Garth Brooks music videos now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music

  • Starting today, fans can listen to hit songs and popular albums from the country music icon on Amazon Music Unlimited, including the latest single—“Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”—off his highly anticipated new studio album, Gunslinger
  • In addition to unlimited streaming, Garth Brooks albums and songs are available for purchase and digital download on Amazon Music
  • Amazon Music Unlimited is an on-demand music streaming service with a catalog of tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations available for Prime members at a breakthrough price of $7.99/month or $79/year, $9.99/month for non-Prime customers or for only$3.99/month with a ‘for Echo’ subscription plan

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 19, 2016) announced that music from the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music. This is the first time ever that music from the first and only artist to receive seven Diamond awards for seven individual albums from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is available to stream on-demand. Starting today, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream the latest single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” from his upcoming new studio album, Gunslinger(Pearl Records, Inc.), in addition to Garth’s Diamond-selling album, The Ultimate Hits and the two-time Diamond-selling album, Double Live, which includes “Friends in Low Places,” “The Dance,” “Papa Loved Mama,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “The River,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),” “Two Pina Coladas,” “Shameless,” and “The Thunder Rolls.” All songs on Double Live will also be available on Prime Music.

More music from the multi-GRAMMY award-winning and Billboard award-winning artist will be added to Amazon Music Unlimited later this year, including his upcoming new holiday album with his wife and country star Trisha Yearwood titled, Christmas Together (Pearl Records, Inc.), and his highly anticipated upcoming studio album, Gunslinger, the first since 2014, which features the new single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” released just last week. Rolling Stone called the single an “upbeat country tune with Southern rock-inspired guitar riffs has a timeless sound.” The new song is streaming, as of today, exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited.

“It is a joy to work with a company that is all about the customer when it comes to service, and all about the music and its creators when it comes to the music,” stated Garth Brooks. “I applaud Amazon on their commitment to quality and thank them for this opportunity.”

“This is a landmark moment for both Amazon Music and Garth Brooks,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “Garth Brooks is a legendary country music superstar who continues to shatter industry records and amaze fans three decades into his career. We are honored to make his music available for streaming for the first time ever, exclusively on Amazon Music.”

The genre-spanning collection of Garth’s music, including studio and compilation albums, are also available for purchase and digital download in MP3 format on Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited will also be the official sponsor of Garth Brooks current record-breaking tour, which will go worldwide in 2017.

Garth Brooks has received seven Diamond awards for seven individual albums from the RIAA for selling over ten million units each, a feat only he can claim, and is the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. Throughout his illustrious career he has won the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award, NACCP Image Award and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Garth also just received his 11th nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the CMA Awards.

Listeners can also experience the magic of innovative new Alexa voice controls when listening to Garth’s music on Echo—no search or browse required. Just ask.

  • Ready to listen? Just ask, “Alexa, play Garth Brooks”
  • Want to hear the latest Garth Brooks single? Just ask, “Alexa, play the new Garth Brooks song” and Alexa will play “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”
  • Can’t remember the name of a song from Garth, but know the lyrics? Just ask, “Alexa, play the song that goes ‘Swore I’d never compromise, but you convinced me otherwise’” and Alexa will play “Shameless”
  • Having a quiet weekend and want to listen to Garth and other country artists? Just ask, “Alexa play relaxing country music” and Alexa will choose a personalized playlist like “Cool Down: Country,” “Relaxing Garth Brooks” or “Acoustic Garth Brooks”
  • Want to only listen to Garth’s music from a specific time period? Just ask, “Alexa, play Garth Brooks 90s music” and Alexa will play tracks released by the star in that decade
  • Want to have fun while listening? Just ask, “Alexa, what’s the weather in her heart?”

Launched last week, Amazon Music Unlimited is available on all Amazon Music compatible devices at a breakthrough price of $7.99/month or $79/year (which is $6.58/month) for Prime members or $9.99/month for non-Prime customers. In addition, Amazon Music Unlimited is available with an exclusive “for Echo” subscription plan for only $3.99/month for listening on a single Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

To start listening today on Amazon Music Unlimited visit

About Amazon Music

Amazon Music is the destination for customers to have the most choice in how to access and listen to all their favorite music. In addition to streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime, Amazon Music offers the world’s largest selection of CD and Vinyl, including AutoRip on more than a hundred thousand albums, and tens of millions of MP3 songs to purchase and own. For more information on Amazon Music 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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Gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s ready to help picking the perfect present easier than ever

Gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s ready to help picking the perfect present easier than ever
Gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s ready to help picking the perfect present easier than ever


NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season is a celebration of happiness that brings loved ones together, and Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make family, friends, and all those near-and-dear feel special. Whether it’s the runway show-obsessed fashionista, the diehard athlete, the tech fanatic, or the master chef, Macy’s has an abundance of items at every price point sure to warm the hearts of those who mean the most.

“No time of year inspires the sentiments of love, caring and generosity quite like the holiday season,” said Kathy Hilt, senior vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “This year, we’ve truly topped ourselves with the most unique assortment of gifts for every person on your list. Plus, if you need a little help, Macy’s dedicated gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s make picking the perfect present easier than ever.”

The Gift of Style

With a roster of top brands and celebrated designers, Macy’s is the ultimate destination for items to elevate that special someone’s wardrobe this holiday season. For her, handbags, shoes, jewelry and always-on-trend athleisure items will inspire pure joy. Jewel-embellished slip-ons from MICHAEL Michael Kors are chic, sporty and rendered in luxe velvet, applying the must-have fabric of the season in a unique and unexpected way. A signature Mickey Mouse wristlet in a bright hue from Coach is whimsical, practical and stylish, while a funnel neck hoodie and tights from Nike, or Calvin Klein Performance logo joggers and sweaters can take her from yoga to brunch with flair. Give her the gift of both comfort and glamour with a pair of fabulous faux fur-trimmed glitter moccasins from I.N.C. International Concepts.

For him, a velvet sport coat from Alfani immediately adds panache to any look. Pair the coat with bar III slim trousers and a tie for a more formal approach, or layer with jeans and loafers or boots for a look that is relaxed, yet polished and urbane. Polarized aviators from Ray-Ban are a classic, but undeniably sleek and stylish way to protect his eyes from the sun, and a zipper slim billfold wallet from Kenneth Cole Reaction is an excellent way to update a staple he uses every day.

Beauty and grooming are the finishing touches, and Macy’s has a wide array of fabulous products that are sure to delight. The Impulse Beauty artistry palette and 9-piece brush set allows her to experiment with countless looks in an awe-inspiring number of colors and shades. For him, Kiehl’s 4-piece Hydration Hits set gives the oft-coveted gift of smooth and healthy skin.

Tech Tidings

Techies of all ages will be thrilled to receive the latest gizmos and gadgets Macy’s has to offer. The brand new Michael Kors Access Bradshaw digital smart watches pack as big a fashion punch as they do a tech one—the customizable smartwatches track activity and fitness goals, offer notifications, and so much more; they connect your worlds and help you stay on track, while also being stunningly beautiful pieces of jewelry. Brookstone’s quirky cat ear headphones are wireless, and can also project music from the cat ears, which means you can take the party wherever you go and share the joy with everyone around. Gift the virtual reality experience with the Samsung Gear VR Oculus, which has mind-blowing graphics, and wow someone special with the Star Shower, a holiday motion laser lights projector that blankets surface areas with myriad stars at incredible range.

Whimsical Wonderland

Macy’s has a plethora of toys, kits and doodads sure to make the laughs last all holiday season. Children’s eyes will shine bright with an engineering kit from Little Bits, where kids can build their own functioning robots, or with the 3Doodler pen, which allows them to create 3D art of most anything their imaginations can conjure. The Portable Color Me Happy coloring books are a cut above the rest, offering kids elaborate images designed to make them feel energetic, engaged and accomplished. The Cate and Levi penguin sewing kit lets kids construct their own plush penguin best friend and the ukulele stencil kit from Kid Made Modern lets kids paint their instruments to match their personalities before they jam out. Kids of all ages can discover trolls’ magic with their very own plush. In celebration of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, in theaters Nov. 4, Macy’s has brought Poppy, Branch, Guy Diamond and the other adorable characters to life for kids to love this holiday season.

Gifts for the Home

Macy’s is a one-stop destination for gifts that make the home merry and bright. Cocktail lovers will appreciate the new copper barware line by Martha Stewart Collection, complete with double old fashioned glasses, Moscow Mule mugs and a sleek tray to serve as a catchall for all the essentials. For those that fuel while on the go, All in Good Taste travel mugs by kate spade new york are a perfect gift, featuring bright pops of color and whimsical sayings. A nod to the mixed materials trend, serveware by Thirstystone features paddle boards with cool marble and warm acacia wood. For the curious cooks in your life, stock up on kitchen must-haves such as the Crux 7-speed blender, Metrokane electric corkscrew and Ninja Forte Coffee Bar 11. Macy’s will also offer a full selection of RH Macy’s treats, including assorted nuts, peppermint bark, cookies and more, which will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Gifts That Give Back

There is no greater feeling than giving a gift that also gives back to others and Macy’s offers a variety of opportunities to support worthy causes this holiday season. Exclusively at Macy’s, the Heart of Haiti collection includes beautiful papier-mâché decor, metalwork and hand-carved soapstone goods, while Rwanda Path to Peace features one-of-a-kind woven baskets in eye-catching hues. In partnership with Global Goods Partners, Macy’s will also offer a variety of handmade home goods such as wool throws, decorative boxes and tiled photo frames that benefit artisans in countries such as Bolivia and India. Artisans that are involved in all of these programs receive at least half the wholesale price for each item sold. Visit to learn more.

Customers can also purchase the “Yes, Virginia” illustrated storybook or animated special DVD at select Macy’s stores and on Ten percent of the purchase price of each book and DVD sold at Macy’s will be donated to Make-A-Wish® to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Gifting Experts at Your Service

Need a helping hand during the holidays? Let My Stylist@Macy’s be your guide. Whether you need just the right look for that festive party, to spruce up your wardrobe during the season of soirees, or to find the perfect gift, Macy’s personal stylist service is the fun, fast and free solution to anything you may need. Just give them a budget, some insight into what you need, and they’ll take care of the rest. What’s more, if you’re pressed for time, you can pair this service with a gift card for two gifts in one!

For even more gift ideas, visit Macy’s gift guide online at

About Macy’s

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

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

Media Relations:
Billy Dumé

Tracy Davis

Source: Macy’s


Walgreens Boots Alliance’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Honored

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The United Nations Foundation’s 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner will tonight honor Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through its support for wellbeing around the world. The award recognizes, in part, the accomplishments of Walgreens highly successful Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® initiative, which provides life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Co-Chief Operating Officer Ornella Barra will accept the Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company.

“I am deeply honored to accept the Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation on behalf of all of my dedicated colleagues and the customers who make the program possible,” commented Barra. “While much work remains, we are very proud of the progress we have made, in partnership with our customers and the UN Foundation, to ensure that millions of children are immunized against diseases that could cost them their lives. Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to helping people around the world lead happier, healthier lives and this program is an important part of our mission.”

“The world has set ambitious goals to improve lives and livelihoods around the world, including by achieving health and well-being for everyone by the year 2030,” said UN Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Calvin. “Walgreens Boots Alliance has raised the bar through its strong commitment to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, who are often protected from a lifetime of deadly or debilitating diseases, including children who benefit from the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. campaign.”

One in five children worldwide lacks access to life-saving immunizations, and a child in a developing country dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. Get a Shot. Give a Shot. donates a polio or measles vaccine to a child in need for every immunization administered at a Walgreens, Duane Reade or Healthcare Clinic location in the United States. The program has helped to provide more than 15 million vaccinations to countries such as Tanzania, East Timor and Chad since 2013.

Get a Shot. Give a Shot. is one of a range of programs that Walgreens Boots Alliance champions to improve health and wellbeing around the world. This month, through a partnership with Vitamin Angels, Walgreens reached its goal set two years ago of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition.

Through a partnership with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, the company has funded a pan-European biobank for colorectal cancer to find new ways to treat this deadly disease. In addition, as the exclusive retailer of Red Nose Day in the United States, Walgreens has helped raise more than $31 million to benefit children’s health through Comic Relief USA. A partnership between Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support helps provide access to the best cancer information for patients and caregivers across the UK.

For more information on Get a Shot. Give a Shot. visit Additional information on the Vitamin Angels program is available at

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

About United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. Learn more at:


For Walgreens Boots Alliance
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

Laura Vergani
+44 (0)20 7980 8585

For Finsbury
Stephen Labaton and Paul Holmes
+1 (646) 805 2029

James Murgatroyd and Anjali Unnikrishnan
+44 (0)20 7251 3801

For the United Nations Foundation
Andrea Risotto
+1 202 862 6319

Source:  Walgreens Boots Alliance

British Land: Yorkshire’s premier centre Meadowhall secured over 21,000 sq ft of new lettings and upsizes

British Land: Yorkshire’s premier centre Meadowhall secured over 21,000 sq ft of new lettings and upsizes
British Land: Yorkshire’s premier centre Meadowhall secured over 21,000 sq ft of new lettings and upsizes


London, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall, Yorkshire’s premier centre, has secured over 21,000 sq ft of new lettings and upsizes in the last three months. The news comes as the first phase of Meadowhall’s £60m refurbishment nears completion.

Key highlights in the recent lettings activity include the signing of Ghost London, Nespresso, Hawes & Curtis, upsizes by JD Sports and Virgin Holidays, the return of The Entertainer, and the debut of two coffee brands:

  • Ladies fashion house Ghost London will stock designer fashion and occasion wear from a 900 sq ft unit on Park Lane. Only the brand’s second standalone store outside of London, the boutique will showcase ready-to-wear, beachwear and the company’s dye-to-order bridal range
  • Adjacent to Ghost, Hawes & Curtis is to launch a 900 sq ft store as it makes its regional debut at Meadowhall
  • Completing a trio of additions on Park Lane is Nespresso, the market leader in premium portioned coffee, with a kiosk that opens later this month. The kiosk is the brand’s first in the region and stocks the full range of Nespresso products
  • On Meadowhall’s High Street, leading sportswear and fashionwear brand, JD Sports, is increasing its store size to 11,400 sq ft from 9,500 sq ft
  • Transatlantic tour operator, Virgin Holidays, is extending its interactive store concept on Meadowhall’s Arcade. The new store will enhance the customer experience and follows a very strong performance from the brand since it opened at the centre last year
  • The fastest growing high street multichannel toy retailer in the UK, The Entertainer, will be returning to Meadowhall’s retail line up with a new 4,700 sq ft store located on The Arcade next to Virgin Holidays and opposite Laura Ashley
  • Pret A Manger is launching a new 2,300 sq ft café, its first at Meadowhall, and Coffika, a new coffee concept, will be making its UK debut with a 900 sq ft café on the Arcade.

Completing the additions is a hat-trick of openings in the Oasis Dining Quarter, with Barburrito, Wrapchic and Subway all making Meadowhall debuts. In addition, Australian tea specialist, T2, independent modern gourmet confectioner, Treat Kitchen, and candy store, Gobstoppers, have recently opened at the centre.

Commenting on the recent signings and brand successes, Richard Crowther, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “As we continue to increase Meadowhall’s choice and variety, the mass of new signings is testament to our status as the number one shopping destination in the region. Securing brands for their regional debuts further strengthens our offering, whilst Meadowhall’s strong performance is also reflected by a growing trend amongst existing retailers to upsize.
“Combined, the new and improved retailers and catering brands make Meadowhall even more appealing to visitors from across the region.”

Touker Suleyman, Chairman of Ghost London, added: “Meadowhall is a great location for us.  As a leading regional fashion and retail destination, it was the perfect choice for us to open our second standalone store outside London as part of our northern store portfolio expansion. We continue to grow the brand from strength-to-strength and the new site will become a top performer.”

Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland Managing Director, commented: “Our consumers are telling us they want great accessibility to Nespresso boutiques so we’re thrilled to be expanding our retail offering and opening in Meadowhall. Over the past few years we have seen fantastic growth across the UK and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open in the north of England.”

The news coincides with the first phase of the centre’s £60m refurbishment programme nearing completion, with both levels of The Arcade, from M&S to the iconic central dome benefiting from an extensive makeover.

Designed by leading international architect BDP, the renovation is revitalising the centre by updating and decluttering the malls. The extensive changes include new balustrades and handrails, redesigned ceiling bulkheads, as well as new seating, lighting, signage and wayfinding. The refurbishment is also creating distinct districts within Meadowhall, each with an offer and character of their own. In addition, the works will enable a number of retailers to install double height shop fronts. Conducted in a series of phases, Meadowhall’s transformation will be completed by the end of 2017.

Meadowhall’s letting agents are CBRE, Smith Young and Davis Coffer Lyons. Cameron Scott acted for Ghost London and Hawes & Curtis.  JLL represented Virgin Holidays.  JD Sports represented itself.  Reid Rose Gregory and Freeth Brasier acted for The Entertainer and Gobstoppers respectively.  Harris Lamb acted for Wrapchic.  Burley Browne acted for Barburrito and Subway represented themselves.

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed, of £20.0 billion (of which British Land share is £14.6 billion) as valued at 31 March 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

Retail assets account for 50% of our portfolio which is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of retail space across multi-lets, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 48% of our portfolio, is focused on London. We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

The remaining 2% of our portfolio is at Canada Water where we have a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline. Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long term returns.

In April 2016 British Land received the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is given to companies which bring major economic, social and environmental benefits through their own business success.  It was awarded to British Land for continuous achievement in all these areas over the last five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at


Investor Relations:
Jonathan Rae
020 7467 2938
British Land

Media Relations:
Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Amanda McNally
020 3514 2137

Nick Thornton
020 3514 2148

Source: British Land

CVS Health announced the national rollout of CVS Pay

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) today announced the national rollout of CVS Pay , an end-to-end mobile payment solution at CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pay is now part of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, and integrates payment, prescription pickup and the ExtraCare loyalty program all into one quick scan at checkout. CVS Pay is an example of the company’s larger commitment to developing digital tools that simplify the customer experience, making it easier for consumers everywhere to better manage their health.

“We know that our customers lead busy lives, so our digital efforts are focused on making it easier for them to do simple but important things like picking up prescriptions. That’s why we are thrilled to launch CVS Pay to CVS Pharmacy app users nationwide,” said Brian Tilzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, CVS Health. “For our customers, CVS Pay offers more than just a payment solution: it’s a seamless, quick and easy user experience that makes picking up prescriptions and shopping at CVS Pharmacy even more convenient.”

CVS Pay first launched as a pilot program this August in the New York City metro area and the adoption of the program as well as feedback from customers has exceeded expectations. Now available to all users of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, CVS Pay simplifies the checkout experience for customers nationwide. CVS Pay users have the ability to refill, manage multiple prescriptions and now pick-up and pay all within the app. Additionally, customers can link their ExtraCare card with CVS Pay, meaning a single scan at checkout will process all ExtraCare deals, earn new rewards and handle payment for the transaction. For another added level of convenience, customers can also use CVS Pay at the drive-thru, where they can simply share a pickup number found within the CVS Pharmacy mobile app.

CVS Pharmacy customers can begin using CVS Pay by adding any credit or debit card into the CVS Pharmacy app. They can also add their Health Savings Account and Flexible Savings Account cards. The CVS Pharmacy mobile app can be downloaded at At the store, the associate will scan the barcode from the customer’s app, ring up the purchases, let the customer choose a payment method from those stored within the app, and then process the payment. All verifications for prescriptions and payment take place directly in the app, so transactions are quick and easy. Once complete, the customer will receive a confirmation of payment in the app.

CVS Pay is available in the CVS Pharmacy app on iOS and Android devices and works with all major credit (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express), debit, Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account cards. CVS Pay works in CVS Pharmacy standalone stores only and is not yet available at CVS Pharmacy in Target locations.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at

Press Contacts
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786


NACS: convenience stores contributed nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than 97% of convenience store companies responding to the survey say they donate to charities. The median charitable contribution per store is $4,100 in direct contributions and $2,500 in donations collected. This means that, as an industry, the 154,195 convenience stores in the United States contribute or collect approximately $990 million a year to benefit charities.

Nearly two-thirds of all convenience retailers (64%) say they support five or more charities in their communities. And more than four in five (83%) companies say they’ve have been engaged in community giving for more than a decade.

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) donate to local charities such as church groups, shelters, health-related organizations and other non-sports groups. More than three in four (76%) contribute to youth sports and activities and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via the PTAs and other fundraising activities.

Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community. “We are the stores that people turn to in crisis,” said Steve Williams with Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN).

More than nine in 10 Americans (91%) say that they live within 10 minutes of a convenience store, according to a national consumer survey conducted by NACS. In rural areas, convenience stores are often the only place in town to buy grocery items, fuel or other products or services. More than 8 in 10 rural Americans (81%) say that a convenience store is within 10 minutes of their home, according to the same survey.

“We are truly your neighborhood store—not just a stop and go for gas and snacks,” said Jessica Murphy with Humboldt Petroleum (Eureka, CA).

More than three in five (62%) retailers say make local product/food donations for charity events and 53% provide product to shelters to support those in need.

Convenience retailers stressed the importance of local contributions that help the immediate community they serve. Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA) donates a portion of sales from its food program during certain months to support a local charity. “This makes our customers and associates feel good because everyone knows the money is going to a great local cause that helps people in our immediate area,” said the company’s Director of Operations Dennis McCartney.

Retailers also noted that their convenient locations in the community also make them convenient locations for groups to hold events: 60% allow their property to be used by local groups for fundraising events.

They also say that they receive donation requests on a regular basis and tend to select those that are most appropriate for the community. Overall, 60% examine requests on a case-by-case basis while 8% develop a set amount that they contribute to causes annually.

“Our industry must choose wisely,” noted Bob Honkala from Bud’s Citgo (Somonauk, IL), which donates to a broad array of charities. “Choose what fits your company best,” added Jay Ricker with Ricker’s (Anderson, IN), which contributes to a number of local and national causes.

A total of 115 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,728 stores, participated in the September 2016 survey of convenience retailers. The national consumer survey was conducted in September 2015 by Penn Schoen Berland in which 1,111 U.S. adults were surveyed.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


Brad McGuinness named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Company, was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named to their positions during the NACS Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

McGuinness began his career in 1983 with Paradyne Corporation before partnering with a Belgium-based technology firm to form Perdata Corporation, where he pioneered POS integrations for the late Sam Jacobsen’s Pick Kwik and PDQ Food Stores, as well as Nice N Easy and other industry retailers. McGuinness joined Verifone when it acquired Perdata in 1992. McGuinness has spearheaded key standards development initiatives with Conexxus—the non-profit organization that drives standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the convenience industry. Today, McGuinness leads product and engineering teams for Verifone’s global line of business in the convenience store and petroleum markets.

Ard joined the Coca-Cola system in April 1979 as a route driver for the Rainwater Coca-Cola Bottling Group. Over the next 15 years, he held numerous positions, each with increasing responsibility. In 1994, he relocated to New Orleans to serve as the area vice president for south Louisiana and was later promoted to general manager of the Gulf States Division and general manager of the Florida Division. In 2005, he assumed his current position as vice president of national sales, convenience retail.

The NACS Supplier Board is comprised of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in the convenience store industry.

Three vice chairmen also were elected to the five-member Supplier Board leadership team:

  • Drew Mize, President, The Pinnacle Corporation
  • Tim Quinn, Vice President Trade Development, Mars Chocolate North America LLC
  • Dave Riser, Vice President External Relations, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

In addition, three new members were elected to the NACS Supplier Board:

  • Cindy McEntire, Team Leader, Nestle
  • David Charles, President and CEO, Cash Depot
  • George Ubing, National Sales Director-Convenience Channel, E&J Gallo Winery

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to



Four retail members to serve on National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Board of Directors

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

New board members are:

  • Chris Coborn, President & CEO of Saint Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s Inc.
  • Brian Hannasch, President & CEO at Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
  • Chuck McDaniel, Vice President of Facilities, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip Corporation
  • Glenn Plumby, Senior Vice President Operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC
  • Art Stawski, President, Pueblo-Colorado-based Loaf ‘N Jug

A member-driven organization, NACS is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, which includes three retailers from non-North American countries. In addition, the chairman and chairman-elect of the NACS Supplier Board also serve on the Board of Directors.

The following are brief biographies of the five new NACS Board members:

President & CEO, Coborn’s Inc.
Coborn is president and CEO of family-owned Coburn’s, a corporation of 120+ grocery, pharmacy, convenience, liquor, retail stores and central facilities in the Midwest. Coborn’s employs about 7,600 people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Coborn promotes a corporate culture of leadership through community involvement and charitable contributions. His company is a recognized leader in promoting charitable contributions through development and promotion of a Community Leaders Volunteer Program for employees, initiation of needed social and human service programs to meet community need, and educational support of community’s youth through employee education and scholarships.

Coborn graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in management.

President & CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Hannasch was appointed president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard in September 2014. In this role he has oversight for global operations of the company. Prior to his current role, he was COO since May 2010, and during that time had all functions of the company reporting to him, with the exception of the CFO. During this period, Hannasch also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Statoil Fuel and Retail into the ACT family. From May 2008 to 2010, he was senior vice president, U.S. operations. From 2004 to 2008, Hannasch was senior vice president, Western North America and vice president, integration. In 2001, he was appointed vice president operations, U.S. Midwest and responsible for U.S. operations. From 2000 to 2001, Hannasch was vice president of operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225-unit convenience store chain in the Midwest, Couche-Tard’s first step into the U.S. market. From 1989 to 2000, Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility.

Hannasch holds a B.A. in finance from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.

Vice President of Facilities, QuikTrip Corporation
McDaniel serves as vice president of facilities, for QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held convenience and gasoline marketer headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has more than 700 stores in 11 states, with more than 19,000 employees. McDaniel began work for QuikTrip Corporation in July 1991 as a night assistant manager in Kansas City. He worked in operations through April 2000 through the position of store supervisor. In May 2000, Chuck was promoted to director of facility support in Tulsa, overseeing QuikTrip’s maintenance department. In 2003, he was promoted to director of facilities, overseeing various departments in QT’s store development department.

McDaniel graduated from Central Missouri University in 1990 with a degree in business administration.

Senior Vice President Operations, Speedway LLC
Plumby has more than 35 years’ experience starting in 1981 with Marathon Oil Company. He held various accounting and marketing positions until being transferred to Emro Marketing (Speedway) in 1994. Over the last 22 years at Speedway, Plumby has held positions including vice president of light product marketing, vice president marketing and vice president operations, construction and real estate.

Plumby graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a B.S. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1985. He attended Indiana University Executive education program in 1993 and attended the Wharton School Advanced Management program in 2012.

President, Loaf ‘N Jug
Stawski is president of Load ‘N Jug, a chain of convenience stores owned by Kroger and headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado. Stawski was inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame for community advocacy in 2012. He received the Pueblo Business Person of the Year award from the Pueblo Chamber in 2009 and was selected as the Community Advocate of the Year by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation in 2007. He also served on the NACS Coca-Cola Retail Council from 2010 to 2014. Stawski began his career in the convenience store industry with Total Petroleum when he was 19 years old.

Stawski attended the University of New Orleans and earned his B.S. in business management from the University of Phoenix.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to



David Ochs and Jeff Strack appointed to National Grocers Association (NGA) Board of Directors

Arlington, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the appointment of David Ochs, Senior Vice President Sales, East of KeHE Distributors, LLC and Jeff Strack, President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, to fill recent vacancies on its Board of Directors. Additionally, the organization named Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President and President, Wholesale and Supply Chain Services, SUPERVALU to serve on the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

David Ochs is the Senior Vice President Sales, East at KeHE Distributors, one of the oldest and most respected natural, specialty and organic food distributors in North America. He serves as a key member of KeHE’s East leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy in this region. With a background in both operations and sales, David has more than twenty years’ experience in the food industry in roles with leadership responsibility in operations, finance, human resources, growth and customer service.  Before joining KeHE in his current role, David was the Vice President Sales, Higher Education at Aramark Corporation. He was the senior sales leader responsible for this $3 billion USD division and led the entire sales team in the United States and Canada.

Jeff Strack is the President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, which operates 37 supermarkets in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland Area. With over 25 years of experience rooted in Strack & Van Til’s history, Jeff started his career part-time during grade school as a bagger and worked in almost every department in the stores.  He has held several key leadership roles including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer and contributed to the success and growth of the brands from 10 to 37 stores with almost 5,000 Associates.

Mike Stigers serves as president of wholesale and supply chain services for SUPERVALU.  In this role, he oversees the company’s relationship with approximately 1,900 independent retail grocery stores across the United States.  He is also responsible for SUPERVALU’s logistics, procurement, and transportation operations as well as third-party logistics.

Stigers began his grocery career in 1974 as a part-time courtesy clerk at Safeway. During the next 14 years, he took on managerial positions of increasing responsibility before joining Jons Markets, an independent retailer based in Los Angeles.  During the 1990s, he expanded his scope of experience by working for retail technology companies. He joined PW Supermarkets of San Jose, Calif., in 1999 as director of Operations. Stigers served in executive roles in operations and merchandising and was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer in 2003. He subsequently became chief executive officer of the independent retailer. He has also worked on the vendor side of the grocery industry for BASS, Inc., a retail automation software company, and for Sterilox Fresh, a food safety company, as regional vice president.

Stigers joined SUPERVALU in 2011, as president of Shaw’s/Star Market grocery stores in New England prior to the company’s sale of those stores in 2013. He then went on to lead SUPERVALU’s Northern region in Hopkins, Minn., before being named president of CUB Foods in March 2014.

“Each these individuals have a great deal of expertise and are recognized as leaders in the food retailing industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Board and I look forward to working with them as we develop future strategies to advance NGA and the independent supermarket industry.”

The Board of Directors assists the organization through developing, governing and supporting the mission, vision, and agenda of NGA.  The new appointments were made during NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings, held in Chicago from October 4-7, 2016.

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SOURCE: National Grocers Association

CWS-boco International launched new B2B online store based on Intershop technology

  • Intershop Commerce Suite as platform for new international B2B online store
  • Individually tailored key-account stores with ERP and CRM integration for ultra-efficient procurement
  • Project expertly implemented by Intershop Platinum Partner diva-e

Jena, Germany, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CWS-boco International, a leading global provider of washroom hygiene and textile solutions, has launched a new B2B online store based on Intershop technology. At the heart of the new portal for business customers is the Intershop Commerce Suite, one of the top three digital commerce platforms across five key use case scenarios, according to a recent comparison study by IT research group Gartner. The new store solution was designed and implemented by diva-e, a high-end e-business service provider covering the entire digital value chain.

When the existing B2B system began hitting constraints, CWS-boco opted for the flexibility and exceptional scalability of the Intershop Commerce Suite. In addition to advanced B2B shops for its various subsidiaries, the company commissioned a number of individually tailored key-account stores. These cater exclusively to selected major customers, providing direct integration with back-end systems as well as custom branding and the relevant purchasing conditions. The result is a substantial improvement in the ease of procurement for large corporations with high order volumes. Long-time Intershop Business Partner diva-e used an agile process to develop tailored interfaces for SAP and Salesforce, provided customization of the key-account stores, and migrated all the relevant data from the old system to the new.

“Digital commerce is a key driver of our strategic business growth,” commented Alexander Krames, Team Lead E-Commerce at CWS-boco International. “A complete relaunch of our existing web store was absolutely essential in order to maintain our competitive edge. We’re extremely pleased with the new Intershop platform, both from a technological and a commercial perspective. Our B2B customers now benefit from a cutting-edge store and a more convenient shopping experience.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, added: “The new solution for CWS-boco further underlines the strengths of the Intershop Commerce Suite when it comes to modeling complex B2B scenarios. With the new business portal and tailored key-account stores, CWS-boco is investing in the future of B2B commerce, giving it the tools to respond appropriately to changing customer needs.”

About Intershop

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

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

Intershop Public Relations

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

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

KappAhl’s Nomination Committee proposals for the AGM on 6 December, 2016

Mölndal, Sweden, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Nomination Committee in KappAhl AB (publ) is proposing a re-election of the Board members Anders Bülow, Susanne Holmberg, Kicki Olivensjö och Pia Rudengren at the Annual General Meeting in KappAhl on 6 December, 2016. Christian W. Jansson has declined re-election. Moreover, it is proposed that Göran Bille och Cecilia Kocken are elected as new Board members. The Nomination Committee also proposes that Anders Bülow is re-elected as Chairman of the Board.

Göran Bille’s previous positions include President and CEO Gina Tricot and Lindex, as well as a former senior executive within H&M. Göran Bille is a Board member of Gunnebo and holds an MBA.

Cecilia Kocken is Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble Nordic and has previously held several other senior positions at Procter & Gamble, both in the Nordics and globally. On 1 December 2016 Cecilia Kocken assumes the position as Category Director at Arla Sweden. Cecilia holds an MBA.

The Nomination Committee further proposes that PwC is chosen as new accounting firm with Eva Carlsvi as auditor in charge.

The Nomination Committee’s complete proposals for resolutions by the Annual General Meeting 2016 will be presented in the beginning of November 2016 in connection with the notice to attend the Annual General Meeting.

The members of the Nomination Committee at the Annual General Meeting on 6 December 2016 are Rune Andersson (appointed by Mellby Gård AB), Marianne Nilsson (appointed by Swedbank Robur Fonder AB), Elisabet Jamal Bergström (appointed by Handelsbanken Fonder AB) and Jannis Kitsakis (appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden). The Chairman of the Board has been co-opted to the Nomination Committee. Göran Espelund (appointed by Lannebo Fonder AB) has left the Nomination Committee on the 25 augusti 2016 since Lannebo Fonder AB reduced their holdings, whereby instead Jannis Kitsakis (appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden) has joined the Nomination Committee according to the instructions approved by the AGM.

This information is information that KappAhl AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 11.00 CET on 19 October 2016. 

For further information, please contact
Rune Andersson, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, T. 46 708 987 710
Anders Bülow, Chairman of the Board, T. 46 706 610 988
Charlotte Högberg, Head Corporate Communications, T. 46 704 715 631,

KappAhl, founded in 1953 in Gothenburg, is one of the leading Nordic fashion chains with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our mission is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design with wide appeal. About 38 per cent of the range has sustainable fashion labelling. In 2015/2016 sales were SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees was about 4,000 in nine countries. KappAhl has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2006. More information is available at


SUPERVALU’s outstanding debt further reduced during Q2-FY2017

  • Net earnings from continuing operations of $30 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $147 million
  • Net earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.11; adjusted earnings per share of $0.10
  • Outstanding debt further reduced by approximately $100 million in the quarter

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today reported second quarter fiscal 2017 consolidated net sales of $3.87 billion and net earnings from continuing operations of $30 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which included a net $2 million after-tax gain, comprised of a fee received from a supply agreement termination, partially offset by store closure charges and costs as well as costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2017 net earnings from continuing operations were $28 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.

Net earnings from continuing operations for last year’s second quarter were $31 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which included $6 million in after-tax costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and severance costs. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2016 net earnings from continuing operations were $37 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. [See tables 1-6 for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP (adjusted) results appearing in this release.]

“As we expected, the transformation of our business continues to take time, but I am optimistic about our ability to grow our wholesale business by adding new customers, securing long-term supply agreements with existing customers, and expanding overall product sales to all customers,” said President and CEO Mark Gross. “We expect wholesale sales in the second half of this year to be higher than last year as we add new customers, grow our base business, and cycle select customer losses from last year.”

Second Quarter Results – Continuing Operations

Second quarter net sales were $3.87 billion compared to $4.06 billion last year, a decrease of $197 million or 4.8 percent. Total net sales within the Wholesale segment decreased 5.5 percent. Retail identical store sales were negative 5.9 percent. Save-A-Lot network identical store sales were negative 5.2 percent. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were negative 5.0 percent. Fees earned under transition services agreements (“TSAs”) in the second quarter were $41 million compared to $48 million last year.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $562 million, or 14.5 percent of net sales and included net costs of $1 million related to store closures. When adjusted for this item, gross profit was $563 million, or 14.6 percent of net sales. Last year’s second quarter gross profit was $583 million, or 14.4 percent of net sales. The gross profit rate increase compared to last year is primarily due to higher product margin rates and new Save-A-Lot corporate stores.

Selling and administrative expenses in the second quarter were $474 million and included a fee received from a supply agreement termination of $9 million, partially offset by $3 million in costs and charges related to store closures and $1 million in costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for these items, selling and administrative expenses were $479 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales. Selling and administrative expenses in last year’s second quarter were $489 million and included $4 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and $4 million of severance costs. When adjusted for these items, second quarter fiscal 2016 selling and administrative expenses were $481 million, or 11.9 percent of net sales. The increase in the selling and administrative expense rate compared to last year is primarily due to the deleveraging impact of lower sales and new Save-A-Lot corporate stores, partially offset by lower pension expense.

Net interest expense for the second quarter was $41 million. Last year’s second quarter interest expense was $44 million. The decrease in interest expense was driven by lower average debt balances.

Income tax expense was $18 million, or 36.2 percent of pre-tax earnings, for the second quarter, compared to an income tax expense of $19 million, or 40.0 percent of pre-tax earnings, in last year’s second quarter.


Second quarter Wholesale net sales were $1.73 billion, compared to $1.83 billion last year, a decrease of 5.5 percent. The net sales decrease is primarily due to stores from the prior year no longer supplied by the Company, partially offset by increased sales to new stores operated by existing customers and new customers.

Wholesale operating earnings in the second quarter were $58 million, or 3.3 percent of net sales, and included a fee received from a supply agreement termination of $9 million. When adjusted for this item, Wholesale operating earnings were $49 million, or 2.8 percent of net sales, flat to last year’s Wholesale operating earnings in the second quarter which represented 2.7 percent of net sales.


Second quarter Save-A-Lot net sales were $1.06 billion, compared to $1.09 billion last year, a decrease of 2.8 percent. The net sales decrease reflects network identical store sales of negative 5.2 percent, partially offset by new corporate and licensed stores.

Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the second quarter were $22 million, or 2.1 percent of net sales. Last year’s Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the second quarter were $32 million, or 3.0 percent of net sales. The decrease in Save-A-Lot operating earnings was driven by higher employee-related costs and increased promotional costs, partially offset by higher product margin rates.


Second quarter Retail net sales were $1.03 billion, compared to $1.09 billion last year, a decrease of 5.4 percent. The net sales decrease reflects identical store sales of negative 5.9 percent, partially offset by sales from new stores.

Retail operating loss in the second quarter was $12 million, or negative 1.2 percent of net sales and included $4 million of store closure charges and costs. When adjusted for this item, Retail operating loss was $8 million. Last year’s Retail operating earnings were$10 million, or 0.9 percent of net sales. The decrease in Retail operating earnings was driven by lower sales and higher employee-related costs due to new corporate stores.


Second quarter fees earned under the TSAs were $41 million compared to $48 million last year.

Net Corporate operating earnings in the second quarter were $20 million and included $1 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot. When adjusted for this item, net Corporate operating earnings were $21 million. Last year’s second quarter net Corporate operating earnings were $3 million and included $4 million of costs related to the potential separation of Save-A-Lot and $4 million of severance costs. When adjusted for these items, last year’s net Corporate operating earnings were $11 million. The improvement in net Corporate operating earnings was primarily driven by lower pension expense and lower employee-related costs.

Cash Flows – Continuing Operations

Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations were $275 million compared to $276 million last year. Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows used in investing activities of continuing operations were $115 millioncompared to $119 million last year. Fiscal 2017 year-to-date net cash flows used in financing activities of continuing operations were$163 million compared to $25 million last year, reflecting higher payments on debt obligations.

Discontinued Operations

On October 17, 2016, SUPERVALU INC. announced it had reached an agreement with Onex Corporation to sell its Save-A-Lot business. This transaction is anticipated to be completed by January 31, 2017. As a result of the agreement, the Company anticipates presenting the Save-A-Lot business being disposed as discontinued operations for all periods within future earnings releases, and Form 10-Q and 10-K filings.

Conference Call

A conference call to review the second quarter results is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. central time today. The call will be webcast live at (click on microphone icon). A replay of the call will be archived at To access the website replay go to the “Investors” link and click on “Presentations and Webcasts.”

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,382 stores composed of 1,815 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,370 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 888 are operated by licensee owners; and 197 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of September 10, 2016). Headquartered inMinnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit


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Taubman Centers, Inc. replies to Land & Buildings Investment Management, LLC

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today issued the following statement in response to the materials issued by Land & Buildings Investment Management, LLC:

Taubman Centers values the strong relationships we have with our shareholders and welcomes open and constructive dialogue toward the goal of enhancing long-term value. The Board and management are committed to serving the best interests of all of its shareholders. Taubman Centers has an outstanding track record of growth and is successfully executing on a clear strategic plan to own, manage, develop and acquire high-quality retail properties that deliver superior financial performance to shareholders. The success of Taubman Centers is reflected in the company’s strong long-term financial and operational performance.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.


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Taubman, Director, Communications


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Taubman, Director, Investor Relations


Co-op and forensic tech company SmartWater team up to cut ATM crime

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Splashing the cash, and criminals, could cut ATM crime in communities as the Co-op teams-up with award-winning forensic technology company SmartWater to roll-out a new deterrent linking criminals back to the scene of a crime.

In a first of its kind, SmartWater have adapted its dispersal technology to ensure that both the criminals and the stolen cash are marked, regardless of how an ATM is attacked.

Starting in the South West and Wales, SmartWater systems will be installed at hundreds of cash dispensers located at the community retailer’s food stores, with a unique forensic signature at each ATM increasing the risk to criminals of being tracked and traced by Police following a theft, and helping to secure a conviction.

Invisible to the naked eye, an amount of the gel the size of a speck of dust can provide the “solution” for scientists to undertake a successful analysis and help Police with identification, with the forensic signature guaranteed to last five years.

Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s Director of Retail and Logistics, said: “The technology is at the forefront of combating ATM crime which not only impacts on retailers but can affect communities and customers too. Teaming-up with SmartWater, whose proprietary technology has a proven track record in being a powerful deterrent, will utilise the latest ATM security capabilities and innovations to benefit local communities and potentially reduce crime.”

Phil Cleary, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartWater said ‘This technical development represents a serious upgrade in the security of ATM’s as SmartWater products have helped convict hundreds of criminals world-wide and retains a 100% track record in Court. Simply, the ATM’s protected by SmartWater now represent too high a risk for criminals and the more professional will give them a wide berth’.


Notes to editor:

About SmartWater:
Combining cutting-edge forensic technology with risk management and intelligence gathering tactics; SmartWater Technology provides an ongoing crime fighting service to businesses, governments, law enforcers, utility providers and homeowners. Our philosophy is simple – the more criminals we help to convict, the more SmartWater acts as a powerful deterrent. Find out more at®SmartWater, the SmartWater yellow, atom logo and THIEVES BEWARE are trademarks of SmartWater Limited. SmartWater is a proprietary forensic asset marking System and Strategy protected by worldwide trademarks and patents.

About the Co-op:
The Co-op Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with approaching 70,000 colleagues and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited