The PCP will also release guidance on best practices for animal welfare and management in python farms and processing facilities. These guidelines will initially be implemented and tested in Kering’s supply chain to help refine them. In 2017, the PCP will enter into a new phase, opening up the partnership to a broader group of stakeholders in the python trade, with the goal of implementing positive and durable change in the industry.

“The PCP is an excellent example of new and multi-disciplinary collaborative models driving real, positive change towards sustainability,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering, “Information and transparency in the python trade was lacking and we all required more guidance to ensure a robust and sustainable trade. After 3 years of research we are very pleased to open-source the results of this important new research with ITC and IUCN. We are confident that this will improve the trade and Kering is proud to support the expert recommendations in our supply chains.“

“These studies demonstrate that trade in biodiversity is a credible strategy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said ITC Executive Director Arancha González. “ITC will continue to work with IUCN and the fashion industry to find innovative ways to promote the sustainable use of flora and fauna and to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people.”

“It is extremely encouraging to see the extraordinary progress made by Kering, the International Trade Centre and IUCN – three organisations with different visions, working collaboratively to achieve a common goal,” says Tomás Waller, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Boa and Python Specialist Group. “The results of the Python Conservation Partnership’s research and successful collaboration show that it is indeed possible to enhance sustainable use of pythons while at the same time providing livelihood benefits for local communities participating in the trade.”

“We welcome this work showing the benefits of python skin trade to rural communities, as well as the depth of engagement with the private sector in making sure that the global value chain is put onto a better and more sustainable footing,” said John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). “This work will benefit both the species and the rural communities. We hope more private sector entities join initiatives such as those being pioneered here by the PCP.”

Download the reports here:

µ        Sustainable Management of the Trade in Reticulated Python Skins in Indonesia and Malaysia

µ        Trade in Python Skins: Impact on Livelihoods in Viet Nam

µ        Trade in Python Skins: Impact on Livelihoods in Malaysia

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).

About IUCN
IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards. IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being. www.iucn.org  twitter.com/IUCN

About the Species Survival Commission
The Species Survival Commission (SSC) is the largest of IUCN’s six volunteer commissions with a global membership of around 10,000 experts.  SSC advises IUCN and its members on the wide range of technical and scientific aspects of species conservation, and is dedicated to securing a future for biodiversity.  SSC has significant input into the international agreements dealing with biodiversity conservation.

About Boa and Python Specialist Group (BPSG)
The Boa and Python Specialist Group (BPSG) is a global network of volunteer experts, part of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). The BPSG is the world leading authority on boas and pythons. Its mission is to provide expert opinion and scientific advice to IUCN and other conservation organizations, government and non-government agencies, applicable to the conservation of boas and pythons.

About ITC
ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small- and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economy countries to become more competitive in global markets, contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.   Website: www.intracen.org  Twitter: @ITCnews    Facebook/LinkedIn/YouTube: International Trade Centre

Press contacts:

Emmanuelle Picard-Deyme (France)
+ 33 (0)1 45 64 61 87

Mich Ahern (International)
+ 44 (0) 7984 684 454

Lynne Labanne
+41 22 999 0153, +41 79 527 7221

Ewa Magiera
+41 22 999 0346, +41 76 505 3378

Susanna Pak
+41 22 730 0651

Source: Kering

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes
The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes


Paris, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Paris city council awarded on September 26th, by a large majority, the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to an 8020 partnership between the LVMH group, which has been managing it since 1984, and Compagnie des Alpes, a major player in the field of development and management of theme parks. This new concession has been agreed for a total of 25 years, around a particularly ambitious project.

The project is based on two concepts: the first being absolute respect for the tradition, the image and the identity of the oldest attraction park in France, and one that has been enticing generations of visitors since the second Napoleonic Empire, and the second being an extensive programme to modernize and diversify its activities, to rejuvenate and embellish the landscape and to restore its heritage. This dual objective will bring a new dimension to this unique place in Paris, accelerating a transformation process which is already underway with the establishment of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Eighteen attractions will be created (9 will be free) and 26 existing attractions will be renovated.

Remaining entirely faithful to the public service mission of the park, the educational workshop programme will be developed, taking into account the role of new technologies, of proposed sporting and cultural events, often with free admission, accessibility to all and including dining facilities, redesigned to appeal to all different tastes and aspirations.

All these developments will remain faithful to the original spirit of the garden. It’s architectural heritage dating from Napoleon III’s era, one of the largest and most complete of its kind in the capital, will be enhanced, while its historic landscaping, created by landscape gardener Barillet-Deschamps will be restored. The garden staff, currently numbering 250, will remain the same or increase, and working conditions will be improved by the creation of a building which will bring together all the offices and workshops, as well as changing rooms, a canteen and common rooms under one roof.

The garden is an important part of the attractiveness of Paris and the region. With a target of 2.5 million visitors a year, it will become an important attraction for both Parisians and tourists. “The ethos of the garden is very much a reflection of LVMH values: innovative but respectful of heritage,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH group.

The garden has partnered with the Compagnie des Alpes, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts to improve its offering. “I am delighted that the Compagnie des Alpes will be able to provide its expertise and be associated with this splendid project in which we have a shared ambition” explains Dominique Marcel, CEO of the organisation. Through this partnership LVMH, the world leader in luxury, will be able to rely on the know-how of the foremost French theme park operator.


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

Source: LVMH


NCR launches its cloud-based Developer Portal to enable financial institutions customize their own digital banking applications

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (September 26, 2016) announced the launch of its cloud-based Developer Portal, enabling financial institutions to build their own innovative digital banking applications to better meet the unique financial management needs of their customers.

The portal provides self-service access to digital banking APIs, the Software Development Kit (SDK) and third-party software connections developed by Digital Insight, an NCR company, to provide developers at financial institutions with the data and services required to create and seamlessly integrate custom applications that complement their existing digital banking functionality.

“The Developer Portal is a testament to NCR’s commitment to innovation that enables growth for financial institutions through the use of technology and an open, flexible platform,” said Jose Resendiz, vice president & general manager, NCR Digital Insight. “We are focused on offering solutions and services that give financial institutions the capability to transform their vision into reality, differentiate in the markets they serve and ultimately meet their goals.”

Key services include:

  • API– View and test currently available APIs offered through the Developer Portal and all associated documentation. Financial institions can request access to APIs as well as monitor production use.
  • SDK – Access User Interface (UI) builder tools to create new pages and widgets, leveraging the integration and style guides for a seamless and consistent user experience.
  • App Gallery – Browse a variety of applications that have already been developed to learn what is possible and spark ideas.
  • Support – Access FAQs, code samples and the customer forum to exchange  information, tips and best practices among developers.

The Developer Portal will be showcased at NCR’s annual Innovation Conference in Washington, D.C., September 26-28, 2016. Several financial institutions have already integrated solutions in production that address the unique needs of their institution and end customers.

To learn more about the Developer Portal, please click here: https://developer.digitalinsight.com/

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, Ga., with more than 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: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact:
Aaron Gould
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

Lindex to support the fight against breast cancer with the launch of Pink Collection

Lindex to support the fight against breast cancer with the launch of Pink Collection
Lindex to support the fight against breast cancer with the launch of Pink Collection


Sweden, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — To support the fight against breast cancer, Lindex is launching its own design collection in October with 10 % of the price being donated to cancer research.

Lindex has a great reputation for collaborating with some of the worlds most esteemed international designers such as Missoni, Matthew Williamson and Jean Paul Gaultier, but for 2016, the Lindex in-house design team have lead the creation of the ‘Pink Collection’ to support the fight against breast cancer.

“We gave our designers the mission to create this year’s design collection and the result was Pink Collection – a modern, feminine and strong conceptual range of carefully-selected garments and accessories in an exciting palette of colours. It feels fantastic to be contributing to the fight against breast cancer with our own design this year,” says Annika Hedin, Lindex Head of Design.

The Pink Collection comprises of nineteen garments and accessories of soft, knitted and woven fabrics in autumn’s most essential colours, ranging from deep burgundy to pastel pink. A particular highlight is the leather and metal Pink Bracelet, from which all profits will be donated to Cancer Research.

For the fourteenth year in a row, Lindex is supporting the fight against breast cancer and in Sweden the donation will go to the Swedish Cancer Society. In addition to Pink Collection, Lindex will also be selling the Swedish Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon in all stores in Sweden.

Lindex Pink Collection will be launched in Lindex stores and on lindex.com on 6 October.
For more images visit Lindex Newsroom.

For more information, please contact:

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
PR/Press, Lindex
Tel: 46 31 739 53 13
E-mail: filippa.tarras-wahlberg@lindex.com

Source: Lindex


Staples announces the appointment of Shira Goodman as its President and CEO

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today (Sep. 26, 2016) announced the appointment of Shira Goodman as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

“After a comprehensive search process that included the evaluation of several qualified candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer, the Board has approved Shira’s appointment. This decision was not only based on her long tenure and deep understanding of our industry, but also on the leadership qualities she has demonstrated while serving as interim Chief Executive Officer,” said Robert Sulentic, Independent Lead Director. “Having joined Staples in 1992, Shira has a thorough understanding of our customers and operations which she combines with the outside-in thinking critical to competing in today’s marketplace.”

During her career at Staples, Ms. Goodman has served in key leadership positions, including President, North American Operations; President, North American Commercial; Executive Vice President of Global Growth; Executive Vice President of Human Resources, and Executive Vice President of Marketing. Ms. Goodman was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer in May 2016.

“I am both honored and excited to become the Chief Executive Officer of Staples,” said Ms. Goodman. “I am committed to executing our Staples 20/20 strategy which is focused on accelerating growth with mid-market customers in North America and building on our momentum with products and services beyond office supplies. We have an incredible team of dedicated associates and I am proud to lead them as we transform our company and create long term shareholder value.”

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Media Contact:
Bill Durling

Investor Contact:
Chris Powers

Source: Staples, Inc.

ICIC and Staples presented Caduceus a healthcare staffing and consulting firm with Business Growth Award

ATLANTA, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced September 14 that Atlanta based Caduceus, a healthcare staffing and consulting firm, topped the 2016 Inner City 100 list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S. Caduceus was recognized by longtime ICIC partner Staples, Inc. for both its top place on the list, and for its growth rate of 3554 percent. Staples presented the company with the annual Staples Business Growth Award for this impressive rate.

Caduceus’s Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Lopez, a former Marine, decided to found the business in 2008 with the goal of staffing the military healthcare industry. A certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Caduceus has succeeded in doing just that, while also expanding its services beyond healthcare to include scientific and technology related staffing as well. Carlos and his company are known for their commitment to both their employees and their customers, and undoubtedly this commitment has helped drive their growth.

Each year, ICIC works with a national network of nominating partners to identify, rank and spotlight rapidly-growing urban businesses. The top 100 are determined by revenue growth and are honored on the Inner City 100 list published in FORTUNE. This year’s full list of winners can be viewed at Fortune.com.

Before the September 14 Awards revelation, winners gathered for a full-day business symposium featuring management case studies from Harvard Business School professors and interactive sessions with top CEOs. Shira Goodman, Interim CEO at Staples, gave a keynote speech to open the event and touched on the challenges all businesses are facing due to the pace of change in today’s marketplace. “Good times and bad times come and go but as the leader of your business you get to teach and role model the kind of constancy, consistency, integrity, dependability and intensity that will allow your company to thrive in all seasons,” she said in congratulating the winners on making the Inner City 100 list.

Other notable speakers included Rapid 7 CEO Corey Thomas, Harvard Business School Professors Lynda Applegate and Amy Edmondson, Forbes Senior Editor Loren Feldman, John Stuart of PTC, Bithenergy CEO Robert Wallace, Brook Colangelo of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and ICIC Founder and Chairman Michael E. Porter.

“We are extraordinarily proud of these pioneering entrepreneurs who lead the way in economic revitalization in America’s inner cities,” says Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, of the list of 100.

The Inner City 100 program recognizes and supports successful inner city business leaders, and celebrates their role in providing innovation and job creation in America’s cities. These companies strengthen local American economies, provide job opportunities for underrepresented communities, and drive forward economic and social development.

Boasting an average five-year growth rate of 458 percent between 2011 and 2015, the 2016 Inner City 100 winners represent a wide span of geography, hailing from 42 cities and 25 states. Collectively, the winners employed 7,324 people in 2015, and on average over a third of their employees live in the same neighborhood as the company.

Highlights of the 2016 Inner City 100 include:

  • Employ 7,324 workers total in 2015.
  • Created 4,696 new jobs in the last five years.
  • On average, 34% of employees live in same neighborhood as the company.
  • Average company age is 16 years.
  • Average 2015 revenue was $12.2 million.
  • 34% are women-owned.
  • 37% are minority-owned.
  • 6% of the winners are certified B-Corps.
  • 26 industries represented in the top 100.

Inner City 100 Methodology: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas. Every year, ICIC identifies, ranks, and spotlights the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. In 2016, Companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro, and Falzone, PC.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
ICIC is a national nonprofit founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. ICIC’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. Through its research on inner city economies, ICIC provides businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. The organization supports urban businesses through the Inner City 100, Inner City Capital Connections and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Learn more at www.icic.org or @icicorg.

Matt Camp

Source: Staples, Inc.

Pick n Pay marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Power of Pink campaign to support Reach for Recovery Ditto project

New Jersey, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Because the scary thing is that it’s not over, even when it’s over.

What do you do when you’ve survived a life-or-death situation, have ended up minus one or even two breasts and have no financial means to afford breast prosthesis let alone breast reconstruction? Plus you’re experiencing an intense lack of self-esteem, depression and fear of the future?

It would have been hopeless were it not for Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project, supported annually by the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), Pick n Pay and Thermopac, through their Power of Pink campaign.

Explains SAMFA’s chairperson, Ross Richardson, “Most people don’t realize how many women are living without breasts after a mastectomy; what’s even worse is that they don’t even know it’s an issue. That’s why we are proud to announce that we are running the Power of Pink campaign again in October with the sole purpose of raising funds for the Reach for Recovery Ditto project to purchase silicone prostheses for breast cancer survivors without financial means. So look out for our trademark (and very pretty!) pink mushroom punnets on shelf in Pick n Pay for the entire month of October. R1 from each punnet of whole and sliced white button mushrooms purchased, goes to Reach for Recovery.”

Increasingly research around the cancer fighting potential of mushrooms is indicating that mushrooms could be one of our most powerful allies in the fight against breast cancer.

One of the key findings of studies conducted at the Beckman Institute at the City of Hope Cancer Centre in California and at the University of Australia in Sydney in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China, is that women who eat an average of 10gm of mushrooms a day, seem to halve their risk of breast cancer – a brilliant reason for women to make sure that fresh mushrooms take centre stage on their plates every day of the year.

“Thousands of rands are dedicated annually to breast cancer research,” says Ross, “and we applaud that; but that money does not assist survivors in the way this campaign does. The Power of Pink in conjunction with Reach for Recovery’s Ditto project offers the final empowering step in cancer treatment for thousands of South African women!”

“I am always humbled by the impact a silicone prosthesis has on its recipient,” concludes Reach for Recovery’s Management Board Chairperson, Stephné Jacobs. “The overall effect is a sense of recovery with self-esteem, dignity and confidence restored. It is a gift of hope that helps every survivor to move on from a negative experience and start enjoying life to the full again.”

Silicone breast prostheses from Reach for Recovery cost between R950 and R2000 and substantially more in the open market. However, those in need who are state hospital patients, have had a mastectomy and have a hospital registration card, qualify for a mere R80 donation to cover administrative costs. This having been said, Reach for Recovery does not turn away anyone due to lack of financial resources.

So, head to your nearest Pick n Pay today, go big on the pink punnets and spread the word knowing that you’ll not only be helping those affected by this devastating disease but you’ll also be protecting yourself by adding good for you mushrooms to your daily diet.

For more information visit: www.mushroominfo.co.za or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


  • A breast prosthesis (breast form) is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. They are available in different shapes and sizes, as well as different degrees of firmness and fit into the pocket of a specially designed mastectomy bra. Qualified fitters provide breast prostheses. Consult Reach for Recovery for contact details of providers of prostheses and post-mastectomy bras.

Source: Pick n Pay

Bartell Drugs to host Fall Beauty Event with celebrity make-up artist Lindsay Ebbin from BeYu, October 2-8

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is celebrating the beauty of fall during its Fall Beauty Event, October 2 through October 8 at participating Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Making a special guest appearance, Lindsay Ebbin from BeYu, will host makeup tutorials and demos at two Bartell Drugs store locations. Ebbins first appearance will be on Friday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Village store and his second appearance is Saturday, October 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the University Village store .

In addition, six select locations will feature makeup consultations with a professional cosmetician for special fall “mini-make-overs”, products and special chain-wide sale pricing on a host of exciting beauty products.

We’re also very excited about introducing a new line-up of cosmetic products, BeYu, which is available at select store locations.

Special consultations will be available by appointment only at these six (6) locations. Please visit www.bartelldrugs.com/fall-beauty-event/ to register:

  • Monday, October 3 – Upper Queen Anne Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available)
  • Tuesday, October 4 – Magnolia Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available).
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Gig Harbor Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available).
  • Thursday, October 6 – Seattle Hill Road Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available)
  • Friday, October 7 – Bellevue Village Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a total of 14 appointments will be available). Celebrity appearance from BeYu makeup artist, Lindsay Ebbins, from 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 – University Village Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a total of 14 appointments will be available). Celebrity appearance from BeYu makeup artist, Lindsay Ebbins, from 11:00am to 2:00pm

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs

Source:  Bartell Drugs

Overstock.com to provide furniture and home décor for craftsman-style home for the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2016

Overstock.com to provide furniture and home décor for craftsman-style home for the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2016
Overstock.com to provide furniture and home décor for craftsman-style home for the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2016


SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is sponsoring HGTV Urban Oasis®for the second consecutive year, providing furniture and home décor for the craftsman-style home located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“The HGTV Urban Oasis really showcases the value, variety, and quality of furniture, décor, and other products Overstock offers customers,” said company president Saum Noursalehi.

This year’s HGTV Urban Oasis home combines the cozy, craftsman motif with modern-day style by infusing mid-century touches with arts and crafts style accents. HGTV will be giving the home away to one lucky winner as part of the grand prize of the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2016.

Brian Patrick Flynn, an American television producer turned interior designer, along with his team, selected nearly 200 items from Overstock.com, including furniture, area rugs, lighting fixtures, outdoor sporting equipment, and other goods to furnish and decorate the home, which will debut on HGTV on Oct. 5, 2016.

Customers interested in purchasing items seen in the home can shop the entire collection on Overstock.com. During the sweepstakes entry period, which runs from October 4 through November 22, eligible viewers can enter twice per day online at the online retailer’s dedicated HGTV Urban Oasis page.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts at 9 a.m. ET on 10/4/16 and ends at 5 p.m. ET on 11/22/16. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  For full official rules, visit www.HGTV.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2016” P.O. Box 53305, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television.

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.

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

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

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire


Carrefour Belgium introduces more environmentally-friendly fridges that incorporates propylene gas

Belgium, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium is using the extension of its convenience store network to introduce a brand-new type of high-performance environmentally-friendly technology.

This is a first for retail in Belgium, and a world first for the Carrefour Group. With the opening of the Laeken Express in Brussels, Carrefour Belgium is breaking new ground once again, using a more environmentally-friendly cooling technology that incorporates propylene gas – its global warming potential is significantly lower than that of traditional fluids.

More economical
Propylene gas is less energy-insensitive because its cooling capacity – i.e., its efficiency – is greater. These fridges are fitted with double-glazed doors which also reduce energy consumption (and the risk of condensation). They also have LED lighting and require less maintenance.

More secure
This new type of fridge also eliminates all risk of leaks. The refrigerant is located exclusively inside the fridge and the whole system is factory-sealed – meaning complete water tightness. The units are connected together via a hydraulic network. This type of refrigerator is therefore much safer. The biggest risk is a water leak.

More environmentally-friendly
Traditional technologies involve significant quantities of HFC refrigerants. These have two disadvantages: there is a high risk of them leaking (they circulate through pipes outside the fridge) and they are harmful for the environment.

In many Carrefour Hypermarkets and Market stores, these types of refrigerators have already been replaced by a new generation of units with CO2 cooling systems. But they are not in widespread use in small store formats, such as Carrefour Express stores.

The Water Loop fridge is even more innovative: it uses propylene gas, the global warming potential of which is 450 times less than an HFC fridge storing fresh products and 600 times less than an HFC fridge storing frozen food.
The Sobieski Laeken Express has 8 Water Loop fridges (6 positive and 2 negative for frozen products). Sobieski is a pilot project that is of interest to the entire Carrefour Group. The performances of these units will be compared over a one-year period to those of a similar control store – not only in terms of energy consumption, but also in terms of reliability and aesthetics (among other characteristics).

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

Sainsbury’s trials on-demand, one hour, grocery delivery service via its IOS Chop Chop App

Sainsbury’s trials on-demand, one hour, grocery delivery service via its IOS Chop Chop App
Sainsbury’s trials on-demand, one hour, grocery delivery service via its IOS Chop Chop App


London, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 130 years since Sainsbury’s first offered a home delivery service by bicycle, the retailer is preparing to trial the service again with hundreds of thousands of customers living in Central London, via its IOS Chop Chop App.

Chop Chop enables customers to order up to 20 items from Sainsbury’s, via an IOS App, and have them delivered by bicycle within one hour, for a flat fee of £4.99.

Sainsbury’s is the first UK supermarket to test an on-demand, one hour, grocery delivery service; giving customers a new way to shop. Following a successful small trial in the Wandsworth area, from Wednesday (28 September) the retailer will add 35,699 more postcodes to its App and begin operating the service from its Pimlico store.

To run the service Sainsbury’s has recruited a team of 40 shoppers and cyclists.  As soon as an order is placed, Sainsbury’s colleagues in either its Wandsworth or Pimlico store will receive the information on an App and shop for the products. Another Sainsbury’s colleague will then deliver the order by bicycle. Customers pay via the App, and can track their order. If a product isn’t in stock the shopper will call them to ask if they want a substitute item.

Jon Rudoe, Sainsbury’s Director of Digital and Technology said: “This trial is part of our strategy to give our customers more options to shop with us whenever and wherever they want.  Speed of delivery is important to some customers, so we have brought back our bicycle service to test demand further.

“In Wandsworth customers are using the new one hour delivery service to buy forgotten items, or emergency goods when they cannot leave their home, or have invited guests on the spur of the moment.

“If it proves popular we might introduce it to other areas of London. It complements our same day delivery service which is available at selected London postcodes through our online groceries service.”

Sainsbury’s first offered home delivery from its Croydon Branch in 1882. Customers had to place orders at the store which were then delivered by carts, pulled by horses, or even delivered by hand. Bicycles and tricycles came in to use at the turn of the century and in 1915 Sainsbury’s purchased its first Model T Ford van.

For more information on the Chop Chop app click here

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

Source: Sainsbury