Prime Reading: Amazon introduces new unlimited reading for U.S. Prime members

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 5, 2016) introduced Prime Reading, a new reading benefit for U.S. Prime members. Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more – at no additional cost. Prime Reading joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Prime members including unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, Audible Channels, early access to Lightning Deals and more. Members can start reading now by downloading the Kindle app for iOS and Android or using any Kindle or Fire tablet. To learn more about Prime Reading or start a 30-day free trial of Prime, please visit amazon.com/primereading.

Prime Reading features include:

  • Over a thousand popular books: Enjoy a diverse selection of titles including Red Sparrow, The Butterfly Garden, The 5 Love Languages, The Atlantis Gene, Lonely Planet travel guides and books from best-selling authors Brad Thor, Barry Eisler, Stephen Covey, James Altucher, Rachel Abbott and more.
  • Premium Magazines: Stay on top of current trends with a rotating selection of fresh, full issues of top magazines covering sports, technology, cooking and home improvement, current affairs, notable people and more.
  • Exclusive short content: Read Kindle Singles Classics –classic short-form reads by the world’s top writers, from Susan Orlean to Norman Mailer. Also read from hundreds of Kindle Singles – short stories, memoirs and essays from a variety of top writers.
  • All your favorite Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Good reads integration, all while using your favorite Kindle eReader or Fire tablet or free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phone, tablet and more.

“Prime is the best deal in the history of shopping and today it got even better,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. “Prime members can now enjoy an awesome selection of books including The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Man in the High Castle, plus magazines and more with Prime Reading – all for free on any device.”

“This is a new and exciting way for our premium brands to reach and engage with Amazon’s Prime members,” said Monica Ray, Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Condé Nast. “Prime readers can now keep up with all the latest news, trends, tips and so much more with the rotating selection of our magazine brands.”

Prime Reading is the latest in the growing set of reading benefits for Prime members which also includes the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Kindle First. Prime members in the U.S. can get started by visiting amazon.com/primereading. Readers wanting even more can enjoy unlimited reading from over one million books, magazines, and audiobooks by starting a 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited.

More to Prime

A Prime membership is already the best deal in the history of shopping. Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 27 metro areas, and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas. In addition to fast, free shipping, members have access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than one million songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with Prime Music, unlimited access to short form episodic Audible Channels for Prime as well as a rotating selection of audio books from Audible, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free, secure, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First.

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.

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Prime Reading: Amazon introduces new unlimited reading for U.S. Prime members
Prime Reading: Amazon introduces new unlimited reading for U.S. Prime members

 

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Radar Pace™: Luxottica Group and Intel launch smart eyewear featuring real-time voice activated coaching system

Milan , 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Today ( October 3, 2016), Luxottica Group and Intel announced the launch of Radar PaceTM, a smart eyewear featuring a real-time voice activated coaching system. Seeking to redefine the way athletes train, Radar Pace is the result of years of research and development between Luxottica’s Oakley brand and Intel. This revolutionary device, launching today on Oakley.com and in select Oakley retail stores, creates dynamic and personalized training programs, tracks performance, coaches in real-time and responds naturally to questions asked by the user.

Oakley and Intel teamed up to create a product that would allow athletes of all types to not only train hard but train well by equipping them with rich information and real-time feedback. Combining Oakley’s performance-centric design aesthetic with Intel’s experience-driven technology, Radar Pace delivers a truly innovative and personalized training mechanism for athletes of all skill levels.

Radar Pace is a virtual coach that supports athletes during every step of their running and cycling training journey – interpreting data in real-time, providing personalized and actionable instruction and motivation during the course of a workout and holding athletes accountable to a structured and dynamic training program. With a hands-free conversational interface powered by Intel® Real Speech, Radar Pace helps athletes stay focused and maintain optimal training position, and the Bluetooth® audio headset allows athletes to place and receive calls and texts and listen to music.

Continuing Oakley’s legacy of performance wearable technology and leveraging Intel’s innovation leadership, Radar Pace combines the power of possibility with the power of technology for a unique performance experience. “Radar Pace is a testament that everything can and will be made better,” said Scott Smith, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Luxottica. “It is the ultimate hands-free training wearable that will push the boundaries of smart eyewear.”

“Merging Oakley’s leading design and performance benefits with Intel’s technology, Radar Pace is a game changer in training and coaching,” said Ryan Saylor, Vice President of Advanced Product Development at Oakley. “One of the biggest benefits is the accountability – the coach being there with the athletes to help get the most out of every workout. It was a true collaboration that we hope will redefine the future of sport.”

TRACKS

With smart technology, external sensors and the Radar Pace app, the device collects and analyzes personal performance data (including power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, time, pace and distance) and equips athletes with rich information and real-time, audio coaching. The customized running or cycling programs calibrate based on performance, track performance compliance and adjust to make up for missed workouts. Instead of just giving athletes data, Radar Pace provides actionable feedback that is easy to digest, understand and implement.

COACHES

Radar Pace is a reliable virtual coach that supports every step of the training journey. Similar to a human coach, it creates a training program for athletes of all types – knowing what was accomplished to date and setting the goal for the next task ahead. By interpreting data in real-time and providing personalized instruction and motivation based on performance, the eyewear holds athletes accountable to a structured and dynamic training program, seeking to transform how athletes track and understand performance. With feedback provided directly through the eyewear, Radar Pace helps athletes make real-time adjustments without fumbling with a phone or watch. Radar Pace helps athletes stay focused on their goals and performance.

RESPONDS

Radar Pace’s natural voice interaction, powered by Intel® Real Speech, allows athletes to ask Radar Pace questions, receive real-time feedback and improve their understanding of the performance metrics tracked by the eyewear and external sensors. The device is intuitive, natural and hands-free so athletes can communicate with the system in a live, natural way during workouts.

“Through our collaboration, we have challenged each other to reinvent what is possible – each bringing our expertise to the office, lab, track or road,” said Josh Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager, New Technology Group, Intel. “The end result is a powerful and innovative product that combines Intel technology and engineering expertise with Oakley’s sleek, lightweight design favorited by athletes around the world.”

Oakley products and technologies were designed with the world’s best athletes in mind, but the brand also believes that those same products and technologies should be made available to all. With real-time, personalized feedback, Radar Pace is a training coach for athletes of all levels.

Radar Pace also features Oakley PrizmTM, a revolutionary lens technology that dramatically enhances detail to help improve performance by providing ultra-precise color tuning, designed for specific environments. The Prizm Road lens that comes with Radar Pace brightens whites and enhances yellows, greens and reds so runners and cyclists can see subtle changes in road texture and spot hazards more easily for a confident training experience.

Radar Pace is made of two primary components: Oakley eyewear with integrated earbuds and microphone, and a mobile app for iOS and AndroidTM. The Radar Pace app is available for free download from the Apple® App Store® or on Google PlayTM.

Radar Pace will be distributed in North America, Australia and Europe. It is available on Oakley.com and select Oakley stores starting October 3, 2016 and in select wholesale and Sunglass Hut locations soon after. For more information, visit http://www.oakley.com/RadarPace.

About Luxottica Group

Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of over 7,200 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2015, Luxottica posted net sales of approximately Euro 9 billion and approximately 79,000 employees. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com.

About Oakley, Inc.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is a culture of creators, inventors, idealists and scientists obsessed with using design and innovation to create products and experiences that inspire greatness. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with products that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is known for its High Definition Optics® , which feature unparalleled optical clarity and precision along with impact resistance and UV protection, incorporated into all of the brand’s sun, prescription eyewear and premium goggles. Oakley extended its position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories. Oakley has men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at www.oakley.com.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Information about Intel can be found at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.

EDITORIAL NOTES
Discover more:
Twitter: @oakley @intel
Instagram: @oakley @intel
Facebook: Facebook.com/Oakley Facebook.com/Intel
#OakleyRadarPace #Intel

For further information please contact:
Marco Catalani
Corporate Communications
Luxottica Group
0039 02 8633 4470
Marco.catalani@luxottica.com

Donatella Caggiano
Global Public Relations
Oakley, Inc.
949-829-6155
DonatellaCaggiano@oakley.com

Krystal Temple
Global Communications Group
Intel Corporation
480-552-1760
krystal.temple@intel.com

Source: Luxottica Group

Inditex inaugurates Zara’s online store in Turkey

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex is launching its e-commerce platform in Turkey today, Wednesday, 5 October, with the inauguration of its online Zara store, accessible at www.zara.com/tr and from the chain’s app (configured for IOS and Android). The rest of the Inditex Group’s retail concepts with stores in Turkey (Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home), will also roll out their online stores in Turkey from 13 October.

Today’s launch marks a fresh milestone in the steady expansion of the integrated offline-online store model across the universe of markets in which the Group does business. Each chain offers the full range of articles on sale in their physical stores online, and at the same prices.

Thanks to the integrated offline-online store model, customers can choose between picking up their orders at the store of their choice and at-home delivery. Similarly, when changing or returning purchased items, shoppers have the choice of online management and returns at their most convenient store.

The online stores operated by Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home have been designed to make an user friendly shopping experience. The websites are configured to enable purchasing from any mobile device, using any browser and by means of any of the chain’s respective apps (in turn available in both IOS and Android versions).

Shoppers using the Group’s online stores in Turkey can also call customer service toll-free or write to a dedicated e-mail address for help with any order-related queries or incidents. Customers can similarly communicate with the chains via their respective social network profiles.

Inditex in Turkey

Inditex’s presence in Turkey dates back to 1998 when it opened its first Zara store in Ankara, at an emblematic site in the Kizilay neighbourhood within the Çankaya shopping district.

Today the Group is present in the Turkish market with seven chains (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home) and 189 stores nationwide, in cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya.

Online presence

Zara Home was the chain selected by the Inditex Group to spearhead its online platform in 2007. In September 2010, Zara began to sell online in Spain and several European markets. Gradually, the Group has brought the rest of its chains online and added new countries to the platform’s reach.

So far in 2016, Inditex has introduced its e-commerce platform into several new markets, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and the Czech Republic. With this début in Turkey, the brand’s online presence will reach 41 markets

For any press request please contact with:

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

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

Unibail-Rodamco announces that José Luis Duran to resign as Supervisory Board member

Paris, Amsterdam, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — In order to pursue new professional opportunities, José Luis Duran has informed Unibail-Rodamco of his decision to resign as Supervisory Board member effective October 4, 2016.

Mr Duran has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Unibail-Rodamco since April 27, 2011.

“I have had the pleasure and the privilege to work alongside talented professionals during my time as a Non-Executive Director and have enjoyed contributing to the success of the Company,” states Mr Duran.

Rob ter Haar, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Unibail-Rodamco, continued, “José Luis has been a strong and committed member of the Supervisory Board. I would like to thank him personally for his valued support and wish him the best of luck in his future pursuits.”

As part of the Supervisory Board ongoing succession planning, a candidate for Mr Duran’s seat will be proposed at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

About Unibail-Rodamco

Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 11 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €39.3 billion as of June 30, 2016. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,985 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region. The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes. The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Zeineb Slimane
+33 1 76 77 57 22
zeineb.slimane@unibail-rodamco.com

Marine Huet
+33 1 76 77 58 02
marine.huet@unibail-rodamco.com

Media Relations:
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94
pauline.duclos-lenoir@unibail-rodamco.com

Source: Unibail-Rodamco

Forever 21 to raise fund for The Keep A Breast Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month

Los Angeles, California, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest fashion retailers in the world, continues their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month by partnering with global non-profit organization The Keep A Breast Foundation on a limited-edition women’s capsule collection for a third consecutive year.

One dollar from the purchase of every item sold in the collection between September 21 – October 31, 2016, will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation. The 8 piece capsule collection is comprised of women’s loungewear pieces including a beanie, a bodysuit, caps, hoodies, leggings, socks and tees ranging in price from $3.90 – $22.90. Additionally, the pieces in the collection feature inspirational mottos such as “Believe,” and “Powerful” that aim to empower.

“We are happy to continue our partnership with The Keep A Breast Foundation for the third year in a row,” said Linda Chang, Vice President of Merchandising. “This partnership provides us with an opportunity to raise funds for a terrific cause, empowering young people with health education and support.”

“We are so honored to be partnering with a globally recognized brand, like Forever 21, that is not only influential but targets the key demographic for prevention – millennials,” said Shaney jo Darden, Founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation.

The Forever 21 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection will launch in Forever 21 stores globally and on Forever21.com beginning Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Hashtag: #GiveToLoveLoveToGive  #F21xKAB

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

Source: Forever 21

Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream wins the 2016 Store Brand Packaging Gold award

Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream wins the 2016 Store Brand Packaging Gold award
Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream wins the 2016 Store Brand Packaging Gold award

 

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is getting national attention. Associated Food Stores’ exclusive, premium ice cream brand recently received the 2016 Store Brand Packaging Gold award in the Frozen and Refrigerated category from Store Brands magazine. Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream was recognized and honored in August at Store Brands’ 2016 Innovation & Collaboration Summit in Orlando, Florida and in the publication’s September issue.

Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream’s packaging was recognized not only for the functionality of the cardboard container, but the overall appearance. The vintage-branded ice cream packages are instantly recognizable to shoppers with a large red, authentic button on the lid, mouthwatering product images on the front and each flavor’s unique story on the side panel.

“Our goal was to create a package that not only reflected the authentic quality of premium ice cream reminiscent of childhood but one that would also appeal to multiple generations of ice cream lovers,” said KC Carlson, art director for Red Button Vintage Creamery and Associated Food Stores. “Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream packaging does just that and this award is validation.”

Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream launched in July 2015 and was created through a partnership between Associated Food Stores and Casper’s Creamery. Available in 28 flavors, plus several seasonal varieties, the ice cream continues to be a top seller. The premium treat is available at more than 300 Associated Food Stores’ retailers including Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Fresh Market, Peterson’s and Stokes. For more information about Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream and the new Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies or to find a retailer near you, visit www.redbuttoncreamery.com.

Source: AFS

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New-look Co-op located in Old Street, Upton upon Severn re-launches on Friday, 7 October

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A funding boost is on the cards for community groups in Upton upon Severn as the new-look Co-op re-launches following a major investment.

The revamped store, located in Old Street, re-launches on Friday, 7 October, and will unveil the community retailer’s unique new Membership scheme. Co-op members receive a 5% reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going local causes and groups in the area to make a difference in the community – groups initially set to benefit include the Upton upon Severn Educational Foundation, the British Red Cross which will confront social isolation in local communities, and Upton Festival of Blues.

Members of the Co-op can choose which of these causes they wish to support online. Money will be raised over a six month period.

The store will be re-launched by Cllr Tim Dance, Mayor of Upton upon Severn, and Upton Upon Severn Primary School – whose children will sing at the store on launch day. It will see an enhanced in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials as part of its £650,000 makeover which has created five new jobs – with positions still available.

The store also appoints two Community Pioneers, Carrie-Ann Powell and Oli Storr, members of the food store team working to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising to working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to contribute to local life.

Liz Webb, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum to deliver a compelling, convenient and co-operative shopping experience. Our new Co-op look represents all that we stand for – our proud co-operative heritage and our decision that membership, the very thing that makes us truly distinctive, must be at the heart of all we say and do. Our blue design ‘clover leaf’ logo links to a time when people really understood how they could be co-owners and members of their Co-op, and how a strong Co-op could help to create strong communities.”

Kerry Preedy, Store Manager, added: “We are delighted to be making such a significant investment in Upton upon Severn, it is an exciting time for the whole team and we will be working to establish the store as a community hub, a real asset locally. What better way than to give back to communities as a reward for shopping with us. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their Co-op card when they shop with us. Co-ops are here to support their members and the communities they live in and the money raised will provide much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life. We would like to thank the community for its understanding during our seven week makeover, and for supporting the Co-op pop-up shop which continued to serve the community with everyday essentials.”

Co-op members are urged to look out for their new-look membership card which are being issued over the coming four weeks – for further information visit coop.co.uk/membership

The Co-op has announced an investment in lowering the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M, reducing prices on over 1,000 everyday essentials including the introduction of its 75p farmhouse loaf and pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Earlier this year the Co-op was described as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel.

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new-look store to mark its re-launch. And, students in Upton upon Severn who hold a NUS extracard receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
T: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Source: Coop

Newly revamped Finedon Co-op re-launches following major investment

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A funding boost is on the cards for community groups in the Wellingborough area as the new-look Finedon Co-op re-launches following a major investment.

The revamped store, located in Wellingborough Road, relaunches on Monday, 10 October, and will unveil the community retailer’s unique new Membership scheme.

Co-op members receive a 5% reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going local causes and groups in the area to make a difference in the community – groups set to initially benefit include Friends of Finedon schools, Finedon Buffs, and the Finedon Community Sports and Leisure Centre Association. Members can choose which of these causes they wish to support online. Money will be raised over a six month period.

The store will see an enhanced in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials as part of its £450,000 makeover. The store also appoints a Community Pioneer, Meranda Blades, who is a member of the food store team working to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising to working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to contribute to local life.

Paul Hannah, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum to deliver a compelling, convenient and co-operative shopping experience. Our new Co-op look represents all that we stand for – our proud co-operative heritage and our decision that membership, the very thing that makes us truly distinctive, must be at the heart of all we say and do. Our blue design ‘clover leaf’ logo links to a time when people really understood how they could be co-owners and members of their Co-op, and how a strong Co-op could help to create strong communities.”

Donna Zeller, Store Manager, added: “We are delighted to be making such a significant investment in Finedon, it is an exciting time for the whole team and we will be working to establish the store as a community hub, a real asset locally. What better way than to give back to communities as a reward for shopping with us. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their Co-op card when they shop with us. Co-ops are here to support their members and the communities they live in and the money raised will provide much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

The Co-op has announced an investment in lowering the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M, reducing prices on over 1,000 everyday essentials including the introduction of its 75p farmhouse loaf and pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Earlier this year the Co-op was described as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel.

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new store to mark its launch. And, students in Wellingborough who hold a NUS extra card receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

Co-op members are urged to look out for their new-look membership card which are being issued over the coming four weeks – for further information visit coop.co.uk/membership

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
T: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Source: Coop

BESTSELLER supports women’s empowerment through HERproject

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The United Nations High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment recently published a report calling on everyone to place women’s economic empowerment at the centre of the global agenda and lay out commitments to specific actions and interventions.

McKinsey Global Institute estimates that if women in every country were to play an identical role to men in markets, as much as US$28 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025.

“In BESTSELLER, we believe that women’s empowerment is one of the key developments for a just and sustainable world. Giving women the knowledge, resources, and tools that they need improves their lives, those of their families, those of their communities, and the global economy”, says Sustainability Communication Specialist, Anja Bremholm Nielsen.

For us, driving empowerment is also good for our business. When we ensure that the women working in global supply chains have the information they need and access to relevant products and services to make their lives safe, fair, and prosperous, we build resilience and stronger businesses. That means that we are more successful, and it means that the products you buy play their part in creating a truly inclusive global economy”, Anja finishes.

That’s why BESTSELLER is part of HERproject—a global public-private partnership to unlock the full potential of women through inclusive workplace programmes. Through HERproject, BESTSELLER works with suppliers and local NGOs to provide training on health. BESTSELLER also provides information on access to resources, tools, and products that will make women’s lives better. Moreover, BESTSELLER works to ensure that the structures and processes in place for our suppliers are designed to benefit and support women in the workplace.

Through HERproject, BESTSELLER is part of a global movement: More than 50 brands are involved from a range of sectors, including garment, footwear, electronics, agriculture, and horticulture. It’s this kind of collaboration that will help achieve what the UN is calling for—decisive action to ensure that women have what they need and what they deserve to unlock their full potential.

Read more about HER Project in BESTSELLER’s Sustainability Report 2014/15 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Anja Bremholm Nielsen
Communication Specialist, Corporate Sustainability
sustainability@bestseller.com

Source: BESTSELLER

Advance Auto Parts announces the appointment of Thomas (Tom) Okray as EVP and CFO

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced it has appointed Thomas (Tom) Okray as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, effective October 31, 2016. As part of the previously announced orderly transition, Mr. Okray will succeed Mike Norona, who will remain with the Company in an advisory role until the end of the year.

Mr. Okray, 53, brings more than 25 years of experience in finance, operations and supply chain to Advance Auto Parts. Most recently, Mr. Okray served as Vice President, Finance, Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, where he was the finance lead overseeing the optimization of key elements of Amazon’s Global Fulfillment Network. Prior to joining Amazon, Mr. Okray spent the majority of his career at General Motors (GM) in a variety of finance and supply chain related roles. He was most recently responsible for overseeing more than $120 billion in annual expenses and $8 billion in capital expenditures as CFO, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain. Prior to that, he held a variety of finance roles supporting GM’s operations, vehicle development, supplier and partner base around the world.

“On behalf of the entire executive team, we are delighted to welcome Tom to the Advance team,” said Tom Greco, President and CEO. “Tom brings deep experience in finance, with a particular focus on leading the finance function in helping to drive efficient supply chain operations. Importantly, Tom is very familiar with a supply chain that must respond rapidly to online demand. This will be increasingly critical to accelerating our growth at Advance going forward. Tom’s strong track record as a proven and respected leader within Fortune 100 companies like Amazon and GM, and his passion for success, make him the ideal person to lead our finance function.”

Mr. Greco continued, “I would like to thank Mike Norona for his tireless efforts and strong financial leadership and contributions during his tenure, and in particular over the last few months. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his guidance as we complete a smooth transition.”

Mr. Okray said, “Advance is a well-positioned industry leader with an extraordinary opportunity to deliver improved performance. I am truly honored and excited to join the team during this transformative time. I look forward to working with Tom, the management team, and the entire Advance family to help contribute to Advance’s success.”

Thomas Okray Biography

Mr. Okray joins Advance Auto Parts from Amazon, which he joined in 2015 as Vice President, Finance, North American Operations. In January 2016, Mr. Okray became Vice President, Finance, Global Customer Fulfillment where he was the finance lead responsible for optimizing key elements of Amazon’s Global Fulfillment Network, including transportation/ supply chain, capacity and labor planning, cost/productivity of fulfillment centers, capital, engineering and procurement. Prior to joining Amazon in 2015, Mr. Okray held various leadership positions at General Motors, including roles in the United States, Germany, Italy, Poland and Korea. In his most recent role as CFO, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain, he was responsible for supporting future vehicle, engine and transmission development, global capital, engineering expense, and purchasing operations which included the company’s global supply chain organization. Mr. Okray earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He has also participated in a Transformational Leadership Program through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2016, Advance operated 5,066 stores and 126 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events or developments, and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan or forecast. These forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, objectives and expectations; statements regarding expected growth and future performance of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP); expectations regarding leadership changes and their impact on the company’s strategies, opportunities and results; statements regarding enhancements to shareholder value; statements regarding strategic plans or initiatives, growth or profitability; and all other statements that are not statements of historical facts. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and actual future events or results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Such differences may result from, among other things, the risk that the benefits of the General Parts International, Inc. (General Parts) acquisition, including synergies, may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; AAP’s ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other employees; changes in regulatory, social and political conditions, as well as general economic conditions; competitive pressures; demand for AAP’s and General Parts’ products; the market for auto parts; the economy in general; inflation; consumer debt levels; the weather; business interruptions; information technology security; availability of suitable real estate; dependence on foreign suppliers; and other factors disclosed in AAP’s 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 and other filings made by AAP with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. AAP intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this communication and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

Media Contact:
Laurie Stacy
540-561-8452
laurie.stacy@advanceautoparts.com

Investor Contact:
Zaheed Mawani
919-573-3848
zaheed.mawani@advanceautoparts.com

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

PetSmart offer tips to help pet owners keep their best friends safe during severe weather

PHOENIX, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew roared ashore Haiti yesterday ( Oct. 5, 2016 ) as a Category Four Storm, putting the U.S. on alert for heavy rainfall and potential flooding along the East Coast. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities™ offer tips to help pet owners keep their best friends safe during severe weather.

“The best way to keep pets safe during a storm is to be prepared and have a disaster plan,” said Simon Starkey, DVM, one of PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care experts. “It is common to overlook pets when preparing for a storm, but taking a few simple steps to include your pets’ needs in your family preparedness plan will help ensure they are comfortable and safe before, during and after a storm.”

Starkey suggests the following pet preparedness measures:

  • Ensure your pets are safely contained. When severe weather warnings go into effect, crate or kennel your animals. This is a good time to consider getting a pet carrier if you don’t already have one. These are easy solutions to keep your dog or cat contained and ready to travel at a moment’s notice. Also, have buckets on hand for fish and turtles in the event you need to transport them – this is a safer alternative than transporting these pets in glass bowls or aquariums.
  • Look for pet-friendly housing options for your pet should you need to evacuate your home. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, which are often needed for boarding, and that you have enough supply of any medication your pet may be taking.
  • Make sure your pet has identification. Countless pets go missing after storms. Proper ID on your pet is the best assurance you and your pet are reunited in the event you are separated.
  • Be aware of “paw-level” hazards post-storm. Sharp debris, toxic spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances on the floor of the home or ground outside may pose less risk to upright humans, but can be dangerous to ground-level pets.
  • Severe weather can be frightening to pets. Provide your dog or cat with a familiar toy or blanket or try aids like calming sprays, collars, chews, supplements or a ThunderShirt™ anxiety shirt to help ease anxiety.
  • Ensure you have a pet disaster supply kit ready for immediate departure. Create a kit including the following in an easy-to-carry waterproof container:
    • One-week supply of food and fresh water
    • Hard copies of each pet’s updated vaccination records
    • Extra supply of medication (if refrigeration is necessary, have easy access to a small, insulated bag or cooler)
    • First-Aid items such as antiseptic spray, antibacterial ointment and liquid bandage products, which are easy solutions that deliver quick first-aid care in the event of a pet injury
    • List of regional pet-friendly hotels
    • Bed, carrier or leash for each animal

Disaster Relief for Pets in Need

Following a natural disaster, the role of local animal welfare organizations in the impacted communities is crucial for providing immediate support to pets in need and their families.

PetSmart Charities®, the largest funder of animal welfare in the United States, has strong relationships with thousands of local organizations and is available to provide funding support to response teams on the front lines that help displaced and abandoned pets in times of weather crises and natural disasters. With the help of local animal welfare organizations, PetSmart Charities has assisted more than 230,000 pets during emergency relief efforts since 2007. Following the storm, nonprofit organizations are encouraged to contact PetSmart Charities for available emergency relief funding at PetSmartCharities.org/pro

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,477 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing additional support to help pets in need. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

Contacts:
Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann
dbickelmann@golin.com
469-680-2503

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Defense Commissary Agency’s Zone 24 manager Robin Schmidt assigned as DeCA’s Washington Office director

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Robin Schmidt, the Defense Commissary Agency’s Zone 24 manager, has been assigned as director of DeCA’s Washington Office, effective Oct. 16, agency officials announced.

Schmidt succeeds Thomas C. Owens, who has been reassigned as special assistant to the DeCA director, but will also serve as communications lead for the agency’s Transformation Office headed by Chris Burns. Owens’ assignment is effective Oct. 30.

Troy Collins, store director at Fort Belvoir Commissary, Virginia, will be acting manager of Zone 24 until a permanent manager is selected.

As director of the Washington Office, Schmidt serves as DeCA’s liaison to a wide variety of organizations, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the chiefs of the uniformed services, Congress, trade associations and other governmental activities.

She will also advise the DeCA director and staff on all congressional and Department of Defense issues related to commissary resale policies and operations, and articulates DeCA’s positions on issues during DOD meetings, study groups and special task forces held in the Washington, D.C., area.

“I have every confidence that Robin will handle the tremendous responsibilities of being chief of our Washington Office with the foresight and professionalism that have marked her DeCA career,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Her extensive knowledge of what it takes to deliver the commissary benefit, accompanied by her Washington experience gained through a previous developmental assignment with the Department of Defense Resale Office will be of immeasurable value to the agency as we navigate through our transformation.”

Schmidt has served as Zone 24 manager since 2011, with responsibility for seven stores located in Virginia, Maryland and Puerto Rico, which produced more than $300 million in sales. Prior to that, she was DeCA’s liaison as a senior fellow at the Department of Defense Resale Office from 2009 to 2011.

Schmidt has previously served in a variety of agency store management positions with over 24 years of service as a zone manager and store director.

Owens had been director of the Washington Office since January 2013. In his new assignment as special assistant to the DeCA director, he will work areas ranging from transformation communication to executive briefings for Congress and DOD.

“Tom has proven experience as a high-level facilitator, and the agency will require his particular talents and knowledge to respond effectively to DOD and congressional-level queries that transcend the normal workflow of the Washington Office,” Jeu said. “He will also continue to support Chris Burns as his chief communications lead on transformation issues.”

Before being selected to head the Washington Office, Owens served as chief of the agency’s business requirements division. His assignment to that position was part of a series of revisions to DeCA headquarters’ organization that became official in October 2012. The activation of the requirements division helped match the business end of the commissary benefit with the information technology systems needed to support it.

Owens’ commissary career began with the Army Troop Support Agency as a merchandising clerk at TSA’s Northeast Commissary Region in 1984. Over the breadth of his 32-year commissary career, he has served in a variety of store- and management-level positions.

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

Local resident Casey Meadows named franchise owner of Montana’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant

Local resident Casey Meadows named franchise owner of Montana’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant
Local resident Casey Meadows named franchise owner of Montana’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant

 

KALISPELL, Mont., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Local resident and entrepreneur Casey Meadows has been named franchise owner of Montana’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant. With the restaurant slated to open for business Nov. 17, hiring for approximately 120 full- and part-time team members has begun this week. Meadows will oversee day-to-day activities of the business, cultivating relationships with Kalispell schools, organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving local guests.

Meadows, a Georgia native who previously owned a Chick-fil-A franchise in Corona, Calif., is no stranger to a new frontier. In 2004, Meadows and his wife Jan moved to California where they have witnessed Chick-fil-A grow from four to more than 100 stand-alone restaurants in the state. During their 12 years of operating the Hidden Valley Parkway Chick-fil-A, the Meadows were highly involved in their community, holding fundraisers for local schools, supporting charitable causes and serving as treasurer for both the Corona Fire Safety Foundation and Corona Police Community Partnership. Casey’s extensive community engagement has been acknowledged with dozens of awards including being named the first recipient of the Champion of Children Award by Unity – a group of 35 non-profit organizations united in their common mission of helping kids. “We are overjoyed to make beautiful, metro Kalispell our new home,” said Meadows. “Jan and I are honored to have the opportunity to introduce and reconnect guests to Chick-fil-A’s great food, service and hospitality. We can’t wait to meet and serve this wonderful community.”

Known throughout the company for his commitment to developing young people, Meadows got his start with Chick-fil-A at the age of 15 when he became a team member at a Chick-fil-A in Macon, Ga. In fact, Meadows was a recipient himself of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship that has grown to nearly $37.8 million being awarded to nearly 37,800 team members since 1973. Chick-fil-A just announced this month that it will more than double its commitment to restaurant team members with the Remarkable Futures initiative– providing $4.9 million in annual scholarships starting in 2017. Scholarships will be available in three categories, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000, and will be based on leadership, community involvement and academic achievement. Additional details can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/scholarships.

Chick-fil-A strives to offer all employees and staff a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, promotions that lead to management roles, competitive wages and respect for work-life balance. Interested candidates can visit the hiring trailer at the new restaurant where applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information on hiring, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChickfilAKalispell/.

Chick-fil-A is known for its menu of fresh, hand-crafted food and offers a variety of options for guests of all ages. Signature items include a hand-breaded, boneless chicken breast sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries and hand-spun milkshakes. The restaurant uses only premium ingredients and makes many of its menu items from scratch in the restaurant each day, including hand-chopped salads and fresh-squeezed lemonade. The Kalispell Chick-fil-A is one of 104 new restaurants opening across the country in 2016, creating more than 9,000 new jobs. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit Inside.Chick-fil-A.com.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,075 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2016 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the third year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the top five of the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street, and the only restaurant brand rated “excellent” in the 2016 Temkin Emotion Ratings study. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Contact:    
Jackie Jags
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
jackie.jags@cfacorp.com
404-765-7833

Cindi L.B. Pickett
CP Communications
cindipickett@cpcommunicationsinc.com
678-714.0340
404.375.7882 cell

Source:  Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Project Runway’s Sink or Swim episode to use digital roll-to-roll printing system Kornit Allegro

Project Runway's Sink or Swim episode to use digital roll-to-roll printing system Kornit Allegro
Project Runway’s Sink or Swim episode to use digital roll-to-roll printing system Kornit Allegro

 

ROSH-HA`AYIN, Israel, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kornit Digital, (NASDAQ:KRNT), a worldwide market leader in textile printing technology, has announced that its digital roll-to-roll printing system, the Kornit Allegro, will play a critical role in the next episode of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated Project Runway. In this American reality competition show, fashion designers compete to create the best fashion pieces with a limited amount of time and resources. The episode, called Sink or Swim, will air on October 6.

Project Runway, which has been called “a lesson in fashion” by the Washington Post, is now running its fifteenth season. Judges include Heidi Klum, Marie Claire’s creative director Nina Garcia, creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn, who once again will have the power to “save” one designer from elimination.

In the Sink or Swim episode, previewed at http://kornit.info/2dhn5vk, the challenge is to create a swimsuit and cover-up design. The candidates are told that they can create a custom design which would be printed and returned to them the following morning. Heidi Klum also announces that the winning design would be shown as part of her swimwear line. The technology partners enabling the super-fast turnaround are Kornit Digital and Kornit user Papilio Prints in New Jersey.

The production technology used is called Kornit Allegro. With its print width of 1.8m, it is the world’s only single-step digital textile printing system designed for high-speed end-to-end production, using Kornit’s patented NeoPigmentTM printing process. The system features an integrated pretreatment technology and works on a variety of fabrics, both natural and man-made fibers and blends. It is the only industrial textile printer available today that integrates all production steps in a single, integrated production line, removing the need for complicated pre- and post-treatments such as steaming and washing. In fact, it is the fastest way from digital designs to the finished fabric. Relying on Kornit’s proprietary process, textile companies and brands can shorten their turnaround times, cut intermediators and eliminate inventory cost. Because of its resource-efficient technology, saving energy and water, the Allegro is also a top choice for environmental protection, can be located practically anywhere and is especially suitable for local production requirements, a growing trend fueled by the internet.

About Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq:KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial and commercial printing solutions for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Leading the digital textile printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment process, it caters directly to the needs of the entire textile printing value chain, from designers to manufacturers, apparel decorators and fashion brands. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit Digital is also revolutionizing the roll fabric industry with its single step solution that enables printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric and with no additional finishing process. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company with offices in the USA, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit Kornit Digital at www.kornit.com.

About Project Runway

Hosted by Emmy Award winner, supermodel and fashion connoisseur Heidi Klum, the hit Emmy-nominated series Project Runway provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eyes of mentor and co-host Emmy Award winner Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions, Full Picture Entertainment, and Heidi Klum Company. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company) and Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce, and Gil Goldschein and Teri Weideman of Bunim/Murray Productions serve as Co-Executive Producers.

Press release
Kornit Digital North America
10541-10601 North Commerce Street
Mequon, WI 53092, USA

Toll-free: 888.456.7648
www.kornit.com

Press contact:
Oliver Luedtke
Head of Global PR
Tel. +49 211 200 55 200
oliver.luedtke@kornit.com

Source: Kornit Digital Ltd/globenewswire

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Stockmann announces Nomination Board consisting of its four largest shareholders

Helsinki, Finland, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the decision of Stockmann’s Annual General Meeting, the Nomination Board consists of representatives of the four shareholders holding largest voting power, as registered in Stockmann’s shareholder register as of 1 September 2016 along with the Chairman of the Board of Directors as an expert member.

The Nomination Board prepares proposals for the Annual General Meeting in 2017 on the composition and remuneration of the Board of Directors.

Stockmann’s four largest shareholders by votes on 1 September 2016 were:

% of votes
1. Society of Swedish Literature in Finland 15.74
2. Föreningen Konstsamfundet Grouping 15.14
Föreningen Konstsamfundet r.f. 13.23
KSF Media Holding Ab 1.91
3. HTT STC Holding Oy Ab 10.70
4. Niemistö Kari 9.43

The shareholders have nominated following members to the Nomination Board:

Magnus Bargum, Treasurer, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
Kaj-Gustaf Bergh, Managing Director, Föreningen Konstsamfundet r.f.
Ole Johansson, Chairman of the Board, Hartwall Capital Oy Ab, representing HTT STC Holding Oy Ab
Leena Niemistö, Chairman of the Board, Selective Investor Oy Ab, representing Kari Niemistö

In addition, Chairman of the Board Jukka Hienonen will join the Nomination Board as a member.

Lauri Veijalainen
CEO

Distribution:
Nasdaq Helsinki
Principal media

Contact:
Jukka Naulapää
Director, legal affairs
tel. +358 9 121 3850
www.stockmanngroup.com

Source: STOCKMANN plc

Levi Strauss & Co. to host 3Q financial results conference call on October 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the third quarter ended August 28, 2016. The call will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~82198658 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 82198658.

A replay of the Webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast within two hours after the event and archived on the site for one week. A telephone replay will be available through October 14, 2016, , at +1 800-585-8367 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 82198658.

To access the company’s related press release on October 11, 2016, please visit: http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

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

Investor Contact:

Chris Ogle
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:

Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

ascena retail group, inc. implements major enterprise transformation plan and announces new Change for Growth program

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — After more than six months of extensive planning, ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) (the “Company”) today (Oct. 4, 2016) begins the execution phase of its major enterprise transformation plan. In addition to the ongoing implementation of its $235 million cost-savings initiative associated with its integration of ANN INC., the Company expects its new Change for Growth program will deliver an incremental $100 – $150 million of cost savings by fiscal 2019. The Change for Growth program will refine ascena’s operating model to increase its focus on key customer segments, improve its time-to-market, reduce working capital, and enhance its ability to serve its customer on any purchasing platform, all while better leveraging the Company’s powerful shared services platform.

The Company is making significant organizational changes as part of its accelerated execution plan, and has restructured its business into four operating segments. Reporting of future results will be based on this new segment structure:

  • Premium Fashion – Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey
  • Plus Fashion – Lane Bryant and Catherines
  • Value Fashion – maurices and dressbarn
  • Kids Fashion – Justice

The Company also announced the creation of its new ascena Brand Services (aBS) team, which will assume the responsibilities for its existing centralized Shared Services Group functions, including supply chain, logistics, sourcing, and IT, as well as additional brand support functions to be developed through its Change for Growth program.

David Jaffe, President and CEO of ascena retail group commented, “Our leadership team has maintained its focus on long-term value creation for our shareholders by ensuring ascena has a strong combination of attractive brands and leading supply chain capabilities. After more than six months of intense development work, today we begin our comprehensive Change for Growth program to ensure that the Company is effectively positioned to compete in a rapidly and profoundly changing retail and consumer environment. Over the past few years we have made substantial investments in our brand portfolio, supply chain and logistics capabilities, and shared service platform, and we believe we are well positioned to leverage these investments to deliver value for our customers and shareholders.

We are ahead of plan with the synergy and cost savings workstreams that will deliver $235 million of cost savings associated with our integration of ANN INC., and the time is right for us to explore additional opportunities to fully exploit the advantages we’ve developed with our comprehensive shared services platform. Our Change for Growth program is designed to ensure ascena is lean, agile and playing to win. Through this transformation work, we expect to deliver incremental cost savings of $100 to $150 million by fiscal 2019. We will continue to work aggressively on customer-facing capability and operating efficiencies to drive benefits on both the margin and cost side of our financials, and we believe there is additional opportunity beyond what we have highlighted today as we continue our transformation work with Accenture.”

Jaffe concluded, “We would like to discuss the Change for Growth program in the depth our investors have come to expect, and given the acceleration and the major scope of this overall program, we have decided to postpone our Investor Day until January 18, 2017.”

The Company is pleased to announce that Brian Lynch, most recently President and CEO of the Company’s Justice brand, will assume direct responsibility for ascena Brand Services in his new role as ascena’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Lynch commented, “I’m excited to take on this broader role. I believe applying the customer lens I use as a brand leader to my new role will enable strong partnerships between our shared operational functions and our brand segment leaders. It is this aligned partnership that will help us better develop and deliver new capabilities to serve our customers.” David Jaffe added, “I am very excited to have Brian step into the role as ascena’s Chief Operating Officer. He is uniquely qualified for this role, having prior President and COO experience, and senior roles in ecom operations, retail operations, and field leadership across leading companies including The Walt Disney Company, Gap Inc., and most recently, ANN INC.”

Gary Muto, President and CEO of the Company’s ANN brands, will retain responsibility for the Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey brands, which now comprise the Company’s Premium Fashion segment. Linda Heasley, most recently President and CEO of Lane Bryant, has been appointed President and CEO of the Company’s Plus Fashion segment. George Goldfarb, most recently President and CEO of maurices has been appointed President and CEO of the Company’s Value Fashion segment. Lece Lohr, most recently head of merchandising at Justice succeeds Mr. Lynch as the new President of the Company’s Kids Segment.

The aforementioned restructuring has been accompanied by a number of executive departures to eliminate organizational overlap, which will result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $10 to $12 million in the first quarter. These changes were not included in the Company’s guidance, but the Company expects to recover the majority of this charge in the form of reduced operational expenses over the course of fiscal 2017. Additional charges are expected in the future related to ongoing transformation work.

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,900 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, Catherines.com, and shopjustice.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made within this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or review its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that our projected results expressed or implied will not be achieved. Detailed information concerning a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the information contained herein is readily available in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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

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

For media:
ascena retail group, inc.
Sue Ross
218-491-2110
Executive Vice President, ascena Corporate Affairs Communications Officer
sue.ross@ascenaretail.com

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

Diebold Nixdorf selected to transform the financial self-service landscape for Canadian Credit Union Association members

TORONTO, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA), which represents more than 300 credit unions and caisses populaires outside of Quebec, is partnering with Diebold Nixdorf to transform the financial self-service landscape for its members. More than 1,200 Diebold Nixdorf automated teller machines (ATMs) with supporting software and maintenance services will be installed over the next three and a half years.

“By partnering with Diebold Nixdorf, we can reduce costs, improve service delivery, offer more comprehensive and innovative technologies, and best-in-class services to our member credit unions,” said Martha Durdin, president and CEO, Canadian Credit Union Association.

With the addition of Diebold Nixdorf’s VISTA multivendor software platform, CCUA member credit unions will be able to provide seamless banking services across all channels and maximize the efficiencies of their ATM networks. This advanced ATM software provides the flexibility to quickly implement advanced technologies in the future as well as the ability to deliver a more outstanding member experience.

“Our partnership with the CCUA affirms Diebold Nixdorf as a strong leader in self-service solutions for financial institutions in Canada,” said Bruce Pearce, Diebold Nixdorf vice president and general manager,Canada. “We look forward to growing our relationship in a true partnership fashion — giving credit unions direct access to best-in-class technology and service as we continue to drive connected commerce across the financial services industry.”

About Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)
Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) is the national trade association for the Canadian credit unions. Canada’s credit unions are a vital competitor in the financial services industry. CCUA represents 303 credit unions and caisses populaires (outside of Quebec) with more than $190.7 billion in assets and serving over 5.6 million members. For more information about Canada’s credit unions visit www.ccua.com or follow us on @CCUA_ACCF.

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

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

Media Relations:

Diebold Nixdorf
Renee Murphy
+1-330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

CCUA
Janet Gibson Eichner
416-232-3458
Jgibson-eichner@ccua.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
stephen.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Baskin-Robbins celebrates Halloween with lineup of festive frozen treats including new ice cream cake, Polar Pizza

Baskin-Robbins celebrates Halloween with lineup of festive frozen treats including new ice cream cake, Polar Pizza
Baskin-Robbins celebrates Halloween with lineup of festive frozen treats including new ice cream cake, Polar Pizza

 

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is lifting spirits in a deliciously cool way to celebrate Halloween all month long with a lineup of festive frozen treats including a new ice cream cake, Polar Pizza variety and October Flavor of the Month available at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide.

Perfect for Halloween parties, haunted houses or ghoulish gatherings, Baskin-Robbins’ new Silly Monster Cake is frightfully friendly and festive, serves 6-8 people and can be customized with a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake combination. This Halloween season, Baskin-Robbins is also bringing back its popular Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake, which serves 6-8 people, is dressed up like a jack-o-lantern and features a candy-filled center. When guests cut into their Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake they’ll be surprised with a delicious cascade of candy.

Guests can customize their Silly Monster Cake or Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake with their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the new October Flavor of the Month,Trick OREO® Treat Dark. A spooky spin on a classic favorite, the new October Flavor of the Month has “gone dark” by featuring chocolate ice cream packed with orange crème-filled OREO® cookies, BABY RUTH® and BUTTERFINGER® candy pieces, and a dark fudge ribbon. Trick OREO® Treat Dark can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, milkshake or as a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich.

Baskin-Robbins has also scared up a new variation of its Polar Pizza for candy lovers and trick-or-treaters of all ages. Baskin-Robbins’ Halloween Polar Pizza features a double fudge brownie crust, Made With Snickers® Ice Cream, Candy Corn, M&M’s® Minis milk chocolate candies and is drizzled with fudge topping.

“We’re excited to offer our guests a variety of eye-catching and delicious frozen treats to make Halloween parties and gatherings extra sweet this month,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Chef and Vice President of Produce Innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “Our new Silly Monster Cake, candy-packed Halloween Polar Pizza and spooky October Flavor of the Month truly capture the spirit of fun this Halloween season.”

Finally, with Baskin-Robbins’ new Mobile App, guests can enjoy access to sweet deals, pay for their favorite ice cream treats with a Baskin-Robbins card, and send virtual Baskin-Robbins cards to friends and family by text or email. Additionally, guests will receive a mobile offer for a free regular 4 oz. scoop of their favorite ice cream when they download the app. The Baskin-Robbins Mobile App is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license. NESTLE®, BUTTERFINGER®, and BABY RUTH® are registered trademarks of Société des Produits Nestlé, S.A., Vevey, Switzerland. M&M’S and the letter M are registered trademarks of Mars, Inc. ©Mars, Incorporated.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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NCR’s CxBanking software to help financial institutions in the Philippines offer seamless banking experience

MANILA, Philippines, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (October 4, 2016) unveiled a new suite of integrated CxBanking solutions to help financial institutions in the Philippines  improve speed of service, reduce downtime and enhance customer experience.

“Banks are under enormous pressure to innovate as customers demand amazing experiences when and where they want, and on a platform of their choice to interact with their bank,” said Yiannos Papadopoulos, vice president, Southeast Asia Pacific, NCR. “This has led us to focus on the next generation of online and mobile services to complement traditional person-to-person interactions, creating an ‘always available’ 24/7 banking environment to ensure that banking customers have the flexibility and control in their hands to manage transactions wherever and however they choose.”

Innovative technologies launched today include the Cx110, first thin client ATM to run with Kalpana  creating a powerful hardware-software combination that revolutionizes self-service banking, a range of  next-generation ATM’s with deposit and recyling facilities viz. SelfServ 83, SelfServ 23, and SelfServ 27. These solutions  help financial institutions to implement convenient customer-centric technology that provides exceptional customer experience across digital and physical channels.

“NCR continues to lead the ATM market in the Philippines with innovations that are critical to help financial institutions enhance customer experience, reduce operating costs and increase security,” said Carlo Cruz, country manager, NCR Philippines. “Consumers and businesses want quick and easy access to banking services. Through our SelfServ ATMs and innovative omni-channel solutions, financial institutions in the Philippines will not only be able to offer customers fast, reliable access to their bank accounts but also offer banking services beyond traditional banking hours.”

NCR’s CxBanking software allows financial institutions to transform their ATM and Branch and offer seamless banking experience across physical and digital banking channels. It allows banks to engage and transact with consumers as well as manage this experience in a comprehensive manner supported by a robust enterprise application platform that easily integrates with existing bank infrastructure.

“Consumers want their banking experience to be digital, but also personal and NCR’s innovative CxBanking solutions allow customers to conduct routine tasks and initial research at their own pace, and at any time they wish across the banking channel of their choice,” said Matthew Heap, director, Marketing and Solutions Management, Asia Pacific for NCR Financial Services. “NCR’s latest customer experience software platform helps to improve customer service, while simultaneously freeing bank staff to interact with customers on other complex, high-value banking services. Our solutions significantly improve service standards and give customers more flexibility to choose which transactions they want to conduct themselves, and which they prefer assistance with.”

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

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

Web sites: www.ncr.com | www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912. 261. 954. 583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

New Pixel, Phone by Google now available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

London, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Pixel, Phone by Google is now available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse in stores nationwide and online. As exclusive retail partner, Carphone Warehouse is the only place to offer Pixel across iD Mobile and all major networks2, and on the widest range of tariffs. Pay monthly customers can pick up the Pixel, Phone by Google (5”) for an upfront cost of £79.99 and the Pixel XL (5.5”) for £159.99, both at £42 a month with 6GB of data allowance on Vodafone. All pre-order customers will receive a £50 ‘Google Play Store’ voucher to spend at their leisure.

Available from the 20th October, the new Pixel is the first device designed and made by Google, and boasts an abundance of exciting features. Most notably, it is the first phone to showcase Google Assistant, a personal, voice-controlled assistant providing smart, simple and intuitive experiences with every interaction.

Jeremy Fennell, Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse said, “Pixel encompasses everything we love about Google and brings more of our favourite Google tools to life than ever before in one device. This is a significant event in the history of mobile and we’re delighted to be the exclusive retail partner offering customers the best deals across all the major networks.”

It also offers free, unlimited storage with Google Photos for original quality photos and videos, so those non-stop snappers can rest assured that everything is backed up. The smart storage feature also removes old photos that are already backed up, so when users need more space, they don’t have to spend time deleting photos to make room. Plus, the main camera is 12MP with large 1.55um pixels, so users can take great pictures in any light condition.

With a smooth, sleek design, the phone comes in two sizes, 5” and 5.5”, and two colours: Very Silver and Quite Black.

Carphone Warehouse compares the widest range of tariffs on the market so is offering its Price Promise* to any new or upgrading customer. Price Promise means anyone who thinks they’ve found a better deal from either O2, Vodafone or EE on a Pay monthly or SIM Only plan, will have the deal matched by Carphone Warehouse and their first month’s line rental paid for free.

Sim-Free customers can purchase the handset from £599.99.

For further information on how to pre-order your device, please head to the Carphone Warehouse website:

Pixel: https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/google/pixel.html
Pixel XL: https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/google/pixel-xl.html

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

For more information about Dixons Carphone plc, please visit www.dixonscarphonegroup.com

Follow us on Twitter: @DixonsCarphone

Contact:

Carphone Warehouse Press Office
M&C Saatchi PR
Press Office carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com

Source: Dixons Carphone

SPAR UK launches own brand evening meal campaign

United Kingdom, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR UK is expanding and revamping its evening meals range this October, while inspiring shoppers with the launch of an evening meal campaign.

In October, SPAR UK is launching three new ready meals reflecting dishes from popular restaurants and pubs, to keep the range modern and relevant.

The additions are Malaysian Butternut Squash Curry, Piri Piri Chicken & Spicy Rice, and Meatball Pasta Bake, all selling at two for £5.

SPAR is also introducing two jacket potato ready meals, with either cheese & beans or chilli, giving customers a healthy option for dinner or something hot for lunch. The potatoes are microwaveable in seven minutes.

SPAR Brand is also refreshing its popular Italian range with the launch of two new products: Tomato & Mascarpone Sauce and Garlic & Rosemary Flatbread. In addition to this, the range’s pasta, sauces and garlic breads have had a pack redesign to give them a more natural and rustic look.

Meanwhile, SPAR’s ‘7 Deliciously Easy Meals’ campaign will use existing SPAR Brand products to show shoppers that we can give them everything they need for dinner – every night of the week.

SPAR retailers will be able to inspire their customers with recipe ideas from Beef Brisket and Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni to Piri Piri Chicken, all made with products from their local SPAR store.

Susan Darbyshire, SPAR UK Brand Director, said: “ We know that meal-for- tonight shoppers have bigger baskets, spend more and shop more often and we also know they want to spend as little time as possible preparing and cooking.

It’s therefore vital that we offer them a complete meal solution with tasty recipes that take under 30 minutes to cook.”

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Kaliningrad opened new distribution centre to serve growing network of SPAR stores in Russia

Russia, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Russia Partner, SPAR Kaliningrad, has opened a new Distribution Centre (DC) of 12,500 m2 in size, with the capacity to deliver to the growing network of SPAR stores in Russia.

The DC has been specifically developed to supply SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets with dry groceries, chilled produce such as eggs, meat and fish, as well as frozen seafood, preserved fish and caviar. Additionally, there is a banana maturing area of 60 m2 with a supporting 145 m2 picking zone. There is also capacity to distribute fruit and vegetables from a dedicated area of 949 m2 in size.

The grand opening on 15 September was attended by key representatives of the local community who expressed great enthusiasm in the on-going growth of the local company, which creates many valuable job opportunities.

Meeting retail needs

SPAR Kaliningrad became a member of the SPAR family in 2013. Owner and Director, Oleg Ponamarev, has supported the rapid development of the retail business, which has opened a total of 17 EUROSPAR and SPAR Supermarkets to date.

The development of the supermarket business complements the existing well established bakery and has seen an expansion of the fresh offer available in SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets. Learnings taken from other SPAR Partners in Russia and other countries have been adapted to meet the needs of local customers and tourists to the region.

Kaliningrad is one of the smallest and most European of all Russian regions, situated just 30 km from Poland. This unique geographical positioning of Kaliningrad has resulted in shoppers having access to a variety of cuisines and a diverse product range.

Benefiting from global supplier expertise

With a ceiling height of 11 metres, the DC has capacity for 2,605 SKU’s with products stored on the Mecalux racking and moved by equipment sourced from BT Toyota. The 17 loading bays are fully utilized during peak periods, with 24 drivers using 16 trucks to collect and distribute the products from the facility to retailers.

The dignitaries in attendance at the opening ceremony, which was led by a local priest include: Mr Sergey Lutarevich, Minister of Agriculture for the Kaliningrad region; Mr Andrey Romanov, President of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Board Member of the Agro-industrial complex OVA, Mr Andrey But-Gusaim; Partner and Board Member of Semia group, Mr Andrey Shumilin; City Council member, Dmitry Danilov; Chairman of the Board of Evropeysky Bank, Kirill Samarev; Director of Russian Bread-Baking Plant, Alexander Kolodyajny; Principal Contractor, Leonid Stepanyuk; and General Director of DSV-transport, Oleg Urbanyuk.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Austria now have another shopping option with INTERSPAR’s largest online food store

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of 20th September, shoppers in Austria now have an additional purchasing solution – the online INTERSPAR store, interspar.at, which features the largest food range available in the Austrian market.

Vienna shoppers first to benefit

To start with, the online store has been launched in Vienna before extending to other parts of the country, especially those with larger INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. Customers can choose to collect their shopping from centrally located pick-up boxes for €1 or have it delivered to their homes at a cost of €4.90. For those who spend more than €100 on a single order, no delivery fee is charged. If an order is placed before 12:00 noon, it’s possible to collect or have it delivered on the same day with pre-selected two-hour time slots.

Full offer across all departments

No department has been excluded from the online store with the broad selection of chilled and frozen products complementing the fresh and dry ranges available. Renowned for its excellent fresh offer, SPAR Austria’s online INTERSPAR store also includes the full delicatessen range found in INTERSPAR Hypermarkets and shoppers can choose either loose or pre-packed fruit and veg.

Advanced online solution

SPAR Austria has incorporated many elements of the most advanced online food solutions in its new online store. “You can order online from your couch and choose from about 20,000 products. Our trained staff shops for you and delivers the food to your front door,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria. The development of this online solution has created approximately 100 new jobs.

Expanding existing online solutions

Already well known for its online wine store, which was launched 16 years ago, SPAR Austria has now taken a giant leap with this new online INTERSPAR store. Having addressed all the complexities of same-day delivery logistics; different temperature zone requirements; collection box solutions and the availability of an extensive range, SPAR Austria believes that its online store is the best example of ecommerce in their market. “With online sales at growth rates of 25% per year in Austria, the time is right to enter into the online retail market, complementing our brick and mortar INTERSPAR Hypermarkets which are known for their extensive range,” said Dr. Gerhard Drexel, CEO SPAR Austria.

Easy ordering, shopped personally

The online ordering process developed by SPAR Austria is fast, intuitive and easy to use on all devices, from PC to smartphone. Customers can search for food products by keyword, filtered according to pre-defined food preferences such as organic or vegetarian, and order with just a few clicks. “For delicatessen, meat, fruit and vegetables you simply specify the desired weight. During the entire shopping process the shopping cart with selected products and the total amount is visible. The online shop offers features like shopping lists and favourites and meets the highest safety standards,” said Markus Kaser. Customers can pay online by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer or by invoice. At the door, customers can pay by ATM or credit card.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Jean Coutu Group launches flu shot awareness campaign

Varennes, Quebec, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Jean Coutu Group” or “Corporation”) and its affiliated pharmacist owners have launched a flu shot awareness campaign. Under the theme “Protect Your Health and That of Your Loved Ones,” the campaign aims to support the public health effort for flu prevention. The flu shot will be available in more than 300 stores in the Jean Coutu network throughout Quebec, in Ontario and New Brunswick.

Starting October 4, patients can make an appointment at the store, by phone or online at healthappointment.jeancoutu.com. On the website, it is easy to find a store nearby that offers the service, choose a convenient time slot and send an online appointment request for one or several people at a time.

“Flu season is upon us. We are very pleased to make the flu shot available in many of the stores in our network. The vaccination remains the best way to protect your health and that of your loved ones,” explains Richard Mayrand, Executive Vice-President, Pharmacy and Government Affairs.

Accessible to Everyone
It is especially important for certain population groups, such as people with chronic illnesses and those over 60, to receive the vaccine.  A list of these groups is available on the Jean Coutu website at: healthappointment.jeancoutu.com.

Watch the “Protect Your Health and That of Your Loved Ones” campaign video:
https://youtu.be/8MxlWnpQgHQ

Note: The flu vaccination service is under the responsibility of a nurse or a pharmacist, depending on the province in which the store is located.

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

Information:

Hélène Bisson
Vice President, Communications
450 646-9611, ext. 1165
hbisson@jeancoutu.com

Frédéric D. Tremblay
Director, Public Relations and Social Media
450 646-9611, ext. 1400
ftremblay@jeancoutu.com

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

t0 chosen to exhibit in the 2016 Innovators Pavilion at FIA Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20

SALT LAKE CIT, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — t0 announced that it is one of 18 companies chosen to exhibit in the 2016 Innovators Pavilion at the Futures Industry Association’s (FIA) Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20. Innovators Pavilion showcases startup companies providing forward-thinking solutions for the futures, options and cleared swaps industry.

Of the 18 exhibitors, five FIA Innovators will be chosen to take part in a Meet the Innovators competition in which each company will have five minutes to pitch its services to Expo attendees. Following the competition, a panel of judges will select one company as the FIA Innovator of the Year and award that firm a prize of cash and other resources valued at more than $20,000. t0 was selected from a competitive pool of applicants.

Jonathan Johnson, president of Medici Inc., the parent company of t0, expressed satisfaction at receiving external validation of the hard work going into the t0 product.

“We’re working overtime to achieve the blockchain equivalent of the moonshot,” said Johnson. “Having an organization of the stature of FIA recognize our work is a very meaningful accomplishment, for the entire group.”

“Progress in our industry is being driven by forward-thinking companies like t0,” said Rob Creamer, FIA board member and chairman of the FIA Principal Traders Group, who chaired the Innovators Pavilion selection committee. “Through Innovators Pavilion, FIA is forging networks between pioneering startups, a diverse community of market participants, and venture capitalists focused on fintech.”

With more than 5,000 people attending each year, the FIA Expo is the largest gathering of derivatives industry professionals in the world. Attendees include senior executives from brokerage firms, exchanges, trading firms and service providers, and the exhibit hall – where t0 will also be represented – typically attracts more than 100 firms as exhibitors.

Medici, Inc. is Overstock.com’s majority-owned financial technology subsidiary, focusing on applying blockchain technology to solving important financial transaction problems, particularly in the area of securities settlement. Overstock.com made financial history in June 2015 as the first public company to issue a private security using blockchain technology. In December 2015, the SEC declared parent company Overstock.com’s S-3 filing effective, giving Overstock.com the ability to issue blockchain shares in a public offering.

About t0.com
t0 (pronounced tee-zero) is a majority owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception in October of 2014, t0.com has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. More information is available at t0.com.

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. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a 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.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

About FIA
FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington, D.C. FIA’s membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from more than 48 countries as well as technology vendors, lawyers and other professionals serving the industry. FIA’s mission is to support open, transparent and competitive markets, protect and enhance the integrity of the financial system, and promote high standards of professional conduct. As the principal members of derivatives clearinghouses worldwide, FIA’s member firms play a critical role in the reduction of systemic risk in global financial markets.

For more information, contact Heather Vaughan at +1 202-466-5460.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock Fair Trade, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks. O.biz, Club O Dollars, and OGlobal are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. The Overstock.com, Club O, and Worldstock Fair Trade logos are also registered 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-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on March 8, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Overstock.com, Inc. has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the applicable prospectus supplement for any securities offered pursuant to the registration statement, and other documents that Overstock.com, Inc. has filed or files in the future with the SEC for more complete information about Overstock.com, Inc. and the offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Overstock.com, Inc. will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling 1-801-947-5409.

Media Contact:
Judd Bagley
t0.com
(801) 947-5352
jbagley@t0.com

Source: tO

Kohl’s Cares® donates $1.5 million to Milwaukee Art Museum to support Kohl’s Art Generation Program

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of more than $1.5 million over three years to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Funding for the donation is made possible by the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which throughout the year sells children’s books and toys with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting children’s initiatives. The financial support allows the Museum to continue the family-friendly Kohl’s Art Generation program, an interactive art experience in the community.

“Kohl’s wants to create opportunities for families to spend time together in a rich and memorable way. We know children enjoy the Kohl’s Art Generation program just as much as their parents do. The program connects people with the arts while making everyone feel like they belong at the Museum,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications.

The Kohl’s Art Generation program was created in 2008 as a youth arts education initiative. Before partnering with Kohl’s, the Museum served about 9,000 family participants each year. Since then, the program has seen remarkable growth and now reaches more than 300,000 participants each year.

“The Kohl’s Art Generation program has completely changed the face of the Museum, making it a destination for families looking for creative experiences,” said Brigid Globensky, Milwaukee Art Museum senior director of education and programs. “We are thrilled to continue partnering with Kohl’s to provide fun and interactive programs at a time when creativity is increasingly important to our community’s future.”

Kohl’s Art Generation programming includes:

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, a hands-on art studio that features a variety of activities, with a new theme each month. Families can stop in for a few minutes or spend the entire day creating art together. The studio is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special hours during school holiday breaks.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery, a devoted space for interactive exhibitions, designed to introduce families to artists and artworks in the Museum’s Collection. The current exhibition, Rubbish!, open through October, explores artists who use discarded materials to create their artwork. There will be three new exhibitions in November 2016, September 2017 and November 2018. The gallery is open during Museum hours.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Lab, a space dedicated to the Museum’s Haitian art collection. Families can come together and immerse themselves in Haiti’s culture through art, photography, music, and a variety of activities. The lab is open during Museum hours.

• Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, lively weekend event that turns the entire Museum into an art extravaganza. Families can explore the Museum, watch live performances, meet visiting artists, tour through the galleries and more. Family Sundays happen five times per year. The next event, Día de los Muertos, takes place on Sunday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Kohl’s Color Wheels, a traveling art studio that visits schools and festivals to provide hands-on art activities in the community. The mobile unit is active throughout the year. Families can create projects together inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions.

Since 2008, Kohl’s has donated more than $8 million to the Milwaukee Art Museum. To learn more about the Museum and Kohl’s Art Generation programming, visit mam.org/artgeneration.

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

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

About the Milwaukee Art Museum
Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒ designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition.

Contact:

Ale DesJean
Kohl’s
(262) 703-2985
ale.desjean@kohls.com

Sarah Seifert
Buzz Monkeys
(414) 403-6820
sseifert@buzzmonkeyspr.com

Source: Kohl’s

Del Monte Foods voluntarily recalls DM Light Slices Yellow Cling Peaches due to labelling errors

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Del Monte Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalling DM Light Slices Yellow Cling Peaches that contain DM Fruit Cocktail with Heavy Syrup. The product is being recalled because some cans may contain labelling errors.

Product Name UPC Size Lot Best By
DM Light Slices Yellow Cling Peaches with DM Fruit Cocktail with Heavy Syrup 2400016719 15 oz. 522701FMAF1459
522701SRRF1459
08 14 18

Save Mart/S-Mart, Food Maxx/Maxx Value Foods, and Lucky stores have taken immediate action to remove the products from our shelves. The Save Mart Companies have received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Consumers who are impacted should contact Del Monte Foods, Inc. at (800) 543-3090, or The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

SOURCE: FoodMaxx

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in La Jolla, California

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Oct. 04, 2016) announced the opening of its restaurant in La Jolla, California.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, October 3, 2016, on Villa La Jolla Drive at the Shops of La Jolla.  The restaurant is approximately 5,500 square feet with a 1,000 square feet patio, seats approximately 200 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to bring the most current evolution of the BJ’s concept to our many loyal La Jollafans with the opening of our new, full size BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “Our La Jolla restaurant is our 63rd restaurant in California, where we enjoy some of our strongest sales volumes.  To date, we have opened 13 restaurants this year and we are looking forward to our next two restaurant openings in October in Teterboro, New Jersey and Charlottesville, Virginia.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 183 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona,Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

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

For further information, please contact:

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

JCIR
(212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

ALDI survey reveals how much parents could save on their grocery bills each month

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dedicated to understanding the needs of its customers, ALDI released new survey results today (October 4, 2016) revealing just how much parents spend each month to provide the very best for their little ones. The responses were telling, with almost half of parents indicating that they spend more than $200 a month on diapers and formula alone. The results come on the heels of the recent Little Journey™ launch, the grocer’s first exclusive line of baby products which hit ALDI shelves nationwide last month. With award-winning baby changing and feeding essentials, including organic puree pouches in a dozen varieties, parents who choose ALDI for their baby essentials can save up to 50 percentii on their grocery bills.

“Since the launch of Little Journey, the response from parents and caregivers alike has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Liz Ruggles, director of marketing, ALDI and a mom. “They are thrilled they can now find quality baby changing and feeding essentials in one easy location, all at a fraction of the cost.”

Oh Baby! Big Savings on Little Bundles
As one of America’s favorite grocery storesiii, ALDI is proud to offer shoppers high quality products at surprisingly affordable prices, and Little Journey is no exception. With Little Journey poised to help parents save big on their monthly changing and feeding needs, ALDI wanted to better understand the spending habits of today’s busy parents. The grocer conducted a survey of 1,000 moms and dads in the US with kids under the age of threeiv to find out what everyday baby items parents spend the most on:

 Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of parents said they spend more on diapers than on date nights every month.
 40 percent of parents report spending more than $80 on diapers every month.
 60 percent of parents report spending at least $120 on formula every month.
 More than half of parents (59 percent) are open to trying new products that claim to work as well as national brands and cost 50 percent less.

Overall, the survey findings showed that by switching to Little Journey-brand products, parents could save more than $1,200 per year:
 Nearly a quarter of parents could expect to save upwards of $400 annually on diapers. v
 33 percent of parents who purchase formula, one of the biggest baby costs, could save as much as $720 a year. vi
 To make snack time even tastier, parents who purchase Little Journey infant-to-toddler snacks, like Yogurt Bites, Puffs and Little Munchers® baked corn snacks, can expect to save $110 a year. vii

Adult Answers for Baby Business
Passionate about providing real-life solutions to help tackle whatever life brings – or spits up – ALDI also introduced its first Little Journey Parenting Panel. Teaming up with a group of parenting pros, together ALDI and the Little Journey Parent Panel will provide useful first-hand tips, tricks and truths to help today’s busy parents. The new panel includes four (4) online parenting and lifestyle experts:

 Blogger Audrey McClelland, founder of MomGenerations.com
 Vloggers Austin and Brittany Null of The Nive Nulls
 Blogger Joni Lay, author of Lay Baby Lay blog

“With Little Journey, ALDI is making it really easy for parents to give their little ones the best products and the best care, all at a great price,” said Audrey McClelland, founder of MomGenerations.com and a mother of five. “With five kids, we’re constantly on the go, so I’m obsessed with the organic pouches! They’re made with the best ingredients, and I can easily pop them in my diaper bag for a quick, healthy snack.”

With 10 kids ranging in age from six months to 11 years old between them, the Little Journey Parent Panel members have seen it all, lived to tell the tale, and are here to help other ALDI parents do the same. Visit aldi.us/littlejourney to learn more about the Little Journey Parent Panel and check out their parenting advice.

About ALDI Inc.

A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states. More than 32 million customers each month save up to 50 percent on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us

Contacts:

Kim Morrison
(312) 988-2244
kmorrison@webershandwick.com

Jodie Kehoe
(312) 988-2230
jkehoe@webershandwick.com

Source: Aldi