New Zealand: New World, Starship Foundation and renowned landscape gardener Xanthe White create petunia garden at the national children’s hospital

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the New World team, under the close supervision of Xanthe White, got their gardening gloves on and worked with the team at Starship to bring a petunia garden to life at the national children’s hospital.

 Designed by top New Zealand landscape gardener, Xanthe White and author of The Good Dirt, the team created a gorgeous, vibrant petunia installation in the hospital’s Koromiko Garden.

“The space is designed to be a simple yet enduring garden. The idea is to turn an uninteresting area into a welcoming and vibrant space for patients and their families,” says Xanthe. “Petunias will add colour for the summer and minimal effort will be required to maintain this beautiful garden.”

When designing the garden, Xanthe wanted to create something that was reflective of Starship and enjoyable for the children and families who use it.

“The petunia colour echoes the Starship branding and a simple framework has been constructed in the shape of a star, a strong feature of the Starship brand. The installation is adorned by lights, so that it can be enjoyed in the evening as children and their families walk through the windowed corridor – a ‘guiding star’ into Starship,” says Xanthe.

Xanthe is a firm believer that the ability to enjoy your environment and the act of gardening is beneficial to both children and adults. “Aside from improving our environment, gardening is fun, creative and relaxing for all ages. I’m thrilled to be able to educate and inspire children through gardening and it’s a real privilege to be able to leave a memorable installation on the hospital grounds for everyone to enjoy.”

Helping Xanthe and the New World team were Silver Fern netballers – Maria Tutaia, Grace Rasmussen and Anna Harrison who also got their hands dirty and put an extra smile on the faces of four Starship patients who were there to help.

Starship patient and avid netball fan, 10-year old Ivy Keith was thrilled to be involved building the garden with the Silver Ferns. Following her diagnosis of Type I diabetes in December last year, Ivy spent time in Starship Hospital getting her condition under control and learning how to manage it through a healthy diet and medication.

“When I was in Starship Mum and Dad would walk past the Koromiko Garden every night to get dinner, and now other kids families will be able look out as they walk through the tunnel and see the brightly coloured petunias and the lights shining around the star – that’s just really cool,” says Ivy.

Ivy’s mum, Elena Keith adds, “One of the new things we’ve had to factor in since Ivy’s diagnosis is how important diet is in terms of managing Ivy’s diabetes. Good nutrition that is full of variety and tastes good is critical.”

“Something my time at Starship taught me was that there are a number of ‘free foods’ that I can eat whenever I want,” says Ivy. “A couple of my favourites are carrots and cherry tomatoes, I just love them. Being able to plant them with Little Garden and eat them whenever I want is so cool.”

New World has been a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship Foundation since 2014. Its ongoing support for Starship continues to make a real difference to so many New Zealand families, and this garden is another opportunity to bring a little bit of joy to patients and families at the national children’s hospital.

Brad Clark, Chief Executive for the Starship Foundation says, “We’re really looking forward to watching the petunia garden grow, its wonderful way to bring the joy of gardening to children who often cannot, for medical reasons, get out into the garden themselves. Xanthe has created a really beautiful installation that will come into its own as the petunias grow over summer. And a huge thank you to New World, our five star sponsor for bringing this ‘Little Garden’ to the children of Starship and their customers to raise vital funds for the Starship Foundation.”

The garden officially launches the last collectible in the New World Little Garden campaign – the Little Garden Petunia for Starship. The limited edition Little Garden Petunia is available for $1 from Monday 26 September at all New World stores nationwide. All proceeds from the sale of the Little Garden Petunia will be donated to national child health projects via the Starship Foundation.

“The Little Garden Petunia is a great addition to the other 24 Little Garden Collectibles, we really want to encourage our customers to come in-store and pick up the Starship Petunia, which for $1 is not only a bargain but with all funds going to the Starship Foundation really has the ability to make a difference to some of our littlest, most in need New Zealanders,” says Jen Mariu, Sponsorship Manager, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. “We’d encourage customers to get in quick though, as the Petunia is the only Little Garden flower and there are limited numbers available.”


Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd.

Philippines: SM Investments Corporation announces that PhilRatings assigned a PRS Aaa rating to its proposed bond issue

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation announced that the Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings) assigned a rating of PRS Aaa to SMIC’s proposed bond issue of P15.0 Billion, with an over subscription option of P5.0 Billion, for a maximum aggregate amount of P20.0 Billion. The bonds are part of the shelf offering of up to P50.0 Billion in bonds that SMIC plans to undertake in the next three years.

The rating for SMIC’s outstanding bonds amounting to P27.3 Billion was likewise maintained at PRS Aaa.

PhilRatings assigned a Stable outlook for the ratings for the proposed and outstanding bonds.

PRS Aaa is the highest rating assigned by PhilRatings, denoting that such obligations are of the highest quality with minimal credit risk and that the issuing company’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligations is extremely strong.

About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation, founded by entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr., is one of the country’s largest publicly listed companies with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on synergies of its banking, property and retail operations. SM has grown into one of the most highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of non-food under THE SM STORE and food under SM Markets comprising of SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, and Savemore and other food retail stores under Waltermart and Alfamart. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the seventh largest bank.

For more about SM, visit:

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation

Kum & Go announces E-15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at four Sioux Falls-area locations on September 28

Sioux Falls, SD, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Kum & Go will offer E-15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at four Sioux Falls-area Kum & Go locations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, including the following locations:

  • Store 620 – 412 N Sycamore Ave
  • Store 625 – 7100 W 41st St
  • Store 631 – 1400 N Cliff Ave
  • Store 633 – 1400 N Minnesota Ave

Additionally, there will be a press conference Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Kum & Go Store 633 located at 1400 N. Minnesota Avenue featuring Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether, POET CEO Jeff Broin and Kum & Go Fuels Vice President Jim Pirolli.

E-15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, was recently added to many of these locations as one more choice for customers at the pump.

Most gasoline sold in the United States contains at least 10 percent ethanol. Fifteen percent blends were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 for vehicles 2001 or newer, and Kum & Go was among the first to offer the new option.

“Our cars are an important part of our everyday lives.  As engine technology has evolved, so have the fuel options,” says Jim Pirolli, Vice President – Fuels, Kum & Go. “Kum & Go is excited to provide this opportunity for consumers to learn more about the options that are available, and save money by trying a new fuel like E-15.”

E-15 has a higher octane content, which means more power.  It also burns cooler and cleaner, reducing carbon emissions and engine wear.  The combination of performance and lower price make E-15 a great value.

“People are often hesitant when it comes to trying something different in their car,” continues Pirolli. “But once they try a new fuel like E-15 and have good results, they switch permanently. Providing several high quality choices AND helping people make informed decisions at the pump is another way that Kum & Go delivers more than customers expect.”

Kum & Go sells E-15 at 90 locations across their network of stores in Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Kum & Go has made it easy to find E-15 at their stores by always offering it via a distinct blue hose and handle.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).


Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go

Source: Kum & Go

Levi Strauss & Co. teams up with Scholastic and Project WET Foundation to teach students become water ambassadors

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 27, 2016)  Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced it is partnering with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and the Project WET Foundation to provide water impact education to an estimated 1.5 million elementary school children across the U.S.

Scholastic adapted an educational program created by the Project WET Foundation in partnership with LS&Co. to teach students in grades three through five how to become water ambassadors at school, at home and in their communities. Consisting of three in-classroom lessons, the “Our Watery World” program will introduce students to the concept of a water footprint and provide them with a deeper understanding of how their daily actions affect the planet’s scarce resources. Students will learn where usable water on Earth is located, who the biggest users of Earth’s water resources are and how important water is to people, plants and animals across the globe. They’ll also learn how much water every day items use throughout their lifecycle.

“Scholastic National Partnerships is very excited to be launching the ‘Our Watery World’ program with Levi Strauss & Co. and Project WET. Our collective goal is for this program to educate and inspire millions of young people around the country to help conserve water,” said Ann Amstutz-Hayes, SVP Scholastic National Partnerships,

In addition to the instructional program, students have an opportunity to submit their watersaving solutions in the “Conserve Water at Your School Sweepstakes” for a chance to receive a $10,000 grant from LS&Co. to bring their water-saving idea to life at their school. Students can answer the question, “What would you do to conserve water at your school?” and submit their response by February 1, 2017.

Water is one of the planet’s most precious resources, and it is going to take more than just one company or individual to ensure its future,” said Michael Kobori, vice president of sustainability, LS&Co. “The ‘Our Watery World’ program will help shape the future generation to not only be aware of water’s scarcity, but their role in changing it.”

LS&Co. has long been committed to understanding and reducing the company’s water impact across all aspects of its business. In 2015, the company partnered with the Project WET Foundation – a non-profit that develops action-oriented education to enable every child to understand and value water – to create a water program for LS&Co. employees. Employees are trained in the program and encouraged to go into their local community to teach students how to save water. This past March on World Water Day, the company committed to the White House to train 100 percent of its corporate employees in the LS&Co. Project WET Foundation program.

The Our Watery World program is currently available to teachers at

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to

LS&Co. Contact:
Andrea Hicklin
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777

Scholastic Contact:
Michael Barrett

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Lenta announces the opening of its fourth hypermarket in Volgograd, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its fourth hypermarket in Volgograd.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located at 1 Universitetskiy av., Volgograd. The store has a total area of 9,221sq.m, with 5,225 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 19,000 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Volgograd and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 520 parking spaces and 30 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

The opening in Volgograd is Lenta’s twelfth hypermarket opening in 2016 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 151 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 151 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 944,627 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 6,000 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit, or contact:

Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97

International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23

Source: Lenta

FMI SafeMark® Quick Reference: Food Safety for Food Handlers Certificate Program earns ANSI Accredited Program Certificate Issuer

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) earned status as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Program Certificate Issuer for its SafeMark® Quick Reference:  Food Safety for Food Handlers Certificate Program.

FMI offers SafeMark as a unique, retail-specific, food safety training program for the food retail industry and it is designed to help companies reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses through in-store retail solutions.

We have witnessed an influx of jurisdictions that require training providers to be accredited under the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program, since ANSI ensures the integrity of voluntary standards that support the safety of the U.S. food supply chain,” said Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, chief food & product safety officer and vice president, food safety programs, FMI. “FMI’s qualification distinguishes SafeMark as a credible, universal and effective food safety solution that meets food retailers’ local and state regulatory requirements.”

The ANSI accredited SafeMark® Quick Reference: Food Safety for Food Handlers Certificate Program, which includes Trainer’s Kit and Guide for classroom training, is now available for purchase.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Canadian ShopperSpective: Kantar Retail launches insights solution to provide perspective into shopper behavior and preferences

Toronto, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kantar Retail, the global Retail and Shopper Specialists, in partnership with Kantar TNS, has introduced Canadian ShopperSpective, an insights solution created to provide perspective into shopper behavior and preferences in the Canadian retail market.

The platform will enable retailers and suppliers to better navigate a rapidly changing Canadian retail environment that has seen recent dramatic changes ranging from Target’s abrupt closure to the growing role of eCommerce.

Canadian ShopperSpective draws from a survey panel of 6,500 household grocery and consumables shoppers to deliver actionable insights and analysis.

Subscribers to the Canadian ShopperSpective package receive four in-depth reports authored by Kantar Retail subject-matter experts. These are complemented by nine interactive data dashboards that detail how shoppers behave, who they are, and why they prefer one retailer to another. Covering all leading Canadian grocery and consumables retailers, along with more than 30 category groups, this product provides a comprehensive view of the retail and shopper landscape.

Examples of the type of insights Canadian ShopperSpective can provide include:

  • Dollarama asserts competitive reach in grocery. 57% of No Frills shoppers also shop at Dollarama for groceries and consumables, making this dollar chain the discounter’s top cross-shopped competitor. Given Dollarama’s efforts to improve store productivity, add national brands, and expand to higher price points, it will go after (even) bigger baskets and more routine trips. As a result, No Frills will increasingly need to articulate its center-store price points and pack sizes versus this unconventional rival.
  • is poised to grab more consumables. Over the past three months, 31% of consumables shoppers visited the website at least weekly, reinforcing the extent to which the website is part of many visitors’ routines. This connection is also translating to a shift in shopping preference for certain departments. For instance, 13% of all past three-month consumables shoppers already buy more nonfood household products through the website than anywhere else.
  • Save-On-Foods’ main appeal is not actually shelf price. In fact, its top performance area is convenient aisle navigation followed by its loyalty rewards, in-and-out trip convenience, private label food and beverage, and in-stocks. When proposing shopper programs, suppliers have a particular opportunity to emphasize the value of saving time through quick-trip solutions.

With the Canadian ShopperSpective dashboard tool, data can be customized to meet the needs of retailers and suppliers, whether they are targeting what drives shoppers to shop at a certain store or determining the behavior of a specific demographic. Additionally, the platform uses current and historical data to analyze shopper behavior over time while providing access to industry-leading perspectives.

For more information and to request a demonstration, visit

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

Wayfair Registry: the first wedding registry to offer endless options for every room of the house

BOSTON, Mass., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wayfair, (NYSE: W), one of the world’s largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today (September 27, 2016) unveiled Wayfair Registry, the first wedding registry to offer endless options for every room of the house across all styles and price points. Wayfair Registry makes it easier than ever before for nearly-weds to conveniently register for everything home, all in one place, by selecting from more than seven million products including traditional registry items such as houseware and table top essentials, plus the largest online selection of furnishings and décor.

Accessible on desktop, mobile app and tablet, Wayfair Registry offers free shipping on all orders shipped directly to the couple, the convenience of white glove delivery for large items, an extended 90-day return policy, and more. Top brands featured include kate spade new york, All Clad, Cuisinart, Le Creuset, Lenox, and Wüsthof, and for inspiration, nearly-weds can access ready-made registries that range in style from “Glam & Posh” to “Boho Cool” and “Modern Mix”.

“At Wayfair, we realize that many of today’s couples already have the basics before the big day and want to use their registry to create a home together that is as unique and personal as their relationship,” said Steve Oblak, senior vice president and general manager, “Knowing that most couples are always on-the-go, we carefully designed Wayfair Registry to allow them to easily shop our extensive selection of home furnishings and décor, and manage everything on each of their lists on any device.”

Wayfair Registry serves as a hub for couples, letting them personalize their registry by uploading photos, sharing notes for their guests and tagging their favorite finds. Couples can also control where their gifts will ship to and even track who purchased which item, making sending “thank you” notes a breeze.

The registry was designed with wedding guests in mind too. Using the “Group-gifting” feature, friends and family have the option to contribute a dollar amount of their choice toward higher ticket items such as sofas, headboards and appliances. Dedicated registry specialists will also be on-hand to perfect the shopping experience, answer questions and assist with everything from gift selection and recommendations, to delivery requests.

Wayfair Registry Dream Wedding Sweepstakes

To celebrate the launch of Registry, Wayfair is offering couples a chance to win $20,000 to put toward their big day. To enter, shoppers must sign up for Wayfair Registry and add at least $1,000 worth of product to their registry between September 15th, 2016 and November 30th, 2016. No purchase necessary. More information about Wayfair Registry Dream Wedding Sweepstakes can be found at:

Wayfair Registry is available at home or on the go. To sign up for Wayfair Registry visit:

To download the app, go to:

About Wayfair

Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  •, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

Wayfair is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe.

Media Relations:

Source: Wayfair

Pets at Home Group announces the appointment of Mike Iddon as CFO

LONDON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pets at Home Group Plc, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, accessories and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Iddon as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from 17th October 2016.  On joining the Group Mike will become an Executive Director of the Company and a member of the Board.

Mike was the Chief Financial Officer of New Look from 2014 until earlier this year. Prior to this Mike held a number of finance roles at Tesco plc over a period of thirteen years, with his final position as Group Planning, Treasury and Tax Director. Before this he held finance roles with Kingfisher plc and Whitbread plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

Mark Adams, Interim Chief Financial Officer, will leave the Group on 25th November 2016.

Ian Kellett, Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike to the Group. Mike brings a huge wealth of financial expertise, all gained within established retail and consumer businesses which makes him a great addition to the team.”

“I also want to thank Mark Adams for supporting us through the first half of the financial year in his position as Interim CFO and we wish him well in his next role.”

Mike Iddon, commented: “I really admire the passion for pets that is the hallmark of Pets at Home.  With so many growth opportunities, not just within retailing but also in the many services that support customers and their pets, this is a really exciting time for me to join the Group.”

There is no further information to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Authority Listing Rules. This announcement contains inside information.

About Pets at Home

Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK’s leading specialist pet omnichannel retailer and services provider. Pets at Home operates from 423 superstores located across the UK. The Group operates the UK’s largest small animal veterinary business with 391 practices, run principally under a Joint Venture model using the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brand names, and four veterinary specialist referral centres. Pets at Home is the UK’s leading operator of pet grooming services offered through its 246 grooming salons. The Group also operates 7 specialist High Street based dog stores, called Barkers. For more information visit:

Investor Relations Enquiries:

Pets at Home Group Plc:
+44 (0)161 486 6688
Amie Gramlick
Head Of Investor Relations

Media Enquiries:

Pets at Home Group Plc:
+44 (0)161 486 6688
Brian Hudspith
Director Of Corporate Affairs

+44 (0)20 7379 5151
Rebecca Mitchell
Tom Eckersley

Source: Pets at Home Group Plc

Diebold Nixdorf launches crowdstorming program to help create new consumer services for financial institutions

NORTH CANTON, Ohio and PADERBORN, Germany, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf has launched an innovative crowd storming program to help create radically new consumer services for financial institutions that want to shift the paradigm in an increasingly digital environment and reshape how they might interact with customers 10 years from now and beyond.

The online brainstorming initiative, called “Rethinking services and consumer touchpoints in the financial industry,” will tap into the global pool of more than 80,000 creative professionals organized on the jovoto online crowd storming platform.

With this groundbreaking initiative, Diebold Nixdorf welcomes unique, original ideas from groups outside the industry, in an unrivaled effort to help banks create innovative ways to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds and to engage seamlessly with their customers leveraging new and emerging technologies.

Jovoto is a community-building, collaborative model that establishes a virtual link between skilled, entrepreneurial-minded professionals and enterprises from nearly all sectors seeking leading-edge solutions.

“At Diebold Nixdorf, we wake up every day thinking about innovation and developing new solutions for our customers.  In the spirit of collaborative innovation, we welcome ideas from inside and outside Diebold Nixdorf and invite creative thinkers around the world to share visions for the future of this industry,” said Andy W. Mattes, chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “Together with the jovoto community, we are seeking groundbreaking concepts that rethink consumer touchpoints at a time when basic financial transactions are becoming increasingly commoditized and technologies like virtual reality will become commonplace.  This approach gives us the opportunity to strengthen our pursuit of the most groundbreaking financial services for consumers.”

Diebold Nixdorf is asking the creatives to “think outside the box” and conceive new-age financial services that redefine the interaction between customers and financial institutions and go beyond the classical ones being offered today. Such services are becoming essential, as digital applications are decreasing personal touch points and new, non-traditional companies are entering the financial industry virtually every day competing for banking customers.

An international jury, consisting of experts from Capital One, BBVA and Commonwealth Bank of Australiaas well as a number of fintech companies such as FinTechCity, finovent and Gruenderszene will select the top ideas. In addition to money awards, selected contestants will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the company. The winning ideas of the first phase of the contest will be announced at a webinar on November 15, which will also provide additional information about each applicant.

For more information in Diebold Nixdorf’s crowdstorming initiative, please visit

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers,Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn,Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.

Germany Media Relations:
Ulrich Nolte
+49 5251 693 5211

U.S. Media Relations:
Renee Murphy
+1 330 490 5825

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1 330 490 6319

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces new OREO® flavored Hot Chocolate

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces new OREO® flavored Hot Chocolate
Dunkin’ Donuts introduces new OREO® flavored Hot Chocolate


CANTON, MA, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — With October around the corner and thoughts turning to cooler, crisper days in many parts of the country, Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a new hot chocolate flavor for fall sure to help sweeten the season. Beginning today and continuing through the fall and winter seasons, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide will serve OREO® flavored Hot Chocolate. With the rich flavors of cookies and crème, OREO flavored Hot Chocolate is available for a limited time as part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of hot seasonal beverage offerings, joining Dunkin’s favorite flavors such as Original Hot Chocolate and Dunkaccino®.

Additionally, for National Coffee Day on Thursday, September 29, Dunkin’ Donuts will honor its 66-year coffee heritage by offering any medium-sized cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee for the special price of 66 cents, at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. This week Dunkin’ Donuts is also serving up a special surprise for select members of the brand’s social community. Starting this past Monday and continuing through National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts is surprising a total of 66 of its Twitter followers with Dunkin’ Donuts cards good for a year’s worth of free coffee. The special cards are created exclusively for these 66 fans to help recognize their passion for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. For more information, please visit

Dunkin’ Donuts is also helping fans both show and share their love of coffee by offering a one-day-only Snapchat Geofilter on National Coffee Day. The fun design celebrates the day, and can be unlocked at any of Dunkin’ Donuts’ U.S. locations on September 29 only.

Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts’ current fall lineup offers other delicious food and beverages perfect for the season, including:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts’ entire autumn array offers one of the largest varieties of pumpkin choices of any national restaurant chain, available all day long, including pumpkin flavored coffees, lattes, macchiatos, donuts, MUNCHKINS® and muffins.
  • Salted Caramel flavored coffee, lattes and macchiatos combine sweet and salty in a delicious blend for fall, and are served hot or iced.
  • REESE’S Peanut Butter Square, filled with rich and creamy REESE’S peanut butter buttercreme, topped with chocolate icing and finished with an orange icing drizzle to match the colors of traditional REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups.
  • Caramel Apple Croissant Donut features a glazed croissant donut with apple filling, finished with caramel icing drizzle, for an additional delicious and delectable donut delight.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin flavored K-Cup® pods and packaged Pumpkin flavored coffee are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants as well as online at Additionally, new Pumpkin Spice flavored packaged coffee and K-Cup® pods are available at grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich includes Cherrywood smoked bacon, egg and American cheese served between two thick, deep-ridged Belgian Waffles, golden brown on the outside and fluffy and light inside for a scrumptious and satisfying sandwich served any time of day.

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

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license. K-Cup® is a trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., used with permission.

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 a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 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


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts


NCR installs its 100,000th ATM at State Bank of India’s branch at Nariman Point in Mumbai

MUMBAI, India, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (September 27, 2016 ) announced that it is now the first financial technology company to achieve the milestone of installing 100,000 ATM machines in India. The 100,000th NCR ATM is located at State Bank of India’s (SBI) branch at Nariman Point in Mumbai.

NCR continues to stay committed to India with service and support centers in over 260 locations, covering about 4,500 contact points in India alone. With its team of over 3,500 professionals NCR continues to transform into a “hardware-enabled, software-driven” business.

“It is a moment of great pride for us to celebrate 20 successful years of business in India and mark the occasion with the installation of our 100,000th ATM machine. We have been privileged to be associated with all leading banks in India and look forward to continue delivering value to financial institutions for many more years, said Navroze Dastur, country manager, NCR India. “Today, NCR has nearly 50% of the market share of all ATMs installed in India. We consistently strive to make banking and financial operations smoother and efficient through innovation; thus living our credo of Everyday Made Easier.”

NCR India has played a significant role focused around driving innovations led by innovative software solutions and our CxBanking portfolio, leads our bank customers to value – which can be delivered through technology. NCR’s omni-channel solutions empower banks to unlock amazing consumer experiences and grow efficiently.

Added Navroze, “NCR is investing in best-in-class technologies by customizing solutions to meet requirements of financial institutions in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ vision backed by our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chennai, R&D Centre in Hyderabad and a Development Centre in Gurgaon,”. “NCR is uniquely positioned at the intersection of omni-channel” and “omni-commerce” to lead how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global 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 sites: |
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation

Tyson Foods Inc. recalls fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Sept. 27, 2016).

The fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items were produced on July 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 5-lb. bag containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33.
  • 20-lb. bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat” with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13556” printed adjacent to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package. The 20-pound cases were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania and the five-pound bags were shipped to retail locations nationally.

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints regarding foreign material contamination of chicken nugget products. According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology.

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

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

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at (866) 328-3156. Media with questions about the recall can contact Worth Sparkman-Public Relations, Corporate Affairs, at (479) 290-6358.

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

Caviness Beef Packers recalls boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103

Caviness Beef Packers recalls boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated withE. coli O103
Caviness Beef Packers recalls boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated withE. coli O103


WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Caviness Beef Packers, a Hereford, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated withE. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today ( Sept. 27, 2016).

  • The 2,100-lb. Combo Bin of “boneless beef trim 84L” products were produced on September 14, 2016 and further processed into ground beef products by another establishment. The recalling establishment has control of all but 320 pounds of ground beef products.
  • 10 lb. chub – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Use By” or “Freeze By” date of October 10, 2016 and bear UPC number 52846-48935.
  • 2-3 lb. tray pack of – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Sell By” date of September 28, 2016 and bear UPC number 2-01656-00000.
  • 1.5 lb. tray pack of – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Sell By” date of September 28, 2016 and bear UPC number 2-01654-00000.

The products subject to this recall were further processed by a firm other than Caviness Beef Packers, “EST. 675” and may not bear the establishment number “EST. 675”, on products available for direct consumer purchase. These products were shipped to retail locations in Texas.

The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified of a USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) sample that tested positive for E. coli 0103. Because the company works with the AMS Commodity Program, AMS did routine microbiological testing. This shipment of beef was never intended for the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and no sales were made to the NLSP. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O103 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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

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

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

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Trevor Caviness, President, at (806) 372 – 5781.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Congressional and Public Affairs
Allie Ryan
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA


ICA Gruppen appoints nomination committee for the 2017 Annual General Meeting

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen’s nomination committee for the 2017 Annual General Meeting has been appointed. The Nomination Committee’s members are Claes Ottosson and Anna-Karin Liljeholm, both representing ICA-handlarnas Förbund, Annika Lundius, representing Industrivärden, and Hans Ek, representing SEB Investment Management.

ICA-handlarnas Förbund is the largest owner of ICA Gruppen, followed by Industrivärden and SEB Investment Management.

ICA Gruppen’s 2016 Annual General Meeting resolved that the Nomination Committee shall be composed of four members who represent the company’s shareholders. Two of the members are to be appointed by the largest shareholder, and two members are to be appointed by the next two largest shareholders.

The Nomination Committee will draft recommendations to the 2017 Annual General Meeting regarding a person to serve as AGM chairman, board members, the Chairman of the Board, and an auditor or auditors. The Nomination Committee will also draw up recommendations for directors’ fees, broken down into the Chairman of the Board and other board members as well as fees for committee work and fees for the company’s auditor.

In all the Nomination Committee represents 63% of the capital in ICA Gruppen, based on ownership data as per the end of August 2016. ICA Gruppen’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on 7 April 2017.

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 09:00 CET on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

Van Heusen launches men’s dress shirt designed with adaptive technology that eliminates traditional buttons

Van Heusen launches men’s dress shirt designed with adaptive technology that eliminates traditional buttons
Van Heusen launches men’s dress shirt designed with adaptive technology that eliminates traditional buttons


NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH], the owner of the Van Heusen brand, today (Sep. 27, 2016) announced the launch of the Van Heusen men’s dress shirt designed with MagnaClickTMadaptive technology from MagnaReady LLC that eliminates traditional buttons. Shirts will be available this fall at select retailers, including Belk, JCPenney and Kohl’s, both in stores and online, as well as on This marks the first time these major retailers will carry adaptive clothing in stores.

Hidden inside the front placket and cuffs of the dress shirt are powerful magnets that connect together to ensure a secure closure leveraging stress free technology by MagnaReady LLC. Decorative buttons grace the shirt where functioning buttons would ordinarily appear for an authentic, crisp professional appearance. The high quality dress shirts are wrinkle free, stain resistant and designed with barrel cuffs.

“We are extremely proud to launch the Van Heusen dress shirt featuring MagnaClickTM technology,” said David Sirkin, President, The Dress Furnishings Group at PVH Corp. “We believe this is a game-changing product that offers a stylish, high quality solution for consumers with limited dexterity or those seeking an alternative to buttons.”

“I am overjoyed to know that our technology will provide an adaptive solution for so many people thanks to our partnership with PVH for Van Heusen dress shirts,” said Maura Horton, CEO of MagnaReady LLC. “This is truly a major milestone for retailers to carry adaptive clothing at national chains and help this underserved market.”

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH 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, Limited.

Media / Investors:
Dana Perlman
Treasurer, Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

Source: PVH Corp.


SPAR Spain Partner Lider Aliment opens four new SPAR stores in Huelva, Badajoz and Cadiz

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lider Aliment, the SPAR Spain Partner for the provinces of Seville, Badajoz, Cordoba, Caceres and Huelva, has opened four new SPAR stores in the space of just three months. All four stores, which together total more than 1,400m2 of retail selling space, are internationally renowned for their innovative designs and quality own brand products.

The new stores are located in the provinces of Huelva, Badajoz and Cadiz. They range in size from 150 to 467m2 and offer a good range of convenience products and excellent fresh produce. All of these stores’ feature approximately 3,000 SKU’s including a full Own Brand range of products complementing the national brands. The butchery & delicatessen counters are full service areas whilst self-service characterizes the bakery and fruit and veg departments.

Shoppers in the areas in which these SPAR stores are situated are delighted with the friendly customer service, the extended opening hours of each location and the broad range of items available.

The SPAR Partner has achieved good growth over the last 10 years. In 2006, Lider Aliment recorded a total sales figure of 74 million Euros and this year, the business expects to end the year with approximately 100 million Euros worth of sales. The partner currently has a total of 114 SPAR stores in operation.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sheetz launches new Cold Brew coffee offerings on National Coffee Day, September 29, 2016

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers, is proud to announce the launch of its Cold Brew coffee offerings, available in all stores on National Coffee Day, September 29, 2016. The launch marks a major advancement in the convenience store industry’s coffee portfolio, allowing Sheetz Freakz to enjoy the elevated quality of Cold Brew at any Sheetz store.

“Cold Brew is, without a doubt, the best way to make cold coffee, because the flavors have a chance to infuse rather than burn,” says Matt Gray, Coffee Concepts Manager for Sheetz. “Sheetz’s method takes no shortcuts, nor attempts to cheapen the product in any way, and the result is a delicious flavor profile accessible to all coffee drinkers and rivaling any Cold Brew experience out there.”

Sheetz’s Cold Brew starts with fresh coffee ground in-house and later infused in cold water for 10 hours to ensure the balanced blend of sweet and bitter. The patient process results in a naturally smooth and sweet flavor with less acidity.

“This product is the real deal and sure to disrupt the convenience category’s coffee offerings as we know it, just like Sheetz,” says Ryan Sheetz, Director of Brand Strategy for Sheetz. “With millennials drinking more specialty coffee than any other generation out there, we hope to fill more of their cups and also introduce other coffee drinkers to Cold Brew.”

In true Sheetz fashion, the culinary team’s made-to-order approach (MTO) is extended to Cold Brew, with every cup tailored and hand-poured directly for the customer. Cold Brew pairs perfectly with Sheetz’s hot breakfast items, offering a refreshing temperature balance and eliminating the need to wait for coffee to cool before indulging.

In celebration of National Coffee Day on September 29, 2016, Sheetz will offer one free small Cold Brew while supplies last to all customers who show their My Sheetz Card, a loyalty card that offers in-store specials, exclusive perks and 3¢ off every gallon of gasoline.

To learn more about Sheetz’s new Cold Brew offerings, please visit

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 16,000 employees. The company operates over 500 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, 20 Best Workplaces in Retail and 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

Laura Hager

SOURCE: Sheetz

Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer to host 9th Annual Believe Walk on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer to host 9th Annual Believe Walk on Sunday, October 2, 2016
Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer to host 9th Annual Believe Walk on Sunday, October 2, 2016


San Bernardino, California, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT:           The 9th Annual Believe Walk will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in historic downtown Redlands, rain or shine. Participants will walk along a family friendly and dog friendly 5K route lined with fun-filled entertainment including live music, motivational cheer groups and Bark and Believe stations for dogs. Pre-event festivities will include a Survivor Celebration area, and the walk will conclude with the Believe Bash celebration at the Redlands Bowl.

WHY:             Stater Bros. has always believed in doing the right thing for the right reason and takes great pride in ensuring that the proceeds from the Annual Stater Bros. Charities Believe Walk goes right back into the communities where our valued customers and employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities Annual Believe Walk has donated over $3 million to local cancer fighting organizations.

START:           Historic Downtown Redlands State and Orange Streets

END:                Redlands Bowl – Believe Bash

WHEN:           Sunday, October 2nd

  • 6:30 a.m. – Pre-Walk Festivities and Registration begins
  • 7:45 a.m. – Pre-Walk Program begins
  • 8:00 a.m. – Walk begins

PARKING:       Free parking is available at:

  • Redlands Mall
  • Public Parking Structure, Citrus Avenue
  • Public Parking Lot off Redlands Boulevard
  • Street Parking
  • “No Parking” areas are monitored.  Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense

CHECK-IN:           Corner of Orange & State Streets near the Redlands Mall. Upon  arrival

About Stater Bros. Charities

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

About Inland Women Fighting Cancer (IWFC) and the creation of the Believe Walk

Local community leaders and cancer survivors Annie Sellas, Cathy Stockton, and Nancy Varner envisioned doing something in the community to raise awareness about cancer.  During treatments, they had been each other’s support group and decided to do something for local Inland women facing the same prognosis.  Inland Women Fighting Cancer, a coalition of friends, fellow survivors and supporters was formed.

Media Contact:
Marisa Kutansky
(909) 957-2199.

Source: Stater Bros. Markets


BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Valley Stream, New York

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Sept. 27, 2016) announced the opening of its restaurant in Valley Stream, New York.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, September 26, 2016, on a free standing pad at the Green Acres Mall.  The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our second restaurant in the state of New York,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “Valley Stream is our 12th opening this year and joins our other successful restaurant in Nanuet, New York at The Shops at Nanuet.  We are looking forward to our next three restaurant openings in October in La Jolla, California, Teterboro, New Jersey and Charlottesville, Virginia.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 182 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona,Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact:
Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500 or

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Walgreens with NASP and ProCE announced an accredited, web-based continuing education center for specialty pharmacists

WASHINGTON D.C., 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Annual Meeting & Expo in Washington D.C. today (Sept. 27, 2016), Walgreens, in collaboration with NASP and ProCE Inc., a continuing pharmacy and medical education company, announced an accredited, web-based continuing education (CE) center customized specifically for Walgreens specialty pharmacists.

As part of its ongoing professional development and clinical training programs for its pharmacists, Walgreens will offer a range of on-demand as well as live education courses across many of the most prevalent disease states managed within specialty pharmacy. These include: oncology, fertility, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and chronic inflammatory/autoimmune diseases. The courses are provided by NASP, the only national trade association representing specialty pharmacy, and serving as both the leading educational resource and national advocate for specialty healthcare professionals and patients.

The Walgreens continuing education curriculum and portal, which will go live in January, is based off of NASP’s existing virtual Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) powered by ProCE. Developed last year by NASP’s advisory panel and ProCE, the CSPE is a professionally managed, online learning platform that provides accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities, examinations, and credit tracking for specialty pharmacists seeking advanced training and recognition for their enhanced knowledge and experience to improve patient care.

“We’re proud to collaborate with NASP and ProCE, two highly-reputable, nationally recognized organizations which share our strong commitment to continuing education and  patient care,” said Gerald Gleeson, group vice president, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. “Ongoing education and training are critical to ensuring our pharmacists can provide the highest levels of care and service, while helping patients with complex conditions navigate the complexities of their treatment, and providing comprehensive support when and where they need it most.”

The Walgreens customized continuing education portal features dashboard reports at both the aggregate and individual levels to track utilization and CE credits issued to Walgreens specialty pharmacists enrolled in the program.  In addition, Walgreens will have the ability to assign specific CE activities to enrolled pharmacists and to track an individually-enrolled pharmacist’s activity through course completion.

“In this exciting and ever-changing juncture in specialty pharmacy, pharmacist education is of utmost importance,” said Richard Lewis, CEO of ProCE.   “ProCE’s proven technology platform and content expertise will ensure that the Walgreens online education offering stays fresh, timely and relevant while always reflecting the expertise and knowledge of a wide range of specialty pharmacy industry leaders.”

After completing a post-test with instant grading, Walgreens specialty pharmacists can electronically claim Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) CPE credit through CPE Monitor, a national database of CPE credits through which pharmacists can track their credits and state boards of pharmacy can verify that the pharmacists have met the CPE requirements for license renewal.

“Our virtual Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education is rapidly becoming the largest source of specialty pharmacy education available,” said Burt Zweigenhaft, President of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. “On behalf of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, we applaud Walgreens industry leadership and extraordinary commitment to continued education and advanced training of its specialty pharmacists to support the ever-growing needs of the patients they serve. Walgreens specialty pharmacists are not only taking the courses and getting CPE credit, they are also CSPE advisors, reviewers and faculty.”

About National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP)
NASP ( is the only national association for all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry.  The core mission of NASP is to provide continuing education programs to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals working in specialty pharmacy, a growing pharmacy discipline that dispenses and manages specialized medications for chronic, rare, and/or complex conditions. NASP members include specialty pharmacies, integrated health systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers, healthcare payers, GPOs, wholesale drug distributors, and technology and other vendors. NASP’s corporate members employ more than 7,000 specialty pharmacy professionals and represent over $50 billion in annual specialty drug spend. In addition, NASP operates the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB), which is responsible for the Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) program.  Specialty pharmacists can earn this credential by passing a rigorous examination and meeting certain experience and education requirements.

About ProCE, Inc.
ProCE, Inc. ( is an independent continuing education provider accredited by ACPE that develops, delivers, and evaluates educational activities for health professionals. ProCE designs educational activities for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare disciplines, offering comprehensive services that include clinical needs assessments; grant development and writing; faculty management; educational content development; attendee recruitment; CE certification; and outcomes analysis.

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

To contact Walgreens media relations, please email or call 847-315-2921.

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Starbucks and Common Ground Foundation encourage voter registration and participation during National Voter Registration Day event

Starbucks and Common Ground Foundation encourage voter registration and participation during National Voter Registration Day event
Starbucks and Common Ground Foundation encourage voter registration and participation during National Voter Registration Day event


Seattle, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — During a Turn Up the Vote party in Jamaica, Queens, New York, today (September 27) tens of thousands of Facebook Live viewers watched Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz and Grammy- and Academy Award-winning performer Common call for greater engagement by American voters.

Starbucks, the Common Ground Foundation and Democracy Works hosted the National Voter Registration Day event at Rufus King Park to encourage voter registration and participation in the voting process. Democracy Works’ TurboVote, a service designed to make the voting process simple and seamless, is accessible to all Starbucks partners (employees) in the U.S.

In addition, Starbucks has signed on to the TurboVote Challenge, a nonpartisan, multiyear initiative bringing together influential companies to get out the vote in record numbers. Google, Uber and Facebook have signed on to the coalition, bringing the number of participating companies to 47.

“In this political season, whether you are Republican or Democrat, one thing is for certain and that is history has shown us that in local, state, federal and even presidential election cycles, almost half of the country is not voting,” Schultz told the crowd. “So with TurboVote, Democracy Works, Starbucks and people like Common, we have been going around the country trying to make sure that everyone understands that the country has been built not only on our democracy, but on participation.”

Common said he’s become an advocate of voter participation after being a skeptic when he was younger, in part due to his participation in the 2014 film “Selma,” which chronicled Martin Luther King’s 1965 campaign to gain equal voting rights. “I really appreciate the ability to vote now, because I appreciate that people died so we could vote,” said Common. “I put the responsibility and accountability on you right now to know who is running in office locally, state-wide and federally who’s going to make the change that you want to happen.”

Also at the five-hour open-to-the-public block party were Democracy Works CEO Seth Flaxman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Power 105’s DJ Envy. TurboVote, a digital tool that makes registering to vote fast and secure from computers and mobile devices, was also out in force registering voters.

Schultz and Common visited a nearby Starbucks that opened on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 89th Avenue last spring as part of the company’s efforts to support economic development and social change in at least 15 diverse, low- to medium-income communities.

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Tesco to launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms enriched with vitamin D

Tesco to launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms enriched with vitamin D
Tesco to launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms enriched with vitamin D


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brits will soon have an easy and delicious way to heed the advice of health experts and meet their recommended daily amount of vitamin D during the winter months.

This week Tesco will exclusively launch the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels similar to wild outdoor grown varieties.

Mushrooms contain a substance called ergosterol which allows them to naturally make vitamin D when they are exposed to light.

The launch of the new range includes Chestnut, Baby Chestnut and Portobello mushrooms.

It follows a recent report by health experts who are concerned that people do not get enough vitamin D – needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy – during the darker winter months.

Tesco mushroom expert Marek Kutera said:“As we head into the winter months, we know it can be increasingly difficult to meet the daily recommendations for Vitamin D from a natural source.

“These delicious mushrooms will make it easier than ever for shoppers to get all of their allowance from a key cooking staple.

“Just one portion- around four Chestnut or one to two Portobello mushrooms – in your Spaghetti Bolognese is all it takes.”

Vitamin D, which helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies, is found naturally in a small number of foods including oily fish, red meat, egg yolks and mushrooms.

It is also naturally created in our bodies when exposed to sunshine.

Updated advice from Public Health England in July said that ‘in spring and summer, the majority of the population get enough vitamin D through sunlight on the skin and a healthy, balanced diet. During autumn and winter, everyone will need to rely on dietary sources of vitamin D.’

The mushrooms are grown exclusively for Tesco by Monaghan Mushrooms who are based in the Republic of Ireland.

Vicki Psarias, founder of Honest Mum, an award-winning parenting and lifestyle online magazine said:“Knowing that I don’t have to rely on the British weather over the winter months for my family to get their vitamin D, is fantastic news.

“It’s even better that we’re able to get the vitamin from something as simple as fresh mushrooms, which is something that we eat every week.”

Note to editors

The mushrooms are clearly marked with a sticker that they are enriched with vitamin D.

The new Tesco range will include the following chestnut mushroom varieties –

  • Vitamin D Chestnut mushrooms – 250g pack
  • Vitamin D Portobello mushrooms – 150g pack
  • Vitamin D Baby Chestnut mushrooms – 150g pack

A 100g portion is on average four to five Chestnut mushrooms,14 Baby Button mushrooms  or one to two Portobello mushrooms.

In 1923 American scientist Harry Steenbock discovered that by giving UV light to some foods and organic materials it could cure rickets in those who ate the food.

The process became well known for milk at this time during the 1920s. However, it was never explored for use with mushrooms until the 1990s when Finnish university researchers started to look at it.

In 2010 Monaghan Mushrooms started to develop a commercial process for giving mushrooms 100 per cent of the daily vitamin D need in only one serving.

A simple recipe for Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Serves 4


2 large vitamin D Portobello mushrooms

2 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

salt and ground black pepper

4 crusty ciabatta buns

crisp lettuce

sliced tomatoes

hummus to serve


  1. Place the mushrooms in a shallow dish; add the oil, garlic and seasoning and toss until the mushrooms are evenly coated. Leave to marinate for at least 10 mins.
  2. Cook the mushrooms under the grill on a griddle pan for 8-10 mins turning once until browned on both sides and tender when tested with a fork. Transfer to a plate, gill side down and leave for 5 mins.
  3. Toast the ciabatta rolls on the hot barbecue coals. Fill with lettuce, tomato and top with the mushrooms. Delicious served with hummus spooned over.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

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Amazon Studios announces I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Sep. 27, 2016) announced I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick have been greenlit to become Amazon Original Series. The new series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2017 in the US, UK,Germany, Austria, and Japan for Amazon Prime members to watch as part of their membership via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at

“These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series, Amazon Studios. “It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video.”

The new half hour series include I Love Dick, based on the renowned feminist novel about a couple’s marital struggles in the artistic and academic community of Marfa, Texas; Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where martial arts film star Jean-Claude Van Damme operates under the alias of “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” to serve as the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world; and The Tick, an offbeat and dark superhero tale based on the acclaimed comic. Customers can watch the pilot episodes at

I Love Dick

Adapted from the cult classic, I Love Dick—referred to as “the most important book about men and women written in the last century” (Emily Gould, The Guardian)—is set in a colorful intellectual community in Marfa, Texas. Chris (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent) and Sylvere (Griffin Dunne, Dallas Buyers Club) arrive in Marfa when Sylvere is offered a fellowship to finish a book he’s been writing on the Holocaust. When they meet Dick (Kevn Bacon, The Following), he taunts their imaginations and upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy. An exploration of the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire, I Love Dick charts the evolution of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the deification of a writer named Dick. I Love Dick is executive produced by Jill Soloway (Transparent), Andrea Sperling (Transparent), and Sarah Gubbins (Ten Aker Wood). The pilot was directed by Soloway and written by Gubbins.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

If you need to eliminate a political rival, debilitate a multinational corporation, or overthrow an entire government—and you need it done with the utmost secrecy—there’s only one person to turn to: one of the most internationally recognizable movie stars in the history of film. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) playing “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of “Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. Lucky for the world’s bad guys, he’s been retired for years…unlucky for them, a chance encounter with a lost love is about to bring him back to the game…and this time, he’ll be deadlier than ever. Probably.

The pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson starred Van Damme along with Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad(Creed). The show is executive produced by Peter Atencio (Key and Peele), Ridley Scott (The Good Wife), David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle) and Van Damme. From Scott Free Productions, the pilot was directed by Atencio, and written and created by Dave Callaham (Mortal Kombat).

The Tick

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The pilot for The Tick starred Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV episodes, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Chi Raq, and kids series Tumble Leaf available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. To sign up for Prime or to find out more, visit:

About Amazon

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

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M&S to donate 10% of all women’s fitness clothing and sports bra sales to the charity Breast Cancer Now

M&S to donate 10% of all women’s fitness clothing and sports bra sales to the charity Breast Cancer Now al women to call on customers to get active to help prevent breast cancer. M&S will be donating 10 per cent of all womenÕs fitness clothing and sports bra sales to Breast Cancer Now during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The retailer has chosen seven inspirational women, all of whom have been affected by breast cancer, to model the collection. According to experts at Breast Cancer Now, women who are active for 30 minutes a day can cut their risk of developing breast cancer by at least 20 per cent. Left to right: Amanda Jones, Fiona Coaton, Lindsay Partridge, Miranda Ashitey, Sarah Falola, Sera Bains and Mandie Stevenson.
M&S to donate 10% of all women’s fitness clothing and sports bra sales to the charity Breast Cancer Now


London, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — WOMEN who are regularly active are helping to protect themselves against breast cancer according to charity Breast Cancer Now, with 30 minutes of activity a day reducing the risk by at least 20 per cent.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, M&S is calling upon its customers to ‘Spark Something Good’ and show support for Breast Cancer Now by getting active. The retailer will be donating 10 per cent of all women’s fitness clothing and sports bra sales to the charity in order to raise funds.

Seven inspirational women – Amanda Jones (74), Fiona Coaton (30), Lindsay Partridge (52), Miranda Ashitey (34), Sarah Falola (44), Sera Bains (45) and Mandie Stevenson (26) – all of whom have been affected by breast cancer, have been chosen by M&S to model the collection.

The seven ladies will also share video diaries on how to embrace daily activity whilst telling their own unique and empowering stories on social media using #letsgetmoving. The retailer is encouraging the public to take on a 7 Day Challenge and pledge to be active for 30 minutes a day.

Breast Cancer Now states that women do not need to run on a treadmill or go to a spin class to reduce their risk; there are several other ‘less gym, more fun’ ways to get active for 30 minutes a day.

Eluned Hughes of Breast Cancer Now said: “We want women to know how important it is to get active. Studies show that just 30 minutes of activity per day can help reduce your risk of getting breast cancer by at least 20%. This can be something as simple as walking to work, gardening or taking the family out for a bike ride. Any activity that makes you warmer, breathe harder and makes your heart beat faster counts.”

In light of this, M&S and Breast Cancer Now have teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing 2006 winner Karen Hardy to create a simple dance routine that can make even those with ‘two left feet’ keep healthy and help reduce their risk of breast cancer.

To kick-start the campaign Karen will be hosting ‘Move it in the Park’, a free, one-off dance fitness class in Hyde Park today (27th September 2016), where the routine will be performed for the first time.

The dance can help raise heartbeat levels and therefore, would count towards the 30 minutes of daily activity that can help reduce the risk of breast cancer by at least 20%.

Karen Hardy said: “Dancing and going to the gym are obvious ways of keeping fit, however there are so many activities that can get your heart rate up – many of which you’re probably already doing on a weekly basis. Even simple chores like vacuuming the house or doing the gardening can make a difference.

“I was definitely surprised that being active can have that much of an impact on the risk of getting breast cancer and what is great is that by being more conscious in what you do daily you’ll be able to see just how easy it is to hit the 30 minute target.”

M&S and Breast Cancer Now aim to raise £13 million over five years in a bid to prevent 9,000 cases of breast cancer a year by 2025.

The money raised will go towards Breast Cancer Now’s scientists to help them in their research to understand the risk factors for breast cancer and how they might use that knowledge to calculate an individual woman’s risk. It is hoped this will lead to the development of a risk assessment tool that will better inform women of the options available to them based on their personal risk of breast cancer in the future.

Women in the UK have, on average, a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

For ways you can support this Breast Cancer Awareness Month visit

Notes To Editors

* Strictly Come Dancing is the registered trademark of the BBC.

About Breast Cancer Now:

  • M&S has worked with Breast Cancer Now (via its heritage charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer) since 2001. During this time, M&S has raised £20 million for the charity’s cutting-edge research, including the Generations Study, a study following more than 113,000 UK women over 40 years to help better understand the causes of breast cancer.
  • Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
  • Breast Cancer Now’s ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. The charity is determined to stop women dying from the disease, working in a new, collaborative way and bringing together all those affected by the disease to fund research, share knowledge and find answers.
  • Breast Cancer Now’s world-class research is focused entirely on breast cancer. The charity supports nearly 400 of the world’s brightest researchers at more than 30 locations across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.
  • Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis and one in eight women will face it in their lifetime. This year alone, more than 50,000 women will be told they have the disease.
  • The UK still has one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe and this year alone around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives. It’s time to act.
  • Breast Cancer Now launched in June 2015, created by the merger of leading research charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
  • For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

About Spark Something Good:

  • Spark Something Good is M&S’ way of helping customers and colleagues make a real difference. Whether it’s getting involved in the community through Charity of the Year activity, Shwopping old clothes or supporting M&S’s efforts to help beat cancer (with Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan). It encourages customers to join in and ‘Spark Something Good’. It is an important element of M&S’ Plan A programme – Marks & Spencer’s eco and ethical programme that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges.

For further information / interviews / images:

Vishal Rana
020 7440 9828

Robyn Swan
020 7440 9810

Andrew Soar
020 7440 9817

For further information on Marks & Spencer:

Daniel Himsworth
020 8718 1618

For further information about Breast Cancer Now please contact:
press office
07436 107 914.

Source: Marks & Spencer


Sonic Corp. announces preliminary results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Sep 27, 2016) announced preliminary results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2016.

The company estimates that system-wide same-store sales for its fourth fiscal quarter decreased approximately 2.0%. Estimated same-store sales performance reflects a decrease of approximately 3.0% at company drive-ins and a decrease of approximately 1.8% at franchise drive-ins for the fourth fiscal quarter. Additionally, net income per diluted share is anticipated to be $0.51 to $0.53. Adjusted net income per diluted share is estimated to be $0.43 to $0.45 for the fourth fiscal quarter.

“While we delivered a solid overall fiscal 2016 performance with 2.6% system-wide same-store sales growth, the fourth quarter was below our expectations from both a sales and a profit perspective,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “The shortfall was largely driven by lower-than-expected traffic, reflecting lower consumer spending in restaurants and continued aggressive competitive activity. As we look ahead to fiscal 2017, we remain focused on delivering one of the most differentiated customer experiences in the quick service industry with innovative products, targeted value propositions and outstanding customer service.”

In the fourth fiscal quarter, 19 new drive-ins were opened. In fiscal 2016, 53 new drive-ins were opened. On a net basis, the brand saw an increase of 31 drive-ins for fiscal 2016, representing a 1% increase in system drive-ins.

Preliminary results remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments and are subject to change. Final results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 as well as the company’s outlook for fiscal year 2017 will be released on October 24, 2016.

Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2016 Earnings Call

The company will release results for the quarter ended August 31, 2016 at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, October 24, 2016. The company will host a conference call to review financial results at 5:00 PM ET that evening. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 419-6590 or (719) 325-4786 for international callers. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 5500371. The replay will be available until Monday, October 31, 2016. An online replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live broadcast. A link to this event may be found on the company’s investor relations website at

About Sonic

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corey Horsch
Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

The NRF Foundation announces Jessica Landzberg as the top recipient of its 2016 Ray Greenly Scholarship

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation announced today (September 27, 2016) that Jessica Landzberg, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis is the top recipient of its 2016 Ray Greenly Scholarship. Landzberg, the top finalist of five, was awarded the $25,000 scholarship at’s Retail’s Digital Summit in Dallas. Landzberg will receive her bachelor’s in Finance, Accounting and Marketing this May 2017.

The NRF Foundation’s 2016 Ray Greenly’s recipients are:

  • Jessica Landzberg, Finance, Accounting and Marketing, Washington University in St. Louis ($25,000)
  • Ce’Erica Roland Ferguson, Fashion Marketing and Management, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta ($10,000)
  • Ada Lio, Master of Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)
  • Giannina Ong, English and Classics, Santa Clara University ($10,000)
  • Kaley Suero, Economics, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)

“The NRF Foundation created this scholarship to showcase the importance of the digital retail field,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We are impressed by the caliber of our finalists this year. They truly stood out as talented, driven and passionate students who are going to do amazing things for the digital retail industry.”

Each applicant was required to go through two phases of the application process.  Phase one required each student to submit an innovation essay, along with a two-minute personal brand video and their transcripts.

For phase two, the NRF Foundation developed case studies with HSN, Nordstrom and REI. Executives from these companies hosted information sessions with the students assigned to their company’s in order to answer questions and provide additional information related to the case study. Applicants were not required to be in a retail program or major to apply, but were encouraged to explain how their major relates to digital retail.

More than 75 retail executives were involved in selecting the semi-finalists based on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated in their applications. A panel of retail executive judges convened at Retail’s Digital Summit to interview the semi-finalists and determine who would receive the four $10,000 scholarships and the top $25,000 scholarship.

The scholarship was established to honor former Vice President Ray Greenly, who died of cancer in 2005. The program provides financial aid to students studying in fields such as engineering, computer science, marketing, business, e-commerce and economics.

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF welcomes House vote on six-month delay of Labor Department’s changes to federal overtime rules

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation welcomed the announcement today (September 27, 2016) that the House of Representatives would vote this week on a six-month delay of the Labor Department’s extreme changes to the federal overtime rules, which are currently scheduled to go into effect on December 1. NRF also said it may consider votes on The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act as Opportunity Index Votes for its annual voting scorecard.

“The Labor Department’s move to double the overtime threshold in one fell swoop is simply too much, too fast for both employers and employees to adjust to without serious collateral damage,” Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Chairman Walberg’s common sense legislation would give employers, non-profits and schools much-needed time to learn about and comply with the new rules before penalties kick in. Retailers support a brief pause in implementation along with all other options on the table to slow down or reverse the significant harm the Administration’s reckless changes will inflict on workplaces if they go unchecked by Congress.”

The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act would give employers of all types more time to implement and come into compliance with the final rule by extending the implementation deadline to June 1, 2017.  A recent survey by human resources company Paychex, Inc., revealed 49 percent of business owners polled remain unaware of the DOL’s final overtime rule.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.


Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Merenda 6000: Immochan Portugal opens new concept of food court in Alegro Castelo Branco shopping centre

Merenda 6000: Immochan Portugal opens new concept of food court in Alegro Castelo Branco shopping centre
Merenda 6000: Immochan Portugal opens new concept of food court in Alegro Castelo Branco shopping centre


Portugal, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new space, called Merenda 6000, has a unique style, where all the restaurants create a common and cosmopolitan area. This unique concept is the first in the region. Merenda 6000 intends to revitalize the Alegro food court, with its young and attractive look that will surely attract the locals.

Merenda 6000 was created to be “[…] … more than a dining room. It is a convenient and welcoming place throughout the day, in which we can receive students who study, for example” said Cristina Roxo, director of the shopping centre.

The opening ceremony took place with the presence of the Mayor of Castelo Branco, Luís Correia. “Alegro has done an excellent job in what we call adaptation to reality. In times of crisis, Alegro, instead of fleeing the area has grown by betting on solutions for the region.” Luís Correia

Events related to the Merenda 6000 continue until October and in the food court of Alegro we will host show cooking sessions with personalities of Portuguese cuisine (Filipa Gomes, from the channel 24 Kitchen, cooking bloggers, and a participant of Junior Masterchef Portugal).

Laurent Bonnet
Commercial Director Immochan France

Source: Immochan


Dutch supplier of technical and industrial components INDI selects Intershop Commerce Suite for its new e-business

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2016-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — INDI, a Dutch supplier of technical and industrial components, has chosen Intershop Commerce Suite as the basis for its new e-business. INDI is a newly formed subsidiary of Kramp Groep BV, one of the largest and fastest growing technical wholesalers in Europe. With a strategy of selling purely online to the industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul market, the Kramp spin-off offers more than 400,000 products through its new web shop,, and focuses on small and mid-sized companies.

Customer centricity is at the heart of INDI’s business strategy, so platform capabilities that improve responsiveness and customer service were key in selecting the right e-commerce solution, which also needed to be reliable, flexible and agile. With the Intershop Commerce Suite offering a wide range of functionalities out of the box, customer and supplier management features, INDI was able to set up its new business in cooperation with Intershops business partner Eperium within a short time frame of just six months, from project specification to web shop optimization and testing.

A key part of the e-commerce platform underneath the INDI web shop is Intershop’s Order Management solution, which supports the web shop’s large catalog and transaction volumes and enables customers to see product availability in real time. It helps INDI manage the complex order orchestration, invoice to cash and return management processes, and allows B2B and B2C customers to access a range of fulfillment options, self-service functions, and after-sales services. In addition, Intershop’s Order Management solution improves INDI’s business agility, enabling the company to attract new suppliers and fulfilment partners much faster.

The e-commerce infrastructure not only powers INDI’s web shop, it also seamlessly connects a network of suppliers and partners and has helped minimize channel conflicts. Hosted in the cloud, it will form a solid and reliable base for growth, allowing INDI to add further product assortments and address new markets.

At the Intershop Roadtrip 2016 which takes place in the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht on October 11th, Sybrand Brouwer, director of INDI and former member of the executive board of KRAMP, will present a keynote on “State-of-the-art commerce, ready for growth!”. As one of the first companies worldwide, INDI selected the Intershop Order Management system to build an agile and state-of-the-art commerce architecture. Sybrand Brouwer will take participants on a compelling journey of leveraging the Intershop Commerce Suite to build his ambitious commerce organization.

More details about the Intershop event can be found at

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

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Source: Intershop Communications AG