Shopify announces appointment of Gail Goodman to its board of directors

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) (“Shopify”) today (November 2, 2016) announced that Gail Goodman has been appointed to its board of directors, effective today. Gail will serve on Shopify’s Audit and Compensation Committees.

Gail is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Constant Contact, a software company providing small businesses with online marketing tools to grow their businesses. After becoming CEO in April 1999, she led Constant Contact  through its initial public offering and for eight years as a publicly traded company, until its acquisition by Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. in February, 2016.

“Gail shares our passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed,” said Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. “She brings with her a deep knowledge of marketing and connecting with small businesses. We are thrilled to welcome her to our board.”

“For the past 16 years, I’ve worked to support small businesses,” said Gail Goodman. “I’m eager to continue that work as part of Shopify’s team and help make commerce better for everyone.”

Gail was named “Executive of the Year” at the 2009 American Business Awards, and was the 2008 New England Regional winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, she was inducted into the MITX Innovation Hall of Fame and named one of Boston’s Top 30 Innovators by the Boston Globe. Under her lead, Constant Contact was ranked 134 on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500 and was named Best Overall Company at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 American Business Awards.

Gail holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She currently serves on the board of directors of MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ:MB), a provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was  engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 325,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries and is trusted by big brands including Tesla, Red Bull, Nestle, GE, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

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Starbucks partners with True Patriot Love on veteran reintegration networking and employment program

Starbucks partners with True Patriot Love on veteran reintegration networking and employment program
Starbucks partners with True Patriot Love on veteran reintegration networking and employment program


TORONTO, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada and True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) have announced a new collaboration that will help support veterans’ reintegration to civilian life by accessing resources to secure future employment.

Each year, 5,000 men and women exit the Canadian Armed Forces, looking for the next chapter in their lives. Entering the civilian workforce for the first time can be a significantly challenging transition and many require support to translate military skills into civilian jobs. Through the Coffee with a Vet program, Starbucks will provide much-needed meeting places for one-on-one networking and mentoring meetings with veterans who have successfully reintegrated into civilian life, along with larger scale events, all aimed at leading to employment and support services.

“Starbucks is committed to creating opportunity for those who need it the most and we are honoured to serve our military families at a pivotal time in their lives,” said Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “We are proud to be a unique partner of TPL’s in Canada by providing essential meeting and networking locations for veterans and their families to support them in finding pathways to employment.”

TPL will work in conjunction with Treble Victor to provide mentorship programs, coordinate organizations and services that support veterans in their reintegration process, and provide veterans with the contacts and skills necessary to successfully secure employment outside the military. The collaboration will provide space for networking and mentoring, veteran family support, and driving awareness for the need for more support in reintegrating our military veterans.

“We are thrilled with our new partnership with Starbucks Canada promoting the transition of Canadian veterans into the workforce. There is no better way to thank a veteran for their service, than to try to be of service to them in return. Our partnership with Starbucks Canada is an innovative way to engage and empower a new generation of military servicemen and women to expand their employment skills and networks,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation.

About True Patriot Love Foundation
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of veteran family health and support. We honour the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families by bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, TPL has committed approximately $15 million to support military charities and research on physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and innovation across Canada. For more information, visit

About Treble Victor
Treble Victor is a group of ex-military leaders whose mission to enable members to achieve their full potential in the marketplace, through our common values, teamwork, mentorship and our network’s connectivity. For more information visit

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Starbucks adds Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew to its holiday beverage lineup

Starbucks adds Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew to its holiday beverage lineup
Starbucks adds Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew to its holiday beverage lineup


Seattle, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — For generations, mulling spices have long been a part of the holiday season, with the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg filling the air as they simmer on stovetops.

This holiday, Starbucks is offering a cool twist on the traditional holiday spice with the new Starbucks® Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew. Starbucks Rewards members will get a first taste of the new beverage starting today (November 3), and later in November the beverage will join Starbucks holiday beverage lineup at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

“We know our customers are looking for even more options in cold coffee,” said Yoke Wong from Starbucks beverage development team. “Although we’ve offered iced and blended versions of our holiday espresso beverages before, this is our first time creating a cold coffee holiday beverage.”

The beverage starts with Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew coffee, which is slow-steeped for 20 hours. The cold brew is then spiced with the flavors of cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and vanilla, and finished with a float of house-made sweet cream.

“The spices complement the cold brew and bring out the cocoa notes in the coffee,” Wong said. “It’s a flavor reminiscent of the holiday season.”

The beverage is the latest addition to Starbucks cold craft portfolio of beverages, following the successful launch of Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew over the summer.

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Carrefour Poland expands its online offering to include food products

Poland, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The range of goods available for purchase online at has been expanded to include food products. currently stocks some 12,000 fast moving consumer goods.

Launched 12 months ago, initially only sold non-food products, but now features a range of food products as well. For the time being, only customers from a few Warsaw neighbourhoods can take advantage of this offering: Białołęka, Targówek, Praga Południe and Praga Północ, Zielonka, Ząbki and Marki. Over the next few months, it will be rolled out to the whole of Warsaw, and will eventually be available in larger towns and cities across Poland.

Customers have access to nearly 12,000 food products (beverages, grocery products, household and personal care products) based on the hypermarket range and some 4500 non-food products (household appliances, items for the home and for the garden, etc.).

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Amazon launches new app Rapids that offers hundreds of illustrated short stories to readers 7-12

  • New App Features Fun, Engaging Short Stories Told in a Unique Chat Style
  • Amazon Rapids Offers Readers Ages 7-12 Hundreds of Illustrated, Original Stories with Dozens More Added Monthly

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 2, 2016), Amazon announced a new app that offers a playful approach to children’s reading. Amazon Rapids offers illustrated short stories written in a unique chat style that brings stories to life, one message at a time. Stories on Amazon Rapids are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, from an alien texting about invading Earth to two chickens debating if they should cross the street. The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and offers hundreds of original stories, with dozens of new ones added monthly. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at a special introductory rate of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two week trial at

“Many kids already love using phones to chat with friends and family,” said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon K-12 Education. “We wanted to see what authors and illustrators could create with an app that made it easy to tell stories that way. We’re excited to share Amazon Rapids with parents and their kids.”

With Amazon Rapids, kids can choose from many types of stories including adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports. Stories feature a variety of topics, from a grandma invading her granddaughter’s group chat to a duck taking over a rooster’s duties on a farm. Additionally, with age-appropriate content and key features like the built-in glossary and “read to me” mode, kids can feel confident and read independently. Whether a kid is on her way to soccer practice and has 10 minutes in the car, or waiting with friends for the school bus to arrive, she can quickly immerse herself in a hilarious adventure and enjoy the simple pleasure of a great story.

Amazon Rapids Includes:

  • Unique chat style — Stories are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, letting stories come to life one message at a time.
  • Hundreds of original stories — Kids can explore a large and growing library that’s filled with original stories spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.
  • Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 7-12.
  • Built-in glossary — Kids can easily look up the definition and pronunciation of words to help build their reading confidence. Each time they look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference.
  • “Read to me” —Kids can have stories read aloud to them while they follow along with the text.

“Having been a teacher for over a decade, I’ve learned to write stories in a way that compels kids to dive in and the Amazon Rapids format is a perfect way to make that happen,” said Raymond Bean, best-selling children’s author. “In my first Amazon Rapids story, Alien Invasion, a boy named Gordon and an alien connect via a misdirected text message and hilarity ensues as they discuss the aliens’ plans to land on earth.”

Parents can visit to download Amazon Rapids today.

About Amazon

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

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Macy’s brings back its cherished letter writing program the 9th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish

Macy’s brings back its cherished letter writing program the 9th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish
Macy’s brings back its cherished letter writing program the 9th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish


This season, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish celebrate $100 million raised over 13 years

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s ninth annual Believe campaign launches this week with the return of its cherished letter writing program to benefit Make-A-Wish. From the beginning of November through Dec. 24, customers can visit their local Macy’s store to drop their letters to Santa into the big red letterboxes or send online at For each letter collected in-store and online, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to letter writing, this year’s campaign will bring back the beloved National Believe Day on Dec. 9.

The season also marks a major milestone, as Macy’s will celebrate $100 million in total giving to Make-A-Wish since 2003, with nearly $13 million donated through the Believe campaign. That represents nearly three wishes granted every day for the past 13 years, and more than 2.4 million people impacted in total by wishes that Macy’s has helped to grant, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses, doctors and more.

“This is an incredibly important milestone for any organization, and we are proud to be celebrating it with Make-A-Wish as part of this year’s Believe campaign,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “Our program has touched the lives of our customers, employees, and most importantly, the lives of wish kids and their families across the country. We hope to provide even more support to Make-A-Wish this holiday season through our letter writing campaign, so they can continue their mission and meet the growing need of wishes across the country.”

“We are honored and humbled by our friends at Macy’s and their customers who have raised an incredible $100 million to help grant life-changing wishes to children with serious illnesses,” said David Williams, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish America. “But our work is not done. Each year, nearly 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish aims to grant the wish of every eligible child, so that they can experience the joy of a wish come true.”

Virginia’s Story

Nearly 120 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Editor Francis P. Church penned the heartwarming response that famously began, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist …” which became one of the most celebrated newspaper editorials in history. Inspired by the true story of Virginia, the Believe campaign encourages acts of kindness and goodwill during the holidays, celebrating the season of giving through the time-honored tradition of letter writing.

National Believe Day

The eighth annual National Believe Day will take place on Friday, Dec. 9. A day dedicated to celebrating wish kids around the country, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will continue the tradition of “Wishes Across America,” and fans of the “Yes, Virginia” animated film can view the beloved holiday program online at The award-winning, half-hour holiday special features former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s characters, alongside an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title role.

Believe Merchandise Benefitting Make-A-Wish

Along with writing letters to Santa, customers can give back to Make-A-Wish by purchasing gifts that give back, including the “Yes, Virginia” illustrated storybook and animated special DVD, available at Macy’s stores and on Ten percent of the purchase price of each book and DVD sold at Macy’s will be donated to Make-A-Wish from now through Dec. 31.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit For additional media materials, including images and b-roll, visit

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

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BJ’s Restaurant invites retired and active duty military for a free meal on Veterans Day

Members of the Armed Forces are invited to savor time with family and friends over award-winning beers on November 11, including a free entrée offer and $5 beers from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) invites all active-duty and retired military to stop in for a free meal as a “thank you” for their service. On Friday, November 11, all veterans can enjoy a complimentary entrée under $12.95 by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® location nationwide.

Friends and family of veterans are also invited to raise a glass to their loved ones for just $5 each. Guests over the age of 21 can choose from BJ’s award-winning 11 signature beers and cider on tap.

“BJ’s Restaurants looks forward to welcoming our nation’s heroes into our restaurants and serving them a free meal. It’s our way of showing appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Mayer. “I am proud to be part of a company that honors the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedom.”

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, known for its extensive list of award-winning brews, has been a long-standing favorite among casual beer drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. The made-to-order menu includes deep-dish pizzas with a southern California twist, handcrafted burgers, EnLIGHTened Entrées®, fresh salads and the world-renowned Pizookie® dessert. The company operates six breweries that produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers.

The Veterans Day complimentary meal offer is valid for dine-in guests only at all BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and is limited to one entrée per person. The $5 BJ’s Beers offer is valid in participating restaurants only where permitted by applicable state and local law.

For a complete list of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and additional information regarding the Veterans Day deal, visit

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 186 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

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Smart & Final celebrates its 145 years of service with sweepstakes to give away SmartCash Gift Card and 2016 Smart Car

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final, a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer for household and business customers, will celebrate 145 years as a provider to the communities it serves with a sweepstakes to award a 2016 Smart Car to one lucky winner. To show its appreciation in every neighborhood Smart & Final resides, a $145 SmartCash Gift Card ® will also be awarded to a winner at each of the 248 stores in the western United States.

During the sweepstakes, from November 2 through December 6, 2016, customers who spend $50 on groceries at Smart & Final stores will receive a code to be able to enter online to be eligible for one of the prizes.

“The sweepstakes is another way of saying thank you to our customers and the communities we have served for 145 years,” said Dave Hirz, Smart & Final President & CEO. “It honors the long history of our company, which first opened its doors in Los Angeles as the Hellman-Hass Grocery Company in 1871. We’re proud of our heritage and growth in this region, with Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra! stores today extending through California, Arizona and Nevada.”

The Smart & Final brand came into existence when the Santa Ana Wholesale Grocery Company, formed in 1912, was acquired in 1915 by Jim Smart and Hildane Final, who changed the name to Smart & Final Wholesale Grocery Company. The two innovators were the first to introduce the “cash-and-carry” warehouse concept for shopping.

Following a number of mergers and acquisitions over several decades for both companies, Smart & Final Wholesale Grocery Company acquired Hass-Baruch & Co. in 1953, forming the Smart & Final Iris Co., of which today’s brand is a direct descendant. Through this evolution, it has remained committed to adapting to the changing needs of the neighborhoods it serves, most notably through its 2008 introduction of Smart & Final Extra! stores. Uniquely positioned to offer time- and money-savings for both household and business customers, Smart & Final Extra! stores include expanded fresh and frozen products, organic and natural products, bulk foods, oven-roasted chicken and many other items sold in convenient sizes. In addition, all Smart & Final stores continue to offer 50% more club-size items than a traditional club store, with no membership fee required.

“Through the many decades of incredible growth, Smart & Final has remained dedicated to providing for our friends and neighbors, and we do this by serving both household and business customers with quality products at low prices,” said Hirz. “We like to think that one of our great founders, Jim Smart, would be pleased to hear there is a modern car bearing his name, and that we are giving one away on the occasion of our 145th anniversary,” he said.

Today, Smart & Final is a public company with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Sweepstakes Kickoff Event

A Smart & Final’s “Flavors of Fall” sweepstakes kickoff event will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Smart & Final Extra! store in Burbank. Shoppers can see the Smart Car and sample seasonal foods, craft beers and wine, and also get cooking tips from experts on party planning and fall recipes. The event will run from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 3838 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank CA.

Official Sweepstakes Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of residents of Arizona, California and Nevada, 18 years or older at time of entry. Entries must be received by 11:59PM (ET) on 12/06/16. Click here for Entry Details.Click here for Official Rules, including specifics on free alternate method of entry and prize details. Prize illustrated is not representative of the make or model or color of the car to be awarded. Sponsor: Smart & Final Stores LLC. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Smart Car.

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

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Karena Bibbins
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The TJX Companies, Inc. to release its third quarter FY2017 sales and earnings results on November 15, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX) today (Nov. 1, 201) announced that it plans to release its third quarter Fiscal 2017 sales and earnings results on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, before 9:30 a.m. ET.

At 11:00 a.m. ET that day, Ernie Herrman, TJX’s Chief Executive Officer and President, will hold a conference call with stock analysts to discuss the Company’s third quarter Fiscal 2017 results, operations and business trends. A real-time webcast of the call will be available to the public at A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 through Tuesday, November 22, 2016, or at

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of July 30, 2016, the end of the Company’s second quarter, the Company operated a total of 3,675 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,165 T.J. Maxx, 1,013 Marshalls, 538 HomeGoods and 9 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as and in the United States; 250 Winners, 104 HomeSense, and 45 Marshalls stores in Canada; 473 T.K. Maxx and 43 HomeSense stores, as well as, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at

Important Information at Website

Archived versions of the Company’s conference calls are available in the Investor Information section of after they are no longer available by telephone as are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and other financial information. The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

Kohl’s kicks off Black Friday five day savings event on November 21

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) will be the First Place to Stop and Best Place to Shop for Black Friday deals this year, offering customers exclusive savings opportunities they won’t find anywhere else on the most exciting products and brands of the season. The five day savings event kicks off Monday, November 21 and will be overflowing with exclusive Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals in store and online all week long. For this limited time, customers can save even more when take advantage of our amazing $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent!

For those customers eager to get a jump-start on their shopping lists, Kohl’s will be offering Black Friday Deals in store and on today only! Kohl’s entire Black Friday advertisement can be viewed here. Highlights include: Exclusive Doorbusters

Kohl’s will offer a selection of online-exclusive one-day-only Doorbusters rotating Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23 on Must-have items include:
• $449.99 Serta 10” gel memory foam mattress (queen size) Earn $105 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $379.99 LG 50” 1080p LED TV Earn $105 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $279.99 Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Miami inflatable hot tub Earn $75 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $139.99 KitchenAid 13-cup food processor Earn $30 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!

Thanksgiving Doorbusters

From 6 p.m.* Thanksgiving Day through 1 p.m. Friday, November 25, or while supplies last, Kohl’s will offer Black Friday Doorbusters available in store and for the first time ever on For added convenience, Doorbusters will be marked with balloons in store so customers can locate them easily. Must-have items include:
• $249.99 Samsung 40” HD 1080p LED smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi Earn $75 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $249.99 Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Uncharted console bundle Earn $75 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $249.99 Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft favorites console bundle Earn $75 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $129.99 Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate + fitness wristband Earn $30 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• 50% off select toys Earn $15 in Kohl’s Cash† for every $50 spent!

Week-long Black Friday Deals

More than 500 Black Friday deals will be available throughout the week on the season’s most sought-after toys, electronics, kitchen appliances, jewelry and more. shoppers can begin taking advantage of Black Friday deals starting Monday, November 21. Kohl’s Black Friday Deals will be available in store on Thursday, November 24 at 6 p.m.* and all day Friday, November 25. Must-have items include:
• $349.99 Razor Hovertrax 2.0 self-balancing scooter Earn $105 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $129.99 Ninja Mega Kitchen system Earn $30 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $79.99 Propel cloud rider HD 2.4 GHz quadrocopter with HD camera Earn $15 in Kohl’s Cash† with purchase!
• $29.99 Vivitar high definition 5.1 MP action camcorder
• $14.99 Brilliance jewelry made with Swarovski crystals or Swarovski zirconia

Save even more when you sign up for Yes2You Rewards! Members earn one point for every dollar they spend, and receive a $5 reward for every 100 points, no matter how they pay, with no limit on points earned and no cost to join. For Yes2You Rewards program details and full terms visit

#KohlsBestGiftEverSweepstakes From November 9 through November 30, customers will have the chance to win the most exciting Black Friday product through #KohlsBestGiftEverSweepstakes on Twitter. Customers can either retweet one of Kohl’s sweepstakes tweets to win the product featured or tweet @Kohls with a link or photo of a Kohl’s product they’d like to win while using #KohlsBestGiftEverSweepstakes. Official rules can be viewed here.

Even More Ways to Save

Customers can easily maximize their Black Friday savings by earning and redeeming Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards on every item in the store, including the most coveted gifts like Apple, American Girl and Nike – a savings opportunity they can only get at Kohl’s. • Only Once a Year – $15 Kohl’s Cash: From Monday, November 21 through Saturday, November 26, customers will once again earn an amazing $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent! This only happens once per year!
• Yes2You Rewards: Yes2You Rewards members earn one point for every dollar they spend, and receive a $5 reward for every 100 points, no matter how they pay, with no limit on points earned and no cost to join.
• Kohl’s Charge: Kohl’s Charge customers will save at least 25 percent on their first day’s purchases when they open an account on and at stores nationwide. Subject to credit approval.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Kohl’s intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to those described in Item 1A in Kohl’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl’s filings with the SEC.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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†Kohl’s Cash® redeemable in store and online 11/27-12/5, 2016 for coupons earned 11/21-11/26, 2016. Kohl’s Cash® is not legal tender. No cash back. Kohl’s Cash® Earn: Customer will receive a $15 Kohl’s Cash® coupon for every $50 spent in a single transaction during the stated earn window. Kohl’s Cash® coupon is earned on the amount of customer purchases after all applicable discounts are applied and before tax is imposed. Qualifying customer purchases exclude the purchase of Gift Cards. Kohl’s Cash® Redeem: Coupon can be redeemed during the stated redeem window with any other offer. Kohl’s Cash® coupons and other dollar-off discounts will be applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts/coupons. Kohl’s Cash® coupon may not be redeemed (1) on purchases of Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items; (2) to purchase Gift Cards; (3) as price adjustments on prior purchases; (4) to reduce a Kohl’s Charge or any third-party charge account balance; or (5) to pay for any services or fees, including taxes and shipping. If merchandise purchased earning a Kohl’s Cash® coupon is subsequently returned or price adjusted, the value of the Kohl’s Cash® coupon previously earned and/or the amount of the merchandise refund will be reduced to reflect any unearned value. Return value of merchandise purchased with a Kohl’s Cash® coupon may be subject to adjustment. Coupon is nontransferable. See associate for details.


Jen Johnson

Ale DesJean

Source: Kohl’s

Schilling Cider and Bartell Drugs to host Blueberry Cobbler launch party on Friday, November 4th

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ —


Schilling Cider and Bartell Drugs will be hosting a Blueberry Cobbler kick off party Friday, November 4th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Schilling Cider House, 708 N.34th St Seattle, WA. The event is open to the public, 21 and older. Outside food is welcome and encouraged.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2016

Seattle, WA –Schilling Cider is releasing an autumn specialty collaboration hard cider exclusively for Bartell Drugs called Blueberry Cobbler. This hard cider, at 6.6% ABV, has been barrel aged in both American and French Oak for 12 months. It has a soft floral nose and is rich with autumn pie spices and balanced barrel notes of caramel, bourbon, and cinnamon. Blueberry Cobbler’s layered complexity starts dry on the palate, then transitions to a slight tart-sweet balance before finishing clean with a hint of fresh blueberry and lingering barrel notes.

The recipe and barrel selection was created in collaboration with Bartell Drugs.

With a more than 125-year history in the Northwest, Bartells is proud of its partnership with Schilling Cider. As a family-owned, Seattle-based chain, Bartells  focuses on supporting other locally based businesses and products, a feature as important to them as it is to their customers.

Blueberry Cobbler will be available the first week of November exclusively at Bartell Drugs in 22 ounce bombers.

For more information visit: Bartell Drugs or Schilling Cider

About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

About Schilling Cider

In 1881, Colin Schilling’s great-great-grandfather, August, founded the Schilling Spice Company in San Francisco. He brought pure, natural, spices to everyone, at a fair price. Today, at Schilling Cider, we carry August’s core values forward and pair them with innovative cider-making techniques to produce quality, complex, hard ciders.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Schilling Cider captures the essence of the Pacific Northwest by creating ciders that are deliberately innovative, bold and flavor forward. Never back-sweetened, we use only 100% fresh pressed apples, locally sourced non-GMO ingredients and individually hand select yeast strains to create a cider experience that is truly unique.


Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
4025 Delridge Way SW, Suite 400; Seattle, WA  98106
Office: 206.933.9416
Cell: 206.276.5200

Source: Bartell Drugs

Office Depot Small Business Index reveals primary holiday season concerns for SMBs owners

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, released the results of its latest Small Business Index which found that the primary holiday season concerns for small and mid-sized business owners (SMBs) are cash flow (32 percent) and productivity (23 percent). The Index also revealed that nearly one-in-three SMBs (30 percent) indicated they could benefit from hiring temporary employees during the holidays.

“Almost one-quarter of small business owners are concerned with productivity during the hectic holiday season,” said Christine Nessen, senior director of contract marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “At Office Depot, we understand the needs of small business owners, and strive to provide all the necessary business solutions, products and services, that can help small businesses stay organized, productive and on-task.”

To finish the year on a strong note, Nessen suggests SMBs should develop an end-of-year strategy to maintain momentum, such as hiring extra seasonal staff.

Of the SMBs that say they could benefit from extra seasonal help, 87 percent plan to hire temporary employees, with the majority (37 percent) planning to hire six to 10 seasonal workers.

“Building a strategy helps owners plan for business changes – such as business influxes and hiring needs – to stay on track during the busy holiday season,” said Nessen. “In addition, maintaining momentum helps meet end-of-year sales goals, deadlines and successfully plan for the next year, which 18 percent of SMBs list as a concern.”

Taking time off to recharge is also critical so that small business owners don’t burn out during the hectic holiday season. Only one-in-four SMBs (27 percent) plan to work during the holidays, which shows that a majority of small business owners understand the benefit of taking a step back to reorganize schedules and prioritize family time.

Small business owners can better enjoy the holiday season using these tips:

  • Develop a plan prior to the start of the holiday season to ensure tasks are completed and business operations stay on schedule.
  • Hire seasonal staff to help with increased business needs and to allow for full-time employees to take time off during the holidays.
  • Take time to unplug from work and spend quality time with family and friends.

Small business owners need to be nimble and resourceful – especially during the holiday season. To assist SMBs as a key business partner, Office Depot and OfficeMax offer the following resources:

  • Print & Tech Services – Onsite tech repair and quality custom printing services for all SMB needs.
  • One-Hour In-Store Pick-Up for Online Orders 1 – Time is precious for every small business owner, and this service maximizes time.
  • Free Delivery – A competitive necessity for any small business in order to get the right gear while keeping costs down (for qualifying $35 online orders within our local delivery areas).

To learn more about small business resources, products and services please visit Office Depot’s Business Solutions Center.

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications

Interviews are conducted via the Internet among a nationally representative sample of small and medium-sized businesses. The Quarter 3 wave of interviewing was conducted from July 15, 2016 to September 30, 2016 among a total of 2,858 small and medium-sized businesses. Interviewing will be conducted on a monthly basis in order to track shifts that occur over time.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

1 Orders must be placed 2 hours before store closing time. Copy and Print Services will vary and are subject to the terms of each order disclosed at checkout. Visit for details.

Sarah England

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SPAR UK wins big at 2016 Retail Industry Awards, the Forecourt Trader of Year Awards and the Wholesale Quality Awards

There have been a spate of awards for SPAR UK recently, with amongst others, prizes being won at the 2016 Retail Industry Awards, the Forecourt Trader of Year Awards and the Wholesale Quality Awards.

United Kingdom, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — For more than 20 years, the Retail Industry Awards have become firmly established as the ‘Oscars’ of the UK grocery industry, celebrating excellence across a raft of different categories. This year, SPAR UK won a fantastic seven awards. The event is a unique occasion as it is the only time of year when the whole industry gets together to recognise and reward the independent retailers alongside the largest supermarket groups.

SPAR UK was also strongly recognised at the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, winning eight prizes – more than any other symbol group. The Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards is the showcase event for the petrol retailing industry and the highest accolade for any petrol retailer. It is recognition of entrepreneurial skill, imagination and dedication in running a successful business.

Another event where magnificent success was had was the 2016 Wholesale Quality Food & Drink Awards where SPAR UK won an incredible 35 awards, including the overall winner of the Wholesaler of the Year. This takes SPAR UK’s overall tally for SPAR Brand food & wine awards so far this year to 136, beating last year’s total of 118.

A Port Talbot convenience store has been chosen as the best SPAR store in the SPAR Meridian & Welsh Guild, winning the prestigious Baldwin Trophy. A family-run business, the SPAR store was opened in 2014 and was awarded for the incredible role it plays in the community and its relentless drive to succeed in spite of the tough economic times the area has endured.

The store plays a valuable role in providing the employees of the surrounding steelworks and railway yard with excellent service from early in the morning until late at night, seven days a week. The loyal customers visit the store up to three times a day. Store owner, Helen Williams said: “We are immensely proud of our link to the local community and of what we offer our customers.”


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

DESPAR Nordest fundraising campaign collected more than €328,000 for earthquake relief fund in Italy

SPAR Italy customers in the regions of Trentino, Veneto, Friuli Venezia-Giulia and Emilia Romagna (North-East Italy) showed great generosity during the fundraising campaign promoted by DESPAR Nordest in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated several municipalities in Central Italy in August.

Italy, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The instore fundraising, which ended on 2 October, led to the collection of more than €328,000. The entire sum was transferred to a special bank account opened by the Italian Red Cross for the collection of money to support reconstruction work after the earthquake.

The money was raised through more than 217,000 donations made by customers at the checkout counters of SPAR stores. A large part of the money raised came from stores operated by SPAR Partner, Aspiag, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, where customers donated €196,000 through some 182,300 donations. This shows the great generosity of the local community, many of whom share memories of a tragic earthquake that hit their region in 1976.

In Veneto and Emilia Romagna more than €68,700 was collected by means of 19,777 donations. Customers in Trentino and Alto Adige also sympathised with the hard-hit area. The average donation there was the highest: more than €4, leading to a total of €63,845.

“We knew we could count on our customers’ generosity as they have always responded with readiness to this type of charity initiative. Our most sincere thanks and gratitude goes to them. A special thank you also goes to our colleagues at the SPAR Supermarkets, who were able to keep the consumers’ focus on this initiative,” said DESPAR Nordest Managing Director, Paul Klotz. “We are going to work closely with the Italian Red Cross to coordinate relief efforts and make sure that the funds are quickly and efficiently received by the communities that were affected by the earthquake.”

DESPAR Nordest also donated a full truckload of essential supplies to the earthquake-stricken communities. A video of the journey of the DESPAR truck tells the story of this special delivery from the moment the truck was loaded at a DESPAR Distribution Centre, until the time it reached its destination at the Logistics Centre of the Italian Red Cross in Avezzano on 30 August.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sheetz announces the opening of its new location in Bradford, PA

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, Inc. announces the opening of a brand new store in Bradford, PA.  This store will be the second location in McKean County PA and the 256th in the state of Pennsylvania.  The store is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2 Bolivar Drive, in Bradford PA.

The grand opening celebration will begin at 10:45 a.m. with our signature ribbon-cutting ceremony, where locals along with Sheetz family member Ryan Sheetz will bear witness to the last time the doors will be unlocked as the store will remain open 24/7 year round. During this festive celebration Sheetz will be offering samplings from their extensive menu, free self-serve Sheetz coffee for a limited time, and prize giveaways while supplies last.

The new store will offer award winning MTO® menu items from unique touchpoint terminals, inside seating, and a drive-thru for on-the-go convenience.  This location will also provide over thirty full and part-time job opportunities.

In true philanthropic spirit, Sheetz will be donating $2500 dollars to Special Olympics PA during the grand opening event. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through monetary and in-kind contributions, as well as, event volunteerism.

About Sheetz

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience restaurant chains, with more than $7 billion in annual revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates 539 locations throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohioand West Virginia. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Additionally, Sheetz offers a full line of specialty coffee drinks and smoothies that are hand-made by fully trained baristas. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and has been on the list in Pennsylvania for fourteen consecutive years. Most recently, Sheetz was ranked #87 on the Fortune Magazine Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Additionally, Sheetz is recognized as a top place to work for Millennials and Women.  All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit

For further information:
Bill Mayer
Sheetz, Inc.
814.946.3611 – office

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Sheetz again named one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Retail by Great Place to Work® and Fortune

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to announce that Sheetz has once again been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Retail by consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune. Sheetz came in ninth on the list this year, following its Top 10 ranking in this category last year.

“We have tried our best to create an environment where our employees look forward to coming to work each day and are proud to be a part of this company.  Our employees are the best in the business and they bring our internal mantra of TCF (Total Customer Focus) to life 24/7 365.” said Joe Sheetz, president of Sheetz. “Our team members take excellent care of our customers, so it just makes sense for our organization to take care of our team members. Sheetz is proud to offer employees competitive wages, great benefits, flexible schedules, opportunities for advancement, bonuses, vacation time and more.”

Sheetz earned a place on this list based on an anonymous survey measuring our team members’ perceptions of their work environment, leadership, cooperation, compensation and other factors essential to employee well-being. Sheetz’s results were among the best in the country when compared with a wide range of retailers that together employ more than 600,000 people.

“Surveys of the Best Workplaces show that a trusting, supportive culture can have a dramatic impact on employee commitment and team cohesion – and that’s ultimately good for customers,” said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work®.

The Best Workplaces in Retail is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-Certified™ organizations.

Sheetz has also been ranked as a best workplace for 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR, Top 12 Best places to work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials by Great Place to Work® and Fortune.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates over 538 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10, Top 12 Best places to work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

About The Best Workplaces in Retail 2016:
The Best Workplaces in Retail ranking is based entirely upon feedback from more than 23,000 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified companies in the Retail sector who completed our Trust Index© Employee Survey. Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, which include management’s honesty and ethics, camaraderie among employees, and fair and respectful treatment and clear expectations from management. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 5% or less. The total score for each company is based entirely upon this employee feedback. The companies with the highest employee ratings compared with organizations of the same size were selected for the list.

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity and over a half dozen different industries.

Follow Great Place to Work® online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

For further information:
Laura Hager

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

CVS Health announces CVS Caremark URAC accreditations in Health Call Center

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (Nov. 2, 2016) that pharmacy benefits manager CVS Caremark has earned URAC accreditations in Health Call Center for its Pharmacy Advisor counseling program as well as in Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management. By achieving this status, CVS Health has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement.

“At CVS Health, we are proud to earn accreditations from URAC in these three categories, which emphasize our commitment to providing high quality pharmacy benefit management support including coordinated patient care and outstanding customer service to our millions of members,” said Jonathan Roberts, President of CVS Caremark. “These services are especially important for our members with complex, chronic conditions who may struggle with their medication regimens and disease management.”

CVS Caremark works with employers, health insurance companies, the government and other health benefit program sponsors to design and administer prescription coverage plans. This includes formulary management, discounted drug purchase arrangements and clinical services and drug therapy management. In addition, CVS Caremark’s Pharmacy Advisor program call center offers personalized care to members with chronic conditions through a combination of targeted live outbound calls and inbound call access. Members have the opportunity to have a discussion with a clinical pharmacist about topics that include the rationale behind prescribing the medication and potential issues that may affect adherence, such as side effects.

“URAC accreditation shows that CVS Health is a pharmacy benefit management organization able to adhere to standards that cover important aspects of care such as claims processing, developing proper drug formulary and consumer access,” said URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. “Quality policies and procedures are paramount as the price and complexity of medications rise. CVS Health chose to demonstrate their performance through URAC’s independent accreditation of their services.”

The URAC accreditation process demonstrates a commitment to quality services and serves as a framework to improve business processes through benchmarking organizations against nationally recognized standards. URAC’s Health Call Center Accreditation ensures that registered pharmacists or other validly licensed individuals perform the clinical aspects of health education services in a manner that is timely, confidential, and includes medically appropriate care and treatment advice. In addition, URAC’s Pharmacy Benefit Management Accreditation sets standards for pharmacy distribution channels, customer service and drug use management. The Drug Therapy Management Accreditation standards also assess a range of professional activities, including formulating medication treatment plans, monitoring efficacy and safety of medication therapy and enhancing medication adherence through patient education.

About URAC

Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. URAC is a nonprofit organization developing evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. Our portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing healthcare management, healthcare operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

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

Media Contact:
Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868


Calvin Klein, Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Melisa Goldie to leave the company

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], today (Nov. 2, 2016) announced that Melisa Goldie, Chief Marketing Officer has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Ms. Goldie’s responsibilities will be handled by her existing direct reports.

Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. said, “Melisa Goldie has played an integral role in building and elevating the Calvin Klein brand globally and executing against the company’s goal of becoming a $10 billion global lifestyle brand by 2020. I would like to thank Melisa for her unwavering commitment to Calvin Klein and for her accomplishments over the past fifteen years. Her dedication, passion and creativity have helped Calvin Klein maintain its position as a global leader in the fashion industry. I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

Ms. Goldie said, “It has been a privilege to be part of such an iconic American brand that has grown tremendously over my tenure with the company. I express my gratitude to my team for their collaboration and for everything we have accomplished together.”

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein brand products exceeded $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in over 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. We were acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH Corp. has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen,IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands. For more information, please visit

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.

Global Communications Office
Rod Manley
EVP, Global Communications

Alexandra Wagner
VP, Corporate Communications

Source: Calvin Klein, Inc.

Staples launches new student loan repayment plan to help associates with student debt

FRAMINGHAM, Mass,, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today (Nov. 1, 2016) the Phase I launch of a new student loan repayment plan that will help ease the burden of associates with student debt.

The program initially targets specific new hire sales associates and existing internal candidates who have been identified as high potential and top performers and will be offered to additional groups in the future. Active, full-time US associates with at least one outstanding loan obligation, who have obtained or are in the process of receiving a degree from an accredited institution, will have their loan principal paid at $100/per month for 36 months.

Student loan debt is an increasing issue among the millennial population, which represents a large portion of Staples’ employee-base. Within the industry over 70 percent of college grads leave school with student loan debt and of millennials 42 percent claim debt as their biggest concern. Over a trillion dollars of student loan debt is held by 40 million borrowers and new graduates owe a record-breaking average $37,000 in loans.

“Staples is pioneering this effort within the retail industry to help with the recruitment and retention of the key talent needed to support our previously announced strategy to focus on mid-market customers,” said Regis Mulot, executive vice president, global human resources. “We’re adding more than 1,000 people to our sales force and offering a student loan repayment benefit shows our commitment to supporting both new and existing associates.”

The Student Loan Repayment Plan is being administered by, the leading platform for employee student loan contributions.

“Student debt is one of the foremost concerns facing millennials nationwide. As such, is thrilled to be working with Staples to help them contribute payments directly to their employees’ student loan service providers,” said Noam Katz, CTO at “By offering such a compelling initiative to current and prospective employees, Staples is simultaneously enhancing its recruitment efforts while strengthening employee retention.”

In addition to the new student loan repayment plan, the company has launched a series of innovative recruiting efforts. With the company’s new internal headhunting program, in-house recruiters proactively reach out to current associates and offer them other opportunities within the organization. Staples is also conceptually piloting a program later this year called “Refer a Talent” where associates are encouraged to refer high-potential outside candidates in order to facilitate bringing them on board even if there is not a specific open job requisition.

Staples also recently showed its commitment to ending the gender wage gap and advancing women in the workplace by becoming the biggest retailer to join a consortium of companies that share best practices and promote new ideas called the Employers for Pay Equity. Staples was also one of the first companies to sign the Equal Pay Pledge initiated by the White House and the Obama Administration and participated in events aimed at gender pay equity and leveling the playing field for women. Staples also removed all queries on criminal history from employment applications as part of the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

The Student Loan Repayment Plan joins other education-themed benefits that Staples offers to associates. These include the Tuition Reimbursement Program where eligible associates are offered reimbursement for a portion of their tuition fees based on number of years of service and the Dependent Scholarship Program which provides 30 awards of $3,000 to associates’ dependents who plan to continue their education at a college, university or a vocational-technical school.

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

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

Scott Michel

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples unveils its Black Friday deals with its Staples mobile app starting November 6

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) gives customers an exclusive sneak peek of the Black Friday deals with its Staples mobile app starting November 6. Customers who download the Staples mobile app ( will be the first to see the latest deals throughout the season.

Staples Black Friday deals will be available on starting Thanksgiving Day, allowing customers to shop conveniently from home, and even buy online and pick up in stores anytime on Friday.

A few of Staples’ Black Friday deals include the following, while supplies last:

  • HP Laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor, $389.99 (save $250)
  • Cannon Pixma MG3620, $29.99 (save $50)
  • Exclusive LA-Z-BOY Bradley Chair, $179.99 (save$120)
  • 10% off Zoop drones, starting at $26.99
  • 40% off custom holiday cards in stores or at
  • Free exclusive tech coupon book with more than $700 in savings on tech accessories and services – in stores only

Staples complete Black Friday ad ( will be live on two weeks prior to Black Friday. On Black Friday, the deals in stores will begin at 6 a.m. in the majority of locations and where states allow. Visit for local store listings and hours.

“Whether our customers want to shop in stores, via our mobile app, on or any combination, we’re offering more ways to save throughout the season beginning the week of Black Friday,” said Peter Scala, executive vice president, chief merchant, Staples. “Staples offers exclusive products, the latest technology, personalized holiday cards and invitations through Print & Marketing Services, and a large assortment of gifts for friends, family and colleagues.”

Throughout the holiday season, Staples makes it easy to save time and money with:

  • Shipping Services 7 Days a Week – Drop off packages and process orders every day with UPS services in all Staples stores. Receive 10% off shipping through Dec.24;
  • Buy Online and Pick Up In Store for many same day product options;
  • Staples Print & Marketing Services offer personalized and custom products for small businesses and consumers, many with same day options;
  • Staples Mobile App is fast and convenient with the Weekly Ad page to showcase the best in-store deals and ability to view deals by category;
  • Free shipping for Staples Rewards members on orders $14.99 or more from plus up to 5 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything including technology.

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

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

Kaitlyn Reardon

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples

ICA Gruppen to announce its Q3 report 2016 on Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen will publish its Q3 report 2016 on Wednesday, 9 November 2016. In conjunction to this, we are pleased to issue this invitation to a press and analyst meeting.

Place: Tändstickspalatset, Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, Stockholm

Time: Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 10.00 CET

ICA Gruppen’s CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report and answer any subsequent questions. The press and analyst meeting will be available as a live webcast and can be viewed at

To attend the telephone conference:

SE: +46856642695

UK: +442030089801

A recorded version of the webcast will be available on the company’s website afterwards. The presentation will be held in English. Please register to

ICA Gruppen’s Q3 report will be published at 07.00 CET on Wednesday, 9 November 2016.

This information is such that ICA Gruppen AB is obligated to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at 10.00 CET on Wednesday November 2, 2016.

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

eBay and Terapeak renew partnership in providing research tool that supports eBay merchants’ success

eBay and Terapeak renew partnership in providing research tool that supports eBay merchants' success
eBay and Terapeak renew partnership in providing research tool that supports eBay merchants’ success


The new agreement enables Terapeak to continue to partner with eBay to provide a powerful research tool for analyzing e-commerce activity, enabling online sellers to understand product supply and demand within the eBay marketplace.

San Jose, California, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading global marketplace eBay Inc. and popular e-commerce analytics provider Terapeak, Inc. announced today (Nov 2, 2016) that they have renewed their data partnership, which dates back to 2004.

The new agreement enables Terapeak to continue to partner with eBay to provide a powerful research tool for analyzing e-commerce activity, enabling online sellers to understand product supply and demand within the eBay marketplace.  The Terapeak research product is used by thousands of sellers to find product trends, make sourcing decisions, and to price effectively to maximize conversions and profits.

“Terapeak has been building tools for eBay sellers for 12 years,” said Bob Kupbens, eBay Vice President of Business-to-Consumer Selling. “A significant number of sellers rely on Terapeak to make decisions around what to sell and how to sell on our platform. We look forward to building our relationship with Terapeak under this new agreement, and providing a data framework that supports the goal of making eBay merchants more successful.

The renewed agreement enables both companies to continue to pursue their shared goal of maximizing seller success. Terapeak will continue to provide other marketing tools that support eBay sellers by monitoring their traffic and sales performance, by enabling sellers to optimize their listings for higher eBay and Google search rankings, and by providing increased traffic and marketing exposure for their products.

“We are all very excited that eBay has extended its partnership with Terapeak,” said Terapeak CEO Kevin North. “Under our updated agreement, Terapeak will continue to invest in software tools that enable eBay sellers to make better sourcing, listing, and pricing decisions for their inventory.”

About Terapeak

Terapeak is the leading source for analyzing, understanding and predicting consumer and product behavior in ecommerce. Terapeak analyzes more than 4.6 billion transactions per year and over $70 billion in online consumer spending to provide marketplace intelligence to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Ecommerce merchants use Terapeak’s online analytics platform to evaluate pricing, sourcing opportunities, market trends, product behavior across regions and their competition. Terapeak provides marketplace analytics on eBay, and Yahoo! Japan, and merchants can view their own sales performance across multiple channels through Terapeak’s MySales product. To learn more, visit


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Source: eBay


NCR provides restaurant technology solution to international Japanese fast food restaurant brand YO! Sushi

Proven NCR cloud and hardware solutions are enabling growth and increasing profitability for popular international Japanese fast food restaurant brand

London, U.K., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — YO! Sushi, the UK’s wildly popular international Japanese fast food restaurant brand, has completed the roll out of a new restaurant technology solution with NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions.

YO! Sushi, which operates 91 restaurants including 71 in the UK, 6 in the US and 15 franchised across the world, sought to upgrade its existing system to achieve greater efficiency, business intelligence and operational control across the business. In partnering with NCR, YO! Sushi was confident in the reliability and scalability of NCR’s best-in-class software, hardware and services including the NCR Aloha point-of-sale (POS) solution.

In addition, YO! Sushi is using the NCR Insight and NCR Pulse applications to support business intelligence and drive efficiency across the business by enabling the management team to see exactly what is going on across its portfolio in real time and via a smartphone app.

As well as implementing NCR fixed POS solutions, YO! Sushi is also rolling out NCR Orderman handheld devices enabling mobile POS across stores where wifi connectivity is a challenge.

NCR’s omni-channel technology solutions help restaurants to simplify day-to-day operations, leverage business and customer intelligence to make informed decisions and improve the customer experience.

“The insight tools that NCR are able to offer are a real game changer. It has never been possible to have such an array of data at your fingertips – and the fact that it’s in real time means that you can know exactly what is going on”, says YO! Sushi chief executive, Robin Rowland.

“The UK’s hospitality industry is seeing a seismic shift in consumer attitudes and this is having a significant impact on businesses, changing our servicing requirements.  The likes of Deliveroo and UberEATS mean everyone expects you to be online and offering a seamless operation – working with NCR is a vital part in being able to be at the forefront of this transformation,” adds Rowland.

“Fast growing restaurant brands, such as YO! Sushi, are focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience, increasing profitability and growing their businesses,” adds Richard Goodall at NCR Hospitality. “Our technology platform can help restaurants improve speed of service, employee productivity and customer spend, resulting in higher profits, increased loyalty and satisfied, happy guests.”

YO! Sushi opened its first Japanese “kaiten”, or conveyor belt-style, fast-casual sushi restaurant in London in 1997. Since then, YO! Sushi has grown from a London-only sushi brand to 91 locations worldwide, including locations in the United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

About YO! Sushi
Founded in 1997, YO! Sushi was the first to bring the concept of a Japanese “kaiten” sushi bar that delivered food via a conveyor belt to the UK. Customers lined-up around the block as YO! Sushi gave the capital a slice of urban Tokyo. The experience was fun and the food revolutionary. AA Gill (Sunday Times) described it as “the best sushi in London” and Fay Maschler (Evening Standard) commented, “I have seen the future and it is fun.” To this day, YO! Sushi’s dishes are freshly prepared in our restaurants daily. Although sushi is at the heart of the concept, there’s a choice of over 80 Japanese inspired items, including delicious soups, rice or noodle-based dishes, salads, tempura and hot classics like Chicken Katsu Curry, Salmon Firecracker Rice and Yakisoba noodles.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contact:
Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. elects Philmer H. Rohrbaugh to its Board of Directors

YORK, Pa., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today (November 1, 2016) announced its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Philmer H. Rohrbaugh to its Board, effective November 1, 2016.

Mr. Rohrbaugh, age 64, has been the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fulton Financial Corporation since June 2016, having served as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer from November 2012 to June 2016.  He was a managing partner of KPMG, LLP’s Chicago office from 2009 to 2012, Vice Chairman Industries and part of the U.S. Management Committee of KPMG from 2006 to 2009 and joined KPMG in 2002.  He has more than 35 years of experience in various management positions.

Mr. Rohrbaugh has been a member of the board of director of Burnham Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded holding company with operating subsidiaries in the HVAC industry, since October 2012.

“We’re delighted to welcome Phil and look forward to his guidance and counsel.  Phil will add to our board’s expertise and working knowledge on matters related to finance and risk management,” said Tim Grumbacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Strategic Initiatives Officer.

The election of Mr. Rohrbaugh increases the size of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.’s board to 10 members.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions and include the Company’s fiscal 2016 guidance, involve important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.  Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: risks related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the Company in a number of ways, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increases in pension obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new competitors or changes in the competitive environment; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including initiatives to reduce expenses and improve efficiency; operational disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the ability to expand our capacity and improve efficiency through our new eCommerce fulfillment center; changes in, or the failure to successfully implement, our key strategies, including initiatives to improve our merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes or to refinance existing indebtedness; the impact of regulatory requirements including the Health Care Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; and the financial condition of mall operators.  Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Investor Relations:
Wendy Wilson

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. to close its Elder-Beerman store in Towne Mall in Franklin, Ohio

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), today (November 2, 2016) announced it will close its Elder-Beerman store in Towne Mall in Franklin, Ohio. The company will not renew the lease, which terminates January 31, 2017. The closing will impact approximately 65 associates at this location. The store will remain open until the end of its lease term.

“Closing this store was a difficult decision,” commented Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped with Elder-Beerman over the years as well as our devoted store associates for their dedication and friendly customer service to this community.”

The affected associates in the Towne Mall Elder-Beerman location will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at stores in the area or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support.

Customers are invited to shop at the nearby Elder-Beerman locations at the Dayton Mall or Kettering Towne Center in Dayton, Ohio or The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Ohio. Customers may also visit the company’s website at

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, ElderBeerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website at


Christine Hojnacki

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts announces delicious lineup of coffees and treats featuring favorite holiday flavors

Dunkin’ Donuts announces delicious lineup of coffees and treats featuring favorite holiday flavors
Dunkin’ Donuts announces delicious lineup of coffees and treats featuring favorite holiday flavors


Sweet Black Pepper Bacon Breakfast Sandwich returns to Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu

CANTON, MA, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ’Tis the season of joy at Dunkin’ Donuts once again, as the brand rings in the return of the holidays with a delicious lineup of coffees and treats featuring favorite seasonal flavors. This year’s seasonal selection includes new Crème Brulée macchiatos, lattes and coffees, a new Candy Cane Crunch Donut and a new Boston Kreme Croissant Donut.

At the top of Dunkin’s holiday nice list is new Crème Brulée macchiatos, lattes and coffees, featuring the rich and creamy taste of crème brulée with a deep, caramelized sugar finish. Additional coffee choices to keep people dashing through their day include returning holiday classic Peppermint Mocha, combining cool peppermint flavor with rich chocolate; and Salted Caramel, just introduced at the beginning of fall, offering sweet and salty flavor in every delicious sip.

All of these flavors are available in Dunkin’ Donuts’ 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso beverages, including macchiatos and lattes, as well as in its hot and iced coffees, at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants through the end of the year. Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee and espresso beverages can also be customized with a guest’s choice of dairy or sweetener, as well as Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as a non-dairy alternative to milk and cream.

To pair perfectly with the holiday beverages, Dunkin’ Donuts debuts its new Candy Cane Crunch Donut, a yeast donut with vanilla flavored buttercreme filling, topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces. For another sweet holiday treat that is a deluxe take on a classic favorite, the new Boston Kreme Croissant Donut is a glazed croissant donut filled with Bavarian creme and finished with a chocolate icing drizzle. Dunkin’ Donuts’ holiday donuts are also available nationwide through the end of the year at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

“The holiday season represents one of our favorite times as on-the-go people look to our festive beverages and treats to keep on running throughout the busy weeks ahead,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation. “With our new Crème Brulée coffees, Candy Cane Crunch Donut and Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, we look forward to creating daily moments of joy and bringing smiles to our guests as they celebrate this wonderful time of the year.”

Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing back its popular Sweet Black Pepper Bacon Breakfast Sandwich, a unique combination of sweet and savory featuring egg, a slice of American cheese and four strips of bacon coated in a brown sugar and black pepper seasoning served on a croissant. The Sweet Black Pepper Bacon Breakfast Sandwich is also available as a Wake-Up Wrap®, with ½ egg, a slice of American cheese and two slices of the special seasoned bacon, served on a small flour tortilla. Both are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide now through early 2017.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts


Dunkin’ Donuts launches brand new lineup of premium hot teas

Dunkin’ Donuts relaunches hot tea offerings with new lineup of full leaf teas and herbal infusions in pyramid tea sachets

CANTON, MA , 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is now providing guests with new choices for enjoying the comfort of a hot cup of tea during a busy day. Dunkin’ Donuts has relaunched its hot tea offerings with a brand new lineup of premium hot teas, available in five vibrant flavors. Served in pyramid tea sachets containing high-quality full leaf teas and herbal infusions for the optimal steep, the new premium hot tea lineup offers both caffeinated and caffeine-free options, including:

  • Bold Breakfast Black™ Tea: A bold blend of full leaf black tea for a full bodied flavor.
  • Harmony Leaf Green™ Tea: A vibrant full leaf green tea delivering a delicate earthy flavor.
  • Chamomile Fields™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring chamomile flowers, citrus and herbs combined to offer a fragrant and delicate taste.
  • Hibiscus Kiss™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring hibiscus, herbs and natural berry flavors to deliver bright and juicy flavors in every sip.
  • Cool Mint Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion combining peppermint leaves and natural herbs to offer a cool, invigorating taste.

The new premium hot teas are now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, and are replacing the brand’s previous tea options. Additionally, guests can savor these premium teas at home or work, as each new flavor can be purchased in boxes containing 15 individually-wrapped pyramid tea sachets, at the suggested retail price of $6.99 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

“Dunkin’ Donuts stands apart for our commitment to introducing new, premium beverages for our on-the-go guests,” said Chris Fuqua, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing, Global Consumer Insights and Product Innovation. “Though we are known for our signature coffee and espresso drinks, we are also a leading restaurant brand in the hot tea category. As tea continues to increase in popularity, particularly among younger consumers, our expanded breadth of high-quality teas, featuring proprietary blends, reinforces Dunkin’ Donuts as the destination for the best beverage choices to keep people energized any time of day.”

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200


Dunkin’ Donuts launches brand new lineup of premium hot teas
Dunkin’ Donuts launches brand new lineup of premium hot teas


Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations

Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations
Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations


Brand brings back First Class Camouflage as its November Flavor of the Month in honor of our Nation’s Military Service Members and their families

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins today (November 1, 2016) announced that on Veterans Day – Friday, November 11 – it will support America’s service members and military families by donating 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide to the United Service Organizations (USO).

The effort is part of Baskin-Robbins’ ongoing commitment to show appreciation for those who selflessly serve, and is a nod to USO’s recently launched Force Behind the Forces campaign. The campaign encourages Americans to stand behind “The Force,” as a community of supporters committed to connecting service members to the things they hold dear. Baskin-Robbins has a long history of serving those who serve our country and is committed to supporting the military community through its continued partnership with the USO, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Baskin-Robbins is also excited to celebrate the military community with First ClassCamouflage, which returns to active duty as its November Flavor of the Month. First Class Camouflage features chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice cream and can be enjoyed in a freshly-baked Camouflage Waffle Cone, which features the classic military colors of green, brown and tan.

“We’re humbled and excited to honor our military service members and veterans once again through our partnership with the USO this November, and with the return of First Class Camouflage,” said Weldon Spangler, Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “It’s a great opportunity to show support for those who serve our country and thank them for their commitment to our nation.”

Baskin-Robbins continues to add more military veterans to its U.S. franchisee base by offering one of the best financial incentives in the industry. The extraordinary incentive program offers a free initial franchise fee, a $25,000 value, for a veteran’s first shop and heavily discounted royalty rates for the first five years that the store is open.** These special incentives reflect the brand’s desire to attract prior service members to become franchisees because it believes that the core values and discipline of the armed forces serve as an excellent basis for a franchisee candidate. The incentive program will continue to be offered in 2017, so qualified veterans are encouraged to apply to be considered.

In addition to paying tribute to our nation’s military, Baskin-Robbins is excited to kick off the holiday season this month with the return of its iconic Turkey Cake. This Baskin-Robbins classic is made with sugar cone legs and can be customized with a guest’s favorite flavor. Guests can pre-order the Turkey Cake either in-store or online at

Guests can also make their holiday dessert table complete with a selection of seasonal ice cream flavors, including Snickerdoodle, which is made with cinnamon-crème flavored ice cream, snickerdoodle cookie pieces, and a cinnamon cookie-flavored ribbon or Winter White Chocolate, made with white chocolate-flavored ice cream and chocolate cherry pieces.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram ( For more information about the USO, visit

* This donation is inclusive of all regular (4oz) and kids (2.5oz) scoops of ice cream sold as cups and cones on Friday, November 11, 2016. The donation is based on regular-priced cup and cone scoop sales only, and does not include scoops that are used in other desserts (i.e. sundaes, beverages, cakes, take home, novelties, etc.).

** See the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document for full details.

About Baskin-Robbins

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

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is not a government agency, but a private nonprofit organization. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Pets at Home Group appoints Numis Securities Limited as Joint Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker

Handforth, United Kingdom, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pets at Home Group Plc, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, accessories and services, today announces that Numis Securities Limited has been appointed Joint Financial Adviser and Joint Corporate Broker alongside Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with immediate effect.

About Pets at Home

Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK’s leading specialist pet omnichannel retailer and services provider. Pets at Home operates from 423 superstores located across the UK. The Group operates the UK’s largest small animal veterinary business with 391 practices, run principally under a Joint Venture model using the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brand names, and four veterinary specialist referral centres. Pets at Home is the UK’s leading operator of pet grooming services offered through its 246 grooming salons. The Group also operates 7 specialist High Street based dog stores, called Barkers. For more information visit:


Pets at Home Group Plc: +44 (0)161 486 6688

Amie Gramlick, Head Of Investor Relations

Brian Hudspith, Director of Corporate Affairs

Numis Securities Limited: +44 (0)20 7260 1000
Alex Ham

Luke Bordewich
Maitland Consultancy: +44 (0)20 7379 5151

Rebecca Mitchell

Tom Eckersley

Source: Pets at Home Group Plc

London & Cambridge Properties gives Sutton Farm Retail Parade a £150,000 update

London & Cambridge Properties gives Sutton Farm Retail Parade a £150,000 update
London & Cambridge Properties gives Sutton Farm Retail Parade a £150,000 update


West Midlands, England, 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — A £150,000 improvement programme at a small retail parade in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been completed.

Sutton Farm Retail Parade, in Tilstock Crescent, has benefitted from increased car parking to the front of the parade, new signage and upgraded landscaping. The parade which is managed by West Midlands-based London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), comprises 12 retail units with residential flats above.

Matt Pegg, asset manager for LCP, said: “We pride ourselves on our proactive property management approach.

“For a parade of this size, it is a significant investment and now that the work is completed, it is easy to see what a positive impact the changes have made. Not only does the parade look more inviting for shoppers, there is greater main road prominence benefiting retailers, too.”

There are just two units left, each about 750 sq ft, and LCP is keen to talk to potential occupiers, especially coffee shop operators due to demand from local residents.

Tenants at the 13,816 sq ft retail parade include The Co-operative, Barnardo’s and Shrewsbury Fish Bar.

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Source: London and Cambridge Properties