Bass Pro Shops to acquire Cabela’s for $5.5 billion

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. & SIDNEY, Neb., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today (Oct. 3, 2016) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion.

In addition, upon closing Bass Pro Shops will commence a multi-year partnership agreement with Capital One, National Association, a wholly-owned national banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), under which Capital One will originate and service the Cabela’s CLUB, Cabela’s co-branded credit card, and Bass Pro Shops will maintain a seamless integration between the credit card program and the combined companies’ retail operations and deep customer relationships. All Cabela’s CLUB points and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards points will be unaffected by the transactions and customers can continue to use their credit cards as they were prior to the transaction. Capital One intends to continue to operate the Cabela’s CLUB servicing center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A driving force behind this agreement is the highly complementary business philosophies, product offerings, expertise and geographic footprints of the two businesses. The essence of both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is a deep passion to serve outdoor enthusiasts and support conservation. The combination brings together three of the nation’s premier sporting brands: Cabela’s, a leader in hunting; Bass Pro Shops, a leader in fishing; and White River Marine Group, a worldwide leader in boating, which is part of Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and White River Marine Group represent the best of American entrepreneurship, innovation and devotion to customers. The combined companies will strive to provide a remarkably enhanced experience for customers, increased opportunities for team members and greater support for conservation activities.

CABELA’S

Founded in 1961 by Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela, Cabela’s is a highly respected marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports and related outdoor merchandise. Today, Cabela’s has over 19,000 “outfitters” operating 85 specialty retail stores, primarily in the western U.S. and Canada. Cabela’s stores, catalog business and e-commerce operations will blend seamlessly with Bass Pro Shops andWhite River Marine Group. Over the past 55 years Cabela’s has built a passionate and loyal base of millions of enthusiasts who shop both at its retail stores and online.

BASS PRO SHOPS

Bass Pro Shops, founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, is a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, with 99 stores and Tracker Marine Centers located primarily in the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada. Morris started the business with eight square feet of space in the back of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Mo., the company’s sole location for the first 13 years of business. Johnny’s passion for the outdoors and his feel for the products and shopping experiences desired by outdoor enthusiasts helped transform the industry. Bass Pro Shops, which employs approximately 20,000 team members, has been named by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers.” The company also operates Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, welcoming more than one million guests annually to Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

WHITE RIVER MARINE GROUP

In 1978, Morris revolutionized the marine industry when he introduced the world’s first professionally rigged and nationally marketed boat, motor and trailer packages. Tracker quickly became and has remained the number one selling fishing boat brand in America for the last 37 years running. White River Marine Group offers an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading brands including Tracker Boats, Sun Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Regency, Mako, Ranger, Triton and Stratos.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“Today’s announcement marks an exceptional opportunity to bring together three special companies with an abiding love for the outdoors and a passion for serving sportsmen and sportswomen,” said Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops. “The story of each of these companies could only have happened in America, made possible by our uniquely American free enterprise system. We have enormous admiration for Cabela’s, its founders and outfitters, and its loyal base of customers. We look forward to continuing to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand alongside Bass Pro Shops and White River as one unified outdoor family.”

“Cabela’s is pleased to have found the ideal partner in Bass Pro Shops,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “Having undertaken a thorough strategic review, during which we assessed a wide variety of options to maximize value, the Board unanimously concluded that this combination with Bass Pro Shops is the best path forward for Cabela’s, its shareholders, outfitters and customers. In addition to providing significant immediate value to our shareholders, this partnership provides a unique platform from which our brand will be extremely well positioned to continue to serve outdoor enthusiasts worldwide for generations to come.”

“This opportunity would not be possible without the contributions of the many wonderful Cabela’s,Bass Pro Shops and White River team members,” Morris said. “All three companies are blessed to have been built by the extraordinary efforts of many tremendously talented, dedicated people throughout our respective histories, and we’re thrilled to consider what the combined team can achieve going forward.”

Following the closing of the transaction, Bass Pro Shops intends to celebrate and grow the Cabela’s brand and will build on qualities that respective customers love most about Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. In addition, Bass Pro Shops recognizes the strength of Cabela’s CLUB Loyalty program and intends to honor Cabela’s customer rewards and sees potential over time to expand the program in the combined company.

Bass Pro Shops appreciates and understands the deep ties between Cabela’s and the community of Sidney, Nebraska. Dick, Mary and Jim Cabela founded their company in Sidney in 1961, and the company has flourished with its base of operations there ever since. Bass Pro Shops intends to continue to maintain important bases of operations in Sidney and Lincoln and hopes to continue the very favorable connections to those communities and the Cabela’s team members residing there.

Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris will continue as CEO and majority shareholder of the new entity, which will remain a private company with a continuing long-term view of supporting the industry and conservation. Morris earned a reputation as a leading retailer and conservationist. In 2008, the National Retail Federation named him as Retail Innovator of the Year. In 2015, the same organization named him as one of 25 People Shaping the Future of Retail in America. In 2012, The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Morris Citizen Conservationist of the Year.

“Conservation is at the heart and soul of Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s share a steadfast belief that the future of our industry, and the outdoor sports we all love, depends – more than anything else – on how we manage our natural resources,” said Morris. “By combining our efforts, we can have a profound positive impact on the conservation challenges of our day and help foster the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”

PREFERRED FINANCING

Bass Pro Shops is proud to have secured preferred equity financing from the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Pamplona to facilitate the transaction. Goldman Sachs has committed$1.8 billion and Pamplona has committed $600 million for a total preferred financing commitment of$2.4 billion.

The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs is one of the leading private equity investors in the world, focusing on assisting large, high-quality companies with best-in-class management teams to achieve their growth objectives. The division brings significant experience and a strong track record of success in supporting industry-leading founder-led businesses. Pamplona Capital Management is aNew York and London based specialist investment manager established in 2005. Pamplona is currently managing its fourth private equity fund, Pamplona Capital Partners IV, LP, which was raised in 2014. Pamplona invests long-term capital across the capital structure of its portfolio companies in both public and private market situations.

TRANSACTION DETAILS

The transaction provides Cabela’s shareholders with a premium of 19.2% to Cabela’s closing share price on Sep. 30, 2016, the day prior to announcement of the transaction, 39.7% to the closing share price on Dec. 1, 2015, the day before Cabela’s announced its exploration of strategic alternatives and 57.1% to the 90-day volume weighted trading average prior to Dec. 1, 2015. Immediately prior to closing, Capital One will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Cabela’s World’sForemost Bank. The cash proceeds from this transaction will remain with Cabela’s until it is acquired by Bass Pro Shops.

The transaction agreements were unanimously approved by Cabela’s Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives.

The transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2017, will be completed through a cash merger and is subject to approval by Cabela’s shareholders, as well as regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to Bass Pro Shops and Latham & Watkins served as Bass Pro Shops’ legal counsel, with expert assistance from O’Melveny & Myers. Goldman, Sachs & Co.served as financial advisor to The Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal advisor. Goldman, Sachs & Co. also served as advisor to Bass Pro Shops on the bank transaction, and Morrison & Foerster served as legal counsel. BofA Merrill Lynch,Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., RBC Capital Markets, UBS Securities LLC, and Goldman Sachs are providing debt financing to support the transaction.

Guggenheim Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Cabela’s and Sidley Austin LLP and Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. served as Cabela’s legal counsel.

The Kessler Group and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisers to Capital One and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Chapman and Cutler acted as legal advisers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Cabela’s Incorporated (the “Company”) or the solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving the Company,Bass Pro Group, LLC (“Bass Pro Group”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bass Pro Group. The proposed merger of the Company will be submitted to the stockholders of the Company for their consideration. In connection therewith, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a definitive proxy statement. However, such documents are not currently available. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about the Company, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company will be available free of charge on the Company’s website at www.cabelas.com under the heading “SEC Filings” in the “Investor Relations” portion of the Company’s website. Stockholders of the Company may also obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and any filings with the SEC that are incorporated by reference in the definitive proxy statement by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at (308) 255-7428.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 and Amendment No. 1 thereto, which were filed with the SEC on February 22, 2016 and April 29, 2016, respectively, and in subsequent documents filed with the SEC, each of which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation of the stockholders of the Company and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the preliminary and definitive proxy statements and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “seek,” “plan,” “confident,” and similar statements are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance, or financial condition the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed merger, including, without limitation, the receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed merger; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements, including those that may be instituted against the Company, the Company’s board of directors, executive officers and others following the announcement of the proposed merger; disruptions of current plans and operations caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; potential difficulties in employee retention due to the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; the response of customers, suppliers, business partners and regulators to the announcement of the proposed merger; the state of the economy and the level of discretionary consumer spending, including changes in consumer preferences, demand for firearms and ammunition, and demographic trends; adverse changes in the capital and credit markets or the availability of capital and credit; the Company’s ability to successfully execute the Company’s omni-channel strategy; increasing competition in the outdoor sporting goods industry and for credit card products and reward programs; the cost of the Company’s products, including increases in fuel prices; the availability of the Company’s products due to political or financial instability in countries where the goods the Company sells are manufactured; supply and delivery shortages or interruptions, and other interruptions or disruptions to the Company’s systems, processes, or controls, caused by system changes or other factors; increased or adverse government regulations, including regulations relating to firearms and ammunition; the Company’s ability to protect the Company’s brand, intellectual property, and reputation; the Company’s ability to prevent cybersecurity breaches and mitigate cybersecurity risks; the outcome of litigation, administrative, and/or regulatory matters (including the ongoing audits by tax authorities and compliance examinations by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”)); the Company’s ability to manage credit, liquidity, interest rate, operational, legal, regulatory capital, and compliance risks; the Company’s ability to increase credit card receivables while managing credit quality; the Company’s ability to securitize the Company’s credit card receivables at acceptable rates or access the deposits market at acceptable rates; the impact of legislation, regulation, and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) (including the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016, and in Part II, Item 1A, of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter ended April 2, 2016), and in subsequent filings, which filings are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

MEDIA:
Bass Pro Shops Media Center
417-873-4567
press@basspro.com

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Bryan Locke / Debbie Miller / Jacob Crows
312-895-4700

Emily Deissler
212-687-8080

Cabela’s Incorporated
Corporate Communications
308-255-1204
Media.Communications@cabelas.com

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Michael Freitag / Scott Bisang
212-355-4449

Jed Repko / Joe Millsap
415-869-3950

INVESTOR:
Cabela’s Incorporated
Andrew Weingardt
308-255-7428

Source: Cabela’s Incorporated

Overstock.com to give away $5,000 worth of room makeover in its Design Your Dream Room 2016 Sweepstakes

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is giving away a room makeover valued at up to $5,000 as the grand prize in the Design Your Dream Room 2016 Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes, which features Overstock.com’s newly enhanced “Lists” feature, lets you shop for your dream room by adding products to a personalized wish list. Overstock.com will then select one eligible list at random and award the winner the products they’ve chosen to remodel the room of their choice.

Entrants can create a list to submit for the sweepstakes in three steps:

  1. Go to any product page on Overstock.com and select items to fill their dream room by clicking the “Favorites” button to start the wish list
  2. Name the list “2016 Dream Room”
  3. Fill the list with up to $5,000 worth of qualifying home items

Any of your personal lists can be viewed or edited later by clicking on the “Lists” heart icon in the upper right corner of the Overstock.com website.

The sweepstakes is part of Overstock.com’s annual Anniversary Sale, which features an extra 25 percent off already low prices on area rugs, furniture, home décor, jewelry, watches, and more. This year, the online retailer is celebrating 17 years since its founding in 1999 by CEO Patrick M. Byrne.

All entries must be completed by Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. (MDT). Only lists named “2016 Dream Room” will be eligible to win. Full terms and conditions are available on the sweepstakes page.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

Kroger launches its annual #SharingCourage campaign to support the fight against breast cancer

CINCINNATI, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Oct. 3, 2016) launched its annual #SharingCourage campaign, lighting its headquarters building pink and encouraging customers to join in the fight against breast cancer by taking action online and in their communities.

“No one should face breast cancer alone, so Kroger is proud to be a partner in the fight and to share the stories of our courageous associates who are breast cancer survivors,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs.

Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors discuss what the #SharingCourage campaign means to them in an inspirational video viewable at https://vimeo.com/182595495

Since its inception, the Sharing Courage campaign has donated over $33 million directly to local breast cancer organizations. This year, Kroger will again donate $3 million to breast cancer awareness and research.

By visiting www.sharingcourage.com, customers can find stories of courage shared by Kroger associates and breast cancer survivors, post messages of hope, share their own stories, and find recipes for healthy living. By entering their zip code, customers can also find events in their area to join the Kroger family of stores in their efforts to support breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.

Kroger’s headquarters building will remain lit pink throughout the month of October.

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

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Macy’s celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink merchandise

Macy’s celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink merchandise
Macy’s celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink merchandise

 

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This October, Macy’s is once again inviting customers to “think pink” and show their support in the fight against breast cancer through an inspirational and fashionable campaign that heightens awareness and turns the fundraising focus on a disease that affects not only women, but those who love them. Throughout the month of October, the power of pink will prevail with exclusive merchandise, including fashion, cosmetics and items for the home, in addition to Ralph Lauren Pink Pony apparel. And, for the first time, those united in the fight will be able to show their support through a new, limited-edition Pink Pony Bracelet that benefits the Pink Pony Fund of The Ralph Lauren Foundation (available in-store only from Sept. 28 to Oct. 10). With a plentitude of pink, Macy’s celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with style and strength.

“Macy’s long-standing commitment to the breast cancer awareness movement is incredibly inspiring,” states Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “Our ongoing dedication to charitable causes makes an even greater impact with the support of our employees and our terrific partners, such as Ralph Lauren, who join forces toward a common goal. And, of course, we are so grateful to our customers who continue to show their generosity by shopping at our stores and in our dedicated online ‘Pink Shop’ in a quest to raise awareness and champion the fight against breast cancer.”

Pink Pony

For the fourth consecutive year, Macy’s has joined forces with the Pink Pony Fund, Ralph Lauren Corporation’s worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer. This year, the Pink Pony Campaign is launching for the first time, a limited-edition Pink Pony Bracelet which will be exclusively sold at most Macy’s full-line stores across the country. The bracelet is made of pink adjustable cord, decorated with a pink enameled iconic polo player charm and engraved with Ralph Lauren script on the back. The bracelet will be available in-store for $5 ($4 of which benefits the Pink Pony Fund of The Ralph Lauren Foundation) from Sept. 28 through Oct. 10 and customers who purchase it will also receive a special discount up to 25 percent on a wide assortment of merchandise at most full-line Macy’s stores nationwide (with applied exclusions). Also new to the campaign this year is the Pink Pony limited-edition fragrance, “Ralph Lauren Tender Romance,” of which 15 percent of the purchase price* will be donated to the Pink Pony Fund of The Ralph Lauren Foundation. And finally, a special collection of t-shirts and active wear will transform Polo Ralph Lauren shops into Pink Pony destinations in 16 Macy’s locations across the country and online at macys.com/ralphlauren. Twenty-five percent of the purchase price of all other Pink Pony products sold in the United States will benefit the Pink Pony Fund of The Ralph Lauren Foundation for causes devoted to cancer awareness, education and research. Since its launch in 2013, this exclusive partnership has raised more than $5.5 million for the cause.

Pink Shop at macys.com

Macy’s online Pink Shop at macys.com/pink will also offer a specially-curated collection of incredible fashion and home brands including Coach, Carolee, Charter Club, Guess, Ideology, KitchenAid, Material Girl Active, Movado, Sunglass Hut, Thalia Sodi and Under Armour, with each donating a portion of the sale of special pink merchandise to various organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). And this year, Macy’s Ideology brand is pleased to have made a $100,000 donation to BCRF and to have created a special collection of active wear that promotes breast cancer awareness. From hoodies and tank tops to graphic-tees, sweatshirts and leggings, these special items spark inspiration to “Fight Like a Girl” and look good while doing it. To learn more visit macys.com/ideology.

Shoppers will even have the opportunity to freshen up their fall beauty routines with finds from the industry’s most sought after cosmetic and fragrance brands such as Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Conair, Estee Lauder and Origins. The complete assortment of passionately pink items that support the cause will be available online at macys.com/pink beginning Sept, 26.

BCRF Beauty Box

Because big things really do come in small packages, Macy’s is proud to join the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through the sale of the BCRF Beauty Sampler, available in select Macy’s locations. Macy’s will donate 20 percent to BCRF from now until Dec. 31, 2016 for each sampler box purchased for $20. Each BCRF Beauty Sampler contains eight travel-size samples from The Estée Lauder Companies’ favorite beauty brands.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer (Stages I-IV) are diagnosed among women in the United States in a year, resulting in approximately 40,000 deaths. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Through various partnerships and joint efforts, Macy’s maintains a steadfast dedication to finding a cure. This year’s program is targeted to reaching customers in every aspect of their lives.

*Ralph Lauren Fragrances will donate to the Pink Pony Fund of The Ralph Lauren Foundation 100 percent of the profits equal to approximately 15 percent of the purchase price for each “Ralph Lauren Tender Romance” Pink Pony limited-edition fragrance purchased in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or Washington, D.C. through authorized distributors from Oct. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016 with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000 from the sale of these products. No portion of the purchase price is tax deductible.

About Macy’s

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

Contact:
Marissa Nicolaescu
646-429-5232
marissa.nicolaescu@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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001: Loewe launches its first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson

001: Loewe launches its first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson
001: Loewe launches its first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson

 

Paris, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loewe has launched 001, its first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson. Loewe’s creative director has imagined a scent in both “Woman” and “Man” versions, inspired by the idea of the morning after a first romantic encounter.

Loewe’s first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson, 001 is the sensory expression of the spirit the young Creative Director has brought to the House since his arrival in 2014, a subtle blend of fresh innovation and rich heritage. 001 is an invention that captures both the distinctive character of Loewe and the zeitgeist of the times.

“This is a very personal project for me. I spent a lot of time working on it because it’s something I really believe in. Above all, I wanted the fragrance to feel credible, an organic extension of what Loewe stands for today,” Jonathan Anderson explains.

Created in two versions, “Woman” and “Man”, 001 is inspired by the emotions of the early hours after a first intimate encounter between two people, a moment that leaves a scented memory on the skin, interpreting the notions of purity and uncertain promise. Loewe 001 “Woman” blends top notes of bergamot and tangerine with a heart note of sandalwood and hints of jasmine and vanilla in the base notes. The “Man” version has the same combination of scents with masculine undertones of cedar and musk. Both fragrances can be easily interchanged and mixed, like a mixed wardrobe that melds feminine and masculine codes.

Inspired by the photographic artwork of Karl Blossfeldt, whose botanical images were adapted as prints in Loewe’s Spring/Summer 2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection, Jonathan Anderson selected two images for the packaging of 001, beginning a new chapter in the creative story of the Maison.

Contact:

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

Source: LVMH

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SONIC® Drive-In launches new Frozen Sweet Teas

SONIC® Drive-In launches new Frozen Sweet Teas
SONIC® Drive-In launches new Frozen Sweet Teas

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fall in love with Iced Tea all over again with new Frozen Sweet Teas at SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), your Ultimate Iced Tea Stop. SONIC’s new lineup of Frozen Drinks will be joined by three delicious new flavors of Iced Tea, frozen to perfection. These frosty beverage options offer guests a cool frozen twist on tea time.

Wildberry, Black Cherry and Pomegranate Hibiscus join a full family of iced tea flavors including classics like Mango and Strawberry. Try each mouthwatering flavor as a regular Iced Tea, or add some extra, icy excitement by ordering a frozen sweet tea or Clubhouse™, half-tea and half-lemonade. With all flavors available in all formats, your tea possibilities are endless.

“At SONIC, we love delighting our guests with flavorful drinks not found anywhere else,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation & development for SONIC. “With the Ultimate Iced Tea Stop, we want to help tea lovers rediscover their favorite drink. Whether a Frozen Clubhouse™ calls your name or you’re more of a Black Cherry Iced Tea type, you can throw yourself a tea party like never before.”

During Happy Hour from 2 to 4 p.m. any day of the week, taste SONIC’s crisp and refreshing new teas at an unbeatable value by visiting your nearest drive-in.

At SONIC, there is a drink for everyone and Ultimate Iced Tea Stop expands a robust drink menu offering more than 1.3 million flavor combinations. Experience your own custom Frozen Sweet Tea – while you still can because this exciting offer is here only for a limited time.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

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 DonorsChoose.org, 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 sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

Contact:
Matthew Young
512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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H&M opens its very first store in New Zealand at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre

H&M opens its very first store in New Zealand at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre
H&M opens its very first store in New Zealand at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, October 1st 2016, more than 1,000 shoppers eagerly awaited the moment when H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) – one of the world’s largest fashion retailers – opened its doors to the general public for the very first time in New Zealand at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre.

The new store opening was highly anticipated with locals queuing from 5.00pm the night before to get the first glimpse of the extensive fashion collections on offer. The 2,300 square metre store which spans two levels, houses a selection of fashion and accessories for men, women, youth and kids.

The hype outside the store began at 7.00 am when H&M served coffee, juice and Kraken Crumpets and exclusive gift bags were given to those excited fans who were first in line. New Zealand DJs, Clint Roberts, Aroha Harawira and Tim Lambourne, pumped up the crowd ahead of the official opening celebration, followed by H&M staff performing their iconic team dance to add to the electric atmosphere.

H&M’s Australian and New Zealand Country Manager, Hans Andersson, New Zealand Sales Manager, Daniel Lettemann and Store Manager, Mino Kim, officially cut the ribbon and welcomed the first eager shoppers.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time now and the response from the Kiwi public was worth the wait! I am proud to welcome shoppers to our very first store and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers added value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price”

Hans Andersson, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager for H&M.

The H&M New Zealand store is located at Sylvia Park, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland. Regular opening hours are Monday – Wednesday 9.00 am – 7.00 pm, Thursday – Friday 9.00 am – 9.00 pm and Saturday – Sunday 9.00 am – 7.00 pm.

Contact:
Liz Cave
PR Manager AU & NZ
+61 432 527 761
Elizabeth.Cave@hm.com

Kiri O’Brien
PR & Showroom Executive NZ
+64 21 406 928
Kiri.Obrien@hm.com

Source: H&M

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American Pharmacists Month: CVS Health celebrates its 30,000 pharmacists this October

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of October’s American Pharmacists Month, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is celebrating the important role its nearly 30,000 pharmacists play in helping people on their path to better health. The company’s pharmacists are helping to change the way health care is delivered by increasing access, lowering costs and improving care quality in the company’s retail, mail service and specialty pharmacies across the country.

“Whether providing face-to-face consultations at the pharmacy counter or helping patients with complex conditions manage their specialty medications by phone, our pharmacists are truly the front line of health care,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Our pharmacists are not only trusted resources for patients, but are also key players in the evolution of CVS Health, delivering innovative products and services and enabling our patients and clients to manage health in more effective and affordable ways.”

Beyond simply filling prescriptions, CVS Health pharmacists are helping the company’s patients manage their health care through a number of programs and services.

  • As medication experts within the broader health care team, CVS Health pharmacists are helping identify potential barriers to medication adherence and offering solutions to help encourage patients to stay adherent. Pharmacists also educate patients about potential side effects and drug interactions and help identify potential gaps in care for those with complex medical conditions.
  • CVS Pharmacy and CVS Specialty pharmacists are working together to provide patients choice and flexibility in how they access their specialty medications and receive expert clinical support through the Specialty Connect program. The partnership gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS Pharmacy, while still receiving insurance guidance and dedicated clinical support by phone from a team of specialty pharmacy experts at CVS Specialty.
  • Pharmacists are providing convenient and accessible access to flu shots and other vaccinations at every CVS Pharmacy location nationwide seven days a week with no appointment needed, including evenings and weekends.
  • CVS pharmacists are helping patients understand their prescription insurance coverage options under Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act during open enrollment, which begins on October 15 and November 1, respectively.
  • CVS pharmacists are working to reduce prescription drug abuse through the company’s Pharmacists Teach program. This community outreach program connects pharmacists with high school health classes to share vital information about the dangers of improper drug use. CVS pharmacists have already delivered this program to more than 100,000 students across the country.

In 2016, CVS Health welcomed nearly 6,000 pharmacists from Target to the company. Noted Merlo, “These new colleagues bring a wealth of health care knowledge and expertise to our team and are spearheading our efforts to introduce Target guests to our suite of pharmacy care services and innovative digital pharmacy tools.”

In addition, CVS Health will celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 18 to recognize the company’s more than 50,000 pharmacy technicians for the valued support they provide to CVS pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the organization.

About CVS Health

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

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

BRC welcomes UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre

LONDON, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) officially launches today (October 3, 2016) as a public-facing part of GCHQ, through which the government will deliver authoritative advice on tackling industry wide cyber-security issues. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) fully supports the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) because a key priority for the BRC is to work with authorities across the country to counter the blight of cyber-attacks and criminality affecting the retail industry.

For many years, the BRC has actively encouraged the Government to simplify the UK’s cyber security structures, especially those relating to how to organize public-private cooperation. Whilst ambitious, the stated aim for the NCSC to become ‘a single point of contact for the private and public sectors alike’ is an extremely encouraging development.

The Government has broadened its approach to industry engagement on cyber security, as represented by the NCSC’s remit, to cover all sectors of the economy. The BRC believes that the retail industry should be considered by the NCSC as a ‘sector of strategic or significant economic importance’, and that the new centre includes within its scope, regular engagement with, and new levels of support for, the retail sector in the event of serious cyber security incidents.

Hugo Rosemont, Crime and Security Policy Adviser at the BRC said: “Today’s launch of the UK National Cyber Security Centre is a hugely positive development. The BRC’s cyber security priorities are focussed on helping to protect the retail industry and the customers it serves, and we believe that the new centre offers a massive opportunity to deliver the integrated approach that is needed to protect UK cyberspace. Our work is also driven by the belief that an effective approach to ensuring cyber security across society demands strong public-private partnership working. The retail industry should be seen as a core partner of the organisation and we stand ready to engage with the NCSC in a constructive manner.”

For media enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
Communications Assistant, BRC
Tel: +44 (0)20 7854 8924
Zoe.maddison@brc.org.uk

Source:  British Retail Consortium

Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants

DENVER, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting tomorrow (Oct. 3, 2016), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will serve chorizo in all U.S. restaurants. The spicy new sausage was introduced in five markets in June.

“The reaction to chorizo in the cities that have had it has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re making it available in all of our restaurants across the country,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “Our chorizo is made with Responsibly Raised chicken and pork, and provides a delicious new option that fits perfectly with the rest of our menu.”

Made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken, Chipotle’s chorizo is seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers, then seared on a hot grill to give it a perfect char. Chorizo is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads and can be combined with other signature ingredients.

The nationwide launch of chorizo comes just in time for National Taco Day, which is celebrated each year on October 4. Chipotle is excited to offer customers another delicious way to enjoy tacos on this fun national “holiday”, and throughout the entire year.

For years Chipotle has been providing fresh, Responsibly Raised ingredients grown and raised with respect for farmers, animals and the environment. This includes serving Responsibly Raised meats, ingredients that are not genetically engineered, certain organic produce items and a majority of dairy from cows raised on pasture.

For more information, please visit Chipotle.com/chorizo-info.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 26 Chipotle restaurants outside the US and 14 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates four Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

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Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants
Chipotle Mexican Grill launches spicy new sausage chorizo in all U.S. restaurants

 

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Darden Restaurants declares regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.56 per share

ORLANDO, Fla, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of$0.56 per share on the Company’s outstanding common stock.  The dividend is payable on November 1, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 10, 2016.

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

Contact:

Kevin Kalicak
(Analysts)
(407) 245-5870

Rich Jeffers
(Media)
(407) 245-4189

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to bring the sweet treat company to Iceland

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to bring the sweet treat company to Iceland
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to bring the sweet treat company to Iceland

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. today (October 3, 2016) announced a development agreement with Hagar verslainr ehf. that will bring the sweet treat company to Iceland. The first of five Krispy Kreme shops will open in Reykjavik on Nov. 5.

“We are excited to bring the joy that is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Iceland with a very knowledgeable partner,” said Dan Beem, Senior Vice President and President – International at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The unique hot Original Glazed® doughnut provides an experience unlike any other, and we are thrilled to bring that experience to Iceland later this year.”

Hagar verslainr ehf. is a leading retailer in the Icelandic market with core activities in the grocery sector, which includes the popular Hagkaup stores. The new Krispy Kreme shop will be the newest feature at Hagkaup’s Flagship HyperMarket located in the Smáralind Mall.

“Krispy Kreme is a great addition to our Hagkaup stores in Iceland,” said Gunnar Ingi Sigurðsson, Hagkaup’s CEO. “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers this new doughnut and coffee experience in the beginning of November.”

With the November opening, Iceland will be the 29th country in which Krispy Kreme shops are located. There are more than 1,100 Krispy Kreme shops around the world.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,100 retail shops in 27 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.
Sarah Roof
Corporate Communications Coordinator
336-726-8878
sroof@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.

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Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO

Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO
Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO

 

AUSTIN, TX, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of October 1, all 365 Everyday Value® eggs sold in Whole Foods Market stores are from farms verified to only use Non-GMO feed. The eggs are either certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, both third-party programs that prohibit the use of GMOs in feed.

All eggs sold in Whole Foods Market stores have been cage-free since 2005.

Whole Foods Market has been collaborating with its supplier partners for years to source more certified organic products and products made with Non-GMO verified ingredients, and to secure and increase the availability of Non-GMO verified animal feed.

In 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first national grocer to set a deadline for GMO transparency in its U.S. and Canadian stores.1

Since that announcement, Whole Foods Market now offers more than 11,500 Non-GMO Project verified products – a threefold increase in three years. The grocer also offers more than 25,000 certified organic choices companywide2 making Whole Foods Market a top destination for shoppers who are looking to avoid GMOs. (USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs.)

1 The company has 7 stores in the U.K., which already requires labeling for foods that intentionally contain or are produced from GMO ingredients.

2 Product mix varies by store, so not all stores carry all products

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Shopify acquires Boltmade, Inc., a product design and development consultancy

Waterloo, Canada, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today (Oct 3, 2016) announced it has acquired privately held Boltmade, Inc., a product design and development consultancy based in Waterloo, Ontario. The acquisition of Boltmade will help accelerate the development of the Shopify Plus product offering. Shopify Plus offers high-growth, high-volume merchants a cloud-based, fully hosted enterprise commerce platform, without the limitations of legacy solutions.

“We first worked with the Boltmade team in early 2016 and quickly realized the team’s huge potential and depth of talent,” said Loren Padelford, VP of Shopify Plus. “Shopify is committed to investing in talent. The acquisition of Boltmade will bring a strong group of designers and engineers to Shopify Plus. We’re thrilled to have them join our team to help shape the future of commerce for larger merchants.”

Founded in 2013, Boltmade is a 21-person product-focused digital consulting firm that designs and builds software products for early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. The Boltmade team will join the Shopify Plus office in Waterloo.

“Shopify has had a big impact on commerce by helping businesses of all sizes achieve success. Earlier this year, we jumped at the chance to work on a project with them,” said Jim Murphy, Founder and President of Boltmade. “We’re excited to be joining Shopify Plus to help some of the most recognizable, fastest-growing brands in the world sell billions of dollars of product.”

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 300,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla Motors, Red Bull, Nestle, GE, Kylie Jenner, and many more.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the acquisition by Shopify of Boltmade and the development of Shopify Plus. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates” and “intends” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Shopify’s current expectations about future events, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by Shopify in light of current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate. These expectations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Although Shopify believes that the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect, and readers cannot be assured that actual events will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Actual events could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Source: Shopify

Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa

Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa a
Teavana hot brewed tea launches in the Europe, Middle East and Africa a

 

Seattle, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teavana hot brewed tea launch in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region today (October 3). Following the introduction of the popular Teavana Iced Teas this summer, customers will be able to explore 10 hot brewed teas, including jasmine pearls, green, black and white teas, as well as three Tea Lattes.

Joining the menu for a limited time is the Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha, a smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

Teavana’s hot and iced teas are now available at participating Starbucks stores globally. Explore regions around the world where Teavana tea beverages are offered to customers in Starbucks stores.

This fall, Starbucks® Teavana™ launched in more than 6,200 stores across 16 markets in the China and Asia Pacific region. These Starbucks locations offer a range of full leaf tea sachets as well as handcrafted beverages that were specifically developed for customers in the region.*

Matcha & Espresso Fusion – Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey – Traditional western black tea combined with tart ruby-red grapefruit, perfectly portioned in honey for a touch of added sweetness. This beverage is served hot, iced and sparkling, where available.

Iced Shaken Green Tea with Aloe and Prickly Pear – The familiar flavor of iced green tea paired with refreshing diced aloe and an exciting new syrup of prickly pear – a cactus plant native to the American Southwest.

Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls – This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor and is also served sparkling, where available.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

In early July, select Starbucks stores in EMEA introduced Teavana™ iced tea including one flavor available exclusively in the region:

Iced Blackberry Mojito Green Tea Lemonade – A refreshing iced tea blend that combines high-quality green tea with juicy blackberries, sweet raspberries and spearmint.

Citrus Mint Green Tea Latte with Matcha – A smooth and creamy green tea matcha with steamed milk and finished with a lemon sprinkle.

In mid-July, Starbucks unveiled handcrafted Teavana Shaken Iced Teas in more than 600 Starbucks stores across Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The company began offering hot tea beverages in these locations this fall. In addition to these markets, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia will offer Teavana hot and iced beverages later this year or by early 2017.

Teavana® Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade – This beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

United States and Canada
Teavana hot brewed teas launched in Starbucks U.S. and Canada stores in January 2015, joining a selection of Shaken Iced Teas the company had offered since 2013. Customers in North America can select from more than 27 different tea beverages, including tea lattes, shaken iced teas and brewed teas.

Teavana® Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong Tea – A balanced swirl of rich pumpkin and flavors of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and creamy vanilla, this rich and smooth cup of tea is a sublime indulgence for the body and mind any time of day

Teavana® Shaken Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade – Teavana black tea, mango and a hint of sweet passion fruit are shaken with a splash of lemonade to create this all day, every day iced refreshment.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Twitch Prime: Amazon and Twitch launch new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 30, 2016 ), Amazon and Twitch announced Twitch Prime, a new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers. Prime members get exclusive discounts on pre-order and new release games, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch that includes a free monthly Twitch channel subscription. Twitch Prime now joins the growing list of benefits for Amazon Prime members, including guaranteed unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, Prime Photos, early access to Lightning Deals, and more. Gamers and Twitch fans can get all the benefits of Twitch Prime by starting a free 30-day trial, while Amazon Prime members can unlock their Twitch Prime benefits by linking their Prime accounts to Twitch at www.twitchprime.com.

“Twitch Prime is one of those unique cases where we have an opportunity to build a product that is equally great for all of our customers—streamers, viewers, and game developers,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “Offering subscriptions free through Prime saves money for viewers, while supporting streamers to build their community. Free games and in-game content are always a hit with gamers, but they also let developers reach millions of new potential players. When Amazon acquired Twitch, the first thing the community asked was, ‘when will Twitch be bundled in with Amazon Prime?’ We think Twitch Prime answers that question in a way that really speaks to our community.”

Member Benefits:

  • Free Digital Games and Game Loot: Twitch Prime members will receive a consistently updated selection of free digital video games and in-game loot like skins, characters, and boosts from the most popular games on Twitch. Starting today and until November 6, the newest hero in Hearthstone from Blizzard Entertainment, Tyrande Whisperwind, and an accompanying custom card back, will be available only for Twitch Prime members to claim and keep. Additionally, in October, members will get an exclusive Twitch Prime branded skin for Hi-Rez Studios’ action MOBA,SMITE; and a free copy of Streamline, a new game built for Twitch by Proletariat Studios.
  • Premium Twitch + Monthly Twitch Channel Subscription: Twitch Prime builds on the benefits of Twitch Turbo, Twitch’s original monthly subscription program, including ad-free Twitch viewing, custom emotes, special chat badges, and expanded chat colors. Plus, members receive one free Twitch channel subscription each month, normally $4.99 (equivalent to $59.88/year), to support their favorite streamer. When Twitch Prime members use these free channel subscriptions, the streamer is paid the same as if the member purchased the subscription separately.
  • Member Savings on New Release Games: Prime members receive exclusive discounts on new-release physical games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. Members also enjoy free Release Day Delivery on pre-order games, ensuring they get to play the latest games, like Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1, immediately at launch, without waiting in line.

To celebrate the launch of Twitch Prime, Twitch has partnered with the GameChanger Charity, an independent non-profit that raises money and creates life-changing experiences for children with terminal illnesses. Between Friday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 5, Twitch will donate $100,000 to the GameChanger Charity for every 100,000 channel subscriptions made by Twitch viewers (up to $1 million total). All subscriptions count, including those using the free channel subscription that comes with Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime is available to all Amazon Prime members in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, including Prime Student members. For more information and to get started, visit www.twitchprime.com.

About Twitch
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 2 million streamers. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog.

About Amazon
The company 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 www.amazon.com/about.

For more information:
Kristen Schaffrath
NATIONAL Public Relations
kschaffrath@national.ca
416-848-1704

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon announces Original Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win to premiere on October 21 on Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 3, 2016) announced its first Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK. The first of four original American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison. Executive produced by Alison McDonald (Roots), Oscar winner Common’s Freedom Road Productions, and Christopher Keenan and Melinda McCrocklin for American Girl, the special is directed and produced by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned, Queen Sugar).

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year-old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”

“The American Girl Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”

The Amazon Original Special is based on American Girl’s Melody character and inspirational stories. In addition to the special debuting exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon and American Girl have collaborated to create a destination for fans of Melody’s stories to find a wide selection of American Girl Melody products. Go to www.amazon.com/americangirl to shop an 18-inch Melody doll, historically accurate 1960s doll outfits, a Motown-inspired recording studio that plays and records music, and more. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our great content to life both on and off the screen,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader for Toys. “From toys to books to crafts, Melody’s biggest fans can now discover and shop a wide selection of items available with free Two Day Shipping for Prime members.”

An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win will be available for Prime members using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals—Prime members will also be able to download the series on mobile devices for offline viewing. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit http://www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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 www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of certain content

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: www.amazon.com/prime.

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 www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Balsam Hill partners with Macy’s to debut “Deck The Halls” float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past decade, Redwood City-based Balsam Hill has been spreading Christmas cheer to families around the world with its highly-realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Balsam Hill is partnering with Macy’s (NYSE:M) to debut “Deck The Halls,” a wondrous float bringing the magic of Christmas to life in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. For more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Parade signifies the beginning of the holiday season and Balsam Hill is pleased to be part of such a long-standing tradition. As part of the 10-year celebration, Balsam Hill is giving away a trip for four to New York City to attend the Parade and witness the float make its debut.

“Since our inception, it was our intention to be a long-standing holiday tradition that families around the world welcome into their home. After a decade, we can now realize that dream and join the float family of one of our world’s most beloved holiday traditions that millions welcome into their home, as they tune in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving DayParade,” said Thomas Harman, CEO of Balsam Brands.

“What people are going to see coming down the parade route on Thanksgiving is an exceptional float. It is perfect for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Balsam Hill, to me, is about family celebration – and this is a family celebration … Balsam Hill tells that story.”

Standing more than 30 feet tall, Balsam Hill’s “Deck The Halls” will embody all that is Christmas – from toys and decorated trees to entertainment and joy. Modeled after the traditional wooden pyramid, each of the three levels are hand-carved and hand-painted by the Macy’s Parade Studio to encapsulate different aspects of the holiday season enjoyed around the world. “Knowing who Balsam Hill was, for us, we immediately zeroed in on authenticity. We wanted things to have that kind of detail and overall beauty,” said John Piper, vice president of Macy’s Parade Studio. He added, “This one was just a real work of joy and love for us.”

At the base of the float, multiple Balsam Hill trees will be adorned with stunning decorations in different styles to showcase a host of family traditions. Whimsical, larger-than-life ornaments, toys and a snowman help capture the magic and joy of Christmas. The centerpiece of the float is a stunning carousel that will spin as it is ridden by children dressed in snowy winter wonderland-inspired costumes. To complete the scene, a special performer will delight audiences as the float makes its way down the Parade route and into millions of homes this Thanksgiving. To enter to win a trip to New York City to attend the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and for rules and regulations, please visit BalsamHill.com.

The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. – noon in all time zones.

About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

About Balsam Hill:

Founded ten years ago in Redwood City, Calif., Balsam Hill is committed to creating the best Christmas trees on the market. Founder Thomas Harman was inspired to start Balsam Hill by a family member who was allergic to live trees but wanted to create a festive atmosphere in his home during the holidays. When Thomas’ search for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree came up empty-handed, our mission was born to develop the most realistic and luxurious artificial trees. To accomplish this mission, our designers carefully craft trees to mimic nature using site visits and cuttings from live trees as a guide. Balsam Hill holds several patented and trademarked technology that brings the holidays to life including ultra-realistic True Needle™ branches, unique Color+Clear™ or Candlelight™ LED lights, and innovative Flip Tree™ technology. For more information visit the company’s website at http://www.balsamhill.com/.

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

Christine Olver
646-429-5713
christine.olver@macys.com

Balsam Hill
Jennifer Faulkner
415-420-1001
media@balsamhill.com

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Balsam Hill partners with Macy’s to debut “Deck The Halls” float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
Balsam Hill partners with Macy’s to debut “Deck The Halls” float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

 

Source: Macy’s

American Pharmacist Month: Vote for your favorite Rite Aid pharmacy team member

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate American Pharmacist Month, Rite Aid is asking customers nationwide to recognize their favorite pharmacy team member through its thirteenth annual Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. By submitting a nomination for their favorite Rite Aid pharmacy team member, customers have a chance to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. The contest was designed to recognize Rite Aid pharmacy associates including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy managers, pharmacy cashiers and Wellness Ambassadors, for their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

“American Pharmacist Month is a great time to acknowledge the dedication of our pharmacy teams as they continue to help our customers and their families lead healthy lives every day,” said Tammy Royer, Rite Aid senior vice president of pharmacy operations. “Our pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, wellness ambassadors and pharmacy cashiers are committed and dedicated to making a difference year-round in the lives of those in the communities we serve by providing unique services such as medication consultations or helping patients find solutions to improve medication adherence.”

From now through Oct. 31, customers can vote for their favorite pharmacy team member by completing a mail-in nomination form available at any Rite Aid pharmacy or online at www.riteaid.com/vote. Customers who vote will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Through a random drawing, one nominated pharmacy team member also will win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. For complete details and official rules, go to any Rite Aid store or visit www.riteaid.com/vote.

All nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team members will be recognized by Rite Aid with a Favorite Pharmacy Team Member lapel pin and a letter of commendation from Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

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

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Carrefour’s first hackathon: leveraging data to enhance the customer experience

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The idea behind it was to come up with new solutions for enhancing the customer experience and leverage data to predict new trends. The teams selected get to join an incubator for 10 weeks and are given the opportunity to transform their prototypes into tangible concepts.

Data professionals from a wide range of backgrounds – developers, marketing specialists, data scientists, etc. – were in Paris on 23, 24 and 25 September to take part in Carrefour’s first hackathon. With the underlying theme being leveraging data to enhance the customer experience, they were asked to think about new solutions for the retail sector that could cater to new consumer trends.

The extremely varied projects included solutions for helping customers to create shopping lists, ways to tackle food waste and approaches to enhancing customer service and developing customer loyalty, as well as ways to provide a more interactive experience for customers as they make their way through the store. Carrefour also provided participants with a certain amount of data gleaned from Carrefour.io – its new cloud-based platform – to help them develop their algorithms.

Of the 18 teams taking part – the majority of which were put together during the evening itself – six were selected to join an incubator as part of a mentoring programme organised by Carrefour. Starting 26 September for a 10-week period, they’ll be able to take their concepts further, and develop them into concrete applications.

The hackathon was a completely original event, very much in line with the Open innovation approach championed by the retailer. Indeed, Carrefour has made digitising its services one of the main pillars of its growth. It is underpinned by a multi-format, multi-channel model designed to improve the customer experience on an ongoing basis.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

 

Utah: Macey’s and Lin’s installed DUMAC’s RORCv6 point-of-sale (POS) software system

Syracuse, NY, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macey’s and Lin’s, two of Utah’s premiere community grocery stores, recently installed DUMAC’s RORCv6 point-of-sale (POS) software system, which is specifically designed for the independent grocer. Both retailers, which are members of Associated Food Stores, have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of their business operations and customer engagement through this system upgrade.

Although adding the new software meant retraining staff, Ashlee K. Johnstun, manager, Associated Food Stores, said the process was quick, easy and user friendly.

“Training was great and everybody was able to catch on right away,” said Johnstun. “The system’s intuitive design means we spend less time on training for our POS system and more time developing employees in other areas.”

One area where RORCv6 has benefited Macey’s and Lin’s is at checkout. The system enables the stores to go from cashier accountability to lane accountability, making shift changeover quick and efficient, without any disruption to guest service. Cash and sales information are accounted for via the RORCv6 system at each checkout lane. This streamlined approach reduces the time required when changing shifts by 50 percent and virtually eliminates counting errors. Lanes are now counted only once a day, by a trained manager, versus multiple times a day by cashiers. Efficiency and accuracy are further improved because bookkeepers no longer have to enter drawer amounts by hand.

In keeping with their belief in creating a great shopping experience and adjusting to their customers’ needs, Macey’s and Lin’s provide their customers with the option to shop for groceries online. Macey’s and Lin’s integrated Rosie’s eCommerce platform into the RORCv6 system. All retailers using RORCv6 software have access to Rosie’s eCommerce suite, which includes web and mobile shopping apps for consumers, order fulfillment tools, digital marketing services and data analytics.

“Our partnership with the Rosie app from day one has just been awesome,” said Troy Marchant, assistant store director, Lin’s. “The Rosie app truly does make it very simple to offer online shopping and it’s been a perfect fit.”

To further serve their customers, Lin’s and Macey’s recently added a loyalty program. With the RORCv6 system, DUMAC was able to seamlessly integrate the third-party loyalty program, helping to engage customers and encourage customer loyalty.

“The biggest thing we like is that whenever we ask DUMAC for new features and capabilities, they’re easy to add,” noted Johnstun. “Whether our customers are shopping in-store or online, RORCv6 has helped improve the customer experience, both at Macey’s and Lin’s, which keeps our customers coming back.”

According to Phil McCarthy, vice president, DUMAC Business Services, customer service is key to their business. “It’s really important to us that independent grocers have all of the capabilities that big chains have and then some,” said McCarthy. “What makes independent retailers stand out is their creativity, so it’s really important that we listen to their ideas and respond with the features that make them come to life.”

ABOUT DUMAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS
Headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., since 1952, DUMAC has been in the grocery business for more than 40 years. More than a thousand independently owned supermarkets across the U.S. use POS solutions from DUMAC. DUMAC also sells POS hardware to the hospitality and restaurant markets.

ABOUT MACEY’S
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information, visit maceys.com.

ABOUT LIN’S
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com.

Lins Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

DUMAC BUSINESS SYSTEMS Media Contact:
Allie Friedman
afriedman@mower.com
(716) 880-1445

Macey’s Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
801-978-8948

Source: AFS

7‑Eleven: FREE cup of coffee every day during Free Coffee Week, Oct. 3, through Oct. 9

7‑Eleven: FREE cup of coffee every day during Free Coffee Week, Oct. 3, through Oct. 9
7‑Eleven: FREE cup of coffee every day during Free Coffee Week, Oct. 3, through Oct. 9

 

DALLAS, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the 7-Election™ Presidential Coffee Cup Poll enters the homestretch, a great deal is brewing at 7‑Eleven® stores. Americans can enjoy a FREE cup of coffee every day during Free Coffee Week, Monday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 9.

ALL-size cups and flavors of hot beverages are free through the 7‑Eleven mobile app. The free offer will appear automatically as a coupon each day in the “Scan and Save” section of the app during the promotion. No purchase is necessary to receive a free, fresh-brewed cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate every day, for one week, at participating 7‑Eleven stores. Each free cup will still count as a star in the 7Rewards® ongoing “Buy Six Cups, Get the Seventh Cup Free” offer.

Coffee lovers can also participate in the 7-Election poll during Free Coffee Week, at participating 7‑Eleven stores. In every U.S. presidential campaign since 2000, 7‑Eleven has conducted its popular 7-Election coffee cup poll. Coffee drinkers can choose from three premium extra-large Stay Hot cups – blue Democrat, red Republican and, new this year, a nonpartisan, purple Speak Up cup. Customers can use #7ELECTION to join the conversation on social media. Voting ends on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8..

“Free Coffee Week gives us a chance to offer our customers a fresh-brewed thank-you for their loyalty all year long,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of Marketing and Brand Innovation. “And during 7-Election, our loyal coffee customers can take the opportunity to vote every day for free, or just simply enjoy a cup on the house.”

Becoming a 7Rewards member is easy. Customers can download the 7‑Eleven mobile app on their smartphones and register to take advantage of 7Rewards Free Coffee Week and other offers.

The free coffee offer does not include Chillers Iced Coffee. Limited-time offers are available at participating locations. Pricing may vary by store. Tax where applicable.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 60,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,700 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Weingarten Realty Investors 3Q2016 earnings will be released on Thursday, October 27, 2016

HOUSTON, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) announced today its third quarter 2016 earnings will be released after the market closes on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Senior Management will host a quarterly earnings conference call on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

Event:  Weingarten Realty’s Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Results

When:  10:00 AM CST, Friday, October 28, 2016

Dial#:  1.888.771.4371 / Conference ID #40193475

Listen via Webcast

This call will be webcast live at www.weingarten.com and can be accessed under the Investor Relations tab of the Company’s website. In addition, an audio archive will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the call concludes. The complete earnings release and supplemental data package will be located in the Investor Relations section of the website on the Quarterly Earnings page. For those without Internet access, the third quarter 2016 earnings release and supplemental data package will be available by mail upon request. To receive a copy, please call Investor Relations at (800) 298-9974.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At June 30, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 226 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.7 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.0 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Contact:
Michelle Wiggs
(713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

A.S. Watson Group won “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year

A.S. Watson Group won “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year
A.S. Watson Group won “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year

 

HONG KONG, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group is being recognized once again, for our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business development, by winning the “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year.

The “Sustainable Business Award 2016” is organized by World Green Organization, which measures Hong Kong corporations’ achievements in building quality working environment, working towards environmental protection, conducting business responsibly and involving the community effectively.

There are altogether 11 corporations selected as winners in 2016, and A.S. Watson is the only company from the health & beauty retail sector amongst the awarded organisations.

Contact:

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group

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A.S. Watson Group’s (ASW) philanthropy programme Project LOL recognized by the PR industry in Hong Kong

A.S. Watson Group’s (ASW) philanthropy programme Project LOL recognised by the PR industry in Hong Kong
A.S. Watson Group’s (ASW) philanthropy programme Project LOL recognised by the PR industry in Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group’s (ASW) philanthropy programme Project LOL has been recognized in an important occasion of the PR industry in Hong Kong. Organised by the Marketing Magazine, the PR Awards 2016 showcased the best practices and appraised the professional standards of public relations. ASW’s innovative usage of technology and quality community programmes stood out from over 300 entries, which are considered the best of the best in the PR and Marketing industry.

In celebration of the Group’s 175th anniversary, Project LOL has spread happiness and support to the community, which claimed the title of Best PR Campaign – Corporate Social Responsibility (Silver).

On the other hand, the digital initiative created to support Project LOL called “WeSmile” has won the Best Use of Digital (Silver). General public in Hong Kong can upload their happy selfies which will be rated by face-recognition artificial intelligence, encouraging Hong Kong people to live a happy life, and “WeSmile” has exceeded the 1 million smile index milestone in just 3 months.

Contact:

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group

Commissary patrons and employees to support Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary patrons and employees again stepped up in a big way in the annual Feds Feed Families campaign, accounting for a third of DOD’s total donation in this year’s drive.

“It all comes down to the great support we had from our customers and commissary personnel participating in this year’s campaign, which ran from June through August” said Randy Eller, the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy director of logistics.

This year DeCA employees and patrons donated over a million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for local food banks and pantries. It amounted to 34 percent of DOD’s total donation of 3.3 million pounds. In 2015, the commissaries collected 1.6 million pounds of DOD’s 3.2 million total.

To make donating simpler for commissary patrons, workers in the stores put together prepackaged donation bags of various sizes. These packages were then placed around the stores where patrons could easily pick them up as they shop and then donate them after checking out.

“Commissary patrons and employees know that it’s important to give back to the communities surrounding their installations,” Eller said. “The proof is in the thousands of pounds of donated items we collect every year for this worthy cause.”

Feds Feed Families was created as a part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. As of last year the program donated almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government

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

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

Source: Commissary

DIE MIGROS KOMMT NACH HITTNAU

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz zieht als Mieterin in das Wohn- und Geschäftshaus Huswis an der Jakob Stutz-Strasse 75 ein. „Wir haben uns nach einem neuen Mieter für die grössere und einheitliche Fläche Post/Volg umgesehen und mit der Migros Ostschweiz eine passende Partnerin gefunden“, kommentieren die Eigentümer Yvonne und Kurt Truninger den Entscheid für die Zusammenarbeit. Den Mietvertrag haben die beiden Parteien Ende Juni 2016 unterzeichnet. Insgesamt investiert die Migros Ostschweiz rund zwei Millionen Franken. Der Supermarkt wird auf einer Fläche von 440 m2 ein breites Sortiment für den täglichen Bedarf anbieten. Dazu gehören eine grosszügige Frischeabteilung mit einem attraktiven Angebot an Früchten und Gemüse sowie eine Aufbackstation für stets ofenfrisches Brot.

Die Migros Ostschweiz führt derzeit Gespräche mit der Post über die Integration einer Post-Agentur in den Supermarkt. Für den zentral gelegenen Standort zwischen den Ortsteilen Hittnau und Ober-Hittnau spricht laut Dominique Lumpert, Direktionsleiter Supermarkt bei der Migros Ostschweiz, neben der guten Verkehrsanbindung auch die Parkplatzsituation: „Dank der 28 Parkplätze können wir unserer Kundschaft einen zeitgemässen Einkaufskomfort bieten.“

Contact:

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
071 493 24 92
071 493 27 89
christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

Apranga Group announces 5.8% increase in retail turnover for September 2016 vs. same month last year

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retail turnover (including VAT) of the Apranga Group amounted to EUR 19.1 million in September 2016, and has increased by 5.8% in comparison to September 2015.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group totalled EUR 59.4 million in 3rd quarter 2016 or by 10.1% more than in 2015.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group reached EUR 153.8 million in January through September 2016, and increased by 8.4% year-on-year.

In January through September 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Lithuania was EUR 89.9 million, and increased by 5.2% year-on-year.

In the nine months of 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Latvia has made EUR 37.3 million, and increased by 6.7% year-on-year.

In the nine months of 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Estonia has made EUR 26.6 million, and increased by 23.6% year-on-year.

In January through September 2016 Apranga Group opened 13 stores, reconstructed 3 and closed 3 stores.

Currently Apranga Group operates the chain of 179 stores (103 in Lithuania, 47 in Latvia and 29 in Estonia) covering the gross area of 82.1 thousand sq. m., or by 5.1% more than a year ago.

Shares of Apranga are listed on Baltic equity list on Nasdaq Vilnius Stock Exchange. Majority shareholder of Apranga Group is concern MG Baltic.

Contact:

Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
Tel: +370 5 2390801

Investors Contact:

Saulius Bačauskas
APB Apranga Finance and Economics Director
Tel. +370 5 2390 808, +370 5 2390 843
Fax. +370 5 2390 800
E-mail: s.bacauskas@apranga.lt

Source: Apranga Group/globenewswire

Lenta announces the opening of its tenth and eleventh hypermarket in Moscow

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its tenth and eleventh hypermarkets in Moscow.

The larger new store is a Lenta compact hypermarket format located at 111 A Borisovo, Serpukhov district. The store has a total area of 9,363 sq.m, with 5,225 sq.m of selling space. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has 506 parking spaces and 30 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

The second new store is a Lenta supercompact hypermarket format located at 125 Pushkina str., Lukhovitsy, and has a total area of 3,945 sq.m, with 2,887 sq.m of selling space. It is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week and has 270 parking spaces and 17 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

The first store has a broad product assortment of 19,000 SKUs and the second one of 12,000 SKUs, both selected specifically for residents of Moscow and including Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce.

These openings in Moscow are Lenta’s fifteenth and sixteenth hypermarket openings in 2016 and bring the total number of Lenta stores to 155 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 155 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 963,373 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 2016 1.

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’.

Contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

Citigate
International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta

NORGESGRUPPEN MED NY FAIRTRADE-AVTALE

Norway, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gjennom ny avtale sikrer man tett forbindelse mellom kunnskap om internasjonal rettferdig handel og norsk dagligvare. Samarbeidet skal fremme og øke tilgjengeligheten av Fairtrade-merkede varer, slik at norske forbrukere kan velge produkter som bidrar til bærekraftig utvikling.

I NorgesGruppens strategi for etikk og miljø i verdikjeden er menneskerettigheter en av tre hovedtemaer og et mål om 15% årlig økning av sertifiserte produkter. I 2015 økte NorgesGruppen omsetningen av Fairtrade-sertifiserte produkter med 40.1%. Størst vekst var det på bananer, roser og kaffe.

– Det er knyttet risiko for brudd på menneskerettigheter til mange av råvarene vi er avhengige av. Sammen med våre etiske retningslinjer for leverandører, vil gode sertifiseringsordninger bidra til å minimere denne risikoen, sier Bjart Thorkil Pedersen fagsjef bærekraftig handel i NorgesGruppen.

– Ved å velge Fairtrade støtter vi i tillegg opp om småskalabonden ved en mer rettferdig pris og bidrar dermed til fattigdomsbekjempelse. Gjennom Fairtrade bidrar vi til å redusere risiko i egen verdikjede og samtidig oppnåelse av flere sentrale mål i FNs bærekraftsmål, forklarer Pedersen.

Merkeordningen Fairtrade er bygget på et sett med standarder som skal følges av både dem som dyrker råvarene og av dem som handler med dem. Minimumspris på råvare, forbud mot barne- og slavearbeid, krav til ytterligere ILO-konvensjoner for å sikre arbeiderenes rettigheter, styrking av kvinners rettigheter, krav til miljø og klima, samt premium til sosiale utviklingsprosjekter er sentrale stikkord.

– Vi er selvfølgelig glade for ny og styrket avtale med NorgesGruppen. At NorgesGruppen ønsker samarbeid på utsatte råvarer viser at de tar ansvar for de som trenger det mest bakerst i verdikjeden. Småskalabonden er ekstremt viktig for oppnåelse av FNs bærekraftsmål og her er vi som merkeordning unike. Vi ser frem til videre samarbeid og håper flere av leverandørene til NorgesGruppen også vil bidra til oppnåelse av FNs bærekraftsmål ved å sertifisere sine produkter, uttaler Marianne Størseth daglig leder i Fairtrade Norge.

Kontakt oss:
NorgesGruppen ASA
Karenslyst allé 12-14, postboks 300 Skøyen, 0213 Oslo
(+47) 24 11 31 00

Source: NorgesGruppen ASA