GameStop to close for the Thanksgiving holiday to give all store associates time to be with family and friends

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, will once again close all of its nearly 4,000 U.S. retail locations, headquarters, refurbishment center and two distribution centers for the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, GameStop is encouraging all retailers to close their stores on Thanksgiving so that all store associates can enjoy the holiday with their family and friends.

“We love retail and serving our customers, but we are even more passionate about one of our core values: Protecting the Family,” said Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of U.S. stores. “We believe strongly that our associates are the heart of our company and they and our customers should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying where to find the best shopping deals.”

“This year, we are encouraging those retailers who plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day, to join GameStop and the other retailers who have announced they will be closed on this family holiday,” said Buskey.

The company is inviting other retailers and everyone nationwide to join in by choosing to reconnect with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday.

GameStop’s video game branded stores; its Spring Mobile (AT&T and Cricket Wireless) and Simply Mac stores; and ThinkGeek retail stores will all be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

GameStop will open all of its U.S. video game stores at 5 a.m. local time on Black Friday.

For customers who do want to do a little shopping on Thanksgiving Day, and will be taking orders. These orders will be processed the next day.

GameStop will be hosting events and offering deals in-store and online throughout November and December. GameStop will feature virtual reality systems and headsets, new and pre-owned video game hardware, software and accessory exclusives, and collectible products that can only be found at GameStop.

About GameStop

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

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

Jackie Smith
GameStop Corp.

Source: GameStop Corporation

Levi Strauss & Co. expands its Worker Well-being initiative to mark 25th anniversary of its Terms of Engagement

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marking the 25th anniversary of its industry-changing supplier code of conduct, called Terms of Engagement, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced a new commitment to expand the company’s pioneering Worker Well-being initiative – both within and outside the company. By 2025, the company will aim to:

• Expand Worker Well-being to reach more than 300,000 workers;
• Implement the program with all strategic vendors;
• Produce more than 80 percent of its product volume in Worker Well-being factories.

In addition to these targets, the company announced it will share with the industry its Worker Well-being best practices, tools and standards in a move to exponentially increase the reach and impact of the program. Open sourcing best practices in this way has proven effective in driving outsized impact and system-level change.

“Our intent for the Worker Well-being initiative is to continue to serve as a catalyst to transform the apparel industry by setting a new standard for valuing and investing in apparel workers’ lives,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO. “We have seen that when we lead, others follow. From our Terms of Engagement in 1991, to sharing our chemical management system with other brands, to open sourcing our Water.

Worker Well-being represents a groundbreaking shift in how companies address the needs of workers who make their products. Launched in 2011, the initiative has created proven, sustainable business and social benefits at all levels of the supply chain, including a demonstrated 4:1 return on investment for some programs. Through this initiative, LS&Co. has been able to show suppliers that healthy, financially literate workers are more productive, which contributes to the bottom line through reduced absenteeism and higher retention rates. These results spur investment in programs from suppliers themselves, which has taken Worker Wellbeing beyond LS&Co.’s initial targets.

LS&Co. is also taking measurement a step further by getting to the core of what “well-being” truly means to workers. Through a grant from the Levi Strauss Foundation, Harvard’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) program, based at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will develop a universal Worker Well-being measurement toolkit for the wider manufacturing industry. The toolkit is meant to provide suppliers with a dashboard to track key performance indicators around workers’ overall levels of engagement, health and well-being beyond typical business measures. This will allow suppliers to better understand and analyze the impact of well-being on their workers and business in real-time.

This dashboard tool will also be shared publicly.

“Building a strategy and tool for suppliers to understand and actively monitor worker well-being represents a new chapter for the apparel industry,” said Eileen McNeely, Co-Director of SHINE. “The uptake of the well-being strategy starts with the vision, moves with the metrics and sustains overtime with proof that businesses, workers, families and communities benefit from enhanced well-being. We see a huge potential for this approach to create positive social impact and the next industry standard.”

LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program takes a unique approach that is rooted in the workers’ self-identified needs, first and foremost. Before implementing any programs or solutions, LS&Co. starts by surveying factory workers to hear firsthand what they need to become more engaged, healthy and productive employees. Only then, LS&Co. and its vendors partner with local and national non-profits and NGOs to implement programs to meet the needs of workers. Programs generally focus on financial empowerment, health and family well-being and equality and acceptance, but are flexible to workers’ changing needs.

LS&Co. will share its Worker Well-being Guidebook, which contains all the tools and materials needed for companies to implement programs in their own supply chains, including the initial worker needs survey. The company will also share key results from countries it has implemented programs in to provide proof points.

The Worker Well-being resources are available here.

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

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Yum China Holdings, Inc. announced its vision for the company as an independent business

Shanghai, China, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”) will outline its vision for the company as an independent business today (October 11, 2016) at Yum! Brands, Inc.’s (NYSE: YUM) annual investor conference in New York, NY. Yum China expects to begin trading as an independent company beginning November 1, 2016, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “YUMC.”

“Yum China is a powerhouse business that will be one of China’s largest publicly traded retail companies. We employ over 400,000 people and serve over 2 billion customers annually. With our unique market position and a rapidly growing middle class and urban population, we believe that we offer an unrivalled opportunity for sustained long-term growth in China,” said Micky Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. “At separation, we will be operating a highly cash-generative business, with no external debt and ample cash on hand. This will enable us to invest in new restaurants, digital engagement and our delivery network, providing job opportunities to thousands more people across the country and contributing to economic growth.”

Mr. Pant concluded, “With leading brands and supported by U.S. governance, Yum China is a unique investment opportunity. We are committed to generating value for our customers, our employees and our shareholders for decades to come.”

Yum China Highlights – Post-separation

  • Largest independent restaurant company in China, with exclusive rights to the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands in China, and ownership of China’s Little Sheep and East Dawning brands
  • No debt and expect over $900 million cash on hand at separation, and significant free cash flow generation, enabling shareholder cash returns and investment in new growth engines
  • Industry-leading development capability, marketing scale and coverage, supply chain infrastructure and brand strength in the world’s fastest-growing major economy
  • Potential to triple units over the long term
  • Substantial runway for same-store sales growth
  • Strong and experienced management team, led by Micky Pant and a highly qualified Board of Directors, led by Dr. Fred Hu

About Yum China
Yum China Holdings, Inc. will become a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It will have exclusive rights to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which is expanding globally but is not yet in China. Yum China will also own the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. The new company will be well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It will have a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China has more than 7,300 restaurants and more than 400,000 employees in over 1,100 cities, and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.

The separation is currently expected to occur after the close of business on October 31, 2016. Yum China expects to begin trading “regular way” as an independent company beginning November 1, 2016, on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “YUMC.” Yum! Brands expects “when-issued” trading for both Yum! Brands and Yum China to begin on the NYSE on October 17, 2016, under the symbol “YUM WI” for Yum! Brands and “YUMC WI” for Yum China.

About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has more than 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.  The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.  Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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Yum! Brands to outline development plans for its iconic global brands KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Louisville, KY, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) will announce today (October 11, 2016) at its annual investor conference in New York City the Company’s strategic transformation plans to drive growth of its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands following the separation of its China business, currently expected to be completed after the close of business on October 31, 2016. Yum! Brands will outline how the Company is sharpening its focus on the development of its three iconic global brands, increasing its franchise ownership and creating a leaner, more efficient cost structure. The Company will also provide an update for returning capital to shareholders.

“Our mission is to build the world’s most loved, trusted and fastest-growing restaurant brands,” said Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands. “The transformation we are announcing today is a significant investment in our future designed to build and strengthen KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell around the world and to create even more long-term value for our shareholders. As a ‘pure play’ franchisor, the transformed Yum! Brands will become more efficient and capital light with an optimized capital structure, improved cash flow and laser-like focus on our key strategies to drive same-store sales and new unit growth worldwide.”

Major features of the Company’s transformation and growth strategy involve being more focused, franchised and efficient.

  • More Focused. Four growth drivers will form the basis of Yum! Brands’ strategic plans and repeatable business model to accelerate same-store sales growth and net-new restaurant development at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell around the world over the long term. The Company will focus on becoming best-in-class in:
    • Building Distinctive, Relevant Brands, by increasing investment in consumer insights, core product innovation, digital excellence and initiatives that strengthen the quality, convenience and appeal of the customer experience;
    • Developing Unmatched Franchise Operating Capability, by strengthening how we equip and recruit the best restaurant operators to deliver great customer experiences, and build and protect our brands;
    • Driving Bold Restaurant Development through partnerships with growth-minded franchisees who can expand and penetrate markets with modern restaurants, strong economics and value; and
    • Growing Unrivaled Culture and Talent to strengthen the customer experience and franchise success with best-in-class people capability and culture.
  • More Franchised. Partnering with growth-minded franchisees, Yum! Brands will increase franchise restaurant ownership from 77% currently to 93% at the time of the separation of the China business to at least 98% by fiscal year ending 2018, with a focus on equipping and recruiting the best restaurant operators in the world to deliver great customer experiences and drive brand growth.
  • More Efficient. The Company will revamp its financial profile, improving the efficiency of its organization and cost structure globally, by:
    • Reducing annual capital expenditures from ~$500 million (2015 Pro Forma post-separation) to ~$100 million (FYE 2019);
    • Reducing G&A by a cumulative ~$300 million by FYE 2019; and
    • Maintaining optimized capital structure of ~5.0x EBITDA leverage.

Mr. Creed continued, “The separation of our China business provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to review our operating model and consider all possibilities available under our new structure. The transformed Yum! Brands will maintain its geographic diversity with continued, meaningful exposure to the growth potential of the world’s largest consumer market, China, but with greater revenue stability by leveraging our four growth drivers. We will reinforce the distinctiveness of our brands and their relevance to customers, select the highest potential franchisees and help drive their success, expand more profitably in key markets across the globe and bolster training and talent initiatives to foster the culture that will be especially critical as we evolve into a highly franchised growth company.”

Capital Return Program Update
Following through on its previously announced plan to return $6.2 billion of capital to shareholders (excluding dividends) in connection with the separation of its China business, Yum! Brands has repurchased approximately $5.5 billion in shares at an average price of approximately $81, reducing its share count by approximately 16% as of October 10, 2016. The Company is also expanding its plan to return capital to shareholders and now expects to return a total of $13.5 billion (including dividends) between Q4 2015 and 2019.

 Separation of the China Business
After the separation of the China business, Yum China Holdings, Inc. will become a licensee of Yum! Brands in Mainland China. Yum China will have exclusive rights to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining brand, and Taco Bell, which is expanding globally but is not yet in China. It will also own the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts. Yum China has more than 7,300 restaurants and more than 400,000 employees in over 1,100 cities, and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. The standalone company, Yum China, is expected to begin trading “regular way” on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “YUMC” on November 1, 2016.

In addition to Mr. Creed and other senior Yum! Brands leaders, the Yum China leadership team will also speak at the investor conference about their growth plans, as described in a release issued separately today.

Today’s presentations can be followed live via webcast beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT at:

About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has more than 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.  The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.  Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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Newegg Canada marks its 7th anniversary with sweepstakes and big discounts across all product categories

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the top tech-focused e-retailer in North America, celebrates the 7th anniversary of Newegg Canada this October. Over the past seven years, the company has greatly increased its presence in Canada. And for the last four years, Newegg Canada has enjoyed double-digit growth. Newegg now operates distribution facilities in the Vancouver and Toronto areas, with the Toronto facility featuring Newegg Canada’s first Hybrid Centre.

“Our Canadian operation is not only a sizeable component of our North American business, but also serves as the blueprint for our international growth plans,” said Merle McIntosh, Newegg SVP of Sales & Marketing. “We’re committed to being the best place for Canadian customers to get tech.”

To commemorate its 7th anniversary, Newegg Canada kicks off a site-wide promotion on Tuesday, October 11. The promotion – which runs through Monday, October 17 – will feature deep discounts across all product categories. Also starting October 11, Canadian customers will be eligible for the Checkout with Masterpass promotion, which unlocks a $25 discount on qualifying orders exceeding $200 when checking out with Masterpass. The Checkout with Masterpass promotion runs through October 31, or until promotional funds are depleted.

Canadian customers will also be eligible to enter the Newegg Canada 7th Anniversary Sweepstakes with a total prize package valued at more than $4,000. Join our Facebook community to be notified of sweepstakes details and a chance to win.

For more information visit

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates ( which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 28 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. The Newegg Hybrid Centers are located in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Source: Newegg Inc.

Costa Coffee launches first-of-its-kind trial store delivering new coffee experiences in a stylish environment

London, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, announces the launch of a first-of-its-kind trial store. Promising to deliver new coffee experiences in a stylish environment, Costa is ramping up its efforts to share its perpetual passion for coffee with customers. In a first for its UK high street stores, the new Costa will offer a selection of alcoholic drinks to complement its food and drink range in the evenings.

As the nation’s love affair with coffee continues to flourish, the concept store responds to the evolving appetite for fresh ways to enjoy coffee. A flavourful new range on offer in store includes three slow drip, single origin blends from Sumatra, Kenya and Columbia, all 100% Arabica beans. The Sumatran single origin is also available as a refreshing cold brew coffee, steeped for 20 hours and served over ice.

An enhanced food menu will be available throughout the day, featuring delicious additions such as avocado on toast, macarons and antipasti sharing plates. In response to customer demand, later opening hours will be trialed, extending the Costa coffee shop experience into the evening. During these later opening hours (from 4pm until 9pm Monday-Saturday and 7pm on Sundays), a range of alcoholic drinks will be offered.

The store boasts an evolved interior design, building on Costa’s colourful heritage and offering customers a warm, welcoming and relaxed coffee shop setting.

Jason Cotta, Managing Director of Costa Coffee UK & Ireland commented: “This is an exciting time for Costa Coffee. Since Costa was founded in 1971, it has been at the forefront of Britain’s growing love of great coffee.

“As core coffee options become well established favourites, we believe coffee lovers are ready for the next generation of beverages. Alongside our Mocha Italia espresso-based drinks, we are proud to launch new beans, brews and coffee experiences to our customers. The trial of the new store in Wandsworth affirms our commitment to making coffee interesting, exciting and accessible to all.”

Deb Caldow, Head of Proposition Development at Costa Coffee added: “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new trial store and exclusive range of coffees. As the UK’s favourite coffee shop, we want to inspire the nation to try something different and hope the new range will encourage them to do so. Our Wandsworth store will serve high-quality coffee, handcrafted with care and passion by our baristas, in a stylish new environment.”

The trial store is located at 328-334, Old York Rd, Wandsworth, SW18 1SS.

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

If you’d like further information on partnership opportunities with the Costa Express brand please contact the sales team on 0845 450 5757 or visit

Source: Costa


Cypress acquires 11.17 acres of land in Georgetown, TX as site of the new Oak Meadows Marketplace

Dallas, TX, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cypress Equities companies* announced today (October 12, 2016) that it has closed on the acquisition of approximately 11.17 acres located at the southwest corner of Williams Drive and Jim Hogg Road in Georgetown, TX. This parcel will be the site of the new Oak Meadows Marketplace.

Oak Meadows Marketplace will be a grocery-anchored complex, encompassing 77,050 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Randalls Food and Drug has an executed lease for 57,655 square feet and will be the project anchor. Cypress is currently undergoing negotiations with additional retail and restaurant tenants.

“The surrounding area demographics made this acquisition an attractive addition to the Cypress portfolio,” said Chris Maguire, chief executive officer for Cypress Equities. “Along with the commitment from Randalls as a strong grocery anchor for Oak Meadows Marketplace.”

Construction on Oak Meadows Marketplace is estimated to begin in January of 2017, with a completion date slated for November of 2017. SRS Real Estate Partners in Austin will be conducting leasing for the center.


Tel: +1 (214) 561 8800

Source: Cypress Equities

Accenture survey: frugality will be the theme this holiday season as shoppers put in extra work to get the best deals

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — While holiday spending is likely to increase again this year in the United States – with 44 percent of U.S. consumers planning to spend more than they did last year – frugality will be the theme this holiday season, as shoppers want more for their money and are willing to put in the extra work to get the best deals, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey.

Now in its 10th year, the Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey found that 42 percent of consumers this year said they rarely or never expect to pay full price for an item during the holiday season. In addition, two-thirds (67 percent) said they will purchase items from different stores or websites to get the lowest price, and nearly three-quarters (72 percent) said they would be enticed by promotions or coupons to shop at a store they have not used in the last year.

Consumers are also willing to give more to receive more, as 54 percent of survey respondents said they are open to sharing personal information and shopping preferences with retailers in order to receive personalized offers, compared to 51 percent last year and 33 percent in 2014. The factors most likely to entice shoppers to share personal data are discounts or coupons (cited by 78 percent of respondents, up from 72 percent last year), loyalty card points (cited by 52 percent) and highly relevant promotions (cited by 47 percent).

“The good news is that U.S. consumers plan to spend more and are increasingly willing to share personal information to receive offers – but they remain focused on frugal bargain hunting,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director of Retail at Accenture. “The clear opportunity for retailers is to learn all they can about their customers and use these insights to provide the personalized and timely deals consumers are seeking. By optimizing inventory and marketing, they can increase the profitability of each customer visit to their store or website and maximize each click.”

Shoppers Will Do Their Homework
The survey findings indicate that U.S. shoppers will be doing a great deal of research before making their holiday purchases this year. More than four in five respondents (81 percent) said they plan to participate in ‘webrooming’ –  i.e., shopping for products online before visiting the retail store to make purchase – and the same majority said they plan to participate in ‘showrooming’ – i.e., visiting a store to review a product before purchasing it online. In addition, the vast majority (84 percent) of shoppers this year said they check before looking or buying elsewhere.

The factors most likely to entice shoppers to buy from a store that they have not shopped at in the past year are promotions or coupons (cited by 72 percent of respondents), followed by the retailer having a specific item in stock they can’t find elsewhere (58 percent) and the quality/range of goods (49 percent).

Channel Preferences
Half (50 percent) of shoppers expect to do the majority of their shopping online, with 43 percent saying they expect to do the majority of their shopping in-store (down from 48 percent last year). Purchasing online with in-store delivery/pickup was the top retailer benefit that shoppers plan to take advantage of this year, cited by 48 percent of respondents, up from 36 percent in 2015.

Shopping Frustrations
According to the survey, the main frustrations deterring consumers from buying more goods online are shipping costs (cited by 62 percent of respondents), not being able to touch the product (55 percent of respondents) and shipping delays (40 percent). The main frustration deterring consumers from shopping in-store is long lines or crowds, cited by 62 percent of respondents.

The survey also found that omnichannel offerings could lead to more sales, as nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of shoppers who plan to use the buy online / pick-up in-store option said they are likely to purchase additional items that were not part of their original purchase during their in-store visit.

“Consumers are in the habit of doing research before they shop or make a purchase and this trend only intensifies during the holiday season,” Standish said. “Retailers must provide consumers with a hassle-free shopping experience, whether they are shopping online or in-store.”

The Holiday Shopping List
The most popular item for the holiday shopping season is, for the second consecutive year, apparel – cited by 78 percent of respondents (versus 69 percent in 2015). The ever-popular gift card came in second, cited by 74 percent of respondents (versus 64 percent last year), with restaurants being the most popular gift-card choice (cited by 57 percent of respondents).

U.S. Shoppers Gear Up for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

  • Approximately two-thirds (65 percent) of survey respondents plan to shop on Black Friday and 36 percent of shoppers believe the best deals will be available on that day. A slightly smaller percentage (47 percent) of shoppers are likely to shop on Thanksgiving Day/night but 72 percent plan to do so online (versus 60 percent in 2015).
  • Only 25 percent of shoppers believe that Thanksgiving should be spent with family versus holiday shopping. This percentage was even lower for 18-24 year olds (just 17 percent).
  • The number of people who said they plan to shop on Cyber Monday increased 11 percent this year, to 57 percent.

“We live in a world where consumer behavior and expectations are changing daily, requiring retailers to be truly insight driven,” Standish said. “The reality of the always-connected consumer is evidenced by the fact that Thanksgiving, traditionally considered family time, is now increasingly regarded as another opportunity to bargain-hunt. With the majority of shoppers planning to do Thanksgiving Day shopping online, retailers may want to review online and offline strategies to engage consumers and drive sales.”

About the survey
The Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey offers insights into consumer buying patterns during the holiday period. It gives an indication of retail performance expectations both on the high street and online at a key time for the sector. For this year’s survey, Accenture queried a representative sample of 1,500 U.S. consumers online in September 2016.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at


Aleks Vujanic
+ 44 7500 974 814

Source: Accenture

Impressive line-up of UK retailers and high-profile industry figures attending MAPIC 2016, November 16-18, Cannes

Paris, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — MAPIC, the global retail real estate market, has announced an impressive line-up of UK retailers and high-profile industry figures that will be attending the event in Cannes from November 16-18.

“The 22nd edition of MAPIC will offer exhibitors and visitors alike unparalleled opportunities to network with leading industry influencers. We have a fantastic list of international participants from the entire spectrum of the industry, including fashion, accessories, food and beverage, retailtainment, designers and architects, and our comprehensive programme of seminars will provide attendees with valuable insight into the latest trends and developments in the market by leading market experts,” says Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC.

MAPIC is pleased to welcome UK retailers attending the show for the first time, including Jaeger, Matalan, Julien MacDonald, Fenn Wright Manson, Nicole Farhi, Blue Inc. and the UK’s largest omni-channel retailer John Lewis Partnership with 46 John Lewis stores and 350 Waitrose supermarkets. They will participate alongside a host of loyal MAPIC retailers hailing from the UK including Arcadia Group, Burberry, Debenhams, Hamley’s of London, JD Sports, Mothercare, Primark and Ted Baker.

Tesco will be making its MAPIC debut as an exhibitor this year. Other first-timer UK exhibitors include Savills, Meyer Bergman, New West End Company and Broadway Malayan architects.

Reflecting the increased importance of retailtainment, five new leading UK brands from this sector are attending the show including: Merlin Entertainment, the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe, which runs 115 attractions in 23 countries across four continents; All Star Lanes, which offers food, drinks and bowling in a timeless American classic style setting; Ai Solve, virtual reality simulations and game based learning experts; Global Attractions – a concept design consultant that implements leading leisure attractions – and Paragon Creative: a world-class themed model making and fit-out facility specialist, which has provided over 1,000 unique experiences for customers worldwide.

The recent surge in the demand for quality food and beverage offers in the retail landscape, has been reflected in the strong increase of F&B brands signing up to attend MAPIC 2016. UK F&B first-timers such as Yo! Sushi, T2 Tea, Chopstix Noodle Bar and Drake & Morgan will join returning UK retailers Marks and Spencer, Leon Restaurants, Pret a Manger and Wagamama to name a few.

A number of UK retailers and exhibitors will also be participating in conference sessions at MAPIC 2016. Known to many as the “Queen of the Shops” and one of UK’s most prominent retail gurus, Mary Portas will be making her MAPIC debut as a moderator for the UK market discussion seminar entitled: “United Kingdom – Good Morning Retail!” (Thursday 17th November). The panel – consisting of Jeremy Collins, Property Director of John Lewis; Duncan Grant, Strategy Director of The Entertainer and Jace Tyrell, Chief Executive of New West End Company – the business voice for the world’s largest retail destination including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street – will provide unrivalled insight into the latest trends and thinking in the market.

The Dune Group – a global player in footwear and accessories, with 40 stand-alone stores and 175 concessions in the UK alone – will also be attending MAPIC for the first time this year.  On Wednesday, November 16th, Ben Jobling, International Director of The Dune Group, will be speaking at the Middle East seminar; “How Tall is Retail?”, about the group’s international expansion.

With international tourism and travel booming, retailing opportunities are ambitious. Kim Gray, Head of Retail Strategy of Heathrow Airport, will speak in the travel retail panel discussion: “Travel Retail – the 6th Continent for Retailers?” (Thursday 17th November) alongside Damon Crowhurst, European Business Director, Displays, Samsung; Albert Beltran, Managing Director Iberia, UK & France, Guess; Ludovic Castillo, Managing Director of Altarea Commerce (France, Italy, Spain), Altarea Cogedim and Mehmet Kalyoncu, Member of Board, Kalyon. Fiona Hamilton, Global Head of Retail for International Brands, BNP Paribas Real Estate will moderate the session.

Visit for a full list of participants and exhibitors.

For more information on the 2016 MAPIC, visit our pressroom.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIP CANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy in Milan for the retail real estate sector.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

Media Contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 79 71 95 44 

Jessica Whyte – Press Manager
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 46

Source: MAPIC

Bon-Ton Stores’ new LoveStyle Rewards program lets shoppers earn rewards any way they pay when they shop at Bon-Ton Stores

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, announced that it has expanded its customer loyalty program with its new LoveStyle Rewards.

“We value our loyal customers who shop with us,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and CEO for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We continue to make changes to create a better shopping experience at Bon-Ton.  With LoveStyle Rewards all of our customers can earn Rewards—any way they pay.”Shoppers can now earn rewards any way they pay when they shop at Bon-Ton Stores.  In addition to Bon-Ton’s current YOUR REWARDS proprietary credit card and loyalty program, customers paying with any other tender can now earn Reward Cards.  With the new LoveStyle Rewards program, a customer who spends $200 with a third party credit card, cash, check or gift card, will receive a $10 LoveStyle Rewards Card. Customers who spend $200 with a YOUR REWARDS Credit Card will receive a $20 Rewards Card.

Members may earn “Double It” Rewards or earn “Bonus Rewards” based on featured categories or special events throughout the year. Customers can also “stack” their Rewards Cards for every $50 a customer spends.  Rewards can be earned on purchases made in-store at any of the Bon-Ton family of stores, or online at one of the seven company websites.

Customers can sign up for LoveStyle Rewards both in-store and online by simply providing a name, phone number and email address. Rewards are conveniently delivered monthly via email.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

Christine Hojnacki

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. to close its Bergner’s store in Machesney Park Mall in Illinois

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), today (October 11, 2016) announced it will close its Bergner’s store in Machesney Park Mall in Machesney Park, Illinois. The Company will not renew the lease, which terminates January 31, 2017. The closing will impact approximately 43 associates at this location. The store will remain open until the end of its lease term.

“Closing this store was a difficult decision,” commented Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped with Bergner’s over the years as well as our devoted store associates for their dedication and friendly customer service to this community.”

The affected associates in the Machesney Park Bergner’s location will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at stores in the area or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support.

Customers are invited to shop at the company’s nearby store locations: Bergner’s at Cherryvale Mall, Rockford, Illinois; Elder-Beerman at Eclipse Center, Beloit, Wisconsin and Boston Store at Janesville Mall, Janesville, Wisconsin.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, ElderBeerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

Christine Hojnacki

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc

NCR Corporation celebrates 20 successful years as the leading ATM services provider in India

MUMBAI, India, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, celebrates the completion of 20 successful years of operations in India as the country’s leading ATM services provider. Over the past two decades, NCR has reinvented itself to deliver innovations to meet challenges faced by financial institutions to help transform their businesses and continued to work towards the ‘Make in India’ vision of the government of India.

Contributing to the ‘Make in India’ vision NCR has introduced a host of customized innovations for the Indian market including: Kalpana™, the world’s first Android-based enterprise software for ATMs; NCR SelfServ 23, an ATM featuring a modern and contemporary look and feel, with latest ADA multi-touch capability and higher note capacity; ATMs for the visually impaired, amongst a host of other innovations that is ‘Made in India for India.’

According to the latest Global ATM Markets and Forecasts 2021 by Retail Banking Research (RBR) report, NCR continues to lead the India ATM market with 44% market share with over 100,000 ATMs currently deployed. The number of ATMs in India is forecasted to reach around 407,000 by 2021, which would represent growth of over 90% on the 2015 figure of 214,500 and equal a CAGR of 11%.

“NCR has led the re-invention of how consumers and businesses connect with financial institutions backed by its innovative software solutions and omni-channel technologies to create better experiences for customers, while lowering costs and delivering differentiated banking platforms,” said Navroze Dastur, Managing Director, Financial Services, NCR India. “Today’s consumers want digital, seamless, secure and available banking services and NCR is strategically poised to build the infrastructure for the connected economy with broad, stable solutions.”

This approach of constant innovation in market-relevant technology solutions has earned NCR its market leadership position since its entry in India 20 years ago. NCR provides solutions to serve financial services, retail, telecom & technology industries in India.

About NCR Corporation

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

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

Web sites: |
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912. 261. 954. 583

Source: NCR Corporation

USDA FSIS announces that Chicharrones J&J recalls pork lard products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

USDA FSIS announces that Chicharrones J&J recalls pork lard products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen
USDA FSIS announces that Chicharrones J&J recalls pork lard products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen


WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chicharrones J&J, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,064 pounds of pork lard products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Oct. 12, 2016). The products contain milk, a known allergen, and sodium nitrite, which are not declared on the product label.

The pork lard products were produced on various dates from June 16, 2016 through Oct.12, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 1-lb, 2-lb and 3-lb plastic tubs of “Chicharrones J&J Rendered Animal Fat”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 31638” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to various retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered on Oct.12, 2016 by a FSIS consumer safety during label verification activities.

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

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

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

Media and consumers with questions about the recall can contact George Velazquez, HACCP Manager, at (714) 543-1310.

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
(202) 720-9113


eBay to sell majority of its stake in online commerce platform in Latin America, MercadoLibre, Inc.

eBay to sell majority of its stake in online commerce platform in Latin America, MercadoLibre, Inc.
eBay to sell majority of its stake in online commerce platform in Latin America, MercadoLibre, Inc.


San Jose, California, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —We regularly review and actively manage our investment portfolio to ensure that our investments support the company’s strategic direction and complement our disciplined approach to value creation, profitability and capital allocation.  Against this backdrop, eBay has decided to sell the majority of its stake in MercadoLibre, Inc., an online commerce platform in Latin America.  The sale will enable us to realize a significant gain on our investment, and we intend to use the net proceeds in a manner consistent with our capital allocation strategy. Additional financial details pertaining to the transaction will be addressed on our Q3 2016 earnings call and in our upcoming Form 10-Q.

eBay and MercadoLibre have a strong, long-standing relationship.  We entered into a strategic agreement with MercadoLibre in 2001, when MercadoLibre acquired iBazar Com Ltda, the Brazilian subsidiary of iBazar SA, which previously had been acquired by eBay.  In return for MercadoLibre’s acquisition of iBazar Com Ltda, eBay received an ownership interest in MercadoLibre.  Our relationship has helped advance eBay’s strategy in the region and allowed both companies to share best practices.  The continuation of our relationship is underscored by our announcement today of a new strategic agreement with MercadoLibre that is designed to advance eBay’s cross-border trading business opportunities for its sellers who are targeting buyers in Latin America.

eBay’s commitment to Latin America remains unchanged as a result of this transaction.  We are focused on providing consumers in the region with access to our extensive supply of distinct inventory from all over the world that cannot always be found in the local market.


United States:

Source: eBay


Zalando now offers small local retailers opportunity to sell their products through its Fashion Platform

Zalando now offers small local retailers opportunity to sell their products through its Fashion Platform
Zalando now offers small local retailers opportunity to sell their products through its Fashion Platform


BERLIN, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — While online shopping is becoming even more popular, the vast majority of fashion assortment is still located in stationary stores. In order to connect both worlds with each other, Zalando is looking into different ways of what the future of commerce might look like.

As part of the #IntegratedCommerce approach, Zalando is now offering small local retailers the opportunity to sell their products through its Fashion Platform. For the first time, local retailers are able to connect to the Zalando Platform with minimal technical effort via the external partner software “gax-system”. The first 10 participating stores can now easily accept orders from Zalando customers and fulfill them if the matching item is available in their stores.

Jan Bartels, Vice President Logistics Products at Zalando: “With its platform strategy, Zalando is working on different ways to not only connect big brands and retailers, but to connect local stores with limited technological infrastructures for the first time. This way, Zalando can be a digital solution for smaller retailers who are facing the challenges of digitalization and offer them a further sales channel. We see the future of commerce as a seamless shopping experience for customers, whether fashion items are available online or in local stores. This is why we are continuously testing new Integrated Commerce initiatives, which connect both worlds.”

Philipp Kannenberg, member of board, gaxsys GmbH: “For gaxsys, the pilot with Zalando provides a large number of local retailers with the opportunity to participate in e-commerce. We are convinced that local commerce can only exist in synergy with e-commerce, not in competition.”

Already 10 local retailers are participating in the testpilot, one of these is Tip Tap Kinderschuhe from Weilheim (Bavaria): “As a local store, our main challenge is to reach new customers, especially those of the younger generations”, says the owner Thomas Ganguin.  “That’s why, in order to generate extra sales, e-commerce is important for us as an additional distribution channel. So far the experience of selling online via the gax-system has been a good one. We are now able to sell more brands and benefit from Zalando’s vast reach. If we were running an own online shop we would need much more storage capacity and would have to schedule more personnel. With the gax-system we can flexibly decide on which orders to accept online.”

In June, Zalando already started its first test pilot, connecting local stationary stores of big partner brands like adidas to the Zalando Platform. The assortment of two adidas stores in Berlin is digitized and offered online to Zalandos’ customers.

Zalando ( is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract over 160 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2016, around 65 per cent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 18.8 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Kristin Dolgner
Corporate Communications
+49 30 2096 81 484

Source: Zalando


Hilfiger Denim launches its Fall 2016 Tommy Jeans capsule collection

Hilfiger Denim launches its Fall 2016 Tommy Jeans capsule collectio
Hilfiger Denim launches its Fall 2016 Tommy Jeans capsule collectio


London, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger announces the launch of the Fall 2016 Tommy Jeans capsule collection from Hilfiger Denim. Now in its second season, Tommy Jeans celebrates the most iconic Tommy Hilfiger styles from the ’90s, revived as nostalgic classics with a fresh, youthful energy and new silhouettes. The Tommy Jeans campaign features models and social media influencers Hailey Baldwin and Lucky Blue Smith, and the collection will be available at select Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide, select wholesale partners, and online at beginning October 4, 2016.

“It’s always inspiring to look back on our heritage and the most iconic styles from our archives,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Our Tommy Jeans collection is all about nostalgia and iconic staples, with updated silhouettes and a new edge. Reminiscing on this era reminds me of some incredible memories – from our first collaborations with musicians and celebrities to our continued passion for pop culture.”

The Tommy Jeans capsule features denim essentials with innovative washes, unexpected details and the brand’s iconic logo throughout. Both the men’s and women’s collections include logo tees and sweatshirts, hoodies, track pants, puffer jackets, hats, and a unisex denim jacket with a shearling collar. The women’s collection includes long-sleeved cropped turtlenecks, logo waistband leggings, high-waisted jeans, denim dungarees with logo straps, and a sweatshirt dress. The men’s offering also features a black varsity jacket in oversized proportions.

Photographed in Los Angeles by Instagram influencer Bryant Eslava, the Fall 2016 Tommy Jeans campaign features Hailey Baldwin and Lucky Blue Smith with a youthful vibe and cool ‘90s spirit. The pair also appeared in the first Tommy Jeans campaign for Spring 2016 and Baldwin previously walked in the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 Hilfiger Collection runway shows at New York Fashion Week.

Several global influencers have been photographed wearing Tommy Jeans, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Selena Gomez, Suki and Immy Waterhouse, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Vreeland and Nash Grier, and international bloggers including Shea Marie, Thelma Aoyama, BJ Pascual, Caroline Daur, Stefanie Giesinger and Veronika Heilbrunner.

Friends and followers of the brand are invited to join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger and @TommyHilfiger.

Source: Tommy Hilfiger


Tommy Hilfiger features internationally renowned tennis star Rafael Nadal for its Fall 2016 Tailored campaign

Tommy Hilfiger features internationally renowned tennis star Rafael Nadal for its Fall 2016 Tailored campaign
Tommy Hilfiger features internationally renowned tennis star Rafael Nadal for its Fall 2016 Tailored campaign


LONDON, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tommy Hilfiger announces that internationally renowned tennis star and Tommy Hilfiger global brand ambassador, Rafael Nadal, will appear in the Tommy Hilfiger Tailored campaign for Fall 2016. The campaign shows Nadal wearing Tommy Hilfiger Tailored THFLEX for three different occasions, demonstrating the designs’ versatility, comfort and movability. The Tommy Hilfiger Tailored and THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition collections are available at Tommy Hilfiger stores globally, through select wholesale partners, and online at

“Our ongoing global ambassadorship with Rafael Nadal continues to resonate with our consumers worldwide, driving a strong commercial impact globally across our men’s categories,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Nadal’s campaigns speak to and engage our next generation of Tommy fans – he’s confident, cool, and doesn’t take style too seriously. We’re excited to introduce the third season of this collaboration.”

The campaign was shot in Palm Springs, California, by photographer Mikael Jansson, and styled by Sean Spellman. Inspired by Nadal’s active lifestyle, it portrays three universal moments: “Down Time,” “On The Road,” and “Strictly Business.” For each occasion, Nadal wears a different THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition suit that has been expertly crafted using high-performance Italian-made fabrics. Made for modern movement, the selection of single and double-breasted suits is designed to meet the active demands of today’s lifestyle with a compact handfeel and improved wrinkle-resistance. The result creates an unprecedented level of stretch and guaranteed comfort, celebrating tailored sophistication and innovation in iconic menswear classics.

“Tommy designs are cool, sophisticated and easy to wear, and I’m excited to continue my partnership with the brand in Fall 2016,” said Nadal. “Whether I’m traveling to a tennis tournament, at a red carpet gala or having a casual dinner with friends, I know there’s always a perfect Tommy Hilfiger design for any occasion, from day to night.”

In addition to Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, Nadal continues his ongoing ambassadorship for Tommy Hilfiger underwear and fragrances. The brand’s partnership with the tennis star began in Fall 2015 with impactful campaigns and a one-of-a-kind pop-up tennis event in the heart of New York City. The collaboration continued in Spring 2016 with the launch of the innovative THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition capsule.

Born in 1986 in Manacor, Spain, Nadal has ranked amongst the world’s top five tennis players since 2003. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional tennis players in history, at the age of 24 he became the youngest athlete to complete the “Career Grand Slam” and is the second male player in the world to have completed the “Career Golden Slam” after winning the French, Australian and U.S. Opens, Wimbledon, and a 2008 Olympic gold medal. Nadal currently holds a record for his nine French Open victories – the most won by a single player – including five consecutive title wins.

Source: Tommy Hilfiger


Weis Markets honored with three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Awards

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets (NYSE:WMK) today (October 12, 2016) announced it is the recipient of three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Awards. The company was recognized in the categories of Most Improved Emissions Rate, Superior Goal Achievement and Store Re-Certification Excellence, as a result of its refrigerant management programs, reduced emissions rate, and overall efforts to protect the environment from harmful pollutants.

“Weis Markets is leading the way in training their refrigeration service technicians,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Over the past year they have launched new programs and implemented best service practices that are reducing their refrigerant emissions.”

Refrigerants used by supermarkets, if not managed properly, contribute to climate change and can harm the ozone layer. In fact, the EPA estimates that if supermarkets nationwide reduced their emissions to the GreenChill average emissions rate, the industry would eliminate the equivalent of 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to eliminating the emissions from 63 million barrels of oil. In addition, reducing leaks of some types of refrigerants could also help restore the earth’s ozone layer, which protects the earth from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation, a leading cause of skin cancer.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.  We share these three awards with all our associates who continually help us improve our refrigeration management programs,” said R. Kevin Small, Weis Markets Vice President of Development. “In recent years, we’ve utilized the GreenChill model of goal-setting and careful monitoring to broaden our ongoing sustainability to the areas of energy consumption and food recovery. Continuous improvement in sustainability is a crucial area for us and represents an ongoing commitment to the communities we serve.”

GreenChill is an EPA partnership that helps supermarkets transition to environmentally-friendlier refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerants used, and eliminate harmful refrigerant leaks.  GreenChill has 54 partners with more than 8,000 stores, representing more than 20 percent of the supermarket industry.

Weis Markets received top honors in the following categories:

  • 2015 Achievement Award – Most Improved Emissions Rate (since baseline year)

The most improved emissions rate award goes to the Partner with the most improved emissions rate for commercial systems from the previous year, and the Partner with the most improved emissions rate since their baseline year.

  • 2015 Achievement Award – Superior Goal Achievement

This award goes to each Partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal.

  • 2015-2016 Achievement Award – Store Re-Certification Excellence [Bellefonte, PA]

This award goes to each supermarket that has renewed its GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years.

For more information about Weis Markets and its sustainability efforts, visit

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 190 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: or


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

National Recycling Coalition recognized Weis Markets for its food waste composting initiative

SUNBURY, Pa., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) announced today (October 12, 2016) that the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) recently recognized the food retailer for its food waste composting initiative, and its reusable and plastic bag recycling programs with the 2016 annual “Business Leadership in Recycling Award.”

“We are honored and proud to receive this award in recognition for the hard work and commitment we make each day to sustainability,” stated Patti Olenick, Sustainability Manager at Weis Markets. “In 2015, we recycled 33,000 tons of material and set a goal to increase this total by another five percent in 2016. Our recycling program is key to our company’s success and our planet’s future.”

The award recognizes Weis Markets for its food composting program currently conducted in 70 stores throughout the Mid Atlantic region, its creative recycling of waxed cardboard that is used to produce Enviro-Log Fire Logs sold in company stores, and its recycling of plastic bags, which are used to produce Trex wood-alternative decking. The plastic lumber made from these bags is also built into benches that are distributed throughout local communities.

“The NRC Awards committee was impressed with Weis Markets’ multi-pronged approach to recycling,” said Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D Principal, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). “The innovative programs serve as an outstanding example for others within the industry and were a deciding factor for this award.”

NRC recently awarded Weis Markets the coveted award during the annual Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NRC focuses on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States with an emphasis on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. Its network consists of more than 6,000 members from non-profits, businesses, government organizations and trade associations.

For more information about Weis Markets sustainability program, visit

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 190 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: or


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

WallyHome’s next generation home sensing solution helps homeowners avoid serious property damage

WallyHome's next generation home sensing solution helps homeowners avoid serious property damage
WallyHome’s next generation home sensing solution helps homeowners avoid serious property damage


SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The next generation WallyHome wireless sensor network provides homeowners with peace of mind through unprecedented access to monitoring and maintaining the health of their home. The revolutionary home sensing solution detects and alerts users to water leaks and changes in humidity and temperature. The new system includes updated capabilities for the hub and sensors, and introduces Rapid Response, an optional new subscription emergency repair service that connects users to a service professional who can be dispatched to quickly fix problems and help avoid serious property damage.

Almost 40 percent* of all homeowners have reported damage due to water over their lifetime and property damage from water leaks is the second most common home insurance claim,” said Ryan Ciovacco, President of Wally Labs and Connected Living for Sears Holdings Corporation. “Our goal with WallyHome is to solve real pain points for homeowners, such as leaks that cause serious water damage or a heating outage at 2 a.m. on a freezing night. WallyHome can help save our users money and provide greater peace of mind by catching problems early on and notifying owners before significant damage occurs. We go beyond simply alerting a customer to an issue. Our end-to-end solution will also connect you with a certified professional to fix the problem before it gets worse—24 hours a day.”The WallyHome system lets users know what’s happening in real-time through text message, push and email notifications and phone calls. Users can monitor for the following through the upgraded sensor:

  • Water leaks: Detect leaks to reduce the risk of costly water damage.
  • Temperature changes:
    • Identify potential problems with heating and air conditioning systems to reduce the risk of frozen pipes and other hazards.
    • Continuously measures the temperature in multiple locations in the home, alerting users to extreme levels or changes in temperature.
  • Humidity: Reduce the potential for unhealthy mold growth by monitoring humidity levels.
  • Doors & windows: Avoid unknowingly leaving doors and windows open, making the home more secure and help reduce monthly energy bills.

“We’ve taken all of the features our members loved from the original product, and extended them to be compatible with the most popular connected home protocols,” said Parag Garg, CTO of Wally Labs and Connected Living at Sears Holdings.  “In the coming months, we’ll be announcing some new features, partnerships, third party products and service integrations, as well as several new WallyHome branded products.”

The WallyHome Rapid ResponseTM partnership with ServiceLive’s nearly 35,000 certified and screened professionals, makes it the first home monitoring system available with the ability to not only detect, but react to issues by quickly connecting owners with a service to dispatch the appropriate service professional to fix the problem. Quick action is the key to preventing or limiting property damage and the Rapid Response service delivers a professional to remedy issues within two hours, even if the homeowner is away. Rapid Response currently specializes in non-life threatening emergencies such as leaks, heating and cooling outages and frozen pipes. Areas of focus include refrigerators, dishwashers, ice makers, bathtubs, pipes, washing machines, water heaters, water softeners, HVAC, toilets and showers.

WallyHome is conducting partnership pilots with several home insurance and property management companies and is currently used in many commercial businesses ranging from restaurants and vineyards to data centers and farms.

Do-it-yourself installation of WallyHome is a snap and can be set up in minutes. Simply place the wireless sensors around the home, connect them to the network using the Wally app, and the system is set. WallyHome starter kits ($99.99) and sensors ($34.99) are available now at and WallyHome works with iOS and Android** and is compatible with additional approved smart devices. The WallyHome sensors are rated for five years of battery life under normal usage and the second generation hub offers battery backup. For more information on Wally’s offerings and services, a complete list of compatible products and to stay current on Wally news, such as the introduction of additional modules and monitoring devices, visit


**Internet connection required for access to your Wally account.

About Wally Labs LLC
Acquired in 2015, Wally Labs is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation. Wally has maintained its innovation and technical expertise, and is now backed by the logistical and operational resources of a Fortune 150 company, as well as the unparalleled advantage of a close partnership with the nation’s largest home services provider.

Wally Labs is a sensor and services platform company for the connected home, focused on home safety, security, and loss prevention. Its technology provides homeowners with state-of-the-art coverage and sensor longevity for environmental hazard detection. Its customers use its devices, in connection with its monitoring service, to discover and alert themselves when a harmful event occurs in their home. Wally Rapid Response partners with ServiceLive’s nearly 35,000 certified and screened service professionals to dispatch the appropriate service professional to fix the problem. ServiceLive is a division of Sears Home Services.

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 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. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through 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 nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at


Larry Costello
PR Director

Andrew Scutt
Zeno Group

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.


Kohl’s to support American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts with $100,000 cash donation

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward hurricane relief efforts along the East Coast. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering vital emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of relief efforts through Kohl’s volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s volunteer efforts. The company is also providing support to Kohl’s associates who have been significantly impacted by the storm.

“The hurricane has had a devastating impact on many of our associates and customers and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those families affected by the destructive storm. Kohl’s has a history of supporting communities, and we hope our cash donation to the American Red Cross will help families in this time of need,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. ”We are also extremely proud of our associate volunteers who will lend a helping hand by donating their time to the impacted communities.”

Kohl’s volunteers assist a variety of nonprofit organization year-round. Through Kohl’s volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated nearly 4 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Volunteer Program event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about the event. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting

About Kohl’s

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

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New Medicare Prescription Drug Plan options for 2017 launched by CVS Health’s SilverScript Insurance Company

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SilverScript Insurance Company, a CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) company, today (October 13, 2016) announced its new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) options for 2017. Medicare beneficiaries in the continental U.S. can choose from two SilverScript plans that offer a $0-deductible on formulary drugs in all five tiers, affordable copays and competitive premiums. In addition, SilverScript beneficiaries have access to one of the broadest pharmacy networks, with more than 66,000 participating pharmacies across the country, including national and regional chains and independently-owned, community-based pharmacies.

“Our plans are unique in that our beneficiaries will continue to have access to a $0-deductible for drugs on all tiers of the formulary, not just for lower-tier drugs that are primarily generics, and SilverScript is the only national basic plan with this feature,” said Todd Meek, president, SilverScript Insurance Company, CVS Health.

SilverScript will provide two innovative Part D plan options in 2017: SilverScript Choice and SilverScript Plus. SilverScript Choice is a basic plan that offers comprehensive coverage with competitive premiums and the same affordable copay at every pharmacy in the network, and SilverScript Plus is an enhanced plan that provides additional coverage in the Coverage Gap (Donut Hole). The Plus plan is designed for people who take several medications on a regular basis and are likely to reach the Coverage Gap during the 2017 plan year.

SilverScript Awarded 4-star High Performer Rating Issued by CMS
SilverScript maintained its 4-star performance rating from CMS for 2017, surpassing industry standards in delivering value, clinical outcomes and customer service. CMS annually evaluates and rates plan performance of Medicare Part D prescription drug plans based on quality, value and service measures. Plans are scored on a scale of one to five, with five stars being the highest achievable rating.

“Few plans achieve a 4-star or higher rating from CMS, and we are focused on continued improvement as we strive to maintain our performance and quality rating,” added Meek. “As an objective tool, the CMS Star Ratings system is also a helpful way for Medicare eligible individuals who are making annual coverage elections to easily identify which prescription drug plans will offer high quality service and value and be assured of industry-leading coverage.”

Enrollment for the 2017 plan year begins on October 15, 2016, through December 7, 2016. Consumers interested in learning more about the SilverScript plan options can visit, or call toll-free 1-866-552-6106, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users call 1-866-552-6288.

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

Media Contacts:
Christine Cramer
CVS Health


Citycon to publish Interim Report for 1 January – 30 September 2016 on Thursday, 20 October

Helsinki, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon will publish its Interim Report for 1 January – 30 September 2016 on Thursday, 20 October approximately at 9 am Helsinki time (Helsinki time is EET, which is CET +1). The report will be available on Citycon’s website immediately after publication.

Citycon’s investor, analyst and press conference call and live audiocasting will begin one hour later at 10 am Helsinki time. The audiocasting can be participated by calling in and followed live on the following website:

Conference call numbers are:
Participants from Europe +44 203 194 0552
Participants from the US +1 855 716 1597

The audiocasting will be recorded and it will be available afterwards on Citycon’s website.

For further information, please contact:
Henrica Ginström
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296

Source: Citycon

Babynahrungshersteller Hipp ruft europaweit Kinder Frühstücks-Ringe 140 g zurück

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Babynahrungshersteller Hipp ruft vorsorglich europaweit die Kinder Frühstücks-Ringe, 140 g (Artikelnummer 5.807.266) mit Mindesthaltbarkeit von 05.01.2017 bis 19.04.2017 zurück. Das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum befindet sich auf der Packungsoberseite. Von diesem Rückruf ist auch Coop betroffen.

Grund für den Rückruf ist, dass im Produkt Metalldraht gefunden wurde. Im Sinne des vorsorgenden Schutzes hat Hipp den Rückruf veranlasst und bittet Kundinnen und Kunden, die Produkte mit einem Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum von 05.01.2017 bis 19.04.2017 nicht zu verwenden. Das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum befindet sich auf der Packungsoberseite. Andere Produkte der Marke Hipp sind nicht betroffen.

Die betroffene Ware ist nicht mehr im Verkauf
Betroffene Verkaufsstellen: Coop-Supermärkte und Coop-City-Warenhäuser. In sämtlichen Verkaufsstellen wurde der Verkauf des Artikels eingestellt. Bereits gekaufte Ware kann in die Verkaufsstellen zurückgebracht werden, der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet.

Weitere Informationen
Für weitere Auskünfte können sich die Kundinnen und Kunden an den Coop Kundendienst wenden unter der Tel. Nr. 0848 888 444.


Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37


Babynahrungshersteller Hipp ruft europaweit Kinder Frühstücks-Ringe 140 g zurück
Babynahrungshersteller Hipp ruft europaweit Kinder Frühstücks-Ringe 140 g zurück

Source: Coop

Shopify to announce 3Q financial results ended September 30, 2016 on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

OTTAWA, CANADA, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), the leading cloud-based commerce platform, plans to announce financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016 before markets open on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Shopify’s management team will host a conference call to discuss third-quarter results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  The conference call is available via webcast on the investor relations section of Shopify’s website at

An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

About Shopify

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

Source: Shopify

Tesco supports colleagues in the UK who volunteer as police Special Constables

Tesco supports colleagues in the UK who volunteer as police Special Constables
Tesco supports colleagues in the UK who volunteer as police Special Constables


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco colleagues in the UK who volunteer as police Special Constables will be given an extra five days paid leave each year to fulfill their policing duties. This is in addition to the ten days unpaid leave each year they currently receive to attend specialist training in connection to their duties.

88 Tesco employees serve as Special Constables, including those working in stores and at the company’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City. The change in policy reflects Tesco’s desire to support colleagues who play an active role in society and give up a significant proportion of their leisure time to do so. It is also hoped the initiative will encourage more Tesco colleagues to volunteer in their community.

Tesco has also signed up to the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Employer Supported Policing Scheme (ESP) where it’s headquarters are based. ESP allows employers to tailor the scheme to the needs of their own business, choosing to give staff paid leave for training, duties and/ or emergencies. Colleagues electing to join the scheme gain employer support for the police work they carry out alongside their employment and benefit from extensive Constabulary training and personal development.

Natasha Adams, UK People Director at Tesco, said: “We know colleagues who are Special Constables hold positions of responsibility and trust in their communities. In recognition of this we have introduced a new initiative which will enable them to take up to five days paid leave a year towards their policing duties. We hope this will help those colleagues who give up a significant proportion of their time to help serve communities across the UK.”

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

Source: Tesco


RH&M Group grants “Trust and Sharing” social dialogue award to Carrefour

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Carrefour group has picked up the “Trust and Sharing” social dialogue award. The prize has been awarded by the RH&M Group in recognition in particular of the successful negotiation and signing of an international agreement with trade union UNI Global Union promoting “social dialogue, diversity and respect for fundamental rights at work”.

Carrefour – represented by its CEO Georges Plassat – and trade union Federation UNI Global Union – represented by its General Secretary Philip Jennings – signed the international agreement in October 2015 in the presence of Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This global agreement will be implemented over a period of three years at Group level and replaces the previous one that the was entered into with UNI Global Union back in 2001. It sets out to encourage:
–    pursuit of an ongoing, constructive social dialogue;
–    diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace through joint initiatives, particularly in relation to gender mix and non-discrimination;
–    the defence and respect of workers’ fundamental rights – freedom of association and principles of collective-bargaining – as well as their safety and their working conditions at Carrefour and at its suppliers’ and franchisees’ premises.

Sustained social dialogue in each country and at international level

The quality of social dialogue at Carrefour goes beyond simple compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Every year, Carrefour enters into nearly 200 agreements with its social partners in France and overseas on issues such as employment, disability, gender mix, ongoing professional training, social dialogue and how employee representatives operate.

Further evidence of this ongoing international dialogue is seen at meetings of the “European Consultation and Information Committee” (ECIC), the 20th edition of which Carrefour is organising in 2016. Twice a year, it brings together all of Carrefour’s European social partners from Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Poland and Romania. Discussions are held with Carrefour’s management team, the human resources and social relations departments of each country on issues currently facing the company and projects that are under way on issues to do with diversity in particular.

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:

Source: Carrefour

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $2 million donation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $2 million to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. As a part of this commitment, the Walmart Foundation is allocating $500,000 specifically toward CARE and Team Rubicon Global for relief efforts in Haiti. In the United States, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been working closely with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and Feeding America, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities to meet the needs of those affected.

With widespread wind damage and flooding, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have coordinated efforts as part of the $2 million donation to send bottles of water, food and sheltering supplies to affected areas.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to see how each can use its strengths to help.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart unveils its 2016 Holiday Toy List

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — today (Oct. 13, 2016) unwrapped its 2016 Holiday Toy List (, a hand-selected list of more than a thousand of the season’s most sought-after products for kids featuring the hottest toys, games for the entire family, electronics, popular books, learning toys and more. In addition to once again spotlighting Parent Picks, Kid Picks and STEM Picks, the Holiday Toy List also enables customers to easily shop the latest trends – Tech Toys, Mini Madness, Craft & Create, Active Play and Treasured Toys, making it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect gift for every child on their list. Also new this holiday season is Amazon’s Top 100 list, ideal for busy shoppers who want to quickly and conveniently shop a condensed version of the Holiday Toy List and the best-of-the-best toys and games.

Shop by Trend this Holiday Season

  • Toys with mobile app connectivity such as Cozmo by Anki and Ravensburger Space Hawk Starter Set are wildly popular this year as kids are looking for new and exciting ways to stimulate their curious minds.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) toys such as the Osmo Genius Kit, Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar and K’NEX Education STEM Explorations: Swing Ride Building Set continue to be popular among Amazon customers.
  • More and more, kids are getting involved in the maker movement and requesting toys that enable them to tap into their creative side. Kids are loving toy projects such as Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing, Poppit Playset Bakery and Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner Set.
  • This year, mini figures are causing Mini Madness, and kids want to collect them all! Mini toy sets such as My Mini MixieQ’s Bundle – Mini Rooms, Playsets, and Figures, Squinkies Squinkieville Clubhouse Playset and Twozies Café Playset are popping up on every kid’s wish list.
  • We expect Star Wars, Trolls and Moana toys to be at the top of wish lists this holiday season, thanks to the upcoming movie releases, with toys such as Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper, DreamWorks Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond and Disney Moana Starlight Canoe and Friends to be top sellers.
  • Everyone is sure to look skyward this holiday season as drones such as the Traxxas 7909 Aton Quad-Rotor Helicopter and MOTA JETJAT Nano Camera Video Drone are topping every big kid’s list.

New this year, the Holiday Toy List includes videos that highlight the must-have products in each of the list’s editorial categories. Parents and kids can enjoy the videos together and shop the featured products on the same page as the video. Featured videos include Top 100, Parent Picks, Kid Picks, STEM Picks and more!

“Amazon’s Holiday Toy List features our favorite toys for every child on your list, hand-selected by our team of toy experts. Customers can easily shop Parent Picks, Kid Picks or the top trends for the season to find the perfect toy for every child, all from the comfort of their home or on-the-go from a mobile device or tablet,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader of Toys & Games for Amazon. “With millions of toys and games to choose from on Amazon, the Holiday Toy List highlights the best toys and games of the season at the lowest prices with convenient shipping options so parents can spend more precious time with those who give meaning to the season.”

Voice and Mobile Shopping

Last holiday season, nearly 70 percent of customers shopped using a mobile device and customers shopping on Amazon’s mobile app more than doubled. Customers who prefer to shop for the hottest toys away from their desktops will find it easier than ever before with the new mobile Holiday Toy List experience, ideal for browsing and shopping on your phone or tablet at home or on-the-go. For those who prefer to shop hands-free this holiday season, they can do so with the help of Alexa, available on the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Tap and more. With more than half a million Prime-eligible toys available to order via Alexa-enabled devices, customers can purchase all the must-have gifts on their child’s wish list with just their voice. It’s as simple as saying, “Alexa, order Play-Doh,” to their Alexa-enabled device such as the Amazon Echo Dot, and Alexa will search for the lowest-priced option that ships with Prime and apply available discounts. Prime members are already ordering popular toys such as the Star Wars Sergeant Jyn Erso figurine from Alexa.

Can’t Miss Daily Deals

All items on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List will be featured in a daily deal this holiday season, with deals offered on products from top brands such as Disney, PowerWheels, Ravensburger Puzzles, Monster High and Green Toys. Starting today, customers can enjoy up to 40% off select Melissa & Doug Toys, with additional deals on Hasbro Games, Play-Doh, Nerf and FurReal Friends to follow.

Anticipated Best Sellers and Exclusives

The Holiday Toy List features hundreds of popular items that will appeal to kids of all ages and interests. Some of the anticipated best-selling toys and games for this holiday season include:

  • Pie Face Showdown Game
  • Codenames
  • Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
  • Shopkins Happy Places House Playset
  • Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Kit
  • Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit
  • Playskool Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Hero Flight City
  • Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBowWow
  • SELFIE MIC Music Set
  • AquaBeads Ultimate Design Studio Payset
  • Fisher-Price Shimmer and Shine Magic Flying Carpet
  • View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer
  • Barbie Dreamhouse
  • Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle
  • LEGO City Airport Air Show Building Kit
  • Nom Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit
  • Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
  • Hatchimals Draggles
  • LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster Building Set
  • 3Doodler Create 3D Pen
  • American Girl Melody Doll, Book & Backpack Collection
  • DreamWorks Trolls Hug Time Poppy

In addition, customers can discover toys available exclusively from Amazon on the Holiday Toy List, including:

  • Hape Solid Beech Wooden Blocks Stacking Set
  • VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On
  • Little Tikes Fully Assembled Cozy Coup: Ready to Ride
  • Fisher-Price Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Santa’s Workshop Express
  • Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike
  • FurReal Friends Flurry, My Baby Snow Leopard Pet
  • Hape – Solid Beech Stacking Blocks with Carrying Sack
  • Little Tikes School Bus Activities Gym
  • Hape – Handyman Go-To-Caddy Wooden Tool Box
  • Monster High Skelita Calaveras Collector Doll
  • Play-Doh Disney Princess Prettiest Princess Castle Set
  • Fisher-Price Power Wheels Chrome Dune Racer
  • Power Wheels Thomas the Train Thomas with Track
  • Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit
  • Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

Fast, Free Shipping Options

Customers who shop the Holiday Toy List will find the same tools and helpful information they have come to know and love from Amazon, including fast, free shipping options – unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items with Amazon Prime, Prime Free Same-Day Delivery in 27 cities, and Prime Now where customers can find more than 3,000 toys available for one- and two-hour delivery in more than 30 U.S. cities – millions of helpful customer reviews, best-sellers and personalized product recommendations. For more information on the 2016 Holiday Toy List, please visit


About Amazon

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

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Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds OBE opens brand new cookery centre at Knypersley First School in Staffordshire

Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds OBE opens brand new cookery centre at Knypersley First School in Staffordshire a
Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds OBE opens brand new cookery centre at Knypersley First School in Staffordshire

London, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ellie’s visit marks the great success of the 2016 Active Kids voucher collection programme, which saw Sainsbury’s donate £11 million worth of sports and cookery equipment to over 30,000 schools and clubs across the UK – helping more children to eat well, move well and live well.

Having first visited Knypersley First School in November 2015 to deliver Sainsbury’s Active Kids sports and cookery equipment – from footballs to tennis rackets and rolling pins – Ellie was back today to lead a cookery lesson and launch Knypersley’s brand new cooking facility. Knypersley First School was randomly selected from over 34,000 participating schools and clubs to receive the special cookery experience from Active Kids ambassador, Ellie.

Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic Champion and Active Kids ambassador, said: “I was so pleased to be invited back to Knypersley First School, having already seen the great passion the staff and students have for sport and healthy eating. It’s so important to learn about nutrition and healthy eating from a young age – the new cooking facilities at the school and the Active Kids cookery equipment they’ve received will enable them to teach just that.”

Rachel Carrington, Active Kids Manager at Sainsbury’s, said: “Active Kids has a long heritage of helping to inspire schoolchildren of all ages and abilities to get active. Building a cookery equipment element into the program two years ago was a great extension to the scheme, to show kids that eating well is just as important as moving well, and we will continue to focus on as part of Active Kids for 2017.”

Mrs A Rourke, Head Teacher at Knypersley First School, said: “We want to thank all the parents and children for their huge effort and commitment to collecting Active Kids vouchers. They make such a difference to our school and provide much-needed equipment that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to. We’re delighted to welcome Ellie back to our school, she is a great inspiration to the pupils here, and there is lots of excitement for her cookery lesson.”

Ellie Simmonds is an ambassador for Sainsbury’s Active Kids, alongside fellow Team GB Paralympic hero Jonnie Peacock, Liverpool footballer Daniel Sturridge and England Women’s footballer Lucy Bronze.

Since 2005, Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme has provided children with the opportunity to have a go at activities like cooking, martial arts and dance encouraging kids to lead healthier and more active lives from a young age.  Sainsbury’s is committed to making a real difference to the lives of young people by supporting children to eat well, move well and live well.

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