SSP brings Jamie’s Deli at Avinor Oslo Airport

SSP brings Jamie’s Deli at Avinor Oslo Airport
SSP brings Jamie’s Deli at Avinor Oslo Airport

 

LONDON, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened the first Jamie’s Deli outside the UK at Avinor Oslo Airport.

The deli, created with leading UK chef Jamie Oliver, is the first of 29 food and beverage units SSP is opening as part of a major expansion project at Oslo Airport, set to be officially opened on Thursday the 27th of April 2017. SSP has a significant presence at the airport, and has been operating here since 1998.

Jamie Oliver’s newest restaurant concept and his first restaurant opening in Norway, Jamie’s Deli serves rustic ‘Jamie-style’ food that’s fast, honest and responsibly sourced. Provenance is a priority, and, for example the new brand serves meat that is always higher welfare and traceable to a sustainable source as well as fish that is also always traceable to a sustainable source. Fresh produce is sourced as locally as possible.

Catering for all types of customers, Jamie’s Deli offers plenty of healthy balanced choices, as well as occasional treats such as freshly baked pastries. A smoothie station provides fresh drinks, blended to order. Customers can choose to eat in or take away, enjoying the same high quality whether they sit down and dine or grab and go. An informal and friendly environment gives passengers an experience that suits them perfectly, whatever the time of day. Hot food displays, a pizza oven and open kitchens add a little theatre to the visit.

“Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s best known chefs and his name is instantly recognisable here in Norway,” says Morten Solberg Nilsen, managing director of SSP Norway. “This new deli, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the airport passenger from breakfast time to late in the evening, will be very popular with passengers at Oslo, and will be the perfect complement to the excellent range of brands SSP will be offering at this important travel location.”

Torgeir Kjos Sørensen, Commercial Director at Avinor Oslo airport, was similarly enthusiastic about the prospects for the new brand. “We are excited to welcome Jamie Oliver to Oslo Airport. We are certain this will be well received, and are looking forward to further strengthening the food and beverage offer at the airport.”

SSP will open a Jamie’s Italian restaurant at the airport in April next year as part of the next stages of the development. A Ritazza coffee shop also opened on 1st November.

Avinor Oslo airport is Norway’s leading international airport.

SSP will also be opening Jamie’s Deli at Dusseldorf Airport in early 2017.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call:
Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP Group plc

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Walgreens offers Veterans Day discount to all veterans, active duty military personnel on Nov. 11

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the service and sacrifices of the nation’s military, Walgreens is offering a Veterans Day discount to all veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate family members. On Friday, Nov. 11, customers with a Walgreens Balance® Rewards card and valid military ID or proof of service will receive 20 percent off regular price eligible store items* at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide.

“We are always honored to serve our veterans and military personnel, and this year we take particular pride in welcoming Tricare members to Walgreens beginning Dec. 1. That’s the day Walgreens joins the Tricare pharmacy network so active duty and retired military members and their families who participate in Tricare can fill their prescriptions at Walgreens,” said Richard Ashworth, president, pharmacy and retail operations, Walgreens. “For their service, commitment and sacrifice, we at Walgreens are deeply grateful.”

A Balance® Rewards customer loyalty program membership is free and can be obtained at checkout.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

*Offer valid for veterans, active-duty military and their immediate family members on November 11, 2016 only with Balance® Rewards card and proof of service. Valid in Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. Discount valid on regular-price items only. Discount not valid on alcohol, dairy, tobacco, stamps, phone/prepaid/gift cards, money orders/transfers, transportation passes, lottery tickets, charitable donations, newspapers, magazines, pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products, clinic services, pharmacy items or services, sales tax, home medical equipment and durable medical equipment products, clinic services, health tests, contact lenses, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Not valid toward Prescription Savings Club membership fee. Void where prohibited.

Contact:
Jim Graham
847-315-2925
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Walgreens survey: prescription drug costs among top concerns for Medicare beneficiaries

Survey suggests millions don’t understand prescription drug benefits or opportunities for cost savings during open enrollment

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the most important and, for some, puzzling times of year is the Medicare annual enrollment period, when more than 55 million Americans are able to evaluate and enroll in Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans. Among the top concerns for Medicare beneficiaries today (October 31, 201) is prescription drug costs, according to a new Walgreens survey. However, more than one-third (34 percent) say they aren’t taking time to review their prescription drug plan prior to renewing it and almost one-in-five (19 percent) don’t have a good understanding of their plan.

In addition to the 34 percent of beneficiaries who said they don’t review any aspect of their current Part D plan:

  • Twenty-two percent look at just one component, checking, for example, to see if their own medications are covered, yet not looking at any other important considerations.
  • One-in-five (21 percent) of people surveyed falsely believes that all pharmacies charge the same copay.
  • One-third (33 percent) don’t know they can switch pharmacies outside of the enrollment period, at any time of year.

The survey of 1,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries was conducted in advance of Medicare’s annual enrollment period, which began Oct. 15, and runs through Dec. 7.

“This latest survey reinforces the need to educate beneficiaries about how plans and coverage can and do change from year to year, as can a person’s health and prescription needs,” said John Lee, senior director of Medicare for Walgreens. “It’s critical for people to be able to get the medications they need, at prices they can afford. One of the ways we’re helping to address this need is through participation in preferred pharmacy networks with most of the leading, national Part D plan sponsors. Our pharmacists are also a valuable community resource to help people understand Part D information and their coverage options.”

Other findings of the survey include:

  • When choosing a pharmacy, 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries said copay costs are the most important factor, followed by pharmacy location (18 percent) and the opportunity for one-stop shopping (18 percent).
  • The cost of health care remains a chief concern to respondents, and prescription costs slightly outrank other costs as being of greatest concern (35 percent). Just below drug costs are expenses associated with assisted living (33 percent) or hospital and emergency room services (32 percent).
  • In an effort to manage costs, 12 percent of survey respondents said that they’ve delayed filling a current prescription, and another 9 percent have skipped occasional doses to stretch medication supply.

“Any time individuals aren’t remaining adherent to medications it’s a concern, as it can pose significant health risks, and can also lead to more healthcare expenditures in the long run,” Lee said.

Lee said that three important things to check when renewing Part D coverage are:

  • Make sure your prescription drugs are covered.
  • Review the cost of premiums, deductibles and copays.
  • Verify whether your plan has preferred pharmacies.

Walgreens is in the preferred pharmacy network for many of the largest Medicare plans, including Aetna, Cigna, EnvisionRx, Express Scripts, First Health, Humana, SilverScript and UnitedHealthcare, as well as several Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans that use Prime Therapeutics as their pharmacy benefit manager. Some plan sponsors narrowed their pharmacy networks for 2017 but still have Walgreens as a preferred pharmacy. Starting in January, some of these plans offer copays as low as $0 for generic medications filled at a preferred pharmacy such as Walgreens.

Medicare beneficiaries seeking help navigating insurance plans can visit walgreens.com/medicare. In addition, Walgreens has teamed up with eHealth, an independent, fully licensed health insurance broker that works with more than 180 insurance carriers nationwide. Free, personalized advice from a licensed eHealth advisor is available by visiting ehealthmedicare.com/Walgreens. Walgreens also offers a Medicare Savings Guide in its stores and online, and Walgreens pharmacists are available to help beneficiaries explore ways of lowering prescription costs by recommending options such as 90-day refills and lower-cost brands.

Medicare beneficiaries can also consult 1-800-MEDICARE and www.medicare.gov to review and compare plans.

The survey was conducted by Market Insights Group (www.migmr.com) on behalf of Walgreens. A total of 1,000 U.S. Medicare Part D beneficiaries, age 65 and older, were interviewed by telephone between Sept. 14 and Sept. 25, 2016. The data was weighted by gender, age, region and race to be representative of the population of Medicare Part D beneficiaries.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact:

Jim Graham
847-315-2925
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

MIGROS OBERWINTERTHUR FEIERT 45. GEBURTSTAG

MIGROS OBERWINTERTHUR FEIERT 45. GEBURTSTAG
MIGROS OBERWINTERTHUR FEIERT 45. GEBURTSTAG

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vom 10. bis 12. November feiert die Migros Oberwinterthur ihr 45-Jahr-Jubiläum. Die Kundschaft profitiert von fünffachen Cumulus-Punkten und weiteren attraktiven Angeboten.

Seit 45 Jahren begrüsst die Migros ihre Kundschaft in der Filiale Oberwinterthur. Das heutige Team umfasst 40 Mitarbeitende, davon fünf Lernende. Im Jahr 2015 bedienten Marktleiter Alexander Weiss und sein Team 642‘333 Kundinnen und Kunden. Diesen Erfolg führt Alexander Weiss auf verschiedene Faktoren wie das grosszügige Sortiment, die Offenmetzgerei, das Gratis-Parken oder das gemütliche Migros-Restaurant zurück. „Zudem erfreuen wir uns in Oberwinterthur einer treuen Stammkundschaft“, ergänzt der Marktleiter, der sich seit März 2015 für die Geschicke des Migros-Marktes verantwortlich zeigt.

23 Jahre Migros-Erfahrung
Detailhandelsspezialist Alexander Weiss startete seine Migros-Laufbahn 1993 im MMM Wetzikon als Lernender Detailhandelsangestellter Food. Nach Stationen als Fachleiter Molkerei in der Migros Pfäffikon wurde er im Jahr 2000 stellvertretender Filialleiter der Migros Turbenthal. Vier Jahre später übernahm er die Bereichsleitung der gesamten Frischeabteilung und die Zusatzfunktion als Stellvertreter des Marktleiters im MM Pfäffikon. 2008 übernahm Alexander Weiss die Filialleitung in Wülflingen, vier Jahre später wechselte er an die Spitze der Migros Hegi. Seit März 2015 leitet er den MM Oberwinterthur.

Junge Führungskraft
Das Migros-Restaurant steht seit April 2015 unter der Leitung von Christian Oertle. Der gelernte Koch trat nach erfolgreichem Abschluss der Hotelfachschule im Jahr 2013 in die Migros ein. Im Migros-Restaurant Wil arbeitete sich der 26-Jährige innerhalb eines halben Jahres zum Küchenchef hoch und wechselte danach als Restaurant-Leiter nach Oberwinterthur. Im kleinsten Restaurant der Migros Ostschweiz bediente er mit seinen fünf Mitarbeitenden im vergangenen Jahr stolze 80‘000 Kundinnen und Kunden. „Zu unseren Stammgästen zählen vorwiegend ältere Leute“, sagt Christian Oertle. „Mittags besuchen uns aber auch viele Handwerker und samstags zahlreiche Familien mit Kindern.“

Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren
Von Donnerstag bis Samstag, 10. bis 12. November, wird in der Migros Oberwinterthur gefeiert. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren im Supermarkt und im Migros Restaurant an allen drei Tagen von fünffachen Cumulus-Punkten. Für nur 2.50 Franken gibt es jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Die Kundschaft darf sich auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solangs het.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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MIGROS WALKE WIRD ERÖFFNET

MIGROS WALKE WIRD ERÖFFNET
MIGROS WALKE WIRD ERÖFFNET

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Am 10. November 2016 öffnet in Herisau die Migros Walke erstmals ihre Türen. Während der gut einjährigen Bauzeit ist ein moderner Supermarkt entstanden, der die Kundschaft mit viel Frische und einer angenehmen Atmosphäre empfängt.

Auf einer Fläche von rund 1‘060 m2 finden die Kundinnen und Kunden in der Migros Walke ab sofort ein attraktives und frisches Angebot für den täglichen Bedarf. Die am häufigsten nachgefragten Artikel von Do it + Garden Migros sowie melectronics finden sich ebenfalls im Sortiment des provisorischen Supermarkts. Gelegenheit für einen Austausch bietet die Kaffeeecke mit Sitzgelegenheiten im Supermarkt. Dort kann die Kundschaft sich selbst eine Tasse Kaffee zubereiten und die feinen Produkte aus dem Supermarkt dazu vor Ort verzehren.  Für hohen Einkaufskomfort sorgen auch die verkehrsgünstige Lage direkt an einer der Hauptachsen nach Herisau sowie die 84 ebenerdigen, teilweise gedeckten Parkplätze rund um das Gebäude. Mit dem öffentlichen Verkehr ist die Migros Walke ebenfalls gut erreichbar: Eine eigens erstellte Bushaltestelle liegt direkt vor dem Supermarkt. Die Migros Ostschweiz hat insgesamt rund neun Millionen Franken in den Bau der Migros Walke investiert und beschäftigt dort insgesamt 32 Mitarbeitende, darunter auch einen Lernenden. Die Migros im Zentrum wird mit der Eröffnung der Migros Walke geschlossen, letzter Verkaufstag ist der 5. November 2016.

Erfahrener Filialleiter
Für die Geschicke der Migros Walke ist Rolf Marx verantwortlich. Der 62-jährige Filialleiter arbeitet seit 37 Jahren bei der Migros Ostschweiz. Dabei sammelte er in verschiedenen Funktionen wertvolle Erfahrungen, beispielsweise von 2002 bis 2007 als Filialleiter in St.Gallen Lachen, in derselben Funktion von 2007 bis 2013 in Bischofszell sowie seit 2014 als Marktleiter in Herisau. Rolf Marx freut sich darauf, die Kundinnen und Kunden gemeinsam mit seinem Team in der Migros Walke in Herisau zu begrüssen. „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir unseren Kundinnen und Kunden mit den beiden Supermärkten Alpsteinstrasse und Walke auch während der Planungs- und Bauzeit für die neue Migros im Zentrum ein attraktives Einkaufsangebot vor Ort bieten können.“

Nachhaltigkeit – ein zentrales Thema
Ein besonderer Fokus lag beim Bau der Migros Walke darauf, materialökologisch sinnvolle Produkte zu verwenden. So wurde die Beleuchtung beispielsweise mit LED-Leuchten realisiert. Die Vorteile liegen auf der Hand: Eine höhere Lebensdauer bei gleichzeitig kleinerem Energieverbrauch und weniger Abwärme. Die Kühlmöbel gehören der neusten Generation an und sorgen dank mehr Effizienz für weitere Energieeinsparungen. Mit der Abwärme der Kälteanlagen wird der Supermarkt beheizt.

Attraktive Angebote für Kundschaft
Vom Donnerstag bis Samstag, 10. bis 12. November 2016, feiert die Migros Walke Herisau Eröffnung. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren an allen drei Tagen von zehn Prozent Rabatt beim Einkauf im Supermarkt. Für nur 2.50 Franken gibt es jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Am Donnerstagnachmittag, 10. November, können sich Kinder von 13 bis 18 Uhr schminken lassen. Zudem darf sich die Kundschaft auf Degustationsangebote der Goba AG und auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solang’s het. Während der drei Eröffnungstage fährt ein Shuttlebus vom Bahnhof in Herisau zur Migros Walke, der Takt ist wie folgt geplant:

Haltestellen:

Herisau Bahnhof – Obstmarkt – Spital / Migros im Zentrum – Migros Walke

Donnerstag und Freitag, 10. und 11. November 2016

Abfahrt Herisau Bahnhof:

08.45 Uhr bis 11.45 Uhr und 14.45 Uhr bis 17.45 Uhr, jeweils alle 30 Minuten

Abfahrt Migros Walke:

09.00 Uhr bis 12.00 Uhr und 15.00 Uhr bis 18.00 Uhr, jeweils alle 30 Minuten

Samstag, 12. November 2016

Abfahrt Herisau Bahnhof:

08.45 Uhr bis 15.45 Uhr, jeweils alle 30 Minuten

Abfahrt Migros Walke:

09.00 Uhr bis 16.00 Uhr, jeweils alle 30 Minuten

Öffnungszeiten Migros Walke, Walke 39, Herisau:

Montag bis Donnerstag:         8 bis 19 Uhr

Freitag:                                       8 bis 20 Uhr

Samstag:                                    8 bis 17 Uhr

Contact:
Kommunikation
Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 50
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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Nordstrom debuts ‘Love, Nordstrom’ holiday campaign to celebrate customers and their stories

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) is celebrating its customers and their stories through a holiday campaign that thanks them called ‘Love, Nordstrom.’ The company is using the marketing campaign as a stage for larger-than-life love notes to thank customers for the special relationship they share. The campaign debuts today in the U.S. and Canada.

LOVE, NORDSTROM
With this year’s campaign, Nordstrom is prioritizing a pure holiday spirit and expressing gratitude to connect emotionally with its customers in a special way. More than 30 real Nordstrom customers were photographed in Los Angeles, Nashville and Seattle and are featured in the national campaign that was produced in partnership with creative agency Partners & Spade.

“This holiday, we want to remember and thank the people who are most special to us at Nordstrom – our customers,” said Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. “We reached out to our employees and asked them to share some of their favorite customer stories. We met with as many people as we could, asked them to bring along some of the things that make up their signature style and took photos of them. It was so fun to connect with our customers who make us who we are. The result was our Love, Nordstrom campaign.

The integrated campaign components include digital, print, out of home, in-store window displays, shopping bags and coffee sleeves. There will be a ‘Love, Nordstrom’ navigation tab on Nordstrom.com. In an effort to reach and thank every single Nordstrom customer, the campaign also includes a charming video of employees singing the song “Thank You for Being Friend” to let all customers know how much they are appreciated.  The video will be posted on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms.

WHERE THE GIFTS ARE
This holiday season, Nordstrom hopes to be a gift-giving destination that inspires customers at all price points. A few highlights include:

  • Available now, the company is introducing Mini Boden inspired by Roald Dahl – an exclusive limited-edition collection for kids celebrating six stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and more.
  • Starting November 18, Nordstrom VP of Creative Olivia Kim will curate ‘Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom,’ a colorful holiday selection of apparel, accessories and tech toys including everything from smart luggage to unisex casualwear, turntables to instant cameras, cozy candles to nail art supplies, and more.
  • Starting November 25 in select stores, Nordstrom is launching shops with fresh gifting ideas such as Wit & Wonder (a one-stop shop for gifts with personality), The Trim Shop (featuring ornaments and decor), The Wonder Bar (for stocking stuffers), The Toy Shop (of course), Bow & Drape (for personalized gifts) and Gifts & Glam (for beauty).

For more inspirational product and download-ready images, please see here.

GIVING BACK

  • Since 2010, Nordstrom has partnered each holiday season with its customers, New Balance and the nonprofit Shoes That Fit to give more than 90,000 pairs of new shoes to kids in need. This year, we’re hoping to give 20,000 more. From November 1 through December 24, when customers purchase a $10 giving card at any U.S. Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, they’ll help Nordstrom provide a pair of new shoes to a local child in need.
  • For a gift that looks great and gives back, check out the latest from Treasure&Bond. From super soft scarves to chunky sweaters, this Nordstrom-exclusive brand has something for the whole family. And as an added bonus, Nordstrom always donates 2.5% of net sales to nonprofits that empower youth. Through January 2017, we’re supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Canada.
  • There are endless possibilities when you give the card that gives! Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofit organizations making a difference in our communities. Gift Cards are available in new holiday designs in stores and online at Nordstrom.com/giftcard.

MAKING IT EASY

  • Nordstrom Personal Stylists – personal stylists can take care of everything on your list from finding the perfect gift to decking you out for party season, and they’ll even ship your packages.
  • In a hurry to meet Santa? Buy Online Pickup in Store with convenient service and order pickup stations make it easy to shop online and pick up an order within an hour. With Curbside Pickup, just text or call and Nordstrom will bring your packages out to the car for you.
  • Don’t like to wrap? Gift boxes are always complimentary. Or let Nordstrom help you wrap at Box It Up wrapping stations in select stores.
  • Nordstrom offers free shipping, free returns, all the time.

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 Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anya Pavlovic
Nordstrom Corporate Affairs
206.303.3015
anya.pavlovic@nordstrom.com

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

 

Amazon.com kicks off the holiday countdown with its Black Friday Deals Store and curated holiday gift guides

  • This holiday season, customers can enjoy more deals than ever before on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year
  • To help customers find the perfect gift for everyone on their shopping list, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides for Electronics, Home, Handmade, and other categories
  • Alexa, what are your deals? New this year, Prime members can use Alexa voice shopping to shop for almost anything, including exclusive deals for customers with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire tablet

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com today (Nov. 1, 2016) announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store and more than a dozen curated holiday gift guides, officially marking the start of the holiday countdown. Customers can enjoy tens of thousands of deals this holiday season on Amazon.com, with new deals as often as every five minutes on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year. In addition, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides to help take the guesswork out of shopping for loved ones and make it easier for customers to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.

“Customers love discovering the best deals on the most sought-after products, and our Black Friday Deals Store and curated Holiday Gift Guides offer them a place to do just that – plus enjoy the most convenient shopping experience with tons of super-fast shipping options,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “This holiday season, we’re offering more deals than ever before and – for the first time ever – giving Prime members an opportunity to use Alexa voice shopping for purchasing their holiday gifts hands-free. They can make purchases simply by asking Alexa-enabled devices, like the new Echo Dot, while relaxing at home with family and friends.”

Black Friday Deals Store

Available at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, the Black Friday Deals Store is the leading deals destination for customers with tens of thousands of deals, and new deals as often as every five minutes, now through December 22. Customers can enjoy more deals than ever before this holiday season, including low prices on top gifts such as electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. In fact, Amazon is offering up to 20 compelling Deals of the Day in a single day. Some examples of the great deals Amazon customers can take advantage of this holiday season include: $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, savings on an LG 55” 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV, and up to 40% off select Magformers toys.

Electronics Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features more than 500 of this year’s hottest technology products all in one convenient location. Enthusiasts can explore new releases such as 360-degree cameras and buzz-worthy gifts like virtual reality headsets and 3D printers. The Electronics Gift Guide also features innovations from up-and-coming startups in the Amazon Launchpad program. Customers can browse more than 10 categories, including smart home, home entertainment, music, wearables, photography, gaming, gadgets and gizmos, and more. The Electronics Gift Guide also includes expert reviews and product demonstration videos to help customers find the perfect gift. And shoppers looking for budget-friendly gift ideas can find top gifts under $100.

Home Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/homegiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Home Gift Guide is a curated list of more than a thousand of this season’s must-have products for the home. Filled with gift ideas for indoors and outdoors, customers can easily discover presents for everyone on their list, including cooks, bakers, home decorators, arts and crafters, smart home tech lovers, pets, backyard enthusiasts, kids and more, curated by experts in the industry such as Smitten Kitchen and Design*Sponge. Holiday decorators and party planners will find everything they need to set a festive scene at home. Customers can also shop the latest trends in the Home Gift Guide, including copper appliances, rose gold cutlery, and handmade ceramics, as well as browse products that are new this holiday season, including the KitchenAid Mini, NEST Fragrances Classic Candle (Hearth), Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, and Bissell1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum.

Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/handmade, the Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide offers customers curated lists of genuinely handcrafted items sold directly by artisans. Featuring products for her, for him, and for kids, as well as handcrafted stocking stuffers for friends and family, the Gift Guide makes finding the perfect holiday present easier than ever. Heading into this holiday season, Amazon customers visiting the Handmade at Amazon store will see hundreds of thousands more handcrafted items, thousands of which are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime. For shoppers looking for a personal touch, over half of the items listed on Handmade have options for customer personalization. With handcrafted items in categories from toys and games, to home décor, handbags and accessories and kitchen and dining, Handmade at Amazon is a one-stop-shop for artisan-crafted gifts this holiday season.

Shop from Anywhere, Anytime

The easiest and fastest way to shop – no matter where customers are – is with the free Amazon shopping app. Find out “where’s my stuff” in seconds, quickly use visual search to find anything and track the hottest deals by setting Watch-a-Deal alerts all season long. Plus, new this year:

  • Package X-Ray: Beginning November 15, customers who own an iPhone can use Package X-Ray to see what’s in a box that has been delivered without opening it and spoiling the surprise. Customers simply scan the barcode using their camera icon within the mobile app and the items that are inside the box will pop up on their screen.
  • Search Anything: Previously limited to barcodes and a few types of products, customers can now use the camera icon to search for almost anything. For example, point the camera at a pair of boots and the app will pull up a list of similar items.
  • Fling: Customers can quickly and effortlessly click into saved items, compare two items, or simply add items to a Wish List by flinging them into their tray. Simply hold down on an item while in the app and the tray appears, fling the item into the tray, and it will be saved for easy navigating later.

More Perks for Prime Members

New this holiday season, Prime members can use their voice to order tens of millions of products – including many of the items featured in the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide – just by asking Alexa on their Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire tablet. In fact, there will be hundreds of exclusive deals just for voice shoppers this holiday season – simply go to www.amazon.com/alexadeals to learn more. Prime members receive an additional 20% discount on pre-order and new release video games. Members can also shop thousands of Lightning Deals with 30-minute early access and enjoy unlimited fast, free shipping options, including Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items, Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items available in 27 cities, and Prime Now where customers can find tens of thousands of products – such as select Black Friday deals and Holiday Gift Guide items – available for one- and two-hour delivery in more than 30 U.S. cities.

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 www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com

Waitrose releases Food & Drink Report

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top trends of the year revealed in the Waitrose Food & Drink Report

The four key trends in the report all outline different ways in which people are increasingly seeing food as a part of our identity, taking pride in what and how we eat. Says Waitrose Managing Director Rob Collins: ‘As a nation we’re expressing ourselves through food as never before. From healthy eating, to the explosion of food photography on social media, to our desire to entertain others through cooking – food is today’s hottest social currency; through it, we tell others about ourselves.’

The fourth annual report, published on 2 November, is based on millions of purchases in shops and online, with comprehensive new consumer research and insight from Waitrose buyers and experts.

Findings include:

Social media has fundamentally changed our relationship with food (page 4)

  • One in five Britons has posted a picture of their food on social media or sent it to a friend, in the last month
  • Over 2% of us have shared a picture in the last day, and 44% of us make more effort with our cooking if we think a photo of it may be posted. Spiralisers were the top selling gadget in Waitrose this summer, and Instagram-friendly dishes such as charred food, picanha, bao buns and churros all make it into this year’s barometer (page 2)

Britons now see healthy eating and looking after ourselves as ‘just a part of who we are’ (page 3)

  • There was a time when healthy eating involved calorie counting, effort and sacrifice. But now nearly three quarters (71%) say it’s just a part of who we are, a part of everyday life
  • 60% of us say the food we choose to eat is naturally lighter and fresher than five years ago, for example. swapping potatoes for aubergines in cooking (up 18% this year), or choosing mini treats instead of full-size options, such as mini hot cross buns at Easter (up 165%)
  • Products including seeds and grains, coconut flour, cactus water and seaweed – and a ‘veggan’ diet (vegan but with eggs) are all top food trends of the year (barometer, page 2)

‘Doing the right thing’ has become second nature (page 8)

  • Conscious consumption is now a part of everyday life; 80% of us actively consider how and where our food is sourced, and 30% say we think more about the environment and society than five years ago
  • 46% of us throw away less food than we did, and a third of us are using our freezers more. Nearly half say shopping more frequently for smaller baskets of food has helped manage our waste at home
  • Sales of class 2 (‘wonky’) vegetables, organic beauty products and food storage containers are all on the rise

The lines between eating out and eating in are blurring (page 10)

  • Four in 10 of us see eating out as less of a treat than we used to. Cheaper and healthier casual dining when we’re out means that we’re increasingly choosing to stay in when we want to treat ourselves
  • When we do stay in we’re making it an event. In the last year, 40% of us have either been to or hosted a Come Dine With Me-style revolving dinner party, or a dinner party where everyone brings a dish, or a themed evening based around a holiday destination or cooking style
  • Demand for Waitrose Entertaining food ordering service is up 14% this year. And olive wood serving boards and posh cutlery sets are up by 60% and 40%, as people entertain more at home

Also in the report…

  • How Britain Shops – which regions are the most likely to use a shopping list, shop online, buy organic or shop every day of the week? Waitrose has assessed the shopping habits of the nation in 2016 (page 5)
  • The Lunchtime Lowdown – an in-depth look at the nation’s lunchtime habits. For example almost 60% of office workers now eat at their desks, and teachers are d workers from London are most likely to choose salad, while people from the Midlands prefer sushi (page 6)
  • The great plastic bag survey – One year on from the carrier bag charge, 42% of people now claim to rarely forget to take a bag shopping with them, and a further 21% of people say they never forget (page 9)
  • Technology through the decades – some of the ways technology has changed the way we shop over the last 40 years (page 10)
  • How has shopping changed in the past 20 years – a look back at how we shopped in 1996 versus today (page 11)
  • Every home a multiplex – multiscreening has become a way of life, with the average Briton using three electronic devices during an evening, whether streaming shows or shopping online (page 11)
  • What we’ll be eating and drinking in 2017 (page 11)
  • Our favourite drinks – the top drinks trends of 2016 (page 12).

Notes to editors

The Waitrose Food & Drink Report is released on Wednesday 2 November. Illustrations from the report are available to use free of charge – please ask us for high resolution versions. Waitrose interviewees are available.

Research for the Report has been carried out throughout 2016. Based on millions of purchases in shops and online, along with comprehensive new consumer research and insight from Waitrose food and retail experts, the report uncovers Britain’s top shopping, eating and drinking habits for 2016.

Contact:

Waitrose Communications team,
Telephone: 01344 825 080

Source: John Lewis

Waitrose becomes the first UK retailer to introduce responsibly sourced non-GM soya for animal feed from Europe

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has become the first UK retailer to introduce responsibly sourced non-GM soya for animal feed from Europe, reducing its reliance upon South American supply.

In October the grocer landed its first shipment of soya grown in the Danube Region of Europe – an area stretching from the Black Forest to the Black Sea – for use as a source of protein in pig feed used by the retailer’s dedicated pork supplier, Dalehead Foods.

The move marks the start of the retailer’s plans to replace responsibly sourced soya beans from non-deforested land in Brazil, lowering the risk to its supply chain as demand for South American Soya from the developing world increases.

Waitrose Managing Director Rob Collins will outline the initiative to the Waitrose Farming Partnership – the grocer’s dedicated farming group – at a conference today (Tuesday, November 1).

Collins will say: ‘This is fantastic, innovative and determined thinking and the result of three years’ work by our agriculture team. It fits perfectly into our strategy to improve our supply chain security by sourcing animal feed from raw materials grown at home or within the UK and Europe. This is an example of Waitrose working with our supplier groups to deliver a real benefit to our farmers, our global environment, our business and our customers.’

In its 2016 scorecard on the use of responsibly sourced soya in supply chains, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gave Waitrose its top score, saying the retailer was well on the way to using 100% sustainable soya by 2020*.

In taking the first step towards a completely sustainable animal feed supply chain by opening up a supply route from Europe, Waitrose worked closely with the Danube Soya Producers Association (Donau Soja**), a group made up of European soya growers, millers and end users.

Andrew Saunders, Director of Agriculture at Dalehead Foods, adds: ‘We have recently taken our first delivery of European soya.  A number of Waitrose supply chains have carried out trials on the use of European soya, and we are excited to be the first supply chain to use this source.”

Commenting on the retailer’s decision, Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, says: ‘We warmly welcome this very important development. GM soya from Latin America is linked to rainforest destruction, so sourcing from the Danube Region and using more UK-grown protein crops, is good for the climate, good for UK farmers, and good for consumers.’

This latest development is part of Waitrose’s work to source livestock feed raw materials closer to the UK. In the ruminant supply chain (beef, lamb and dairy) suppliers are using clovers and other forage proteins to replace imported soya. With monogastric livestock (such as pigs, chickens and duck), soy alternatives such as faba beans are being trialled as a long term soya replacement.

Notes to editors

*For full details please see http://soyscorecard.panda.org/check-the-scores/retail-and-food-services-companies/waitrose.

**Donau Soja (The Danube Soya Growers Association) represents GM-free, origin-controlled quality soya from the Danube region, making a valuable contribution to the European supply of protein.

The project’s most important objectives are the promotion and expedition of regional soya bean cultivation according to clearly defined quality criteria, as well as the expansion of infrastructure in order to attain these objectives. For more information please visit: http://www.donausoja.org/en/donau-soja/about-us/main-objectives/

Photos of Danube Region Soya fields are available here:

http://www.donausoja.org/en/press/press-photos/soya-field-and-beans/

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 seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Contact:

Waitrose Press Office
Telephone: 01344 825080

Source: John Lewis

Sainsbury’s and linguist Susie Dent launch The Taste Dictionary to inspire the nation when describing food

Sainsbury’s and linguist Susie Dent launch The Taste Dictionary to inspire the nation when describing food
Sainsbury’s and linguist Susie Dent launch The Taste Dictionary to inspire the nation when describing food

 

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research today ( 31 October 2016) reveals that we now think, plan and talk about food for more than 16 hours a week on average (that’s almost six years of our adult lives) – putting it on par with the nation’s favourite topic of conversation, the weather. Despite this, when it comes to complimenting the chef, ‘delicious’, ‘tasty’ and ‘nice’ are still top of our vocabulary, with most Britons only using six different words to describe meals each week.

  • Britons spend nearly six years of their lives thinking and talking about food
  • But we use only six different words to describe taste during an average week
  • Wordsmith Susie Dent and Sainsbury’s launch The Taste Dictionary to countdown the tastiest ways to talk about food; including Fire-fanged, Mordacious and Pertish

To expand this limited list, Sainsbury’s has recruited linguist Susie Dent to add a little flavour to the nation’s foodie vocabulary, unveiling ‘The Taste Dictionary: 101 ways to describe each mouthful’. The dictionary includes a plethora of words to inspire the nation when describing some of their best-loved foods – a flavour includes ‘neptunian’ (meaning: carrying the strong flavour of the sea), ‘fire-fanged’ (meaning: Having a scorched appearance or taste)and ‘lickerous’ (meaning: sweet and tempting).

Conversation about food has never been so popular, with almost a third of people (30%) admitting to sharing food pictures on social media. On average, we send at least one food-related text or message to friends and family every single day.

However, when it comes to describing our dishes, adjectives are taking a back seat compared to visual cues  – the research shows over a quarter of Britons (26%) rely on emojis to do the talking, with the ‘smiley face’ and the ‘tears of joy face’ the most used and despite more than 214 million hashtags used on Instagram for food images alone, the breadth is still limited: ‘#foodporn’ (101.9 million); ‘#instafood’ (68.3 million) and ‘#foodstagram’ (17.8 million)4 are amongst the top foodie hashtags as Brits bypass traditional vocabulary to try to generate as many shares and likes as possible.

Susie Dent, English lexicographer, etymologist, and face of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’, comments: “I have so many favourite words in this list, and each of them offers a rich or sumptuous alternative to our usual taste repertoire. I particularly like mordacious, a word to describe something sharp and with a real bite –  it brings to life foods such as mustard and gooseberries beautifully.  As a nation we love our dialects too, and there is a lot of regional variance in the names for different foods (barmcake, bap or bun anyone?). However as we become more experimental with what is on our plates, our language also needs to evolve to reflect this new culinary landscape. The Sainsbury’s Taste Dictionary is a great way to spice up your meal time and to get the conversation flowing over the dinner table.”

Susi Richards, Head of Product Development for Food at Sainsbury’s said: “We are always looking for ways to inspire our customers when it comes to trying and enjoying different foods. It’s been great to get Susie on board to impart her knowledge and expertise in the area of language, alongside our strong heritage in quality food. With The Taste Dictionary including new and unexpected words, it will be an additional source of inspiration to the Sainsbury’s food team in how we think and talk about food.”

The  Sainsbury’s Taste Dictionary has been created as a limited run of books and is available to download as a PDF. Join the conversation and share your favourite words on Instagram or Twitter using @SainsburysNews and #TasteDictionary. There will also be a limited number to win through the Sainsbury’s Twitter and Instagram channels.

Press Enquiries:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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M&S Energy Community Energy Fund winners announced

  • Following a staggering 78,837 votes by the general public, 19 projects have been awarded grants from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.
  • Judges including Sir Ed Davey, have also awarded a further seven projects up to £12,500 each.
  • The project has helped customers get involved and Spark Something Good through donations  for their preferred project, with an additional £28,798  raised through the Crowdfunding platform.

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S Energy has today (31 Oct 2016) announced the winners of the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. Now in its second year the scheme saw a staggering 78,837 people get involved and cast a vote. All of the projects were looking for funding to install renewable technology or energy efficiency measures in their community building.

It was a fierce competition but today 26 projects have been awarded grants. The community energy winners are a diverse range of projects from schools to sports clubs to a community pub. They span Great Britain from the Highlands to Devon and will benefit all different types of communities.

Tom Druitt from the Big Lemon CIC, a winner of the South Regional Prize said, “We’re thrilled to have won the regional M&S Energy Award for our Solar Bus project. This will enable us to cover the roof of our depot in solar panels so we can run our new electric buses on renewable energy.  As far as we know there is nothing quite like this in the country yet, so this award will help us push the boundaries of what is possible and bring a zero carbon, zero emissions bus service to our community.  We would like to pay tribute to the other wonderful projects in our region and wish them well in developing their plans in the future.”

A panel of judges comprising of Sir Ed Davey (Chairman of Mongoose Energy & Former Secretary of State for DECC), Giles Bristow (Director at Forum for the Future), Morven Smith (Head of Community Investment at SSE), Nancy Sheterline (winner of the 2015 M&S Energy Community Energy Fund in the South West region for Exeter Phoenix) and Kuljinder Pank (Community Energy Manager at M&S Energy) selected the seven judge’s prize winners, each awarded up to £12,500.

Sir Ed Davey said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the judging panel for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.  All the winners will make a real difference to their local communities, made possible through this fund. The level of community support during the voting stages is a clear confirmation that community energy is thriving and communities around Great Britain want and need it – more so at this time of uncertainty in the community energy field. The judge’s prizes were stand out, presenting some unique and innovative ways to think about generating and saving energy.”

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund saw 199 applications from a wide variety of groups looking to make a difference and 125 made the shortlist. This year the voting process included the option to donate to any of the community energy groups via the Crowdfunding platform link on the M&S Energy fund website, this has resulted in an extra £28,798 of funding.

Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said, “This year the competition has been fierce and we’ve been overwhelmed by the participation from the public who have voted in their tens of thousands. They’ve also generously donated over £28,000 through the Crowdfunding tool on our website which has been brilliant – for local community groups every small donation can make a massive difference. We’re looking forward to seeing the projects come to life and benefit local communities. As a 100% green energy supplier, supporting those who share our vision of a sustainable future through renewable energy is really important to our company, our customers and our colleagues.”

Notes to Editors

If you are a customer with an enquiry, please contact our Customer Service team on 0333 014 8000.

Source: M&S

Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel joins SONIC’s Blast® Flavor Funnels

Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel joins SONIC's Blast® Flavor Funnels
Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel joins SONIC’s Blast® Flavor Funnels

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is expanding its line of innovative SONIC Blast® Flavor Funnels with the Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel. Boasting a rich chocolate funnel all the way down the middle of the new Pecan Pie Master Blast from top to bottom, it’s a decadent twist on a seasonal classic.

The Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel offers a new way to enjoy the beloved pecan pie, with hand-mixed Real Ice Cream, delicious pecan pie flavors like brown sugar, real pecans and shortbread all swirling around an irresistible chocolate surprise waiting in the middle.

“Our introduction of Flavor Funnels in August gave our guests more ways to customize their favorite SONIC Blast to create the ultimate dessert experience,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation & development for SONIC. “The holidays are the perfect time for a SONIC spin on Pecan Pie, which is our Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel. Adding the flavors of toasted pecans, pecan pie filling and buttery pie crust to a SONIC Blast with chocolate flavor funnel, we’ve put our own twist to a quintessential holiday favorite.”

All SONIC Blast Flavor Funnels, with cores of sweet, creamy goodness in the middle of your favorite Blasts, are perfect treats for the holidays. What says “celebrate” like savoring more of the stuff you love in each bite?

In addition to the SONIC Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel, Flavor Funnels are available in five other Blast offerings: SONIC Blast made with Snickers® Bars and Caramel Flavor Funnel; SONIC Blast made with Butterfinger® pieces and Caramel Flavor Funnel; SONIC Blast made with Oreo® cookie pieces and Oreo® Stuffing Flavor Funnel; SONIC Blast made with M&Ms® Chocolate candies and Chocolate Flavor Funnel; and SONIC Blast made with Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter Flavor Funnel. Or, add a Flavor Funnel to any of SONIC’s Blasts for just $.50* to create a custom dessert with your favorite flavors in each bite.

Flavor Funnels and the Holiday Pecan Pie Flavor Funnel are available for a limited time only at SONIC, so stop by your local drive-in soon this holiday season.

*Tax not included.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. This year, SONIC announced a $15 million commitment over the next five years to making a difference in public school classrooms across the country. To learn more about Sonic Corp.(NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

Contact:
Matthew Young
512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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The Home Depot® to hold its 3Q 2016 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, November 15

ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today (Nov. 1, 2016) that it will hold its Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, November 15, at 9 a.m. ET.

A webcast will be available by logging onto http://earnings.homedepot.com and selecting the Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on November 15.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,276 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Contact:

Email: investor_relations@homedepot.com
IR Coordinator: 770-384-2871

SOURCE: The Home Depot

British Land announces Next and M&S Foodhall at Serpentine Green, Peterborough extension

British Land announces Next and M&S Foodhall at Serpentine Green, Peterborough extension
British Land announces Next and M&S Foodhall at Serpentine Green, Peterborough extension

 

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land is pleased to announce two lettings at Serpentine Green, Peterborough totalling 22,000 sq ft as part of a £7 million extension that commenced this month. The extension will deliver three new units totalling 25,000 sq ft including mezzanine space.

Fashion retailer Next will move from its current unit to a newly constructed 10,000 sq ft store on a 10 year lease. The new space, which includes a mezzanine floor and is due for completion in summer 2017, will be situated at the front of the scheme where British Land has enhanced the public realm. M&S Foodhall will move into Next’s former unit which is to be extended.

The extension marks the first stage in the asset’s repositioning since British Land took full ownership of the scheme. It is also the first major redevelopment at the centre since it was built in 1998.

Adam Poole, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “The extension marks an important next phase for Serpentine Green as we strive to develop destinations of choice which serve a range of shopper missions. The development will deliver an enhanced line-up to enable the centre to continue to meet the changing needs of the modern consumer both today and in the future.”

Serpentine Green provides 320,000 sq ft of retail and food and beverage space and attracts more than 5.5 million visitors per year. Retailers include River Island, Clarks, Next, Boots, H&M, Outfit, New Look, Next and a 130,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store.

Notes to Editors

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

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

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

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

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

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

Enquiries:

Investor Relations:

Jonathan Rae
British Land
020 7467 2938

Media Relations:

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

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The NRF Foundation announces influential host committee members for its third annual Gala fundraising event

Washington, DC, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 1, 2016) announced a lineup of industry insiders, CEOs and celebrities who will serve as host committee members for the Foundation’s third annual Gala fundraising event during Retail’s BIG Show this winter. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail stars, hundreds of the industry’s top leaders, and new honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future January 15, 2017, at Pier Sixty in New York City.

“The NRF Foundation Gala is an opportunity for retail executives to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation happening in our industry every day, and recognize dozens of amazing students who will be shaping retail’s future tomorrow,” HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Board Chair Mindy Grossman said. Grossman chairs the NRF Foundation Board of Directors and will co-host the event along with Kip Tindell, chairman of The Container Store and chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. “I’m so excited to see retail’s visionaries, luminaries and legends come together again for an incredibly impactful celebration to benefit the great work of the NRF Foundation.”

The NRF Foundation Gala is an annual event where retail leaders unite to celebrate the industry, support the next generation of retail talent, recognize the amazing achievements of the people shaping retail today, and invest in tomorrow by giving back to our promising and dynamic industry.

Members of the 2017 Host Committee:

  • Iris Apfel
  • Steve Barr, US Retail & Consumer Leader of PwC
  • Gunther Bright, EVP, Merchant Services – U.S. of American Express Company
  • Michael Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
  • Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire & Project Runway Judge
  • Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth
  • Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Designer & TV Host
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation
  • Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media & Executive Producer of DOT

Proceeds from the Gala’s table sales, donations, sponsorship packages and auction will benefit the Foundation’s initiatives over the next year, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, advancement efforts for young professionals in retail, learning and development programs to help people secure retail jobs and advance in them, and showcasing diverse and innovative retail career opportunities.

In addition to recognizing The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, the Gala will welcome dozens of high-performing students and scholarship recipients who are a part of the NRF Student Association. The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future will be announced in early January.

The second annual NRF Foundation Gala in January 2016 raised $1.65 million for scholarships, programs and initiatives. Those seeking to participate in the Gala can find more information at nrf.com/gala.

Media interested in covering the event should contact NRF’s media team at press@nrf.com.

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

The British Retail Consortium welcomes UK’s new National Cyber Security Strategy

London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) welcomes the publication today (November 01, 2016) of the UK’s new National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021).

The Government’s decision to allocate £1.9bn investment towards implementing the new approach is an important move, and reflects the now widely-acknowledged reality that a step-change is needed to tackle this enormous societal challenge. The retail industry looks forward to developing the strong partnerships that have already being created with government and law enforcement agencies in this area, and working with partners including the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to ensure that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats.

The indication in the strategy that the government will define how the private sector and the public engage with the Government during a cyber incident, and that the

Government’s level of support for each sector will be clearly defined and understood, is particularly welcome. The retail industry has been calling for greater coordination around the response to cyber security incidents and the BRC believes the creation of the NCSC in support of the strategy presents a unique opportunity to begin to develop a more coordinated approach to public-private cooperation.

HUGO ROSEMONT, CRIME AND SECURITY POLICY ADVISER AT THE BRC SAID:

“Strong public-private cooperation is an essential ingredient of an effective approach to cyber security, and the emphasis the new strategy places on partnership with industry is very encouraging. Following hot on the heels of the recent launch of the NCSC, the strategy is an effective framework that can help to strengthen the UK’s digital resilience. The British population is one of the world’s biggest users of e-commerce and the retail industry is encouraged by the steps the Government is taking to work with industry, and make sure the UK is one of the safest places to do business online.”

Contact:

TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
OUT OF HOURS: +44 (0) 7557747269

Source: BRC

Chipotle Mexican Grill announces special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion for active military and veterans

DENVER, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of those who serve, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion from 3:00 p.m. to close on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, 2016.

BOGOs will be offered to all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID, at all restaurants in the US from 3:00 p.m. to close, local time, on Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

“We have always appreciated the service of our active and retired military, and the support they have provided us over the years,” said Chris Arnold, communications director at Chipotle. “This is a small way for us to recognize the contributions these extraordinary individuals make, and give us a chance to serve them.”

This promotion is valid on in-store purchases only and may not be combined with other coupons, promotions or special offers. Limit one free menu item per military ID, subject to availability. Free item requires purchase of an entrée item of equal or greater value and is to be collected by valid ID holder only.

For more information, please visit Chipotle.com/militaryappreciation.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 26 Chipotle restaurants outside the US and 14 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates four Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Tractor Supply Company declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share of its common stock

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (11/01/16) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be paid on November 29, 2016, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 14, 2016.

The Board also authorized a $1 billion increase to its existing share repurchase program, bringing the total amount authorized to date under the program to $3 billion. The program, established in February 2007, has also been extended through December 31, 2020. As of September 24, 2016, the Company had repurchased 48.4 million shares of common stock (adjusted to reflect the effect of stock splits) for approximately $1.6 billion. While the repurchase plan does not obligate the Company to repurchase any shares, the remaining $1.4 billion under the expanded share repurchase program represents approximately 16% of the Company’s outstanding shares at current prices.

Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are committed to driving long-term shareholder value through a balanced, strategic approach by managing growth, cash flow and capital allocation. We believe the Board’s decision to increase the share repurchase authorization underscores their confidence in the Company’s long-term growth, financial return and strong business model.”

Anthony Crudele, Chief Financial Officer, commented, “The business continues to produce significant cash flow, providing us with substantial financial liquidity and a strong balance sheet. We have the financial capacity to continue to make investments in technology, supply chain and our stores to enhance operational efficiencies. As a result of our strong cash flow and our disciplined approach to capital allocation, we also have the opportunity to continue returning excess cash to our shareholders in a balanced manner through dividends and share repurchase.”

The share repurchases may be made from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions at management’s discretion, depending on market conditions and other factors, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable legal requirements. The authorization for the share repurchase program may be terminated, increased or decreased by the Company’s Board of Directors at any time.

About Tractor Supply Company

At September 24, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,575 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Forward Looking Statements

As with any business, all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to influences outside its control. This information contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s plans relating to share repurchases and dividends, plans to return capital to shareholders, the Company’s business model, growth and results of operations and anticipated investments in the business. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarterly financial and accounting procedures, and may be affected by certain risks and uncertainties, any one, or a combination, of which could materially affect the results of the Company’s operations. These factors include, without limitation, national, regional and local economic conditions affecting consumer spending, the timing and acceptance of new products in the stores, the timing and mix of goods sold, purchase price volatility (including inflationary and deflationary pressures), the ability to increase sales at existing stores, the ability to manage growth and identify suitable locations, failure of an acquisition to produce anticipated results, the ability to successfully manage expenses and execute key gross margin enhancing initiatives, the availability of favorable credit sources, capital market conditions in general, the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated, the impact of new stores on the business, competition, weather conditions, the seasonal nature of the business, effective merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis, the ability to retain vendors, reliance on foreign suppliers, the ability to attract, train and retain qualified employees, product liability and other claims, changes in federal, state or local regulations, potential judgments, fines, legal fees and other costs, breach of information systems or theft of employee or customer data, ongoing and potential future legal or regulatory proceedings, management of the Company’s information systems, failure to develop and implement new technologies, the failure of customer-facing technology systems, business disruption including from the implementation of supply chain technologies, effective tax rate changes and results of examination by taxing authorities, the ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, and changes in accounting standards, assumptions and estimates. Forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company are based on knowledge of its business and the environment in which it operates, but because of the factors listed above, actual results could differ materially from those reflected by any forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and those contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on the Company or its business and operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000
www.TractorSupply.com

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
ICR

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Toys“R”Us® to bring “awesome” holiday moments to its stores nationwide this season

Stores Nationwide Kick Off November with The Great Big AWWWESOME Holiday Toy Fest, Professional Santa Photo Opportunity and More

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the calendar turns to November and customers ready for the inherent holiday shopping to come, Toys“R”Us® today (November 1, 2016) unveiled plans to bring “awesome” holiday moments to its stores nationwide this season. Beginning this weekend, the company’s brick and mortar locations across the country will begin to look – and feel – a lot like Christmas, from professional Santa photo package opportunities to a special event where kids and families can test the season’s hottest toys before sending their Wish Lists to the North Pole.

“Toys“R”Us is offering something truly unique and unmatched for customers by delivering the magic of the holidays right in-store,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Whether it’s a Santa Claus sighting, holiday music and merriment or our toy-testing events, customers can expect to find magical moments big and small when they visit our stores.”

Santa Readies His Sleigh, Heads to 100 Select Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Stores
This Saturday, November 5, Jolly Old Saint Nick will retreat from the North Pole and take up temporary residency at every kid’s favorite toy store – making for an incredible combination of fun and holiday cheer. To help parents check off their own wish lists this season, they can now skip the hours-long line at the nearby mall, meet and take photos with Santa at 100 select Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores across the country and complete their holiday shopping all in one stop. As an extra gift to moms and dads, they’ll find the photo packages competitively-priced at $29.99 (plus tax) and reservations a cinch at www.toysrus.com/visitsanta** .

Click to Tweet: Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’? Santa’s coming to town! Reserve your spot at a @ToysRUs or @BabiesRUs near you! www.toysrus.com/visitsanta

In-Store Toy Celebration Helps Build Excitement and Wish Lists
As gift-givers grow anxious about delivering the magic of the holidays to the kids in their lives, Toys“R”Us is offering an opportunity for customers to experience first-hand the toys that will truly bring smiles to kids’ faces this holiday season. With live demos of NERF blasters, the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar, Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall, Brightlings and more, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can take note of the playthings that are absolute must-haves. The “Great Big AWWWESOME Holiday Toy Fest” is designed to be a truly unique experience and the opportunity to interact with the toys that will surely top Wish Lists this season. The event will take place at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide on Saturday, November 5 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, complete with raffles, make-and-take activities and giveaways while supplies last.

Baby’s First Christmas Events
There is no shortage of holiday merriment in-store for the newest of parents this season. On Saturday, November 5, 12 and 19, Babies“R”Us will host Baby’s First Christmas Events at its stores nationwide from 10:00 to 11:00 am for families celebrating their little ones’ very first holiday. Customers can design an “Ugly Christmas Sweater,” take photos in front of winter-themed backdrops and peruse in-store “Baby’s First Christmas Shops,” which provide parents with first mementos, fun apparel and more.

Customers are invited to visit online or at their nearby locations for Babies“R”Us in-store events and Toys“R”Us in-store events. For company news and updates throughout the holiday season, please visit https://www.toysrusinc.com/press or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

**Santa will be in stores on Saturdays and Sundays from November 5 to December 11. Beginning on December 12, Santa will be in the stores every day of the week through December 22 at Toys“R”Us and December 24 at Babies“R”Us locations.

About Toys”R”Us, Inc.
Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys”R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Contact:

Candace Disler
973-617-5518
candace.disler@toysrus.com

Taylor O’Donnell
973-617-5634
taylor.odonnell@toysrus.com

Source: Toys”R”Us

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to offer one free doughnut of choice to guests with voting sticker on election day

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Take part in a delicious decision on Election Day! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (November 1, 2016) announced any guest wearing a sticker indicating he or she voted will receive one free doughnut of choice on Nov. 8 at participating U.S. shops.

“We want to sweeten Election Day by saying ‘thank you’ to those who participate at the polls,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “It has been a long election season, and we think a free treat is the perfect way to reward voters.”

This delicious choice is only available to those guests wearing a voting sticker on Election Day. No coupon is necessary.

Share your Election Day doughnut decision on social media using #KrispyKreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

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

Contact:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
Sarah Roof
Corporate Communications Coordinator
336-726-8878
sroof@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Intershop announces financial results for the first nine months of 2016

  • Revenues of EUR 24.7 million (previous year: EUR 32.7 million)
  • Product business falls short of expectations, service revenues continue to stabilize
  • EBIT of EUR -2.0 million (previous year: EUR 0.05 million)
  • “Lighthouse 2020” strategy: Focus on wholesale and cloud business

Jena, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1), a leading independent provider of innovative solutions for omni-channel commerce, generated revenues of EUR 24.7 million in the first nine months of 2016 (previous year: EUR 32.7 million). On the one hand, the 25% decline is attributable to a shift in projects and a shortfall of expected license orders, which sent product revenues falling by 27% to EUR 9.5 million. On the other hand, service revenues, at EUR 15.2 million, were still below the prior year level (-23%). This is due to the changed customer structure, with a focus on small and medium-sized customers. The quarterly comparison shows, however, that the service business has stabilized, with service revenues climbing from EUR 4.5 million in Q1 to EUR 5.4 million in Q3 2016.

Intershop’s product revenues break down into approx. EUR 3.5 million in license revenues (previous year: EUR 7.0 million) and EUR 6.0 million in maintenance revenues (previous year: EUR 6.0 million) in the first nine months of 2016. In the service segment, revenues from consulting contracts amounted to EUR 11.8 million, (previous year: EUR 15.1 million) while full service revenues stood at EUR 3.4 million (previous year: EUR 4.6 million).

The 44% gross margin for the nine months was consistent with the prior year period. Operating expenses declined by 9% to EUR 13.0 million. Due to the drop in revenues, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) declined to EUR -0.2 million (previous year: EUR 2.7 million). EBIT amounted to EUR -2.0 million in the reporting period, compared to EUR 0.05 million in the previous year. The result for the period stood at EUR -2.4 million (previous year: EUR -0.1 million). This is equivalent to earnings per share of EUR -0.07 (previous year: EUR 0.00).

The Intershop Group’s cash flow from operations amounted to EUR -1.4 million in the first nine months of 2016 (previous year: EUR 4.2 million), which is mainly attributable to the net loss for the period. Cash and cash equivalents totalled EUR 10.9 million at the interim reporting date. The equity ratio improved to 61% (31 December 2015: 58%).

Against the background of the ongoing market consolidation and the lack of growth momentum, Intershop has initiated the “Lighthouse 2020” strategy program. Following on from the concentration on the product business in the past two years, Intershop will focus on customers from the wholesale sector going forward. Another strategic focus of the program is on the continued expansion of the cloud business; in this context, the Intershop 7.8 Cloud Solution will be launched before the end of the year. The new cooperation with Microsoft will play an important role, as it allows customers to seamlessly integrate the Intershop systems with the cloud-based Dynamics NAV ERP solution from Microsoft.

According to the new roadmap, the Management Board projects sales revenues of between EUR 34 million and EUR 36 million as well as a negative result (EBIT) of between EUR 1 million and EUR 2.5 million, including extraordinary expenses of approx. EUR 1 million.

Says Dr. Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop Communications AG: “In spite of the disappointing nine-month figures, we are convinced that our strategic positioning and the related reorganization are the right approach. We project revenues of EUR 50 million and an EBIT margin of 5% by 2020 and will do everything in our power to reach these growth targets.”

The interim report on the first nine months of 2016 is available for download at http://www.intershop.com/investors-financial-reports.

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Intershop appointments: Carsten Schröder, head of marketing for Europe; Thorsten Desch head of sales for German-speaking countries

Jena, Germany, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG has made two major new appointments in the areas of marketing and sales. Effective immediately, Carsten Schröder is the new head of marketing for Europe. An experienced industry expert, Carsten brings a wealth of experience from his twelve-year management career in marketing and public relations. Prior to joining Intershop, Carsten was most recently head of marketing for one of SAP’s leading e-commerce partners in southern Germany.

Axel Köhler, Intershop’s Chief Operating Officer, is excited about the new appointment: “With Carsten Schröder, we’ve brought an expert on board who has an excellent understanding of the e-commerce market—both B2B and B2C. Together with his team, Carsten will boost Intershop’s visibility in target markets by raising our profile among decision-makers of key clients and partners, as well as in the expert networks that really matter for us. I’m confident he will succeed in sharpening our market focus and generating significant new impetus for sales.” Working closely with Carsten Schröder will be Intershop’s new head of sales for the German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), Thorsten Desch. After joining Intershop as a key account manager in December 2013, Thorsten quickly cemented his reputation through the acquisition of a large number of new customers and has overseen various complex migration projects for major clients.

Axel Köhler: “Thorsten’s trademarks are his unerring client focus and goal-oriented collaboration with our implementation partners. In our highly competitive sector, his market knowledge, technical expertise, and personality give him a level of authenticity that could almost be emblematic for Intershop as a whole. He is the best candidate to lead our sales team forward in what is one of our most important regions.”

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

KappAhl launches film series Make it feel right to guide and inspire consumers to sustainable clothing consumption

Mölndal, Sweden, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — We buy 12 kilos of clothes and textiles per person, per year – and throw away 8 kilos in our household rubbish. This, despite the fact that 95% of what we bin could gain a new lease of life in the clothing cycle. With its film series Make it feel right, KappAhl hopes to guide and inspire consumers towards more sustainable clothing consumption, looking at everything from care advice to do-it-yourself tips and from re-use to sustainable design and production.

In the new film series Make it feel right, which has been made for KappAhl with the help of independent experts, journalist Annika Leone investigates how we can get our clothes to “feel right” – both for ourselves and for the planet.

“Access to more sustainable fashion is an important issue. Whether as producers or consumers, we must all help to close the loop for our clothes,” says Maria Segergren, who has recently stepped into the role of vice president of assortment and design at KappAhl. “We need more sustainable materials and more sustainable production methods, and the clothes need to be collected in again once the consumer is finished with them.”

Over the six films, Leone guides us from the cotton field to the wardrobe, via the design studio. The first film looks at the value of clothes, discussing, among other things, how we can breathe new life into our wardrobes through upcycling, the sustainable options available once you are done with a garment, stain removal and clothes care. Not to mention the fact thata good move for unwanted clothes is to hand them in at a clothes collection point.

“Clothes care seems to be something of a lost art in our society, unfortunately. There are lots of concrete tips and pieces of advice that could make us so much more sustainable in how we treat our clothes. Many consumers wash their clothes too often,” says Jessica Cederberg Wodmar, sustainability expert at JCW Sustainable Communications.

Even once a garment has really done its bit, the rubbish bin is still a bad move: fact is, even worn and dirty textiles can be put to use nowadays.
“Even a pair of holey socks has value and can have its lifespan extended. The problem is that all too few textiles are currently collected in for reuse or recycling,” says Fredrika Klarén, who is head of environmental affairs at KappAhl.

The textile collection scheme Wear, love and give back is one of KappAhl’s many sustainability initiatives. The green and white collection containers can be found in every store, and over half of what is currently collected is reused in its current condition – through sales on the second-hand market or donations to good causes, for example. A similar amount can be ground down to produce new textiles such as insulation materials, and this percentage will only increase as research finds new ways of recycling textile fibres. Even now, only a very small percentage of what KappAhl collects needs to go to energy recovery.

You can find out more about KappAhl’s sustainability work on our webpage under the “Sustainability” tab.

The Make it feel right films

  1. Film 1: The value of clothes – Annika Leone and the film team investigate what we as consumers can do to make our clothes last longer.
  2. Film 2: Sustainable clothes – Annika Leone and the film team visit KappAhl’s head office to see how the company’s designers are working to make sustainable choices right from the drawing board.
  3. Film 3: Our beloved cotton – Annika Leone and the film team travel to India to visit the cotton fields and see what the clothing industry can do for growers and their families, looking at how to spread awareness of the importance of using less water and chemicals in cotton cultivation.
  4. Film 4: Made in Bangladesh – Annika Leone and the film team travel to Bangladesh to visit factories and to find out whether clothes labelled as “Made in Bangladesh” are a good or bad buy.
  5. Film 5: Collaboration is the way forward – Annika Leone and the film team travel to India to find out how clothing chains and other industry figures can work together to improve textile production for people and the environment.
  6. Film 6: Fine just as you are! – Annika Leone and the film team explore how all of the ideals surrounding fashion and clothes fit together.

More about Jessica Cederberg Wodmar
Jessica is a sustainability coach, moderator and public speaker. She runs her own company, JCW Hållbar Kommunikation,which among other things trains companies in issues of sustainability. Jessica hosts Hållbarhetspodden, Veckans Affärer’s podcast on sustainability, and is also author of the book Hyfsat Hållbar (“Pretty Sustainable”).

KappAhl aims to create high quality, value-for-money fashion produced with care and respect for people and the environment. Today, 38% of the company’s products are sustainability-labelled. KappAhl was founded in 1953 in Gothenburg. We are a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region, with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland, together with Shop Online. Our business concept is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to a wide range of consumers. In 2015/2016, turnover was SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees approx. 4,000 in nine countries. KappAhl is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information is available at www.kappahl.se

For more information:
Fredrika Klarén
Head Sustainability
Tel: +46 (0)704-71 55 58

Maria Segergren
Vice President Assortment & Design
Tel: +46 (0)704-71 55 32

PRESS CONTACTS:

Corporate and Investor Relations
Charlotte Högberg
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 70 – 471 56 31
charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

Fashion and range
Monika Kostovska
Fashion Press Responsible
Phone: +46 70 – 471 55 56
monika.kostovska@kappahl.com

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KappAhl launches film series Make it feel right to guide and inspire consumers to sustainable clothing consumption
KappAhl launches film series Make it feel right to guide and inspire consumers to sustainable clothing consumption

 

Source: KappAhl

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market launch new Aurora® plush animals and PlanToys® wooden toys

Arlington, VA and AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market’s (NASDAQ: WFM) multi-year partnership continues this holiday season with the launch of new Aurora® plush animals and PlanToys® wooden toys. Beginning today (November 1, 2016), the toy collections will be available at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide and online at shop.pbskids.org.

All net proceeds from purchases of the toys will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life. Additionally, Whole Foods Market will donate one percent of total sales to Whole Kids Foundation®, an organization dedicated to improving children’s wellness and nutrition.

“PBS KIDS’ partnership with Whole Foods Market encourages kids to learn through play, helping us achieve our shared goal of supporting children’s development,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “With new toys that tap into kids’ innate curiosity and excitement about animals, we hope that children will learn about endangered species and their role in the environment, sparking their love of discovery and exploration.”

This year, the Aurora plush toy collection features 16 animals, including eight endangered species, such as the Maui Dolphin, Orangutan Baby and Snow Leopard. Each plush animal includes a fun fact designed to inspire children to learn about the importance of protecting wildlife.

“We are so happy to continue our partnership with PBS KIDS and to support both their mission and Whole Kids Foundation’s mission,” said Jeanne Tamayo, Global Buyer at Whole Foods Market. “We’re proud to work with a like-minded brand and to feature beautiful toys that are made ethically and sustainably.”

The PBS KIDS holiday toy collection also includes a line of sustainably manufactured wooden PlanToys®, such as a Field-to-Farmstand set and a unique Safari Animals Croquet set. PlanToys are made with natural rubber wood, organic pigment and certified formaldehyde-free E-zero glue, offering a sustainable toy option for gift givers. All 33 PBS KIDS plush and wooden toys are available for under $30.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

CANADA: Whole Foods Market opens at Victoria, British Columbia

Store features dozens of ‘Island Local’ products, in-store venues run by Victoria-based restaurateurs and 141 team members hired from Vancouver Island

VICTORIA, British Columbia, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, will open Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Victoria, British Columbia. The 40,000-square-foot store is located in the Uptown Shopping Centre, at 3587 Blanshard Street, in Saanich. It is the first Whole Foods Market store on Vancouver Island and is the company’s 12th location in Canada.

The store will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell will join Whole Foods Market leaders, local suppliers and community partners to welcome shoppers. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“For more than a decade, we’ve been building relationships in the communities we serve throughout British Columbia, and we’re excited to continue this growth on Vancouver Island,” said Angela Lorenzen, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We’ve long believed that Victoria would be a wonderful home for a new store because of our shared values. Like us, this community is a champion for strong, local food systems and believes in environmental stewardship. Our team members, many of whom come from Vancouver Island, have been working hard to create a store experience that reflects what island residents tell us they want and need. We look forward to continuing to build relationships here and serving Greater Victoria.”

The new store will provide an unmatched selection of high-quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of island-sourced products and delicious dining options.

Store features:

  • Fin & Pearl, an in-store seafood venue with seating at the bar, and ample café seating, offers a place to gather and enjoy fresh, local seafood and local beers and cider on tap. At opening, the 12 local taps will feature selections from Hoyne Brewing Co., Driftwood Brewery, Phillips Brewing Company and Tod Creek Craft Cider.  The menu includes favorites such as B.C. oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels and clams, and tempura-battered fish and chips.
  • Top-notch customer service: Out of 154 team members working at the Victoria store, 141 are from Vancouver Island.
  • Whole Foods Market has partnered with Victoria-based Discovery Coffee to run a full-service coffee bar inside the store. Discovery Coffee uses Island Farms dairy milk, features seasonal teas from island local tea company, JagaSilk, and serves an assortment of fresh donuts, made every morning at Yonni’s Bakery.
  • The Victoria store is also home to Bliss Juice, a juice bar run by the creators of Café Bliss and Be Love restaurant. Bliss Juice offers seasonally inspired, made-to-order juices, super food smoothies, wheatgrass shots, live-food lunches, healthy snacks and raw desserts. Bliss Juice products are 100 percent animal-product free, wheat free, gluten free and are made from scratch.
  • Local product offerings: On top of the more than 300 B.C. vendors shoppers already find in all B.C. Whole Foods Market stores, more than 40 products from new Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands vendors were added as a result of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Fair held in March 2016.
  • All 365 Everyday Value food products are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project.

During the store’s grand opening festivities, Whole Foods Market will present B.C.-based Terra Breads with a $100,000 Local Producer Loan. To date, Whole Foods Market has made five loans to B.C.-based, independent food producers, and has contributed more than $400,000 to the local economy through this program alone. Past Local Producer Loan Program recipients include Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Harker’s Organics and Lina’s Garden.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market’s Victoria store can look forward to a full-service experience:

  • An industry-leading seafood team – Whole Foods Market’s quality standards for seafood lead the industry. All wild-caught seafood sold in the store is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and is entirely traceable from the fishery to store. The seafood department takes the hassle out of prepping seafood, and in-store fishmongers will fillet whole fish, skin and debone fish, peel and devein shrimp, shuck oysters, and with 48 hours’ notice, smoke fish per customers’ requests.Look for “Island Local” products, including Salt Spring Island mussels and Fanny Bay oysters, in the seafood department. The store also features a bivalve tank to ensure the highest quality, live shellfish.
  • Quality standards and selection in the meat department – All products in the full-service meat department come from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Whole Foods Market’s animal welfare standards are industry leading and include the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating standards. Whole Foods Market’s Victoria store is proud to offer Canadian beef from Northern British Columbia and local poultry, including turkeys, sourced from the Fraser Valley. Other British Columbian producers include McLean Meats and Black Forest Meats.
  • Highest quality produce– The Victoria store features locally sourced produce from growers such as Saanich Organics, Kildara Farms, Longview Farms, and Blue Root Farm.
  • Prepared foods galore – A wide range of grab-and-go meal options, including burritos and tacos, artisan sandwiches and pizza, are available daily. A rotating hot bar and a salad bar with plenty of organic vegetables and fresh-cut fruit makes mealtime decisions quick and convenient. Everything made and sold by the prepared foods team complies with Whole Foods Market’s ingredient standards.
  • Specialty department – Shoppers can find the finest local and organic artisan cheeses and a wide variety of pickles, olives, pates, fresh pastas, dips and nitrate-free cured meats. The specialty department has a thoughtfully curated selection of Island Local and B.C. produced products, including Paradise Island cheese, Little Qulicum cheese, Happy Days goat cheese, Kootenay Alpine cheese, Salt Spring Island cheese, Edible Gardens balsamic condiments, Natural Pasture cheese, Farm House Cheese, Golda’s Pesto, and Old Country Pasta.
  • Bakery department – One of the highlights of the new Victoria store is the bakery department, featuring products from True Grain, and locally sourced ingredients such as Anita’s Flour, B.C. eggs, and Canadian milk.
  • All cage-free eggs – Whole Foods Market sells only eggs that come from cage-free hens and will carry Island-sourced, free range and organic eggs from Island Egg.

Giving back to the community is one of Whole Foods Market’s core values. For the past several years, Vancouver Island residents and Whole Foods Market teams have discussed the community’s priorities and where Whole Foods Market resources might make the greatest impact outside the store. From those conversations, Whole Foods Market has identified several local nonprofit organizations and is building long-range partnerships with the groups to support their great work. One of these partners is The Mustard Seed, a nonprofit devoted to fighting hunger and supporting food access work in Greater Victoria. On opening day, the store’s team members will present a $2,000 contribution to The Mustard Seed. Whole Foods Market will continue to collaborate with The Mustard Seed on food rescue and advocacy work.

In 2016, the Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, awarded garden grants to four Vancouver Island schools; 17 Vancouver Island K-12 schools have received garden grants from the foundation since 2012. Whole Kids Foundation also funded farm-to-school grants at nine Vancouver Island schools in 2016. These grants engage students in gardening, cooking, preserving, purchasing and serving healthy local foods at school.

Store Information:

Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 3587 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C.

Telephone: 250-382-9800

Website: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/victoria

Contact:

Ann Marie Ricard
annmarie.ricard@curatorpr.com

Susan Livingston
susan.livingston@wholefoods.com

425.457.0090 (mobile)

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market stores in New York City to give back 5% of November 2 sales to NYC city parks

NEW YORK, N.Y., 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market stores in New York City are joining forces with various city parks to celebrate the retailer’s 5% Community Giving Day. On Wednesday, November 2, 5% of the day’s collective net sales from all 10 Whole Foods Market stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn will benefit Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Friends of Hudson River Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and a special project on Governors Island. Shoppers making purchases on this day will support each organization’s missions to continue to improve our city parks. Past 5% Days in New York City have raised more than $100,000 for partnering organizations.

  • Friends of the Hudson: Proceeds will focus on restoring and reimagining the Chelsea Waterside Play Area at West 23rd Street and 11th Avenue which has been a prime destination for families, students and youth from New York City Housing Authority residents since it was built in 2000.  The 5% day contributions to the Chelsea Waterside Play Area capital campaign will help fund renovations including renewing all play equipment, replacing rubber safety surfacing, refurbishing water play features and overhauling site amenities such as umbrellas, tables and benches.
  • Marcus Garvey Park: The funds will benefit Marcus Garvey Park’s Youth and Arts, Culture and Fun programming at the park and the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center. These programs include a public theater, fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities, with certain classes designated for people with disabilities and a children’s after-school programming. Proceeds will also help provide healthy and organic snacks to support the kids within the program.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy: The funds will support the Environmental Education Center, a new year-round space designed to house the conservancy’s education program, which serves over 10,000 area school children. The Environmental Education Center is also open to the public on the weekends, and proceeds will continue to help support weekly public open hours.
  • Friends of Governors Island: 5% Day proceeds will help support the creation of the Governors Island “Green Zone,” which will advance the island’s goal to create a closed-loop organic cycle. The “Green Zone” will unite existing island-wide sustainability initiatives, including urban farming and composting. The project will also serve as an educational resource for the general public and a hub for volunteer activities.

Proceeds from all 10 Manhattan and Brooklyn locations including Bowery, Chelsea, Columbus Circle, Midtown East, Tribeca, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Third & 3rd (BK), and Williamsburg (BK), will be distributed and shared equally amongst the four organizations. To find the Whole Food Market closest to you, see here.

For more information and updates, please follow us on social media:

Contact:
Michael Sinatra
michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
jv@sharpthink.com
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Food Market

Meijer to place sizes S-3X apparel on the same rack giving customers of all sizes the opportunity to shop together

Meijer to place sizes S-3X apparel on the same rack giving customers of all sizes the opportunity to shop together
Meijer to place sizes S-3X apparel on the same rack giving customers of all sizes the opportunity to shop together

 

Retailer offers ground-breaking shopping experience by placing sizes S-3X on the same rack

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building upon its investment in apparel, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer is announcing a new, inclusive shopping experience that will give customers of all sizes the opportunity to shop together.

By early 2017, plus-size departments in each of the retailer’s 230 stores across the Midwest will be integrated into missy and women’s, placing straight and extended sizes on one rack. As an industry leader in making this change, Meijer is proud to create a shopping experience based on trends, not size.

“Over the past few years, we’ve placed an increased focus on bringing more on-trend, affordable apparel to our customers,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing. “This fresh approach to shopping represents a continuation of that commitment, giving our customers the trends they’re looking for, regardless of what size they wear.”

Meijer says its customers are taking notice.

“I think that’s so amazing, the way Meijer is incorporating plus and the smaller sizes together,” said JoElla Saines, a Meijer customer from Normal, Ill. “Now everyone can shop together, not separate.”

As part of this merchandising change, Meijer is also rolling out equal pricing for all women’s apparel items, no longer charging more for plus sizes despite the higher production costs. The Midwest retailer is making this investment so all customers have access to fashion at the same price.

“Plus-size apparel is often priced higher than missy or women’s sizes,” said Annette Repasch, group vice president of softlines for Meijer. “We believe all our customers deserve to pay the same price for the same trends, regardless of size.”

By combining all sizes into one department, Meijer is also able to maximize its existing retail space. The new, integrated clothing department only accounts for 80 percent of the current space, which will allow the apparel buyers at Meijer to add even more trends and styles in the near future.

This ground-breaking shopping experience began in June 2016, and is currently available in 15 Meijer stores. Customers will see the retailer’s commitment to offering on-trend styles for most sizes when the retailer completes this roll-out to all 230 stores by early 2017.

About Meijer:

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

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-735-7968

Source: Meijer

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Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies launches seven new varieties of premium pies just in time for the holidays

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays just got a little sweeter thanks to Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies. The Utah company is launching seven new varieties of the award-winning pies just in time later this month. New flavors include: Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, French Silk, Lemon Meringue, Turtle Pie, Apple Cranberry and Pumpkin Pie. The premium pies are available at more than 300 Associated Food Stores retailers.

“Pie is a staple of the holidays and we are excited to bring more flavors, including the classic pumpkin pie, to our guests just in time for Thanksgiving,” said Boyd Irving, director of exclusive brands for AFS.

Launched in 2016, Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies are created through a partnership with Rocky Mountain Pies and are made exclusively in Utah. Each pie is made with the freshest ingredients including fresh fruit, cane sugar and many include flavor-infused crusts. Most of the pies total approximately four pounds and are ready to bake and serve. The seven new flavors join the six original pies: Dazzleberry, Cherry Almond Praline, Apple Crumb, Peach Blueberry, Pineapple Upside down and Sea Salt Caramel Crumb. Earlier this year, Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies received blue ribbons at the National Pie Championship.

To learn more about Red Button Vintage Creamery Pies and to find a retailer near you, visit www.redbuttoncreamery.com

About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Source: Red Button Vintage Creamery

CityOn.Zhengzhou shopping center: Taubman Asia announces its second China project to open in March 16, 2017

CityOn.Zhengzhou to bring a fresh, contemporary shopping experience to Central China

Zhengzhou, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —Taubman Asia, a subsidiary of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) and Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 600859), today announced a strong collection of contemporary retailers set to open at CityOn.Zhengzhou in Henan province, Central China.

When it opens in March 16, 2017, CityOn.Zhengzhou will be 100 percent leased and 90 percent occupied with nearly 200 stores and restaurants. Located in the heart of Zhengdong New District, the six-level, 94,000 square meter (approximately one million square feet) shopping and dining destination will offer a curated mix of domestic, international and lifestyle brands from fast fashion to accessible luxury anchored by a four-level Wangfujing department store.

“We are thrilled to see our second China project coming to life in Zhengzhou,” said René Tremblay, president of Taubman Asia. “This project will contribute value to all Taubman shareholders as the Company realizes the value of its investment in Asia over the past several years. We ar e proud to unveil this unprecedented lineup of stores and restaurants.”

Food lovers will be delighted by the variety of local, regional and international cuisine at all price points and in both seated restaurants and quick serve formats. The center will also include several family-friendly experiential, educational and entertainment offerings.

“CityOn.Zhengzhou will offer a stellar collection of the world’s most in-demand brands, many making their Central China debut at our center,” said Paul Wright, group vice president, leasing for Taubman Asia. “We are committed to creating an exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment experience for our shoppers in China and at all of our properties.”

“We are glad to be working with Taubman to bring to the local community a modern and contemporary shopping experience at the iconic CityOn.Zhengzhou. Meanwhile, we are bringing a significant investment, job opportunities, economic activities and a neighborhood-friendly project to Zhengdong New District,” said Yi Liu, chairman of Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd.

CityOn.Zhengzhou stores and restaurants include:

Retail

7m ADIDAS NEO
adidas adidas originals
AIKE Miniso
AJIDOU MISHKA
aojo/Mujosh MLB/Dickies
BASIC HOUSE MO&CO.
Bershka Mobi Garden
Candie’s MOUSSY / SLY
CASSILE NIKE
CAT NIKE360
CHARLES & KEITH ochirly
Chow Sang Sang olens
Columbia one after another NICE CLAUP
CONLIA original color edition
converse ONLY
COZY STEPS Oysho
ECCO PANDORA
Ed hardy Skinwear Polo
EDENUS Pote/Vougeek
FIVE PLUS Puella
Forever 21 RE Classified
H&M Red naturalfashion
HOLLAND & BARRETT Sand&Foam
I Do SELECTED
innisfree Sephora
In’s SKECHERS
JACK & JONES Stradivarius
JESSIE & JANE THE NORTH FACE
JWELL TRENDIANO
KIKC tutuanna
kipling UlifeStyle
La Babité UNIQLO
La Chapelle UR
Lee VANS
Levi’s VERO MODA
LOHO VERO MODA nordic by nature
LIRSTE Wan Zhi Hui Biao Hang
LuDao store (member) Wangfujing Department Stores
MANGO WESTLINK
MARC ECKŌ XXXTRENTA
Massimo Dutti ZARA
MIKIBANA ZARA Home

 

F&B/Entertainment/Kids/Lifestyle/Electronics

56°cake Aza Aza!
Acasia food village (featuring 14 food
vendors)
Beijiaoxiuweigangshichacanting
Benfu Sushi
Alienware Bi Ku Li Kao Quan Yu
BOAT NOODLE meizu
BP101 MM by Haircode
breo Mr. Wish
chatime MYLK
Chez Choux Naughtykids
chicken container new york fries
Chun Chuan Li Tie Ban Ji NIKE YOUNG ATHLETES
Coco OKAIDI
Dolar Shop OSCAR CITYON CINEMA
Dr.kong Pang Ge Lia Rou Xie Bao
ELLRICKY PAPABUBBLE
for’you bakery PETER’S MEADOW
FROZENYO PIZZA ZONE
Fu Rong Xiang Cheng Du Ming Xiao Chi RBIKE
G-Super-GREENLAND DIRECT Shen Quan Men Guan
GLOBAL GOODS Shi Fen You Hui
GB kids station SIMMER HUANG / HUILAUSHAN
GONG CHA SIWUKE TEA
Good Baby So We New
GRANDMA’S KITCHEN STARBUCKS COFFEE
Guoguo Mutton Soup Restaurant Strawberry Forever
Guxiang No.9 Catering SUBWAY
GYMBOREE TANYU
Hallmark Babies TEPPANYAKI XIANG
Homao TOOT SCIENCE
Hong Mao Zhai UDON&TEMPURA
Hua Qian Dai Uncle
HUAWEI Wan Quan Bu Tong
iSpace Xiang Tian Xia Huo Guo
KENGEE Xiao Liu Jia
La Chapelle Kids Xiao Zhu Zhu Kao Rou
Lenovo Xue Mi Da
Letv Yang Xiang Dou Pi Shuan Niu Du
Liang Cheng Ji A San Sheng Jian YuYuTo
Little One ZBX fresh fish hot pot
Love Eyelash Zheng Shi Yi
MagicSalad ZOO STEAK
MaiChiLing

Final list of tenants subject to change and final confirmation.

For more information about CityOn.Zhengzhou, visit www.cityoncenter.com.

About CityOn.Zhengzhou

From fast fashion to accessible luxury, complimented by a unique collection of domestic and international designer and lifestyle brands, the retail line-up at CityOn.Zhengzhou is destined to meet the diverse needs of consumers in the region. CityOn.Zhengzhou will also delight food lovers by offering a wide selection of local, regional and international cuisine, across all price-points and in both seated restaurants and quick service formats. CityOn.Zhengzhou will offer families a number of kid-friendly experiential, educational and entertainment offerings.

About Taubman Asia

Taubman Asia is a subsidiary of U.S. Mall operator Taubman Centers – a leader in the shopping center industry. Taubman Asia is the platform for Taubman Centers’ expansion into China and South Korea and focuses on owning, managing, and/or leasing high-quality and sustainable retail real estate projects in Asia that leverage Taubman’s strong retail planning design and operational capabilities. For more information about Taubman Asia, visit www.taubmanasia.com.

About Taubman

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

About Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd

Founded in 1955 at China’s busiest commercial street in Beijing, Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd has enjoyed a history of over 60 years.

Over the last 60 years as China transformed to a market-oriented economy, Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd has enjoyed a reputation at home and abroad as evolving from the first store of new China to the top department store in China, leading the retail industry development. Never having deviated from its original mission, the group continues to be recognized as the industry leader, committed to transforming its traditional department store business into a modern retail group.

The group’s current sales network spans seven major economic zones in China, operating 46 large-scale retail stores in 28 cities, covering various retail formats including department stores, shopping malls and outlets business formats. The group offers an operating area of approximately 2 million square meters.

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

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

CONTACTS:

Taubman Asia
Margaret Tse
Director,
Public Relations & Marketing (China)
+86 21 6288 1662 * 6688
mxie@taubman.com

Zoe Zhang
Manager,
Public Relations & Marketing (China)
+86 21 6288 1662 * 6797
zzhang@taubman.com

FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Marie Peterson
+86 21 2315 1131
marie.peterson@fticonsulting.com

Dee Wang
+86 21 2315 1138
dee.wang@fticonsulting.com

Taubman (U.S.)
Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications
+1 248.258.7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Ryan Hurren
Director, Investor Relations
+1 248.258.7232
rhurren@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers

PREIT brings fashion retailer Zara to Cherry Hill Mall, Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today (Nov. 1, 2016) announced a newly executed lease with Zara, one of the largest international fashion retailers, at Cherry Hill Mall. This is a first-to-portfolio retailer for PREIT and Zara’s first location in suburban Philadelphia.

Zara will occupy approximately 26,000 square feet of space between Macy’s and Nordstrom. The retailer – which is tentatively slated to open in November, 2017, will offer apparel and accessories for men, women and children. This development follows the recent addition of another first-to-portfolio addition at the property, Alex & Ani – an eco-conscious jewelry and accessories retailer. The addition of these in-demand retailers further improves the merchandise mix of the 1.3 million square foot mall for shoppers in the region.

“Bringing Zara, a global fashion retailer, to our portfolio underscores our high-quality, high-performance portfolio and the strength of our positioning in Philadelphia and D.C.,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “As we continue to improve our portfolio through repositioning and redevelopment, our ability to add top-quality retailers to our portfolio improves which will continue to drive traffic and sales and create value in our portfolio.”

Over the past several months, PREIT has welcomed a number of new retailers to its portfolio across the Mid-Atlantic region. The company celebrated the grand opening of two first-to-portfolio tenants, including Primark at Willow Grove Park in July and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at Springfield Town Center in September. PREIT also recently announced the opening of DICK’s Sporting Goods at Cumberland Mall, as well as the signing of HomeGoods at Viewmont Mall.

Cherry Hill Mall is located in South Jersey, about eight miles from Center City Philadelphia. The premier mall offers a variety of luxury stores and exclusive retailers, including Nordstrom, Apple, Henri Bendel, Hugo Boss, The Lego Store, The North Face, and more, as well as an array of dining options.

About PREIT
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets.  PREIT’s 25 million square feet of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic’s top MSAs.   Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

CONTACT:
Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241
heather.crowell@preit.com

SOURCE: PREIT