Amazon Original Series announces horror anthology series Lore to premiere in 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today ( Oct. 6, 2016) announced it has greenlit the Amazon Original Series Lore. Based on the popular podcast of the same name, which has over 3.2 million monthly listens, the unscripted horror anthology series will present tales dealing with frightening, psychologically disturbing, and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares. The 10-episode season will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017, and be available via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit

Lore combines narration, historical mixed media, and dramatic scenes to bring to life terrifying but true stories. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre,Lore explores the real-life stories behind pop culture’s most legendary horror characters and myths, such as vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, serial killers and witches. Launched in March 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, Lore has over 3.2 million monthly listens and was named “Best of 2015” by iTunes and one of the “15 podcasts you need to hear in 2016” by Entertainment Weekly.

“Lore is a thrilling podcast with a rabid following, and we jumped at the opportunity to work with Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens to develop it into a series for Amazon Prime members,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “The series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget.”

“Being a horror aficionado, Aaron Mahnke’s Lore podcast captivated me from the very beginning as it explores the terrifying truth behind the world’s most frightening legends,” said Hurd. “And just as Mahnke revolutionized the serial podcast, Amazon is reinventing the unscripted series—and I couldn’t be more excited about the mashup.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Gale Anne Hurd and Amazon to bring Aaron Mahnke’s incredible horror franchise to television,” said Owens and Silverman. “Lore has inspired nightmares for millions of fans while capturing our own imaginations, and we couldn’t be more excited to materialize these real-life horror stories in a way never seen before.”

Lore is slated to be produced by Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, with Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Ben Silverman (The Office),Howard T. Owens (The Biggest Loser), Brett-Patrick Jenkins (Face Off) and Aaron Mahnke lined up as Executive Producers. Glen Morgan (X-Files) is attached as showrunner. Phillip Kobylanski is supervising the project on behalf of Valhalla.

About Amazon Video

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

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

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

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

About Valhalla Entertainment

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Their current slate includes the upcoming 7th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which reigns as the most watched drama series in the coveted 18-49 demographic, as well as its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, which received a two season order prior to its debut in 2015 and set a new ratings record for a cable premiere with 13.3 million viewers. In addition, Hurd serves as Consulting Producer on Talking Dead, which is the second highest rated basic cable show on Sunday nights, behind only The Walking Dead. Valhalla’s newest drama series, Falling Water, will premiere with a 10 episode order on USA Network this October. With 85 hours of television airing in 2016, Valhalla Entertainment remains a constant staple in the industry.

About Propagate

Since launching in 2015, Propagate has grown into a formidable business with several series in production and a number of high-profile projects in development with deals across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Beyond developing, producing and distributing scripted and unscripted content, Propagate’s plans call for the creation and global distribution of formats. The company aims to roll out ambitious new content distribution models while building a global production platform that focuses on new markets. Propagate’s unscripted development slate includes “Lore,” based on the hit podcast and co-produced with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment; “Planet of the Apps” co-produced with Apple; “Unprotected” for Oxygen; “Evil Genius” for HISTORY; “My So-Called Simple Life” (working title) for FYI; a docu-series for Vivica A. Fox; and “Animal ER” for National Geographic Wild.

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Pilar Cristóbal, nueva directora de EROSKI en Aragón

Pilar Cristóbal, nueva directora de EROSKI en Aragón
Pilar Cristóbal, nueva directora de EROSKI en Aragón


ELORRIO,España, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha nombrado a Pilar Cristóbal como nueva directora de la compañía en Aragón. Cristóbal ha sido, durante los últimos diez años, la responsable de ventas de la cooperativa en Aragón.

Cuenta con una sólida trayectoria profesional dentro del Grupo EROSKI, al que se incorporó en 1992, tras haberse diplomado en Trabajo Social por la Universidad de Ciencias Sociales y del Trabajo de Zaragoza.

Desde su nueva responsabilidad, Cristóbal se marca como prioridades desarrollar la expansión del nuevo modelo comercial “contigo” en los supermercados EROSKI de Aragón, apostando por una mayor especialización en frescos de temporada y alimentos de producción local, junto a una atención más personalizada al cliente.

EROSKI en Aragón

La red comercial de EROSKI en Aragón se compone de 98 establecimientos: 61 supermercados, una gasolinera, cinco oficinas de viajes, 28 perfumerías iF y dos tiendas de equipamiento deportivo FORUM SPORT,  Además, dispone del servicio de supermercado online en Zaragoza y de dos plataformas logísticas.

La cooperativa cuenta con 150.000 Socios Clientes, titulares de EROSKI Club, y 1.229 trabajadores en Aragón.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


EROSKI comercializa hortalizas de 63 agricultores vascos con marca Eusko Label EROSKI Natur

EROSKI comercializa hortalizas de 63 agricultores vascos con marca Eusko Label EROSKI Natur
EROSKI comercializa hortalizas de 63 agricultores vascos con marca Eusko Label EROSKI Natur


ELORRIO,España, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha puesto en marcha recientemente la comercialización de hortalizas producidas en el País Vasco con la marca Eusko Label Eroski Natur. 63 productores vascos, entre los que se incluyen pequeñas explotaciones familiares, participan de este acuerdo.  De esta forma, EROSKI profundiza en su apuesta por colaborar en la articulación de un sector primario sostenible con un tejido productivo altamente diversificado.

EROSKI ha incrementado un 25% las compras de hortalizas del País Vasco en lo que va de año. Con este acuerdo, la cooperativa superará los 3,3 millones de euros de compras en lechugas, tomates y pimientos verdes IGP de Gernika con sello Eusko Label y guindillas frescas con sello Euskal Baserri que son comercializadas en sus tiendas bajo la marca Eroski Natur. La cooperativa apuesta firmemente por la especialización en frescos locales con un modelo de tienda abierto a la producción local de alimentos.

“Incorporamos a nuestra marca Eroski Natur tomates, lechugas, pimientos verdes IGP de Gernika y guindillas frescas de productores vascos y con la garantía del sello de calidad Eusko Label y Euskal Baserri para las guindillas. Se trata de un acuerdo estable y duradero, que tendrá también un desarrollo en las campañas venideras y que permite impulsar un sector agroalimentario sostenible y profundiza en nuestra especialización en frescos”, ha señalado la responsable de Producto Local de EROSKI, Asun Bastida.

Eusko Label y Euskal Baserri cuentan con una serie de agricultores certificados para producir bajo estos sellos de calidad y origen. Para ello, los alimentos han de estar producidos en la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco y cumplir con los requisitos del reglamento de estas certificaciones gestionadas por la Fundación Hazi Fundazioa.

“La proximidad de los productores al mercado hace posible que los alimentos, recogidos en su punto óptimo de maduración, lleguen siempre frescos al punto de venta. El consumidor puede así degustar un producto local, de origen reconocido y elaborado según modelos de explotación sostenibles”, ha subrayado Asun Bastida.

Ana Eizagirre, copropietaria de la explotación agraria Aitzeta de la localidad guipuzcoana de Aizarnazabal ha calificado por su parte de “estratégica en este momento para el sector primario la apuesta que EROSKI está realizando por los productores locales y en especial el interés por diferenciar y poner en valor todos aquellos alimentos que cuentan con una certificación de calidad”.

Impulso para un sector primario sostenible y diversificado

El acuerdo alcanzado entre EROSKI, Eusko Label, Euskal Baserri y sus productores se enmarca dentro del desarrollo del modelo comercial “contigo” que abre las tiendas EROSKI para la comercialización de los alimentos producidos en su entorno, lo que impulsa un sector primario más sostenible y mantiene una alta diversidad de su tejido productivo.

La apuesta por los alimentos locales que realiza la cooperativa se ha desarrollado ya fuertemente en otros sectores como la pesca (campañas de Verdel, Anchoa y Bonito del País Vasco), ganadería (carne de vacuno EROSKI Natur con certificación IGP de Euskal Okela, acuerdo con Harakai Urkaiko para la comercialización de cordero lechal con Eusko Label), aviar (huevos de producción local en granjas del País Vasco) y en torno a la producción alimentaria local (desarrollo de marca propia en Sidra y Txakoli y queso artesano de pastor D.O. Idiazabal elaborado por Artzai Gazta y comercializado con la marca EROSKI SeleQtia).

EROSKI colabora con más de 2.000 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compras superior a los 600 millones de euros anuales.

Sobre Eusko Label y Euskal Baserri

Eusko Label es una marca cuyo signo gráfico es la K de Kalitatea, que sirve para identificar y distinguir aquellos productos agroalimentarios producidos, transformados y/o elaborados en la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco, que destacan por su calidad, especificidad o singularidad. Sus objetivos principales son garantizar al consumidor un alto nivel de calidad, identificar el origen y la autenticidad de los productos con total seguridad, defender la labor de los productores y promover la producción de calidad.

Por otro lado, Euskal Baserri es una marca de garantía que permite identificar las frutas y verduras del País Vasco producidos en pequeñas huertas o explotaciones cercanas a los caseríos del País Vasco, tal como se ha venido realizando generación tras generación de baserritarras.

Sobre EROSKI Natur

Bajo la marca EROSKI NATUR se engloban productos frescos de frutería, carnicería y pescadería que son seleccionados en origen, no tienen conservantes ni aditivos y basan su garantía en un proceso integral de control y aseguramiento de sus características organolépticas que ofrecen un sabor natural.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


The Home Depot® announces the appointment of Jeff Boyd to its board of directors

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today (Oct 06, 2016) announced the appointment of Jeff Boyd, interim chief executive officer and president of The Priceline Group, Inc. (“Priceline”), to the company’s board of directors. Boyd will serve on the company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and its Finance Committee. His appointment gives the company 13 directors, 12 of whom are independent.

Boyd has served in a number of senior executive positions during his tenure at Priceline, a leading provider of online travel and related services. His strategic leadership at Priceline guided the company to grow from a loss in 2002 to a multi-billion dollar profitable business.

Boyd has served as Priceline’s interim CEO and president since April 2016, and has served as its chairman since January 2013. He previously served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility at Priceline, including as its president and CEO from November 2002 until December 2013. He was Priceline’s president and Co-CEO from August 2002 to November 2002; its chief operating officer from November 2000 to August 2002; and its executive vice president, general counsel and secretary from January 2000 to October 2000. Prior to joining Priceline, Boyd was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Oxford Health Plans, Inc.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Jeff to our board of directors,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “He brings extensive experience in global e-commerce, sales and marketing, as well as proven corporate leadership and strategic management skills.”

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,276 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.


IR Coordinator: 770-384-2871

SOURCE: The Home Depot

H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores

H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores
H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dynamic shapes, utilitarian details and a fresh take on femininity define the capsule collection by H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins. Hannah has worked closely with the H&M design team since the final in December 2015 to develop pieces from her winning collection, which will be available in selected H&M stores and online from October 20.

“I am so excited about Hannah’s collection for H&M. She thinks in a totally fresh way about women’s fashion, creating pieces that have a real energy and authenticity,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M

Hannah’s unique signature can be found throughout the collection, with every piece she designs, Hannah loves to find new ways to tailor and drape, often using workwear as her starting point. Oversized garments are fitted to the body using folds or staples; functional fabrics are given a feminine twist and proportions are played with for a fresh silhouette.

The oversized bomber, in waxed cotton, has its sleeves stapled to create the shape, while a dried wax cotton boiler suit has been folded, pleated and stapled for a new femininity. An oversized denim jacket has been cinched to create a unique take on a bomber, while a cropped sweater is slouchy and comforting to wear − its extended sleeves contrasting with its shorter length. Throughout the collection there are special details, such as the utilitarian staples that hold many of the folds, or the trims of silk that are caught in the seams to give a frayed, softening finish.

“I’ve had such an incredible experience creating this collection together with H&M. I’ve learned so much, and it’s amazing to see the pieces for H&M being so true to my winning collection”

Hannah Jinkins
25-year old British-born Hannah Jinkins graduated in 2015 from the womenswear programme at the Royal College of Art in London. She was awarded the H&M Design Award 2016 by a jury that included H&M Creative Advisors Ann-Sofie Johansson and Margareta van den Bosch, actress Kate Bosworth, Creative Director of Balmain Olivier Rousteing, stylist Katy England, photographer Nick Knight, blogger and founder of The Blonde Salad Chiara Ferragni and Floriane de Saint-Pierre, headhunter and founder of Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés. Founded in 2012, the H&M Design Award is open to students and graduates of some of the world’s most eminent fashion and design colleges, showing H&M’s commitment to the future of fashion and support for young and talented emerging designers.

For more details about the pieces in the collection visit our Image Gallery

Press Enquiries:

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00

Source: H&M


NRF on FTC’s Patent Assertion Entity Activity study: Congress should use the momentum from the study to pass legislation to reform patent laws

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (October 6, 2016) issued the following statement from Vice President for Government Relations and Political Affairs Beth Provenzano following the release of the Federal Trade Commission’s Patent Assertion Entity Activity study. According to the study, 17 percent of companies receiving demands for payment from patent trolls are retailers, who also make up 10 percent of all defendants in patent litigation and 13 percent of companies paying royalties to patent trolls.

“Congress should use the momentum from this study to pass legislation to reform patent laws as soon as they return from the October recess. The common sense suggestions that the FTC presented today would level the playing field for retailers who are currently battling patent trolls, and bring balance to the patent litigation system that is vital for the retail industry.

“This report reveals data supporting the facts we have been presenting to members of Congress for many years –  that retailers are being victimized by patent trolls’ abusive practices, and that this abuse is diverting vital resources that retailers could otherwise use to invest and grow their businesses, further innovation and create jobs.”

The study is the conclusion of an investigation into patent trolls the FTC began in 2013.

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


Treacy Reynolds
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF announces first two keynote speakers for Retail’s Digital Summit 2017 hosted by

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of this year’s Retail’s Digital Summit hosted by, the National Retail Federation today (October 6, 2016) announced the first two keynote speakers for next year’s event, taking place in Los Angeles, September 25-27, 2017.

Mariam Naficy, founder and CEO of Minted, is a pioneer of consumer Internet businesses. Naficy invented Minted’s unique crowdsourced and curated marketplace model with the mission of building an e-commerce platform that continuously offers fresh goods across limitless categories. She sits on the boards of Yelp and Every Mother Counts, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2014 and has been one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs every year since 2012.

Adam Grant is a top-rated Wharton professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, Fortune’s 40 under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, “Originals” and “Give and Take,” and serves on the Lean In board and the U.S. Department of Defense Innovation Board.

“We are honored to have both Mariam and Adam join us for next year’s Retail’s Digital Summit as keynote speakers, as each will bring a unique perspective to the world of digital retail,” NRF Vice President of Digital Retail Artemis Berry said., a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events.

The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

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

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

Source: NRF

Inditex strengthens its presence in the Southern Hemisphere with the opening of Zara’s first store in New Zealand

Inditex strengthens its presence in the Southern Hemisphere with the opening of Zara's first store in New Zealand
Inditex strengthens its presence in the Southern Hemisphere with the opening of Zara’s first store in New Zealand


Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (06/10/2016), Zara opens the doors to its first store in New Zealand, extending Inditex’s reach in the Southern Hemisphere to nine markets with 102 stores, each receiving the dedicated Southern Hemisphere collections. This opening also marks the fifth new market for the brand this year, expanding Inditex’s commercial reach to 93 markets worldwide.

The new store in Auckland’s Sylvia Park Shopping Centre – the largest retail development in the city– has a total space of 2,552 square metres spread seamlessly over one floor. The store includes almost 1,850 square metres of commercial space and displays all the brand’s latest Spring/Summer collections (Woman, Basic, TRF, Kids and Man) all designed exclusively for the Southern Hemisphere by a dedicated team.

As in every new Zara Store, its image can be summed up in four words: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability. A sleek white surface spans the ceiling and walls so that the limits within the store are no longer defined. This helps to create the illusion of space and freedom while creating a backdrop which enhances the beauty of the fashion creations. The space invites the customer to enjoy as never before the experience of feeling, touching, observing and interacting with the merchandise.

The Sylvia Park store also incorporates all the green-building criteria stipulated by Inditex’s environmental plan – Sustainable Inditex. More than half Inditex’s stores worldwide are already eco-efficient, consuming 30% less energy and half the amount of water compared with a conventional store.

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

Source: Inditex


NGA to move 2019 NGA Show to a larger convention space in San Diego, California

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct 6, 2016), the National Grocers Association (NGA) announced that the 2019 NGA Show will be held in San Diego, California on February 24 – 27, 2019 and February 23 – 26, 2020. This move in location is directly in response to the need for a larger convention space to meet the growth in exhibitor and participant attendance and reflects the continued growth of NGA, which has doubled its membership in the past five years.

“We are very enthusiastic about the future of The NGA Show as well as the independent supermarket industry, and San Diego an exciting destination to match that sentiment. As we continue to expand we look forward to working with our Show partners to deliver value to attendees and make this a memorable conference,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

With more than 35 educational sessions and workshops, the Show offers an unparalleled chance to catch up on industry issues, trends, and developments.  Education seminars, roundtable discussions, and partner exhibits are all geared to provide attendees with the latest information that they can take home and implement in their businesses.

“Over the past five years, the interest shown by our trading partners has been tremendous, creating the need for a larger Expo floor,” said Matt Ott, chief operating officer, NGA.  “We look forward to expanding and diversifying exhibitors on the Expo floor to provide attendees with multiple opportunities to view and research new products and services for their business. The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, CPG manufacturers and service providers, truly making it the place for independent grocers to gather and network.”

For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. Online registration for The NGA Show can be found at


Tel:  (703) 516-0700
Fax:  (703) 516-0115

Source: National Grocers Association

Wegmans delivers 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food at Thomas Jefferson Area Branch of Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

VERONA, VA, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., a Wegmans tractor-trailer will arrive at the Thomas Jefferson Area Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank carrying 20 pallets of non-perishable food. The donation will take place one month before a new Wegmans store opens in Charlottesville on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Store Manager Chris DePumpo and a team of Wegmans employees will be on hand to unload the truck. The donation includes canned soups, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, juice and other products.

“Food for the hungry is one of our most important giving priorities and it’s a privilege for us to make our first delivery to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank,” said DePumpo. “We’re proud to help make a difference in the community as a new neighbor in Charlottesville.”

The Food Bank distributes 3.8 million pounds of food through 60 partner agencies — pantries, soup kitchens shelters and other nonprofits in the Thomas Jefferson region. More than 25,600 people in the area are served each month.

“We welcome the addition of Wegmans in our community,” said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “Through this donation and more to follow in the months ahead, Wegmans in Charlottesville will help thousands of families and individuals put food on their tables.”

In 2015, the Food Bank and its partner agencies received a total of 8.6 million pounds of food from grocery stores that might have gone to waste.

Last year, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to area food banks across all of its market areas. For more information on Wegmans in Charlottesville, please visit

For interviews and to cover the donation, please contact a member of the communications team.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 91-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

About the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. Headquartered in Verona, VA, the Food Bank serves 25 counties and eight cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank distributes nearly 24.6 million pounds of food annually to 114,400 people each month through a network of 215 community partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, churches and other non-profit groups. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, a national food bank association that supports 200 food banks across the United States.Today, we celebrate thirty-five years of nourishing lives. For more information, visit

Contact Information:
Valerie Fox
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Abena Foreman-Trice
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank communications director

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Whole Foods Market honored with 2015-2016 “Best of the Best” award from EPA’s GreenChill Partnership

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has received the 2015-2016 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for using an advanced, more environmentally sustainable refrigeration system at its Dublin, California, store. The award is presented annually to one or more GreenChill-certified stores demonstrating innovation in advanced refrigeration technology.

The GreenChill Partnership works with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions in order to decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate. Companies receive Annual Achievement Awards for meeting refrigerant emissions rate goals, demonstrating reduced emissions, or achievements within the Store Certification Program. Whole Foods Market stores are among approximately 11,000 GreenChill partner stores throughout the nation.

“The Whole Foods Market store in Dublin, California, is the ‘Best of the Best’ for installing a cutting-edge refrigeration system with the help of a GreenChill partner equipment manufacturer with the aim of being supremely climate-friendly,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “GreenChill praises Whole Foods Market for its environmental leadership within the supermarket industry as demonstrated through the installation of many innovative refrigeration systems in many stores that are protecting the ozone layer and the Earth’s climate.”

The Dublin store exceeds requirements for efficiency and features an innovative indirect cooling system that greatly reduces dependency on public energy sources. Ninety-nine percent of the store’s lights are high-efficiency LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and the refrigeration system runs entirely on natural refrigerants.

“We are proud of our Dublin store and the Northern California regional store development team for their work in implementing refrigerants that don’t harm the ozone layer or contribute to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader of sustainable facilities for Whole Foods Market. “What an honor to be recognized for work that furthers our commitment to our core value of supporting our communities and the environment.”

Whole Foods Market has long worked to reduce refrigerant emissions. The company received its first GreenChill certification in 2009, after becoming a founding partner of GreenChill in 2007.

Most recently, the grocer’s newly opened Santa Clara, California, store received the EPA’s highest award for climate-friendly refrigeration with a Platinum level GreenChill certification. The store’s new refrigeration system eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration by utilizing two natural refrigerants in the systems cutting-edge design.

For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, please visit


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Kevin Holt to succeed James McCann at Ahold USA

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5 October 2016) Ahold Delhaize announced that James McCann, member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize, has resigned in order to move out of full-time executive work and into a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles. He will remain available to provide an appropriate hand over and transition through April 30, 2017.

James joined Ahold in September 2011 as Chief Commercial Officer, taking over responsibilities for Ahold USA in 2013. After the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group in July 2016, he became member of the Ahold Delhaize Management Board and continued his leadership role at Ahold USA.

Dick Boer, CEO Ahold Delhaize: “We thank James for his significant contributions both driving our e-commerce strategy whilst based in Europe and for the last three-and-a-half years driving the transformation at Ahold USA, supporting the Stop & Shop New York, Stop & Shop New England, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Martin’s and Peapod brands. We wish James and his wife Tania all the best for the future.”

James McCann will be succeeded at Ahold USA by Kevin Holt. Kevin currently is CEO of Delhaize America and member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize.

Dick Boer: “As the new leader of Ahold USA, Kevin brings a wealth of US retail experience and he is recognized for his leadership skills.”

Kevin Holt: “I am looking forward to getting to know Ahold USA and the great brands it is supporting. I am leaving Delhaize America with pride for the transformations we have accomplished and with gratitude for the support and warmth I received from the many associates and customers.”

Following Kevin’s departure from Delhaize America to assume his new role at Ahold USA, Delhaize America including the Food Lion and Hannaford brands will be reporting on an ad interim basis to Frans Muller, Deputy CEO of Ahold Delhaize. Both Frans and Kevin will assume their new accountabilities effective immediately and will continue to report to Dick Boer.

Media Contacts:

Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize Group

Key historical data released on the financial results of Ahold Delhaize post their merger

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize today (October 6, 2016 ) published pro forma combined financial information following the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group which was completed on July 23, 2016.

The unaudited pro forma information includes key historical data on the results of Ahold Delhaize and provides a comparative basis to facilitate assessment of the current performance of the combined company for illustrative purposes. The information, which may be subject to change, is presented in a format that is aligned with Ahold Delhaize’s future reporting structure and reporting segments.

The pro forma key historical data has been prepared assuming the merger became effective on the first day of Ahold’s 2015 financial year. Delhaize Group’s assets and liabilities have been accounted for at fair value, in accordance with IFRS 3, and calculated on the basis of values/data established on the date of merger completion, i.e. July 23, 2016. No adjustments were made for the difference in number of weeks per quarter. The reporting calendar will be aligned to 13 week quarters for all segments as of the first quarter of 2017.

The following main adjustments to the combined historical data were made to arrive at the pro forma information:

• Exclusion of the performance of remedy stores and other divestments
• Exclusion of merger transaction costs
• Inclusion of Purchase Price Allocation effects on Delhaize assets and liabilities, impacting depreciation and amortization, net interest expense and rent
• Alignment of Global Support Office functions and related costs
• Alignment of foreign exchange rates for consolidation of foreign group entities

Following provisional fair value adjustments were made to the Delhaize balance sheet:

• Property, Plant and Equipment increased by €0.8 billion
• Goodwill & non-amortizable intangibles increased by €5.2 billion, which includes €2.4 billion allocated to Ahold banners
• Other intangible assets increased by €0.9 billion
• Net debt increased by €0.7 billion to €2.7 billion

Media Contacts:

Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize Group

Apple to train app developers at its first iOS Developer Academy in Napes, Italy

Cupertino, California, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple opened the first iOS Developer Academy Thursday to train app developers on the world’s most exciting and innovative software ecosystem. An initial class of 100 students are beginning their one-year training at a new center at the University of Frederico II in Naples.

Announced by Apple in January, the program will provide students with practical skills and experience to help turn their app ideas into reality and bring them to market on the App Store. The successful applicants hail from 11 different regions across Italy and include students from Latvia, Germany and the Netherlands. In total, 200 students will join the center during this academic year. Next year, the academy plans to double in capacity to 400 students.

Apple is also announcing the addition of a new iOS Foundation Program in the Campania region of Italy that will collaborate with at least five additional universities. The new program will offer students three- to four-week courses on app design for iOS, and is expected to benefit over 800 students in the first year alone.

During the iOS Developer Academy’s first semester, courses will enhance and improve students’ software development skills on iOS. During the year, students will attend courses on the creation of startups and app design, and collaborate on the creation of apps which can be submitted to the App Store.

Today there are over 2 million apps on the App Store, which has created an entire new industry of jobs and opportunities. The App Store has generated an estimated 1.2 million jobs across Europe, including 75,000 in Italy, and nearly €10 billion in payments to European developers since 2008.

The iOS Developer Academy program is open to students in Italy and around the world, with scholarships available to those who may benefit from financial support.

Press Contacts:

Alisha Johnson
(669) 227-3364

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market offer guests flu shots at the in-store pharmacy

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The flu and winter go together like peanut butter and jelly, but are a much less appetizing combo. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market are working to break up the unpleasant partnership by offering store guests flu shots at the in-store pharmacy. For a small fee, shoppers can get the vaccine by visiting the pharmacy at any store and speaking with the pharmacist. The program is designed to help keep guests healthy while saving them time, since they can get the shot when they come to grocery shop.

“Our pharmacies are focused on providing total wellness to our patients through a variety of consultations, classes and medications,” said Chris Sheard, Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations pharmacies. “By offering flu shots to our guests, we are helping prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, which is something everyone can be happy about.”

The pharmacies have offered flu shots to shoppers since 2007 as a way to help protect against the seasonal illness. There is a small fee for the vaccine, but the pharmacies accept most insurance plans and the fee may be waived. The program is part of a larger initiative to provide total wellness care to patients in partnership with their primary care physician. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market operate 42 locations across Utah.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:




Dick’s Market—

Fresh Market—

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

Source: AFS

Univision in partnership with Paradies Lagardère opened new store at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, yesterday (October 06, 2016) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Univision-branded store located in Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). This is the fifth Univision-branded store opened in partnership with Paradies Lagardère in airports across the country, including two at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2015, one at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in March 2016 and one at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in July 2016.

Univision-branded stores feature various products, including snacks and beverages that represent Latin America, as well as all the basic travel essentials. Each location features Univision programming in Spanish throughout the day on large television screens, including Noticiero Univision, the most trusted newscast on Spanish-language television in the United States.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Carvel announces the return of its delicious Lil’ Screamers Novelty Treats

Carvel announces the return of its delicious Lil’ Screamers Novelty Treats
Carvel announces the return of its delicious Lil’ Screamers Novelty Treats


ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carvel… America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, isn’t offering tricks for Halloween, just treats, with the return of its delicious Lil’ Screamers Novelty Treats. The fall holiday lineup also includes Lil’ Gobblers and Lil’ Snowmen.

Available October 14 through Halloween, Carvel Lil’ Screamers feature freshly-made vanilla soft ice cream, sitting on a Flying Saucer® wafer and decorated to look like adorable, scary ghosts. Turning to turkey time next, Lil’ Gobblers will take the cake through Thanksgiving, made of premium vanilla ice cream coated in a chocolate shell and topped off with a whipped frosting design to look like miniature Tom the Turkey® cakes.

“Carvel’s novelty treats have made many holiday tables complete,” said Scott Colwell, President of Carvel. “We hope these offerings bring guests a lil’ something extra to their holiday season.”

Following ghosts and turkeys, Carvel’s Lil’ Snowmen also sit on a Flying Saucer® wafer and are decorated with blue frosting scarves and ear muffs, available through December 31. These treats are available at all full shoppe locations and offered for a limited time during the holiday season at a suggested price of $9.99 in packs of 4.

If a larger cake is what you seek, Carvel can also satisfy this craving with offerings of Witch Cake, Tom the Turkey, Santa Cake, and Snowman Cake.

As the first retail ice cream franchise operation in the country, Carvel has become one of the most recognized names in ice cream. Since it began in 1934, Carvel has expanded its menu to include an extensive line of hand-dipped and soft ice cream, take-home novelty treats and premium ice cream cakes. All Carvel treats are handcrafted at local Carvel Shoppes daily and are made with only authentic, real milk ice cream.

For more information, visit

About Carvel® Ice Cream
The United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream, has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft ice cream and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes.  Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 400 franchised and food service locations. Visit for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream or become a fan at


Melissa Smith
Phone: 404-705-4449

Source: Carvel Ice Cream


JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE opens its first independent retail store in Austria

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — 13 October this year, JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE opens its first independent retail store in Austria – and the customers are in for a unique experience.

Jeans are the backbone of JACK & JONES – the muscle power behind the brand. Now, to further develop their strongest asset, JACK & JONES JEANS INTELLIGENCE will open their first independent retail store. We talked to Retail Director Peter Kristiansen, who let us in on the new concept:

“When customers enter the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store, they will clearly see that it is not a JACK & JONES store. The look and feel will be significantly different as the concept revolves around jeans. This is, among other things, visualized by a large jeans wall featuring up to 20 different jeans models and all kinds of tools used for fittings and treatments for jeans; you could say that the wall will function as a huge toolbox, and the store will give you the feeling of being in a laboratory.”

Jeans will cover around 60% of the assortment in the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store. The rest of the assortment will include a couple of other JACK & JONES brands to complement the jeans concept: VINTAGE with its iconic classics and PREMIUM with its chinos and Oxford button-ups – and of course shoes and other accessories to top off the outfits.


Behind a jeans bar, the customers will find the absolute key element in the store – the ‘denim dealer’.  The denim dealer is a dedicated jeans nerd who is an expert in everything regarding jeans. All store personnel have gone through 6-8 days of hardcore denim training at Campus in Brande to obtain product knowledge and become experts in denim – denim dealers.

Peter Kristiansen elaborates: “The unique atmosphere in the store has to be created by the denim dealers, and our customers will experience excellent service. We want to be extraordinary. We want to take our customers on a denim journey through a world of Craftsmanship and Dedication in an authentic environment, and we want to inspire and educate them in how to treat and maintain their jeans the best way possible. It’s all about creating value for our customers and giving them a deep insight into the craftmanship behind a pair of jeans.”

“To sum it up, our goal is to send our customers home with more than just a pair of jeans in their bag – they should leave the JEANS INTELLIGENCE store with a story. A jeans story.”


”Our first store in Salzburg is the beginning of a new era for us – a pilot project. And of course, we dream big. We always do. We wouldn’t start up something like this if we didn’t believe in the concept, and we already see a huge interest from both the UK and Germany as well as other European markets,” Peter says, and continues:

“Now, we are searching for a talented and dedicated Chain Manager who is up for the unique chance of taking this part of the business further as an independent part of JACK & JONES. We also consider which of our existing partners should have the opportunity to join in. Last but not least, we hope to give new potential – and maybe less financially strong – partners the chance to prove themselves.”

On 13 October, the first JEANS INTELLIGENCE store will open its doors in the Europark shopping centre in Salzburg, Austria. The day before the official opening, a VIP opening will take place for invited press and bloggers.


+45 99 42 32 00

Source: Bestseller

Albert Heijn innoveert in het vega- en groenteschap



Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘Steeds meer consumenten willen graag 250 gram groenten per dag eten, maar dat is niet altijd makkelijk. Om de keuze voor gezond eten eenvoudiger te maken voegen we veel verschillende kookgroenten en vegetarische producten toe aan het schap zoals frietjes van groente, vers falafeldeeg, biologische pompoenstukjes en burgers van gestoomde groenten. En omdat we weten dat onze klanten variatie belangrijk vinden inspireren we hen met tot wel vijf verschillende bereidingswijzen op de verpakking’, aldus Marit van Egmond, directeur merchandising & sourcing bij Albert Heijn.

Kleurrijke vleesvervangers

De nieuwe vegetarische producten van Albert Heijn zijn echt vers en niet voorgebakken. De producten zitten boordevol groenten en bevatten veel eiwitten. De kleurrijke vleesvervangers zijn goed voor iedereen die meer groente wil eten en daarin graag varieert. De uitbreiding van het vegetarische assortiment bestaat uit drie soorten producten:

  • Burgers van gestoomde groente gemaakt van rode biet, mais en wortel, en groene boon
  • Verse vegetarisch gehakt: rul, in balletjes en boomstammetjes
  • Vers falafeldeeg in de varianten naturel, rode biet en groentemix

Groentegemak voor iedereen

Alle kookgroenten in het schap met gesneden verse groenten hebben een nieuwe verpakking gekregen. Daarop staan tot wel vijf verschillende bereidingswijzen voor ieder product. Ook is het schap uitgebreid met verrassende soorten groenten en groentecombinaties zoals:

  • Stamppotgroenten met paarse boerenkool
  • Biologische pompoenstukjes
  • Groentefriet van zoete aardappel, pastinaak en gele biet
  • Groentefriet van oranje wortel, gele wortel, knolselderij en koolraap. Uiteraard gesneden als echte frietjes extra leuk voor kinderen.

Daarnaast zijn er meerdere kleinverpakkingen toegevoegd. Zo wordt het ook voor kleinere huishoudens makkelijker om gezonde porties groenten te eten.

Met de uitbreiding van het groente- en vega-assortiment inspireert Albert Heijn klanten om meer te variëren en te experimenteren. Albert Heijn werkt al sinds 1973 samen met groenteproducent Koninklijke Vezet om miljoenen klanten elke dag te inspireren met lekkere en gezonde producten

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Source: Albert Heijn


Klépierre announces that its shares will be delisted from Euronext Amsterdam N.V. as of November 7, 2016

Paris, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre S.A. (“Klépierre”) which is currently listed on both Euronext Paris and Euronext Amsterdam announces that its shares will be delisted from Euronext Amsterdam N.V. (“Euronext Amsterdam”) as of Monday November 7, 2016.

Following the approval by Euronext Amsterdam of the delisting request, Klépierre announces that:
 the last day of trading on Euronext Amsterdam will be Friday November 4, 2016;
 the delisting will be effective Monday November 7, 2016.

Klépierre wishes to consolidate its listings on a single stock exchange, i.e. Euronext Paris. The delisting from Euronext Amsterdam will neither affect the liquidity of the shares nor have any impact on the trading. All transactions currently carried out at Euronext are and will remain processed through the Euronext single order book.

No specific action is required from holders of Klépierre shares and they will not bear any cost due to the delisting.


A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at 22.6 billion euros at June 30, 2016 and comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries in Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling (56.1%) stake in Steen & Strøm, Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry, and APG (13.1%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam. Klépierre is included in the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and GPR 250 indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as DJSI World and Europe, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, and Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe, and is ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions underscore Klépierre’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy. For more information:

AGENDA: October 26, 2016 2016 Third quarter revenues (press release after market close)

*** This press release is available on Klépierre’s website:

+ 33 (0)1 40 67 52 24

Julien ROUCH
+33 (0)1 40 67 53 08

Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 13 01

Camille PETIT
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 12 98

Source: Klépierre

MPPA announces new management appointments

Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia which operates Hypermart, SmartClub, Foodmart, Boston Health & Beauty and FMX, today (October 6, 2016) announced new appointments for Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Strategic, Business Intelligence and Planning Officer. These appointments are in-line with the Company’s strategy to strengthen its management team for continuation of the Company’s retail growth and the anticipation of new business opportunities in the future.

MPPA welcomes Surya Tatang as the Company’s new CFO. The Board of Commissioners, Directors and management team are delighted to have Mr Tatang on-board to direct and supervise the Company’s overall financial aspects. Mr. Tatang is already well known by the MPPA team. His extensive corporate finance expertise in the financial industry includes the recent position of CFO of PT Link Net Tbk. He is a CFA charterholder.

MPPA also welcomes Patrick J. Hopper to assume the new position of Chief Strategic, Business Intelligence and Planning Officer. Subsequent to this appointment, Mr Hopper played an integral role as MPPA’s CFIO while also developing Company strategy and modernizing existing business processes. Mr. Hopper’s work led MPPA’s commitment to build a sustainable retail management platform and institutionalize business processes to support long term growth. As the Company continues to grow as a multi format retailer, Mr Hopper’s new role will be a key contributor to MPPA’s success in the years ahead.

Noel Trinder, CEO of MPPA, commented, “We are delighted and honored to have both Surya Tatang and Patrick J. Hopper as the Company’s new CFO and Chief Strategic, Business Intelligence and Planning Officer respectively. As MPPA grows its position as a leading FMCG retailer in Indonesia, the Company needs to continue strengthening its organization with the right capabilities at the right time. Both Surya and Patrick represent the best executives to assume their duties and will be important parts of the solid MPPA management team.”

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)

PT Matahari Putra Prima one of Indonesia largest retailers employs more than 13,000 associates who serve customers in 112 Hypermarkets (Hypermart), 25 Supermarkets (Foodmart Primo/Fresh), 52 Minimarket/ Convenience stores (FMX), 106 Health and Beauty format stores (Boston) and 2 Wholesale (SmartClub). As of 30 June 2016, MPPA operates 297 stores in 68 cities throughout Indonesia.

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2016 SWA 100: Indonesia’s Best Wealth Creator, 2016 Brandz™ Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesia Brandsby Millward Brown & WPP, The Charter Award concerning the environmental standards from Ecolabel & Green Label Indonesia by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia, 2015 Indonesia WOW Brand by MarkPlus Inc, 2015 Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian Brands by Millward Brown, 2015 Indonesia Best eMark Award by SWA & Telkom University, and 2015 Top 10 Retailers Certificate of Distinction by Retail Asia.

For further information, please contact: Email:

Source: MPPA

Build-A-Bear Workshop unveils line of Make-Your-Own plush based on DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls characters

ST. LOUIS, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive destination for creating personalized furry friends, today (Oct. 6, 2016) unveiled a hair-raising line of Make-Your-Own plush based on the stars of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, in U.S. theaters November 4. The collection includes huggable Trolls characters Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond, in addition to a pre-stuffed Cooper. Guests can customize their Trolls and other classic Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends with a fun collection of outfits, hair accessories, backpack clips, sound chips and more, now available in U.S., Canada and U.K. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and at

A “Bunch of Characters”: Meet the Make-Your-Own Trolls
The gang’s all here – with playful updos and upbeat attitudes! Guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop can choose from three 15-inch Trolls plush characters to stuff and customize. The line-up includes: Poppy, the positively upbeat queen of the Trolls; Branch, who is practical and always prepared; and Guy Diamond, a popular and glittery Troll who knows how to kick off any party.

Express Yourself (and Your Trolls)
The Trolls march to the tune of their own DJs, and Build-A-Bear Workshop guests are encouraged to style the Trolls in a way that is uniquely theirs using accessories, costumes and sounds. Poppy wouldn’t be Poppy without her hair and headband and, as the “living disco ball,” Guy Diamond has heaps of confidence but not a stitch of clothing! Guests can add his auto-tuned phrases for even more fun. Costumes, character voices and more – including Branch’s costume and hoodie with hair as well as the Trolls “Get Back Up Again” song – are featured in the Build-A-Bear Workshop Trolls collection (all sold separately).

Friends, Cupcakes and Sprinkles
Troll Town is a colorful place with crazy happy friends, cupcakes and sprinkles on the side! Build-A-Bear Workshop brings all the magic of Troll Town to its collection with a Trolls lip gloss wristband set, a Trolls cupcake wrist accessory for the plush characters, Trolls backpack clips – including Fuzzbert – and even Hug Time pajamas and Trolls hair extensions that fit most Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends! Cooper, the mystical Trolls character that shows off his crazy dance moves and wicked harmonica skills in the film, is also available as a 12-inch pre-stuffed plush.

“Just like the Trolls, we believe in the power of a hug, a song and a dance, and that’s exactly what everyone can experience at Build-A-Bear Workshop,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “We’re bringing the fun, hair-raising spirit of what’s sure to be a big-screen hit to life with the only Make-Your-Own Trolls plush, as well as accessories, that offer opportunities for expression, imagination and, of course, heart.”

For more information and to experience Build-A-Bear’s new interactive Trolls puzzle, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland,Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit

About Trolls
From the creators of Shrek comes the smartest, funniest and most irreverent animated comedy of the year,DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters. Discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. DreamWorks’ Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
For more information, visit

Media contact:
Beth Kerley
Build-A-Bear Workshop
314-423-8000 ext. 5430


Build-A-Bear Workshop unveils line of Make-Your-Own plush based on DreamWorks Animation's Trolls characters
Build-A-Bear Workshop unveils line of Make-Your-Own plush based on DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls characters


SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin announces an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C

OLATHE, Kan, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today (October 4, 2016) announced the GPSMAP 276Cx, an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C. Since its launch in 2004, the 276C has proven to be a versatile GPS navigator ready for land and sea. The 276Cx provides all the classic functionality of the original with all the latest technological improvements of the last decade in a device truly as unique as the customer who desires such performance. The 276Cx now features both GPS and GLONASS for better performance in heavy cover, optional external antenna support (sold separately), HotFix for faster satellite acquisition and wireless connectivity features1. There’s a larger, sunlight-readable 5-inch display, as well as a barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass, which were not present in the 276C. With a variety of powered mounting options, as well as Li-Ion and AA battery support, the GPSMAP 276Cx is ready to go above and beyond the legacy that began with the original 276C.

“We’re excited to introduce a fresh and versatile update to the classic all-terrain navigator with the GPSMAP 276Cx,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Back by popular demand, and updated to fit the 2016 user, the GPSMAP 276Cx can handle anything users want to put it through, no matter if they are out on the water, hitting the trails or cruising through city streets.”

The GPSMAP 276Cx comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief, as well as a subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery 2 to see real-life terrain views right on the device. Additionally, the GPSMAP 276Cx is compatible with a variety of optional maps including Garmin HuntView™, which provides satellite imagery, landowner and parcel information to make your next hunting trip a success. Other supported maps include Garmin TOPO maps, BlueChart® g2 HD marine charts, Custom Maps, raster maps and turn-by-turn routing on City Navigator® and TOPO US 24K maps. The device’s 8 GB of internal memory can also be expanded using a microSD™ card (sold separately).

The GPSMAP 276Cx also boasts a variety of new connected features. Using Wi-Fi® or when paired via Bluetooth to the Garmin Connect™ mobile app on supported devices, the 276Cx delivers Active Weather forecasts and animated weather tracking so users can always be aware of the current weather conditions. Additional app connected features include automatic uploads, smart notifications, LiveTrack and more. The 276Cx also supports ANT+® for external sensor integration, Bluetooth® headsets and Wi-Fi® for automatic updates.

The larger, sunlight-readable 5-inch display, familiar push-button controls, and highly customizable, intuitive user interface makes the GPSMAP 276Cx as easy to use as its predecessor. There are a variety of mounting options, and with an IPX73 water rating, it’s ready to withstand the elements. Another upgrade to the classic design is the new dual battery system, which is compatible with the rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack (included), traditional AA batteries (sold separately), and several powered mount options (powered AMPS compatible mount included). The 276Cx can get up to 16 hours of battery life with the rechargeable battery, and up to 8 hours with AA batteries.

The GPSMAP 276Cx is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, boating or dog training, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to and

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at,, or

1 Compatible smartphone required. See for more details.

2 Software download required.

3 For more information on water ratings, see

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, GPSMAP, BlueChart, City Navigator and ANT+ are registered trademarks, and HuntView and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

The Bluetooth work mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Garmin is under license. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2015, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


Maddie Estrada


GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin announces an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C
GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin announces an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C


Source: Garmin International Inc.

GameStop stores nationwide to open at 12:01 a.m. EDT on October 13 for the launch of PlayStation®VR

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today (10/06/16) that more than 1,600 of its stores across the country will be open for the 12:01 a.m. EDT October 13 launch of PlayStation®VR — a new virtual reality system for PlayStation®4.

“Virtual reality will transform how users experience interactive entertainment,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “GameStop is the destination for VR and we believe PlayStation®VR will deliver our customers an amazing and immersive gaming experience.”

There will be limited quantities of PlayStation®VR available at each GameStop store nationwide on October 13 as well as online at Customers can also trade games and accessories and receive an additional 20 percent bonus offer if they apply the credit towards the purchase of a PlayStation®VR system.

The PlayStation®VR core bundle includes the PlayStation®VR system, cables, stereo headphones, and a demo disc with 18 games for $399.99 USD. GameStop is also offering a PlayStation VR Launch Bundle for $499.99 USD that includes everything in the core package plus two PlayStation Move motion controllers, a PlayStation Move Camera and a PlayStation VR Worlds disc. PlayStation VR WORLDS is a collection of five varied VR experiences built exclusively for PS VR.

Eight physical games will be available on launch day, including Batman: Arkham VR from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, RIGS Mechanized Combat League from Guerrilla Games, EVE Valkyrie from CCP Games, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood from Super massive Games, with many more launching before the end of the year, including the exclusive all-new Star Wars™ Battlefront™ experience from Electronic Arts Inc., DICE and Lucasfilm. In addition, approximately 50 games will launch by the end of 2016 — from small independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers.

Visit a GameStop store location or to purchase PlayStation®VR and discover a new world of virtual gaming experiences and visit to find a participating launch night store near you.

*Limit one console pre-order per household. Quantities are limited.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, omnichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,000 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes;, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek,, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac,, operates 74 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile,, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,421 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter at and find GameStop on Facebook at

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Boston Retail Partners: 56% of retailers say consistent brand experience across channels is their top digital priority

Boston, MA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a new report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), 56% of retailers indicate their top digital priority is to create a consistent brand experience across channels. According to the BRP 2016 Digital Commerce Survey, retailers understand that consumers expect a personalized, seamless experience wherever, whenever and however they shop and they are focused on delivering a unified experience.

“Today’s unified commerce imperative moves the heart of the transaction to a centralized platform,” said Jeffrey Neville, vice president at BRP. “This allows retailers to become more innovative and agile with their digital commerce offerings to further enable a personalized customer experience. It is promising to see that retailers are laser focused on delivering the seamless, cross-channel experience consumers expect.”

BRP’s 2016 Digital Commerce Survey of top North American retailers offers insights into retailers’ current digital commerce priorities and initiatives as the digital and physical worlds converge to facilitate a seamless experience across channels.

The key digital commerce trends driving today’s initiatives are:

Personal – Effectively engaging customers requires retailers to offer personalized, relevant, compelling and consistent brand messaging across channels.

  • 40% are focused on improving personalization as a top digital priority
  • 50% will have customer identifying technology within the store in 2 years
  • 58% plan to utilize geolocation within 2 years

Ubiquitous – Heightened customer expectations for a personalized, seamless experience necessitates that retailers have the ability to follow the customer’s journey as she shops across and among channels.

  • 46% are improving the mobile shopping experience as a top digital priority
  • 75% will host a single shared cart across channels within 3 years
  • 50% will offer “start anywhere, finish anywhere” within 5 years

Unified – Retailers’ organization and infrastructure need to be unified and aligned across channels to offer a seamless and consistent customer experience.

  • 56% are focused on a consistent brand experience across channels as a top digital priority
  • 73% plan to utilize an OMS at the center of their unified commerce platform within 3 years
  • 75% are adding new roles and employee initiatives to accommodate omni-channel tasks

To download the complete 2016 Digital Commerce Survey, visit:

The 2016 Digital Commerce Survey platinum sponsor is NetSuite and the gold sponsors are EarthLink, Manhattan Associates, Orckestra,Radial and Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Networks | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit

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Source: Boston Retail Partners

CFA recognized FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin with CFA’s Outstanding Industry Leader award

WEST HARTFORD, CT, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Connecticut Food Association (CFA) names Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), as the recipient of CFA’s Outstanding Industry Leader award at its 2016 Person of the Year banquet.  Sarasin will be presented the award at an evening reception on October 20th.

“Leslie is a tireless champion for the nation’s food retailers and wholesalers and we’re thrilled to recognize her efforts in advocating on behalf of the food retail industry,” said Wayne Pesce, Connecticut Food Association president. “Leslie fully understands the power the states hold in influencing policy and the broader food community agenda, and her leadership and knowledge has brought a new energy to our industry.”

Pesce described the significance of Sarasin’s award, saying, “Leslie is largely being recognized for her leadership role in the legislative victory that established federal preemption regarding the disclosure of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). In 2013, Connecticut’s Governor signed the first state law in the nation mandating the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, so this year’s legislative victory at a federal level offered Connecticut businesses more flexibility and helped to preserve interstate commerce.”

Sarasin remarked on receiving this honor, “I’m incredibly humbled to receive this recognition from the Connecticut Food Association and to have my efforts acknowledge in a state so dear to the heart of my family is especially meaningful. Some of our most politically active members hail from ‘the Constitution State,’ and their advocacy efforts amplify the voice of food retail so effectively, it is heard well beyond Connecticut’s borders.”

Sarasin’s career in the food industry spans more than 30 years. In October 2008, Sarasin joined FMI during a critical time in the food industry. Her wealth of experience serving the food industry has secured a strong future for FMI and its members. Sarasin remains a staunch supporter of the consumer while advocating on behalf of the businesses FMI represents.

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


Tel: 202-452-8444
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Source: FMI

Arizona: REI Tempe to relocate to Chandler Pavilions shopping center in spring 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This spring, REI members in Maricopa County will have a new co-op store when REI Tempe relocates to the Chandler Pavilions shopping center—approximately five miles south of the existing location. This new store will offer a larger selection of gear and convenient access to outdoor places to the nearly 25,000 local co-op members and 110,000 members throughout the state.

“The local outdoor community has grown immensely since we first opened this store more than three decades ago, so we’re thrilled to give our customers and members a new, larger store for easier access to our gear and expertise,” said store manager Robert Ford. “Combined with three other stores throughout the state and our new distribution center in Goodyear, we look forward to being a bigger part of this community.”

The new 25,000 square foot store will carry the best gear and apparel for the most popular outdoor activities in Arizona, including hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. The store will continue to offer expert advice from the team of local inspired guides, provide educational opportunities as well as experiences through REI Outdoor School, and support the outdoor community.

Since the Tempe store was the co-op’s first location in the Southwest region in 1986, REI has long supported nonprofits that increase sustainable access to Arizona’s beloved outdoor places. So far in 2016, the co-op has invested $75,000 in six nonprofits throughout the state, which includes three organizations working in the Phoenix area—Arizona Trail Association, Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association and Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation.

The co-op also opened its newest distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona in July. The facility produces all of its own energy and is pursuing a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. REI has invested in a portfolio of river restoration projects to balance the building’s water footprint. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy of Arizona, Friends of Verde River Greenway and Change the Course, the projects at the Verde River include modernizing irrigation infrastructure to reduce water use and help enhance stream flows, funding stewardship projects to protect farmland and limit development and new water extraction in critical areas, removing invasive plants to help restore river habitat, and enhancing recreational access.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 146 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958

Source: REI

Barnes & Noble to host its Fall Educator Appreciation Days from October 8-16

New York, NY, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (10/05/2016) announced that it will once again host its Fall Educator Appreciation Days from Saturday, October 8, through Sunday, October 16.  Barnes & Noble’s Educator Appreciation Days occur several times during the year, recognizing pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool educators and administrators, and providing them with an opportunity to enjoy special programs and events, explore the company’s vast selection of products and save with deeper discounts.

Special Events & Sweepstakes Leading up to Barnes & Noble’s Second Annual Mini Maker Faire

During Educator Appreciation Days, in anticipation of its second annual retail Mini Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble will host special tech product demonstrations that will give educators the opportunity to preview the latest tech tools and learn about coding, soldering and 3D printing, as they experience how STEAM can enhance their classroom or school Maker Space. The tools that will be demoed are designed to inspire and help students design, create and make innovative projects, and will include the littleBits™ STEAM Student Set, the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 WiFi 3D Printer from XYZprinting, the WEMake FM Radio Soldering Kit from Elenco® and Dash Robot from Wonder Workshop.

Plus, back by popular demand, Barnes & Noble is once again hosting a national sweepstakes in which educators can enter for the chance to be the one winner from across the country who will win a Maker Space for their school, featuring some of the leading products in technology today including littleBits™ STEAM Student Set, Dash Robot by Wonder Workshop, Code-a-Pillar by Fisher Price, Bloxels Build Your Own Video Games by Mattel, da Vinci Jr. 1.0 WiFi 3D Printer and a 7.0-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK®.

The single national sweepstakes winner will also receive books that teach how to use technology in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork. The book prize package includes titles like Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation and Getting Started in Raspberry Pi.

To enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the Maker Space that is valued at approximately $4,300.00, educators should contact their local Barnes & Noble store or visit to learn how to enter from Saturday, October 8, through Sunday, October 16.

Barnes & Noble Hosts Exclusive Shell Education Workshop on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching

Also during Educator Appreciation Days, all Barnes & Noble stores will host an exclusive workshop designed by Shell Education that is based on the book Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning by Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D., which will discuss culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and explore ways to use these strategies in the classroom. The importance of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning is growing as educators seek to infuse instruction that validates and affirms diverse classrooms.

Plus, throughout Educator Appreciation Days, all Barnes & Noble stores will host additional free workshops and/or educator receptions.  Educator Appreciation Days events may focus on a variety of topics, including but not limited to Barnes & Noble bookfairs, information about new Children’s and Teen titles and award-winning books, plus more. Workshops and educator receptions will vary by store, and educators are encouraged to contact their local Barnes & Noble store or visit for more information.

Incredible Discounts for Educators on Most Merchandise Available at Barnes & Noble

As always during Educator Appreciation Days, public, private and homeschool educators who shop at their local Barnes & Noble store or online at will receive special discounts on merchandise, including:

  • 25% discount on personal and classroom books, toys, games, music, movies and more;
  • 10% off the list price of select NOOK devices;
  • 10% discount on all Café consumable purchases;
  • Other local giveaways, such as gift cards, books, posters, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits, tote bags and more.

These special offers are available to pre-K-12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the free Barnes & Noble Educator Discount program. To take advantage of these offers, educators can apply for their Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card at their local store. The application form is available in store or online at

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes &® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

ECA ToolFast to open new flagship showroom at LCP estate in Aston, Birmingham

ECA ToolFast to open new flagship showroom at LCP estate in Aston, Birmingham
ECA ToolFast to open new flagship showroom at LCP estate in Aston, Birmingham


London, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — A specialist tool merchant is expanding and opening a new flagship showroom in Aston, Birmingham.

ECA ToolFast will open its doors on September 26 after agreeing a 10-year lease with London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) for a 3,858 sq ft showroom in Cheston Road, Aston.

The company, which already has outlets in Coventry, Newark, Stoke-on-Trent, and Leicester, has invested £180,000 into opening the new store, which will create four local jobs.

Gary Baines, managing director of ECA ToolFast, said: “LCP has been incredibly helpful as we’ve worked to get the store ready for opening and we’ve been impressed with the whole process.

“We have been looking at opening a store in Birmingham for quite some time and the showroom in Cheston Road is a really great location and design that suits us down to the ground. This will be our flagship store.

“We’ve spent the past six weeks getting the showroom ready and we’re looking forward to welcoming both existing and new customers from the local construction trades.”

Paula James industrial lettings manager, of LCP, said: “We’ve worked closely with the company to ensure that it is able to open its flagship store in Aston as quickly as possible. The unit is well located in an already popular trade counter location, and we wish ECA ToolFast every success as it prepares to open to local tradespeople.”

Cheston Road Industrial Estate is a popular trade counter location, on the outskirts of the city centre.  The four units have good access to the Aston Express Way (A38), which leads directly to junction 6 of the M6. Existing tenants include Group HES Ltd and Mobile Windscreens Ltd.

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Source: London and Cambridge Properties


Diebold Nixdorf announces management appointments

NORTH CANTON, Ohio and PADERBORN, Germany, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf today (Oct. 6, 2016) named two seasoned technology professionals to lead the company’s forward-looking efforts in researching and developing innovative software and solutions for the next generation.

Ashvin Mathew has joined Diebold Nixdorf as vice president and chief technology officer, Software. He will be responsible for leading the company’s strategic development of cloud-based solutions and software-as-a-service (SAAS) offerings. Mathew, 48, comes to the company from Microsoft Corp., where he spent most of his 20-plus year career in cloud and enterprise-level software development.  Most recently, Mathew served as a general manager in the Microsoft Business Solutions / Dynamics product group within the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise division.

To lead next-generation development for solutions, Diebold Nixdorf has named Reinhard Rabenstein to serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer, Solutions. He will be responsible for integrating and consolidating the company’s technology roadmap.  Rabenstein, 62, has worked with Wincor Nixdorf and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years, primarily in retail banking, most recently serving as chief technology officer for Wincor Nixdorf.  Rabenstein also currently serves as managing director of AEVI, a payments technology subsidiary of Diebold Nixdorf.

“Our ability to attract someone of Ashvin’s caliber to our company illustrates that Diebold Nixdorf, as one of the world’s 75 largest software companies[1], is a serious player in the financial and retail software arena,” said Andy W. Mattes, chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “His experience will help us to shape the future of connected commerce and keep our customers in front of emerging trends.

“Reinhard’s vast knowledge and experience in a large variety of retail banking applications make him a trusted source and opinion leader in the financial industry, and an ideal person to lead our efforts to seek out ‘what’s next’ on the solutions front,” Mattes continued. “Combining Ashvin and Reinhard’s diverse experience will help us leverage our increased global scale and knowledge to more effectively drive innovation in both the financial and retail industries.”

Both Mathew and Rabenstein will report to Mattes and their respective line of business leaders for software and systems.

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

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


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Media Relations
Phone: +1 330.490.3796

Andreas Bruck
Media Relations – Germany
Phone: +49151 1512 3018

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf