Starbucks will be the first retailer in Canada to offer Nitro Cold Brew at scale

Starbucks will be the first retailer in Canada to offer Nitro Cold Brew at scale
Starbucks will be the first retailer in Canada to offer Nitro Cold Brew at scale

 

Canada, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada has announced that Brookfield Place in Toronto is the first location to launch Nitro Cold Brew, with more locations to come across Canada over the next several months. Following the roll out, Starbucks will be the first retailer in Canada to offer Nitro Cold Brew at scale.

Nitro Cold Brew is Starbucks newest take on its signature Cold Brew, infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy texture. After handcrafting the Cold Brew recipe, baristas perfect the pour by pulling the tap and allowing the Cold Brew coffee to mix with the nitrogen to deliver an entirely new cold coffee experience. Nitro Cold Brew is deliciously cold right out of the tap so it is served without ice and as with Cold Brew, it’s served unsweetened to highlight the flavour the cold brewing process brings out in the coffee.

While premium handcrafted espresso continues to be a best seller; the company is experiencing an increased shift in consumer preference to cold versions of these beverages. Iced beverage sales saw approximately 30 per cent growth over the past two years and represents one of the fastest growing areas of the business. Approximately one in two beverages sold out of home in Canada are cold and Starbucks expects to more than double the size of its cold beverage business in Canada within five years.

“Our success is rooted in delivering exceptional customer experiences through significant investments in technology, new store formats and coffee-forward product innovation. We know that our customers are seeking flavour experiences that are unique and Nitro Cold Brew delivers on a cold coffee experience that we know they will enjoy,” said Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “When we combine innovation with an engaging barista who is skilled in making handcrafted customized beverages, it produces something really special.”

The introduction of Cold Brew in March 2015 was received with an exceptional Canadian response, fueling +65% Cold Coffee growth at launch time. Following the highly successful nationwide launch the company introduced new innovation with the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew in June 2016, which is now available throughout the year, and is now offering Canadians even more coffee-forward innovation with the introduction of Nitro Cold Brew.

“For over 40 years we have perfected the craft of roasting and brewing the finest hot coffee and while we have always offered our customers new options in cold coffee, nothing will compare to the pace of flavour, craft and brewing innovation we will see in the next few years,” Williams added.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom opens new store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) opened the doors to its new store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre today (Oct. 21, 2016), making it the company’s second location in Toronto since opening at CF Toronto Eaton Centre last month. The new 199,000 square-foot, three-level store offers a curated selection of merchandise from many of the world’s best brands from accessible to luxury price points.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to more conveniently serve Toronto customers with a second store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre,” said Brynn Herthel, Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre store manager. “This new store features our most directional design concepts to date including an abundance of natural light combined with compelling merchandise and unique services that we hope Torontonians will love.”

Yorkdale Shopping Centre marks the fifth of six announced Nordstrom stores to open in Canada through 2017. CF Sherway Gardens will also open in Toronto on September 15, 2017.

Customers can shop a wide variety of brands from luxury designers like Céline, Dries Van Noten and Valentino to accessible favorites from Nike and Madewell. The flagship store will also include 12 designer apparel and handbag boutiques along with several services to enhance every customer’s shopping experience such as Same-Day Delivery Service, Language Ambassadors, a JWN Private Shopping Suite and more. The new store will also feature three food offerings including a full-service restaurant and bar, cocktail lounge and specialty coffee bar.

Opening day kicked off at 8 a.m. with a Beauty Bash hosted by Nordstrom just outside the store’s mall entrance. Customers experienced complimentary skincare consultations and makeup lessons from the store’s team of beauty experts. More than 800 employees were standing by to greet the first customers as they walked through the store’s doors at 10 a.m.

Earlier in the week as part of the opening events, Nordstrom hosted an in-store gala for more than 1,700 guests. All proceeds from tickets sales – more than $224,000– supported local organizations Covenant House Toronto, Humber River Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO),SickKids Foundation, St. Michael’s Foundation and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. A total of nearly $500,000 from the combined tickets sales of the Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre gala last month and this gala will be donated evenly among all six beneficiaries. Special gala guests included international supermodels Chanel Iman and Lindsay Ellingson, celebrity DJs Russell Peters, DJ Jazzy Jeff,Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis. Canadian designers Aurora James of Brother Vellies and Steven Tai were also in attendance.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 346 stores in 40 states and Canada. Customers are served at 123Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 213 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on theNYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.579.8626

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina on Q4 and FY 2016: We have continued to make good progress

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today (20 October 2016) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 that ended 31 August 2016.

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said, “We have continued to make good progress in putting in place the building blocks for the future growth of the business. The exercise of the AmerisourceBergen warrants in August provides an example of the opportunities open to us to deploy capital, and the agreements we reached with Prime Therapeutics and with Express Scripts during the quarter demonstrate our commitment to a more collaborative and partnership-oriented approach. We believe this can help provide growth for our own company and that of our strategic partners while delivering better, more efficient and more effective service to patients and payers alike.”

Overview of Fourth Quarter Results

Fiscal 2016 fourth quarter net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance determined in accordance with GAAP were $1.0 billion compared with $26 million in the same quarter a year ago, while GAAP diluted net earnings per share were $0.95 compared with $0.02 in the same quarter a year ago. The increases in GAAP net earnings and GAAP net earnings per share reflect fluctuations in the quarterly fair value adjustments of the company’s AmerisourceBergen Corporation warrants.

Adjusted fiscal 2016 fourth quarter net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance1 increased 20.3 percent to $1.2 billion compared with the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted diluted net earnings per share for the quarter increased 21.6 percent to $1.07 compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Sales in the fourth quarter were $28.6 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent over the year-ago quarter, or 2.5 percent on a constant currency basis.

GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter was $1.1 billion, an increase of 36.4 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter was $1.6 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

In June, as previously announced, the company achieved its goal set in 2012 to reach at least $1 billion in combined net synergies in fiscal 2016 relating to the strategic combination with Alliance Boots. This excluded the synergy benefits relating to the company’s strategic, long-term relationship with AmerisourceBergen, the benefits of refinancing legacy Alliance Boots debt at a lower cost and the pending Rite Aid acquisition.

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities was $2.7 billion, and free cash flow was $2.2 billion, in the fourth quarter.

Overview of Fiscal Year Results

Fiscal 2016 net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance determined in accordance with GAAP decreased 1.1 percent to $4.2 billion, while GAAP diluted net earnings per share decreased 4.5 percent to $3.82 compared with the prior year. The decrease reflects fluctuations in the fair value adjustments of the company’s AmerisourceBergen warrants and the prior year gain on the previously held equity interest in Alliance Boots, which was largely offset by increased operating income.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Walgreens Boots Alliance1 in fiscal 2016 increased 22.6 percent to $5.0 billion compared with the prior year. Adjusted diluted net earnings per share in the fiscal year increased 18.3 percent to $4.59 compared with the prior year.

Sales increased 13.4 percent to $117.4 billion in fiscal 2016 compared with the prior year, due to the inclusion of Alliance Boots consolidated results for the entire period and an increase at Retail Pharmacy USA.

GAAP operating income in fiscal 2016 was $6.0 billion, an increase of 28.6 percent from the prior year. Adjusted operating income in the fiscal year was $7.2 billion, an increase of 17.1 percent from the prior year.

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities increased $2.2 billion to $7.8 billion, and free cash flow increased $2.1 billion to $6.5 billion compared with the prior year.

The company’s cost transformation program is on track to deliver $1.5 billion in savings by the end of fiscal 2017. The company now estimates that total pre-tax charges to its GAAP financial results associated with the three-year restructuring program will be between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion, which is $300 million lower than the previously estimated range.

Rite Aid Acquisition

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corporation, which was announced 27 October 2015, is progressing as planned. The transaction is subject to the expiration or termination of applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other customary closing conditions.

As announced on 8 September 2016, Walgreens Boots Alliance remains actively engaged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its review of the pending acquisition, and continues to expect that the most likely outcome will be that the parties will be required to divest between 500 and 1,000 stores. The company believes that it will be able to execute agreements to divest these stores to potential buyers, pending FTC approval, by the end of calendar year 2016, and now expects its acquisition of Rite Aid will close in early calendar 2017.

Taking into account its current expectation of store divestitures, Walgreens Boots Alliance continues to expect that the acquisition will be accretive to its adjusted diluted net earnings per share in the first full year after closing of the transaction. The company also continues to expect that it will realize synergies from the acquisition in excess of $1 billion, to be fully realized within three to four years of closing. These synergies have been updated where practicable and, as previously disclosed, are expected to be derived primarily from procurement, cost savings and other operational matters.

Company Outlook

The company today introduced guidance of $4.85 to $5.20 for fiscal year 2017 adjusted diluted net earnings per share. This guidance assumes accretion of $0.05 to $0.12 from Rite Aid and is based on the above disclosure regarding expected store divestitures and timing of closing. Additionally, this guidance assumes current exchange rates for the rest of the fiscal year and continuation of its normal anti-dilutive share buyback program.

Fourth Quarter Business Segment Highlights

Retail Pharmacy USA:

Retail Pharmacy USA had fourth quarter sales of $20.7 billion, an increase of 4.0 percent over the year-ago quarter. Sales in comparable stores increased 3.2 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Pharmacy sales, which accounted for 69 percent of the division’s sales in the quarter, increased 6.2 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Comparable pharmacy sales increased 5.0 percent. The division filled 229.5 million prescriptions (including immunizations) adjusted to 30-day equivalents in the quarter, an increase of 3.7 percent over last year’s fourth quarter. Prescriptions filled in comparable stores increased 3.9 percent compared with the same quarter last year, primarily due to continued growth in Medicare Part D volume. The division’s retail prescription market share on a 30-day adjusted basis in the fourth quarter increased approximately 40 basis points over the year-ago quarter to 19.3 percent, as reported by IMS Health.2

Retail sales decreased 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the year-ago period. Comparable retail sales were down 0.3 percent in the quarter, primarily due to lower sales of certain consumables and seasonal items, partially offset by higher sales in the health and wellness and beauty categories. By the end of the fiscal year the first phase of the new, differentiated beauty offering had reached more than 1,600 stores across the U.S.

GAAP gross profit dollars increased 2.4 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted gross profit dollars increased 0.5 percent.

GAAP fourth quarter selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 1.6 percentage points versus the year-ago period, or a decrease of 0.9 percentage point on an adjusted basis. These results demonstrate continuing benefits from the company’s previously announced $1.5 billion cost transformation program.

GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter increased 52.4 percent over the year-ago quarter to $779 million. Adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter increased 4.4 percent over the year-ago quarter to $1.1 billion. The increase in adjusted operating income was primarily driven by increased pharmacy volume, procurement efficiencies and cost controls. The increase in GAAP operating income was also affected by higher cost transformation and LIFO charges in the prior year quarter.

Retail Pharmacy International:

Retail Pharmacy International had fourth quarter sales of $3.0 billion, a decrease of 10.9 percent over the year-ago quarter due to the negative impact of currency translation, with sales increasing by 1.4 percent on a constant currency basis.

On a constant currency basis, comparable store sales decreased 0.6 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. Comparable pharmacy sales were flat on a constant currency basis as the previously disclosed loss of certain institutional sales contracts in Chile offset growth in other markets. Comparable retail sales decreased 1.0 percent on a constant currency basis, due to weaker performance in the UK.

GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter increased 4.6 percent over the year-ago quarter to $205 million, while adjusted operating income increased 2.1 percent to $247 million, up 15.7 percent on a constant currency basis.

To improve comparability, certain classification changes have been made to prior period sales, cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses. These changes have no impact on operating income.

Pharmaceutical Wholesale:

Pharmaceutical Wholesale had fourth quarter sales of $5.4 billion, a decrease of 6.2 percent over the year-ago quarter. On a constant currency basis, excluding acquisitions and dispositions, comparable sales increased 2.9 percent, which was marginally behind the company’s estimate of market growth weighted on the basis of country wholesale sales.

GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter was $156 million, which included $34 million from the company’s equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen, compared with $133 million in the year-ago period. Adjusted operating income increased 31.6 percent to $208 million, up 39.2 percent on a constant currency basis, of which 31.6 percentage points were due to equity earnings in AmerisourceBergen.

As previously disclosed, on 25 August 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance exercised its second tranche of warrants to purchase approximately 22.7 million shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock for an aggregate payment of approximately $1.19 billion, increasing its ownership to approximately 24 percent.

Comparability of Results

Following the strategic combination with Alliance Boots on 31 December 2014, Walgreens Boots Alliance results for the three months ended 31 August 2015, and the three months and fiscal year ended 31 August 2016, include the results of Alliance Boots on a fully consolidated basis, while the fiscal year ended 31 August 2015 includes the results of Alliance Boots for eight months (January through August 2015) on a fully consolidated basis and as equity income from Walgreen Co.’s pre-closing 45 percent interest in Alliance Boots for four months (September through December 2014).

Walgreens Boots Alliance has organized its operations and reports results in three segments: Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. Segmental reporting includes results of operations, the allocation of synergy benefits including Walgreens Boots Alliance Development GmbH (WBAD) results, and the allocation of combined corporate costs for periods subsequent to 31 December 2014. The company has determined that it is impracticable to allocate historical results to the current segmental presentation. Accordingly, Retail Pharmacy USA segment results for periods prior to 31 December 2014 include all corporate costs of Walgreen Co., the full consolidated results of WBAD and equity income from Walgreen Co.’s pre-closing 45 percent interest in Alliance Boots. The company has also reclassified certain prior period amounts for purposes of increasing consistency and comparability between the segments.

Fiscal year period-over-period comparisons of results require consideration of the foregoing factors and are not directly comparable.

Conference Call

Walgreens Boots Alliance will hold a one-hour conference call to discuss the fourth quarter results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today, 20 October 2016. The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 20 October 2016 through 27 October 2016, by calling 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or 404-537-3406 outside the USA and Canada, using replay code 80436129.

1 Please see the “Supplemental Information (Unaudited) Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

2 Due to an enhancement to the IMS panel, market shares have been restated by IMS for the comparable year-ago period.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical including, without limitation, those regarding estimates of and goals for future financial and operating performance (including those under “Company Outlook” above), the expected execution and effect of our business strategies, our cost-savings and growth initiatives and restructuring activities and the amounts and timing of their expected impact, and our pending agreement with Rite Aid and the transactions contemplated thereby and their possible effects, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “likely,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “guidance,” “target,” “aim,” “continue,” “sustain,” “synergy,” “on track,” “headwind,” “tailwind,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, that could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated, including, but not limited to, those relating to the impact of private and public third-party payers’ efforts to reduce prescription drug reimbursements, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the timing and magnitude of the impact of branded to generic drug conversions and changes in generic drug prices, our ability to realize synergies and achieve financial, tax and operating results in the amounts and at the times anticipated, supply arrangements including our commercial agreement with AmerisourceBergen, the arrangements and transactions contemplated by our framework agreement with AmerisourceBergen and their possible effects, the risks associated with the company’s equity method investment in AmerisourceBergen, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination, cross-termination or modification of any of our contractual obligations, the amount of costs, fees, expenses and charges incurred in connection with strategic transactions, whether the costs associated with restructuring activities will exceed estimates, our ability to realize expected savings and benefits from cost-savings initiatives, restructuring activities and acquisitions in the amounts and at the times anticipated, the timing and amount of any impairment or other charges, the timing and severity of cough, cold and flu season, changes in management’s assumptions, the risks associated with governance and control matters, the ability to retain key personnel, changes in economic and business conditions generally or in particular markets in which we participate, changes in financial markets and interest rates, the risks associated with international business operations, including the risks associated with the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in vendor, customer and payer relationships and terms, including changes in network participation and reimbursement terms, risks of inflation in the cost of goods, risks associated with the operation and growth of our customer loyalty programs, competition, risks associated with new business areas and activities, risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic investments, including those relating to our ability to satisfy the closing conditions and consummate the pending acquisition of Rite Aid and related matters on a timely basis or at all, the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses, outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, including with respect to regulatory review and actions in connection with the pending acquisition of Rite Aid, and changes in legislation, regulations or interpretations thereof. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2015 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 31 May 2016, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Please refer to the supplemental information presented below for reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and related disclosures.

Notes to Editors:

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 across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* 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 www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Contact:

Media Relations:
USA
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Sam Wong to become new senior director of franchise sales and development SONIC® Drive-In

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct 21, 2016) SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced the hiring of Sam Wong, new senior director of franchise sales and development. Wong will work with the existing franchise sales team to further accelerate the expansion momentum of the SONIC brand, bringing business opportunities to existing and new markets nationwide. As a national brand with more than 3,500 drive-ins in 45 states and a future opening in the state of Hawaii, SONIC is a nationally recognized and beloved brand with a growing footprint and considerable territory for additional expansion throughout the U.S. In the coming year, Wong will be instrumental in contributing to the company’s development pipeline.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Wong’s new role as senior director of franchise sales and development will consist of leading franchise development for states including California, Oregon and Washington, with priority markets including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Wong will work to educate potential franchisees on what makes SONIC an exceptional business opportunity, emphasizing the culture, great people, strong brand, differentiated menu and unique drive-in model.

“Sam is a strong salesman with relevant experience that will greatly benefit our team as we continue to grow toward our development goals,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development. “SONIC is a national brand with more than 3,500 drive-in locations, and our entire development team is focused on expanding the brand to fans across the U.S. by offering a differentiated franchise concept to interested entrepreneurs in markets large and small. Sam will help us do this.”

Prior to joining SONIC, Wong worked as the senior director of development for Dairy Queen Corporation where he was responsible for leading retail store development for the brand, developing franchise sales and real estate strategy to deliver growth and financial return. Before Dairy Queen, Wong worked as the director of development for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen where he was responsible for directing the real estate and construction team in the execution of development strategies, new store development for corporate and franchise locations and brand growth.

SONIC’s highly differentiated menu, pent-up demand in new markets and an energetic development pipeline make this national brand a strong contender for franchisee attention and an attractive business venture for entrepreneurs interested in the restaurant and QSR space. Always a drive-in at heart, SONIC partners with franchisees to find a building solution to match their needs and the needs of guests. SONIC enjoys multiple long-term and legacy franchisee relationships and provides an unparalleled level of support at every stage of development. SONIC offers franchisees flexibility with multiple drive-in formats, including: the traditional drive-in model with dining stalls and a drive-thru; conversions of existing restaurant buildings to create unique drive-ins; the counter service model, offering customizable footprints to fit a variety of spaces; and indoor dining formats that allow guests to experience SONIC in multiple ways – either in their cars, at the drive-thru or seated at a table inside.

Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC franchise are encouraged to visit sonicfranchises.com for more information on qualifications and brand support. To schedule an in-person Franchise Discovery meeting, email sonicfranchises@sonicdrivein.com or call 1.800.569.6656. Those with questions can also reach Sam Wong directly at 949.769.3979 or Lori Osley, senior director of franchise sales, at 405.225.4604.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

Contact:

for SONIC Drive-In
Christi Woodworth
405-225-5600
vice president of public relations
Christi.Woodworth@sonicdrivein.com

Cohn & Wolfe on behalf of SONIC Drive-In
Madison LaRoche
512-542-2842
Madison.LaRoche@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

Drive-in restaurants Sonic Corp increased its authorization under the share repurchase program by $40 million

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Oct 20, 2016) announced that its Board of Directors has increased its authorization under the share repurchase program by $40 million. The additional authorization allows for up to $195 million of common stock to be repurchased through August 31, 2017. In fiscal 2016, the company repurchased approximately $148 million in common stock, including $22 million under the current program, leaving $173 million remaining under the enhanced authorization for repurchase during fiscal 2017. Share repurchases may be made from time to time in the open market or otherwise, including through an accelerated share repurchase program, under the terms of a Rule 10b5-1 plan, in privately negotiated transactions or in round lot or block transactions.

The company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 9, 2016, with a payment date of November 18, 2016.

Future declaration of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of the company’s Board of Directors.

About Sonic

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM:SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Corey Horsch
405-225-4800
Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

KENZO x H&M made its runway debut at Pier 36 in New York

KENZO x H&M made its runway debut at Pier 36 in New York
KENZO x H&M made its runway debut at Pier 36 in New York

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night (20 OCT, 2016) at Pier 36 in New York, KENZO x H&M made its runway debut with a spectacular show directed by fashion legend Jean-Paul Goude. Guests were invited to experience the uniquely vibrant and playful energy of the KENZO x H&M collection designed by KENZO Creative Directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.

To the rhythm of a customized remix of “Express Yourself” by Sam Spiegel, dancers, beatboxers, whistlers and musicians came together to celebrate the beauty and power of individual expression. Through a unique choreography created by KENZO collaborator, Ryan Heffington the show cast presented the KENZO x H&M collection to an audience who experienced an inferno of playfulness, bold prints and vivid colours. As the show finished the celebration continued with a performance by rapper and surprise guest Ice Cube.

“Tonight was a celebration of everything we love about KENZO x H&M – it was a fun, vibrant and unexpected celebratory mix of different worlds coming together. It was a show we will never forget,” says Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Creative Directors of KENZO.

“The launch of KENZO x H&M was truly spectacular. It was amazing to see the collection come to life with all its incredible print, colour and energy. It was such an honor to have Jean-Paul Goude direct the show and he captured the mood perfectly”  says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

The KENZO x H&M collection will be available in over 250 H&M stores worldwide, as well as online, from November 3.

Credits:
Creative Director: Jean-Paul Goude
Music Director: Sam Spiegel
Choreography: Ryan Heffington

Press Enquiries:

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

Source: H&M

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Macerich declared 4.4% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $.71 per share of common stock

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) declared a 4.4% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $.71 per share of common stock.  The dividend is payable on December 2, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 11, 2016.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 56 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona,Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

Thomas O’Hern
Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
(310) 394-6000

SOURCE: Macerich Company

Vanderhoof Co-op among the country’s best retailers at the 2016 Outstanding Retailer Awards

Vanderhoof Co-op among the country’s best retailers at the 2016 Outstanding Retailer Awards
Vanderhoof Co-op among the country’s best retailers at the 2016 Outstanding Retailer Awards

 

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — A growing business and a commitment to community has placed Vanderhoof Co-op among the country’s best retailers.

The retail co-op received the award for the Best Building Supply/Home Centre over 15,000 square feet at the 2016 Outstanding Retailer Awards in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Oct. 18.

“At Vanderhoof Co-op, we strive to go above and beyond to make each shopping experience personal and genuine,” said Trevor Erhardt, Manager at the Vanderhoof Co-op Home Centre, which has seen year-over-year sales increases every year since it opened an upgraded facility in 2014.

“Our new Co-op Home Centre and knowledgeable team members make us a leader in our community and we are constantly looking at ways to improve our knowledge, selection and ability to serve Co-op members and customers.”

Launched in 1992, the Outstanding Retailer Awards are presented by Hardlines, a newsletter and magazine focused on home improvement retailing in Canada. The awards celebrate achievements in customer service, store appearance, merchandising, marketing, employee management, community involvement and sales growth.

Community service

Vanderhoof Co-op has served central British Columbia for more than 70 years. Today, it operates 18 retail locations in 12 communities.

In 2014, the retail co-op opened the doors on a newly constructed 23,500-square-foot home centre in Vanderhoof, bringing an improved retail experience to Co-op members and customers in the region.

With the new facility, Vanderhoof Co-op expanded its offerings, which now include feed, building supplies, hardware and appliances, as well as special order items — everything from lumber to dog food.

At the same time, Vanderhoof Co-op reaffirmed its commitment to giving back. In addition to supporting and promoting numerous local fundraisers, the retail co-op donates tens of thousands of dollars every year to community-minded initiatives and organizations.

This includes a new program launched in 2016 that will provide up to $100,000 to eligible community groups, charities and non-profit organizations that provide necessary services to the community.

“All of our profits stay in the communities that we serve,” said Erhardt. “I’m a huge believer in the co-operative principles of working together to achieve great things, which we do by making investments in our community and sharing profits with our members.”

Contact:

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
Email: inquiries@fcl.ca
Human Resources: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Coop

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to make Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnuts for National Pumpkin Day

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to make Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnuts for National Pumpkin Day
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to make Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnuts for National Pumpkin Day

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get ready for a one-day-only pumpkin takeover! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (October 21, 2016) announced it will celebrate National Pumpkin Day on Oct. 26 by making Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnuts.

This delicious twist on a classic will be available at participating Krispy Kreme shops in the U.S. and Canada for one day only.

“Our Original Glazed doughnut is a treat beloved by guests young and old. While there are many pumpkin spice products, there is literally nothing like our melt-in-your-mouth Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “This is a one-of-a-kind fall treat, and our guests will love the subtle fall flavors that the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed delivers. It truly is a small taste of pumpkin heaven!”

The Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut is the perfect autumn indulgence, as the signature Original Glazed doughnut is infused with delicious pumpkin flavors to create the ultimate upgrade.

Rush in to your closest Krispy Kreme shop to take advantage of the limited time Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut on Oct. 26. Share your National Pumpkin Day celebrations with the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut using #PumpkinSpiceOG.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,100 retail shops in 29 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:

Corporate Communications Coordinator
Sarah Roof
336-726-8878
sroof@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

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Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide to help senior customers with 2016 Medicare Part D Enrollment

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now (Oct. 21, 2016) through Dec. 7, 2016, Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide are providing senior customers with free resources to help select the right prescription drug plan (PDP) or update their existing coverage during the annual Medicare Part D enrollment period. Customers can use Rite Aid’s dedicated Medicare Advisor comparison tool to request the three lowest-cost prescription drug plans based on current prescriptions filled at Rite Aid*. Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor is available at any Rite Aid pharmacy and can also be accessed online at www.riteaid.com/medicareadvisor.

“Choosing the best prescription drug plan to fit a customer’s personalized needs is an important healthcare decision and can be overwhelming,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy for Rite Aid. “Rite Aid pharmacists stand ready to answer questions and encourage patients to take advantage of the free resources we offer, including Medicare Advisor, as they work towards selecting the drug plan that best fits their prescription needs.”

With Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor, customers can compare the estimated annual costs of various plans, including monthly premiums, brand and generic co-pays and drugs covered. Customers can then discuss their Medicare Advisor report with their Rite Aid pharmacists, who are available to answer questions they may have.

Rite Aid is in the networks of hundreds of other Medicare prescription drug plans; see www.riteaid.com/medicareadvisor for more information.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

*A complete list of all the Part D plans Rite Aid participates in is also available upon request. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, pharmacy network and/or copayments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid

Meijer Simply Give Program generated $2.5 million for Midwest food pantries

Meijer Simply Give Program generated $2.5 million for Midwest food pantries
Meijer Simply Give Program generated $2.5 million for Midwest food pantries

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a fall record with $2.5 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, making it the most successful fall campaign in the program’s history.

Meijer customers donated more than $913,000 during the fall Simply Give campaign, and combined with a donation from Meijer, set the donation total to more than $2.5 million. The Simply Give program has generated more than $26 million since its inception in November 2008 for food pantry partners to restock their shelves and feed hungry families.

“We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge and help us feed hungry families, CEO Hank Meijer said. “It’s inspiring to see such great enthusiasm for helping neighbors in need.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families.

During each Simply Give campaign, which runs three times a year, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” Hank Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring that no one in the communities we serve has to go without food.”

The holiday Simply Give campaign will run Oct. 30 through Dec. 31. Meijer will double match customers’ donations Nov. 11-12. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

In addition, now through Nov. 26, Meijer will donate $5 (up to $1 million) to its Simply Give program for each flu shot administered at its 230 stores.

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/broll-footage.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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REWE Group sich zu den zukünftigen Perspektiven von Kaiser’s Tengelmann Mitarbeitern geäußert

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — REWE Group Vorstandsvorsitzender Alain Caparros und Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzender Andreas Ratzmann haben sich heute zu den zukünftigen Perspektiven von Kaiser’s Tengelmann Mitarbeitern geäußert.

Ich stehe weiterhin zu meinem Vorschlag, dass ein Mediator den Versuch unternehmen sollte, eine faire und einvernehmliche Lösung für die Zukunft der Kaiser’s Tengelmann Supermärkte zu finden. Es gab und gibt Lösungsmöglichkeiten, bei denen alle Arbeitsplätze erhalten werden können. Da der Eigentümer von Kaiser’s Tengelmann aber am Montag den Einzelverkaufsprozess gestartet hat, möchte ich heute schon deutlich machen: Wir werden uns auch für Filialen bewerben und verpflichten uns, für jede Filiale, die REWE übernehmen kann, die Auflagen zur Beschäftigungssicherung aus der Ministererlaubnis freiwillig zu übernehmen: Sicherung der Arbeitsplätze, Erhalt von Tarifbindung und Mitbestimmung, keine Privatisierung der übernommenen Märkte – alles für fünf Jahre garantiert. Wir erwarten, dass auch Edeka, die beim Einzelverkauf nach Aussagen von Herrn Haub bevorzugt behandelt wird, sich bei ihren Angeboten für Filialen von Kaiser’s Tengelmann noch an die Bedingungen der von ihnen beantragten und vehement verfolgten Ministererlaubnis erinnern wird. Es liegt bei Herrn Haub zu entscheiden, wieviel Vorrang er der Beschäftigungssicherung und dem Gemeinwohl bei der Veräußerung seiner Filialen beimisst“, erklärte Caparros.

Der Gesamtbetriebsratsvorsitzende der REWE Group, Andreas Ratzmann, sagte:

„Die Kolleginnen und Kollegen bei REWE verstehen die Ängste der Kaiser’s Tengelmann Mitarbeiter sehr gut. Leider gibt es auch bei unseren REWE-Mitarbeitern weiterhin große Sorgen über ihre Zukunftsperspektiven, insbesondere in den Regionen Bayern und Berlin. Wir glauben, dass eine faire Aufteilung des Kaiser’s Tengelmann-Netzes die beste Lösung für den Wettbewerb wäre – auch außerhalb der Ministererlaubnis. Auch bei einer solchen Lösung können die Arbeitsplätze erhalten werden. Die Betriebsräte der REWE Group begrüßen deshalb das Angebot von Alain Caparros, bei allen Märkten, die REWE übernehmen kann, freiwillig die beschäftigungssichernden Auflagen der Ministererlaubnis zu erfüllen. Der Vorstand der REWE Group hat ferner zugesagt, dass Bewerbungen von Mitarbeitern aus geschlossenen Kaiser’s Tengelmann-Märkten hier im Unternehmen mit Priorität behandelt werden. Auch das ist ein wichtiges Signal für die Kolleginnen und Kollegen bei Kaiser’s Tengelmann.“

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

Steigerte die genossenschaftliche REWE Group die Anzahl der Auszubildenden um 2,1 Prozent von 8.000 auf 8.168

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Als einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa übernimmt die REWE Group Verantwortung im Hinblick auf die Ausbildung junger Menschen. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr (Stichtag: 30.09.) steigerte die genossenschaftliche Unternehmensgruppe die Anzahl der Auszubildenden um 2,1 Prozent von 8.000 auf 8.168 (Stichtag: 30.09.2016). Im Laufe des Jahres begannen 3.584 (2015: 3.486) Berufseinsteiger ihre Ausbildung bei der REWE Group. Mit 5.906 (+2,4%) ist das Vollsortiment National innerhalb der Unternehmensgruppe der größte Ausbilder; es folgen PENNY mit 959 (+1,7%), toom Baumarkt mit 665 (+8,7%) und die Touristik der REWE Group mit 419 Auszubildenden.

Die REWE Group bietet derzeit 20 unterschiedliche Ausbildungsberufe an. Mehr unter: http://www.rewe-group.com/de/karriere/ausbildung

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2015 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 52,4 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 20 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2015 rund 232.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 38,2 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal, Weinfreunde und Kölner Weinkeller. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik Group die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.400 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART, Kuoni), die Hotelmarken lti, Club Calimera, Cooee und PrimaSol und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

Vermarktungsaktion in REWE- und PENNY-Filialen von Äpfeln mit Frostringen

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group engagiert sich seit Jahren gegen Food Waste. Dazu gehört auch, Obst und Gemüse zu vermarkten, das qualitativ einwandfrei ist, aber zum Bespiel Schönheitsfehler an der Schale hat. Dies ist bei den Jonagold-Äpfeln der Fall, die von Montag (24.10.) bis Samstag (29.10.) in den bundesweit 3.300 REWE-Märkten und am Freitag (4.11.) und Samstag (5.11.) in den 2.150 PENNY-Filialen in ganz Deutschland angeboten werden. Der massive Nachtfrost während der Blütezeit Ende April führte dazu, dass die Sorten Jonagold, Jonagored und Red Jonaprince so genannte Frostringe gebildet haben. Zudem sind die Äpfel wegen der kühlen Temperaturen während der Wachstumszeit teilweise etwas kleiner als sonst. REWE bietet die 2 kg-Tüte zum Preis von 1,49 Euro an; PENNY den 5 kg-Korb zu 2,99 Euro.

Für unsere Erzeuger mit Anlagen in der mittleren und westlichen Bodensee-Region war der Blütenfrost Ende April dieses Jahres schlimm. Ein erheblicher Teil der Jonagold-Ernte ist davon betroffen. Die Äpfel schmecken toll, haben aber Frostringe und können deswegen nicht als Handelsklasse I vermarktet werden. Das wiederum führt zu deutlichen finanziellen Einbußen. Ich bin froh, dass die REWE Group nun mit der Vermarktungsaktion ein Zeichen der Solidarität setzt und die Äpfel als Handelsklasse II in fast 5.500 Märkten anbietet. Wir haben so die Chance, die Kosten für Pflege und Ernte zu decken“, erklärt Hans Knöpfler, Geschäftsführer der Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft, die Situation.

Ende April fielen die Temperaturen nachts auf -5° C. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatte bereits die Apfelblüte der Jonagold-Sorten begonnen. In Apfelplantagen, in denen sich die Kaltluft sammelte, sind nun die Auswirkungen des Frostes in Form von Frostringen an den Früchten zu sehen. In Summe ein ganz kleiner Schaden an der Blüte, der sich mit dem wachsenden Apfel zu einem Schalenfehler vergrößert. Die Beschaffenheit der Frostringe ähnelt der rauen Schalenoberfläche der beliebten Sorte Boskoop. Bei den Jonagold-Früchten ist der unterste Teil des Apfels durch eine etwas rauere Schale betroffen. Ganz wichtig: Das Fruchtfleisch des Apfels ist in keiner Weise betroffen und ist saftig, knackig und makellos, nur die Schale ist nicht ganz perfekt.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2015 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 52,4 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 20 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2015 rund 232.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 38,2 Milliarden Euro. Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal, Weinfreunde und Kölner Weinkeller. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik Group die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.400 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART, Kuoni), die Hotelmarken lti, Club Calimera, Cooee und PrimaSol und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

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Vermarktungsaktion in REWE- und PENNY-Filialen von Äpfeln mit Frostringen
Vermarktungsaktion in REWE- und PENNY-Filialen von Äpfeln mit Frostringen

 

Source: REWE Group

Paradies Lagardère opens 2 new concepts near Austin–Bergstrom International Airport’s (AUS) Gate 18

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, opened two new concepts near Austin–Bergstrom International Airport’s (AUS) Gate 18. ThunderCloud Subs and Ruta Maya are beloved local brands that will introduce a bit of Austin’s flavor and culture to visitors at the city’s airport.

The restaurant and coffee shop are the first of seven new dining spots Paradies Lagardère will open in AUS. Local favorites such as Second Bar + Kitchen, Departure Lounge and Berry Austin will also be offered to passengers.

“Paradies Lagardère tailors brands to entice travelers in a variety of ways, including bringing the familiar quality, taste and atmosphere of a favorite local dining spot into an airport,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “ThunderCloud Subs and Ruta Maya will not only appeal to locals coming through the airport, but introduce a bit of what makes Austin special to visitors.”

Additional details:

Founded in 1975, ThunderCloud Subs serves fresh, fast, and healthy food in a quirky and fun atmosphere. Guided by the simple principle of selling great subs at reasonable prices, ThunderCloud Subs uses bread made from scratch and delivered daily by a local bakery, slices its meats, cheeses, and produce in its shops each day, and prepares all spreads from scratch. The restaurant only uses organic eggs and purchases local ingredients whenever possible. Visit http://thundercloud.com/ for more information.

Ruta Maya is an Austin-based coffee company that imports 100 percent organic Arabica coffee beans shade-grown by a cooperative of farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. Ruta Maya boasts a product line that includes certified organic coffee in medium, dark, and espresso roasts. The company’s guiding principle is “Oportunidades para las Americas,” (Opportunities for the Americas). Visit http://rutamaya.net/ for more information.

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste, and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently awarded three prestigious awards for excellence in Food and Beverage. Airport Revenue News awarded the company an ARN Award for Best Chef-Driven, Local or Regional Restaurant for Bar Symon in the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards also awarded Paradies Lagardère the Best Airport Bar Wait Staff for its Bar Symon Restaurant in the Pittsburgh International Airport, and recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining.

Contact:

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

Source:  Paradies Lagardère

Foodstuffs environmental sustainability efforts recognised by WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kiwi-owned supermarket operator Foodstuffs has again had its environmental sustainability efforts recognised, this time by the waste management industry’s WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence.

Foodstuffs, in partnership with its waste services provider EnviroNZ, won the award for “Best project or initiative in the commercial or public sectors”, for its waste minimisation programme, which is in operation at almost 100 Foodstuffs sites nationwide, mainly PAK’nSAVE and New World stores.

It’s the second consecutive year that Foodstuffs has won the award. Last year its recyclable butchery trays scooped the prize as well as going on to receive the Environment Ministry’s Green Ribbon Award for waste minimisation, in June this year.

Jennifer Elliott, Waste Minimisation Programme Coordinator, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says winning the award is further endorsement of Foodstuffs’ progress across all aspects of sustainability.

“It acknowledges what is an innovative collaboration between Foodstuffs and EnviroNZ,” says Elliot. “It’s also a real tribute to the efforts of our stores. After all, they’re in the grocery industry not the waste industry, so to be making such great progress is testament to their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Since 2014, Foodstuffs and EnviroNZ have worked to divert 80 to 90 percent of stores’ waste away from landfills by separating it into 10 recycling streams. These include the longstanding recycling of cardboard, paper and plastic waste, as well as the newer rescue of surplus food that’s fit for human consumption, and repurposing of meat, bakery and produce waste for animal feed or composting.

Elliott says as a result more than 25,000 tonnes of waste was diverted away from landfills in the year to 31 August 2016.

“In that time, two-thirds of our stores achieved or exceeded the 80 percent diversion rate goal, with the top 12 stores sustaining an average of 90 percent or above. PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie in Wellington was the exemplar store – maintaining a 95 percent diversion rate since March.”

Elliot she says the programme isn’t just good for the environment but also makes financial sense:

“What was once seen as worthless rubbish is now a valued commodity, something other companies are prepared to pay for. Our average store is now seeing significant monthly savings on its waste bill, which in turn ensures the programme’s viability. Where possible the programme also aims to have materials utilised within New Zealand, thus further supporting the local economy.”

Dave Elder, GM for Market Development, EnviroNZ, says a huge amount of effort has gone into the programme over the last couple of years, to ensure Foodstuffs is seen as the leader in sustainability.

“We will continue to pursue additional innovations for Foodstuffs that provide a point of difference,” he says, “and more importantly, an environmental outcome all Foodstuffs stores can be proud of.”

WasteMINZ is the largest representative body of the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors in New Zealand. It is the second year of the WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence, which serve to recognise the many successes and advances made by the industry.

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

1,319 entries in the New World Wine Awards this year

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2016 New World Wine Awards Top 50 wines are more popular than ever with several already close to selling out just 10 days since the results were announced.

Jim Harré, chair of the independent expert judging panel, says each wine entered in the competition must have at least 5,000 bottles available for sale, so there is good availability of the award-winning wines.

“Given that all wines entered must also be priced under $25, and the increasing recognition among wine lovers of the calibre of this influential wine show, it’s not surprising that these award-winning wines are proving so popular,” says Mr Harré.

The Champion Chardonnay, Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015 and the Champion Single Red Varietal, Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and five other Gold Medal-winning wines are now very low in stock nationwide:

• Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
• Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
• Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
• Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
• Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2015

“>While there may be limited opportunities for wine lovers to find these wines in their local New World, the good news is there are lots of other Gold Medal wines to choose from. These are showcased in New World supermarkets nationwide, in the New World Wine Awards 2016 catalogue and online.

This year there were 1,319 entries in the New World Wine Awards. The 13-strong independent panel of wine experts who judged the wines using the same internationally recognised points system as all other major wine shows, awarded 88 Gold, 192 Silver and 499 Bronze medals. The best wines in each category were then re-tasted to determine the Champion wine of each key varietal.

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

Unilever, hypermart to build better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A good future for the next generations is important to be prepared from an early age of the children in Indonesia and around the world. Recognizing the importance of this issue, Unilever re-invite hypermart in a collaboration to build a better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture, themed “So Long Old World”. The campaign aims for consumers to be active in doing the real things to build a brighter future for all of us. Unilever and hypermart invite consumers to be aware of and playing an important role in creating a better world.

“So Long Old World” wants to engage the society to abandon the pessimistic perspective about our world that is full of problems; and building a new and better world, especially for our children. A world where children can grow in a sustainable environment, healthy and live a happy childhood.

Maria Dewantini Dwianto, Head of Corporate Communications of PT Unilever Indonesia stated, “The product selections that used every day and consumer lifestyles are two things that are very influential in determining what our world in the future will be. We believe in the strength of consumers, our brands will be able to make a positive change for future generations. ”

Together with hypermart, Unilever invites customers through 115 of hypermart outlets in 64 cities to directly participate actively in implementing this campaign.

Director of Public Relations & Communications of PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa), Danny Kojongian welcomes the initiative campaign of brightFuture ‘So Long Old World’. “This activity is in line with the CSR mission of our company that is contributing on social responsibility in the preservation of the environment and the development of children education. We believe that hypermart’s consumers have a major role to be able to create a better world, therefore we wish all hypermart customers and Indonesian to participate actively in this program. ”

This campaign will run from October 6, 2016 to November 1, 2016. During the campaign period, each specific purchase of Unilever products at hypermart include; Lifebuoy, Pepsodent, Blue band, Domestos, Vixal and Rinso, consumers will automatically donate Rp. 500, – to improve or complement the playground facilities.

The playground will be refurbished in five cities in Indonesia, namely; Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Makassar and Yogyakarta. Facilities to be repaired or completed include, hand washing facilities / education on how to wash your hands, hygienic toilet facilities / cleaning equipment, playing facilities and also some educational materials on nutrition as well as how to brush teeth.

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa)

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

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

For further information, please contact: corporate.communications@hypermart.co.id

Source: PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa)

Hy-Vee stores in Iowa and Nebraska host Hy-Vee Heroes Game Replica Trophy Tour

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — When the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 25 for the sixth annual Hy-Vee Heroes Game, there will be more than bragging rights at stake. The game will determine which team takes home the coveted Hy-Vee Heroes Game trophy, which currently resides in Iowa City after last year’s 28-20 Iowa victory.

In anticipation of the 2016 rematch, Hy-Vee stores in Iowa and Nebraska are hosting a Hy-Vee Heroes Game Replica Trophy Tour, Oct. 22 through Nov. 19. A replica of the Hy-Vee Heroes trophy will be on display at a different Hy-Vee store each day, where customers also will have the opportunity to register to win four tickets to the game. The trophy will be on display at each store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hy-Vee Heroes trophy is more than 30” tall and weighs approximately 50 pounds. Volunteers with the American Red Cross will assist with transporting the trophy from one stop to the next along the tour route.

Again this year, Hy-Vee along with the American Red Cross, the University of Iowa, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use the national stage created by the Hy-Vee Heroes Game to salute individuals and organizations for acts of heroism in their communities. One citizen-hero from each state will be invited to attend the game as a special guest, receive on-field recognition and have his or her name inscribed on the game trophy.

Following is the itinerary for the 2016 Hy-Vee Heroes Game Replica Trophy Tour:

  • Oct. 22 – Hy-Vee, 1601 N. 84th St. – Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct. 23 – Hy-Vee, 5020 N. 27th St. – Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct. 24 – Hy-Vee, 6001 Village Dr. – Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct. 25 – Hy-Vee, 840 E. 23rd St. – Fremont, Nebraska
  • Oct. 26 – Hy-Vee, 11650 S. 73rd St. – Papillion, Nebraska
  • Oct. 27 – Hy-Vee, 5150 Center St. – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct. 28 – Hy-Vee, 7910 Cass St. – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct. 29 – Hy-Vee, 17810 Welch Plaza – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct. 30 – Hy-Vee, 2323 W. Broadway – Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Oct. 31 – Hy-Vee, 2827 Hamilton Blvd. – Sioux City, Iowa
  • Nov. 1 – Hy-Vee, 1250 Lake Ave. – Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Nov. 2 – Hy-Vee, 1630 E. Seventh St. – Atlantic, Iowa
  • Nov. 3 – Hy-Vee, 1005 E. Hickman Road – Waukee, Iowa
  • Nov. 4 – Hy-Vee, 4605 Fleur Dr. – Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov. 5 – Hy-Vee, 2510 S.W. State St. – Ankeny, Iowa
  • Nov. 6 – Hy-Vee, 4815 Maple Dr. – Pleasant Hill, Iowa
  • Nov. 7 – Hy-Vee, 802 S. Center St. – Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Nov. 8 – Hy-Vee, 320 W. St. S – Grinnell, Iowa
  • Nov. 9 – Hy-Vee, 5050 Edgewood Road NE – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Nov. 10 – Hy-Vee, 3600 Hwy. 151 E – Marion, Iowa
  • Nov. 11 – Hy-Vee, 400 S. Locust St. – Dubuque, Iowa
  • Nov. 12 – Hy-Vee, 2900 Devils Glen Road – Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Nov. 13 – Hy-Vee, 2200 W. Kimberly Road – Davenport, Iowa
  • Nov. 14 – Hy-Vee, 4064 E. 53rd St. – Davenport, Iowa
  • Nov. 15 – Hy-Vee, 3140 Agency St. – Burlington, Iowa
  • Nov. 16 – Hy-Vee, 1125 N. Dodge St. – Iowa City, Iowa
  • Nov. 17 – Hy-Vee, 812 S. First Ave. – Iowa City, Iowa
  • Nov. 18 – Hy-Vee, 1720 Waterfront Dr. – Iowa City, Iowa
  • Nov. 19 – Hy-Vee, 1914 Eighth St. – Coralville, Iowa

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

TV personality Ree Drummond to unveil new items from her Pioneer Woman cookware collection on QVC on Oct 23

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Country cooking comes to QVC. New York Times best-selling author, award-winning blogger and television personality Ree Drummond is scheduled to unveil new items from her Pioneer Woman cookware collection on QVC Sunday, October 23 at 10 AM (ET) during “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn” and at 12 PM (ET) during the “In the Kitchen with David®” broadcast, QVC’s most popular cooking show. Viewers will be able to purchase items from the Pioneer Woman collection, featuring patterns designed especially for QVC, beginning October 23 on QVC.com.

“Ree’s incredible transition from food blogger to best-selling author and television personality has transformed the culinary industry,” said Ken O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at QVC. “Her passion for cooking is captivating and we are thrilled to be a part of her journey and give our viewers an opportunity to bring Ree’s cookware into their kitchen.”

The Pioneer Woman collection consists of six items and features patterns that are exclusive to QVC through December 31, 2016. With a variety of products ranging from mugs and bowl sets to cutlery and bakeware, Drummond’s colorful collection is sure to delight shoppers who are looking to add a touch of cheer to their kitchens.

“I’m thrilled to offer QVC fans a fun taste of my frontier!” said Ree Drummond. “Scrumptious food just isn’t complete without the right presentation, and this special Pioneer Woman collection, available only at QVC, has a vibrant mix-and-match sensibility that’ll bring character to every table. They’re as versatile as they are pretty, and I hope the QVC audience will love them as much as I do!”

Drummond began her career in the food industry with the launch of her exceedingly popular blog, ThePioneerWoman.com, in 2006. Featuring mouthwatering recipes, step-by-step cooking instructions with beautiful photography and anecdotes about her family and ranch life, Drummond’s blog was quickly followed by a slew of successful cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier. In 2007, Drummond’s cooking show, “The Pioneer Woman,” premiered on The Food Network.

Items from the Pioneer Woman collection will be available, while supplies last, beginning October 23 through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

About QVC

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

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

PetSmart® invited Pet Manny the Frenchie for special “sneak peak” of the newest holiday toys

PHOENIX, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In addition to being one of the most adorable pets on social media, Manny the Frenchie loves a good gift exchange, especially when it comes to the holidays, so PetSmart® invited him to a special “sneak peak” of the newest holiday toys, treats and apparel before the collection hits stores next month. According to his pet parent, Amber Chavez, Manny already has his shopping list ready for the holiday season.

“We have a house of five dogs and all of them exchange gifts at the holidays,” said Chavez. “After getting an early look at PetSmart’s holiday collection, we got a jump start on the gift lists. The apparel and accessories are so cute, we may just have two rounds of gifting – pre- and post-holidays — just so Manny and his siblings can start wearing these festive items throughout the entire holiday season!

Chavez says Manny’s shopping list this year covers a range of gifts from holiday bed gift sets to human-food-inspired treats. He’s narrowed his list down to his top 10 favorites.

Manny the Frenchie’s Holiday Shopping List

Every pup could use a fresh bed to curl up in and the Top Paw® Cuddler Bed Gift Set is the perfect gift. Available in seven home-friendly color schemes, the gift set comes with a cozy blanket and plaid plush toy.

For his feline friends, Manny likes the Winter Mice Tutu & Hat toys for their whimsical blue and purple hats and tutus – a perfect toy for his playful kitty friends.
Being a social media celebrity means you’re hip to using lots of emoticons. Manny likes the plush emoticons toys, particularly the one with the Santa Heart-Eyes.

For all of his friends celebrating Hanukkah, Manny picked out the Hanukkah Menorah Toy namely for its classic theme, soft and playful texture and enticing squeaker inside.

The resemblance between a real slice of fruit pie and PetSmart’s PetHoliday™Pie Slice is uncanny, so Manny insists this is a perfect gift for his pals who share his love of sweets.

Manny has a full social calendar of events, especially during the late Nov. and Dec. timeframe, so he plans to wow hosts and hostesses by making the Holiday Cookie Gift Box his go-to gift.

As a philanthropist, helping pets and children in need, Manny also has PetSmart’s Chance and Lucky Plush Toys on his must-give list. From Oct. 1 – Dec. 25, 2016, 10 percent of the proceeds from these toys benefit PetSmart Charities® to help save homeless pets. Each toy, sold for $5, makes a great gift for kids – especially to those in need.

For the third year in a row, PetSmart stores are collecting Chance and Lucky items that are purchased and donated by PetSmart shoppers to be given to children’s hospitals as well as fire and police departments in their communities for distribution to children in need. Last year, PetSmart stores donated more than 840,000 toys to kids across the U.S. and hope to surpass that goal this year.

Not forgetting his fish friends, Manny plans to deck out their aquariums with festive décor like the Holiday Gingerbread House.

Finally, because all adorable pups deserve a treat themselves, Manny added a few gifts on his wish list: the festive Knit Dog Scarf and the Hipster Reindeer Dog Sweater, which pairs perfectly with the iconic “Manny glasses” he often wears.
These holiday pet products are among a wide, comprehensive collection that are soon to arrive at PetSmart stores nationwide and petsmart.com.

About PetSmart®

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

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

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

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

swimsuitsforall launches new line of plus size activewear that goes from land to water

swimsuitsforall launches new line of plus size activewear that goes from land to water
swimsuitsforall launches new line of plus size activewear that goes from land to water

 

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — swimsuitsforall, a leading online retailer of women’s swimwear, is helping women of all sizes solve the problem of what to wear to the gym with its Gym to Swim Swimwear, a new line of plus size activewear that goes from land to water. With cold weather approaching, women who spent the summer swimming, running, cycling and enjoying other outdoor workouts will be taking their active lifestyles indoors.

Gym environments pose unique challenges for women. A recent survey conducted by Sport England found that 75 percent of women worry about what people will think of them when they work out in the gym, and this can cause those who were active throughout the summer to end up skipping workouts for fear of being judged. Read more here: http://www.shape.com/blogs/mind-and-body/no-1-reason-women-skip-gym

The Gym to Swim Swimwear collection from swimsuitsforall was developed specifically to help plus size women feel and look their best while working out. Every piece is cut to flatter the figures of women who wear sizes 8 to 34 and reflects the latest trends in activewear to make chic fashion statements at the gym.

In the Gym to Swim Swimwear collection, women can find separates in a wide range of silhouettes. Tops include sports bras, tanks, short-sleeved tees and long-sleeved shirts, and bottoms consist of bike shorts, capris and even fashionable leggings. Swim tops and bottoms are sold in sets or separately for easy mixing and matching!

All of the separates and sets in the Gym to Swim Swimwear collection can be worn for weightlifting, aerobics, CrossFit, Pilates, spinning, yoga and other indoor workouts, making them versatile options for women who enjoy a broad range of activities. Additionally, the designs double as swimsuits for water aerobics and fitness swimming, so women can go straight from the studio or gym into the indoor pool, if they wish.

With Gym to Swim Swimwear, the puzzle of what to wear to the gym is solved for good. To view the entire collection of trendy plus size activewear and swimwear looks, please visit: http://www.swimsuitsforall.com/Activewear-Swimwear-D.

Contact:

Sandra Weyant
Copywriter swimsuitsforall 2 Industrial Drive
Unit B Keyport, NJ 07735
Tel: 732.645.9956

Source: Swimsuitsforall/globenewswire

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GameStop launches donation campaign to help support our veterans and their families

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today a partnership with The Call of Duty Endowment (the Endowment) and Snowball Express to raise funds to help support U.S. military veterans and the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. PowerUp Rewards members who donate $1 or more will receive triple reward points on the donation amount.

From October 21 to November 15, GameStop will invite customers to show their support of our veterans and their families by donating $1, $5 or $10 at the point-of-purchase. This is GameStop’s first time to conduct an in-store and online donation campaign to benefit the Endowment and Snowball Express. All donations will be equally distributed between the two charities.

The Endowment helps veterans re-enter the civilian job market with high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare veterans for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. Founded by Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick, the Endowment has placed more than 25,000 veterans in high-quality jobs since 2009. GameStop has been a supporter of the Endowment since 2012, raising more than $3 million through the sale of Call of Duty Challenge Coins and Dog Tags to help put more than 3,400 vets back to work.

GameStop is also working closely with the Endowment on ways to increase the number of veterans it hires within its family of retail brands.

Snowball Express serves the children and families of America’s fallen military service members. Their mission is to honor those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families and children left behind. Each year Snowball Express hosts the largest gathering in the world of children who have all lost a parent while serving our country. More than 1,700 children and surviving spouses attend a special five day holiday program dedicated to help them heal, create hope and happy memories. GameStop has been a sponsor of Snowball Express for many years, providing the ultimate gaming experience for the children and teens attending the annual Snowball Express event.

“We are proud to expand our support of the Call of Duty Endowment and Snowball Express, two charities that have done so much for our military families,” said Matt Hodges, Vice President, Corporate Communications for GameStop. “With so many of our associates and customers having a military background, or a family member in the military, it is an honor to help raise much needed funds to help these charities continue the important work they are doing.”

The GameStop campaign will be supported by specialized in-store and online promotional materials, online outreach through the company’s mobile gaming division, Kongregate, and GameStop’s passionate store associates who are committed to giving back to their communities.

About the Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization seeks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.

About Snowball Express

Snowball Express, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. Our mission is to honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. By connecting these families we champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing. To learn more about Snowball Express, visit: www.snowballexpress.org.

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 www.gamestop.com; www.kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.dom, the premier retailer of 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, www.simplymac.com, 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, www.springmobile.com, sell all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,421 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 www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Media Contacts:
Joey Mooring
GameStop Corporation
817-722-7450
joeymooring@gamestop.com

Martha Sotelo
GameStop Corporation
817-722-7950
marthasotelo@gamestop.com

Lauren Condoluci
Call of Duty Endowment
212-843-8493
lcondoluci@rubenstein.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

Lenta announces 3Q 2016 consolidated sales and operating results

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA / “Lenta” or the “Company”) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the Company’s consolidated sales and operating results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016.

To view the full press release, please click here.

3Q 2016 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 20.2% in 3Q 2016 to Rub 75.4bn (3Q 2015: Rub 62.8bn);
  • Like-for-like (“LFL”)1 sales growth of 4.3% vs. 3Q 2015;
  • LFL traffic growth of 0.1% combined with a 4.2% increase in LFL ticket;
  • Eight hypermarkets opened during the third quarter of 2016;
  • Total store count reached 197 stores as at 30 September 2016, comprising 155 hypermarkets and 42 supermarkets;
  • Total selling space increased to 963,370 sq.m. as at 30 September 2016 (+22.3% vs. 30 September 2015); and
  • Number of active loyalty cardholders2 increased to 9.8m (+23% y-o-y) with approximately 93% of transactions in the third quarter made using the loyalty card.

9M 2016 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 21.3% in 9M 2016 to Rub 215.5bn (9M 2015: Rub 177.7bn);
  • LFL sales growth of 4.9% vs. 9M 2015;
  • LFL traffic growth of 1.4% combined with a 3.4% increase in LFL ticket;
  • 16 hypermarkets and 10 supermarkets opened during 9M 2016.

Material events in 3Q 2016 and after the reported period:

  • Lenta has opened one hypermarket in Taganrog in October 2016.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning commented:

“We are pleased with the results of the third quarter of 2016 – 20.2% sales growth with 4.3% LFL sales growth despite our own high base for comparison of the third quarter of 2015, the rapid fall in food inflation since the beginning of the year, and continuing pressure on customer purchasing power.

In this challenging environment, customers continue to be price sensitive and bargain oriented. Lenta’s low price, value led proposition is well positioned for this. For example, this has led to a record high penetration of promotional sales in the total basket even though Lenta’s overall promotional activity remained stable. We have also noticed further stabilization of purchasing trends with gradual improvement in the average number of articles per basket and average price per article as well as non-food sales growth.

We successfully continued expansion of our hypermarket format with eight stores opened in the third quarter. Since the beginning of the year we have opened 16 hypermarkets of which 11 stores have been opened in big cities with population of more than one million inhabitants.

We are well on track to deliver at least 40 new hypermarkets this year, and expect to beat our ambitious target to double selling space in the three years to December 2016. We have already secured all the sites required to meet our hypermarket opening goals for 2017 and have started working on the 2018 pipeline.”

1 Lenta’s stores are included in the LFL store base starting 12 months after the end of the month in which they are opened
2 Cardholders who made at least 2 purchases at Lenta during the 12 months to 30 September 2016 are considered active

To view the full press release, please click here.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here. For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:
Anna Meleshina
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

David Westover
Senior Director
+44 207 282 2886 desk
+44 7768 897722 mobile
David.westover@citigatedr.co.uk

Marina Zakharova
Director
+44 207 282 1079 desk
+44 7774 256545 mobile
Marina.zakharova@citigatedr.co.uk

Source: Lenta

Kroger to hold its investor conference on November 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio

CINCINNATI, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will host an investor conference on November 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The following Kroger executives will address investors: 

  • Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer
  • Mike Schlotman, executive vice president and chief financial officer
  • Mike Donnelley, executive vice president of merchandising
  • Fred Morganthall, executive vice president of retail operations
  • Stuart Aitken, group vice president and CEO of  84.51°
  • Mary Ellen Adcock, group vice president of retail operations
  • Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs

A webcast, including slide presentations, will be broadcast live online November 2 from 8:00 a.m. (ET) to approximately 11:45 a.m. (ET) at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations and Webcasts”  to access the event.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Diebold Nixdorf to launch its connected commerce solutions at Money20/20, Oct. 23-26, Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf will be demonstrating its transformative connected commerce solutions at Money20/20, the largest global event focused on payments and financial services innovation, Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas. In booth #2635, Diebold Nixdorf’s innovative solutions come together to provide a 360 degree view of the future of consumer transactions for both retailers and financial institutions.

Following a “day in the life” approach, booth visitors will go on a journey to the future of consumer transactions in both retail and financial institution settings. In the retail experience, the consumer journey starts at home and continues on to the grocery store, a clothing boutique and ends the journey at a license bureau:

  • Connected Shopper: a mobile-enabled shopping experience that starts at home utilizing voice services to build a shopping list and follows the consumer through the in-store shopping experience to checkout using the innovative TPiSHOP software platform and Mobile-Enabled Self-Checkout Concept that was unveiled at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Show earlier this year.
  • Connected Retailer: a stop at the local clothing boutique where the consumer uses Diebold Nixdorf’sMyRetail Cloud POS solution enabling a tablet to be used as a point-of-sale (POS) device for small and medium-sized retailers to complete transactions.
  • Connected to Cash: ending the journey with a stop at the license bureau, the consumer uses a new Extreme ATM concept to get cash. At just under 10 inches (25 centimeters) wide, the Extreme ATM concept challenges traditional automated teller machine (ATM) design and fits perfectly in any environment. With integrated ProxToMe Bluetooth proximity technology, a consumer can use their Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to authenticate themselves, tap their mobile device at the ATM and complete their transaction.

In the financial experience, the journey begins and ends with a focus on delivering the ideal consumer experience:

  • Connected Insights: shows how collaboration and data analytics expertise can assist with solving challenges. Featuring a case study with Banco Popular, Diebold Nixdorf’s advanced analytics capabilities are enabling financial institutions to have a complete view of the self-service channel and improve ATM uptime by anticipating maintenance needs.
  • Connected Transactions: explores how increasing the mobility of branch staff enables the financial institution to strengthen relationships with critical growth segments, like small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Connected Services: “always on” is at the center of Diebold Nixdorf’s service philosophy. A unique, virtual reality adventure shows how we are bringing this philosophy to life.

“As a leader in connected commerce, we enable our customers to transform their businesses by changing how consumers shop and connect with their money now and in the future,” said Andy Mattes, chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “By leveraging solutions and talent from the combined Diebold andWincor Nixdorf organizations, we have the scale, strength and flexibility to help our customers stay ahead in this rapidly changing and “always on” world.”

Diebold Nixdorf will also be showcasing its unique omnichannel approach to promote and load card data into a digital wallet. By utilizing Diebold Nixdorf’s fast, convenient and secure card onboarding process, XPRESSION™ SafeLoad, issuers could benefit from significantly reduced card fraud during the critical card onboarding process. The innovative solution will be demonstrated in booth #3215.

Additionally, AEVI, a Diebold Nixdorf subsidiary, will be showcasing its secure, cashless payment solutions together with a global marketplace for high-quality, value-added apps and services for merchant banks and acquirers in booth #1221.

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

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

Media Relations:
Renee Murphy
+1-330-490-5825
renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com

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

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Baskin-Robbins celebrates Halloween with $1.31 scoops on October 31

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins is treating guests to a sweet deal on their favorite ice cream flavor on Monday, October 31st. On Halloween at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide, guests can enjoy all regular and kid-sized ice cream scoops for just $1.31.* Guests can treat themselves to this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any ice cream flavor, including Baskin-Robbins favorites like Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as a range of candy-themed flavors.

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins’ new Silly Monster Cake, Halloween Polar Pizza™ and popularPiñata Pumpkin Patch Cake are perfect for any Halloween celebration. The new Silly Monster Cake is frightfully friendly and serves six to eight people and can be customized with a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake combination. Baskin-Robbins’ Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake is dressed up like a jack-o-lantern and features a candy-filled center. Lastly, Baskin-Robbins’ new Halloween Polar Pizza features a double fudge brownie crust, Made With Snickers® Ice Cream, Candy Corn, M&M’s® Minis milk chocolate candies and is drizzled with fudge topping. Guests can customize their Silly Monster Cake, Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake or Polar Pizza and order them either in-store or online at www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering.

“We’re excited to offer our guests a variety of festive dessert options to help them celebrate Halloween this year and also offer them a sweet deal on their favorite ice cream flavor on October 31st,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “Our new eye-catching Silly Monster Cake and candy-packed Halloween Polar Pizza and Piñata Pumpkin Patch Cake are great ways to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.”

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

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).
* Offer valid on October 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,700 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Lindex launches new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles made out of more sustainable cotton

Lindex launches new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles made out of more sustainable cotton
Lindex launches new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles made out of more sustainable cotton

 

Sweden, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex launch their new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles containing post-consumer recycled cotton. The styles represent a new step in Lindex journey towards even more sustainable denim and closing the loop.

Lindex new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles in their women’s and kids’ assortment consist of more sustainable cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton sourced in the supply chain. The styles are also dyed in a cleaner and more sustainable process that is more resource efficient. Zippers, buttons, labels and other details are the most sustainable alternatives that Lindex has found on the market.

We are proud of our new step towards reducing the environmental impact and closing the loop. Old garments that normally would have gone to waste has now become part of our new ‘Even Better Denim’ styles. That way we reduce the use of virgin material, saving water and energy in production, says Sara Winroth, Sustainability Manager of Lindex

In 2014 Lindex began their denim journey towards producing denim in a more sustainable way. Significant progress was made and today 100 per cent of Lindex denim assortment is made from more sustainable cotton and with more sustainable processes that require up to 45 per cent less water and 27 per cent less energy. Lindex work with the ‘Even Better Denim’ styles to develop their more sustainable denim assortment even further by seeking innovations and exploring new solutions. The ambition with ‘Even Better Denim’ is to find improvements that can later be implemented in Lindex entire denim assortment.

The ‘Even Better Denim’ styles will be sold in all Lindex stores and at lindex.com from week 42.

Contact:

Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60
E-mail: press@lindex.com

Source: Lindex

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Office Depot to announce 3Q FY2016 results on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, will announce fiscal third quarter 2016 results before market open on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. A conference call to discuss the results will be held that day at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

To listen to the conference call via webcast, please visit the Office Depot Investor Relations website at investor.officedepot.com. A replay of the webcast and a copy of the presentation will also be available on the website.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP”. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com/

Investor Relations:
Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Richard.Leland@officedepot.com

Media Relations:
Karen Denning
630-438-7445
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Staples expands services with the introduction of its licensing program

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & JERSEY CITY, N.J., 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) has announced that it will be expanding its brand into a range of solutions-oriented services and products via licensing agreements. The first agreement is with GRM for Staples Records and Cloud Management™, a new solution designed to help businesses of any size store and manage records, with a focus on security and compliance.

Under Staples’s new licensing program, companies will now be able to license the trusted Staples trademark to launch Staples-branded offerings across a wide range of products and services. Staples will ensure the quality and value associated with its brand are upheld through a rigorous process of partner vetting, and product approvals. The licensing program will also help Staples provide additional business solutions to its customers.

“Staples is an iconic brand which businesses have come to recognize and trust as a leading provider of products and services,” said Frank Bifulco, executive vice president, global marketing, Staples, Inc. “By working with other innovative companies offering business solutions we’re able to extend that brand to other product areas and introduce our customers to a whole new set of offerings.”

Staples Records and Cloud Management is available now from GRM Document Management, a leader in records management that was selected by Staples to develop and market the new service.

Avner Schneur, president and CEO of GRM Document Management, said, “GRM has an excellent track record of helping customers implement records management solutions. By offering these services under the Staples brand, we can reach even more customers and help them with critical business issues that go well beyond just document storage.Staples Records and Cloud Management is exactly what they need to securely organize, maintain and manage their records, and the Staples name means that together we have the opportunity to speak to a broad audience of loyal customers to help them make more happen for their businesses.”

Staples Records and Cloud Management delivers a comprehensive, secure and cost-effective tool to manage records in ways that ensure compliance with industry and government regulations. Small business to enterprise level customers can choose from a range of services, all designed to help them run their operations better. These include:

  • physical document storage, featuring heightened levels of security via controlled access;
  • on demand scanning/imaging to convert your office to digital from paper easily using nationwide off-site scanning services;
  • cloud records management, which uses cloud technology to share, collaborate and manage business records; offers end-to-end encryption, approval workflow, e-signature capability, annotation and revision management; and
  • additional modules focused on HR records management and A/P invoice processing designed for organizations interested in enterprise-level business process automation.

More information on the services available through Staples Records and Cloud Management can be found at www.staplescloud.com.

Brandgenuity, Staples’ licensing agency of record, brokered the first license agreement on behalf of Staples with GRM, a leading provider of information management solutions.

“Staples is an iconic brand that consumers know and trust,” said Jay Asher, Partner at Brandgenuity. “We believe in the power of the brand and there is an enormous need and potential to bring more Staples services and products to consumers everywhere. This is just the beginning and we’ll be looking at other relevant categories like business insurance and payroll services in the future.”

For more information regarding licensing opportunities, please visit Brandgenuity.com.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. StaplesBusiness Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Staples Records and Cloud Management is a trademark used by GRM Information Management Services, Inc. under license from Staples Ventures, LLC.

About GRM
GRM Document Management is a leading provider of lifecycle records and information management solutions. The company brings technology innovation and new levels of cost efficiency to document storage, data protection, on demand scanning/imaging, digital/electronic document management, enterprise content management and certified destruction.

Integrated products and services include: eAccess remote inventory control, the VisualVault ECM platform, BPM workflow automation, an industry-leading eForms application tool, a blended paper-to-digital migration solution, medical Release of Information, the GRMpedia regulatory research tool and consultative Compliance/Governance expertise This comprehensive suite of services is available in most major markets throughout the U.S. GRM is currently the largest document storage/records management company in China and recently opened locations in Lima, Peru, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Bogota, Columbia. For more information, visit the GRM web site at www.grmdocumentmanagement.com

Contact:
Mark Cautela
508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@Staples.com

GRM
Debra Lewis
917-848-0035
media@staplescloud.com

Source: Staples, Inc.