Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vom 3. bis 5. November 2016 feiert die Migros Hegi ihr 5-Jahr-Jubiläum. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren von verschiedenen attraktiven Angeboten.

Seit fünf Jahren darf das 16-köpfige Team der Migros Hegi die Kundschaft willkommen heissen. Der Supermarkt bietet ein breites Sortiment für den Tages- und Wocheneinkauf. Rund 250‘000 Kundinnen und Kunden haben das Angebot der Filiale im vergangenen Jahr genutzt und sich nicht von der Baustelle an der Rümikerstrasse beirren lassen. „Wir haben eine tolle Kundschaft, die uns trotz erschwerter Umstände treu geblieben ist“, sagt Martina Moser. Umso mehr freut sich die Filialleiterin darüber, dass die Baustelle im November 2016 aufgelöst wird und die Kundschaft wieder unbeschwert in der Migros Hegi einkaufen kann.

Die 30-jährige Ökonomin zeigt sich seit Juni 2015 für die Geschicke der Migros Hegi in Winterthur verantwortlich. Zuvor durchlief sie ein zweijähriges Trainee-Programm im MMM Pizolpark sowie in der Migros Chur Masans. In Ihrer Freizeit wandert und reist Martina Moser gerne.

Die Kundschaft profitiert

Von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 3. bis 5. November, wird in der Migros Hegi gefeiert. So kommen Kundinnen und Kunden in den Genuss von fünffachen Cumulus-Punkten. Für nur 2.50 Franken gibt es jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Am Samstag tritt von 11 bis 16 Uhr der Komiker Rey Reloba auf. Zudem darf sich die Kundschaft auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solang’s het.


Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
Tel: 071 493 24 92
Fax: 071 493 27 89
Email: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros


Metro launches online grocery shopping with guaranteed freshness promise

Montréal, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro now offers consumers the opportunity to do their grocery shopping online with a guaranteed freshness promise. Implementation begins today in two Metro Plus stores in Montreal and one in Laval, reaching consumers in the greater Montreal area.

To guarantee freshness, employees dedicated to online grocery shopping were trained to select the freshest in-store products, like customers would choose themselves. The products selected are then kept in-store in a dedicated Tri-Zones® area: temperate, refrigerated and frozen zones. The freshness of the products is thus preserved and guaranteed, from shelf until they are collected at the store or delivered to home, delivery trucks being equipped with the same process.

“We have made every effort to ensure that customers make no compromise with respect to the freshness of the products selected, that they find all the products they are looking for online as they would in-store and that they receive their order at the most convenient moment for them” said Marc Giroux, Senior Vice President, Metro.

“Metro has developed a simple and personalized digital platform. In addition, the members of the metro&moi loyalty program will save even more time because they will be able to add the products they buy frequently to their cart. They will also be able to use their personalized coupons as well as their rewards”, pointed out Gino Plevano, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Loyalty, Metro.

Consumers who do their grocery shopping online can pick up their purchases in two Montreal stores and one Laval store or have their groceries delivered. In Phase I, delivery will be available on the Island of Montreal in a selected area located East of Highway 15/Décarie. Based on the results of Phase I, Metro will decide on the best way to deploy this initiative elsewhere in Quebec and in Ontario.

Online grocery shopping is part of the company’s overall digital strategy which is designed to position Metro as the retailer offering the food experience best suited to consumers’ needs for years to come. The metro&moi loyalty program and all of its features are built into the online offerings. For more information, visit metro.ca.

Metro Inc.

With annual sales of over $12 billion, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution company to have its head office in Quebec. Along with its affiliates and franchisees, METRO INC. employs in Quebec and Ontario over 65,000 people, whose mission is to exceed their customers’ expectations every day to earn their-long term loyalty. METRO INC. operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Metro Inc.
Geneviève Grégoire
Communication Advisor
514 643-1000 ext. 2055

Phase I stores:

Metro Plus Kirkland
3801 St-Charles Blvd.
Kirkland, Québec

Metro Plus Ste-Rose
1207Curé-Labelle Blvd.
Laval, Québec

Metro Plus Pie IX
4290 Jean-Talon Street East
Montréal, Québec

Source: Metro Inc.

Make it POSsible this Diwali, Justransact Tells Businesses!

Chennai, India, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Posiflex, the leading Point of Sale technology products makers from Taiwan, in collaboration with JusTransact.com, an e-commerce arm of Millennium India, which deals with POS technology products for Indian retail businesses, today introduced festival offer for end-customers on its flagship and award winning MT 4008 series Tablet POS.

diwali-dhamaka-offerCustomers, apart from getting price advantage for all the four variants of MT 4008 Tablet POS, also get an additional three years comprehensive warranty over and above the existing one year manufacturing warranty.

Buyers can now claim accidental damages or theft for their tablet POS for three years from the date of purchase subject to the terms and conditions. The three year offer however, does not include the battery, which currently has one year replacement warranty.

All the four variants of MT4008 such as MT4008 W/R (With Pistol + 2D Barcode Scanner), MT-4008W/H, MT4008 A/R (With Pistol & 2D Scanner) and MT4008 AH (without pistol grip) are now available on jusTransact.com, which is also running Diwali offers for various other POS products of other leading brands such as Epson, GoDex, Zebra, TSC, Honeywell, Motorola, Trucount, Wep, Opticon and TVSE.

A senior official from JusTransact said, “The festival offer on Point of Sale (POS) products which can be used over a wide range of retail applications, is aimed at empowering businesses to automate their POINT OF SALE counters and hence helping them compete with larger counterparts in terms of improved customer experience. The offer by Posiflex on its award-winning MT4008 series will revolutionize the Point of Sale industry in India as it brings both affordability and technology to retailers offering them with one-stop solution for all their POS needs with single device.”

JusTransact’s ‘Diwali Dhamaka Offer’, where buyers can save up to 15 per cent, is available on POS terminals, Barcode printers, Barcode scanner, Desktop Receipt printers, Mobile printers, Cash drawers, Data collector, Mobile POS and Touch cash registers.  The current festival offer is valid till stocks last.

For more details on offers, log on to http://www.justransact.com/offers

About JusTransact.com

is an e-commerce venture of Millennium Retech Ventures India Pvt. Ltd promoted by Millennium Group. JusTrasact.com was launched with a sole motive of providing reliable, affordable and scalable POS solutions to the fast growing retail sector in India. POS technology facilitates small, medium and large businesses automate their activities, enhance customer experience and also make them competitive with established players. The portal has made world-class cutting-edge POS Hardware, Software and Knowledge accessible to retailers. Headquartered in Chennai and having branches in major cities in India, Justransact.com offers one-stop solution for all kinds of POS needs to both retail and non-retail business applications. The portal currently sells 1000+ POS products of 15+ categories from 40+ world’s leading brands.

Media contact:

K Ramanathan

+91 09384612789


SPAR named best supermarket chain in Nigeria at the African Quality Achievement Awards

Lagos, Nigeria, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the African Quality Achievement Awards (AQAA) held recently in Lagos, SPAR was named best supermarket chain in Nigeria. The award was given in recognition of SPAR’s quality standards and relentless service in offering Nigerians the best products at the best prices.

The Award ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, welcomed dignitaries from various different industries and businesses. Speaking at the event, SPAR Nigeria Marketing Manager, John Goldsmith, thanked the organizers for acknowledging the efforts of the SPAR team in consistently delivering quality in terms of product offerings, customer service and retail store infrastructure across its 10 stores in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

He added that to deliver consistent quality across all 10 stores, SPAR Nigeria is continuously monitoring the quality of deliverables. Operating both hypermarket and large supermarket formats, SPAR Nigeria offers an extensive range of products. The quality standards for each product category are different, necessitating individual quality checks for each product category with continuous benchmarking measurements.

When it comes to service delivery, SPAR relies on its retail training programmes for all employees across job levels and locations. Managers engage directly with their teams in trainings to equip them with the required skills to deliver a world class shopping experience.

SPAR Nigeria has recognised the importance of staying connected with shoppers to make sure their expectations are being met. SPAR has multiple channels of communication through dedicated hotline numbers, emails and social media platforms.

Work is currently underway on an aggressive roll out plan of SPAR stores across Nigeria. Apart from strengthening SPAR’s presence in the existing cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar, SPAR stores will penetrate new geographies like Enugu, Asaba, Kaduna and Ilorin, to name just a few.

SPAR Nigeria also won an award for ‘Brand of the year 2016-2017’ in the Supermarket – Nigeria category at the World Branding Forum award ceremony held in London recently.


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

Source: Spar International

SPAR Croatia opens first INTERSPAR Hypermarket in the shopping centre of Pula, Istria

Istria, Croatia, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Croatia was overwhelmed with consumer reactions at the opening of the first INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Istria, based in the shopping centre of Pula.

“We are really delighted that investor MID Grupation entered into this co-operation, supporting us with the opening of the first INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Istria in the shopping centre of Pula. For the past 10 years, we have sought the ideal location and were pleased to have finally found it” said SPAR Croatia Managing Director, Helmut Fenzl, at the opening ceremony.

More than €3 million was invested by SPAR Croatia in the state-of-the-art store design of this latest INTERSPAR Hypermarket. This impressive store with a total sales area of 2,811m² incorporates a number of modern technologies. It is fully equipped with LED lighting thereby saving up to 15% of the normal annual energy costs. Furthermore, the waste heat from the cooling system is used to supply warm water and heating to the entire sales area. The investment into these technologies reflect the integration of sustainable solutions by SPAR Croatia.

The new hypermarket offers an extensive range for shoppers with 15,000 food products and 9,000 non-food products available. Of course, in the latest INTERSPAR, the support of local producers is evident, with an extensive range of local products including beer, wine, meat products, truffles, pasta and cheese in the offer.

During the festive opening, Mr Fenzl thanked the city of Pula and the entire team involved in supporting this project and confirmed that SPAR Croatia looks forward to continuing the co-operation with all partners. The expansion of SPAR Croatia in the region of Istria will be strengthened with the focus on the opening of SPAR Supermarkets in the future.


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

Source: Spar International

Staples Easy System pilot program launches new cognitive-enabled “Easy Button” office supply reordering system

Staples Easy System pilot program launches new cognitive-enabled “Easy Button” office supply reordering system
Staples Easy System pilot program launches new cognitive-enabled “Easy Button” office supply reordering system


FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that it has reached the next phase of its Staples Easy System pilot program, unveiling the new cognitive-enabled “Easy Button” office supply reordering system which integrates IBM’s Watson technology to simplify office supply management for Staples Business Advantage Customers.

The Staples Easy System brings the “on-demand” world to businesses, allowing customers to order anytime, anywhere, from any device they prefer. By tapping into IBM’s Watson Conversation service, Staples now offers a seamless ordering interface for customers across the Staples Easy System ecosystem – whether it’s via Staples’ proprietary next-generation Easy Button, through the app, text, email, over Facebook Messenger or with a Slackbot. The Watson-enabled interface simplifies the customers’ shopping experience, allowing them to quickly reorder supplies, track shipments or chat about customer service needs.

In addition to facilitating simpler interactions with customers, cognitive capabilities built into the system and powered by a combination of Watson Knowledge Studioand Staples’ own internal personalization APIs will help the Staples Easy System learn more about each businesses’ preferences over time, including their preferred products and quantities. Eventually, the system will even be able to make product and services recommendations based on the customer’s current needs.

“Staples and IBM have combined the power of Watson technology with Staples’ expertise in helping small and medium businesses to transform how companies shop for everything they need for their office,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president, eCommerce and customer experience, Staples. “With the Easy System, administrators will have greater overall management of their organizations’ procurement processes, ultimately saving them time they can instead spend on running their office. It’s the assistant’s assistant.”

Since announcing the Staples Easy System solution earlier this year, Staples’Applied Innovation, e-Commerce and IT teams have been working on adding features and services to benefit business customers, including:

  • Speech-to-text capability, translating the inbound audio stream from the customer to Staples, which then allows for recognition of what they want to order or ask the Easy System.
  • The ability to view and playback all requests received from the customer’s Easy Button, allowing both the customer and Staples to listen to captured audio, review submissions from any of their devices and verify the requested items.
  • Strengthening the customer service chat feature with IBM’s Watson Conversation service, allowing the system to quickly respond to common requests, like checking on product availability.
  • Self-monitoring status updates through an API that sends a request to the Easy System from the Easy Button to check if button is online or not. If the Easy System detects that button is not online then it will send an email to the customer to alert them before the next time they try and make an order.

“A critical component of Watson’s technology is engagement, facilitating better interactions between brands and consumers, deepening connections and enhancing how people engage,” said Steve Abrams, distinguished engineer and vice president of developer advocacy, IBM Watson. “Our collaboration with Staples puts cognitive in the palm of the consumer’s hand, streamlining business operations and creating a frictionless customer experience.”

The Easy Button is being rolled out via Alpha Test to a small subset of Staples Business Advantage customers in the Austin, TX market. This will be followed by a broader Beta Test rollout to over 100 additional customers in Austin and New York before the year-end.

Staples is continuing to investigate other applications for the Easy System technology, including integrating additional Watson-related APIs in the future that could help with other tasks like booking a flight, ordering flowers or even making dinner reservations. Other future applications could come from the Easy Button’s “Internet of Things” capabilities, allowing it to connect to, and communicate with, other smart devices, like a printer that tells the button when it’s low on toner.

Businesses interested in learning more about the Easy System, including how to sign up to be a Beta customer, can visit www.staples.com/easy.

The Alpha and Beta tests of the Easy Button are part of a larger initiative from Staples to make easier shopping happen, which also includes the recently announced “Scan My List” functionality for Staples’ iOS mobile app, which lets a customer scan their shopping list or even take a picture of their breakroom to generate a Staples.com order.

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.

Mark Cautela

Source: Staples, Inc.


USDA FSIS: Crider Inc. recalls canned Organic Roasted Chicken Breast that may be contaminated with foreign materials

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Crider Inc., a Stillmore, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 5,610 pounds of canned Organic Roasted Chicken Breast that may be contaminated with foreign materials the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Oct. 25, 2016).

The cans of Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast were produced on January 16, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 1,496 cases of 5 ounce cans of “Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast – 100% Chicken Breast & Sea Salt – No Liquids Added” with a Best Buy Date of 01/16/18

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 31812” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to multiple distributers for further distribution.

The problem was discovered when a distributer received two complaints from consumers involving foreign matter in the product on October 2, 2016 and October 9, 2016.

The company received a report of a potential injury associated with consumption of this product. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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

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

Media with questions about the recall can contact Mark Howell, Vice President of Sales, at (912) 562-9276. Customer with questions about the recall can contact Judy Tridico, Customer Service representative at (912) 562-9162

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

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

Congressional and Public Affairs
Jeremy J. Emmert
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

50 finalists for the MAPIC Awards 2016 announced

Paris, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The jury chaired by Tom Meager, Group Director of Property, Primark and composed of recognized trade and commercial real estate professionals, has unveiled the list of 50 finalists for the MAPIC Awards 2016.

Organised by Reed MIDEM, MAPIC – the International Retail Property Market – will be held in Cannes from 16 to 18 November.

“This year we received a record number of 180 entries from 40 countries, which illustrates the importance of MAPIC internationally” says Tom Meager, Group Director of Property, Primark and President of the Jury for the 2016 MAPIC Awards. “The projects selected all showcase innovative concepts – connectivity, design, architecture, sustainability – which have an immersive customer experience at their centre. There was a very high standard of entries across the board.”

The finalists of the 12 categories MAPIC Awards 2016 are:


Deichmann – Germany

Primark – Ireland

Tesla – USA


Rituals… – The Netherlands

Shake Shack – USA

Superdry – United Kingdom

Terranova – Italy
A brand by Gruppo Teddy


Blinerie – United Kingdom

IceRoll – France


Zing pop culture – France


El Palacio de Hierro – Mexico City, Mexico
Submitted by Gensler / TPG

Primark – Madrid, Spain
Submitted by Dalziel & Pow

Samsung 837 – New York, USA

Yves Rocher Concept Store Paris Haussmann – Paris, France


DLF Mall of India – India

Explorium Omni-Lab by Fung Group – China

Samsung 837– USA




Hangzhou Lianlian Hui Network Tech.Co.Ltd. – China


Ulmart – Russia


24 HOUR EJDER CLUB – London, United Kingdom
Submitted by Appear Here

‘Pablo’ Global pop up shops – New York, USA
Submitted by Universal Music Group

Pop’up KIABI colore Paris – Paris, France

Kikki K – London, United Kingdom
Submitted by Dalziel & Pow

The Dandy Lab – London, United Kingdom


Il Centro – Milan, Italy
Architect: Design International, MDL
Developer: Finiper S.p.A

Mall of Scandinavia – Stockholm, Sweden
Architects: BAU (Byrån för Arkitektur & Urbanism) – Benoy Architects – Wingårdhs (Gert Wingårdh) – Saguez&Partners
Developer: Unibail-Rodamco
Others: International designers, such as Merel Karhof, Ola Gillgren, Erik Jørgensen, Patricia Urquiola and Gam Fratesi, have created original rest areas for unexpected breaks during the customer journey. Judith Seng. Scabetti. Piotr Zuraw (10-metres long bench)

Parc Central – Guangzhou, China
Architects: Benoy (Design Architect); Ronald Lu & Partners (Executive Architect) Developer: Sun Hung Kai Properties

Polygone Riviera – Cagnes sur Mer, France
Architects: José Ignacio Galan Martinez – L35 Arquitectos (contractor), Philppe Caron (local architect)
Other: Unibail-Rodamco (investors)

Starfield Hanam – Hanam, South Korea
Architect: Benoy
Developers: Shinsegae Property and Taubman Asia
Others: Interior Designer: Benoy; Local Architect: Junglim (construction document) & Kingsman (Interior construction document); Food Court Interior – Tenant Fit-Out: Softroom; Department Store Interior: GP studio

Westfield World Trade Center – New York, USA
Architects : Santiago Calatrava LLC (architect of the Oculus) other elements of the World Trade Center campus were designed by other architects
Developer: Westfield Corporation (Developer and Operator of the retail premises at the World Trade Center campus)
Other: World Trade Center transportation hub facilities (located within the Oculus) controlled / operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Fischapark – Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Architects: Haskoll Architects and Designers + Architektur Consult
Developer : SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Sarca Shopping Center – Milan, Italy
Architect: Lombardini22 SpA
Developer: IGD SIIQ SpA (Developer, Manager and Owner)

Ülemist Center enlargement & refurbishment – Tallinn, Estonia
Architects: AMB International Architects & Designers SIA (exterior), JOONPROJEKT OÜ (interior)
Developer: Ülemiste Centre OÜ

Wuhan Mall City – Wuhan, China
Architects: JS design, J&A design
Developer: Hubei Hengxindelong Industry Company


Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet – Cheshire, United Kingdom
Architect:  Phase 5A: Leonard Design, Original Centre Architects: Benoy
Developer: McArthurGlen Designer Outlets

Outlet Village Belaya Dacha – Moscow, Russia
Architect: HYDEA
Developer: Hines International Inc.

VENEZIA MEGA OUTLET – Istanbul, Turkey
Architect: DOME
Developer: GURSOY GRUP


Crossrail Place – London, United Kingdom
Architects : Project Design Architect: Foster + Partners, Landscape Architect: Gillespies, Retail Mall design: Adamsons Associates, Station Concept / Operations Architect: Tony Meadows Associates
Developer: Canary Wharf Group plc
Others: Engineer: Arup, Roof engineer: Wiehag

Le Toison d’Or – Brussels, Belgium
Architects: UNStudio / Jaspers-Eyers Architects
Developer: ProWinko

Les Docks Village – Marseille, France
Architect: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia
Developer: Constructa Urban Systems
Other: JP Morgan Asset Management

Promenade Sainte-Catherine – Bordeaux, France
Architect : Valode & Pistre
Developer: REDEVCO
Other: Designer: Minale Design Strategy


American Dream – East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Architects: Abugov Kaspar (Architect of Record for the Theme Park and Water Park), Adamson Associates (Architect of Record for the Entertainment Retail Complex) and DAIQ (Architect of Record for the Snow Park Anchor B Building)
Developer: Triple Five
Other: GH + A Design

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore– Singapore
Architects: Safdie Architects, Benoy and  RSP
Developer : Jewel Changi Airport Devt Pte Ltd (A joint venture company between Changi Airport Group and CapitaLand)

Kingdom City Mall – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Architects: Arch.Davide Padoa and Design International
Developer: Jeddah Economic Company

Muse – Metz, France
Architect: Jean Paul Viguier & Associés
Developer: Apsys

Chaired by Tom Meager, Group Director of Property, Primark (UK), the MAPIC Awards jury is comprised of 12 influential personalities from the sector:

Alain BOUTIGNY, Editor in Chief, Sites Commerciaux (France)

Thomas DEVONSHIRE-GRIFFIN, Managing Director Russia and CIS, JLL (Russia)

Edoardo FAVRO, CEO, Gallerie Commerciali Italia (Italy)

Barry HUGHES, Senior Vice-President, HOK (UK)

Frédéric LALOUM, General Manager Leasing & Member of the Executive Board, Altarea Commerce (France)

Mayte LEGEAY, Country Head Neinver France & Business Development Director, Neinver (France)
Sam POLESE, Executive Vice president, Thor Equities (USA)

John SCOTT, Director of international business development, Debenhams (UK)

Klaus STRIEBICH, Managing Director Leasing, ECE Projektmanagement (Germany)
Justin TAYLOR, Head of EMEA Retail, Cushman & Wakefield LLP (UK)

Frank VERSCHELLE, President & CEO, Advantail (France)

The winners will be revealed at the MAPIC Awards gala dinner held on Thursday 17th November 2016. The awards ceremony dinner will be followed by the MAPIC Awards party.

For more information on MAPIC Awards, click here.

Check out the MAPIC Awards projects’ pictures here.

For more information on MAPIC 2016, visit our pressroom

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

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

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

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

Source: MAPIC

Zippy opens store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Zippy opens store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Zippy opens store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Porto, Portugal, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The brand had already consolidated its presence in the Arabic market when a new store opened in the city of Jeddah, in September. Zippy has now 19 stores in Saudi Arabia, offering a wide range of products, including clothes, footwear and accessories for babies and children.

Present in 21 countries through franchising agreements, Zippy wants to be closer to families all around the world and expects to enter new markets until the end of the year.

Zippy Comércio e Distribuição, S.A.
Rua João Mendonça
529, 4464-501 Sra. da Hora
Matosinhos, Porto – Portugal

Fashion Division, S.A.
Estrada Nacional 13-km 6,78, Lugar do Espido Via Norte
Maia, Porto – Portugal

Source: Zippy


JAPAN: Rakuten Card offers easy, fast and secure way to make mobile payments with Apple Pay

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Card Co., Ltd. today (October 25, 2016) brings its customers Apple Pay, an easy, fast and secure way to make mobile payments that is private and convenient with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 throughout their day, including in transit, stores, apps and on the web*1.

Since launch in July 2005, Rakuten Card has rapidly gained popularity with key initiatives such as “No annual fees,” “High loyalty point rewards” and “Loyalty points for use on all Rakuten’s diverse services.” The 2015 Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index (JCSI) ranked Rakuten Card as No. 1 for customer satisfaction in the credit card category for the seventh year running. By offering customers Apple Pay, Rakuten Card will aim to continue to increase convenience for a broad range of customers.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive rewards and benefits offered by their cards. Rakuten Card cardholders using their cards with Apple Pay will continue to enjoy the reward of one Rakuten Super Point for every 100 yen spent. To begin using Apple Pay, customers should update to the latest software for iOS, watchOS and macOS, available today as free updates.

To use Apple Pay In stores, tell the cashier you would like to pay with QUICPay, then simply place your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus near the contactless reader, and with the touch of a finger on Touch ID, the payment is complete. When paying with your Apple Watch Series 2, double-click the side button before holding it near the reader.

For Rakuten Card cardholders with the Mastercard and JCB brands, online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger on Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. They can also use Suica with their iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, and use their Rakuten Card with the Mastercard and JCB brands to recharge their Suica balance or purchase railway tickets with Apple Pay. When paying for goods and services on the go in apps or Safari, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later. You can also use Apple Pay in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 with macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. If your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch is ever lost, you can use Find My iPhone to put your device in Lost Mode to suspend Apple Pay, or you can wipe your device clean completely. You can also stop the ability to make payments with Apple Pay on iCloud.com.

When you use a credit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. When you use Apple Pay, your credit card number will not be shared with the merchant.

Rakuten Card will continue to work to introduce innovative and reliable new payment services that add to the range of convenient services offered to our cardholders.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: http://www.apple.com/jp/apple-pay/

*1 Eligible cards: Rakuten Card, Rakuten Pink Card, Rakuten Gold Card, Rakuten Premium Card, Rakuten ANA Mileage Club Card, Rakuten Bank Card, Rakuten Card Academy, Rakuten Business Card, Rakuten Black Card, Vissel Kobe Official Supporters Card, Rakuten Eagles Card

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

ascena retail group’s Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Elliot S. Jaffe to retire

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) (the “Company” or “ascena”) announced today (Oct. 25, 2016) that Elliot S. Jaffe, the Company’s Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, notified the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) on October 19, 2016 of his intention not to stand for re-election at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and to retire as an officer of the Company and from the Board, effective at the end of the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Mr. Elliot S. Jaffe (“EJ”) co-founded dressbarn in 1962 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2002. Mr. Jaffe was ascena’s Chairman of the Board until January 2011 and then transitioned to Non-Executive Chairman.

“EJ’s leadership has, from the start, provided the vision and passion to evolve from a single store with one banner to a family of brands. The Board thanks EJ for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the success of ascena,” said David Jaffe, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena.

Randy Pearce, ascena’s Lead Independent Director, stated, “EJ’s contributions to ascena are countless. He has provided outstanding vision and thoughtful leadership and we thank him for his service.”

Elliot Jaffe commented, “It has truly been my life’s pleasure to serve ascena from its glorious infancy to the multi-billion dollar brand it is today. I look forward to watching the company as it continues to grow.”

About ascena retail group, inc.

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

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, Catherines.com, shopjustice.com.

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

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

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

L.L.Bean to open new store in New York in spring 2017

Freeport, ME, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its L.L.Bean Boots, everyday free shipping and 100% satisfaction guarantee, is set to expand its retail operation with the opening of its fifth New York store, scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. The L.L.Bean store will be located at the Smith Haven Mall, which features over 140 stores and a variety of dining options, located in Long Island’s Suffolk County in Lake Grove, New York. The 16,000-square-foot store will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear including hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, winter gear and camping products. The store will employ approximately 70 people. This will be L.L.Bean’s fifth store in New York and its 31st retail store outside of Maine.

“We’re going to be infusing a bit of the Maine spirit and L.L.Bean brand into Long Island,” said Ken Kacere, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Retail at L.L.Bean. “People who may have only shopped with us through our catalog or website will now be able to see and feel the essence of L.L.Bean in person. We’re thrilled to be coming into Suffolk County. There are numerous bike paths, paddling and fishing on the Nissequogue and Connetquot Rivers, Long Island Sound or in Great South Bay and several other excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

And this fall, just in time for the holidays, L.L.Bean will be opening a 10’ x 20’ pop-up shop just outside the entrance of the future store entrance. The new location is currently hiring and will employ 15 people. The new preview pop-up shop will open mid-October.

“Our pop-store will give customers in Suffolk County a sneak peek at some of our great outdoor outerwear and our iconic L.L.Bean Boots, as well as a taste of our brand in preparation for when we open our permanent location in the spring of 2017,” continued Kacere.

L.L.Bean made the decision to continue to expand its retail presence into New York as part of its overall retail expansion plan and due to the store’s proximity to several abundant natural resources and multiple opportunities for many outdoor activities, as well as a population base that enjoys regularly engaging in a variety of outdoor pursuits. The store will allow the people of Long Island to experience firsthand everything that the legendary outdoor retailer has to offer, such as quality merchandise, a welcoming shopping environment and a large roster of ongoing demonstrations and clinics on a number of outdoor topics.

Of particular note will be the inclusion of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which will offer demonstrations, clinics and introductory hands-on activities like snowshoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, archery and fly casting, all designed to make it easy for people to engage in outdoor activities for health, fitness and recreation. L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools courses are offered at every L.L.Bean retail store. In 2015, over 140,000 people participated in these programs.

“We are thrilled to welcome the first L.L.Bean store on Long Island to Smith Haven Mall,” commented Christopher Brivio, General Manager for Smith Haven Mall. “The addition of L.L.Bean will complement our impressive collection of retailers and we expect the brand’s high-quality apparel, footwear and lifestyle gear will be very well-received by its loyal devotees and new customer base alike. We look forward to the pop-up shop opening in October followed by the permanent location’s debut in spring 2017.”

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last, and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. The 220,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

Media Contacts:

Mac McKeever

Source: L.L.Bean, Inc.

Coach, Inc. to hold 1Q financial results conference call on November 1, 2016

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (ET), Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388) will hold a conference call to discuss the company’s first quarter results and strategic initiatives, which will be reported via press release earlier that morning.

To listen to the call, please dial: 1-888-405-2080 or 1-210-795-9977 and request the Coach earnings call led by Andrea Shaw Resnick. To listen to the audio webcast, go to www.coach.com/investors on the Internet. A telephone replay will be available for five business days beginning at 12:00 noon (ET) on November 1st. To access the replay, please call 1-866-352-7723 or 1-203-369-0080.

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com. Coach, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

Coach, Inc.
Andrea Shaw Resnick
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Global Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
Senior Director, Investor Relations

Source: Coach, Inc.

GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin upgrades the classic 276C GPS navigator

GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin upgrades the classic 276C GPS navigator
GPSMAP 276Cx: Garmin upgrades the classic 276C GPS navigator


OLATHE, Kan, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today (October 4, 2016) announced the GPSMAP 276Cx, an upgraded reinvention of the classic 276C. Since its launch in 2004, the 276C has proven to be a versatile GPS navigator ready for land and sea. The 276Cx provides all the classic functionality of the original with all the latest technological improvements of the last decade in a device truly as unique as the customer who desires such performance. The 276Cx now features both GPS and GLONASS for better performance in heavy cover, optional external antenna support (sold separately), HotFix for faster satellite acquisition and wireless connectivity features1. There’s a larger, sunlight-readable 5-inch display, as well as a barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass, which were not present in the 276C. With a variety of powered mounting options, as well as Li-Ion and AA battery support, the GPSMAP 276Cx is ready to go above and beyond the legacy that began with the original 276C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Compatible smartphone required. See Garmin.com/BLE for more details.

2 Software download required.

3 For more information on water ratings, see Garmin.com/waterrating.

About Garmin

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

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

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

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


Garmin International Inc.
Maddie Estrada

Source: Garmin International Inc.


CommerceHub to release its 3Q 2016 financial results on November 7, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y., 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK) (“CommerceHub” or the “Company”), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (Oct. 24, 2016) announced that it will issue its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2016 after the market close on Monday, November 7, 2016. On the same day, CommerceHub will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, during which its management team will discuss the Company’s financial performance and strategy, and may discuss future opportunities. After the conference call is completed, a recorded version of the call will be available at http://ir.commercehub.com.

What: CommerceHub Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

When: Monday, November 7th, 2016

Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Live Call: U.S./Canada Toll-Free Participants Dial-in Number: (888) 291-9442 International Toll Participants Dial-in Number: (615) 247-0152 Conference ID/Passcode: 97899222

Webcast (live and replay): http://ir.commercehub.com

About CommerceHub:

CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped approximately 9,500 customers achieve an estimated $11.6 billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2015.

Investor Relations Contact:
Erik Morton

Media Contact:
Laura Anderson

Source: CommerceHub/globenewswire

Carolina Panthers’ guard Trai Turner and Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich



Matthews, N.C., 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter -6701 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Tuesday, October 25, Carolina Panthers’ guard Trai Turner will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed signature sub sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Turner’s sandwich, “Trai-Fecta,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with the “Trai-Fecta” which features roasted turkey, pastrami and ham, topped with yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers, black olives, mayonnaise, spicy mustard, oil and vinegar, and salt and pepper on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes the “Trai-Fecta” sandwich, a drink and your choice of one chocolate chunk, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin or cranberry nut cookie.

The “Trai-Fecta” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Turner will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his signature sub sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce the “Trai-Fecta” as Harris Teeter’s second Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2016-2017 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

Source: Harris Teeter


New World encourages customers to be more environmentally friendly with new reward scheme

New World stores in the North Island are taking the lead in an attempt to reduce the number of plastic bags used at checkout. 

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Monday the 24th of October North Island New World customers will receive 5 cents off their shop for each reusable bag used at checkout – up to a limit of 50 cents per visit. The gentle incentive will help New World customers to develop more sustainable shopping habits and help to significantly reduce the volume of plastic bags used.

New World is dedicated to being a more sustainable business and has a constant focus in this area. The idea behind the scheme is to reward customers positive behaviour and encourage everyone to be just a little bit more environmentally friendly.

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says that as a company we have a number of initiatives in place that are really making a difference in terms of environmental impact such as Soft Plastics recycling collections and recyclable meat trays. These sustainable solutions are setting the bar for how the business will operate in the future.

“Billions of plastic bags are used globally, causing a devastating impact on the environment; this issue needs to be addressed. We can help by encouraging customers to begin changing their shopping habits,” says Cochrane.

“Reusable bags are the most sustainable option for carrying groceries and we want to help our customers take positive steps towards more sustainable shopping behaviours by rewarding them. We know our customers are passionate about protecting their environment, and this incentive in a way for us to say thanks for helping to reduce plastic bag numbers.”

Cochrane says the movement towards reusable bags is gaining momentum in Europe, so it is clear this incentive can help influence people’s shopping routine and ultimately reduce plastic in landfill.

The anticipated popularity of this initiative is attributed greatly to the fact that New World Newlands, New World Churton Park, New World Karori and New World Pioneer have all been trialling the 5 cent rebate in their stores for a number of months with great success. All of these stores have experienced strong customer engagement in the initiative, and a significant reduction in plastic bags distributed – New World Karori has reported using approximately 15,000 less plastic bags and dishing out 7,800 rebates each month with this number continuing to increase.

To help motivate customers, New World stores will offer a selection of reusable bags to cater to a range of occasions and lifestyles. Although we would obviously rather see New World bags, customers can use which ever reusable bag they please to receive the discount.


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

Source: Foodstuff

MPPA receives APTI-III-2016 award as one of the 150 Best Public Listed Companies in Indonesia 2016

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia, which operates Hypermart, SmartClub, Foodmart, Boston Health & Beauty and FMX, today (October 25, 2016) announced that the Company has received the “Anugerah Indonesia TBK Company -III- 2016 (APTI-III-2016) – Top 150 Best Public Listed Companies in Indonesia”. The award was held on Friday, October 21, 2016 in Jakarta.

MPPA received the APTI-III-2016 as one of the 150 Best Public Listed Companies in Indonesia 2016 based on the Company Performance in 2015. In this award, the Company ranked 3rd in the category of Retail Trade business groups within the industrial sector of Trade, Services & Investment.

APTI-III-2016 is organized by the Economic Review magazine (incorporated in Indonesia-Asia Institute, Woman Review, Ideku Group) in collaboration with IPMI International Business School. This award is aimed to honor the Company growth performance (delta growth) in the fiscal year of 2015 and for the positive contributions to the business and economic development in Indonesia.

Through this award, each company is expected and encouraged to improve its performance and critical role in the nation economic development through performance improvement, professionalism, and competitiveness of enterprises. The procedure for assessment is based upon financial performance in the fiscal year 2015 by using the method of calculation and analysis of data obtained from each company’s information available on the company website, 2015 Annual Report and other sources.

Noel Trinder, CEO of MPPA, stated, “We are proud to receive this award as one of the best public companies in Indonesia. As we develop our retail business strategy in all regions in Indonesia, we are honored to receive positive recognition from independent parties to see that MPPA, as a public company, also participates positively toward a meaningful contribution on business and economic development in Indonesia. ”

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: Anugerah Indonesia TBK Company -III- 2016 (APTI-III-2016) – Top 150 Best Public Listed Companies in Indonesia, 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.



Source: PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)

Albert Heijn helpt Nederland aan de beste pannen

Albert Heijn helpt Nederland aan de beste pannen
Albert Heijn helpt Nederland aan de beste pannen


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Een goede pan is het halve werk… Vanaf vandaag tot en met 12 februari 2017 start Albert Heijn daarom een nieuwe spaaractie, dit keer voor pannen van Villeroy & Boch. Er kan gespaard worden voor negen verschillende chefwaardige pannen, waarmee verse producten nog beter klaargemaakt kunnen worden. De pannen zijn speciaal ontworpen voor thuiskoks die houden van koken en lekker eten. Of je nu wilt sparen voor de hele set, een enkele steelpan of een mooie gietijzeren pan voor je favoriete stoofgerechten deze winter.

Chefkoks weten als geen ander dat kwalitatieve pannen onmisbaar zijn voor de optimale bereiding van gerechten. Peter Lute, chef-kok en eigenaar van restaurant De Kruidfabriek: “Het belang van een goede pan wordt vaak onderschat, terwijl een pan de basis van elk gerecht is. De keuze hiervoor is afhankelijk van de hittebron die je gebruikt en het te bereiden ingrediënt. Vooral de kwaliteit van de bodem bepaalt hoe goed de pan is. Onmisbaar in elke keuken zijn een gietijzeren pan voor een langzame garing met behoud van alle smaken en voedingsstoffen. En een wok voor de snelle gerechten met ‘natte’ ingrediënten als bladgroenten, die je vers en knapperig wilt bereiden.”

Een gietijzeren pan en wok maken dan ook onderdeel uit van de vivo range. Daarnaast bestaat deze serie ook nog uit een steelpan, drie kookpannen, twee koekenpannen en een stoominzet. Alle pannen zijn gemaakt van hoogwaardig roestvrij staal, wat ze geschikt maakt voor elk type warmtebron: gas, elektrisch, inductie, halogeen en keramisch. Ook zijn ze voorzien van een extra aluminium kern in de bodem. Deze versnelt en verbetert de hittegeleiding in de pan. De pannen uit de vivo range zijn tevens voorzien van vuurvaste, RVS hendels, wat ze geschikt maakt voor gebruik in de oven tot hoge temperaturen (220 graden). De vivo koekenpannen en wok voorzien van een coating van het merk Teflon. Ten slotte maakt het stijlvolle design deze pannen tot een eyecatcher voor in de keuken. Ideaal dus voor iedereen die van koken en lekker eten houdt!

Albert Heijn spaaracties maken veel los
Albert Heijn organiseert elk jaar verschillende spaaracties voor haar klanten. Saskia Egas Reparaz, directeur marketing & format en verantwoordelijk voor de spaaracties van Albert Heijn: “Onze spaaracties gaan nooit ongemerkt voorbij. Van messen tot dino’s, en van vershouddozen tot moestuintjes, heel Nederland heeft het erover. Vaak uit enthousiasme, en soms worden wij zelf door het succes verrast en daar leren wij weer van voor een volgende actie. Dit keer staat een prachtige pannenset centraal. Goede pannen zijn een hele uitgave, dus we zijn trots dat we deze nu bereikbaar maken voor onze klanten. Of ze nu willen sparen voor een luxe wokpan, die ene pan die aan vervanging toe is of de volledige set. Onze ervaring leert dat veel klanten samen met familie of vrienden sparen voor de producten die zij graag willen hebben. Wij willen onze klanten blij maken met de pan of pannen naar hun keuze en dat zij zo kunnen genieten van het lekkerste resultaat in de keuken!”

Bij elke €10 krijgen klanten een spaarzegel bij hun boodschappen. Speciale Bonusaanbiedingen zorgen voor extra zegels, waardoor het sparen sneller gaat. Een volle spaarkaart staat gelijk aan €600 aan boodschappen, los van deze extra zegels. Klanten kunnen hun spaarkaart direct inleveren voor een spaaritem naar keuze, zodra de kaart vol is. Mochten items opraken, dan kunnen klanten na afloop van de actie alsnog het gewenste item bemachtigen door het te reserveren via een speciaal hiervoor ingerichte reserveerservice. Vanaf maandag 24 oktober worden de eerste zegels uitgereikt. De actie loopt 16 weken en stopt op zondag 12 februari 2017.

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Source: Albert Heijn


BESTSELLER seeks new colleagues for its Business Intelligence Department

In BESTSELLER, Business Intelligence is a crucial tool that continuously impacts how the business is run. Right now, BESTSELLER is looking for new colleagues for our Business Intelligence Department.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion is an ever-changing industry where customer preferences change along with burgeoning and fading trends. Add to that a result and performance-oriented culture, and you end up with some ambitious demands towards your Business Intelligence solutions. Demands, ambitions and possibilities – all representing a major potential for the future success of BESTSELLER.

In BESTSELLER, Business Intelligence enables BESTSELLER to capture real-time knowledge and insights across distribution and marketing channels to respond to the ever-changing demands of our customers. Manager, Business Intelligence & Planning in BESTSELLER, Mark Hedegaard, says: “Since BESTSELLER operates in a fast-paced industry, we are dependent on being an IT organisation where decisions can be made quickly without going through too many decision-makers.” He continues:

“Our aim is to be an enabler to the users of our BI solutions in BESTSELLER by supplying data, insight and transparency at the same pace as our business moves.”

Consequently, Business Intelligence solutions support BESTSELLER’s continuous development, increase competitive advantage and ensure that the business is capable of making the right decisions.


The Business Intelligence & Planning Department in BESTSELLER has a close collaboration with stakeholders from the entire finance organisation and BESTSELLER’s many brand houses. In particular, interdependence between the Business Intelligence & Planning Department and the Performance Management & Analytics Department exists. Often, the Performance Management & Analytics Department is the one to detect or be informed about a specific need somewhere in the organisation.

Head of Performance Management & Analytics, Palle Kongerslev Lilleøre, explains that his team depends on the Business Intelligence team to build solutions that can generate the correct data. Next, it is Palle Kongerslev Lilleøre’s responsibility to convert the immense amount of data into useful insights and knowledge, which is adopted and implemented across the entire organisation: “In that way, the BI team enables me to meet the needs of the business by delivering data that can make up the foundation for strategic decision-making,” Palle Kongerslev Lilleøre stresses.


Since 2011, SAP has been BESTSELLER’s overall BI platform. Now, BESTSELLER is facing one of the world’s largest and most ambitious AX implementations. BESTSELLER’s Business Intelligence experts will be playing a crucial role, as they must support the roll-out of the entire ERP platform by combining data from several source systems into one integrated and ambitious BI solution.

The new platform will support all phases of BESTSELLER’s value chain and provide transparency of the business. The fact that BESTSELLER transfers to Microsoft Dynamics AX means that the new BI platform must be implemented “from scratch”. Solution Architect in BESTSELLER Business Intelligence & Planning, Henrik Høj Hornshøj, is convinced that his team will experience some game-changing and fun possibilities in connection with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Henrik elaborates:

“In the future, AX can deliver data to the cloud and since we work in Azure, we will, as an example, be capable of receiving live data from all our cash registers.”


BESTSELLER’s IT department consists of 241 colleagues, who master solutions that support all business processes. They work with the latest technologies, aiming to create competitive business advantages for BESTSELLER by providing leading solutions.

Right now, BESTSELLER is looking for Developers for IT Planning Solutions and Senior BI Developers to join our Business Intelligence Department. Check out all the exciting opportunities below.


E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00


Whole Foods Market to host Poverty is Unnecessary Day to mark Whole Planet Foundation’s 11th anniversary

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Oct. 25, Whole Foods Market will host Poverty is Unnecessary Day to commemorate Whole Planet Foundation’s 11th anniversary and celebrate the nonprofit’s work to alleviate poverty worldwide through microcredit. Select Whole Foods Market stores will host events, supplier donor product demos and will give away prizes via social media to spotlight the foundation’s Poverty is Unnecessary Fund® partners, who have collectively committed to donating $200,000.

New to this year’s celebration, Whole Planet Foundation will partner with multiple stakeholders to host a 25-hour online fundraiser with a goal of $10,000 to empower microentrepreneurs around the world with the opportunity for a better life. Starting at 11 p.m. CDT on October 24 through midnight on October 25, online donors who contribute at wholeplanetfoundation.org will receive special digital coupons from Whole Foods Market supplier partners.

Since its inception, Whole Planet Foundation has funded more than $58 million in small loans to microentrepreneurs living below the poverty line in 14 cities in the U.S. and 67 other countries. In total, the foundation has funded 1.5 million microloans creating 8.4 million opportunities for people around the globe to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

“As the anniversary of the day Whole Foods Market shoppers created the seed capital for Whole Planet Foundation, Poverty is Unnecessary Day is a reason for millions around the world to celebrate an opportunity for a better life,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “On this day we also honor our Poverty is Unnecessary Fund partners who play a significant role in helping us reach the world’s poorest people by contributing $25,000 a year to fund microloans.  Currently, the average first loan we fund in developing communities is $184. We are grateful to our donors for joining us in our mission.”

This year’s Poverty is Unnecessary Fund partners are Muir Glen, Greyston Bakery, LÄRABAR, Liberté, The Republic of Tea, Stacy’s, ONEHOPE Foundation, WTRMLN WTR, VOSS Water and Steaz.

On Oct. 25, 2005, Whole Foods Market seeded Whole Planet Foundation with a company wide Community Giving Day. On that day, Whole Foods Market stores donated 5 percent of the day’s net sales, resulting in $525,000 to launch the foundation’s poverty alleviation programs in communities where the company sources products.

Shoppers interested in participating in Poverty is Unnecessary Day and getting involved with Whole Planet Foundation can join the 25-hour fundraiser and visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Apple and Nike to release Apple Watch Nike+ on Friday, October 28

Cupertino, California and Beaverton, Oregon, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Apple and Nike today (OCTOBER 24, 2016) announced Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, October 28. Apple Watch Nike+ combines all of the unique features of Apple Watch Series 2 with the new Nike+ Run Club app for unrivaled motivation to go for a run, guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes and coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress. Apple Watch Nike+ also features exclusive Nike Sport Bands and unique watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be easily personalized with useful apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather — helping runners stay informed at a glance.

“Running is one of the world’s most popular activities for staying in shape and being healthy, and with Apple Watch Nike+, runners will be even more motivated to achieve their performance goals,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “The response so far has been incredible and we’re thrilled to get Apple Watch Nike+ onto customers’ wrists starting Friday.”

“Apple and Nike share a passion to make life easier and more fun and we’re excited to bring a great running experience to consumers around the world,” said Trevor Edwards, president of the Nike Brand. “Apple Watch Nike+ with Nike+ Run Club app combine to deliver a powerful device with a simple running solution for all athletes and is another example of Nike’s commitment to bringing innovative products to the market.”

Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track your pace, distance, and route — even if you don’t have your iPhone with you. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, and if you decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters.1 The Nike+ Run Club app is seamlessly integrated into Apple Watch Nike+ and offers daily motivation through smart run reminders, challenges from friends and even alerts informing when the weather is right to get outside. Training data, including pace, distance and heart rate are available at a glance, and through shared run summaries, the app promotes friendly competition, even allowing users to send fist bumps to each other, right from the wrist.

Pricing and Availability:

Apple Watch Nike+
38 mm at $369 (US) and in 42 mm at $399 (US) from Apple.com, Nike.com, Apple Stores, select Nike retail stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers, including Best Buy, and select specialty stores and department stores, including Macy’s and DICK’S Sporting Goods; for local availability, visit apple.com/apple-watch-nike or nike.com/applewatch.

Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in two different aluminum case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm and pairs with four exclusive Nike Sport Band color combinations including Black/Volt, Black/Cool Gray, Flat Silver/White and Flat Silver/Volt.

Available Friday, October 28 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Available Saturday, October 29 in Bahrain, Greece, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Available Sunday, October 30 in Israel.

Nike Sport Bands are available exclusively with Apple Watch Nike+ models and not sold separately.

Support and Requirements:

Apple Watch Series 2
Requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or later.

Some features are not available in all regions or all languages.

Every customer who buys Apple Watch Nike+ from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup,2 in-store or online, to help set up and personalize their new Apple Watch with calendars, notifications, apps and more.

Anyone who wants to learn more about Apple Watch Nike+ or watchOS 3 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike’s earnings releases and other financial information are available at investors.nike.com. Individuals can also visit news.nike.com and follow @Nike.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

1 Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant.
2 In most countries.

Press Contacts:

Lance Lin
(408) 974-5036

Simon Pope
(503) 532-5593

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announces Shaquille O’Neal as new franchise owner and as its global spokesperson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (October 24, 2016) announced that basketball Hall-of-Famer and sports and entertainment superstar Shaquille O’Neal has become an owner in the brand’s prestigious downtown Atlanta location. He also is the brand’s new global spokesperson.

O’Neal is a lifelong Krispy Kreme fan and has taken ownership in the historic Krispy Kreme shop on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, which opened more than 60 years ago. O’Neal has publicly displayed his affection for the brand – especially Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed® doughnut – in media and on social media.

“Krispy Kreme prides itself on spreading joy and supporting local communities, and that’s a cause that I am thrilled to be a part of,” said O’Neal. “Our goal is to help people find their happy place, and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts.”

O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month after 19 years in the NBA.

“In addition to Shaquille’s status as a sports and entertainment icon and businessman, he is known for spreading joy, which aligns with our positioning and mission,” said Tony Thompson, President and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “We are confident this partnership will have a big impact for us in Atlanta and around the world.”

To celebrate O’Neal joining the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts family, the brand today announced a “Shaq-or-Treat” social media promotion for Halloween – one of O’Neal’s favorite days. Krispy Kreme fans who tag their Halloween social media posts with #ShaqOrTreat between Oct. 28 and 31 will be eligible to win Shaq-autographed prizes or Krispy Kremesurprises.

“When you think about brands that resonate in pop culture, Krispy Kreme is on that short list of brands that transcend their industry and connect with consumers on personal level,” said Nick Woodhouse, President & Chief Marketing Officer of Authentic Brands Group, joint owner of Shaq, Inc. “We are excited to partner with Krispy Kreme to amplify their message and grow the brand’s presence worldwide.”

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.

About Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is a four-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA Finals MVP. The recently retired, 15-time NBA All-Star was named as both the highest ranked athlete in the NBA and the most influential in sports in 2011. With a PhD in Leadership and Education, this iconic marketing and social media marvel was ranked among the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company Magazine with an online presence that has grown to become the second most followed U.S. athlete on Twitter. As a celebrity, athlete, businessman and comedian, Shaquille O’Neal has an enormous and devoted global fan base across a variety of demographics.

For more information, visit Shaq.com. Follow Shaquille O’Neal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Authentic Brands Group, LLC

Authentic Brands Group is a brand development company, which builds long-term value through the ownership of intellectual property associated with prominent fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG builds brand equity by partnering with best-in-class licensees and retailers. ABG’s global portfolio of world-renowned brands includes Marilyn Monroe®, Mini Marilyn®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Dr. J®, Michael Jackson® *managed brand*, Juicy Couture®, Aéropostale®, Jones New York®, Judith Leiber®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Thalía®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Misook®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Bobby Jones®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, and Hind®. Abg-nyc.com


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Darryl Carr

FleishmanHillard Inc.
Molly Hulsey

ABG / Shaquille O’Neal
Haley Steinberg

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

NACS Foundation recognized 11 college students with $3,000 scholarship

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recognized 11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship through the NACS Scholarship Program—one of three signature programs supported by the NACS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The students were nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing. In addition to the $3,000 scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the NACS Show, where they were recognized during a special ceremony on Thursday, October 20.

The 2016-2017 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

  • Matthew Brien, Delta technician and customer advisor, Delta Sonic Car Wash System Inc., NY
  • Daniel Brown, sales associate, Kwik Shop, Inc., a division of The Kroger Co., KS
  • Chelsea Call, category and merchandising specialist, Ricker’s, IN
  • Melissa Callahan, store development administrative coordinator, QuikTrip, OK
  • Noah Cotton, network technician, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., GA
  • Briana Dolechek, shift leader, The Hub Convenience Stores Inc., ND
  • Jeremy Fluegge, guest service coordinator, Kwik Trip Inc., WI
  • Austin Frye, guest services leader, Kwik Trip Inc. #624, WI
  • Matthew Hamrick, pharmacy technician, Giant Eagle, OH
  • Susan Hathcock, training store manager, Clipper Petroleum, GA
  • Jeffery Moreno, retail G/L accountant, Wheels of Convenience Stores, CT

Each year the NACS Foundation distributes up to 11 scholarships through its scholarship program in the amount of $3,000 each for costs toward undergraduate career education at a community college or university. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to NACS retail member company employees.

The NACS Scholarship Program has a long-standing mission to grow today’s top talent into tomorrow’s top performers through continuing education and professional development opportunities. Established in 1991, the NACS Scholarship was created as a vehicle for retailers to recognize, reward and inspire rising leaders within their companies.

To learn more or to contribute to the NACS Scholarship Program, visit nacsonline.com/NACSScholarship

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

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

Source: NACS

NACS releases 2016 “Ideas 2 Go” video; now available for purchase online

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience—as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores. Since 1994, “Ideas 2 Go” has provided a fast-paced video tour of some of the most interesting, creative and potentially profitable ideas in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

The 50-minute “Ideas 2 Go” video presentation was shown in today’s standing-room-only NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can order and download the 2016 NACS “Ideas 2 Go” program (SKU 30088023) for $30 ($60 regular price). Orders can be placed at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go2016. The program only is available for purchase and viewing online; there will not be a DVD also available for purchase.

The nine featured segments are:

Fuel City
It’s a gas station and also an acclaimed taco shop that is so popular that police direct traffic at the store on weekends. And it’s also an offbeat karaoke spot, car wash and a general place of curiosity with a swimming pool and livestock like longhorns and donkeys. Owner John Benda says it’s “Where dreams come true”—and he’s probably right (Dallas, TX).

Throx Market Station (Throckmorton Enterprises Inc.)
The store has high-end food, a protein shake program and plenty of unique better-for-your items, but it is the community spirit that sets Throx apart. A second level allows customers to enjoy their food—or for community groups to hold regular meetings. This is one of three Throx stores: Throx Country Store and Throx Brew Market & Grille also focus on unique offers around fresh food and drinks (Winchester, VA).

U-Gas/Dirt Cheap (U-Gas Inc.)
U-Gas recognized early on that a fresh and healthy foodservice offering was not only a trend, but a long-term strategy. Its GiGi’s Café Express and commissary has allowed both U-Gas and the company’s other brand, Dirt Cheap, to execute its fresh and healthy foodservice program (Ballwin, MO).

High Country Market & GastroPub
Owner Zahir Walji is one of a few level two sommeliers in the region, and he sells 30 of the top 100 rated wines in the country. That explains why it’s not unusual for customers to get a fill-up and a $500 bottle of wine. But there is much more to this high-end gastropub, where even its own unique black truffle and rosemary ketchup is made from scratch. The store also was the only site outside of Austin to feature a SXSW concert in 2016 (Round Rock, TX).

The best ideas aren’t limited by country borders. Some of the most innovative ideas in store design and foodservice execution are in Dublin, Ireland, where delegates from the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe visited to learn to learn from the best and ‘touch/feel/taste’ new formats and offers. At both Maxol and Applegreen food is first—plus a focus on design and making the store a destination (Dublin, Ireland).

Kolaches, sausage rolls, and other tasty Czech delicacies are the features at this extraordinary market. The 17,700 square feet of unique architecture and quirky personality is the driving force drawing costumers in, but it’s Slovacek’s fresh baked goods, homemade meats and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches and unique merchandise that keeps customers coming back (West, TX).

Metro Market (Sprint Food Stores Inc.)
Metro Market is a unique urban convenience store and restaurant, both in its design and offer in downtown Augusta. It embraces the historical aspects of an old building with a modern offer, with the design and concept of being a place to hang out, study or host social and business events (Augusta, GA).

Mendez Fuel (Mendez Fuel Holdings LLC)
The colorful exterior of the carwash is the first clue that Mendez Fuel is not a typical Mobil station. Inside the store, it’s all about freshness. The deli offers unique sandwiches prepared with local and sustainable ingredients. And the beverages are even more impressive. The company has a cold-pressed juices program for incredibly fresh smoothies and juices. And it also offers a variety of craft beers on tap as part of its growler program, including a new program with canned growlers (Miami, FL).

Kum & Go
The company’s new marketplace design prototype has a variety of unique offerings for customers, especially around fresh, with the goal to create the store of the future for associates and for customers. The goal is to embrace the ampersand in its name, promising to deliver “and more” to customers throughout the store (Johnson, IA).

In addition to the nine Ideas 2 Go segments, four short “Ideas 2 Grow” segments examine unique innovations in retail, including Wallingford Chevron (Seattle, WA), Mission Market (Fullerton, CA), Little Waitrose (West London, UK) and Marine Corps Exchange (Quantico, VA).

Ideas 2 Go video segments from previous years (2002 to 2015) can be viewed at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go.

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

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

Source: NACS