REI thanks organizations who committed to create new holiday tradition and invites more to join #OptOutside

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CEO Jerry Stritzke invites nonprofits and companies with shared values to join the growing movement of 300 national and local organizations advocating for time outside with family and friends

REI, the outdoor co-op, thanks hundreds of nonprofit, public and private sector partners who announced the launch of #OptOutside yesterday. Prominent national and local organizations shared that they are joining with REI employees to create a new tradition for people to reconnect with friends and family outdoors at this important time of year. In the coming weeks, #OptOutside will lift up and celebrate people who dedicate their lives to the outdoors.

In a public letter on the Co-op Journal, Stritzke writes, “REI is committed to advancing this conversation about the outdoors and its benefits. This is a multifaceted topic, so for the next month you will hear from experts across the outdoor community about the power of nature to heal, the value of childhood play outdoors, the importance of nurturing and conserving our public lands, and the increasing need for diversity in the outdoors.”

Alex Thompson, REI vice president of Public Affairs, said, “Nonprofits and government agencies that steward the outdoors are at the heart of #OptOutside, but we also believe that many unexpected organizations can help remove barriers to the outdoors. We need to talk more about how we can collaborate to give people access to the benefits of the outdoors, even if it isn’t a part of their lives today.”

REI will publish viewpoints from leaders of organizations committed to advocating for the outdoors throughout #OptOutside. Upworthy, the mission-driven media company, plans to drive conversation about the important mental and physical health benefits of being outside. For those who don’t know where to go for outdoor adventure, the co-op has launched new online activity-finding tool to help people find places to explore nearby and further afield. REI employees have curated an extensive list of trails and parks, many nurtured by the groups joining #OptOutside.

The organizations choosing to #OptOutside and to bring others with them represent a range of perspectives, but share a common belief in the value of time spent in nature. New #OptOutside activities keep rolling in. They include:

  • Over 20 friends groups that dedicate themselves to supporting National Parks have indicated they’ll be urging Americans to visit their favorite National Park unit on Black Friday. The groups include Yosemite Conservancy, Yellowstone Association, Washington’s National Park Fund, Friends of the Smokies (N.C.), the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wis.) and Friends of Acadia (Maine).
  • As with last year, entrance fees for all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Black Friday.
  • The YMCA of the USA shares REI’s commitment to family and an outdoor life. The national Y will be asking 51 Let’s Move Outside cities to organize free outside activities for kids and families on Black Friday. The goal of Let’s Move Outside is to create partnerships among community organizations and government land managers to get more youth outside.
  • The Trust for Public Land – a national organization that helps communities raise funds, acquire and protect land, plan and design parks – will hold a nationwide photo contest for people to show off their favorite places to #OptOutside.
  • The Association for Experiential Education – a professional association of the nation’s outdoor educators – will promote #OptOutside to the nearly 700 attendees at its annual conference later this week.
  • Hundreds of local stewardship, outdoor education and environmental organizations will activate in the run-up to, and on Black Friday. Examples include:
    • Biking and mountain biking events will be hosted by Southern Outdoor Bicycle Association of Jacksonville (SORBA Jax), the Park at Big Marsh (Chicago), San Diego Mountain Biking Association and Singletrack Advocates (Anchorage).
    • Huron-Clinton Metroparks (Mich.) is hosting an Evening Owl Prowl. After in indoor class, the group will head out to see if it can attract Screech Owls with recorded calls.
    • The Buckeye Trail Association – the stewards of a trail system that goes all the way around Ohio – will host a series of outdoor events among its different chapters.
    • Friends of Island Lake (Mich.) will host a hike to celebrate its new 5-mile Hickory Ridge Hike and Ski Trail.
    • Friends of the Wissahickon (Philadelphia) will urge people to complete a hike, bike or ride on all 50 miles of trail in the Wissahickon Valley Park in the run-up to Black Friday.
    • The Rock Creek Conservancy (Washington, D.C.) will host an Unplugged Day.
    • Canyon Adventures in Southern California is offering a free one-day, Level One Canyoneering Class, including lessons on wilderness safety and preservation.
    • Methow Trails (Wash.) is opening its ski trails for free to REI members.
    • Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Wash. will open the trails on its 255-acre campus to the public for a special #OptOutside edition of its quarterly Afternoon on the Trails.
    • The Salem Area Trail Alliance (Ore.) will hold a work party at Silver Falls State Park.
    • Washington Trails Association will host trail work days for anyone who want to volunteer.
    • Other nonprofits – like the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (Calif.) and Conejos Clean Water (Colo.) are closing and giving their employees a paid day off.
  • The co-op also recognizes Hellstern Middle School (Springdale, Ariz.), who will coordinate family friendly outdoor activities on Black Friday.

Nonprofit and Government Partners:

  • 52 Hike Challenge
  • Access Fund
  • Alaska Wilderness League
  • Alliance For The Great Lakes
  • Amargosa Conservancy
  • American Alpine Club
  • American Camp Association
  • American Hiking Society
  • American River Conservancy
  • American Rivers
  • American Trails
  • American Whitewater
  • Amigos de Bolsa Chica
  • Anacostia Watershed Society Inc.
  • Anoka County Parks
  • Anne Springs Close Greenway
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Archaeology Southwest
  • Arizona Trail Association
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Association for Experiential Education
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
  • Atlanta Beltline Partnership
  • Austin Parks Foundation
  • Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Marsh
  • Black Girls Do Bike
  • Blue Sky Funders
  • Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Boston Harbor Now
  • Boulder Climbing Community
  • Boy Scout Troop 44 (Renton, Wash.)
  • Buckeye Trail Association
  • C&O Canal Trust Inc.
  • California State Parks
  • California State Parks Foundation
  • Camber Outdoors
  • Canyon Adventures
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
  • Carolina Thread Trail
  • Catamount Institute
  • Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization
  • Central Oregon Land Watch
  • Children & Nature Network
  • Choose Outdoors
  • Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance
  • City Of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation, The Loppet Foundation
  • City of Olympia, Parks Stewardship
  • City Parks Alliance
  • Clark Fork Coalition
  • Clean Jordan Lake
  • Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento
  • Colorado Canyons Association
  • Colorado Mountain Bike Association
  • Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife
  • Colorado Youth Corps
  • Commonweal Conservancy, Inc.
  • Conejos Clean Water
  • Conservation Alliance
  • Conservation Colorado
  • Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Conservation Legacy
  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition
  • Creation Justice Ministries
  • Denali Education Center
  • Dolan Springs Trail System
  • Dunes Learning Center
  • EarthCorps
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Eastern National
  • Ecotrust
  • Essex Heritage
  • Everett Mountain Search & Rescue
  • Families in Nature
  • First State National Historical Park
  • Florida Hikes
  • Forest Park Conservancy
  • Forest Preserve Foundation
  • Forterra
  • Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
  • Friends of Acadia
  • Friends of Capitol Forest
  • Friends of Crowders Mountian, Inc.
  • Friends of Eagle River Nature Center Inc.
  • Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Friends of Island Lake State Recreation Area
  • Friends of Organ Mountains
  • Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
  • Friends of Sloan Canyon, NV
  • Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
  • Friends of the Arizona Joshua Tree Forest
  • Friends of The Blue Hills Charitable Trust
  • Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
  • Friends of the Chicago River
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • Friends of the High Line Inc.
  • Friends of the Inyo
  • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)
  • Friends of the Mississippi River
  • Friends of the Wissahickon
  • Friends of Trees
  • Friends of Van Cortland Park
  • Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park
  • Gallatin Valley Land Trust
  • Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Georgia Trail Summit
  • Girl Trek
  • Glacier National Park Conservancy
  • Grand Canyon Association
  • Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
  • Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Great Parks
  • Great Peninsula Conservancy
  • Hellstern Middle School
  • Hill Country Conservancy and the Violet Crown Trail
  • Hip Camp
  • Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
  • Houston Wilderness
  • Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation
  • Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • Idaho Conservation League
  • Idaho Trails Association
  • IMBA
  • Inspiring Connections Outdoors – Sierra Club Outdoors
  • Islandwood, Bainbridge
  • Jacksonville State University Field School
  • Jefferson County Open Space
  • Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • Kwiaht
  • Latino Outdoors
  • Lawrence – Hopewell Trail Corporation
  • Leave No Trace
  • Legacy Parks Foundation
  • Los Padres Forest Association Inc.
  • Los Padres ForestWatch
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Marine Conservation Institute
  • Mat-Su Ski Club
  • Methow Trails
  • Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts
  • Minnesota State Parks and Trails
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Coldwater Spring)
  • Mississippi Park Connection
  • Mojave Desert Land Trust
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • MTB Missoula
  • National Association of State Park Directors
  • National Forest Foundation
  • National Park Foundation
  • National Park Service
  • National Park Service Chesapeake Bay
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Natural Leaders Network
  • Nature Bridge
  • Nature Discovery Center
  • Nearby Nature
  • New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Inc.
  • Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • North Cascades Institute
  • North Country Trail Association
  • Norwalk River Watershed Association Inc.
  • OAK
  • Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
  • Openlands
  • Oregon Natural Desert Association Inc.
  • Oregon State Parks Foundation
  • Outdoor Afro
  • Outdoor Alliance
  • Outdoor Foundation
  • Outdoor Nation
  • Outside Las Vegas Foundation
  • PA Cleanways d.b.a. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
  • Pacific Crest Trail Association
  • Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation
  • Palmetto Conservation Foundation
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
  • Park Pride Atlanta Inc.
  • Partnership for the 21CSC
  • Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation
  • People for Bikes
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Placer Land Trust
  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Inc.
  • Potomac Conservancy
  • Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • Regional Parks Foundation
  • River Relief Inc.
  • Riverfront Recapture Inc.
  • Riverside State Park Foundation
  • Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • Sail Sand Point
  • Salem Area Trail Alliance
  • San Diego Canyonlands Inc.
  • San Diego Mountain Biking Association
  • San Diego River Park Foundation
  • San Diego Water Trail Association
  • San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy
  • San Mateo County Parks And Recreation Foundation
  • Santa Monica Mountains Fund
  • Save Our Canyons
  • Save the Redwoods League
  • Seed Your Future
  • Sempervirens Fund
  • SF Rec and Park
  • SheJumps
  • Shoal Creek Conservancy
  • Sierra Avalanche Center
  • Sierra Club
  • Sierra Club Outdoors
  • Sierra Club Outdoors – Military
  • Sierra Foothill Conservancy
  • Singletrack Advocates
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation
  • SORBA – Upstate SC
  • SORBA Jax
  • SOS Outreach
  • Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land
  • St. Croix River Association
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Sweetbriar Outdoors
  • Tahoe Rim Trail Association
  • Tapteal Greenway
  • Tarheel Trailblazers
  • Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association
  • Texas Conservation Corps – American Youth Works
  • Texas State Park Ambassadors
  • The Corps Network
  • The Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mt.View (FCGMV)
  • The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley
  • The Mazamas
  • The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University
  • The Mountaineers
  • The Ocean Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • The Park People
  • The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
  • The Trustees
  • The Western Slope Conservation Center
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation
  • Trails 50
  • Trails and Open Space Coalition
  • Transforming Youth Outdoors
  • Treasure Valley Family YMCA
  • Treepeople Inc.
  • Truckee Donner Land Trust
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Trust for the George Washington Parkway
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance A Non Profit California Corporation
  • Venture Out Project
  • Vive Northwest
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Washington Area Bicycle Association
  • Washington State Trails Coalition
  • Washington Trails Association
  • Washington’s National Park Fund
  • Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition
  • Weber Pathways
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • Western Rivers Conservancy
  • Whatcom Land Trust
  • Wild Olympics
  • Wild Salmon Center
  • Wilderness Awareness
  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
  • Willamette Riverkeeper
  • Winter Wildlands
  • Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Inc.
  • Yellowstone Association
  • Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater Omaha
  • Yosemite Conservancy

Brands and Companies

  • Adventure Advertising
  • Arc’teryx
  • Big Agnes
  • Burton
  • Cooperative Council of North Carolina
  • Google
  • Honey Stinger
  • KEEN
  • KÜHL
  • Meetup
  • Outdoor Research
  • prAna
  • Royal Gorge Zipline Tours
  • Subaru of America
  • Sustainable Brand
  • Terrapin Beer Compan
  • Upworthy
  • YETI

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 148 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958

Source: REI

The Container Store Group, Inc. announces 2Q FY2016 financial results on November 9, 2016

DALLAS, 2016-Oct-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE:TCS) today (10/26/2016) announced that its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 will be released after market close on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results. This call will include both live, prepared remarks as well as a Q&A session.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 877-407-3982 (international callers please dial 201-493-6780) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at

A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online and by dialing 877-870-5176 (international callers please dial 858-384-5517). The pin number to access the telephone replay is 13647884. The replay will be available until December 9, 2016.

About The Container Store, Inc.

The Container Store (NYSE:TCS) is the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products and the only retailer solely devoted to the storage and organization category of retailing. The company originated the concept of storage and organization retailing when it opened its first store in 1978. Today, the retailer has 84 store locations nationwide that each average 25,000 square feet. The Container Store has over 11,000 products to help customers save space and, ultimately, save them time. As the pace of modern life accelerates and being organized is not a luxury anymore but a necessity, The Container Store is devoted to making customers more productive, relaxed and happier by selling customized, complete solutions. Since its inception, the retailer has nurtured an employee-first culture and couples its one-of-kind product collection with a high level of customer service delivered by its highly trained organization experts. The company has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For® — 17 years in a row. Visit for more information about store locations, the product collection and services offered. To find out more about The Container Store’s unique culture, Foundation PrinciplesTM and devotion to Conscious Capitalism®, visit the retailer’s blog at

Investor Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi/Anne Rakunas

Media Contact:
The Container Store
Audrey Robertson

Source: The Container Store Group, Inc.

Fast Retailing and Shima Seiki partner to produce high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® knit products

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Oct-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. today (2016.10.27) announces the launch of Innovation Factory Co., Ltd. (“Innovation Factory”), a joint venture with Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., for the joint development and manufacture of knit products, aimed at establishing a new production system utilizing knit production technologies.

Innovation Factory was originally established in December 2015 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., producing WHOLEGARMENT®* knitwear. Following the establishment of the joint venture, the company will now produce WHOLEGARMENT® products for the Fast Retailing Group, principally UNIQLO.

1. Purpose for Launching the Joint Venture Company
Fast Retailing is launching a joint venture with Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., a firm with world-leading knitting machine production technologies, with plans to produce high-quality, value-added WHOLEGARMENT® knit products. In future, the joint venture company is expected to function as the lead factory in the production of innovative knit products for the Fast Retailing Group.

2. Overview of the Joint Venture Company

Name: Innovation Factory Co., Ltd.

Location: Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

Representative: Michitaka Nakamura

Business content: Manufacture of knit products including seamless knitwear
(WHOLEGARMENT® products).

Invested capital: 400 million yen

Equity share: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.: 51%

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.: 49%

Established: Oct. 27, 2016

3. Overview of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. was founded in 1962 for the automation of glove knitting machines. Today, the company is a comprehensive mechatronics firm, creating attractive products that expertly combine advanced hardware with exceptional software. It holds the world’s top market share in the computerized flatbed knitting machine field, and is a pioneer in knitting machine manufacturing.

Shima Seiki Group net sales: ¥49,582 million (FY3/16)

*WHOLEGARMENT®is a seamless knit product developed by Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.. With seam free construction,
WHOLEGARMENT® yields comfort and draping effect and provides value-added products with greater design
flexibility compared to traditional knitwear products.


Product Launch: AOSO Newly Released M16 Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Adjustable Neckband

BUFFALO, NY, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — AOSO Newly released M16 Bluetooth Headphones take advantages of Bluetooth 4.1 version, providing universal compatibility with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, and automatically pairing your last connected device. LED indicator light can also show the remaining battery at your iphone / ipad. Users can pair 2 bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously. This makes sure you won’t miss every incoming telegram when listen the music; you may listen to a few tracks of the same musical tracks – a classical musical track, a pop track, a rock track and an orchestral movie soundtrack track. The headphone performed steady and smooth over the various styles of music and it proved to be a decent all rounder. There was enough bass and the mid to high tones were clear too.


The headphone come in a a small round hard shell case that zips all the way around.and it is easy to pop them into a bag and the user doesn’t have to worry about the cord getting all twisted up or the ear cushions falling off. The inside of the bag has a mesh pouch on one side of the case that the charging cable can fit into. The Bluetooth earphones have a novel design which uses a bendable wire between the cable and earpiece which can be bent to the shape needed to be comfortable and secure for each individual’s ear.there is a small piece that slides up and down so that you can tighten them under your chin or behind your head. There are 3 sets of ear buds – small, medium and large equipped, the ear-bud portion is nice and fits the ear canal well respectively.

These earphones has an inline control panel with three buttons and a built in microphone.and there is a nice large control button on the front with raised buttons that are easy to reach to be able to control music and answer incoming calls. The sound quality of the headphones really is terrific. Which is build-in high-definition stereo sound, equipped with CVC 6.0 noise cancellation technology, leading to rich detailed sound by wireless stream with APTX for CD-like quality.the music is well balanced with good strong bass. It provides pretty loud when you enjoy your favorite music, the volume is pretty high and sound is much pure as original.

This bluetooth headphone is new released but with affordable price, this press has shown that it can deliver a powerful performance, and it doesn’t look too shabby, either. With such great value for money, this headphone comes highly recommended and can be found at

aosoAbout AOSO:
AOSO offers reliable audio products like bluetooth speakers, gaming headsets, bluetooth headphones; and we aim to become the most trusted audio brand. AOSO are committed to becoming the most loved and trusted market place on the Amazon by offering a superior shopping experiences, rapid delivery and superior customer service.


Contact-Details: Bruce
79 Chatham Ave
Buffalo , NY 14216
United States


Lenta to acquire Kesko’s K-Ruoka brand food retail business in Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, and Kesko are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement under which Lenta will acquire Kesko’s food retail business in Russia (“KFR”), currently operating under the K-Ruoka brand.

Assets acquired
KFR consists of 10 hypermarkets and one supermarket operating under the K-Ruoka brand in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningradskiy region, as well as three land plots in Moscow and the Leningradskiy regions. Most of the hypermarkets were opened in 2012-2015 and two stores were opened during 2016. Total selling space of the acquired stores is around 42.5k sq.m, of which around 40.2k sq.m are owned and around 2.3k sq.m are rented. The stores are compatible in terms of size and layout with existing Lenta compact and supercompact hypermarket formats, and almost all of the store locations are complementary to Lenta’s existing stores in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningradskiy region. The high proportion of owned stores is in line with Lenta’s store ownership strategy. The KFR business and assets are owned by six legal entities which will be purchased as part of the transaction.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning said:

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Kesko to acquire their business in Russia. While Lenta remains primarily focused on its successful organic expansion, we welcome opportunities to augment this by acquiring high quality assets such as the Kesko stores.

The stores all have excellent urban strategic locations and are complementary to Lenta’s existing network. They have a strong team of well-trained store staff who we look forward to welcoming into the Lenta family. Completion of the acquisition will significantly strengthen Lenta’s network in Saint-Petersburg, giving many more customers the opportunity to shop at a Lenta store close to their homes. Upon the completion of integration the stores will operate under the Lenta brand.”

Purchase price
According to the agreement the aggregate transaction consideration is Rub 11.0bn.

Closing, approvals and financing
The transaction has been approved by the Lenta and Kesko Boards, no further internal approvals are necessary. The transaction is expected to close on November 30, 2016 subject to fulfilment of the other terms and conditions and approval by Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (“FAS Russia”). The acquisition will be financed using Lenta’s existing cash and available undrawn long-term loan facilities.

Lenta will provide more details and revised guidance upon completion of the acquisition.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 156 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 968,595 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 6,000 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit, or contact:

Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97

International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23

Source: Lenta

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. to host 3Q 2016 financial results conference call on November 10, 2016

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today (October 26, 2016) announced that its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for its third quarter 2016, which ended October 2, 2016, will be filed on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, after market close. The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review results.

A live listen-only webcast of the conference call will be available on the PLKI website at The conference call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 427-4392 or for international callers by dialing (484) 756-4257. A replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or for international callers by dialing (404) 537-3406; the conference ID is 84538166. The replay will be available until Thursday, November 24, 2016. A replay of the conference call will also be available for 90 days on the Company’s website.

Corporate Profile

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, the world’s second-largest Quick-Service Restaurant (“QSR”) chicken concept based on number of units. As of July 10, 2016, Popeyes had 2,594 operating restaurants in the United States, three territories, and 26 foreign countries. The Company’s primary objective is to deliver sales and profits by offering excellent investment opportunities in its Popeyes brand and providing exceptional franchisee support systems and services to its owners. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. can be found at

Investor Inquiries:
Anita Booe
Director, Investor Relations

Media Inquiries:
Renee Kopkowski
Vice President, Brand Communications

Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Delaware North’s Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

Delaware North's Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Delaware North’s Yellowstone General Stores warehouse awarded Zero Waste Certificate by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council


WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont., 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has awarded Delaware North a Zero Waste Certificate for its environmentally-friendly operation of the Yellowstone General Stores warehouse.

The highly-acclaimed certification is the first for a facility within the United States’ 58 national parks. It also marks the first such certification for Delaware North, a global food service and hospitality company. At Yellowstone National Park, Delaware North operates a dozen general stores under a contract with the National Park Service.

During the process of certification, Delaware North’s efforts included:

  • Removing more than 25 trash bins from throughout the warehouse
  • Conducting waste audits
  • Redesigning waste receptacles with appropriate signage, size and variation
  • Implementing a composting program
  • Reusing packaging materials and working closely with vendors and suppliers to assist in upstream efforts of providing reusable and recyclable packaging

In the year leading up to the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council audit, the warehouse facility reduced, reused or recycled more than 271,000 pounds of material.

“The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has done a great job of outlining how a business or location can prepare for and reach zero waste,” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for Delaware North. “Our staff worked with Justin Cook, our environmental manager at Yellowstone, to meet this challenge, and it’s been really exciting to see the progress over the last few years. Delaware North values being entrusted to run concessions in our national parks and goes the extra mile to help maintain these special places such for generations to come.”

The zero-waste concept is based on emulating sustainable natural cycles so that all discarded materials become resources for others to use, thus minimizing waste that would otherwise go to a landfill. Businesses with a 90 percent waste diversion rate can apply for this certification. Once accepted into the program, the business must complete a detailed scorecard process and pass an onsite validation audit. The Yellowstone General Stores warehouse exceeded the minimum requirements for the program and successfully earned a Platinum Level Certification – with 70 of 80 potential points awarded.

Delaware North initiated its zero-waste campaign at the warehouse in 2013 and registered with the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council in December 2015. From the time of registration, the warehouse facility has diverted 93.9 percent of its annual waste from going into landfills through reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

“Our zero-waste goal challenged us as an operation to look at the full cycle of purchasing our products for Yellowstone General Stores,” said Cendy Sangermano, general manager of the Yellowstone General Stores. “We looked closely at how each product was packaged and then asked ourselves: What is the end result of that packaging and where does it go? Through these efforts and the dedication of our associates, we successfully achieved our goal, and it has allowed us to take that next step to preserve this special place we call Yellowstone.”

About the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Launched in spring 2012 and headquartered in Corona Del Mar, California, the USZWBC’s mission is to educate, inform, and document the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help them and their communities become more healthy and sustainable. Learn more at

About Delaware North’s parks and resorts business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at

Media Contact:
Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
250 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-858-5420
Fax: 716-858-5125

Source: Delaware North

Stockmann department stores in Riga and Tallinn open new services and shops

Helsinki, Finland, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stockmann is focusing in its own department store operations on fashion, food, cosmetics and home products. New partners will complement the shopping experience also in the Baltic countries by offering additional products and services for our customers.

On October 10 four new shops were opened in the second floor at Stockmann in Riga. Among the new tenants are the watch store Laiks, the optician Metropole Optika, the book store Zvaigzne ABC and Wood Religion Barber Shop with Monokel, which sells tailored clothing for men. The new shops occupy together almost 600 m2.

The electrical appliance store Euronics and cafeteria Costa Coffee opened their shops in Riga’s Stockmann already last year. In February 2016 the toy store XS Toys was opened on the fourth floor of the department store.

Renewed 5th floor in Tallinn

The 5th floor in Stockmann Tallinn has experienced a complete makeover and offers now comprehensive services and shopping for customers. Restaurants (My Sushi, Ron Macâ, Chat and Mademoiselle Café), Tallink ticket office, travel agency Estravel, Instrumentarium optics, Artur Kuld jewelry shop, 5th floor beauty salon and a dry cleaner service opened on 11 October. The pharmacy Yliopiston Apteekki and Melior clinics were opened on 24 October. The services on fifth floor will be supplemented also with furniture when Vepsäläinen and Hästens are going to open their stores in the beginning of November 2016.

In addition to the new services and shops on 5th floor, XS Toys opened at the 4th floor of Tallinn department store on 29 July and Sangar mens shirt shop was opened on 11 October on the 2nd floor.


Tel. +358 (0)9 1211

Source: Stockmann plc

EHI Retail Institute study: Retailers seek to further expand their digital services on the sales and presentation areas

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers seek to further expand their digital services on the sales and presentation areas. This is the conclusion arrived at by the study “Der Store im Omnichannel-Zeitalter” (The Store in the Omnichannel Age) for which the EHI Retail Institute polled the general managers of relevant retail companies in the German-speaking region as well as the heads of construction and interior design departments, shop fitters and architects’ and planners’ offices. In general, the attitude is “pro digital” but by now all the aforementioned actors are also aware of the many challenges. “Over the past few years some product launches proved technical gimmicks that ultimately neither paid off nor were accepted by end users the way we expected,” says Angela Kreutz, Head of Communication at Stuttgart architecture and design office Blocher Blocher Partners, summarising the experience gained by the sector. In view of EuroShop she forecasts: “We expect digital solutions that are maybe not as flamboyant as before, but efficient instead and that seamlessly connect the PoS with the digital world in line with the omni-channel concept.” So now we have left infancy behind things really get going.

Elements as an Integral Part of the Store

It has since become clear that the digital dimension must not be seen as an “add on” but should be regarded as an integral, if not organic part of any retail strategies and store design from the outset. “Digital Touchpoints will increasingly be developed from silo solutions towards immersive experiences for shoppers. Earlier concepts often failed to be successful because they were ‘conceived of separately’ and did not naturally blend in with the customer journey,” says the Swiss company Vitra, whose store design division (previously Vizona and Visplay) has also been operating under the Vitra brand since 2016. Jörg Becker, Creative Director at the communications agency Blocher Blocher View, shares this view: “When you think you can simply include a couple of screens in the finished store design – then your project is doomed to fail from the outset. We therefore support our customers with all elements from the tailor-made communication strategy across all channels to the actual connection of the stores with the online world because consumers have long combined online and offline in their shopping behaviour. With Blocher Blocher Partner – the planning office focused on experience-driven retail projects – we have further in-house experts for this three-dimensional approach.” So the key is to communicate and act in a cross-division and competence way from the beginning – and there is no   better point of departure for planning like this than EuroShop, where specialists of all those relevant disciplines meet at the same time in the same place.

The physical installation of digital devices has long ceased to constitute a hurdle for shop fitters. It is true that the furniture must be equipped with power supplies and data cables and be as flexible as possible but this is easily mastered by many market players these days. The decisive point is: the overall concept comprising furniture, hardware, software and content must be right. Vitra also regards its “holistic approach to solutions a big advantage” and refers to the Vitra & Camper Pop-up project. Implemented in Weil am Rhein in 2015, this project, which received the EuroShop Retail Design Award in 2016, fused online and offline shopping. “Without giving too much away, we will take ideas of this project to the next level at EuroShop,” announces Vitra.

The protagonists here are increasingly attuning to the new requirements, in part also through alliances and cooperations. Austrian company Umdasch Shopfitting, which incidentally was also among the exhibitors of the first EuroShop held 50 years ago, took over the technology specialist MMIT Retail some time ago and established its “viBIZ-Digital Shopfitting” division. This move is to push the seamless integration of digital elements and their development. The innovations introduced so far include the electronic price labelling system “ESL.inclusive by umdasch”, the “viPOS-Wall” (a virtual Point-of-Sale), various digital signage solutions such as the head-up display and store traffic analysis, to name but a few.

Wanted: Flexible Solutions for Many Years to Come

“New modern ideas for addressing shoppers at the PoS that surprise customers require background processes. If the latter fail you easily lose control and innovations prove a flop,” says Jürgen Berens von Rautenfeld, Board Chairman at Online Software AG, and goes on to say: “This is why solutions are needed that lure shoppers into the stores, boost sales and can be managed efficiently in terms of staffing at the same time. Which is why the extremely easy handling of our software PRESTIGE enterprise is so important to us. It is designed for managing in-store communication on a wide variety of output media in many outlets. The modules are well thought-out down to the minutest detail and built to grow with the company.” For Vitra and Ansorg, the subsidiaries specialised in lighting solutions, it is also a known fact that “retailers seek flexible and long-lasting solutions that can be adapted to changing requirements and that allow them to get started initially with quick little steps and manageable budgets.”

Digital terminal devices already today open up numerous possibilities for sales support and customer communication. Berens von Rautenfeld sums up the trends as follows: “Personalised offers and location-based services that are perfectly geared to the respective customers are gaining in importance and will definitely feature prominently at EuroShop. And web portals and PoS will also be linked more closely. Retailers do not necessarily need their own webshop. The information, images and videos available on their company website can also be leveraged at the PoS – given the right technology – and contribute to a consistent appearance. Furthermore, the access to detailed product data such as origin, production and composition is massively gaining in importance. This information should be readily accessible any time for both sales staff and shoppers that are eager to know – be it via mobile terminal devices, steles, check-outs and scale monitors or digital shelves.”

Once Neglected now in Focus: Changing Cubicles

There is no scarcity of potential applications for digital elements. Just lately fashion retailers’ changing cubicles proved real “playgrounds”. Maybe also because they have been neglected for a long time and are often times too small, too scruffy and too poorly lit in shoppers’ opinion. Now light and multi-media installations as well as interactive digital tools turn cubicles into novel service rooms. Trying on garments at last becomes an enjoyable experience. Corresponding technical innovations were already presented at the last EuroShop. Be it Arclite, Cedes or Philips – many of the lighting suppliers active in the fashion industry exhibited special cubicle lighting solutions, some which are multi-media enabled. Osram, for instance, combined its dynamic LED illumination with a smart media system made by its subsidiary Traxon Technologies as part of the “Debut” project. At offices, restaurants or at the beach real ambient scenarios were filmed in the run-up to the project to measure the light conditions. These scenarios were then projected in a trial installation in the changing rooms of a fashion store in the USA – complete with matching music and birdsong. Depending on the garment selected – an evening outfit, business suit or bikini – shoppers can select the desired virtual environment and watch themselves in exactly the right light.

The latest EuroCIS in spring 2016 saw this trend continue. Here various digital elements for the changing room area were also among the highlights. By means of a stationary RFID reader or barcode scanner installed inside the cubicle the smart cubicle solutions identify the garments to be tried on. Touch-screen monitors display the other sizes and colours available. Even matching coordinates are proposed including information on availability or whether they can be ordered from another outlet or online. “alexa ePOS” is the name of a product of this kind made by Salt Solutions while Bütema has dubbed it the “Interactive Fitting Room”. Both vendors will also exhibit at EuroShop and visitors can already anticipate the further developments and new themes that lie ahead here.

EuroShop 2017 is open for trade visitors from Sunday, 5 March 2017, to Thursday, 9 March 2017, daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. 1-day tickets cost EUR 70.- (EUR 50.- purchased online beforehand (e-Ticket)),  2-day tickets cost EUR 90.- (EUR 70.- purchased online beforehand) and season tickets are EUR 150.- (EUR 130.- purchased online beforehand). Admission tickets include a free return trip to EuroShop on public transport marked VRR (Verkehrsverbund-Rhein-Ruhr).

EuroShop Basics:

In 1966 EuroShop was organised for the first time by Messe Düsseldorf and is held every three years. The EHI Retail Institute acts as the event’s conceptual sponsor. The last EuroShop in 2014 registered 2,229 exhibitors from 56 countries on over 116,000 m² of net exhibition space and 109,496 trade visitors, 63% of whom came from abroad.

For further information go to

Press Contact:
Dr. Cornelia Jokisch, Tanja Karl
Tel.: +49 (0)211/4560-998/-999
Fax: +49 (0)211/4560-8548

Source: EuroShop

Italian Federation of Athletics, Auchan and Simply launch initiative to promote athletics to students and their families

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2016/2017 edition of the initiative launched by Italian Federation of Athletics, in partnership with Auchan and Simply, dedicated to students and their families, was presented to the Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Sport and education are ready for the relay

“Athletics Generation” is a school project dedicated to highschool students and their families, with the goal to promote athletics and through its healthy lifestyles, balanced nutrition, self-respect and respect for the others.

The sharing of these values is the core of the new partnership between the Italian Federation of Athletics, Auchan and Simply, that together, thanks to their strong bond with the italian territory, are committed in involving the new generations in an educative and sporty project along all Italy.

In its first year, the project will touch 14 Italian cities, from North to South, and 500 classes, articulating through its educational, competitive and recreational stages. During the project athletics will be promoted even in unusual contests, less common but highly frequented by young people and their families, as the supermarkets.

At school – the educational stage

The participating classes will realize an essay regarding 3 topics focused on the value of athletes, the value of teams and the colors of nutrition. The essay can be realized through any format (video, photo feature, newspaper article, tale). To support their work, the classes will receive a “Project Kit” containing educational materials, for both students and teachers, structured according to the guideline of the healthy and correct nutrition defined by the Auchan and Simply Scientific Committee. FIDAL experts will visit the schools and support teachers during the sport preparation stage.

On the sports field – the competitive stage

Classes will face each other through running, throwing and jumping competitions at the sport facilities specified by FIDAL in each city. At the end of every competition day, a ranking will be compiled; that added to the essay valutation will determine the 3 finalists that will compete in the interregional finals, from which will be selected the 5 classes that will live the unique experience of being guests at the Runfest and participate to the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea on the 8th of june 2017 at the Olympic Stadium of Rome. The peculiarity of “Athletics Generation” is the attention given to the “value”: rankings will be compiled combining both the sport aspect and the educational one.

To the Shopping Mall – the funny stage

To make people live sport and its values even outside the stadium, in the Auchan and IperSimply locations located in the 14 italian cities involved in the initiative, it will be organized “The fastest boy contest. Young participants, coordinated by FIDAL experts, will have the opportunity to challenge a friend or a parent. A different way to experience the athletics enjoying themselves and prove their sprinter abilities.

“Your Secret Wish” – the school contest

With the purpose of getting closer to the school universe and more attentive to the teachers’ requests and needs, Auchan and Simply invented “Your Secret Wish” initiative. Each teacher enrolled in the project will have the possibility to express his/her Wish to support and promote the sport activities in his/her school. A specific Commission will revise all the Wishes, and the one that will obtain the highest valutation will be guaranted a €10,000 for its realization.

Source: Auchan Holdings

Beauty iQ: QVC to launch the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping network

Global leader in video and e-commerce is delivering live daily programming that combines social, retail and media as one; features beauty experts, influencers and brands

West Chester, Pa., 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beauty – all the time, anytime, anywhere. Today (October 25, 2016), QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, announced plans to launch the Beauty iQ network, the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping experience, to engage beauty lovers everywhere. Within a month of going live on October 31, Beauty iQ will be viewable in over 40 million homes in the U.S. via distributors including DirecTV, U-verse, Dish and Roku. Through Beauty iQ, beauty lovers will be able to enjoy beauty programming 24/7, including live programming five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET, and repeated immediately after for the West Coast audience.

The new beauty destination further bolsters QVC’s position as an innovative global, retail leader across digital and emerging platforms, at a dynamic time in the industry.

Beauty iQ will be a shoppable community for beauty lovers, experts and brands to discover their own true beauty, be inspired, and share their ideas and tips whenever they want, wherever they are. It will deliver the content they crave in one place that’s accessible everywhere – via the Beauty iQ network,,, on the QVC mobile app and via social channels including Facebook and Instagram.

“QVC has always been a trailblazer, creating the world’s most engaged shopping community that offers customers the combination of media, social and retail as one,” said Mike George, QVC President and CEO. “We have a 30-year history of discovering beauty brands and trends, and bringing new products to life by leveraging the best storytellers in the business, our experienced hosts and the innovators behind the brands. We know that an amazing shopping and entertainment experience knows no boundaries. We’ve listened to our customers and fans, and we know beauty is intrinsic to their lives. So we’re engaging with them on all the platforms they love and providing a new experience that caters to their passion for beauty.”

For QVC, the beauty category represented 17% of global sales in 2015. According to Euromonitor, the beauty industry in the U.S. generated revenues of $80 billion in 2015. Of that, $32 billion came from prestige beauty brands. Beauty iQ was inspired by QVC’s strategy to address one of the fastest growing categories in the U.S. retail industry.

Beauty iQ is expected to feature more than 50 prestige beauty brands including Givenchy, IT® Cosmetics, Edward Bess, Tarte, tatcha, Becca, Peter Thomas Roth, Josie Maran, and Nest and the experts behind them. This new shopping experience will highlight how-to tutorials, tips and experiences with products ranging from color cosmetics to fragrances and skin care.

“At IT Cosmetics, we believe that every woman is beautiful, and deserves to look and feel her most beautiful,” said IT Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima. “Our relationship with QVC has allowed us to reach women across the country with this message. This is why we are so honored and excited to be part of QVC’s new Beauty iQ! This amazing platform will allow us to further spread the IT love, and transform the way women view their own beauty.”

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about market conditions, market potential for Beauty iQ, the timing of the launch of Beauty iQ, the availability of Beauty iQ, the brands to be featured on Beauty iQ, the distribution platforms for Beauty iQ and other matters that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, market acceptance of new products or services, the ability of QVC to secure distribution and content for Beauty iQ and for customers to access or view Beauty iQ, and sales demand from such customers. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and QVC expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in QVC’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of QVC, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, for additional information about QVC and about the risks and uncertainties related to QVC’s business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., 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,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season

Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season
Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season


Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Start preparing those wish lists; the holiday shopping season is here. Today (October 25, 2016 ), Best Buy announced its annual “Top Tech” list — the 20 must-have technology products— just in time to get a head start on holiday shopping.

The list contains the hottest new and emerging technologies handpicked by Best Buy’s tech experts, from virtual reality and smart home products to drones and hair dryers (yes, hair dryers). It also includes the latest laptops, gaming systems, TVs, cameras and more. Customers can browse, learn about, preorder or buy them now in Best Buy stores and on

“This holiday, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers by taking out the guesswork as they shop for friends, family or even themselves,” said Mike Mohan, chief merchandising officer at Best Buy. “These products showcase the newest, most innovative trends and what’s truly possible with technology.”

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is predicting that nearly 70 percent of consumers will buy tech gifts this holiday.

Without further ado, Best Buy’s Top Tech of 2016 (in no particular order):

  • Google Home
  • Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Wireless Headphones
  • Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 Laptop
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Oculus Rift
  • Sony PlayStation VR
  • Sony 65” Class LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range
  • GoPro Hero5 Black
  • DJI Mavic Pro Drone
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Microsoft Xbox One S
  • Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
  • iPhone 7
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Rand McNally OverDryve Connected Car System
  • HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S7

To get a leg up on their shopping, customers can now enjoy discounts on many Top Tech gifts — including $100 off iPad Pro 9.7-inch and $100 off Lenovo Yoga 910 — today through Saturday, Oct. 29. Visit for a full list of the deals.

Holiday Shopping Events

On Saturday, Nov. 5, customers can play with and score great deals on select Top Tech products and other must-have items at Best Buy’s special holiday shopping events. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, shoppers can interact with and get demonstrations of a range of Top Tech products, including Google Home, OverDryve, and more, in 400 stores across the U.S.

And for the first time, gaming fans will be able to experience Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on the new PlayStation 4 Pro, featuring 4K, in select Magnolia Home Theater locations.

Geek Squad Has Your Back

And the bow on the box: Free in-store set-up or advice on select Top Tech products for My Best Buy members, giving customers looking for Geek Squad’s help another great reason to join My Best Buy at no cost. Today, Geek Squad supports most things customers plug into their homes or cars, optimizing home theater systems, creating fast and secure home networks, and helping harness the power of the Internet of Things with smart home products.

Tech Help Makes the Holidays Easy

Customers also can take comfort knowing that Geek Squad’s expert assistance is available remotely whenever they need it during the hectic holiday season. As added security for most of the gifts customers purchase at Best Buy, Geek Squad Protection plans include an extra month of coverage for all but Mobile Complete Protection Plans. Geek Squad 24/7 Support provides device set-up, unlimited virus removal, Internet Security Software and additional ongoing support for up to three computers or tablets for the length of the plan. Geek Squad even helps tackle slow speeds, buffering, device connectivity and other home networking problems with Home Wi-Fi Setup & Support. An agent will set up a new or existing router to maximize performance and optimize security in-home or same-day remotely, and deliver ongoing remote Wi-Fi support for the length of the plan.

Free Shipping on Everything

This holiday season, Best Buy again makes it easy for holiday shoppers to cross everything off their gift lists. Customers will get free shipping on everything when they shop on, now through Dec. 24.

And for those who can’t wait for their new tech, customers can pick up their orders for free at their local Best Buy stores.

Source: Best Buy


10-disc boxed set “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” available only at Target

  • Brooks’ new album with two Target-exclusive bonus songs will be part of the retailer’s boxed set available Nov. 11, two weeks ahead of the album’s standalone national release
  • Target to offer the exclusive 10-disc boxed set and new “Christmas Together” duets album as a limited-release pre-order bundle for $29.99 on

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and Garth Brooks today ( announced the complete track listing and pre-order information for “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection,” the 10-disc boxed set featuring Brooks’ new studio album and nine discs of curated music from his celebrated catalog. The collection, available only at Target, features 18 previously unreleased tracks, including the highly-anticipated 25th anniversary edition of “Friends in Low Places” with special guests George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban.

“Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” ($29.99) will be released on Nov. 11, two weeks prior to the studio album’s national standalone street date on Nov. 25 for Pearl Records, Inc. During the pre-order, which began today on, fans can purchase a limited-release $29.99 holiday bundle – the 10-disc collection and “Christmas Together,” the first-ever duets album with Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood.

“The Target boxed set IS the ultimate collection. Ten discs, previously unreleased tracks, and never before audio releases of some of the biggest moments in Garth music history, makes me love this collection,” said Brooks. “For example, the 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Friends in Low Places’ with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban is only available in this box and will be gone when the boxes are gone. I applaud Target for making so much music available at such an incredible value. Target has made this boxed set the gift to give and receive this holiday season.”

“We’ve worked with Garth to create a truly compelling offer at a value that’s simply unbeatable,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Not only will we have Garth’s new album two weeks before it is available anywhere else, we’ve also filled our boxed set with highly anticipated tracks that guests will only ever find at Target. In total, it’s a can’t-miss music moment for Garth’s fans and music lovers of all ages.”

Brooks’ new studio album, which he describes as feeling like summer all year long, is the perfect companion to nine thematic playlist discs of unreleased and remastered hits. In addition to the 25th anniversary edition of “Friends in Low Places,” which appears as one of two Target-exclusive tracks on his new studio album, the boxed set also includes “The Road: The Live Recordings.” The two-disc live album features some of Brooks’ biggest crowd pleasers and special collaborations, including never-before-released live recordings of “New York State Of Mind” with Billy Joel, “In Another’s Eyes” with Trisha Yearwood and “American Pie” featuring Don McLean.

For the latest news about “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” and the singer’s partnership with Target, fans can visit

The full track listing for “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” is as follows:

Old School

1. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

2. If Tomorrow Never Comes

3. 1982+

4. Unwound

5. Longneck Bottle

6. Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House

7. Good Ol’ Boys Like Me

8. Amos Moses

9. That Ol’ Wind

10. Alabama Clay

11. White Lightning

12. Don’t Close Your Eyes

Midnight Fire

1.   Shameless

2.   The Red Strokes

3.   She’s Every Woman

4.   What She’s Doing Now

5.   In Another’s Eyes (The Duet with Trisha Yearwood)

6.   One Night a Day

7.   A Friend to Me

8.   Anonymous

9.   Victim Of The Game

10. Which One of Them

11. More Than A Memory

12. To Make You Feel My Love


1.   Good Ride Cowboy

2.   Rodeo

3.   That Girl Is A Cowboy

4.   Rodeo Or Mexico

5.   Night Rider’s Lament

6.   My Baby No Esta Aqui

7.   Cowgirl’s Saddle

8.   Cowboy Bill

9.   Midnight Sun

10. Rodeo And Juliet

11. In Lonesome Dove

12. The Cowboy Song

The Road (Disc One)

1.   Standing Outside The Fire

2.   Rodeo

3.   Shameless

4.   If Tomorrow Never Comes

5.   That Summer

6.   In Another’s Eyes (Duet With Trisha Yearwood)+

7.   Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

8.   Unanswered Prayers

9.   Longneck Bottle

10. One Night A Day+

11. To Make You Feel My Love

12. Wrapped Up In You (Featuring Keb Mo)

13. The River

14. American Pie (Featuring Don McLean)+

The Road (Disc Two)

1.   The Thunder Rolls (The Long Version)

2.   Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House

3.   Two Piña Coladas

4.   More Than A Memory

5.   Good Ride Cowboy

6.   Wild As The Wind (Duet With Trisha Yearwood)

7.   Working For A Living (The Duet With Huey Lewis In LA)

8.   It’s Your Song

9.   New York State Of Mind (The Duet With Billy Joel)+

10. Midnight Sun+

11. The Dance


1.   The Dance

2.   Standing Outside The Fire

3.   Unanswered Prayers

4.   Thicker Than Blood

5.   How You Ever Gonna Know

6.   The Change

7.   Belleau Wood

8.   People Loving People

9.   The River

10. Mom

11. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream

12. When You Come Back To Me Again

The Covers

1.   Against The Wind

2.   Sweet Home Alabama

3.   Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

4.   Mrs. Robinson

5.   Midnight Train To Georgia

6.   (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

7.   Hard Luck Woman (With Kiss)

8.   Who’ll Stop The Rain

9.   Wild World

10. All Right Now

11. Drift Away

12. Goodnight Saigon


1.   Against The Grain

2.   She’s Tired Of Boys

3.   Rollin’

4.   Addicted To Love

5.   Cold Like That

6.   You Move Me

7.   Ireland

8.   Don’t Cross The River

9.   I’ll Be The Wind

10. Doctor My Eyes

11. Working For A Living (The Duet With Huey Lewis)

12. Do What You Gotta Do

Turn It Up

1.   The Thunder Rolls

2.   That Summer

3.   You Wreck Me

4.   Why Ain’t I Running

5.   Wrapped Up In You

6.   I’d Rather Have Nothing

7.   Allison Miranda

8.   Black Water

9.   Midnight Train

10. Dixie Chicken

11. Man Against Machine

12. Two Piña Coladas


1.   Honky-Tonk Somewhere+

2.   Weekend+

3.   Ask Me How I Know+

4.   Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance+

5.   He Really Loves You+

6.   Whiskey To Wine+

7.   BANG! BANG! +

8.   Pure Adrenaline+

9.   8teen+

10. SugarCane+ (Target exclusive track)

11. Cowboys and Friends+

12. Friends In Low Places – 25th Anniversary Edition+ (Target exclusive track)

+ indicates previously unreleased track

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,800 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

About Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  In two years the tour is approaching 5 million tickets sold making it the biggest tour in the world. He also just received his 11th nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the CMA Awards.

Recently Garth launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his next album. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. EDT.

Media Contact:

Lee Henderson
Target Communications
(612) 761-6408

Nancy Seltzer
Nancy Seltzer & Associates
(323) 938-3562

Source: Target

Sequential Brands Group partners with Guirenniao Co., Ltd. to bring AND1® basketball brand to China

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today (Oct. 26, 2016) that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Guirenniao Co., Ltd. (“GRN”) to bring the AND1® basketball brand to China.

Under the new agreement, GRN will work closely with the Company to develop and distribute a line of men’s and boys’ basketball apparel, accessories and footwear. The collection will launch in 2017 across both traditional and digital retail channels. Standalone AND1 retail stores as well as women’s apparel and footwear is planned for 2018.

“With over 300 million people in China playing basketball and a rapidly growing interest in the sport, we see an incredible opportunity to engage with consumers in a critical market, as we look to further expand the AND1 brand globally,” said Eddie Esses, President of Sequential’s Active Division.

“We are pleased to partner with Sequential Brands Group to introduce an authentic lifestyle basketball brand like AND1 to Chinese consumers,” stated Mr. Tianfu Lin, Chairman of Guirenniao Co., Ltd. “This partnership will serve as an important milestone in the strategic growth and development of GRN as we plan to invest substantially in making AND1 a major sports brand throughout China.”

AND1® is a premier basketball footwear and apparel brand that has remained synonymous with the game of basketball and its streetball lifestyle for nearly 25 years. Today, the mission of the brand remains a never-ending quest for excellence on and off the court. AND1’s footwear, apparel and accessories can be found at select retailers around the world. For more information, visit

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion and active categories, which includes the AND1® basketball brand. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

About Guirenniao Co., Ltd. (“GRN”)
GRN is a leading sports brand in China with over 4,000 stores across the country. Listed on the main board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, GRN is China’s only sports brand listed in mainland China. Established in 1987, GRN has been enjoying exciting growth by offering exceptional style, quality, service and value to Chinese consumers. GRN is actively building a universe of sports to offer consumers a total sports experience, covering sports media, e-commerce, sports talent management, campus sports program, multi-brand retail networks, and sports investment.

Media Contact:

Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Jaime Cassavechia
+1 212-518-4771 x108

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

The Home Store at JCPenney to debut wider range of home products for the millennial shopper

The Home Store at JCPenney to debut wider range of home products for the millennial shopper
The Home Store at JCPenney to debut wider range of home products for the millennial shopper


PLANO, Texas, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — There is no place like home for the millennial, which is why JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] has announced today (Oct. 25, 2016)  an updated assortment of fashion bedding, window coverings and soft home basics designed for this increasingly important demographic. Debuting this fall, a wider selection of modern, casual and transitional designs will be reflected in Studio™ by JCP Home, Royal Velvet® and JCPenney Home®. These trusted private brands boast on-trend style, quality and value, boosting the Company’s strategic merchandising effort to revitalize and differentiate the home furnishings found only at JCPenney.

“As the largest generation of consumers today, millennials have high expectations for their homes. They want to be inspired by their surroundings, opting for a balance of clean lines, modern styles and classic finishes when it comes to home décor,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “We found that many young adults have transitional taste that crosses over between traditional and contemporary style, influencing our merchant, design and trend teams to incorporate more modern and casual elements into some of our most popular private brands.”

A key learning about the Gen Y culture is that they often gather design ideas from blogs and social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram that show how to layer various prints, textures and color schemes to create a cohesive design aesthetic. Some of the Company’s most engaging pins offer tips and tricks on how to incorporate JCPenney home products into the latest seasonal trends. Understanding the importance of providing visual inspiration, beginning Oct. 28, The Home Store at JCPenney will display more bedding ensembles featuring modern, casual and transitional designs created with the millennial home shopper in mind. These in-store lifestyle presentations help customers visualize an entire look or they can visit the JCPenney Pinterest board “Where The Heart Is” to see how easy it is to mix and match pieces from multiple brands to create a unique expression of style.

Studio for Modern Living
Studio by JCPenney Home is undergoing a resurrection with a stronger emphasis on the modern aesthetic. The JCPenney trend and design teams have infused modern abstract designs and geometric motifs in over one-third of the fall Studio collection, including bedding, bath accessories and window treatments. Influenced by city lofts and urban living, the brand features clean lines, textured fabrics and rich, bold colors including teals, grays and browns. Updated modern window treatments topped with sleek grommets complement the bedding and bath collections and now offers coordinating curtain rods. Later this month, Studio will introduce two new modern bedding patterns in stores, Omega and Asher, designed to bring a modern elegance to any bedroom.

Royal Velvet Meets Casual Sophistication
Known for its intricate design and traditional, detailed prints, the JCPenney trend and design teams have introduced a more casual element to Royal Velvet, while still preserving the brand’s rich heritage. In addition to distressed, tonal colors including linen neutrals, blues and grays, customers will find stamped medallions and traditional ikat prints designed to appeal to the younger, millennial shopper. The casual designs featured throughout the brand still offer the luxurious look she desires with matching sheets, bath and window treatments available. To complement her new bedding, Royal Velvet is launching an oversized, Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel and coordinating rug, beginning on Dec. 2. With increased absorbency and softness, the towel is fade resistant and comes in 13 solid colors and four jacquard prints.

Making Style Versatile with JCPenney Home
JCPenney Home is a relaxed and casual collection of bedding, bath and window treatments that can be dressed up, or dressed down, to fit a variety of design aesthetics. With distressed fabrics, eclectic and classic prints and unique touches of decorative accents, JCPenney has created a transitional and fresh assortment of merchandise that appeals to the Gen Y shopper. Neutral colors are key with gray, golden yellow, new blues and spice tones featured throughout the JCPenney Home collection. By choosing JCPenney Home products and embracing the transitional trend, home shoppers can color outside the lines and create their own unique design aesthetic – something that has come to personify the millennial generation.

No matter what design style a shopper prefers, The Home Store at JCPenney has the most popular trends and looks, all for an incredible value. Studio, Royal Velvet and JCPenney Home are featured in the Home Fall/Winter Style Book 2016, which is available to view at

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world‐class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
follow us at @jcpnews

Source: JCPenney


British Land brought together retailers and the local community to celebrate Teesside’s 25th birthday

British Land brought together retailers and the local community to celebrate Teesside's 25th birthday
British Land brought together retailers and the local community to celebrate Teesside’s 25th birthday


London, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teesside, Stockton celebrated its 25th birthday at the weekend with events that brought together retailers, consumers, the centre team and the local community.

Since opening in October 1991, Teesside has welcomed more than 150 million shoppers through its doors and made an important contribution to the Tees Valley as a driver of regeneration, jobs, training, economic success and caring for the local community.

A £30m complete transformation of the scheme is underway and includes the introduction of new, double-height bespoke glazed shopfronts, a new management suite with improved customer facilities, the creation of smaller units and high quality public realm. Facade improvement works have already been completed on 15 units this year with more planned for 2017.

New retailers introduced to the scheme as a result of the refurbishment so far include Paperchase, Moss Bros, Charles Clinkard, Holland & Barrett, Nando’s and EE. Both River Island and Next have upsized to 16,700 sq ft overall and 55,000 sq ft overall respectively. The combination of all of the above has resulted in increases in dwell time, frequency, retail conversion and catering spend and an innovative new food concept will be launched next month.

The centre contributes £50 million each year to the Tees Valley economy and 6% of all business rates collected by Stockton and Middlesbrough Councils, worth £8.7 million a year, come from Teesside. The centre supports 1 job in every 100 with up to 2,400 jobs at the centre. 80% of people who work at Teesside live in Stockton and Middlesbrough and there are currently 30 apprentices at the centre learning while they earn.

Teesside also supports the local community with £234,000 contributed over the last five years which has benefitted local people, charities and community groups.  Over the past five years almost 1,300 school children have chosen free books and taken part in fun, educational literacy events at Teesside as part of British Land’s long term sponsorship of the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme.

Teesside is ranked the number two UK retail park by Javelin and the number four UK super park by CACI and is one of the best trading schemes in the country for many retailers.

Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail & Leisure for British Land, said: “We are extremely proud to have been at the heart of the Tees Valley community since 1991. We continue to invest in Teesside in response to the changing ways people live their lives to ensure it remains an outstanding place for modern consumer lifestyles for the next 25 years.”

Teesside comprises 475,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and is home to more than 50 retail and leisure brands including Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M and River Island.

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

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

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

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

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

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

Investor Relations:
Jonathan Rae
British Land
020 7467 2938

Media Relation:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Emma Hammond
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

Gordon Simpson
Finsbury Group
020 7251 3801

Source: British Land


The John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Paula Nickolds as Managing Director

London, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces today ( 25 October 2016) that Paula Nickolds will be appointed Managing Director, John Lewis.

Paula joined the Partnership in 1994 as a graduate trainee in John Lewis Oxford Street. She held a number of senior roles before joining the John Lewis management board as Buying & Brand Director in 2013. Most recently as Commercial Director, she has been responsible for innovation in John Lewis’s product assortment and the look and feel of its shops.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘At a time of transformation in the retail sector, Paula’s progressive and dynamic leadership is just what’s needed for the next phase of modern retailing.’

Paula Nickolds said: ‘As a Partner with 22 years service, I know just how special the John Lewis Partnership is. Driven by our unique business model, and with innovation in our DNA, I am immensely excited to lead John Lewis on the next stage of our journey.’

Paula will take up the position from January 2017. Dino Rocos will be the lead director responsible for John Lewis operations between 28 October and Paula’s start date, focusing on the delivery of seamless customer service during the critical peak trading period.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK,, 350 Waitrose shops, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 88,900 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, as well as specialist online shops including for wine and for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:


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Telephone: 020 7638 9571

John Lewis Partnership

Katie Robson
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis Partnership
Mobile: 07764 675608

Sian Grieve
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis
Mobile: 07525 271812

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Moynat reinvents Russia leather in its new collection

Moynat reinvents Russia leather in its new collection
Moynat reinvents Russia leather in its new collection


Paris, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Faithful to its values, Maison Moynat has marked the renaissance of Russia leather with an updated version of this mythic material. With its exceptional qualities, Russia leather was widely used to craft leather articles and leather goods for over three centuries. It disappeared in the early 20th century in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution. In 2017, a new collection from Moynat will once again reveal its rare splendor.

Maison Moynat, which has made unique trunks and travel objects since 1849, is reinventing Russia leather in a contemporary version. Renowned for its durability, beauty and distinctive smoky scent, the leather was produced exclusively in Russia from the 17th to the beginning of the 20th century. The special tanning process employed was a jealously guarded secret. The material was widely used in Russia for everything from army gear and travel articles to leather goods, becoming popular in Western Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. After centuries of predominance, Russia leather disappeared in 1922 with the advent of the Russian revolution.

Now Maison Moynat is bringing back this rare and precious leather. Moynat Creative Director Ramesh Nair dreamed of reviving this legend. For this daunting challenge, Moynat worked in collaboration with Tanneries Roux, a tannery belonging to the LVMH Group. Following long and meticulous research, they rediscovered and then updated the original formula. The new version, which Moynat has dubbed “Imperial Calfskin”, has an elegant scent that melds smoke, incense and myrrh. Moynat will unveil a new collection in this exceptional and exclusive leather in 2017, including the iconic Gabrielle handbag.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Nordstrom to hire 11,400 seasonal employees for the busy holiday season

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) is hiring approximately 11,400 seasonal employees to serve customers at its Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, as well as in its fulfillment and distribution centers that support the company’s stores,,, HauteLook and Trunk Club. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the Nordstrom Careers page

“During the busy holiday season, we need to add great people to our teams who are excited to help us serve Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Hautelook and Trunk Club customers,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores, Nordstrom, Inc. “This is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door with the company, take care of customers, gain some great experience and possibly, start a career with us.”

Nordstrom 2016 Holiday hiring:

  • Approximately 9,500 people in sales and stock positions at its 123 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada and 213 Nordstrom Rack stores in the U.S.
  • Another 1,900 people to support the company’s stores and ecommerce business across all shifts in Receiving, Stock, Picking and Packing at its fulfillment centers located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and San Bernardino, California; and its distribution centers located in Portland, Oregon; Dubuque, Iowa; Ontario, California; Newark, California; Gainesville, Florida; and Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Part-time and full-time seasonal positions are available, with the possibility of some roles becoming regular positions. Benefits include a merchandise discount at Nordstrom,, Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook.

Click to Tweet: ‘Tis the season for holiday hiring at @Nordstrom, @nordstromrack and @hautelook! Browse more than 11,000 positions:

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 123 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 213 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.


Tara Darrow
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom’s EVP and CFO Mike Koppel to retire in spring 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom announced today (Oct. 24, 2016) that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mike Koppel has shared his plans to retire from the company in spring 2017. Koppel will remain in his role until then to support the search for a new CFO and assist with his successor’s transition. Koppel joined Nordstrom in 1999 and has been the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2001.

“We are extremely grateful for all of the contributions Mike has made over his 17 years as a leader at Nordstrom,” said Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, Inc. “Mike has played an integral role in our company’s story, helping guide us through significant periods of expansion, growth and investment. He has provided our company with tremendous knowledge and strategic financial expertise that has always been grounded with an unwavering focus on taking care of the customer. He will be sorely missed and we wish him the absolute best in his well-deserved retirement.”

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 123 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 213 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Trina Schurman
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-6503

Tara Darrow
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3016

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Trolls to visit Carrefour stores throughout Romania from 20 October to 7 December


Romania, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The colourful fun characters from the animated film Trolls will be making appearances in all Carrefour stores throughout the country from 20 October to 7 December. Customers will get to meet them in Carrefour hypermarkets and Carrefour Market and Billa stores, as well as in Express and Contact stores. There are 16 magnets to be collected in order to complete the Trolls album, as well as 32 decorative ornaments for the Christmas tree!

The adventure begins as soon as you make a purchase! Whenever customers purchase partner products – specially marked on the stores’ shelves – they’ll get given troll bags containing: 1 magnet, 1 Christmas tree ornament and 1 point. For every 100 leu (around €22) that they spend in Carrefour hypermarkets, every 30 leu that they spend in Market and Billa stores and every 20 leu that they spend in Express and Contact stores, customers are given 1 bag. The magnetic-surface albums – specially created for collecting the 16 magnets – are on sale in all participating stores. Furthermore, as soon as they have collected 30 troll points, customers get 50% off the purchase of a Branch or Poppy teddy bear.

From the creators of Shrek, animated film Trolls is a comedy for the whole family, full of music and adventures which will captivate people of all ages.

With Carrefour Romania’s help, all of its customers can discover this incredible “trollific” world!

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail:

Source: Carrefour


AmazonFresh expands to Chicago and Dallas

  • Customers can shop for fresh groceries, beauty products, household goods, and more – all for same-day or next-day delivery, seven days a week
  • So far this year, AmazonFresh has also launched in Northern Virginia, Boston, Baltimore, and London, and expanded service in New York, New Jersey,Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, West Virginia and areas of Northern California including Oakland,Fresno, Santa Rosa, Stockton, and Walnut Creek
  • For a limited time, new AmazonFresh customers can start a 30-day free trial and receive $25 off their first order of $75 or more by entering FRESH25 at checkout

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 26, 2016) announced that AmazonFresh has expanded to Chicago and Dallas. These new cities add to the growing list of regions where AmazonFresh is available, including recently-launched Northern Virginia, Boston, Baltimore, and London. AmazonFresh is also available in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Stamford, Trenton, seven regions across California – Los Angeles, Riverside,San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton – and more.

With AmazonFresh, customers can combine grocery and other shopping into one seamless experience that easily fits into their busy lives. Customers can order a wide range of items, including everything from fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products to beauty products and household goods. AmazonFresh offers same-day or next-day delivery, with convenient delivery windows, including the option of either attended or unattended delivery. Customers can place an order in the morning and have it delivered as early as that same evening, or order before going to bed and have the items on their doorstep in time for breakfast the next day.

“We continue to expand AmazonFresh into new regions so that more and more customers can take advantage of the service,” said Ben Hartman, VP of AmazonFresh. “Whether they are busy with family, work, travel, or something else, we believe all Prime members will enjoy the convenience and flexibility of AmazonFresh, in addition to the vast selection and low prices that the service offers.”

Customers can use AmazonFresh for just $14.99 per month as an Add-on to their Prime membership. Plus, for a limited time, new customers can start a 30-day free trial of AmazonFresh and receive $25 off their first order of $75 or more by entering FRESH25 at checkout.

More About AmazonFresh

Convenience: Customers enjoy unlimited delivery with the new monthly AmazonFresh membership. They can also easily shop AmazonFresh from anywhere using the mobile Amazon App. In addition, AmazonFresh customers who are not currently in a free trial can now get the all-new Amazon Dash for free with first use. The Amazon Dash is an easy-to-use shopping device that allows customers to effortlessly shop from anywhere in their home by voice search or barcode scanning. After buying the device for $20, customers will receive a $20 credit the first time they use the device.

Low Prices: Not only does Amazon offer low prices across its entire selection, including fresh groceries, but customers can also shop discounts and special offers daily through AmazonFresh.

Vast Selection: In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products, customers can choose from a wide range of pet supplies, baby items, beauty products, and selection made exclusively for AmazonFresh customers like the Single Cow Burger, a new high-quality beef product. AmazonFresh also offers products from popular local shops and restaurants in each region through the Local Market program.

Get Started: To use AmazonFresh, customers can simply go to and sign up for a free 30-day trial of the service. After the free trial, Prime members can continue to shop AmazonFresh for a monthly fee of $14.99.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon added more than 60 new brands to Dash Button

  • Dash Button orders up over 5x in the last year
  • Even more brands now see a majority of Amazon orders for popular items coming via Dash Button including Hefty, Peet’s Coffee and ARM & HAMMER
  • More than 200 Dash Buttons now available, including new additions from Bai, Cheez-It, Folgers, Fresh Kitty, Meow Mix, Milk Bone, PoopBags, Pop-Tarts, Powerade, PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes, ZonePerfect, and many others

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prime members are increasingly using an Amazon Dash Button ( to conveniently reorder everyday essentials and, today (Oct. 25, 2016), Amazon added more than 60 new brands to the program. New additions include Bai, Cheez-It, Folgers, Fresh Kitty, Meow Mix, Milk Bone, PoopBags, Pop-Tarts, Powerade, PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes, ZonePerfect, and many others.

“We’re thrilled to see more and more Prime members experiencing the convenience of Dash Button and restocking their everyday essentials with a simple press of a button – from toilet paper to coffee and dish soap to snacks. As a result, we’re seeing exponential growth for the program and orders increased over 5x in the last year,” said Daniel Rausch, Director of Amazon Dash.

In addition to adding brands in the US today, the program also recently expanded internationally – in August, it launched in Austria, Germany, and the UK, and Dash Buttons for a majority of brands there sold out in a single day.

An increasing number of Prime members are using Dash Button. In fact, a majority of Amazon orders are made via Dash Button for popular items from brands such as Hefty, Peet’s Coffee, and ARM & HAMMER. Customers will now find even more brands to choose from across a variety of new beverages and pantry essentials, as well as pet treats and personal care items like toothbrush heads and dry shampoo.

“Customers never want to reach for a new trash bag and find out the box is empty – with Dash Button, we’re helping ensure our customers never go through that dreaded moment,” said Brandi Pitts, Head of eCommerce, Reynolds Consumer Products. “And the program has been so successful that for some of our products, orders via Dash Button for Hefty now occur more often than orders on the website.”

“We’re excited at the number of Peet’s Dash Buttons out there, allowing Peet’s fans (‘Peetniks’) to consistently get the freshest coffee when they want it,” said Alison Zamanian, Sr. Manager, E-Commerce, Peet’s Coffee. “A significant number of Amazon orders for favorites, like French Roast and Sumatra K-Cup Packs, are now placed with a Dash Button.”

Here’s what customers are saying about Dash Button:

“It’s like watching The Jetsons – pushing a button and something gets here. It’s futuristic and the next step of shopping.” – Emily

“I noticed we were on the last 3 pods, and it was so easy and convenient to not leave the house. I was excited to push the button. I pushed it, got a quick email and message from the Amazon app, and it was on its way.” – Elyza

“It’s a new and interesting and exciting thing, I couldn’t help myself. I thought the $5 was a steal because of the technology behind it and what the possibilities were.” – Julie

“I picked up the Greenies dog treat button because you can’t get them at a normal store, so it’s not worth it to go to the pet store for one item. It fits a need for items I don’t get on a grocery run.” – Steve

Dash Buttons are available to Prime members for $4.99, and they’re essentially free—with the first order through a Dash Button, members receive a $4.99 credit to their Amazon account. If a customer is running low on an everyday essential, they can simply press a Dash Button to automatically reorder the item at the same low prices they find sold by Amazon online and with free Prime shipping. Customers can receive a notification with every order and can change the product purchased through their Dash Button anytime. Prime members can order a Dash Button at

Starting today, Prime members will now find the following new Dash Buttons at

  • Airheads
  • Amazing Grass
  • Amazon Basics Batteries
  • Amazon Basics Pets
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Amope
  • athletic edge
  • Bai
  • Barkworthies
  • Barnana
  • Batiste
  • Blum Naturals
  • BSN
  • cafe alloro
  • Cafe Bustelo
  • Cheez-It
  • Coca-Cola
  • Coromega
  • Curate
  • Dasani Drops
  • Diet Coke
  • Doggie Walk Bags
  • Dreamwater
  • Earnest Eats
  • Earth Friendly
  • Ensure
  • Folgers
  • Fresh kitty
  • Happy Belly
  • Heavenly Tea
  • IsoPure
  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics
  • Joola
  • Kodiak Cakes
  • Krave Jerky
  • Laundress
  • Loma Linda
  • Mederma
  • Meow Mix
  • Milk Bone
  • Neat
  • Orgain
  • Perky Jerky
  • Pets First
  • Philips Sonicare
  • PoopBags
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Powerade
  • Preggie Drops
  • Pup-peroni
  • Puracy
  • PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes
  • Puroast coffee
  • Queasy Drops
  • Racing Optics
  • Repurpose
  • Samovar tea
  • Scotch laminates
  • Similac
  • SOS Hydrate
  • SportDogFood
  • Surgeon’s Skin secret
  • Veeda
  • Wonderful Pistachios
  • Wunderbrow
  • ZonePerfect

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Amazon announces free one-hour delivery for Prime members in Brooklyn from more than 130 popular restaurants

Prime members in Brooklyn can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, including Roberta’s Pizza, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Momofuku Milk Bar, Talde, Miriam, Hill Country BBQ & Chicken, and many more

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Oct. 25, 2016) announced that Prime members in Brooklyn can now enjoy free one-hour delivery from more than 130 popular restaurants, including Roberta’s Pizza, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Momofuku Milk Bar, Talde, Miriam, Hill Country BBQ & Chicken, and many more. Using the Prime Now mobile app or visiting the Prime Now website, Brooklyn customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their delivery courier travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

“We are excited to bring Brooklyn’s vibrant food scene right to our customers’ door with free delivery in an hour or less,” said Gus Lopez, general manager,Amazon Restaurants. “Prime members are loving the convenience of superfast delivery and now customers can choose from more than 500 restaurants available in Manhattan and Brooklyn.”

Once an order is placed, the food will be delivered to the customer in an hour or less. Prime Now Restaurant Delivery offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups or hidden service fees and delivery on all orders is free. If a customer finds a restaurant item on Prime Now that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant’s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund that customer the price of the item.

“Having opened our doors in downtown Brooklyn two years ago, Hill Country is excited to get our food to even more fans across all of Brooklyn,” said March Glosserman, founder and CEO of Hill Country Group. “We are excited to be partnering with an ecommerce and logistics leader like Amazon which, like us, puts the customer experience first.”

Participating Brooklyn restaurants include:

  • 67 Burger
  • Action Bruger
  • Agra Taj Mahal
  • Aita Trattoria
  • Ali’s Restaurant
  • Ange Noir Cafe
  • Antica Pesa
  • Aperture Restaurant
  • Asea Modern Asian Bistro
  • Asya Indian Restaurant
  • Autumn Asian Restaurant
  • Avlee Greek Kitchen
  • Baker’s Dozen
  • Banhmigos
  • Batata
  • Bear
  • Bergen Bagels
  • Bergen Dean Sandwich Shop
  • BKLYN Larder
  • Blue Ribbon Brasserie
  • Boomwich
  • Bourbon Springs
  • Brewshot
  • Brickhouse Pizzeria
  • Bricolage
  • Broccolino
  • Brooklyn Kolache Co
  • Brooklyn Standard
  • Brownstone Bagels
  • Buffalo Boss
  • Carnem Prime Steakhouse
  • Cent’Anni
  • Champs Diner
  • Chez Alex
  • Chick P
  • City Subs
  • Court Street Grocers
  • Court Street Grocers Hero Shop
  • Cubana Cafe
  • Da Ciro
  • Desy’s Clam Bar
  • Die Stammkneipe/Der Schwarze Kölner
  • Divine Bar & Grill
  • Early
  • F&M Cafe & Restaurant
  • Falafel Bros
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue
  • Forno Rosso Pizzeria
  • Forte Cafe
  • Foster Sundry
  • Four & Twenty Blackbirds
  • Franny’s
  • Fuel Juice Bar
  • God Bless USA Deli
  • Grand Ferry Tavern
  • Grandma’s House
  • Hail Mary
  • Hell Phone
  • Hill County Barbecue Market
  • Hill Country Chicken
  • Humo Smokehouse
  • Hungry?
  • Ideya
  • Indian Curry Heights
  • Island Cz Café
  • Jake’s Handcrafted
  • Juicery Kitchen
  • Jun Shokudo
  • Junior’s Restaurant
  • JUS By Julie
  • Kestane Kebab
  • Kimchi Grill
  • Kinara II Indian Restaurant
  • Kittery
  • Krupa Grocery
  • Kulushkat Gourmet Falafel
  • L’Albero dei Gelati
  • Little Choc Apothecary
  • Littleneck
  • Lucha Lucha
  • Luck Thai
  • Lumpia Shack
  • Mahal Kita
  • Mekelburg’s
  • Miriam
  • Momofuku Milk Bar
  • Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen
  • Naked Dog
  • Nimbooda
  • Norberts 3
  • Norbert’s Pizza
  • Pair Wine & Cheese
  • Patisserie Tomoko
  • Pearl Indian Restaurant
  • Piece of Velvet
  • Pillow Cafe Lounge
  • Pinto
  • Pio Bagel
  • Pizza Party
  • Pizza Superstar
  • Prospect
  • Putnam’s Pub & Cooker
  • Queen of Falafel
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Riverdel
  • Roberta’s Pizza
  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill
  • Saltie
  • Santos Anne
  • Sea Thai
  • Slick Willie
  • Spice
  • Station
  • Sugar Couture Cafe
  • Summers Juice & Coffee
  • Sweet Chili
  • Table 87
  • Talde
  • The Bounty
  • The Burger Bistro
  • The Bushwick Bagel House
  • The Federal Bar
  • The Sandwich Shop
  • The Starlight
  • The V Spot
  • Toad Style
  • Toro Ironworks Kitchen & Bar
  • Tutu’s
  • Two Boots
  • Wafels and Dinges
  • Yaso Tangbao

Prime members can download the Prime Now app or visit the Prime Now website to enter their zip code and see if the service is available in their area. In zip codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

To learn more about Amazon Restaurants or to download the Prime Now mobile app, visit For restaurants interested in working with Amazon Restaurants, please visit

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#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Going in sync with UAE’s vision towards a sustainable environment, LuLu Group International had combined forces with the ADDC to bring forth awareness towards conserving water through the #LuLuSaveWaterChallenge in March, 2016.

The campaign aimed at creating awareness and guiding the residents of Abu Dhabi in conserving water resources and rewarding them for the same. The initiative was conducted as part of LuLu’s commitment towards Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns. The top 53 winners of the challenge were awarded cash prizes. The first prize winner was awarded a cash prize of AED 50,000.00 while the runners up were awarded cash prizes of AED 25,000.00 each and other 50 consolation prizes were awarded cash prizes of AED 5,000.00 each. The campaign was held until June 2016 with more than thousand residents taking part in it. ADDC also conducted weekly seminars in various LuLu outlets for demonstrating on methods to save water and electricity. Moreover, Sunrise School also contributed to the campaign by encouraging students of the school to participate in arts and creative competitions throughout the period.
The campaign was also successful in the social media and throughout the period of the campaign, people shared selfies and pictures of methods to conserve water resources as well. ADDC also played a major role in providing data of water consumption and decision making as well.

Winners List:


Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716


#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners
#LuLuSaveWaterChallenge announces winners


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SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport

SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport
SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport


LONDON, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has consolidated its position in the Thai market with a number of new contract wins.

At Phuket International Airport, SSP has been awarded a four-year contract to operate eight concepts in the new international Terminal 2. Valued at approximately 1.5 billion THB (£33 million*) the new deal will make SSP the leading concessionaire at the airport.

Landside, SSP will run all food and beverage operations on the mezzanine floor. Its offer will include Burger King, Bill Bentleyn Pub, Ajisen Ramen, Thai Express, Airport Kopitiam, Dairy Queen and The Coffee Club. Airside, passengers will be able to choose from Burger King and Bill Bentley Pub.

Commenting on the win, Chris Rayner, CEO SSP Asia Pacific said; “We have been running food and beverage concessions in Thai airports, where we are the clear market leader, since 1995 in cooperation with our Thai partner Minor Food Group. SSP Thailand’s strong track record in delivering great brands, great customer service and great sales all contributed to us being awarded the contracts in Phuket, and we are delighted to be building on our success in this strategically important region.”

Separately, at Suvarnabhumi Airport, SSP has extended all its existing contracts by four years. It has also extended its contracts at Chiang Mai International Airport by two years until July 2018.

Phuket brand line-up:

Thai Express is the world’s largest chain of modern Thai restaurants. Serving traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and yet contemporary environment, today the brand can be found at over 30 locations from China and Malaysia to Vietnam and Singapore.

Japanese brand Ajisen Ramen is the country’s leading ramen restaurant and can now be found across the Asian continent. It serves a range of Asian dishes in a format that is simple, tasty and healthy as well as convenient.

Founded in 1954, the Burger King® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original home of the Whopper®, the Burger King ® system operates more than 14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories.

Bill Bentley Pub is a classic English pub, styled to create the warm welcome of the traditional local.

Airport Kopitiam, is a bespoke SSP concept which draws inspiration from the ever popular café culture of Malaysia. Its menu features simple meals, including kaya toast and white coffees.

Founded in the 1940s in Illinois, USA Dairy Queen is famous for its dessert treats and much more. Today it is hugely popular across Asia.

The Coffee Club, which originated in Australia, is a growing coffee chain in Asia Pacific with over 400 stores across nine countries including Thailand.

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