Diwali sweets for the festive season available at Ferns N Petals

Delhi, India, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the festive season rolls out, people all around the country have geared themselves up to celebrate the festivity with joy and excitement. Preparations for the festival have started well in advance and folks all around are busy cleaning and renovating their homes. Since the markets are too crowded for folks to scout for the best gift for their loved ones, online portals like Ferns N Petals brings to you an amazing range of gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. Customers can shop for a relishing range of Diwali sweets online that will leave the most pleasing taste on your taste buds.


Indians find it hard to imagine festivals without the traditional Indian delicacies. Hence, online portals are not only striving hard to ensure the freshness of the products but at the same time maintaining its quality too. To make it even more exciting for the customers, Ferns N Petals brings an amazing range of gift combos and hampers that are made available at the most competitive prices and makes the best Bhaidooj gifts online. And customers would feel restricted with choices since they will have the chance to pick form a wide range of Motichoor Laddos, Kaju Katli, Gulab Jamuns, Pedas and Rasgullas amongst others. These sweets can also turn out to be exciting gift options for Bhaidooj which falls a day after Diwali. The company focusses on express delivery of Bhaidooj sweets, thereby ensuring that it is delivered the same day.

“Festivals in India rely on sweets as the primary gift option. Therefore, we have focused more on keeping sweets as one of the most important gift option. Customers can avail exciting combos comprising of sweets and dry fruits, sweets and Diwali crackers or even sweets and idol of gods and goddesses amongst others. All this and much more can be delivered to your doorstep with absolute ease. People can order Deepavali sweets and can send it to any national and international destinations with a click of the mouse”, said VP-Manish Saini, Ferns N Petals.

Ferns N Petals is a renowned brand name in the country which has been delighting customers with its impeccable delivery services for more than 20 years. The online portal has come up with custom delivery services which give the customers the chance to go for same day, next day and even midnight deliveries.

Eshmeeta Kaur
Marketing Head / PR
Ferns N Petals Pvt. Ltd
(91) 9582212653

Hungary: More than 80 independent retailers have become members of SPAR since 2012

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since introducing sub-licencing, more than 80 independent retailers employing over 1,300 people have become members of SPAR, operating across the country. The majority of the stores trade in convenience locations and to date the combined annual turnover exceeds €97 million.

Launched in September 2012, four years on, there are over 80 SPAR retailers operating more than 100 SPAR stores. The SPAR principle of voluntary trading appeals to the retailers, who see many development opportunities for the future when partnering with the SPAR brand. The wide range of products, transportation of goods six days a week, extensive marketing support and promotions, as well as access to the modern IT system and the SuperShop loyalty programme are also factors for partnering with SPAR. Many of the retailers are experienced in food retail trading, having family businesses handed down for generations.

One of the most recent members are Gábor Bruzsa and Tímea Bruzsáné Révész who have opened one store in the Zugló district of Budapest this year but will open a second store in 2017, also in Budapest. Their adventure into retail started in 1992 and has grown into a passion for food retailing. Their decision to partner with SPAR came from reviewing opportunities within Hungary and learning from the SPAR business in Austria.

“The 500 m2 store has been completely renovated, implementing modern elements for a growing business. Dependent on consumer response, the reopening of the store may create up to eight new jobs”, said Erwin Schmuck, Managing Director of SPAR Hungary.

The vast range of products offered on the shelves is well-known in SPAR stores all around the country. Upon entering the store, customers first experience the range of fresh fruit and vegetables, a delicatessen counter, a counter of meat products and an open bakery. In addition to these areas, an extensive range of frozen products, packaged goods and dairy products are also offered to the customers. A total of about 4,000 products are available, including the majority of SPAR Own Brand products.


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

Source: Spar International

DESPAR support earthquake stricken areas in Italy with €20,000 donation to Italian Red Cross

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the aftermath of the earthquake, DESPAR Partner Maiora promoted a fundraising initiative named ‘Our hearts do not tremble, they beat’.

On 27 September, the president and managing director of Maiora, Mr Pippo Cannillo, officially handed the donation to Ms Consiglia Margiotta, president of the Bari Committee of the Italian Red Cross.

The sum was raised by Maiora’s employees and independent SPAR retailers who run stores trading under the DESPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR formats, as well as by employees of another division of the Cannillo Group.

“We do not raise the funds to be seen by the public as we believe that charitable work is best carried out silently,” Mr Cannillo explained. “We have been a channel for this initiative and we have come here to represent all those people who have chosen to donate part of their salaries to this noble cause. We feel that it is our duty to make a public announcement about it” he concluded.

“Keeping in mind that the mission of the Red Cross is a humanitarian one” said president Consiglia Margiotta on the occasion, “we wish to thank DESPAR for their great willingness and sensitivity towards other people’s needs. We hope that this initiative will be the first of a series of common projects undertaken jointly by DESPAR and the Italian Red Cross.”-

DESPAR has always believed in the importance of increasing the value chain, as sharing values generates successful adherence to those values for the company, its people, and the whole community. DESPAR is always an active player of the communities where it operates daily and feels responsible for as a retailer.

DESPAR Italia Partners have become known for their support of earthquake stricken areas in the past few weeks; with recent support being given by DESPAR Nordest (Aspiag Service), our partner in the North-East of Italy.


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

Source: Spar International

Weis Markets welcomes R. Gregory Zeh, Jr. as VP/chief information officer

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (October 11, 2016) announced R. Gregory Zeh, Jr. has joined the Company as vice president/chief information officer (CIO).

As CIO, Mr. Zeh will provide strategic vision and leadership in the development and implementation of solutions that provide business value, engaging customer experiences, and effective management of technology risks. Mr. Zeh will oversee the Company’s day-to-day information technology functions, working in support of marketing and merchandising, supply chain and in-store management retail applications. He reports to Kurt Schertle, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.

During his 25 year career, Mr. Zeh has worked in increasingly senior information technology and finance positions in the food retail and services industries including as vice president/chief information officer at Price Chopper Supermarkets. Prior to joining the company, he was chief financial officer of Mazzone Management Group, LTD.

Mr. Zeh is a graduate of the University at Albany State/University of New York. He is actively involved in community service through his active participation in the volunteer fire service. He is currently Vice President of the Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department and a past chief of the Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company.

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid-Atlantic food retailer operating 192 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Tops Friendly Markets promotes Mark Lumadue to Vice President, Distribution

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts, announced the promotion of Mark Lumadue to Vice President, Distribution. In this role, Lumadue will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations at the distribution centers including: Grocery, Perishable and Freezer Operations; Transportation and Logistics, Process Quality, and Facilities. Mark will develop and ensure the execution of long-term strategies in distribution operations.

Lumadue is a key Tops executive who previously served as Manager of Supply Chain and most recently as Director of Logistics. Prior to his employment with Tops, Lumadue held positions with Ahold USA and Fisher Price.

“Mark’s extensive knowledge in operations, vendor relations, and project management have already proven to be an asset to Tops,” said John Persons, president and chief operating officer for Tops Friendly Markets. “Mark was also instrumental in the success of the relocation of our frozen warehouse to a new facility in West Seneca this past August. He managed the team’s efforts to re-profile and label racking, install IT systems, and created a transition plan, all while ensuring that there was no lapse in service to our stores.”

A graduate of Medaille College, Lumadue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Mark resides in Williamsville, NY with his wife Susan and two sons.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 16,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

Contact: 1-800-522-2522

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

BJ’s Restaurants to release its 3Q2016 results on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Oct. 11, 2016) announced that it will release its third quarter 2016 results after the market closes on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  The Company will host an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) that same day.  The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.  To listen to the conference call, please visit the “Investors” page of the Company’s website located at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com several minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software.  An archive of the presentation will be available for 30 days following the call.

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

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

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Carrefour Poland opens new hypermarket in Galeria Wołomin shopping arcade

Poland, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 6 October, Carrefour Poland opened a new hypermarket in Wołomin (just east of Warsaw) in the Galeria Wołomin shopping arcade.

Customers can choose from nearly 25,000 products. This includes a very wide range of local produce: nearly 240 varieties of fruit and vegetables. More demanding customers will appreciate the “World cuisines” counter and the store’s wide selection of healthy products – including more than 1200 organic, soya-based, gluten-free and lactose-free products, as well as products suitable for diabetics.

The hypermarket also has fresh bread cooked on site, a selection of pastries and a wide assortment of cooked meats and cut-to-order cheeses. The store features a conditioning chamber for beef and a meat smoker, so it is able to sell meats of the highest quality.

The whole shopping and checkout experience is very fast: customers have access to 13 traditional checkouts and 4 self-service ones. Around one hundred locally-hired employees are on-hand to help customers. The store is open from 8 AM to 10 PM Monday to Saturday and from 9 AM to 9 PM on Sundays.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Carrefour Italy’s e-commerce service to get a makeover

Italy, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — New access methods and new shopping services, not just for daily shopping but now also including oriental cuisine

Carrefour Italy’s e-commerce service is getting a new look: since September 27, when you log into the website, you can do your shopping with just a few clicks. The service allows customers to pick up their order at the nearest store or have it conveniently delivered to their home.

The focal point is the strong integration of the online content with the e-commerce service that allows the customer to easily add all the ingredients for the recipe they are viewing in the “magazine” section of carrefour.it to their shopping cart.

Carrefour Italy’s e-commerce service allows its customers to do an online selection from over 20,000 products from the best brands, local products, and Carrefour, Terre d’Italia, Carrefour bio and Viversano brand products, but it also offers the opportunity to order from a wide selection, sushi prepared fresh directly at the store, and the possibility of ordering their own bowl of Grom ice cream in their favorite flavor (only in Milan and Rome).

Continuous growth in interest in online food shopping is reflected in Carrefour Italy’s e-commerce product range, which is perfectly aligned with an omni-channel approach, enabling the customer to have the same freedom and flexibility to choose when they will order and where they will take delivery of their own purchases. At carrefour.it, you can also order the following categories of products: prepackaged foods, fruits, vegetables, meat and other fresh products (including by weight), personal care and household products, baby food and baby care products, pet food and pet care products.

Customers can choose to have their purchase delivered to their home, in one of the 370 postal code areas throughout Italy, as early as three hours after sending the order, with free delivery for orders over € 70. Or they can pick up their purchase, just one hour after sending the order, at no additional charge, at one of the more than 230 Carrefour stores (including Hypermarkets, Markets and Express stores that offer this service), located in 130 cities and towns throughout the country.

With Drive service, now active for the first time at the Hypermarket in Nichelino (TO), customers can pick up their purchase directly in the parking lot, without even getting out of the car, and at no extra charge.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Amazon Original Movie Love & Friendship available free to Prime members through Amazon Prime Video on October 20

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Oct. 11, 2016) announced that the Amazon Original Movie Love & Friendship will be available through Amazon Prime Video at no additional cost to Prime members on October 20. The acclaimed film based on a novella by Jane Austen is written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco), stars Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor), Chloë Sevigny(Boys Don’t Cry, Big Love), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Fury), Emma Greenwell (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shameless) and Tom Bennett (Mascots, PhoneShop), and produced by Katie Holly (Citadel, Shrooms) and Lauranne Bourrachot (A Prophet, Sleepless Night), and co-produced by Raymond van der Kaaij (They Have Escaped, 22nd of May) and Marco Cherqui (A Prophet, Sleepless Night).

Love & Friendship premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theaters on May 13, 2016 to great critical response. The film is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes where it maintains a 98% Fresh rating. Here’s what some have said about the film:

  • “As adaptations go, this is a match made in heaven”– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
  • “It’s the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • “The sharpest, least sentimental and possibly the best version of Austen yet.” – Farran Smith Nehme, The New York Post
  • “The language, a lyrical blend of Jane Austen and Whit Stillman, bewitches even as it stings. A sublime Kate Beckinsale digs into the role of her career. Pure pleasure.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • “A supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen’s epistolary novella “Lady Susan.” – Justin Chang, Variety

“Love & Friendship brings to life Jane Austen’s novella in a captivating comedic style thanks to Whit Stillman’s unique voice and filmmaking coupled with amazing acting by Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny,” said Jason Ropell, Worldwide Head of Motion Pictures, Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled that after a successful theatrical run, the Amazon Original Movie will be available this month for our Prime members to stream and enjoy.”

Beautiful, young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica (Clark). In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel), the rich and silly Sir James Martin(Bennett) and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.

Not available on any other subscription services, Love & Friendship will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members will also be able to download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. Love & Friendship joins Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies—to see more originals available exclusively for Prime members visit www.amazon.com/originals.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign-up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online for Amazon Studios to review, and those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community. First announced in January 2015, Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. Like Amazon Original Series, Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. In 2015 Amazon Studios released its first film, Chi-Raq from critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Chi-Raq is now available for Prime members to stream exclusively. This year, Amazon Studios will release, in theaters, Kenneth Longergan’s Manchester By The Sea on November 18th and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson on December 28th.

About Amazon Video

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

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

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

About Amazon

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

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Kesko partners with Tieto to accelerate development of K-Group’s new digital services

HELSINKI, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has signed an extensive cooperation agreement with Tieto to significantly enhance its functions related to the maintenance and development of ICT services. The renewal is aimed to accelerate the development of the K-Group’s new digital services and the improvement of user experience.

”Tieto was chosen from among 20 leading ICT service companies, because it could best meet Kesko’s strategic requirements for the improvement of effectiveness and quality of continuous services, as well as investments in new technologies and competencies that underpin Kesko’s growth strategy,” says Chief Information Officer Arto Hiltunen.

The renewal will help unify the K-Group’s ICT services and system architecture. The change is aimed to enhance ICT functions, increase agility in the development of digital services and ensure uninterrupted business processes.

”The new, more cost effective, standardized ICT environment will enable us to invest more strongly in the development of new digital services for the K-Group customers, personnel and partners.”

The agreement signed with Tieto is for five years. Kesko’s other information and communication technology partners include, for example, Elisa, Fujitsu, OpusCapita and Gapgemini.

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2015, Kesko’s net sales totalled €8.7 billion and it employed nearly 20,000 people. Kesko operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Arto Hiltunen
Kesko Corporation
tel. +358 105 322 191

Source: Kesko

Tim McGraw to perform live at 2016 Belk Bowl FanFest concert on Dec. 29 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — GRAMMY-winning music superstar Tim McGraw will perform live at the 2016 Belk Bowl FanFest concert being held this year at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, Dec. 29. The concert will precede the match-up of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

The “Humble and Kind” singer is a three-time GRAMMY Awards winner with more than 56 million records sold worldwide and 41 No. 1 singles to his name. The talented singer, songwriter and actor has racked up a list of impressive career credits including, among many honors, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and big-screen appearances in films like “The Blind Side,” “Friday Night Lights” and “The Kingdom.”

“We couldn’t think of anyone better than a dynamic music icon like Tim McGraw to help celebrate the Belk Bowl’s 15th anniversary with fans,” said Lisa Harper, CEO of Belk. “Tim brings incredible energy and Southern charm to his performances, and Belk can’t wait to share this memorable experience with ACC and SEC fans and visitors to Charlotte.”

The Belk Bowl FanFest is the Bowl’s marquee pregame celebration. In addition to the concert, fans also will enjoy live entertainment, interactive displays and a number of food and beverage options in uptown Charlotte at Mint Street and Romare Bearden Park. FanFest festivities begin at 11 a.m. with McGraw’s performance inside BB&T Ballpark scheduled for 2 p.m.

Important Ticket Information

  • Individual tickets for the 2016 Belk Bowl are on sale now through TicketMaster and at participating schools.
  • Fans MUST purchase a Belk Bowl game ticket or Super Fan Package to be eligible to attend the concert at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Concert vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given out only to the first 10,000 fans that show their official Belk Bowl game tickets at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office during two redemption days. Please note there are limited quantities of concert vouchers available each day.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 28 – 2 – 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 29 – 8 – 11 a.m.

“We are very pleased to host the annual Belk Bowl concert at BB&T Ballpark this year,” stated Dan Rajkowski, the Charlotte Knights’ chief operating officer. “Belk has been a long-standing partner, and we couldn’t be more pleased to bring this great event to our ballpark.”

The Belk Bowl’s new, redesigned website (www.BelkBowl.com) is a destination for fans to get official information about the game and surrounding events.

College football’s only bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has long-term partnerships in place with Belk, ESPN, the ACC and SEC, all through 2019. Belk has been the title sponsor of the Belk Bowl since 2011, working to help increase the Bowl’s visibility both regionally and nationally.

“As Belk’s partner, we’re thrilled to be able to work with a company that has such a deep connection to the Carolinas and Southern hospitality,” said Will Webb, Belk Bowl Executive Director. “Together, we look forward to providing fans with a great experience to celebrate our 15th anniversary milestone.”

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About The Charlotte Sports Foundation
The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to provide leadership for sports-based initiatives that enhance the economy and quality of life in the Charlotte region. CSF provides unique events and business opportunities around professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events, highlighted by the annual Belk Bowl and Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship, as well as, the Belk College Kickoff Games. These efforts are intended to create a positive economic impact in the region as well as to enhance the quality of life. The organization’s board of directors is comprised of regional business, industry and civic leaders who have a track record of bringing sports and economic development to the Charlotte area.


By Email: Belk_Customer_Care@belk.com
By Phone: 1-866-235-5443

Source: Belk, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill announces new online game based on animated short film “A Love Story”

DENVER, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today (Oct. 11, 2016) a new online game based on the company’s original, animated short film “A Love Story.” The game is available online and allows users to test their memory skills by matching up real Chipotle ingredients while being careful not to select the imposters (added flavor or added color cards). Anyone who plays the game will receive a mobile Buy-One/Get-One (BOGO) free entrée offer (while supplies last) redeemable at any Chipotle in the U.S. orCanada just for playing.

“A Love Story” illustrates how competition among food businesses has caused food to become increasingly processed and filled with added colors and flavors. The film –- which has been viewed more than 61 million times — follows the story of two young entrepreneurs, Ivan and Evie, and the escalating rivalry that leads them to build competing fast food empires with vast menus and heavily processed food.

Since its release in July 2016, the film has been well received. Market researcher Ace Metrix noted that the film was the highest scoring quick-service restaurant ad it ever tested, an accomplishment made more impressive by the film’s three-minute length. Chipotle’s own research on “A Love Story” shows that 71% of consumers the company surveyed said that they would be more likely to agree that Chipotle uses high quality, whole ingredients, and 65% saying it made them more likely to trust the company.

“A commitment to real, unprocessed ingredients remains central to our mission,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle. “This new game furthers the important themes in ‘A Love Story’ while reinforcing our commitment to sourcing the very best ingredients and preparing them using classic cooking techniques.”

Users may play “A Love Story” Match Game starting October 11. To test your matchmaking skills, visit Chipotle.com/alovestorygame and to view the original “A Love Story” film and inspiration for the game, please visit Chipotle.com/alovestory.


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


Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle

CarMax offers guide to help car owners better understand intricacies of trading in their vehicle

RICHMOND, Va, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the start of the school year top of mind, CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, and third largest auction operation in the United States, recently focused a national survey on a different type of education: how knowledgeable are car owners about how much they can get for their vehicle when it comes time to trade it in? The CarMax report today (Oct. 11, 2016) reveals that only half of respondents had a good idea of how much they could sell their car for, and 35 percent were either not sure or had absolutely no clue. To help all car owners better understand the intricacies of trading in their vehicle and empower them through the process, CarMax provides the guide below.

Mileage and Age Can Make a Grade-A Difference

Less than 20 percent of car owners surveyed knew the maximum number of miles that is considered “ideal” for trade-ins – 100,000 miles. Industry data indicates that while lower mileage is typically better, after 100,000 miles the value can drastically decrease depending on the make and model of the car and its condition.

“It’s important for drivers to know how much they can sell their car for and the factors that impact the offer they will receive. That will allow them to get the best deal and have a better experience,” explained Tom Marcey, CarMax vice president, regional merchandising. “CarMax offers an honest and authentic appraisal process. We see a 23 percent spike in customers coming into our stores for an appraisal during the summer, and we want to help consumers get the most for their trade-ins now and at any point in the year.”

Another misconception identified through the survey was that two in five car owners believe there is no difference in the offer they will receive between selling a 10-year-old car versus an 11-year-old car. which According to CarMax and industry data, the cut off between 10-year-old and 11-year-old vehicles can be substantial in affecting the offer they will receive when selling their car. More men than women were confused when it came to knowing this important trade-in fact (47 percent compared to 33 percent).

A Trusted Advisor Can Eliminate a Painful Process

Nearly one in ten respondents said they would rather shave their heads than try to sell their cars. However, selling a car does not need to be an extreme process, and CarMax has a proven, hassle-free approach that allows drivers receive an offer for their vehicle in as little as 30 minutes. They can even choose to walk out the door with payment in-hand.

Separate Emotions for Less Stress

Additionally, about one in six respondents had a harder time “breaking up” with their cars than ending their first relationships. Letting go of any car is an emotional experience – one in 10 people said the emotions were the hardest part of their last trade-ins. But like a relationship ending, it’s also an opportunity for an upgrade and something better will roll along.

Timing Can Help You Ace the Class

Is there a better time of the year to sell your car? There is, and more than 25 percent of people surveyed were right on target. CarMax data indicates March and April are the best months to trade in your car for the best deal. Except for luxury and sports cars, most vehicles also tend to appreciate slightly at the beginning of the year when the miles per year are lowest.

Just as in School, Preparation is Key

When it comes to car trade in prep, many consumers were also on track. A majority of respondents said cleaning their cars will mean higher appraisal offers, and while it’s not guaranteed, a spotless car may help you clean up.

“Taking care of visible maintenance issues like worn tires, warning lights and broken tail lights prior to an appraisal can increase the offer you receive for your car,” adds Marcey. “An interior detailing, which you can do yourself or have done professionally, will make a good first impression with the appraiser or buyer, showing the vehicle has been properly maintained.”

The CarMax Difference

CarMax will buy your car, even if you do not buy one of theirs. You’ll get a competitive offer in as little as 30 minutes and can leave with payment in hand or take up to a week to make your decision. To learn more about used car appraisals and sales with CarMax, including helpful tips and frequently asked questions, or to schedule an appointment for an appraisal,click here.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 37 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Survey Methodology: CarMax commissioned SHIFT Communications to survey U.S. online consumers via Google Consumer Surveys to uncover understandings and attitudes as they relate to selling a used car. The survey was shown to 15,868 people age 18+ with 3,044 responses, for a 19.2 percent response rate, with a 95 percent confidence level. Consumer Surveys weights results by inferred gender, age and geography when possible to make the sample as representative as possible of the internet population. Responses were collected from July 25-27, 2016.


Jonathan McNamara
(855) 887-2915

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Kimco Realty announces transaction activity for third quarter of 2016 exceeded $360 million

NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today (October 11, 2016) announced that its transaction activity for the third quarter of 2016 exceeded $360 million. This includes the previously announced partner buyout of a four-property joint venture portfolio for a gross price of $169.0 million and the acquisition of Kentlands Market Square shopping center for $95 million.

Additionally, in the third quarter Kimco sold five of its remaining six Canadian shopping centers. The third quarter transactions highlight the company’s continuing commitment to its strategic 2020 Vision focused on owning high-quality assets in major metro markets in the U.S., and reducing its exposure to joint ventures.

Third Quarter Transaction Activity: Dispositions: Sales for the third quarter totaled $150.7 million from the disposition of 12 shopping centers, totaling 1.4 million square feet. Kimco’s share of the sales price was $97.8 million. The sales consist of:

• Seven unencumbered U.S. properties, totaling 430,000 square feet, for a gross sales price of $53.3 million. The company’s share from these sales was $49.0 million.

• Interests in five Canadian shopping centers, totaling 1.0 million square feet, for a gross sales price of USD $97.4 million, including USD $22.5 million of existing mortgage debt. Kimco’s share of the sales price was USD $48.7 million.

The company’s 2016 guidance range for shopping center dispositions is $1.0 billion to $1.15 billion (Kimco’s share); year to date, the company’s share totaled $918.6 million from the sale of interests in 34 Canadian properties for USD $571.5 million and 25 U.S. properties for $347.1 million.

Acquisitions: Third quarter acquisitions totaled $292.8 million and 1.0 million square feet. Kimco’s share of the purchase price was $263.4 million.

As previously announced, Kimco acquired:

• The remaining 85% interest in a four-property joint venture portfolio, totaling 681,000 square feet, for a gross price of $169.0 million, which includes the assumption of $77.0 million in mortgage debt. The portfolio includes Perimeter Expo in Atlanta, Cranberry Commons in Pittsburgh, Cypress Towne Center in Houston and Doc Stone Commons in Stafford, Virginia. All four assets are located in major metro markets where Kimco already has a significant presence.

• Kentlands Market Square, a 221,000-square-foot, Whole Foods-anchored open-air shopping center located in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for $95.0 million which includes the assumption of $33.2 million in mortgage debt. In addition to the high-volume Whole Foods, the property is anchored by national tenants such as PetSmart, Michaels and Starbucks and is one of only two shopping centers located in the “downtown” commercial district of the Kentlands, an affluent, master-planned community in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Washington, D.C. The center boasts excellent demographics including a population of 107,000 with a median household income level of $99,000 within a three-mile radius.

In addition, Kimco acquired the following properties during the third quarter:

• An additional 84% ownership interest in the 97,000-square-foot Gateway Shopping Center for a gross price of $18.1 million. The grocery-anchored center is located in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett MSA, and is a prime redevelopment opportunity.

• A 21,000-square-foot parcel adjacent to Kimco’s Webster Square shopping center for $8.2 million. Webster Square is a 176,000-square-foot multi-anchored property featuring Trader Joe’s, TJ Maxx and Michaels in the desirable retail market of Nashua, New Hampshire.

• A parcel adjacent to Coral Way Plaza, a grocery-anchored shopping center in the Miami-Fort LauderdaleWest Palm Beach MSA, for a gross price of $1.6 million. Kimco’s share of the purchase price was $398,000.

• An additional land parcel at the Grand Parkway Marketplace for $900,000. Located in Spring, Texas, Grand Parkway Marketplace is a Kimco signature development project that will be anchored by a new Target store and will be completed in 2017.

The company’s 2016 guidance range for shopping center acquisitions is $450 million – $550 million (Kimco’s share); year to date, the company’s share totaled $451.9 million.


Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2016, the company owned interests in 537 U.S. shopping centers comprising 86 million square feet of leasable space across 36 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.


The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corp.

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

Intershop and iStone will have joint presence at D-Fokus B2B, 13 October 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop and its partner, business and IT consulting company iStone, will have a joint presence at this year’s D-Fokus B2B, held on 13 October 2016 at 7A Odenplan in Stockholm, Sweden. Organizations planning to start up or grow their B2B commerce business will have an opportunity to meet Intershop’s experts at the event to discuss B2B challenges, and why a flexible and future-proof e-commerce platform is a key cornerstone of any B2B organization’s growth strategy. In addition, Martin Engberg, Chief Digital Officer at Intershop’s client Mekonomen Group, will share insights into Mekonomen’s initiative to develop Europe’s best B2B e-commerce platform for the automotive aftermarket.

Intershop has helped wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, and high-tech companies build and deploy B2B e-commerce solutions for over 20 years. The latest release of the Intershop Commerce Suite, launched in July 2016, includes new and improved B2B functions to open up new markets for growth-oriented companies. As well as being able to more easily manage costs and offers, B2B buyers can now access all of the products they require without switching shopping systems. This new way of purchasing allows companies to more comfortably configure access to their products. With fully integrated order management features to ensure efficient end-to-end processes, the Intershop solution enables organizations of all sizes and industries to manage the digital transformation of their business processes.

D-Fokus B2B is a one-day conference that will explore how digitalization changes B2B business models and digital commerce. For more information, visit http://www.intershop.com/event-details/d-fokus-b2b.

About Intershop

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

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop

Toys“R”Us® announces election of ten-year-old Ariana Gentry from Swansea, IL as President of Play

Wayne, NJ, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — While Hillary and Donald’s colorful campaign battles will continue to unfold over the coming weeks, Toys“R”Us® is thrilled to announce the results of its first-ever President of Play national election. Ten-year-old Ariana Gentry from Swansea, IL will be sworn into office today (October 10, 2016), kicking off her inaugural year on the job where she will play with the hottest new toys and games and provide shopping recommendations to parents and gift-givers nationwide.

CLICK TO TWEET: Ariana Gentry takes office today as the first-ever @ToysRUs #PresidentofPlay! Welcome to the team, Ariana! www.ToysRUs.com/PresidentofPlay

“Ironically enough our election was significantly less childish than the actual presidential race, and we could not be more pleased to welcome Ariana as our first President of Play,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Ariana had a deep understanding of important issues – like the latest NERF products – and demonstrated a level of respect to her fellow competitors. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, I think we can all agree that she will be an incredible ambassador for Toys“R”Us and children all around the world.”

Ariana rose to the top of the ballet in September – standing out from more than 1,000 video submissions thanks to her infectious smile and enthusiasm. She then went on to dominate during in-person interviews as one of 10 semifinalists at the Toys“R”Us headquarters in New Jersey. Ultimately, the decision was put into the hands of the public after a live Facebook debate against finalists Jessalyn Phanouvong (9) from Fresno, CA and Nate Shue (10) from Fairfax, VA. Though all three candidates went on major charm offensives, it was Ariana who ultimately won over the (tweeting) electorate and proved she was the best kid for the job.

“I can’t believe I’m the first-ever President of Play! This is my dream come true and I’m so excited to play with all the new toys and work for Toys“R”Us – the biggest and best toy company in the world,” said Ariana. “I also want to thank everyone that voted for me, especially my family and friends.”

In addition to being the company’s resident toy-tester, Ariana will also serve as a Toys“R”Us spokesperson at events, on social media and anywhere else the company needs a real kid’s input.

For more information about the #PresidentofPlay, stay tuned to @ToysRUsNews, the official Twitter account of the Toys“R”Us, Inc. Corporate Communications department, and the company’s newsroom blog.

To view and download President of Play photos and videos, including headshots, highlight reels, interviews, debate footage and more, visit: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-se35c877fcf64320a

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900

Source: Toys“R”Us

Whole Foods Market to open in Closter, NJ; will donate 5% of net sales countywide to help fight food insecurity in Bergen County

CLOSTER, N.J., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its grand opening at Closter Plaza in Closter, NJ, Whole Foods Market in Bergen County, NJ has selected the Center for Food Action (CFA) as its opening day and countywide 5% Community Giving Day recipient. On opening day, October 19, Whole Foods Market locations in Closter, Edgewater, Paramus and Ridgewood will donate 5% of net sales to help fight food insecurity in Bergen County. Proceeds of opening day will directly benefit the CFA’s Weekend Snack Program and Thanksgiving Food Pack Distribution, with a goal of providing Thanksgiving meals to more than 3,000 local families in need.

The Closter location will open its doors following the company’s traditional bread breaking ceremony, attended by Mayor John Glidden. The ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m. and doors open at 9:00 a.m. In celebration of opening, the store will offer sales, tastings, giveaways and more to shoppers throughout the day.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels: Facebook.com/wholefoodsbergennj  and Twitter & Instagram @wfmbergennj


Annie Cull

Source:  Whole Foods Market

SUPERVALU to hold its fiscal 2017 2Q conference call on Wednesday October 19, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) will hold its fiscal 2017 second quarter conference call on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Central time. The call will be webcast live online at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon).

A replay of the conference call will be archived on SUPERVALU’s website under “Investors, Presentations and Webcasts.”

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist

Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson


Dollar General joins White House First Job Recruiting and Hiring Compact to help connect Opportunity Youth to their first jobs

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) today (October 11, 2016) signed the White House First Job Recruiting and Hiring Compact in support of President Obama’s call to action for communities and businesses to help connect out-of-school, out-of-work youth (Opportunity Youth) to their first jobs. As part of its commitment, Dollar General will enhance its partnerships with high school and workforce development centers with the goal of hiring approximately 1,000 Opportunity Youth candidates over the next 12 months at its distribution centers and stores.

“Dollar General is eager to embrace this initiative to help match young people across America with job openings,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “We believe in investing in our people as a competitive advantage and it is important  to our business to recruit young workers who can grow with us and embrace our mission of Serving Others.”

Dollar General is partnering with employment opportunity centers across America to help workers between the ages of 18 and 24 transition into the workforce with first-time job opportunities.  As a founding member of the First Job Compact, Dollar General will continue to execute on this work with a focus on recruiting, hiring and training Opportunity Youth.

“At Dollar General, we see this as a tremendous opportunity to match employers with talent and to provide our nation’s youth with a career path that will take them as far as their goals, aspirations, and abilities will take them,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. “Dollar General has a proven track record of promoting internally and with our outstanding training and development programs we are poised to help employees just entering the workforce not just to get a job but build a great career with us.”

Dollar General’s commitment to employee development through great onboarding and best-in-class training is instrumental to the company’s overall success. Recently, Training magazine recognized the company among its Training Top 125 for the fifth consecutive year.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com. Look for additional information on this story via Twitter:  #FirstJob, #DGCareers.

Dollar General has job openings for Opportunity Youth between the ages of 18 and 24 with both full time and part time positions available. As all hiring functions are managed online, candidates looking to join Dollar General must apply for all new positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

For Media Inquiries:
Email: dgpr@dollargeneral.com
Call: 1-877-944-3477

Source: Dollar General

Best Buy hosts demos of Oculus Touch controllers with its Rift virtual reality headset

Best Buy hosts demos of Oculus Touch controllers with its Rift virtual reality headset
Best Buy hosts demos of Oculus Touch controllers with its Rift virtual reality headset


Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — You’ve looked into the future. Now you can Touch it.

Starting this week, Best Buy is one of the first retailers where you can try out the new Oculus Touch controllers with its Rift virtual reality headset.

Oculus revealed details of its new Touch controllers last week. The hand-held devices help bring your real hands into virtual environments by allowing you to make gestures and finger movements. It provides you with a more realistic VR experience.

Hundreds of Best Buy stores have been hosting demos of Oculus Rift since May. Those demo experiences will now be updated to include new games with Touch controller capabilities. The games include Touch Tutorial, VR Sports Challenge,Unspoken, The Climb (with added Touch controls) and Medium.

If you’re interested in trying out Oculus Rift and Touch, you can sign up in advance here. Or you can stop by one of our U.S. Best Buy stores offering demos for a drop-in session during eligible hours.

Oculus Touch controllers will also be sold in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com beginning Dec. 6. But you can pre-order them now at BestBuy.com for $199.99. All pre-orders will come bundled with two games created specifically for Oculus Touch:VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken. Touch will also come with an additional sensor and a connector for Rock Band VR.

You can find out more about virtual reality on BestBuy.com.

Source: Best Buy


Nationale Ouderendag: Albert Heijn maakt wensen waar

Nationale Ouderendag: Albert Heijn maakt wensen waar
Nationale Ouderendag: Albert Heijn maakt wensen waar


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Managers uit Albert Heijn supermarkten in de regio Den Haag gingen vandaag samen met klanten naar Diergaarde Blijdorp. Ook in ca. 70 andere winkels vervulden klanten en medewerkers wensen van ouderen. Albert Heijn speelt een actieve rol in de buurt en is voor veel (oudere) klanten, naast de winkel voor de boodschappen, ook een plek om elkaar te ontmoeten. Veel ouderen komen dan ook dagelijks in de winkel en zijn een bekend gezicht van onze medewerkers. Zij hebben soms een wens die moeilijk alleen te vervullen is. Daarom laten ook Albert Heijn winkels vandaag in hun buurt wensen in vervulling gaan op Nationale Ouderendag.

Over Nationale Ouderendag

Nationale Ouderendag, georganiseerd door het Nationaal Ouderenfonds, vindt elk jaar plaats op de eerste vrijdag van oktober. Op die dag worden duizenden wensen van ouderen door vrijwilligers in vervulling gebracht. Voor meer informatie, kijk op nationaleouderendag.nl

Afdeling mediarelaties:
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn


QVC launches new Global Business Services (GBS) operation based in Krakow, Poland

West Chester, Pa., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, Inc., a global leader in television, online and mobile retail, is launching today (10.11.16) a new Global Business Services (GBS) operation based in Krakow, Poland, with plans to hire 200 to 300 people over the next two years and accelerate and streamline global business growth.

The QVC-owned GBS organization is expected to help QVC maintain its competitive edge in a vastly changing, dynamic and competitive global retail marketplace by increasing operational efficiency and establishing world-class global business practices. Starting in 2017, QVC will centralize critical processes and services in certain areas of the company’s finance, human resources (HR), information technology (IT), and legal functions for its operations in the U.S., UK, Germany, Italy and France at the Krakow GBS. The estimated annual savings are USD $11 to $12 million once the GBS is fully operational.

“QVC is the world’s most powerful and engaging social shopping experience, reaching millions of people worldwide,” said Mike George, QVC president and CEO. “As we look to expand and adapt to a dynamic retail landscape, this model will allow us to continue to modernize how we operate as a global entity.”

Staffed by QVC team members, the new center will employ best practices, standardized procedures and shared systems to deliver high-value services to the business and increase operational efficiency.

The high-quality business environment and workforce with multilingual capabilities in Krakow will help QVC best prepare for continuous, strategic growth.

QVC is implementing a comprehensive training program for GBS employees to ensure delivery of the highest-value services to the business as well to create a values-driven employee experience for team members.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about the number of GBS employees, the functions to be performed by the GBS, the impact of the GBS on QVC’s business, the estimated annual savings from the GBS and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, the ability of the GBS to perform the assigned functions, the ability of the GBS to manage costs and realize savings, and the ability of the GBS to attract and retain quality employees. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and QVC expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in QVC’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of QVC, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, for additional information about QVC and about the risks and uncertainties related to QVC’s business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItalyFrance and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Jane Crawford

Source: QVC

Fast Retailing allocates US $1 million out of USD $10 million fund to UNHCR for emergency assistance in South Sudan

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. today (2016.10.11) announced that it will allocate US $1 million out of a USD $10 million fund to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for emergency assistance to internally displaced people in South Sudan.

Fast Retailing began to collaborate with the UNHCR in 2006 and entered into a global partnership with the agency in 2011- a first for a company headquartered in Asia. In November 2015, Fast Retailing pledged USD$ 10 million over three years starting in 2016, covering the needs of displaced people in Asia to become self-reliant and to respond to acute emergencies around the world. The allocation of US$ 1 million is in response to the on-going humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.


REI to support maintenance on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails with debut of an inspiring film Paul’s Boots

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — What does it take to fulfill one man’s big dream? For Paul, it took 40 hikers, 2,189 miles, 14 states and a pair of boots. Paul’s Boots tells the moving story of how, following her husband’s untimely death, a woman in Australia appealed to the outdoor community to help fulfill his lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Presented by REI and produced by Duct Tape Then Beer, the award-winning team behind The Dirtbag Diaries podcast, Paul’s Boots is a 37 minute film, available now on REI.com. It will premiere to sold-out shows in Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Wash. in the coming weeks. Each screening includes a Q&A session with the hikers that made this journey possible. REI will donate the $5 entry fee at all live screenings to support maintenance on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.

The film tells the story of how a collection of gritty volunteer hikers helped achieve one man’s lifelong goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Paul spent months preparing for the trip of a lifetime, but his health deteriorated rapidly. After Paul passed away last July without reaching the trail, his wife M’Lynn contacted Duct Tape Then Beer and asked if they could help realize his dream by carrying Paul’s hiking boots the length of the trail in his honor.

“When M’Lynn reached out to us, her request was simple and heartfelt. I couldn’t read it and not think, ‘What can I do?’ As a team, we were each compelled by the story, and the potential for the story to catalyze others to get out on the trail. I’m always looking for ways to build connections between the digital and real life outdoor communities. Asking the hiking community to carry Paul’s boots seemed like an easy thing to do. I had no idea we would receive such a positive response from hikers volunteering to carry Paul’s boots,” said Fitz Cahall, co-founder and creative director at Duct Tape Then Beer.

“We were deeply moved by Paul’s story and his dedication to hike the Appalachian Trail and love for the outdoors. The response from the REI community was equally inspiring. Hundreds of people volunteered to carry his boots along the trail. Everyone involved in the film shows what we mean when we talk about the magic of a life lived outdoors. It is heart wrenching that Paul didn’t get to do the hike himself, but we are honored to have been a part of this and to share the story with our members,” said Ben Steele, REI’s chief creative officer.

The Journey of Paul’s Boots
In the January 22 episode of The Dirbag Diaries, Duct Tape Then Beer and REI put out the call for volunteers to carry Paul’s boots the length of the Appalachian Trail. More than 400 people from the outdoor community stepped forward. Ultimately 40 different hikers, between the ages of eight and 70, were selected to carry a pair of Paul’s boots over every section of the world’s longest hiking-only footpath.

Along with the boots, shipped all the way from Ipswich, Australia, the hikers received cameras to document their journey. The crew from Duct Tape Then Beer caught up with hikers along the way and Paul’s brother and wife were even able to join for the final leg of the trip. Hear directly from M’Lynn about her husband and this project in the January 22 and September 16 episodes of The Dirtbag Diaries.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor co-op, 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 REI.comREI.com/Garage 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 170 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

ascena retail announces Linda Yaccarino as the 9th member of its Board of Directors

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), today (Oct. 11, 2016) announced that, after an extensive search, Linda Yaccarino has been appointed as an independent director of ascena, effective immediately. Her appointment returns the ascena Board of Directors to nine members.

Ms. Yaccarino currently serves as Chairwoman, Advertising, Sales and Client Partnerships for NBCUniversal, Inc.With nearly $10 billion dollars of annual revenue responsibility, she is responsible for national advertising revenues and marketplace strategy and innovation for the company’s wide-reaching portfolio, which comprises two broadcast networks, 15 cable networks, and over 50 digital properties.

Since joining NBCUniversal, Inc. in 2011, Ms. Yaccarino has transformed advertising sales into the leading sales and marketing organization in the industry. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Ms. Yaccarino served as Executive Vice President and COO of Turner Entertainment Advertising Sales, where she was responsible for advertising revenues, marketing and program acquisitions for the company’s portfolio of networks.

Ms. Yaccarino was recognized in 2015 by The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100” for the third year in a row. She was also recognized by Variety’s “Power of Women of New York” in 2014 and as a “CEO of Tomorrow” by BusinessWeek.

As an active leader in community and philanthropic work, Ms. Yaccarino sits on the Executive Committee and Board of the Ad Council and on numerous philanthropic boards such as Adults and Children with Learning and Development Disabilities (ACLD) and the John A. Reisenbach (JAR) Foundation. Her community and professional affiliations include active involvement with Women in Cable & Telecommunications and Penn State University, where she sits on the Dean’s Advancement Council in the College of Communications.

“We are delighted to have Linda join our Board,” said Elliot S. Jaffe, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. “She brings a wealth of experience that we believe will add great value to our Board.”

About ascena retail group, inc.

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


For investors:
ascena retail group, inc.
Stacy Turnof
Vice President of Investor Relations

ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski

For media:
ascena retail group, inc.
Sue Ross
Executive Vice President, ascena Corporate Affairs Communications Officer

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

Barnes & Noble brings back Tabletop Gaming Meet Up on October 15

New York, NY, 2016-Oct-12 — /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 (10/11/2016) announced that it will be hosting a Tabletop Gaming Meet Up at all of its stores nationwide on Saturday, October 15, starting at 7 p.m. This past April, Barnes & Noble hosted its first-ever gaming meet up at all of its nearly 640 stores across the country, and as a result of its huge popularity with customers, the Company is once again inviting customers to visit their local store and come together to enjoy a leading selection of great games with friends and family.

“We are thrilled to report that our customers’ enthusiastic response to  the Tabletop Gaming Meet Up in April made it apparent that we needed to bring it back and respond to their call for a fun evening out with friends, family and members of their local community,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “Barnes & Noble is already a leading destination where customers spend quality time together, and hosting a tabletop gaming meet up at our stores across the country was the obvious next step in providing them with an alternative night out and the opportunity to meet new people through gameplay.”

“Barnes & Noble’s nearly 640 stores across the country are the perfect destination for the rich social experience of tabletop gaming. Gamers nationwide will be able to gather together in the spirit of strategic thinking, healthy competition, and most importantly, fun.” said Andrew Lupp of the gaming industry organization, PSI. “Barnes & Noble’s expertly curated selection of games and community-centric environments create a gamer ‘place of worship’ for both new and experienced gamers throughout the country.”

Featured games will represent a leading assortment from Barnes & Noble’s vast selection, including:

  • Red Flags: In this hilarious party game, players create the best date for “The Single” (the judge for the round).  But there is a catch. Players may also play “Red Flags” (bad traits) in an attempt to sabotage another player’s hot date. For adults only!
  • Onitama: Players vie to capture their opponent’s Master, or, traverse their Master across the board to their opponent’s last row to win the game.  To do this, you will be armed with only five ancient maneuvers. Can you out-think, out-maneuver, and out-wit your opponent?
  • Warehouse 51:  In Warehouse 51, players are multimillionaires from across the globe who try to outbid each other to win ancient artifacts.  The millionaire who can make out with the most valuable items while also avoiding the mystic perils that accompany these magical items will win!
  • World’s Fair 1893: Players are organizers of this spectacular international exhibition, working diligently to obtain the grand exhibits that will be put on display. The organizer who has earned the best reputation when the fair begins will emerge the victor!
  • Boss Monster: Boss Monster pits 2-4 players in a competition to build the ultimate side-scrolling dungeon. Players compete to lure and destroy hapless adventurers, who hope to do battle with the Boss Monster and see who can build the most enticing, treasure-filled dungeon.
  • Kitty Paw: Kitty Paw is a crazy dexterity and reaction game where players race to be the first to complete the Kitty combinations shown on the Kitty cards to score victory points. The player with the most victory points in the end wins.

Participants will have the chance to play against each other to get some great promo cards for Red Flags, Onitama, Worlds Fair 1893, Kitty Paw and  Boss Monster. Customers should contact their local store to find out the full list of prizes available.

Each game will be available to play starting at 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to take fun photos of themselves while gaming and upload to their social media channels using the special hashtag, #BNGameNight. For more information on the event, customers can visit the Barnes & Noble Blog.

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, BN.com (www.bn.com).  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 (www.nook.com), 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 www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® 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.

Channel 4’s Car SOS to film new series at LCP owned and managed Springfield industrial estate in Oldbury

London, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The company behind a hit TV show in which classic cars are restored to their former glory has launched a new base near Birmingham, it was announced today (11/10/2016).

Fuzz Townshend, one of the presenters of Channel 4’s Car SOS, has confirmed that filming of the new series will take place at a unit at the Springfield industrial estate, Oldbury.

In the show, presenter Tim Shaw and Fuzz employ graft, mechanical expertise and tender loving care to restore rusty but much-loved old motors for their surprised owners.

Fuzz and business partner Dave Tassel run To-Ta Classics Ltd and have agreed a five-year lease on the 5,548 sq ft unit on the estate which is owned and managed by London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), the leading West Midlands-based property and development company.

To-Ta undertakes to service, recommission and rebuild classic and cherished cars to the highest quality and standards, according to Fuzz.

He said: “These are exciting times. To-Ta Classics sees myself and Dave Tassell join forces in a purpose-equipped workshop – a top class classic car maintenance and restoration facility near to the heart of the West Midlands.

“We will be delivering a more professional way to provide classic car care to an ever more sophisticated and demanding market. We can provide a full package of care from drop off to collection of cherished cars, whether the job is large or small.”

He added: “It will also be the base for the next series of Car SOS, and filming has already started” Series four of Car SOS is currently being shown on the National Geographic Channel at 10 pm on Tuesdays.

Paula James, industrial lettings manager at LCP, completed the deal. She said: “When we were approached by Fuzz and Dave it was clear that they needed a high quality unit in a secure location with excellent links to the motorway network.

“I am delighted that they agreed that the unit at Springfield in Oldbury matched their demanding requirements and I wish them huge success with the new classic car restoration venture and the television series.”

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London and Cambridge Properties


Kraft Heinz Company recalls ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” products due to undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kraft Heinz Company, a Fullerton, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 959 pounds of ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Oct 9, 2016). The product contains wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items were produced on September 21, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 3.4-oz. boxes containing four-compartment plastic trays of “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers,” with a “USE BY” date of 25 DEC 2016 and production times ranging from 9:13 to 10:00 stamped on the side of the plastic container.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 537K” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Utah and California.

The problem was discovered on October 6, 2016, when the firm received a consumer complaint. There were no illnesses associated with the complaint.

The establishment determined that the “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” products were incorrectly labeled with the back label for a “Nacho Lunchable” product. The back label contains the product ingredient statements and as such, the “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” products that were mislabeled do not declare wheat and soy on the label.

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

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center, at 1-800-572-3877. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Lynne Gaila, Corporate Affairs Director, Kraft Heinz Company, at (847) 646-4396 or lynne.galia@kraftheinzcompany.com.

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

First-Ever Shop Your Way Holiday Guarantee at Sears, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an unprecedented move, Sears announced a “Sears Holiday Guarantee” – if any item purchased in-store at its upcoming Sears Days Lowest Prices of the Season Member Bonus Event goes lower in the same store through Dec. 24, Sears will automatically credit the Shop Your Way member the difference back in points.* The guarantee will be in effect Sunday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“More people are starting their holiday shopping early so we wanted to do something extra special for those members to help them get a jump start on their gift lists,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer for Sears. “It’s the perfect combination of beating the holiday rush and peace of mind knowing you’re getting the best deals of the holiday season – guaranteed.”

How to shop the Member Bonus Event and qualify for the Holiday Guarantee:

  • Shop in-store at Sears on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., when prices will reflect those for the upcoming Sears Days Lowest Prices of the Season sale (which officially starts Oct. 20)
  • All Shop Your Way members receive the Sears Holiday Guarantee
  • No further action is required by the member – if any items purchased at the event go lower at the same store for a lower price through Christmas Eve (including Black Friday), members will receive the difference back in points automatically credited to their account on 1/16/17– up to$100 in points per member

Whether members shop for others or gifting themselves, in-store or online at sears.com, the Sears Days sale will feature the lowest prices of the season on everything from tools and mattresses to appliances and apparel, including:

For a complete look at the Sears Days Lowest Prices of the Season Member Bonus Event deals, visit sears.com/MemberBonusEvent.

Becoming a Shop Your Way member is free and easy at sears.com/shopyourway. Shop Your Way is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

*Up to a maximum of $100 in points per member. Offers not valid at Sears Hometown, Outlet, Appliance Showroom or Hardware stores. Member Bonus Event will run online only in Hackensack, N.J.; Paramus, N.J.; St. George, Utah and Bartlesville, Okla. Holiday Guarantee valid in participating stores only for regular and promotional priced merchandise and will be based on pricing at store where purchased. Excludes clearance merchandise and is not valid in Des Moines, Iowa; Mankato, Minn.;Boise, Idaho; Lubbock, Texas; Victoria, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Savannah, Ga.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Palm Desert, Calif., Evansville, Ind.; Lafayette, Ind.; Columbia, S.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Salisbury, Md.; Reno, Nev.; Traverse, Mich.; Rapid City, S.D.; Horseheads, N.Y.; Bridgeport, W. Va. and Rockford, Ill. The price difference will be automatically awarded as points to member account on 1/16/17.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.


Brian Hanover
Sears PR

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Sears
312-527-2SHC (2742)

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

USDA FSIS issues public health alert for chicken salad product sold from Costco Store due to possible Salmonella contamination

USDA FSIS issues public health alert for chicken salad product sold from Costco Store due to possible Salmonella contamination
USDA FSIS issues public health alert for chicken salad product sold from Costco Store due to possible Salmonella contamination


WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella that may be associated with a chicken salad product sold from Costco Store #1190, in Lynwood, Wash.

The chicken salad item for this public health alert was produced Aug. 26 through Sept. 2, 2016. The following product is subject to the public health alert: 

  • Varying weights of “Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad”.

This product was sold directly to consumers who shopped at Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Wash.

On September 26, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- illnesses in the state of Washington. Working in conjunction with CDC and the Washington State Department of Health, FSIS determined that there is a possible link between rotisserie chicken salad from Costco’s Alderwood store in Lynwood, Wash. and these illnesses. Based on epidemiological evidence, four Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- case-patients have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from September 2 to September 6, 2016.

Traceback investigation indicated that three of these case-patients consumed rotisserie chicken salad purchased on August 26, August 31 and September 2, 2016 from this Costco location. No product has tested positive for this strain of Salmonella. Clinical isolates associated with this investigation were tested for antibiotic-resistance, and three isolates from Washington State were found resistant only to tetracycline and susceptible to other antibiotics commonly used to treat salmonellosis. FSIS continues to work with Costco and public health partners on this investigation, and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

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

Consumers who have purchased this product on August 26, August 31 and September 2, 2016 are urged not to consume it. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume rotisserie chicken that has been cooked to a temperature of 165° F. The only way to confirm that rotisserie chicken is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

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

Recommendations for Preventing Salmonellosis:

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry.  Also wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water. Clean up spills right away.Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.Cook raw meat and poultry to safe internal temperatures before eating. The safe internal temperature for meat such as ground beef and pork is 160º F, and 165º F for poultry, as determined with a food thermometer.Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase (one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F).  Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.


Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA