Smart & Final Stores to report its 3Q FY 2016 financial results on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today (Oct. 28, 2016) announced that it will report its financial results for the third quarter ended October 9, 2016, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, after the close of market. David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day.

The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at

Smart & Final Stores Third Quarter 2016 Conference Call Details

Date:                           Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time:                          2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Dial-In:                      1-877-407-0784 (domestic)

1-201-689-8560 (international)

Conference ID:      13647684

A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and enter the replay pin number: 13647684. A replay of the webcast will also be available for 60 days upon completion of the conference call, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.



SOURCE: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Sears announces return of its Heroes at Home program in support of veterans and military families

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its long-standing commitment to supporting veterans and military families, Sears is bringing back its Heroes at Home program for the holiday season to immediately assist low-income veterans who are in urgent need of wheelchair accessibility ramps at their homes. Starting Oct. 30 through Nov. 19, members can donate to Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, when they check out at any Sears store or via a link at

“Our goal is to fund and build as many ramps as possible for veterans in select cities across the country before Christmas,” said Joelle Maher president and chief member officer for Sears. “We’re thankful for the incredible generosity of our members and associates, who have helped us raise nearly $40 million over the past nine years and impact so many military families. It’s a cause that truly unites us, and an opportunity to give back this holiday to those who served.”Sears also introduced limited-edition products for the holiday season that give back to Heroes at Home with every purchase, including:

  • Kenmore Patriotic Pair– A Kenmore 4.3 cu. ft. top load washer and Kenmore 7.0 cu. ft. white dryer w/ Smart Dry Plus are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. Both feature a unique American flag design embedded in the console. Sears is donating $20 from the in­-store or online purchase of each qualifying washer or dryer, up to $200,000.
  • Heroes at Home Ornament– These collectible moose and bear Christmas ornaments are the perfect addition to any holiday décor. With every qualifying in-store or online purchase, Sears will donate $1 with a minimum donation of $20,000.
  • Craftsman Hat– Show love for the Craftsman brand and support veterans with this limited-edition Craftsman Heroes at Home beanie. Sears will donate $1 from the in-­store or online purchase of each qualifying hat with a minimum donation of $4,000.

“Taking care of our veterans is paramount, especially their safety, health and mobility,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Teaming with Sears, we are investing in a long-lasting impact to ensure that our injured veterans will get the critical home and accessibility upgrades they need this holiday season.”

Year-round, Sears offers active, reserve or retired military personnel or military spouses 20 percent off regular-priced (five percent off sale-priced) tools and lawn and garden products, with a valid military ID or military spouse ID.

More News for Holiday Shoppers
Sears also announced a bonus for shoppers planning ahead for Thanksgiving and Black Friday:
For the first time, Sears will release its highly anticipated Black Friday ad first to Shop Your Way members via the Sears mobile app. For the sneak peek at the ad, which will be released in early November, members can download the Sears app at

Join the conversation @Sears on Twitter and Facebook.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at


Brian Hanover
Sears PR

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Sears
312-527-2SHC (2742)


Sears announces return of its Heroes at Home program in support of veterans and military families
Sears announces return of its Heroes at Home program in support of veterans and military families


SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

CVS Health Corporation to hold 3Q financial results conference call on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) will be holding a conference call on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with analysts and investors to discuss its third quarter financial results.

An audio webcast of the conference call will be broadcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health website for all interested parties. To access the webcast, visit This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the conference call.

About CVS Health

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


Carolyn Castel


Wechsel in der Coop-Geschäftsleitung

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Verwaltungsrat der Coop-Gruppe hat Daniel Hintermann zum neuen Leiter der Direktion Logistik sowie Christian Coppey zum neuen Leiter der Direktion Immobilien gewählt. Beide werden damit Einsitz in die Coop-Geschäftsleitung nehmen und treten ihr Amt per 1. Mai 2017 an. Daniel Hintermann tritt die Nachfolge von Leo Ebneter an, der am 30. Juni 2017 nach 38 Jahren bei Coop in Pension geht. Christian Coppey folgt auf Jean-Marc Chapuis, welcher nach 34 Jahren Coop ebenfalls per Ende Juni 2017 pensioniert wird.

Daniel Hintermann arbeitet seit fünfzehn Jahren in der Coop-Gruppe, davon sechs Jahre bei Coop und zuvor neun Jahre bei Interdiscount. Er ist zurzeit verantwortlich für die Logistikregion Nordwestschweiz. Der 46-jährige Wirtschaftswissenschafter und eidgenössisch diplomierte Logistikleiter ist verheiratet, hat zwei Kinder und lebt mit seiner Familie in Wohlen bei Bern. «Mit Daniel Hintermann haben wir die optimale Lösung für die Nachfolge von Leo Ebneter gefunden. Daniel Hintermann ist sehr erfahren und kennt Coop und insbesondere die Logistik sehr gut», sagt Joos Sutter, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung Coop. Hintermann tritt sein Amt am 1. Mai 2017 an.

Christian Coppey arbeitet seit zehn Jahren als Divisionsleiter bei Maus Frères SA in Genf im Real Estate & Shopping Center Management. Der 51-jährige gelernte ETH-Architekt ist verheiratet, hat drei Kinder und lebt mit seiner Familie in der Nähe von Lausanne. «Mit Christian Coppey konnten wir einen ausgewiesenen Fachmann mit viel Retail-Erfahrung und einem umfangreichen Know-how für Coop gewinnen», freut sich Joos Sutter. Coppey tritt am 1. Januar 2017 bei Coop ein und übernimmt die Funktion von Jean-Marc Chapuis offiziell am 1. Mai 2017.

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

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Source: Coop

Coop-Tochter Railcare gewinnt Strom neu über die Radachsen der Güterwagen

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Railcare AG, ein Tochterunternehmen von Coop, hat eine völlig neue Energiegewinnungs- und Energiespeicherungsmethode für den Gütertransport via Bahn erfunden. Diese Weltneuheit ist besonders nachhaltig und ermöglicht, Lebensmittel sowie andere Güter beim Bahntransport mit kinetischer Energie anstatt mit Treibstoff zu kühlen oder zu temperieren. Die Energie entsteht direkt beim Fahren des Zuges und kann dank einem Energiespeicher auch bei Stillstand der Bahn geregelt abgegeben werden. Diese Innovation leistet einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Schonung der Umwelt sowie zur Lärmreduktion und ist für Coop ein wichtiger Beitrag zur CO2-Vision.

Der Warentransport nimmt weltweit zu – sowohl auf kurzen Distanzen als auch bei den Langstrecken über hunderte oder tausende von Kilometern. Während des Transports müssen sensible Frachtgüter, wie Lebensmittel, in den Containern oft gekühlt, gefroren, beheizt oder bei wechselnden Umweltbedingungen konstant temperiert werden. Dies benötigt viel Energie. Die bislang eingesetzten Varianten der Energieversorgung brachten verschiedene Nachteile mit sich. So müssen beispielsweise Systeme, die Diesel in elektrische Energie umwandeln, regelmässig betankt werden, was entsprechende logistische Anforderungen stellt. Dazu belasten Dieselmotoren die Umwelt mit CO2.

Modulares rCE-Powerpack – die erste Lösung ohne Nachteile
«Die Innovation von Railcare ermöglicht die Temperierung des Frachtgutes ohne Diesel. Das neuartige Powerpack generiert beim Transport über die Bewegung der Güterwagen-Radachsen Energie und kann diese dank einem Speicher kontrolliert zur Temperierung der Container verwenden», erklärt Leo Ebneter, Verwaltungsratspräsident von Railcare und Leiter der Direktion Logistik bei Coop. Dieses revolutionäre System mit dem Namen «modulares rCE-Powerpack» (für Railcare E-Pack) wird direkt auf die Containertragwagen der Güterbahn montiert. Das Energieversorgungssystem für die Transportbehälter umfasst mehrere Komponenten: einen Adapterrahmen, einen Hydraulikgenerator, einen Energieumwandler und -speicher sowie einen Lastanschluss zur Versorgung der Kälteanlagen in den Containern. Ergänzt wird es durch ein fortschrittliches Satelliten-gesteuertes Überwachungs- und Steuerungssystem.

Energiegewinnung direkt über die Räder der Bahnwagen
«Unser innovatives System wandelt die kinetische Energie der Radachse in elektrische Energie um und speichert sie in grossen Akkus», sagt Philipp Wegmüller, neben Beat Wegmüller und Josef Zettel einer der Erfinder dieser nachhaltigen Lösung. Dank der ausgeklügelten Energie-Zwischenspeicherung in modernsten Akkus wird die Kühlkette auch aufrechterhalten, wenn der Zug für längere Zeit still steht. Eine umfassend nachhaltige Lösung.

Reduzierter CO2-Ausstoss und weniger Lärmemissionen
Der durch die Railcare-Erfindung mögliche Verzicht auf Diesel-gekühlte Transporte reduziert den Ausstoss von CO2. «Unsere Neuentwicklung benötigt pro Containerwagen 75 Prozent weniger Treibstoff. Das ermöglicht uns, die tägliche CO2-Produktion markant einzudämmen», so Philipp Wegmüller, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung von Railcare. Die fortschrittliche Lösung von Railcare hilft zudem, die mit Gütertransporten einhergehenden Lärmemissionen merklich zu reduzieren. «Die Stromgewinnung über nachhaltige Dynamos ist hörbar leiser als herkömmliche Diesel-Motoren», erklärt Philipp Wegmüller.

Wichtiger Beitrag zur CO2-Vision von Coop
Mit der Entwicklung des «rCE-Powerpack» leistet Railcare einen weiteren Beitrag zur CO2-Vision von Coop. Die Vision sieht vor, dass das Unternehmen bis 2023 CO2-neutral ist. «Wenn wir in der Logistik unseren Verbrauch reduzieren können, hat dies einen markanten Einfluss auf unsere gesamte CO2-Bilanz», unterstreicht Leo Ebneter.

Railcare AG – ein Tochterunternehmen von Coop
Die Railcare AG ist eine 100-prozentige Tochtergesellschaft von Coop. Sie erbringt mit eigenen Zügen und Lastwagen logistische Dienstleistungen im unbegleiteten kombinierten Verkehr (UKV) für Coop und Drittkunden. Diese Dienstleistungen umfassen die gesamte Transportkette, einschliesslich Strassen- und Bahntransporte, Terminalfunktionen sowie Operator- und Speditionsaufgaben. Railcare AG wurde 2007 gegründet und gehört seit 2010 zu Coop. Das Unternehmen beschäftigt rund 300 Mitarbeitende an 11 Standorten.

Weitere Informationen zu Railcare:

Weitere Informationen zu nachhaltigen Warentransporten von Coop:

Weitere Informationen zur CO2-Vision von Coop:


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

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Source: Coop

Coop erhöht die gesamte Lohnsumme für individuelle Lohnerhöhungen um 0,5 %

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop und die Gewerkschaften sind sich über die Lohnrunde 2017 einig. Die Schweizer Detailhändlerin Coop stellt für die Lohnrunde 2017 insgesamt 0,5 % der Lohnsumme für individuelle Lohnerhöhungen zur Verfügung. Trotz des nach wie vor anspruchsvollen wirtschaftlichen Umfelds und einer Minusteuerung möchte sich Coop damit bei ihren Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern für das grosse Engagement und die geleistete Arbeit bedanken. Die diesjährigen Lohnverhandlungen zwischen Coop und ihren Sozialpartnern KV Schweiz, Syna/OCST, Unia und dem Verein der Angestellten Coop (VdAC) waren konstruktiv.

Coop stellt für individuelle Lohnerhöhungen bei Mitarbeitenden im Stunden- und Monatslohn für die Lohnrunde 2017 0,5 % der Lohnsumme zur Verfügung. Dies ist das Ergebnis der konstruktiv und offen geführten Lohnverhandlungen zwischen Coop und ihren Sozialpartnern KV Schweiz, Syna/OCST, Unia und dem Verein der Angestellten Coop (VdAC). Trotz der Frankenstärke hat Coop auch 2016 den Mitarbeiterbestand bewusst gehalten.

Coop bezahlt ausserdem zwei Drittel der Pensionskassenbeiträge und die Mitarbeitenden bezahlen nur einen Drittel. Dies macht eine nicht unbeträchtliche Summe aus, welche die Coop-Mitarbeitenden einsparen können. Coop bietet nach wie vor beste Arbeitsbedingungen im Schweizer Detailhandel.

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

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Source: Coop




Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab sofort können iPhone-User iMessages mit den originellen Migrojis schreiben. Das Migrojis Sticker-Set besteht aus 17 kultigen Migros-Produkten und 14 Schweizer Wahrzeichen. Zur Lancierung startet die Migros auf Migipedia ein Crowdsourcing, das weitere fünf Migrojis ermitteln soll. Die Gewinner-Ideen werden mit insgesamt 1000 Franken belohnt.

Die Migros lanciert für iMessages das erste Schweizer Sticker-Set mit rund 30 Emojis, die aus dem Schweizer Alltag nicht wegzudenken sind. Unter den Symbolen befinden sich Schweizer Wahrzeichen wie das Matterhorn oder typische Produkte wie ein Fondue, aber auch viele Migros-Kultprodukte wie beispielsweise der Ice-Tea, das Handy-Abwaschmittel, die Vanille-Glacé mit dem Seehund-Motiv und viele mehr. Das Sticker-Set ist vorerst nur im iMessenger mit dem iOS-10-Betriebssystem verfügbar, weitere Kanäle werden derzeit geprüft.

Das Migrojis Sticker-Set kann direkt im Apple-App-Store heruntergeladen werden:

Die Sammlung ist aber noch nicht komplett. Deshalb lanciert die Migros auf Migipedia ein Crowdsourcing. Die zehn besten Vorschläge gelangen in ein Voting, die daraus resultierenden Top Fünf wird dann realisiert. Die fünf Gewinner erhalten zudem je eine Migros-Geschenkkarte im Wert von 200 Franken.
Zum Migipedia-Crowdsourcing:


Monika Weibel
Mediensprecherin Migros
Tel: 044 277 20 63

Source: Migros


Nordstrom to hold 3Q FY2016 financial results conference call on Thursday, November 10, 2016

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) announced today (Oct. 27, 2016) that it will report its third quarter 2016 financial results after the close of the financial markets on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The announcement will be followed by a conference call at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, in which senior management will comment on the company’s third quarter financial results and 2016 outlook. The 45-minute conference call will be available by telephone and audio webcast. Located within the Quarterly Earnings section of the company’s website will be the slides referenced during the conference call. After the conference call the speakers’ prepared remarks will be available in the Quarterly Earnings section.

To listen to the LIVE conference call on November 10, 2016, at 4:45 p.m. EST:
— Dial (201) 689-8354
— Access the audio webcast and slides at

To listen to the REPLAY:
— A telephone playback will be available at (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415, enter Conference ID 13648454, beginning approximately three hours after the live conference call through the close of business on November 17, 2016.
— An audio webcast and slides will be available at in the Quarterly Earnings section, where it will be archived and available for at least one year.

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 348 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 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 NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

Investors Contact:
Trina Schurman

Media Contact:
Tara Darrow

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Carrefour hypermarket in Le Mons voted wins 2016 “Prix Mercure” award

Belgium, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The “Prix Mercure” is the most coveted award in Belgium’s retail sector. It is presented by Comeos, an organisation set up to represent retail and services in Belgium, and is awarded to the best store every year.

Carrefour decided to enter its “Les Grands Prés” hypermarket in Le Mons for the challenge. An independent panel made up of seven retail specialists voted for the “store concept of the year”, selecting one from numerous contenders. All of them placed the emphasis on the customer experience, as well as what it is like for employees to work at them, and represented a major innovation on a market that is mature or otherwise.

The panel revealed the name of the 2016 “Prix Mercure” winning store at a prestigious awards ceremony on 26 October at Le BEL (Tour & Taxis). And it was the Mons store which won the prize!

This store was presented with the award because:
>  The service with a human face that it provides successfully incorporates digital technologies
>    It places the emphasis on business expertise (a pizza maker, a chocolatier, a sommelier, and beer that is brewed on site)

Congratulations to all of the teams who played a part in this excellent result!

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:


Carrefour hypermarket in Le Mons voted wins 2016 “Prix Mercure” award
Carrefour hypermarket in Le Mons voted wins 2016 “Prix Mercure” award


Source: Carrefour

Carrefour opens its 86th hypermarket in Poland, in Poznan

Carrefour opens its 86th hypermarket in Poland, in Poznan
Carrefour opens its 86th hypermarket in Poland, in Poznan


Poland, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new hypermarket features modern shopping solutions and a complete range of fresh and local products for its customers, over a sales area of more than 7500 m². The store has been divided into different areas – for clothing and food products in particular – in order to optimise the customer path. This “boutique” arrangement which combines mini-concepts and digitisation, together with a complete and diversified range of products provides customers with a better experience while they shop.

High numbers of customers attended the opening of this new Posnania shopping centre and the Carrefour hypermarket, and they were able to shop until midnight as part of the celebrations. Guillaume de Colonges, Executive Director for Carrefour Poland detailed the innovative solutions which have been implemented in the hypermarket.

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


Tesco installs pumpkin rescue stations in stores this Halloween

Tesco installs pumpkin rescue stations in stores this Halloween
Tesco installs pumpkin rescue stations in stores this Halloween


This Halloween we’re working with environmental charity Hubbub to save pumpkins from going to waste.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — It might be getting spooky, as the ghouls and goblins begin to descend on London, but research suggests that it’s pumpkins that have got the most to be scared of this Halloween.

That’s why the people of north London are being asked to go on a rescue mission, to salvage the little orange squashes from their otherwise grisly doom, and save unnecessary food waste.

With as many as 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins being thrown away each year after Halloween, one supermarket has decided to set up pumpkin rescue stations across 10 of its north London stores, in order to help customers provide the little festive stalwarts with a brighter, more productive future.

From 31 October, pumpkin rescue stations are being set up outside the entrances of ten Tesco stores, as the supermarket plans to help customers recycle their food waste, and avoid their pumpkins going to landfill. Thanks to Tesco, the ‘rescued’ pumpkins will be recycled via a process called anaerobic digestion, which will dispose of and convert the little orange squashes into energy in an environmentally friendly way.

Tesco is the first retailer to trial pumpkin rescue stations in store and has sent zero food to landfill since 2009. The stations have been set up in partnership with environmental issues charity Hubbub and the North London Waste Authority, who recently revealed that 42 per cent of the UK population buy a pumpkin at Halloween but as many as 25 per cent of those purchased are being thrown in the bin without being recycled.

But, as well as encouraging customers in North London to take their pumpkins to these special pumpkin rescue stations, Tesco will also be demonstrating the tasty meals that can be made out of pumpkin leftovers, by cooking pumpkin soup for customers to sample and handing out recipe cards so that they can be tried at home.

Commenting on the news, Jez Butwell, store director for Tesco in North London, said:

“I’m delighted that we’re sparing a thought for pumpkins this Halloween, helping our customers in North London to convert leftovers into energy and once again demonstrating Tesco’s commitment to reducing food waste.

“The soup being cooked for customers to try is also really tasty, providing a great alternative to throwing pumpkins away and a nice, healthy little warmer as the nights start to get cold.”

It’s the latest move by Tesco to reduce food waste, with the retailer having already rolled out its food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection, to over 800 stores across the UK, and pledging to be in all Tesco stores by the end of 2017.

Community Food Connection, is run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare has already donated over a 1.5 million meals worth of surplus food from Tesco stores to people in need. Over 3,000 charities and community groups are already signed up.

Notes to editors:

The pumpkin rescue stations, which are all in locations where the local council isn’t able to collect leftover pumpkins, are listed below:

  • Lea Valley Extra
  • Colney Hatch Extra
  • Leytonstone Superstore
  • Finchley Superstore
  • South Tottenham Superstore
  • Brent Cross Extra
  • Leyton Superstore
  • Ponders End Extra
  • Highams Park Superstore
  • Harrow Superstore

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

### announces 3Q financial results

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Oct. 27, 2016) announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Operating cash flow increased 49% to $14.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $8.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $4.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.1 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $3.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $637 million for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015.

Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 496 million on September 30, 2016, compared with 489 million one year ago.

Net sales increased 29% to $32.7 billion in the third quarter, compared with $25.4 billion in third quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $52 million.

Operating income was $575 million in the third quarter, compared with $406 million in third quarter 2015.

Net income was $252 million in the third quarter, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $79 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in third quarter 2015.

“Alexa may be Amazon’s most loved invention yet — literally — with over 250,000 marriage proposals from customers and counting,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “And she’s just getting better. Because Alexa’s brain is in the cloud, we can easily and continuously add to her capabilities and make her more useful — wait until you see some of the surprises the team is working on now.”


  • Amazon Studios announced a slate of new Original Movies and Series premiering in the coming months, including the theatrical debut of Manchester by the Sea, a Sundance and Toronto Film Festival favorite, as well as exclusive Prime Video premieres of Amazon Original Series including The Man in the High Castle, the second season of the most watched original series on Prime Video; The Grand Tour, the highly-anticipated series with Clarkson, Hammond, and May; and Mozart in the Jungle, the third season of the multi-Golden Globe winning series.
  • Amazon Studios released Gleason, The Dressmaker, The Handmaiden, and Author: The JT LeRoy Story in theaters nationwide. Each film will be available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Video following its theatrical release.
  • Amazon Video won six Emmys, including the second win for both Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, respectively, for Transparent.
  • Amazon debuted five Amazon Original Series, including the third season of award-winning series Transparent, and the debut seasons of OneMississippi, Fleabag, Woody Allen’s first TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes, and David E. Kelley’s Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Since launching in May, Amazon customers have streamed billions of minutes of content from providers that self-published through Amazon Video Direct.
  • Amazon launched Amazon Music Unlimited, an on-demand music streaming service with tens of millions of songs and thousands of curated playlists and personalized stations. Customers listening to Amazon Music Unlimited on Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap can access their favorite music with new natural language voice controls powered by Alexa. The on-demand music service is $7.99 per month for Prime members, and only $3.99 per month for customers who subscribe to the exclusive “for Echo” subscription plan.
  • Amazon announced that music from Garth Brooks — the #2 all-time best-selling artist in the U.S. behind only the Beatles — is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music. Fans can listen to hit songs and popular albums from the country music icon on Amazon Music Unlimited, with albums and songs also available for purchase and digital download on Amazon Music.
  • Amazon introduced the all-new version of the Echo Dot, a hands-free, voice-controlled device powered by Alexa — available in the U.S. for under $50. Additionally, Amazon introduced Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot to customers in the U.K. and Germany.
  • Alexa skills selection increased 3x in three months, and there are now more than 3,000 skills available, including Food Network, GE Appliances, Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football, and more. Amazon now has tens of thousands of developers building new skills for Alexa.
  • Amazon announced the Alexa Prize, an annual university competition with $2.5 million dedicated to accelerating the field of conversational artificial intelligence. The goal of the competition is to build a “socialbot” on Alexa that will converse with people about popular topics and news events.
  • Amazon introduced Fire HD 8, an all-new tablet that offers 12 hours of battery life, 50% more RAM for faster performance, and 2x the storage — for $89.99. Amazon also announced that Alexa is coming to Fire tablets — just press and ask, and Alexa will play music, launch games, read audiobooks, and more.
  • Amazon introduced the next generation of the best-selling Fire TV Stick, now with an included Alexa Voice Remote, and still $39.99. Amazon also released a software update for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that enables customers to use their voice to search across more than 90 apps and channels, including Netflix, making it easier to find and watch their favorite TV shows and movies without navigating through multiple apps.
  • Amazon Game Studios announced its first three games at TwitchCon 2016: Breakaway, New World, and Crucible. All three games are built on the Amazon Lumberyard game engine, and created for Twitch broadcasters, viewers, and players.
  • Amazon and Twitch announced Twitch Prime, a new set of Prime benefits for gamers that includes exclusive discounts on pre-order and new release games, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, and a premium Twitch experience that includes a monthly Twitch channel subscription.
  • Amazon introduced new features to the Prime Photos service in the U.S., designed for Prime members and their family. Prime members can now invite up to five family members or friends to join their Family Vault, which includes access to Prime Photos benefits including unlimited storage of photos, plus an additional 5 GB for videos and other files.
  • Amazon introduced Prime Reading, a benefit for Prime members to enjoy unlimited, free reading from a rotating selection of over a thousand books, magazines, comics, and more.
  • Amazon and Audible announced Audible Channels, a new benefit for Prime members to enjoy unlimited, free access to the new short-form digital audio service as well as access to a rotating selection from Audible’s audiobook catalog.
  • AmazonFresh expanded to northern Virginia, Dallas, Maryland, and Chicago. Additionally, customers in all locations can now shop for groceries through AmazonFresh directly on the website alongside their other shopping.
  • The Great Indian Festival was’s biggest shopping event ever. During the event, customers from 97% of India’s serviceable postal codes placed at least one order on
  • Handmade at Amazon launched in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Customers across Europe can now shop from more than 30,000 genuinely handcrafted items sold by thousands of artisans from over 40 countries.
  • Amazon Japan became the new title sponsor of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, collaborating with the Japan Fashion Week Organization to help support and elevate the awareness of Japanese fashion designers and manufacturers globally.
  • Amazon expects to create 120,000 seasonal jobs in customer fulfillment and customer service this holiday season. Last year, Amazon transitioned more than 14,000 seasonal positions to regular, full-time roles after the holidays, and expects to increase that number this year.
  • announced the “Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary” at University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, and King’s College, which provides scholarships for young women to pursue a degree in innovation-related fields.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of the U.S. East (Ohio) Region. AWS now operates 38 Availability Zones across 14 technology infrastructure Regions globally, and plans to open an additional nine Availability Zones in four regions (Canada, the U.K., France, and a second region in China) in the coming months.
  • VMware and AWS announced a new hybrid cloud service, “VMware Cloud on AWS,” that enables customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services, including storage, databases, analytics, and more. This offering will be the primary public cloud service sold and supported by VMware, and AWS will be VMware’s primary public cloud partner.
  • AWS announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon EC2. The most powerful GPU virtual machine in the cloud with up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs, P2 instances are designed for compute-intensive applications such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering workloads.
  • AWS announced the option for customers to bring their own encryption keys with AWS Key Management Service. This new feature allows customers to import keys from any key management and Hardware Security Module solution and use them with AWS services and their own applications.
  • AWS launched new capabilities for AWS Educate, a global program that provides students and educators with resources to accelerate cloud-related learning. The program now includes access to courses designed to teach cloud skills, paired with the AWS Educate Job Board, featuring cloud-related internships and jobs from top employers around the world.
  • AWS announced a new Application Load Balancer option for content-based routing that enables customers to route a request to an AWS service based on the content of the request and supports applications that run in containers. Web sites and mobile applications, running in containers or on Amazon EC2 instances, will benefit from the use of Application Load Balancers.

Financial Guidance

The following forward-looking statements reflect’s expectations as of October 27, 2016, and are subject to substantial uncertainty. Our results are inherently unpredictable and may be materially affected by many factors, such as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet, online commerce, and cloud services, and the various factors detailed below.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Guidance

  • Net sales are expected to be between $42.0 billion and $45.5 billion, or to grow between 17% and 27% compared with fourth quarter 2015. This guidance anticipates approximately 60 basis points of favorable impact from foreign exchange rates.
  • Operating income is expected to be between $0 and $1.25 billion, compared with $1.1 billion in fourth quarter 2015.
  • This guidance assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded.

A conference call will be webcast live today at 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET, and will be available for at least three months at This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.

These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, in addition to the factors discussed above, the amount that invests in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products and services sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment, sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory management, seasonality, the degree to which the Company enters into, maintains, and develops commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. Other risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to new products, services, and technologies, system interruptions, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In addition, the current global economic climate amplifies many of these risks. More information about factors that potentially could affect’s financial results is included in’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission(“SEC”), including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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Diary of A Wimpy Kid® book series star Greg Heffley joins the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Thanksgiving, a pop culture phenomenon returns to take flight as a new character helium balloon in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s (NYSE:M) Thanksgiving Day Parade®! Greg Heffley, the “journal” keeping star of the No. 1 bestselling Diary of A Wimpy Kid® book series that now has 180 million copies in print globally, as well as the 20th Century Fox film series, is set to delight legions of fans worldwide during the holiday procession. On Thursday, Nov. 24, more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers will marvel as the newly colorful Greg Heffley takes a tumble down the route for his first chilly flight down the streets of New York City. Accompanying his famed protagonist will be award-winning author Jeff Kinney, who is expected to help guide the new balloon down the streets of Manhattan during a stop on his global tour in support of the new book.

The new Diary of A Wimpy Kid balloon is an extraordinarily colorful and animated take on everyone’s favorite “journal” writer,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving DayParade. “In keeping with his trademark clumsy nature, Greg Heffley will clutch his most prized possession as he slips on the wintery ice down the entire Macy’s Parade route, and tumbles once again into the hearts of millions of spectators in New York and across the country.”

Transformed to more closely resemble Greg’s colorful new look as illustrated in the latest Diary of A Wimpy Kid books, Greg is ready for the winter decked out in red snow boots, blue puffer coat, red ear muffs and a green/yellow striped scarf. While he may be bundled up for the Thanksgiving Day weather, the new balloon will see Greg clumsily taking a tumble down the route with his arm outstretched to break his fall, surely having slipped on an icy surface because he had his nose buried in his “Diary”…oops, journal! Commenting on the colorful and energetic new balloon design Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator said, “As a creator, this will be a huge day because I started with a pencil sketch and we tried lots of different ideas. For the new balloon, we wanted to do something really different and dramatic.” The vibrant new take on this classic Parade balloon star measures, 62-feet long, 32-feet wide and is 62-feet tall, a balloon behemoth sure to delight millions of fans. Kinney added, “It’s extremely exhilarating to see it come to life.” The original balloon, modeled after the black and white version of Greg, debuted in the Macy’s Parade in 2010 and flew until last year.

Celebrating the upcoming release of Double Down, the multiple-award winning Diary of A Wimpy Kid series continues to conquer the publishing world. In addition to the books, Greg stars in his own live action film series with the fourth 20th Century Fox movie “Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” currently in production and set for a May 2017 theatrical release. Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Double Down, the eleventh book in the series, is set for domestic release by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS The Art of Books, as well as worldwide publication on Nov. 1, and will see author Jeff Kinney embark on a global tour to meet tens of thousands of fans at 20 stops in three continents.

The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. – noon in all time zones.

About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

About Diary of A Wimpy Kid/Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS The Art of Books:

The first-ever theatrical adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was staged by the prestigious Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis from April to June 2016. It earned rave critical reviews and had sold-out shows. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million. Production of a fourth movie, based on The Long Haul, was recently announced, and it is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2017. Jeff Kinney has won six Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and two Children’s Choice Book Awards. Books in the series have won numerous awards that were voted on by students and teachers around the globe.

Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a fixture on the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal,Publishers Weekly, and Indie Bound bestseller lists. It has remained on the New York Times bestseller list since the publication of the first book and through the release of Book 10 for more than 497 weeks total, and for more than 393 weeks on the series list. Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 61 editions in 52 languages and appear on bestseller lists around the world. There are now more than 180 million books in the series in print around the globe.


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